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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 07, 1915, NOON EDITION, Image 4',
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TELLS HOW PULLMAN CO. IS
WATCHING UNION MEN
Commissioner A. B. Garretson of
the U. S. industrial relations body
asked this question of H. L. Seawell,
a former Pullman conductor, at the
hearing in the Hotel "Sherman yes
terday: "You believe Pullman Co. conduc
tors are ndw making the same fight
for the right of organization as that
made by railroad trainmen many
years ago?" "Yes.""
"And the Pullman Co. keeps spot
ters and discharges men and main
tains a blacklist with a view of pre
venting organization among the con
Seawell said he worked for the
company three years previous to
March, 1912. His mileage was 10,580
a month most of this time, though
one year he averaged 17,628 miles a
"I was in favor of a union," said
Seawell. "The federation had not
been organized yet. I was discharged.
No reason was given for the dis
charge. The company has a way of
sending a man a notice! that he is let
out of the service. That ends it. He
can't find out why he is out The
causes of discharges are dishonesty,
"I was one of the first signers of
a petition for higher wages. The pe
tition was signed by 75 per cent of
the employes. It was mailed to Pres.
Runnels. Nothing more was heard
about it. The men active in circulat
ing it did not increase their popular
ity with the company.
"My pay was $70 a month to be
gin. When I was let out I was get
ting $85. It cost me $30 a month to
live on the road.
"Theconductors have their ideas
about living decently. Their pay
doesn't let them go as far as they
would like. I know many conductors
who don't think it dishonest to hold
out money they get from seat sales
Chan man Walsh Does the prac
tice of knocking down money -this
way exist to a wide extent?
Seawell: I should say it does.
John T. Bourke, gateman North
western station, said he was a con
ductor five years. False charges were
brought against him by two women,
"I had been married only a few
months and the charges nearly made
me a nervous wreck," he said. "When
I went to the Pullman officials for the
names of the women who made the
charges they refused to give me the
names. My character was attacked.
But they would not reveal my as
sailants. That was why I quit the
Porters from crack railway trains
testified their earnings were from
$110 to $120 a month. The admitted
the salary of $27.50 a month from the
company must be added to by the
"You wouldn't be safe in a car with
$2 in your pocket if we had to live on
our salary alone," said G. H. Syl
vester of New York. "It would be a
degradation if we couldn't take tips."
Sheboygan, Wis. Thieves who
robbed postoffice and general store
at Adell of stamps and canned goods
threw away 37 cans of sardines.
Aberdeen, S. D. Boay of man, ap
parently Edw. L. A. Parker, New
York city, found along St. Paul rail
road track. Foul play suspected.
Norristown, Pa. Fire originating
in boiler room of moving picture
plant of Lubin Co., Betzwood, gutted
press, shipping and engine buildings
Butte, Mont Women, voting for
first time, caused overwhelming de
feat of Socialist administration.
Rock Island, III. Plant of Rock
Island plow shops suffered $30,000
damage by fire in paint shop.
New York. Anna Cohen, 14, faces
one year's imprisonment because she
called sensitive school principal, "Oh.
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