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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, May 23, 1914, LAST EDITION, Image 7

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LETTERS WRITTEN TO
THE DAY BOOK
Editor Day Book: I read your
- article in The Day Book of today, in
regdrd to the scoring the California
railway commission gave the Pull-
man Company, with a great deal of
interest. It makes little difference
what the commission said to the rep
resentatives of this company. They
deserved all they got.
I quote from another publication
where it takes from the commission's
report; "If it be found that its rates
' are generous and that the company is
not poor, but merely mean, and that
the American public is dealing not
only justly but generously with this
institution, which in its turn deals
unjustly and niggardly with its em
ployes, then the American public cer
tainly would be justified in at least
dispensing with generosity and limit
ing this company, conducting itself
as it is, to the barest amount that the
cold considerations of justice war
rant it in securing."
The Pullman Company may think
they have reason to feel peeved at
the commission for talking this way
to them, they are not used, to it I
know, but it is well known that the
company is not "poor," that it is very
rich, and that it is very mean, this
you will hear on all sides, but it is
not so well known how mean and
tyrannical they are in dealing with
their employes. '$27.50 per month is
all that porter gets on a "standard"
or first-class car and as that will not
buy his meals for the month he has to
get it some other way. A conductor
starts in service on the princely sti
pend of $70 per month and if he lives
long enough and has the misfortune
to not be discharged he finally gets up
to $95 per month, and should he stay
for twenty years he is pensioned
after the manner of a joke. This
pension is a new thing and is to be
handled according to. the notions of
the officials, and maybe you do and
maybe you don't, is the way it is to
be interpretated.
We are organizing the men, we
hope to be able to put them in a class
where they will be respected as are
the members oSf the railroad orders.
We want them to help themselves,
to get a good living wage, a wage
commensurate with the service they
give. There will be no trouble in
proving that the men are not prop
erly paid and that they have unusual
ly long hours on duty and that they
get no consideration when in trifling
trouble.
Let the commissions in all of the
states hand it to them, they deservq
it, we are anxious to help. We trust
that the Pullman car service employe
will be treated as other men in rail
road service are treated in the near
future. R. W. Bell,
Secretary of Pullman Con
ductors of America.
DEFENDS THE HERO
Day Book Editor: I have just
read an artiele by JVliss H. F. L. in to
night's Day Book and ask your per
mission to give my opinion of the
same.
It seems as if the above writer
wants to know why all this "slushy"
sentiment, as she calls it, has been
displayed at our hero's funeral, also
mentioning that he did not deserve
it. It also seems as if it's his past
life that is bothering her.
No matter what his past life may
have been, don't you think he has
"squared" himself by giving his life
for his country? Why those disgust
ing and untrue remarks of our hero's
past?
Has any one proved them?
Where was the heroism, do you
ask?
Don't you think it is heroism to
shoulder a gun and go to the front?
It is just those that wouldn't have
the nerve to do likewise that are cry
ing about how unworthy he was of
such a funeral.
It certainly is a comfort that our
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