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THE DAY BOOK
N. D. COCHRAN
EDITOR AND PUBLISHER.
BOO S. PEOBIA ST. CHICAGO, I LI.
Tolpnhnncxt Editorial. Monroe 333
l viupiiuneif delation. Monroe 3S20
SUBSCRIPTION--By Carrier In Chi
cago, 30 cent a. Month. By Mall.
United States ard Canada, 13.00 a
Entered as second-class matter April
21. 1914, at the postofflce at Chicago.
111., under the Act of March S. 1879.
Locomotive engineers working on
"through" freight service now have
an eight-hour day on 55 per cent and
firemen on 20 per cent of thenjje
age in the south; engineers on 5 per
cent and firemen on 3 per cent of the,
mileage west of the Mississippi.
The men do not demand excess
wages in overtime as long as the
freight train maintains an average
speed over the division of 12Vi miles
an hour; so the railroads cannot se
riously contend that the brother
hoods' request would involve a short
ening of divisions to 100 miles each.
W. Jett Lauck, railway economist,
estimates that additional outlay for
an eight-hour day would be neces
sary on only 20 per cent of the west
ern roads for through freight service,
and this NOT at the penalized rate
In view of these facts, doesn't it
rather look as if the railroads were
raising their great hullabaloo not to
keep their men's working hours
high, but to gouge extra freight traf
fic out't)fthe general public?
A pig has as much use for a tail as
a man has for the two buttons on
the back of his frock coat
THE ZULU IN THE WOODPILE.
From a member of a railway
brotherhood we get this:
"The railways don't expect to win
the coming strike: they may not
even force us to strike. They may
grant our eight-hour-day demand
without a walkout And then they
will use the fact that they have
shortened our hours as an argument
that they have increased our wages
'25 per cent or more' and they'll de
mand a corresponding increase in
freight or passenger rates. All their
publicity now is designed not to beat
us trainmen, but to beat the public
Is this the reason for the railroads'
strenuous campaign against the de
mands of their employes?
Is the series of statements the rail
roads have given out intended, to
make the public believe they have
given the men a much greater con
cession than they really have?
In this connection some figures are
The roads have just won a 5 per
cent increase in. freight rates, hav
ing asked a 10 per cent increase from
the interstate commerce commis
sion. Railroad profits are larger now
than ever before in recent years; the
New York Central this year, we are
reliablv informed, will make 21.1 Der
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