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dent enjoyment of a half dozen or so j
stenographers, who probably do not I
get a treat like that every day.
"Oh, yes you do, Mr. Schwab," said
the reporter, still anchoring his hopes
to that button. "You always read
The Day Book, don't you, Mr.
Schwab, and you're going to read it
tonight, aren't you?" And the re
It was impossible today to find
President Davis of Rothschild & Co.,
so the reporter still is in ignorance
of Rothschild & Co.'s policy on
John T. Pirie, of Carson, Pirie,
Scott & Co., said: "I don't think
there is any real opposition to unions
among the stores. I mean that I do
not think there is any out and out
opposition. There may be a little feel
ing against unions, and, all that but
T don't think it's anything to speak
Eddie Lehman does not believe in
unions, strange to say.
"We don't oppose them exactly,"
said Eddie, in that confidential man
ner of a business man who has ar
ranged to say this a long time ago,
and has been, saying it ever since.
"But I, personally, that is, don't be
lieve in them."
Taking Eddie all in all, and paying
due attention to the clothes he wears
and the way he brushes his hair, it
is not surprising that he does not
"believe in unions."
Dennis K. Kelley, manager of
Mandel's, is another attache of a
store that doesn't oppose unions.
There must besomething about that
word "oppose." Perhaps that is what
all' the department store owners
agreed not to do to the unions; per
haps they agreed to do everything
under the sun to them except "op
pose" them. "Oppose" seemed to be
the word that stuck them all, any
how. But you can see how far wrong
Henry M. Hyde, who used to speak
so authoritatively in the name of
Why ho just doesn't KNOW any
thing about it.
He writes an article in the Tribune,
and says that the department stores
all OPPOSE the formation of unions.
And when the truth is told, they
don't do anything of the sort. Some
of them may not THINK much of
unions, but they would not OPPOSE
unions for anything in the world.
You can see how it is yourself and
the Tribune really ought to be a
whole lot more careful about how it
prints rash statements like that
But maybe it would have been all
right if Henry M. Hyde had used
some other or words instead of "op
pose"; "determined to crush out, any
attempt to form a union among their
employes" might have hit the mark
But Henry used "oppose," and in
case you should think we have any
thing up our editorial sleeves, we
hereby expose them. Here's Henry's
"Within recent months public at
tention has been centered for a time
on the dealings of the department
stores with their employes, especially
on the rate of wages paid to their
salespeople. In any fair discussion
of the subject, it should be said, in
the first place, that the department
stores are opposed to the formation
of unions among their empioyes.
They will oppose the formation of
such unions and are now doing their
best to make their employes feel
that, from the standpoint of their
individual welfare, unions would be
a detriment rather than a benefit."
You can see the word "oppose" is
the chief trouble in this. And, by
the way, "oppose" is the world the
department store owners used before
the O'Hara commission. They swore
they did not "oppose" unions or the
formation of unions among their em
ployes. o o
Greater New York used in 1912
more than. 1,000,000 thousand brick,