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before all of the four thousand jobs, created by the Ford Company's shift
from a nine to eight-hour day, were portioned out. A squad of half a hun
'red police maintained a semblance of order.
It was not a new scene to the Ford officials. Each day for three months
has occurred only on a much smaller scale. When first it was called
hig attention, Henry Ford determined to seek a remedy.
"There," said Ford"this morning, pointing to the struggling mob, "is
obably the chief reason we have adopted this plan. We wanted to give
nployment to more men, so we reduced the working day from nine hours
two shifts to eight hours in three shifts."
Each man of those who struggled before the factory gates this morn
iig, who is hired by the Ford Company,, will be employed at a wage of not
less than $5 per day, whether he be floor-sweeper, janitor or mechanics'
helper. Until the details of the profit-sharing scheme were announced, the
minimum wage had been $2.34. Henceforth, beginning with next Monday's
pay-day the first in 1914 no man in the employ of the. Ford Company
who is over 22 years of age, will receive less than $5 a day. This means 90'
per cent of the 22,000 employes.
James Couzens, secretary-treasurer of the company, who with Ford
devised the details of the plan, today i
made public the motives that caused
the seven Ford company stockhold
ers to vote to permit employes to
share in approximately one-half of
the concern's yearly profits.
"We believe that social justice be
gins at home," Couzens said. "We
want those who have helped us to
produce this great institution and
are helping to maintain it, to share
our prosperity. We want them to
have present profits and future pros
pects. Thrift, good service and so
briety will be encouraged and recog
nized. , "It is our hope to do still better by
our employes in the future. We want
tiem to be in reality partners in our
enterprise. We do not agree with
those employers who declare that
'the movement toward the bettering
of society must be universal.' We
think that our concern can make a
ftart and create an example for oth
er employers. That is our chief ob
ject." 'Couzens announced that the public
would not be expected to pay for the
increased wages of the Ford em
ployes and that there would be no in
crease in the price of the Ford
, Henry Ford today refused to add to
his simple statement of last night,
when, in explaining his motive for"
creating the profit-sharing plan, he
said: "We believe in making 20,000
men prosperous and contented rath
er than follow the plan of making a
few slave-drivers in our establish
HE'D HAD EXPERIENCE
Gentleman (in railway train)
How did this accident happen?
Conductor Someone pulled the
cord and stopped the train, and the
express ran into us. It will take five
hours to clear the line for us to go
Gentleman Five hours! Great
Scot! I was to be married today.
Conductor (a married man, stern
ly) Look, here, are you the chap
who stopped the train.
THAT'S FINE ADVICE
Ma You have been a bad boy,
WiHie; you mustvgo to bed without
Billy Ah! I can't go ter sleep on
an empty stomach!
Ma Then turn over on your
To read the Bible through at the
rate of a chapter a. day would take
three years and three months.