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T READY WITH JITNEYS, MR. MAYOR
If Mayor Thompson can get street
car managers and employes together
and prevent a strike he will render a
great service to the people of Chi
cago. The important thing for him to
keep in mind in a war like this is that
he is a representative of all of the
people of Chicago and that they have
rights as well as employers and em
ployes. The game of the companies, aided
by the subservient newspapers, is to
create a public impression that all
the blame for a strike should be
placed upon the employes. The first
refusal of the men to arbitrate gave
the managers an opportunity to play
There is little or no chance for
striking street railway employes to
win if public opinion is against them.
Knowing this, the bosses have been
making their play to line up public
sentiment against the men.
The announcement by the compa
nies that they would not run their
cars if the men struck, but would
keep them in the barns, means that
their game will be to get the whole
town hot under the collar because of
a lack of transportation facilities.
People can't walk to and from their
work and their homes.
Even if they did it for a few days
they would get sick of it mighty quick
and then they would begin damning
the striking employes.
But the fact is that the street rail
way managers would be quite as
much to blame.as the men, because
of their refusal to pay fair wages to
Chicago now has a chance to show
street railway magnates a new game
in the strike business. The city itself
can start jitney bus routes and take
care of the people while employers
and employes are fighting their bat
tle. The game of the companies will
be to make the people walk and thus
get them sore at the men, and then
drive the men into accepting any old
wages the bosses see fit to pay.
The companies may refuge to agree
to any sort of arbitration that gives
the men an even break. If so, then
Mayor Thompson should not put all
the burden on the men, but encour
age jitney bus routes and, if need be,
put the city in the jitney bus business
If the mayor can't bring the man
agers and men together, then his
first duty is to see that the people of
Chicago have transportation facilities
even if the street cars all go to the
There are thousands of autos In
Chicago that could be put on the
streets, and the city has already
mapped out jitney bus routes.
CHICAGO GRAIN. AH grains
higher. Provisions lower. July
wheat closed at $1.08.
NEW YORK STOCKS. Market
closed firm; quiet through session.
Probably showers and thunder
storms tonight and Sunday; warmer
tonight; strong southeast winds to
night shifting to westerly Sunday.
Temperature Friday Highest, 68;