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(To Be Continued Tomorrow.)
COOKS KICK ON-METHOD USED
A protest against the system of
employing cooks to work in Cook
county institutions has been made
to the Cook county civil service com
missioners by the Chicago Cooks'
and Pastry Cooks' Union.
The unipn contends that in the
first place the examinations for the
positions are made by a board of ex
aminers who have not passed such a
test themselves and are therefore not
capable of judging others.
The union also protests against
the low wages paid to cooks in the
county service. For the county the
men are paid' $50 to $65, while the
union scale calls for $20 a week or
$3.50 a day.
A letter of protest was sent to
President A. A. McCormick, but he
passed it on to Robert Catherwood,
chairman of the civil service com
mission, who curtly informed the
members that he didn't care a rap
about labor troubles or demands.
FATHER OF PARCEL POST COMES
BACK AT EXPRESS COS.
By Cilson Gardner.
Washington, Jan. 29. The Amer
ican Express Company has recently
issued to its patrons (and to the
newspaper men) an elaborate bro
chure setting forth the history and
the advantages 61 express service, in
which it -is set forth: "The express
service is an exclusively American
idea. "No other country has any
thing like it. What is known as 'ex
press traffic' in this country is han
dled in Europe through the medium
of the parcel post up to a limit of 11
pounds. Shipments above that
weight and under 100 pounds are
usually forwarded via fast or slow
freight service." In reply to this
statement, Representative David J.
Lewis of Maryland, author of the par
cel post system in this country, says;
"There is no doubt that the ex
press service is exclusively an Amer
ican idea. But that does not make it
a thing to be desired, as every Amer
ican knows. The real difference be
tween the express company and the
parcel post is in the motive. The ex- -press
company is run for profit; the
parcel post for the good of the poun
try. The express company does not
get off the main lines of travel.
"Parcel post will use a dog-sled and
cross leagues of Alaskan snows to.
care fpr a lonesome miner. Express
management absorbs from 25 per
cent to one-third of their gross re
ceipts in needless expenses.
"Parcel post substitutes the stamp,
and keeps serenely on, more inter
ested in making good than in making
profits; yet while the express com
panies barely come even on an aver
age package receipt of thirty cents
possibly lose something the parcel
post carries four pounds from New
York to Baltimore for eight cents,
and makes a profit; carries the aver
age package for about 22 cents, and
makes 'close to ten cents profit, even
with the present mail-service charge
paid the railroads for hauling the
FORD PROFIT-SHARING PLAN
Holyoke, Mass., Jan. 29. The Farr
Alpaca Company will, be the third
firm to follow the example set by
Henry Ford in his profit-sharing plan.
They have announced that their 3,
000 employes to whom they now pay
annual wages amounting to $1,800,
000, will share in the profit of the
concern for the year ending Dec. 31,
1914. Under the plan adopted, the
increase for the employes will aggre
New York state has 148,051 fac
tories, employing 1,236,150 persons,
of whom 347,601 aic women and 13,
519 are children.