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STREET CAR STRIKE COMES TO END AS MAYOR
IS PICKED AS THIRD MAN FOR ARBITRATION
The nerve of William Hale Thomp
son as mayor of Chicago this morn
ing ended the street car strike.
Pushed to the-wall in an all-night,
shirt-sleeve conference of union offi
cials and car company officials,
Mayor Thompson handed a threat to
Pre9. Busby of the Chicago City Rail
ways Co. that the city would bring
punishment on the car companies un
less they made concessions and gave
the union better arbitration terms.
The mayor charged Busby with
trying to use the city as a catspaw
and told Busby it wouldn't work. At
5 o'clock Busby took his hat, said it
was no use trying to get together and
started for the door out of the
The mayor blocked Busby's path.
He ordered the traction presidents to
go into one room and write the
names of 15 arbitrators, any one of
whom they would accept as arbi
trator. He asked the union officials
to do the same.
Mahon and his men came in soon
with 15 names. Busby, leading the
traction officials, handed the mayor
a sheet df paper with only five names
The mayor frowned. Pros. Bill
Quinlan of Div. 241 said: "He's
playing the same old game of hide-and-seek.''
Busby turned to the car men,
"Well, why don't you take Mayor
Thompson for the third man on the
arbitration board if arbitration is
what you want?"
Busby said this with something of
a sneer as though it was impossible
because Mayor Thompson has been
reported a heavy stockholder in the
Commonwealth Edison Co., which
sells power to the traction companies,
i "We'll take Mayor Thompson for
,the third man," replied the car men.
The arbitration terms say the
companies must bring in their books
showing amounts of salaries paid
officers of surface and elevated lines
and to the board of supervising en
gineers. No "trippers," motormen
and conductors assigned to single
trips and not given a full working
day, "shall be employed.
Five names submitted by the car
bosses for arbitrators were: Jacob
M. Dickson, former sec'y of war; W.
J. Calhoun, former minister to
China; John V. Farwell, of John V.
Parwell & Co.; John T. Pirie, of Car
son, Pirie, Scott & Co.; James M.
Simpson, of Marshall Field & Co.
"Union Men Are Now Running
These Cars" is the sign placed
on elevated trains running today.
This is the order of Pres. Budd.
When an elevated train ran by the
Briggs house at 8 o'clock this morn
ing, manned by strikebreakers, it was
seen by Pres. Bruce of the elevated
car men's union. He telephoned
"If the scabs are not off that car
before it reaches Wilson av. the strike
order will resume effect."
The men named by the union of
ficials as suitable for arbitrators
William 'B. Wilson, secretary of
commerce and labor in President Wil
son's cabinet; Gov. Dunne, Carter H.
Harrison, Judge Marcus Kavanagh,
kJudge W. E. Dever, Judge John P. Mc-
Goorty,- O. F.f Thompson, member of
the state board of public utilities;
Stephen S Gregory, lawyer; Judge
Joseph Fitch.-Judge Charles M. Walk
er, Charles A. Comiskey, owner of the
White Sox; United States Judge Ken
esaw M. Landis, Municipal Judge
Newcomer, United States Judge
Geo. Carpenter, Judge M. W. Pinck
new, Municipal Judge J. J. Sullivan.
Judge Klckham Scanlan, endorsed
by the Chicago Federation of Labor,"
was unofficially picked as the union
representative on the arbitration
committee which will set the wage
schedule of the car men.
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