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fs no beer or whisky sold, but- be
cause the workers have been fooled
and taught to believe that the cause
of poverty was drink; so they have
done away with saloons and find
themselves poorer than ever.
On the otherslde again we find
the saloon, hotels and restaurant
keepers in Chicago the greatest force
helping the drys; an dif Illinois should
be the 15th state to go dry, then the
wet interest can blame the Chicago
Hotel & Restaurant Keepers' Ass'n.
It is safe to say that less than 10 per
cent of the employes of the Chicago
hotels and restaurants are citizens of
Illinois or Chicago. These certainly
cannot keep Chicago.wet on the day
when this matter is voted on. The
injunction against the waitresses,
cooks, waiters, bartenders and the
C. F. of L., keeping the help from
going on strike, is not going to get
the trades unionists out for them. I
advise the wets to follow California,
organize the hotel and restaurant
workers and bartenders, which re
sulted on the coast in making anoth
er fight impossible for 8 years.
Fred Ebeling, Sec'y Cooks' Union.
Editor Day Book "Business de
pression is over." "The business world
is optimistic." "Hard times are over."
"Prosperity is on the way." These
are the glaring healines we read in
the press; and this is all as far as
business is concerned. But as for
labor, the damage was done and it
will take years until labor will re
cover from it.
When the so-called business de
pression started men and women in
all working places were discharged
or laid off. Those who remained
worked short hours. The first to be
discharged and the next to be laid
off were x the so-called slow hands.
Eear was spread in all working
places that some more will have to
be laid off. Knowing that the slow
hands are the first to go, each worker
works his finger nails off in order not
to-be discharged or laid off. The re
sult is that the short hours are only .
short in the pay envelope, while there
is just as much work done in the
short hours as UBed to be done in
the long hours. i
And what can labor do to stop this
outrage? Union organization? Why,
this scheme (which I suspect the
manufacturing association is behind)
has been accomplished in union
places as well as in nonunion places.
Strike? There are thousands of
hungry working people waiting at
the factory doors who will take the
places under any circumstances.
Thousands of men ana women who
are out of work are starving, and
those who work short hours are half
starving. And all this 1b done by peo-
!)le who call themselves human be
hgs for a few bloody dollars.
Ask our legislative bodies for some
reform laws? No hope in that. As
all our present legislative bodies
ever the so-called labor-loving pro
gressives believe in a system of
profit, and profit means "more
The only hope that remains for
labor is the co-operative common-;
wealth. J. Kernes.
HEAD WAITERS' GRAFT
Editor Day Book A few mornings
ago I read in one of the daily papers
of a certain railroad section boss who
charged the poor devils who wished
to work for him $5.00 per head.
This to my mind is the most con
temptible, petty larceny, form of
'graft in existence.
I am a waiter, and I wish to state
that the same conditions exist in our
amusement parks, gardens, cafes and
hotels. We have to pay our section
boss, who in this case is the head
waiter, a sum of money ranging frorh
$3.00 to $10.00 in order to get the
job, and then continpe to pay him
from $2.00 to $5V00 per week in order
to hold it.
When you take into consideration
the great number "of places in Chi-
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