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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, January 17, 1917, LAST EDITION, Image 4',
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JANITORS OUT ON STRIKE
POLICE ARE CALLED '
In all parts of Chicago union jani
tors begun walking out on. strike
early today, following the refusal of
the bosses' organizations to consider
their terms. As a result several
hundred families awoke in icy apart
ments. The police of the Sheffield av. sta
tion were rushed to a 24-apartment
building at 2747 Hampden ct., owned
byJLouis Geham, where Fritz Lutlass
had walked outon strike. The fur
nace fuse had frozen and the pipes
burst. The temperature of the build
ing was around the zero mark.
John Collins, ex-chief of police,
was another sufferer. The janitor of
his building at 6901 Lake Park e.v.,
walked out early this morning.
John's trilbies were stiff with the
cold when he awoke. John, Jr.,
saved he day by donning overalls
and Bitching into the janitor's work.
Officials of the Janitors' union
complained to Chief Schuettler early
in the day that policemen, who had
been summoned to strike-bound
buildings, were being used to fire the
furnace. Schuettler promised an in
The organized apartment build
ing owners, frightened by the jani
tors' strike which is to be called to
day, made a desperate, eleventh
hour attempt to dictate terms to the
union leaders that would include a
s,light increase". Wm. Quesse, head
of the Flat Janitors' union, replied
that the offer had arrived too late.
"We have been trying to get, to
gether along these lines with tlje
apartment house owners for weeks,"
he said. 'They turned us down time
after time. Now that we have called
the strike they offer to arbitrate. It
cost our organization $3,000 to call
this strike, and it is too late to call
it off, even if we wanted to, which we
do not That 10 per cent raise offer
is an evasion. It is not the apart
ment house'owners who are present-
f ing demands. It is the Flat Janjtors'
"The salary question is important,
but it is not the only issue of the
strike. We want decent working con
ditions. And we're going to get
them. Practically all the agents are
signed up on our agreement now and
we'll have these private owners be
fore we're through, because we
Over 400 buildings will be affected
by the strike.
GERMAN RAIDER SINKS 19 SHIPS
' OFF BRAZIL
Buenos Aires, Jan. 17. German
raider, believed to be steamer Vineta.
has sunk 20 merchant steamers and
two French schooners in south At
lantic, according to dispatches re
ceived here today from Pernambuco
and "Rio de Janeiro, detailing land
ing of survivors at Pernambuco.
An additional message from Rio
declared that raider had sunk still
another British ship without warn
ing causing, loss of 400 persons.
In all, 237 survivors from victims
of German raider were landed at
London. British admiralty an
nounced sinking of one British and
two French, merchantmen by Ger
man sea raiders.
London. British admiralty issued
a statement confirming the United
Press report from Buenos Aires that
a German raider had sunk 'British
and French steamers in the South
Paris. French patrols penetrated
the German lines at several points on
heights of the Meuse and in Apre
mont forest. Gjerman attacks at se
veral other points were repulsed.
Petrograd. Russian forces storm
ed and retook Rumanian city of
Berlin, via Sayville Wireless. In
spite of unfavorable weather condi
tions, 66 enemy aeroplanes were
brought down in November, while
1 19 German planes were destroys