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Next will be the Wall
STREET SLUSH FUND LOBBY
By Cilson Gardner.
Washington, July 8. There is one
more chapter to be added to the
lobby exposure and President Wilson
would like the attention of the invest
tigating committee to this phase of
the matter. There is a Wall Street
slush fund devoted to securing the
kind of banking and currency legis
lation desired by Wall Street.
The Aldrich plan was what brought
"the organization together in the be
ginning. Aldrich was its genius. He
tapped the public treasury for thou
sands of dollars while he was in the
Senate and later perfected the or
ganization through national banks.
This lobby is as well organized as
that of the National Association of
Manufacturers and quite as powerful
and widespread. It has been working
under various aliases and is working
now under cover. Its correspondence
would be just as illuminating as that
of the N. A. M.
It may be a mere coincidence, butv
it is a notable fact that in the list of
.congressmen named by.Col. Mulhall
as among those to be relied upon for
support for N. A. M. legislation and
to oppose legislation not desired by
that organization, there are not any
members of the Progressive party.
The Eastern trunk line railroads in
fighting an. increase of wages asked
'by trainmen and conductors have
put out a circular in which they lay
stress on the immense total of wages
they pay annually. Taking their own
figures and doing a problem in sim
ple division, the wages do not look
so big. According to their circular
the number of employes of these
roads is 680,000. The total of wages
paid is approximately half a billion
dollars. This shows an average wage
of $735 a year. It must be remem
bered also that this includes the
clerks and highly salaried employes.
The average wage among the train
men and conductors is .no doutt conr
siderably less, yet the.official.reports
of the bureau of labor conclude that
a man cannot live decently and sup- '
port a family of five on a salary of
less than $900 a year.
TOWN WOULD DROP ATHE AXE
ON "IMMORAL" MAYOR -
Columbus, O.; July 8. The moral
ity of Washington, O., is outraged,
to say nothing of shocked, and it
wishes Gox. Cox to use an axe on
the neck of Mayor Harve W. Smith.
The law and order league of Wash
ington says Mayor Smith has been
guilty of gross immorality.
The affidavit of E. .H. Seeger. a
Columbus policeman,, filed wjth the
petition to the governor; says that
Seeger caught Smith and . a young
woman in a disorderly house here
June 25 about noon.
Smith, in an affidavit, says he was
in Columbus June 25 all right and
met a young woman, and had a dririk
or two with her, but says there was
no Improper conduct., .
The law and order league ,says
there was improper conduct a-plenty
and demands the use of the axe.
FIFTEEN UNlOiTME OUSTED
The Puehr Stemmer Piano Com
pany, 24th and State Streets, have
discharged their fifteen union piano
finishers without giving any reason
for the dismissal.
This leaves the shop .non-union,
but it could, not be ascertained
whether a cut in wages or an in- j
crease in hours was the motive for
getting rid of .the union men, since
Mr. Stemmer refused to answer any
questions or to furnish any informa
o : , ,
"Women must consider it a dread-
f ul fate to be an old maid," mused Mr,
Chugwater, "They do, Josiah," said
Mrs. Chugwater. . "What terrible
sticks they sometimes marry to es
cape!" Then Johiah rubbed his chin
and said nothing.