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DAILY COMMENT ON PEOPLE AND THINGS
A public hearing of the respectabil
ity of the tan-T will be held Saturday
afternoon in the civil service rooms
at the City Hall.
It is rumored that Alderman Pret
zell, chairman of the council tango
investigating committee,, and "Lady"
McCormick of the County Board will
Hurrah! There's a smokeless tug
navigating the Chicago river. She
belongs to the Erie railroad' and is a
hard coal burner.
, But the troifble is, not all of us
live along the Chicago river. Now if
some one can arrange so that the
trains running in and out and
through the city can be made smoke
less, we would all appreciate it.
Also we might suggest that some of
the owners of gasoline buzz buggies
be reminded that they are losing a
lot of smoke out of the back end of
One of our staff, in a local brief,
says that tangoing was 'required of
applicants for jobs as county scrub
women. What he means is calisthenics. And
it's not hard to spell at that. But
possibly the idea of the "dip" the
scrubwoman does with the mop into
the scrub-bucket suggested the
The president of the California
railroad commission blames the Pull
man Company for the necessity of
tipping porters, and says the com
pany pays too small wages.
Sure thing. The company makes
the public pay the men enough to
live on instead of doing it itself.
Every time you tip a Pullman por
ter you are really tipping the stock
holders of the, big monopoly.
You pay the company for service,
yet don't get the service unless you
tip the porter.
What the company saves by not
paying its porters decent wages is
just so much graft for the stockhold
ers of the company.
The next thing Illinois needs is a
law prohibiting railroads from issu
ing passes to anybody .
Giving passes is not only bad pub
lic policy, but it's bad business pol
icy. It's 'a genteel form of bribery,
and the railroads themselves would
be better off if the pass system were
When passes are given, the people
who pay their way are taxed to pay
for all free transportation. They pay
not only for themselves, but for the
spongers as well?
The sooner railroads go on the
theory of equal rights for all and
special privileges to none, the better
off they'll be.
Rebates had to go. Passes will
have to follow them.
President Wilson says his con
science is hjs boss. We'll have a bully
country when more public servants
acquire a conscience and keep it
about their persons when on the job.
The Tribune jumps to the conclu
sion that the American Federation of
Labor delegates didn' know what
they were doing when they passed
resolutions on the copper country
If we ever get a congressional in
vestigation of that strike and the
conduct of the imported gunmen and
state militiamen, it will develop that
it is the Tribune that doesn't know
what it is talking about.
The resolutions of the American
Federation of Labor are well within
There was a military investigation
of the conduct of one drunken mili
tia captain and he was exonerated.
But every militia officer in Calu
met knew that the captain was
drunk when he stopped a peaceful
parade of strikers; that he was dis
obeying orders, and that he was ex
onerated by his associates when he
was guilty and they knew he was
There are affidavits and other proof