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gering sums that are called separa
Out of the army he gets wages he
never had dreamed of getting, double
and sometimes treble the best he had
For the first time in his experience
or his caste's he knows comfort and
the jingle of free coin in his trousers'
He makes retail business hum in
England, he crowds the theaters,
livens up the streets, turns the old,
gloomy look of London into mirth,
and produces prosperity everywhere.
Times are flush on HIS account; life
for all persons, except those bowed
down by the finger of death at work
in the trenches, is easy. As for the
war, except for these throngs of men
in khaki, you would never guess here
there was a war. You can't see an
other sign of it.
. So far, all goes well with him, pro
vided only he is not popped off or
horribly maimed or maddened out
there at the front.
But when the war is over, take
note, 2,500,000 of him will come
home, demanding jobs!
He will find more than a million
women filling men's jobs, filling them
mighty well and at less than half of
About five million other men who
never went to the war at all will be
clinging to other jobs at high pay
and resenting any attempt to reduce
it or to displace them.
A war debt so vast, so unprece
dented and so appalling that men do
not dare to think of it and its con
sequences, will cripple industry- and
eat up incomes.
The cost of living has increased
60 per cent and CAN'T be forced
back all the way, at least.
Men who have risked their lives in
a great cause must have employ
ment There are not nearly enough
jobs to go around.
These are the bare facts. I will
explain them later the soaring
prices and booming; wages, he debt J
burden" and cost of the dance, even
trying to explain the careless face of
London. But take only these bare
facts. It is evident, perfectly evi
dent, that things will have to be done
to meet this situation totally differ
ent from any things ever done be
fore great, new and very likely
Armies, generals, cabinets, policies,
trenches, treaties, changes of the
maps all are nothing, when com
pared with the changes this big,
silent fellow in the background
promises to make. Keep an eye on
him. He is the boss of the situation
on Aug. 4, 1916 or soon will be.
LEATHER WORKERS STRIKE AS
AGREEMENT RUNS OUT
Leather Workers union No. 12 has
called a strike that affects 1,200 men
in more than 40 Chicago shops..
The old agreement between the
workers and the firms which are
members of the Trunk and Bag Mak
ers' ass'nr expired Aug. 1 and the em
ployers declined to sign a new agree
ment. Conditions among the leather
workers have been bad, especially
among the girl workers. A man
worker who averages $15 a week is
considered to have a good job, and
the work requires skill, while the
hours are long. The girls are paid as
low as $4 a week.
These firms have signed with the
union: Haskell Trunk Co., 141 N.
Wabash; T. J. Riordan Co., 3943 Lin
coln av.; Sta-Right Leather Mfg. Co.
Aid. Capitain, 25th ward, is one of
the employers against whom the
leather workers are striking.
BITS OF NEWS
State health and dental boards
going after doctors and dentists who
have obtained licenses to practice
Armadillo, captured by Corporal
Simmes, Chicago soldier on border,
will be added to. Lincoln Par& 309,