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CAR MEN INTENT ON ONE MAIN
PURPOSE EARNING A LIVING
There have been but few thrills in
the testimony given at the hearing
to arbitrate the demands of the street
car workers. Of the men from the
ranks who have come to tell the
story of their association with the
company none has posed as a hero.
None has claimed to have found
anything either poetic or heroic in the
motor control box or the cash regis
ter kicks. They are plain, earnest
men, all of them intent on an imme
diate purpose to earn a living.
The car company employe knows
there is a slim future ahead of him.
If he continues in the service there
is scarcely anything to hope for. Sel
dom is a man taken from the service
and given a superior position. The
man who wears a trainman's cap'
will probably wear it as long as he
stays in the service.
Neither is there chance for ad
vancement in the shops. James
Powers, foreman of the Kedzie barns,
told the board that he was not even
permitted to establish grades of skill
among his workers. Until two years
ago he would take an ordinary car
repairer and promote him through
varying grades of skilled classes of
repair work. Now he must make no
distinction. The company wants a
sort of joblot of workers, with no dis
tinction between the truck repairer
and those who work on the fine elec
At the meeting yesterday Wm.
Quinlan, president of the car men's
union, protested that there should be
no wage distinction between the dif
ferent classes of repair workers. Wm.
D. Mahon, international president,
disagreed with him. Their difference
of opinion furnished the first excite
ment of the meeting. Att'y Miller
for the company sided with Quinlan's
There was a bit of excitement at
the closing hour yesterday. Miller
objected to Mahon's way of directing
examination of witness. Mahon won
his point after a strong talk.
"Newt Fridemush's place is very
favorably situated on th' interurban.
From his vinder he kin see th' peri
scope of an approachin' car in time
ter board it at th' gate."
Wire John, now did you get that"
paint on your coat?
Hubby From the "men higher
Cornelius Lehane wil laddress an
open meeting of Die and Tool Mak
ers' Loral No. 113, International As
sociation of Machinists, Friday even
ing, July 2, at Vermont hall, Madison
and Sangamon sts.
Wm. Moyer, banker, sued for di-
vorce by wife. She charges desertion. K
Partly cloudy Thursday, probably
with a local thundershower and cogg
er by night; Friday generally fair;
moderate, variable winds.
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