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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, May 03, 1916, NOON EDITION, Image 2

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Gen. Funston was eliminated from
the meeting. This was obvious, al
though no official intimation of ob
jection to his presence was given out.
Funston strolled about lobby of the
hotel during the waning Uours of
meeting and the absence from con
ference was pointed to as indication
that negotiations had been robbed of
their military aspect Funston is
persistently reported to have clashed
with Obregon, during first confer
ence held in Juarez, over war min
ister's contention for expedition's
withdrawal and Carranzista's ability
to control situation.
Washington, D. C, May 3. Early
termination of American campaign in
Mexico is what Obregon-Scott agree
ment at El Paso spells in view of
authorities here today.
Hampered heretofore by necessity
of maintaining strong communica
tion lines almost paralleling railroad,
Gen. Pershing has not had free rein
he desired. Use of Northwestern line
granted by Obregon, means some of
guard troops can be utilized for chas
ing Villa bandits. Only thing remain
ing to fulfill agreement is Carranza's
6. K. This, officials think, will be
Agreement to establish American
base at Colonia Dublan means that
present Casas Grandes base will be
noved northward about 8 miles.
In effect, agreement is wh.at
Scott's original. orders sought. Amer
icans will patrol northern Mexico,
scattering Villa's men, while Car
ranzistas can chase him to the south
ward if they will.
A short, quick clean up campaign
is in prospect.
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Sooner or later a job that make
one work 12 hours a day in a mini
mum temperature of 100 degrees is
going to get on one's nerves.
However much one is used to the
work and acclimated to the tempera-,
ture, one will start to crumble
around mid-afternoon when the
ventilators, spouting artificially heat
ed air, shoot the thin red line of mer
cury up to 110 or 115, even 125 de
grees. The work got on the nerves of the
employes in the enameled wire dep't
of the Belden Mfg. Co., 2300 S. West
ern av. Last evening the night shift
joined the strike which the day shift
started yesterday.
The men worked 12 hours a day
because it is necessary to keep the
ovens hot all the time and their
piece-work pay averages them but
$18 a week. The work is such that
the temperature must at no time be
cooler than 100 degrees, the com
pany says, though the workers say
90 degrees is plenty warm enough to
insure good work. At times the work
room thermometer registers 125 de
grees. There are also the fumes from the
melting pots and baking ovens. They
fill one's lungs and burn like acid.
There is a strict rule against open
ing windows, no matter how heavy
the fumes. A cold draught of air
might ruin a batch of work.
The men ask an eight-hour day,
the same as similar workers at the
Western Electric Co. and other shops
are getting, and at a flat weekly
wage f $15. The company offered
a raise in piece-work wages, but the
men want a shorter day rather than
higher wages. They are afraid of
the menace of tuberculosis, which
accompanies long hours of inhaling
foul fumes at an unnatural tempera
ture. The Belden Mfg. Co. furnishes
enameled wire to the Chicago Tele
phone Co. and electrical supply and
manuafacturing concerns.-
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Paris.--Only artillery activity oc
curred last night on Verdun front.
Berlin. Reports that Bulgaria and
Turkey have opened peace negotia
tions with allies are untrue, Bulgar
ian official news agency declares.

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