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LETTERS TO EDITOR
Editor Day Book The Frank Par
malee Transfer Co. employes are
about to have trouble as the company
refuses the men an increase in wages.
Their new agreement comes up Feb.
1. The Parmalee employes belong to
Chicago Teamsters' union, Local No.
725, and are the pqorest paid drivers
in the United States. The present
scale of wages for coach drivers is
$57 a month. You know a man with
a family cannot live on that wage,
which is an average of about 15
cents an hour. We ask in our new
agreement for $70 a month,, which is
less than the union scale of wages.
Manager McCullogh flatly refused us
any increase whatever. The Parma
lee Co. gets 50 cents for every pas
senger transferred from one depot to
another and to all hotels in the down
town loop. The Hebard drivers get
$17 per week and no Sundays or
holidays; and the Hebard Co. gets
only 5 cents for each passenger from
the Northwestern and Union depots
to the Marshall Field store. Parma
lee drivers have to work 12 long hontf"
a day for $57 a month on one of
those coaches, in rain, snow and any
kind of weather. I am an employe
of this company and a constant read
er of The Day Book; so are hundreds
of others in the barn. So please do
what you can to get an average wage
scale that we can live on. Employe.
Editor's Note I invite the atten
tion of John C. Shafer, owner of the
Frank Parmalee Co. and the Chicago
Post, to this letter from one of his
wage slaves. I ask him how he
would like to try raising and educat
ing a family on $57 a month, and
working 12 long hours a day. seven
days a week to get it. I understand
that Mr. Shafer's pet philanthropy is
grand opera, and that to that extent
at least he is a patron of the arts. I
wish that the next time he is sitting.
in a box at the opera, with his even
ing clothes on, he would, think of hja
employes in his transfer company,
and of their wives and children, an4,
of that $57 a month for working 12
hours a day and seven days a week.
Put yourself in the position of one
of your transfer drivers, John. How
would you like $57 a month your-
self? N. D. Cochran.
THE NOBLE ART
Editor Day Book Among the in
dustries that are waning and dying
out for want of cherishing and nour
ishing by the state is the noble art
of pugilism. This branch of science
which demands such a minute knowl
edge of anatomy in order to reach
the weak points, such as the solar
plexus and the nerves lying behind
the chin, and which has been such a
great factor in our climbing to high
civilization, has suffered from tie
mixing of races and our inability to
find a white hope.
The state has rather frowned upon
the delicate and high-minded amuse-
jnent and the expert knockers-out
are losing their efficiency.
Civilization is slowly perishing on
But yet there is hope. The Sports
men's club is coming to the rescue
with a law which will revive the de
cadent art and will also provide a, few
offices for some aspiring politicians
at a salary of five thousand a year
each. The working men and women
and girls of Illinois will no doubt be.
glad to contribute of their munificent
earnings toward the payment of the
expenses of this ne-vy industry.
Employment is scarce now and
there wfll be opportunity for many
hard-working experts with the right
kind of a punch and the ability to
stand punishment to add to the
wealth of the community and put
some money into circulation.
The proper tone and culture will
be conserved by a provision in the
law that will bar out the dark-com-
plexioned artists and give the com
mission the power of easily estab
lishing a mpnppoljt-of the business.