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HOW MARSHALL FIELD HI. GETS HIS POLO
PONIES, ALSO WHITE PANTS AND SHOES
Marshall Field III. is down in North
Carolina. He rides polo ponies.
Wears white pants and -shoes. When
he wants anything to eat or wear, he
calls for it. And it's brought to him.
Well this story ain't about the Field
kid playing polo on ponies or swim
ming with his new wife or wearing a
new fancy shirt. This story is only
about some of the people who work
for the Field kid.
"Among the Pullman Co, car clean
ers now on strike there is probably
as desperate poverty as may be found
in Chicago," said Agnes Nestor, pres.
Woman's Trade Union league today.
"On strike are 500 men and 200 wom
en. Wages of women are $1.35 a
day, of men, $1.90 a day. The work
day is ten hours. They work seven
days a week, except every third week,
when they have Sunday off. Their
demand in this strike is for a two
cent an hour increase and pay for
"The responsibility for these con
ditions, where human being are paid
far below a living wage, traces back
in part to citizens of Chicago who
are known and can be named.
Among those chiefly responsible are
the trustees and manager of the
Marshall Field estate, which is repre
sented on the Pullman Co. board of
directors by Mr. Chauncey Keep.
Most powerful of all the individuals
on the Pullman board of directors is
Rob't T. Lincoln, chairman of the
board, and also a director in banks
and public utilities of Chicago.
"Some of the women on strike
have children. The revolt of these
women is against conditions that ac
tually effect a starvation of the phy
ical tissues of the children in the fam
A telegram of Frank P. Walsh, for
mer chairman U. S. industrial rela
tions com'n, to Rob't T. Lincoln con
tains facts based on an investigation
made personally by Geo. P. West,
now at Ft Dearborn hoteL The tel-.
egram to Lincoln reads:
"I desire to call your attention to
the situation among the workers in
Pullman Co. service at Chicago. 500
men and 200 women employed as car
cleaners are now on strike. Women
are paid $1.35 for 10-hour day; men
are paid $1.90 for 10-hour day. They W
work seven days a week, with every
third Sunday off. More than half of
the women have from one to five
children. They have only one day in
three weeks to be with these children
"Both men and women are asking
for every other Sunday off and only
2 cents an hour increase. Pullman
Co. has filled their places with negro
strikebreakers. Committee from the
strikers has been repeatedly told by
Pullman officials that their places
would be filled by others and that
the company has no further interest
in them. Many strikers have worked
faithfully for your company for a
great many years.
"In view of your declaration as to
the right and necessity of workers to
organize and the fact that the wage
paid these workers is less than that
proven by the government time and
again to be necessary for bare sub
sistence according to American
standards, will you not please in
struct your local officials to deal with
these people in the spirit expressed
by you while on the witness stand
before the commission on industrial
relations. I feel sure that your sense
of justice and humane instincts will
cause you to grant this request and
it is in this spirit that I have taken
the liberty of addressing you."
"A strike committee of the day la
borers at Pullman talked with officers
of the company yesterday afternoon
and were offered a raise of 2 cents
an hour," said Bill Hoywood, secre
tary L W. W. today. '.'They refused .
this pay raise and say they ae hpj,,