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" cago is also interested in the daily life of the street rail
' way employes. I hope the day isn't far off when all men
will understand that they are interested vitally in the
daily life of all other men.
During the investigation of wages of department store
employes by the O'Hara committee it was sought to find W
out what a girl could barely exist on; and the idea ap
peared to be that if the girls got enough wages to merely
exist there wasn't much else to be expected.
But that isn't the fair basis. All of us will have to see
the importance of a much higher American standard of
living than mere existence the bare holding together
of soul and body so the individual can keep on working
That may work out as to horses and mules, but not as
to human beings, on whom depend the character of
future American citizenship.
Mayor Thompson and the two arbitrators who will
act with him now have an opportunity to set a new stand'
ard for American citizenship and set a splendid example
for all American cities.
This editorial is inspired by an advertisement printed
in today's Chicago newspapers by the Chicago Surface
Lines. There the street railway owners speak of a new
era in the management of great properties, with new
and higher ideals in the minds of the managers.
I shall probably discuss further the contents ofhat
advertisement, but today will merely suggest that the
men back of the management of the companies make
good on their public announcement.
I suggest that all of them begin by reading the Decla- jjj
ration of Independence and the American constitution
and then take for their text the assertion of the" rights of
all men to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Then let them analyze that statement carefully and
figure out from the standpoint of the public good what
meaning all of us ought to give to it as good citizens.
My own belief is that it will be better for all of us if we
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