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Hotel. He is on his way to St Louis.
Turner was very voluble today.
"Ford's plan s not only impossible
and ridiculous," he said with the air
of an oracle, "butjt is also danger
ous. Therefore we a're-organizing to
combat such an idea. It will create
an aristocracy of labor.
"No matter how competent a
workman might be Ford is going to
pay him $5 a day. This will totally
destroy an incentive to work and be
come more efficient. It's foolish to
say they will work out of loyalty to
Ford. After a while this talked off
loyalty. will pass away.
"There will be no desire on the
part of the low grade workman to
become skilled when he knows he
will get the same pay anyway.
"Ford is violating two of the great
natural laws with this experiment of
his the law of supply and demand
and" the survival of the fittest.
"I see great danger to business in
the minimum wage ideabecause the
minimum wage over-emphasizes the
importance of the workingman, and
the moment a workingman imagines
he is important his usefulness is gone.
"There is entirely too much talk
along the Ford lines right now. Unless
something is done and done immedi
ately the result will be closed shops
all over the country.
"The other manufacturers must
organize to protect themselves. Right
now they must do one of the follow
ing things go out of business, pay
Ford's wages or organize in a solid
combination to fight Ford. And nat
urally they chose to do the latter.
"This is, however, nothing more
than an expensive advertising cam
paign on Ford's part. But he will find
that people will not buy his cars be
cause he pays good wages. And he's
going to find himself up against a
more intelligent competition in the
future than he has met in the past."
According to plans .already laid,
the sinister combine proposes to
place Ford and all his employes on a
hlack list. The controlled newspapers
of Detroit have already bowed" to Big 4
Business and are handing out editor- 1
ial roasts to Ford. I
Turner is notorious for his-cunni&g 1
in Ohio. Nearly two years ago Turn- 1
er sent a squad of armed gunmen into J
Toledo to break the big teamsters' J
strike, but Mayor "Whitlock put the 3
kibosh on his scheme by ordering W
them to remove their revolvers. J
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DENOUNCES MILITANT TACTICS 1
Militant suffraget tactics proposed
by Alice Pul and Lucy Burns to force
President Wilson to urge national
equal suffrage have been denounced
by Mrs. Medill McConncik.
"These girls have attempted to
take things in their own hands and
run them lawlessly," said Mrs. :Mc
Cormick. "Such Bteps as they pro
pose would prove a serious blow to
- DICGS IN WRONG AGAIN
San Francisco, Cal., Jan; 31. Po
lice have not been able to find Maury
I. Diggs of Diggs-Caminetti trial
fame, accused of assaulting. Ida Pear- j
ing, IT, after having plied her with 3
drinks last New Year s eve, which is
since he was found' guilty of violating
the Mann white slave act by eloping
to Reno with a Sacramento girl.
SWIFT & COINDICTED
Indictments charging rebating
were returned by the federal grand
jury today against Swift & Co., meat
packers; the Pennsylvania Railroad
Co., the Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Chi
cago & St Louis (Pan Handle) Rail
way and the Chicago & Northwestern
FEDERAL O&NERSHIP ASKED
Washington, Jan. 31. Emphatic
recommendation that the govern
ment establish a monopoly of. the
telephone and telegraph business was
contained in a report made to the ,
Senate today by Postmaster General '
In ' -