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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, May 08, 1916, NOON EDITION, Image 14',
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"The night has a thousand eyes,
The day but one,
Yet the light of a whole world dies
With the setting sun."
Light is wonderful. Without it
nothing is possible. But it is riotous,
revealing, obvious. The dark is mys
terious, concealing, subtle.
WAGES GO UP, 'TIS TRUE, BUT THE COST OF
LIVING GOES UP FASTER! -
.WES INCREASE if
ONE HALF. OF &J3&&
Washington, May 8. "Mammoth"
boosts in wages? It is to laugh!
The figure $64,426,464, which is
the annual amount of wage increas
es granted the first of this month,
looks big in print
But when you figure it by the week
and spread it over the 706,500 men
affected by the raise, it comes down
(whisper) to $1.75 a week for each
You can dope out for yourself
what YOU do with that mammoth
Foremost in the wage increase
was that of the U. S. steel corpora
tion, which gave 250,000 of its men
an advance of $1.54 a week!
The advance received by the Pitts
burgh district coal miners aggre
gates $1.01 a week.
There's nothing so modest, how
ever, in the advances in food prices,
as anybody's wife can testify. Every
thing on the poor man's table costs
more than it ever has before.
In the past four years the most of
eating has increased 9.27 per cent.
The wage increase of $64,000,000
is a raise on the country's total an
nual wage list ($12,000,000,000) of
.00533 per cent a little more than
one-half of 1 per cent.
In other words the cost of eating is
going up just 17'2 times as fast as
the workman's pay.
And this figure is probably too low.