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speeches in favor of the plan.
The firemen today sent out a state
ment asking the voters to come to
their help and vote "Yes" on the two
platoon system. Part of it is as fol
lows: "From the humanitarian-point of
view, the system of continuous duty
must be absolutely condemned as out
of keeping with modern civilization.
There can be no reasonable defense
of a system that divorces the hus
band and father from the wife and
children for days at a time; that
compels a man to abuse his stomach
245 days a year; that deprives him of
the privilege of divine worship and of
the opportunity of social intercourse
with his fellow men. It makes phys
ical wrecks of the picked men of the
community. It has broken up hun
dreds of homes and has been the
cause of more firemen's children go
ing astray than any other class of
people in the various other occupa
tions of life, a statement which can
be positively proven. Under the two
platoon system firemen would aver
age 12 hours duty a day, 350 days a
year. During those 12 hours they
would not be absent from duty for
any cause except sickness. There
would be no absence for meal leaves.
thus saving about half a million dol
lars to the city and greatly promoting
the efficiency of the department.
"The day shift would do 10 hours
duty and the night shift 14 hours.
Once a week they would swing and
the night shift would do the 10-hour
turn and the day shift would do the
14-hour turn, thus allowing a 20-hour
off once every six days. The firemen
would sleep at home, eat his break
fast and supper at home, and carry
his lunch with him to the fire house.
He would be doing as all workingmen
do. He would still have long hours,
his occupation would still be a dan
gerous one and he would not live as
long as men in other occupations of
life. But he would be living a more
nearly normal existence than now.
Fourteen hours would make a long J
night, but we now frequently have
longer ones, and the 10-hour day
would be a compensation above all,
our health would be greatly con
served and we could enjoy a few
hours of home life each day."
RODRIGUEZ SHOWS POWER OF
MARSHALL FIELD ESTATE
Connections of the Marshall Field
estate with the city government of
Chicago was discussed by William E.
Rodriguez, candidate for alderman
15th ward, at Old Style Inn last night.
"The Chicago & Western Indiana
railroad has stolen 21.4 acres of land
inside the city limits," he said. "The
city map department has made a re
port which shows that is the amount
of land encroached on and illegally
occupied by the railroad.
"According to a reliable exhibit en- "
tered as testimony by the railway
brotherhoods in the arbitration hear
ing, the chief owner of the C. & W. I.
is the Merchants' Loan & Trust Co.,
which holds 11,000 out of the 18,000
shares of stock.
"The Marshall Fiel destate owns
the Merchants' Loan & Trust Co. The
Field estate is getting profits that
come . in part through land stolen
from the people of Chicago."
CLAIMS OFFICERS TRIED TO
New York, April 3. Carmine Car-
bone on trial for plotting to blow up
St Patrick's cathedral, swore detec
tives slugged him in attempt to get
him to "confess" and implicate anar
chist leaders. Denied he was at the
cathedral on morning of alleged at
tempt. Said six policemen beat him
when he denied knowledge of bomb
HE MADE HIS GRAVE TOO SMALL
South Norwalk, Conn. Funeral of
Dwight E. Hewitt, eccentric, delayed
until gravediggers could enlarge the
grave, originally dug by Hewitt him
self. Had forgotten, to figure on. the
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