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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, May 29, 1916, NOON EDITION, Image 3

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FREIGHT HANDLERS GIVE THE
RAILROADS UNTIL THURSDAY
The freight handlers' union has
given the railroads until Thursday to
agree to the new terms submitted by
the menyesterday. The new terms
-ask for a 15 per cent increase, in
stead of 25 per cent, as at first in
tended. This action was taken at a
massmeeting addressed by Sam
Gompers yesterday afternoon.
In addition, the men ask tinle and
a half for overtime, double time on
Sundays and holidays,, and complete
recognition of the union. The de
mands were submitted to 22 rail
roads. Sam Gompers, in his speech to the
freight handlers, said in part:
"We do not wish to break, crip
ple or bankrupt capital We wish
to work with the men who employ
us, but we wish to work with them
as man to man. We do not wish to
approach them in pleading and sup
pliance. We wish to tell them what
we desire, what we think we ought to
have; that we believe the profits of
their business warrants them paying
us better wages and all owing us bet
ter working conditions. We wish to
respect our employers, .but at the
same time we wish them to respect
us. Singly we cannot accomplish
this. It is possible only through or
ganization." WAR BULLETINS
London. Two British forces are
now closing in rapidly on Germans
in German East Africa, last of the
kaiser's colonies unconquered.
Advancing from southwest, Gen.
Northey, commander of Northern
Rhodesia, has marched 20 miles into
German territory. Main British force
under Gen. Smuts, moving from the
northeast, has captured railway sta
tion at Ipiana evacuated by enemy.
Paris. In five-hour battle waged
last night on west bank of Meuse,
two most violent German attacks
from Corbeaux woods, west of Cum
ieres, were completely refulsed.
STRIKERS FAIL TO CONNECT
WITH SAM INSULL
Sam InsulPs attitude toward the
striking employes of the Common
wealth Edison Co. remains as stub
born as ever. Yesterday Irving
Knott, business agent of the Elec
trical Workers' union, Local 9, gave
the company another chance to avert
the shutdown of electric current in
Chicago. But after a two-hours' con
ference he decided that Sam Insull
would see Chicago dark before
granting decent conditions to the
ment. So the strike goes on.
W. G. Keith, city commissioner of
gas and electricity, has asked union
leaders to meet him today. It is said
he will try to arrange arbitration of
the trouble.
Albert Reterson, business agent of
the engineers' union, which is going
out in sympathy with the electri
cians, said that practically all of his
men would be out this afternoon.
CHJEF BACKS UP PRAISE
"Chicago has one of the most ef
ficient fire departments in the world,
taking in from both the standpoint
of the individual and the department
as a whole." Prom the statements
of insurance companies.
The auto of Acting Chief John
Stahl, 3d battalion, reached the fire
at the Hirst & Begley Linseed Co.,
Armitage and Mendel, long before
the engines - yesterday. Hearing a
negro watchman was trapped on the
second floor, Chief Stahl went up a
piece of iron pipe hand over hand
and broke a window. He found the
unconscious watchman, Tom Clay
ton, and carried him to safety. The
fire caused $20,000 damage.
Investigating death of Mildred
Hoffman, Milwaukee, at home of
Miss Blanche Curley, 9 S. Oakley av.,
of suspected illegal operation. Drs.
W. J. Wick and W. D. Pennington. 31
N. State, summoned before coro
ner's inquest.

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