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chances are there would have been no settlement by arbi
tration, but rather a finish fight. And a finish fight
wouldJtave meant one of the most disastrous street rail
way strikes in history.
In taking the stand that he represented the entire citi
zenship of Chicago, and particularly those who were not
m parties to the street railway war, Mayor Thompson
asserted the rights of the people; and Chicago is for
tunate because he stuck to the job until he won out.
Chicago has once more pointed the way. Other cities
may profit by the Chicago example and see the wisdom
of barring Rockefeller tactics in the settlement of indus
trial wars the use of hired criminals to shoot down
honest workingmen who are making a stand for a decent
j living and human rights.
Arbitration in Chicago will be easier in the future if
the arbitration of this street railway war is governed by
the square deal.
1 The employes of the street railway are entitled to de
cent working conditions and a living wage. They are
entitled to wages that will enable them to marry, to have
children and to raise and educate them up to a clean,
wholesome American standard.
The constitution guarantees them, as well as all citi
zens, the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happi
ness. And that should mean the right to a wage that
' will mean good, comfortable, sanitary housing, good
j food and enough of it, and health, happiness, comfort
j and education fdr their wives and children.
AND EVERYBODY, KNOWS THAT THE STREET
RAILWAYS ARE GATHERING IN ENOUGH NICK
M ELS FROM THE PUBLIC TO GIVE ALL THIS TO
THE EMPLOYES AND LEAVE AN ABUNDANT
PROFIT TO THE CAPITAL INVESTED IN THE
, Blair, Busby and Budd had one-hundredth part as
much heart as they have head there never would have
, bten a strike.