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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, July 08, 1915, NOON EDITION, Image 3

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tration, are rapidly being disbanded.
Not only one, but many cafe owners
and saloonkeepers have predicted a
wide-open. town.
BUSBY PLANNED TO BRING
THOUSANDS OF
THUGS INTO CHICAGO WEEK AFTER STRIKE
than 32 cents an
What would have happened with a
few days more of the street car strike
if city council had not shown a hand
a that scared the company into coming
to terms with the men was divulged
to the arbitration committee last
night by L. A. Busby, president of the
surface lines.
Busby admitted he was preparing
to start working thousands of strike
breakers. A general attempt to run
cars all over the ssytem would have
been made on Monday, June 21, one
week after the men walke dout This
much delay was taken in order that
a thorough scabbing system could be
perfected. It was also hoped that the
city,police would by that time be in
a better position to protect the lives
of the scabs and the property of the
company.
Just a few days more of the strike'
and Chicago would have been
plunged into a Rockefellerism of
blood and disorder. Thugs and ruf
fians would have been imported in
thousands from other cities. The
strikers would have been goaded to
protest. Then gunmen would have
gotten in their work.
Busby's testimony last night came
in the form of reluctant admissions,
dragged forth by Jacob LeBosky, at
torney for the men, in cross examin
ation. "How many men did you have to
operate your cars on Monday, June
14?" asked LeBosky. That was the
day of the strike.
"Not a single one," admitted Bus
by. "Within 48 hours, though, I had
offers from more than 25,000 men.
The offers came through agencies.
They came mostly form New York,
Philadelphia and St. Louis."
"What rate were you going to pay
them?" pressed LeBosky.
"I don't care to say."
"Was it more
hour?"
"That is the same kind of a ques
tion. I will not answer it," said Bus
by, "but the rate was lower than is
ordinarLy given for such temporary
employment"
This was interpreted as an admis
sion that he intended to pay much
higher than 32 cents an hour for
"such temporary work," as he called
strikebreaking, often draws double
pay.
Busby refused to discuss the bonus
that was offered, but admitted that
all arrangements had .been made to
board and lodge the men.
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TELEGRAPH BRIEFS
New York. John D. Rockefeller
will celebrate his 76th birthday in
his well-guarded estate at Pocantico
Hills.
Clinton, la. B. A. Howland, ce
ment manufacturer, Sterling, found
murdered. Two suspects held by the
police.
Muskegon, Mich. One of two un
identified holdup men, believed to be
from Chicago, shot dead by propri
etor of Greek restaurant they robbed
of $116.
Geneva, III. Albert S. Peck, one of
the wealthiest and most prominent
farmers near here, slugged by two
of his hired men. One caught.
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PATRIOTIC DEFERENCE
Oh, many a citizen you'll see 1
Preparing patiently to stand
And hear a lengthy speech when he
Would rather listen to the band.
Washington Star.
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Many a man gets a reputation for
truthfulness because he can't think
quickl v-nough.
-Lww.. M-l

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