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PRESIDENT LINCOLN'S ONLY
SON ADMITS SLAVERY
Chauncey Keep, trustee for the
Marshall Field estate, and Robert T.
Lincoln, son of the civil war presi
dent, are Chicago men who have
played the gatne.of life and money
mainly on a Chicago chess board.
The two are directors of the Pull
man Co. They have become million
aires through earnings of those com
panies. What a high, stiff wall there
is between them and the workmen
of the Pullman Co. is shown in this
from the official report of Lincoln as
a witness before the industrial com
mission at Washington:
Chairman Walsh Does it require
action by the board of directors to
fix a new wage schedule for em
ployes? Lincoln I think it would.
Walsh Would you have any ob
jection as a director of this company
to have a committee selected by your
workmen meet with your executive
committee of the board of directors,
the workmen to present their views
as to what their wages should be and
the facts upon whjch you might base
an increase of wages?
Lincoln I don't see why, I have
no objection to it It is rather an awk
ward way of doing it. Still I sup
pose it can be done.
Walsh What would you suggest
as" being the leasts awkward way of
getting the workmen before you?
Lincoln To have any committee
they wish meet one or more of the
officials of the company and let them
make a memorandum and present it
to the executive committee. It is pret
ty hard to get the board of directors
together for such a meeting.
Walsh Why, don't they like to
meet for that purpose?
Lincolfa I don't mean to say that,
but I know I would find it very hard
to get a meeting of the board of di
rectors to listen to I think I would
as a question merely of convenience
of the board.
Com. Garretson Have you ever 1
I figured up what would be the differ--
ence m the amount of money that it
takes to pay 6,500 porters ?30 a,
month, which is above your present,
rate and $60 a month, which is nearer
a living wage?
Lincoln That is a matter of pa
per and pencil.
Garretson For 6,500 men it would
be $2,340,000? ' '
Lincoln Something like that $
Garretson Is it not possible that '
this situation in which you control
the lives of men through their jobs
and wages had its foundation in a
condition that existed before the '60's,
when certain railroad companies
when certain railroad companies
owned the brakemen, I mean in fee.
The railroads had bills of sale for
their brakemen. I know two rail
roads that did that.
Lincoln I see (laughs).
Garretson This is something of
a parallel, only the employer (the
Pullman Co.) is less responsible than
the oldtime slave owner.
Com. O'Connell You recognize
there is such a thing as industrial
Lincoln There is undoubtedly un
rest So far as it comes to me, it is
the employes want more pay and I
don't blame them for wanting more
O'Connell-r When a large employer
fixes wages and hours for working
people without them having anything
to say in it, would you say that is one
cause of unrest?
Lincoln I have never heard it
given as one, is all I can say. I have
never studied it.
Cleveland. John D. Rockefeller
won injunction suit to restrain Cuya
hoga county from collecting taxes on
$311,000,000 worth of intangible
New York. George Niper celebrat
ed his 107th birthday with his young
est son who is 64. He still uses alco
hol and tobacco.