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men. The porter, to get enough to
live on, -will be very attentive to those
who look "good" to him. He has to
do this, for that $27.50, with $2 or $3
held out for shortages, will not feed
"him on the road and keep his family
When vou are extending your sym-
pathy to the porter do not forget the
conductor, it is true ne geus a. sal
ary. He does not have to hold out
his hand to the passengers as they
leave the cars, but when a man gets
from $70 to $95 and it costs him
about $30 per month to live on the
road, his family does not have very
much to purchase more than the
bare necessities of life.
While the representatives of the
company said that they encouraged
the men to improve the service and
that they always had an opportunity
to go higher if they did not get the
proper treatment, it is well known
that it is not an easy matter to get
into the offices of the higher officials.
The case of John T. Bourke is fresh
in the minds of all newspaper reatf
ers. Some persons that had been pas
sengers on the train he worked tried
to work a case of blackmail on him
in order to sue the company. He was
given a very raw deal by the com
pany, and when he insisted on vindi
cation a representative of the legal
department told him that "if his five
years in the Pullman service didn't
thicken his hide so that he could
stand that (his treatment) he had
better resign," which he did."
A conductor writes me from Phila
delphia of the way they handed it to
him, saying that if we had an organ
ization he would still have been work
ing, as he was let out for a trifling ex
cuse and could get no hearing from
the chief inspector's office.
These officials go on the stand and
say that the men can always get a
hearing if they will take their trou
bles to a higher official. We hope to
soon be able to help them settle these
matters ourselves, and as they have
declared they are not antagonistic to
organization among their employes
we will give them a chance to be good
and look on.
The investigator for the commis
sion said that out of 41 porters inves
tigated 35 said they would rather
have a salary of $50 per month than
to work the way they were on tips.
R. W. Bell, 12051 Parnell Av.
ANSWER TO J. P Kindly inform
me if Emma Goldman's lecture on
birth restriction was recorded and
where could I obtain a copy. J. P.
Not printed. Postal censors rule
printing such information is in viola
tionof the law, which says nothing
obscene shall go through the mails.
Margaret Sanger is now under pros
ecution in New York, with Anthony
Comstock as the complaining wit
ness, for printing a pamphlet on
WE THANK YOU! Noted in
Thursday's Day Book the article by
HharlfiS TiVlwnrrI T?iiboo11 nnmrrohi.
Tating you on securing one as able as
ne to write upon present conditions
in Europe and elsewhere. A. C. Werl,
2800 South Park Av.
- WANTS FAIR PLAY. I want to
tell the readers of The Day Book of
a sad and shameful incident I wit
nessed the other day in a lunchroom
at 35th and Indiana av.
A well-dressed, refined and elderly
colored man came in and sat down
at the lunch counter. He sat there
for 15 minutes, but the waiters
He finally asked to be waited on.
A waiter replied: "We don't serve
The old man was dumbfounded. He
asked for the proprietor, who told
him that he did not cater to colored
trade, as the white folks objected.
"Isn't my money as good as any
white man's?" he asked.
The proprietor did not even reply.
Here I interfered and told the pro
prietor that if he didn't serve .this