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SALARIES GO UP, NOT WAGES. IN
RAIL WORLD, SAY EMPLOYES
The U. S. Chamber of Commerce,
which has Harry Wheeler, Chicago
banker, for its president and the
Chicago Ass'n ol Commerce as a
main cog, has its methods challenged
by the Transportation Brotherhoods'
"It's conclusions were arrived at
without bearing or asking for infor
mation from any one representing
the employes," says the bureau in
discussing rail strike statements-issued
by Wheeler and his committee.
"They formulated their report from
hearing only one side of the propo
sition. "These tactics remind us of the
methods of railroad attorneys in the
courts when an injured workman is
bringing suit any maneuver to de
lay the case and wear out the pa
tience and capital of the workman
is so much gained for the railroad."
That the general omcers who sit
in leather chairs at mahogany tables
at the general offices have had their
own pay fixed up nice and dandy,
while the men who run the trains are
forgotten is alleged with these fig
ures: "Taking 62 western railroads as a
fair example, the salaries paid gen
eral officers in 1900 were $4,537,404
and in 1913 $9,444,528, an increase
of more than 100 per cent.
"Revenue of the railroads in 1890
was $1.65 per freight 'train per mile,
and 1914 the earnings were $3.31 per
freight train per mile, an increase of
100 per cent, which shows the
freight train crews are producing
double the revenue for the railroads,
the general officers are receiving !
double the salaries and the train
crews are doing double the amount
of work they had to do a decade ago,
with no proportionate increase in
Troopettes at National Servioo
school at Lake Geneva learned to
bind wounds and make hospital cots.
"CZARESS OF LAKE" IMPLORED"
FOR RIGHT TO SWIM
Philip A. Grau put on a pair of
trousers over his bathing suit and
went for a swim in the Jake.
Grau lives in Wilmette, so he
went to the new beach which had
been started by the Wilmette Beach
ass'n, supposedly for the benefit and
pleasure of the people of Wilmette.
But Grau was toid he could not
dress for bathing at his home and
use the beach unless he paid the
regulation price of 50 cents for tho
privilege of a dip.
Grau thought there must be some
mistake, that probably it was the
trousers, which were objectionable, so
next day he put a raincoat on over
his bathing suit. Agajn a beach cop
"Does a man have to pay 50 cents
for swimming in a lake that belongs
to the public.'" Grau asked in a let
ter addressed to his. neighbor, Mrs.
G. L. Martin, head of the Wilmette
Beach ass'n, which insists on a
charge of 50 cents for bathers, "to
keep the common people off the
beach," as one of the wealthy mem
bers of the beach ass'n put it.
Grau calls Mrs. Martin "the
czaress of the lakes."
PROPOSE MOTOR BUS LINE FOR .
In an attempt to wrest a few
thousand nickels' daily from the
Rockeieller-lnsull financial crowd
and their English friends and bond
holders, C. H. Fyffe, attorney, asked
the highbrow south park board to
allow him to start a motor bus line
to carry passengers over South Side
Chairman of the board, John. Bar
ton Payne, beef-trust, beef-trust,
railroad and brewerylawyer, put off
U. S. Sen. Henry F. Hollis, N. M.,
father of rural credits law, will head
western labor bureau in Wilson