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"THE PRICE MUST BE PAID," SAYS EVELYN
NESBITT IN HER CONCLUDING ARTICLE
THE DAY BOOK
An Adless Daily Newspaper :
N. D. Cochran,
Editor and Publisher,
500 South Peoria St
Tel. Monroe 353.
VOL. 2, NO. 237 Chicago, Monday, July 7, 1913 ONE CENT
ICE BARONS OF CINCINNATI FORCED
TO THEIR KNEES BY PEOPLE
Injunction Suit Ends as Manufacturers Settle Strike;
Recognize Union; Grant Eight-Hour Day and
Wage Increase City Gives Up Plants.
Cincinnati, O.,' July 7. For the
first time in the history of America a
strike has been settled by the will of
the people, enforced by their servants
in public office.
The Cincinnati ice strike formally
ended at noon today. Employes of
the ice plants, tied up since. June 18,
returned to work under a peace
agreement between ice manufactur
ers and union officials.
Both sides made concessions. The
engineers and firemen won-an eight
hour day during the busy season and
a closed shbp. The wagon drivers
won a $2 a week wage increase. All
future difference's are to. go to arbi
tration. Strikes are prohibited.
While both sides made concessions,
the unions always had been ready to
do this, whereas the ice barons had
practically told their employes and
the citizens that they would keep
their plants shut all summer rather
than give an inch.
But the ice barons were forced into
a corner and humbled by the people
of Cincinnati, who seized their plants
and operated them for the general
The story of what happened should
be a lesson to other American cities,
forced to suffer through some indus
trial warfare, heavy with injustice on
one side or the other.
It is the first example of the en
forcement by an American city gov
ernment of the ancient Roman law of
pro bono publico, under which the,
government may seize any private
property for the good of the. people.
June 18 last the Cincinnati ice
wagon drivers, poorly paid, struck for
a decent living wage.
The ice barons flatly told the mdn
they would see them in a place where
ice was more needed and less obtain-