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OG ARMOUR IS IN AGAIN READ
ALL ABOUT HIM
You know J. Ogden Armour.
You've read columns about him in
the high-brow press of our city.
He gave the Armour Institute
$2,000,000. He give-bigsums to the
United Charities. He donates to al
most every organized charity.
He's the biggest hog butcher in the
world. He owns almost a million dol
lars' worth of Continental and Com
mercial bank stock. And he owns
part of the Harris Trust, Hiber
nian, Illinois Trust, Central Trust,
Continental Trust and First National
He ranks with Julius Rosenwald,
who holds $30,000,000 worth of stock
in Sears, Roebuck & Co., mail order
plant which pays low wages and sells
to farmers who do not know of these
He's right alongside' of Vic Law
son, the aged Daily News owner, who
is worth $25,000,000 on the strength
of the paper alone. .He is clearing
$2,000,000 a year on the News and
has no children or heirs to leave the
Armour's name is mentioned in the
trust press with that of Sam Insull,
who bosses the elevated roads, the
gas company and the electric light
combine. Insull keeps a couple mil
lion a year and sends most of the
rest to his brothers in England and
the Rockefellers, and the Morgans.
Now, besides his world's champion
packing plant in the stockyards, Ar
mour runs a big soap wforks over by
the gas house at 31st and Benson sts.
Business is good. They have put
up three additions to the factory be
cause the soldiers in Euorpe are using
Armour's soaps in million-dollar lots.
Armour has been adding hundreds
of thousands of dollars to the stock
of coin that he now has, through the
work of the 1,500 toilers in his soap
So some of those who spend most
of their daylight hours in Armour's
njant got the lust for coin when they
saw the big money sliding into Ar
mour's piles which are already far
too big for one man.
And this is what happened, accord
ing to one ten-hour-a-day slave for
Fifty girls who work ten hours a
day because they are paid sometimes
only 9 and 10 cents an hour to do
the clerical work in the soap factory
struck a few weeks ago.
One of Armour's high-salaried
bosses raised pay one penny an hour.
This satisfied the girls and women
for two weeks, when they again went
on strike. Their greed was too much
for the Armour bunch, so they were
all shut out and negroes were hired
to do their work.
The white girls waited outside and
beat up some of the scabs and the
protection of the Chicago police de
partment was asked for and given.
The girls could not molest the black
strikebreakers now because there
were hard clubs ready for them if
So they started a campaign of
knocking the Armour soaps on the
South Side. Some high official in the
Armour interests heard about the
strike and the negroes and he made
a strong kick. It wasn't good policy
to throw out white girls and put ne
groes in their places, you know. So
the strikers were given another
penny an hour raise and taken-Jmck.
But discontent was rife among the
Armour toilers. Fifty men went out
in the soap shipping department
Then followed the glue works.
Scabs were hired, police were put
on the job to club strikers and the
company beat the workers out of
The curled hair workers, undaunt
ed by the experiences of the others,
demanded more money. They had a
good strong union which had been
organized secretly among the toilers
The company knew it and the hair
workers got their raise.
But the trust press has been silent
all the while.