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corporation men. Working for the
United Railroads is a dog's life. You
are watched continually and reported
for every little thing. You work from
10 to 12 hours a day-with meals very
uncertain and irregular.This alone is
enough to give a man indigestion and
a bad temper. Add to it the fact that
the public is always irritated at the
poor service and rattle-trap equip
ment and is always taking it out on
the employes, then you will under
stand why there is a different spirit
"To the municipal employe the
hours are the greatest satisfaction.
We work 8 hours a day here and get
37y2 cents an hour. On the United
the hours are never under 10 and the
wages run from 25 to 33 cents an
hour, depending on the length of time
a man has been in the service,
"There is no excuse for the equip
ment and service furnished by the
corporation. I'll prove it. On the two
United Railroads lines that compete
with the Geary street road the equip
ment and service is excellent; their
cars are as good as ours. Before this
road was built they were junk heaps.
During the rush hours we run cars
under a minute-and-a-half schedule.
So do they, but they didn't before the
municipal road was built. What's the
"Municipal ownership must always
be a success because it considers the
people as well as the profit. Corpora
tion ownership considers only profit
Equipment and service are secondary.
They drive their men to the last ditch
and" extract the last ounce that is in
them. Do you wonder that United
Railroads' employes leave as fast as
they get openings on the municipal
WASHINGTON TO SET CAR LINE
BY F. M. KERBY
Washington, D. C, Feb. 9 The
nation's capital as an example to
every city in America in the municipal
ownership, of street railways!
That is quite likely.
Three cent fares maybe two rides
for a nickel! Washington may show
the way to that also.
There hasn't been any shouting
over the radical moves for street rail
road reform in the capital city. Con
gressman Crosser of Ohio has been
at work on them for some time, and
District Commissioners Newman and
Siddon, who are mayor and council in
themselves, are heartily with him.
Crosser introduced a bill in con
gress for the municipalization and
operation of all lines in the district.
He has made so good a case with his
proofs that the home district com
mittee will report favorably.
"The House will pass it," said Cros
ser to me. "I think the senate, as
now constituted, will follow suit."
"The Washington car lines," con
tinued the congressman, "can carry
passengers for less than three cents
probably less than 2 cents.
"I say this because the Washington
Railway & Electric Co.'s property is
about 50 per cent water.
"This company has about $16,500,
000 worth of bonds outstanding. They
have axxpoximately $16,000,000
worth of stock. Our calculations
show that-they have property worth
about" $16,300,000. This discloses
"What they have done is to build
the road out of bond issues, and the
stock is all pure velvet. Now, they $
have been paying 4, 5 and 6 per cent
dividends on the stock, after paying
interest on bonds of course. That
clearly indicates that city ownership
could reduce the present charge more
than one-half and still run on a safe
Crosser's bill provides that the Dis
trict Commissioners shall open nego
tiations from the owners of all street
railways in the District of Columbia.
If no agreement is reached in six
months, the Commissioners are or
dered to take over the properties by
"The significant thing about the