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' HUGE FORTUNES MADE FROM
TRADE IN MEN
Several' days ago"a complaint was"
made'to The Day Book that certain
men standing high in the estimation,
of the officials "fcf-4he Chicago, Mil
waukee & St, Pauljroad' Were mak
ing a fortune every year by -charging
track laborers highfees for jobs.
The men who made the complaint
charged that hundreds of these labor
ers were fired in a few weeks after
paying ajs high as $12 for the privi
lege of working.
Upon investigation it was found
that the .McDermott Labdr Agency,
112 S. Canal st, had a monopoly on
the St. Paul work. That is, no man
could secure a job as a Jaborejc 'on
the St. Paul unless he secured his
job through McDermott'si And re
ceipts show that a $12 feehas been
asked byr McDermott.
Rival Iphor agents say that W C.
Bush, a brother of D. L. Bush, one
of the vice presidents of the St. paul.
road, has the entire say as to who
shall get 'the labor contracts. These
rivals claim that they can't get the
work bepause they refuse to split
with W. G. Bush.
Mike J. Todorovich, who has con
ducted a labor agency on Canal st,
says that before Bush gave McDer
mott the work that he offered him
(Todorovich) the contracts if he
agreed to split. This Todorovich re-
1 fused to do, and, he says, for that rea
son he can't get any men to work for
the St. Paul.
Todorovich also says that when he
went to the office of D. L. Bush he
was told by Bush's sec'y, Penfleld,
.that he would have to take up the
labor contract question with W. C.
r M. Luisi, an employment agent, 740
W. Ohio, who formerly had the St
Paul contract, made the following
t , ,s",You can't send men to the St I
Paul road and get them jobs. They 1
T must go throughjhe McDermott La
bor Agency, at 112 S. Canal st
"This-ias-been true for, about a
year.x They have been taking men
only from McDermott since.
"Over a year ago Bush came to me
with a proposition to furnish men to
him, -charge them a fee and give him
part of the money. Although I never
collected or split my money with him
I understood that we were to spht the
"I thought the two had come to an
agreement about the hiring of men
when J sent the first batch over and.
charged them $4 or $5. Bush was
sore at me for this and never took
any more of the men I sent over. I
think he was mad because I didn't
charge them $12 or $15.
"The St.- Paul road sends from 15,
,000 tov 50,000 men out every" year.
Every one of these has to pay a fee
wliich averages $12.
"If 'a laborer works for the road for
ten years and then is laid off, when
he goed back for a job he must come
across1 with the fee as though he nev
er worked there."
' TO HAND DOWN AWARD SOON
Chances now are western railroad
Wage arbitration board will hand
down an award Thursday or Friday
this week. The press bureau of the
engineers and firemen's brotherhoods
"The keenest interest in the out
come of the dispute is being mani
fested and if the- wages- of the men
are not given a considerable boost it
is known there will be unrest and dis
satisfaction in the western railroad
world as a result"
Aurora, III. Alvin Schlitz and
Nicholas Dittiman killed when motor
cycle was struck by Northwestern,
Mason City, la. Nick Jashvich,
confessed killing Alexander Kaslosky
as he slept beside his wife; result of
quarrel over money.
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