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OUTSIDE PAPERS RAP, LINCOLN"
HOW ABOUT CHI. PRESS?
Robert T. Lincoln, chairman board
of directors Pullman Co., got slapped
by the New York Evening Post, the
St Louis Mirror and jother papers for
the peculiarly cold greed that glit
tered in his testimony before the U. S.
k industrial relations commission. No
Chicago papers have reprinted these
slaps. Lincoln is a director in the
Chicago Telephone Co., the Com
monwealth Edison and a pal of the
Potter Palmer and Marshall Field
crowd. Here's what William' Marion
Reidy says in the St Louis Mirror:
"I wonder if Mr. Robert Lincoln has
not pretty nearly achieved the dis
tinction of being about the meanest,
or at least the meanest-minded man
in the country. Consider who he is
and what he is, as revealed by what
he says and does, and then abandon
yourself to inextinguishable bitter
"No satirist could -flay this hon
ored, wealthy and powerful man
more artistically than he flayed him
self on the witness stand when he ad
mitted that the Pullman Co. is the
real recipient of the tips to its colored
porters. It gives to its colored por
ters less than a living wage and ex
pects them to make up what they
need to live on out Of the gratuities of
travelers. Mr. Lincoln testified that
on the whole the company is entitled
to great credit for keeping this field
of employment open to negroes, who
are so often discriminated against"
The New York Evening Post says
Lincoln "ought to remember that fail
ure to obtain sufficient tips by rea
b son of interference with traffic, slack
ness of travel or hard times has
brought many a porter's family face
to face with starvation.
"Descendants of the men the father
freed have long been exploited, over
worked, often without sleep enough
to keep a man well, an'd underpaid
by the company of which the Eman
cipator's son has been the head."
v t Why didn't Chicago .papers slapj
Lincoln this way? Because the cor-'
porations of which Lincoln is a direc-'
tor control the newspapers of Chi-'
BLAMES PARENTS' GREED FOR
MUCH CHILD LABOR
Seventy per cent of the children
under 16 who labor are not forced td
work because of poverty in the home,''
but because of paternal greed, says
a pamphlet issued by the legis
lative subcommittee appointed to in
vestigate the need of the Shurtleff
bill for working children. i
This knocks in the head the pet
conention of the employers, who
have pictured all working children as
sole supports of fatherless or desti-
Miss Anna Davis, director of the
bureau of vocational training of Chi
cago schools, is quoted as saying that
from 12,000 to 16,000 children yearly .
leave school mostly under the sev
enth grade, to go to work.
"The chid," iMss Davis is quoted,
"Js not doing anything by which is
may earn a living later in life. One
might think that cash girls in depart
ment stores in a few yearsjjecome
salesgirls, but theTnajorityT when "
too old tot children's tasks, seek em
ployment in low-grade factories."
JANE ADDAMS IN WAR'S VORTEX
Berlin. Miss Jane Addams, Amer
ican emissary of peace, is today in
the very thick of the war. She left
Berlin Sunday for Vienna, a few
hours before Italy's declaration of
war was flashed here, and was due
to arrive in the Austrian capital be
Berlin treated her conference here
with Chancellor Von Bethmann-Holl-weg
and Foreign Secretary Jagow,
when she presented The Hague wom
en's peace conference resolutions, as
a notable event While Germany still
regards an early peace as out of the
question, the gifted American woman
impressed every one with the serious
ness of her .mission, ,
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