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stockholders to, them; not through an
increase in -the cars manufactured
and sold-to the public.
His idea is the outcome of a con
tinued study of the problems of capi
tal and labor and their possible solu
tion. He has created the plan because
he believes that a great, contented,
prosperous mass of people is more to
be desired than a few multi-millionaires.
Here are the details of his remark
able scheme: Ten million dollars,
estimated profits of 1914, to be divid
ed among the 15,000 employes in
Detrfoitand 7,500 in other parts of
the United States and elsewhere.
Dily hours of labor to be reduced
from 9 to 8.
Minimum wage of employes now is
$2.34 for a nine-hour day. Hereafter
it will be $5 a day for any man over
22. This will affect approximately
90 per cent of the employes. The
other 10 per cent will also benefit to
Women working in the establish
ment will profit under a separate
plan yet to be worked out. The
amount of profits to be divided will
vary from year to year, based on a
yearly estimate of the business.
The concern expects to put on
about 4,000 more employes. The fea
ture of the plan is one pf the dearest
to. the heart of Henry Ford, whose
kindly face changes visibly as he
looks out from his office window at
the great crowds of needy men, most
of whom bear unmistakable signs of
, Still another of the ideas which
the motor king hopes to work out
is that of making the dujl season in
his factories coincide with the har
dest season in the country.
He will endeavor to persuade those
employes for whom work cannot be
found in the dull season to save
enough in the good seasonsvto buy
a little land and to farm it plow,
sow and reap when work is slack.
Then' when the busy season begins
again in the factories he proposes to
take these same men back again at
their old jobs.
IT WILL NOT BE A LAYING OFF.
It will simply be a change of work
and environment and scene, which,
he believes, will ultimately benefit
every man who tries it.
The move to level his pile of money
toward the pockets of. the people in
his employ, which apparently has
startled the wage earners of the
whole country quite as much as the
capitalists, seems not to have caused
a ripple of excitement in the mind of
Today he is just s he was a week
ago. In all appearances he is work
ing, directing, consulting and advis
ing in any part of the factory where
expert knowledge is needed.
For, you know, it was only a few
short years ago that Henry Ford
turned the key in his creative brain
cells and unlocked the inventive gen
ius which resulted in the car which
bears his name. He is still the master
workman as well as the multi-millionaire.
Jupiter Pluvius has been elected
an honorary' member of the Chicago
Modesty has sent many a man to
the poor house. '
The fellow who was out the night
before always says; "Oh h, ya otta
been there." "
Some people will even stop to rinse
ut a sanitary paper cup.
CALLS CHARGES LIES
New York, Jan. 8.--Officers of the
Spanish liner Manuel Calvo charac
terize as ltes charges of Captain
Gunther of the tank steamer Okla
homa that Captain Bonet merely
"fooled around" and then left the oil
ship to its fate after it broke in two.
London's indebtedness is over