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WHY NOT MELONS FOR THE
WORKERS? Suppose the Amalga
mated Order of Bookkeepers through
their chairman, waited on the boss
tomorrow morning and said: "Boss,
we must have a 100 per cent increase
in our wages!"
Or suppose the International Asso
ciation of Clerical Workers did the
same; or the Confederated Brother
hood of Police Court Reporters?
Wouldn't there be a shock in the
Yet, why not? We read in the pa
pers that the Swift company, pack
ers of beef, have just cut a melon of
100 per cent stock issue, or 'its equiv
alent in cash. The Armour firm has
declared a special $4,00A,Q0D divi
dend, an equivalent of nearly 100 per.
cent profits for the stockholders. The
steel trust has just announced quar
terly earnings of 84 millions and a
few hundred odd thousand. In other
words, corporations every day, we
loarn from the papers, are acknowl
edging profits of 100 per cent.
The four railway brotherhoods
have been frightfully abused for ask
ing for a reduction in hours', equiv
alent, the railroads claim, to a 20 per
cent raise in wages. How much have
the middle class man's, the salaried
man's, wages been increased? How
many instances can you find in which
his income has been doubled? How
many in which it has been increased
to the extent of 16 per cent, which
represents the rise in the retail price
of food during the past five years?
How many cases are there where
wages have been increased 10 per
cent, which represents the rise in re
tail prices of food during the last
Think it over. Suppose your book
keeper announced to his boss; "T
have decided to take enough in salary
to cover depreciation, meaning de
preciation of my health, my age and
my mental powers." Suppose the
bookkeeper announced further that
he would like a "sinking fund," a
fund for "increasing his equipment,"
also an amount to be set aside as a
'.'surplus"; an amount for "future
betterments"; a special fund to pay
Why should corporations talk the
language of -"betterments," "sur
passes," "depreciation," "sinking
funds," etc., and not the salaried
man? . A corporation only has
MONEY Invested in its business. The
INDIVIDUAL is selling his BRAINS,
his LIFE, .and his BODY. Which has
the hjghe'r claim?
A BOY'S THOUGHTS, IN BATTLE.
A boy of 19 years feUrin battle in
Prance the other day, ,. He was the
heir to a peerage that'of Lord Glen
conner. Wyridham Tennant was his
They found in a pocket of his
jacket a short note, scratched on a
scrap of paper. On the outer side of
the folded .sheet vras the one word:
"Mother." The note read:
t'Thia is written, in case anything
happens to me, for I should like you
to have just a little message from my
own hand. Your love for me and my
love for you have made my whole life
one of the happiest there has ever
been. This is a great day for me.
'High heart, high speech, high deeds,
'ir'd honouring eyes.' Gd bless you,
and give you peace!"
iot even the turmoil and the tra
vail of the trenches can wipe out i
real man's veneration for his molliw.