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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 16, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 2

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BY A SPECIAL INVESTIGATOR.
Detroit, Mich., April 16. "It's
worth while to have-made men's lives
worth living, ain't it?" exclaimed
Martin Pulsifer, unskilled laborer,
who now earns $5 a day in the Ford
automobile factory. "Well, that's
what Henry Ford has done for us!
"It means that "life means some
thing now to us," he went on. "Be
fore, it didn't mean anything. Not a
thing but suffering! Nqver a'b"it of
fun nor comfort. Just dirt and sick
ness! "See how neat and clean our"house
is now." He nidicated the furnish
ings of the cozy little cottage whioh
he had rented for his wife and two
babies.
"Well, last summer I" had to live in
two dirty, upstairs rooms. They were
hot, and the air smelled so we could
hardly breathe it. till we got used to
it! Both babies were sick, and one
nearly died. I got into debt to the
doctor and the grocer.
"And now I'm earning five dollars
a day. Just see the difference! We ve
got five rooms, and a bathroom, and
a furnace, and hot water. We've good
clothes and a few comforts and pleas
ures. And, best of all, we can keep
our babies well. You see, that really
IS living!"
There's Sam Magari. With his wife
and three children, he used to live in
a dirty, tumble-down, shack. It was all
he could afford. Since he got his
raise, he rents a comfortable six
room suite in a modern flat, with
heat, hot water and gas.
Joe Skierski has nine children. Last
winter they went barefoot, in an un
heated hovel. Other employers say of
such cases: "The men are dirty and
shiftless by nature!" Henry Ford rais--ed
Skierski's wages to $5 a day. Now
the man is living in a comfortable
eight-room house, which he is pur-1
chasing on the instalment plan!
Arron Donnelof, another Ford em
ploye, has sent to New York for his
wife and seven children. All last win
ter he kept them in a- filthy East Side
tenement there, because he couldn't
afford to bring thm here. Today he
receives Ford's $5, and has rented a
cozy flat for his family:
So the stories run. Ey the thou
sands, industrious, intelligent, worthy
menwho a year ago were barely liv-'
ing just above the edge of abject mis
ery, have moyed into clean and com
fortable homes. Henry Ford has given
them a living wage"
And figures show that they are sav
ing money. The Highland Park State
Bank, in which the majority of Ford
employes deposit their sayings, has
shown the astonishing increase of
over $500,000 in deposits in the last
three mbnths.
With a photographer, I spent an
entire day there, hunting for one real
ly.unsanitary hovel inhabited by Ford
employes. But our search was fu
tile! "We found long rows of comfort
able modern flats; of neat little cot
tages; of clean rooming houses. The
streets are broad, with lawns and
trees, and pelnty of air and sunlight
There are no filthy alleys, no tumble
down tenements.'
It's all a question of rent. "We
couldn't be clean," Max Yoskowitz
told me, "when we lived in a dirty
rooming house. And how can I live
anywhere else when I only earn $2
a day? But now I get ny raise, and I
move here, where it's healthy!"
The men used to pay rents of
around ?9 a month. Now the same
men are paying $20 and $25 a month.
And today it is hard to find any Ford
employe living in the crowded, im
moral rooming houses so detested by
social workers.
In other words, the plague spots of
the city are being cleaned up. Not
from the outside, not "by charity, not
by force. Henry Ford has simply
given his men a living wage, and;
through his corps of investigators, he
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