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average working man pays for his
Outwardly it does not make a show
of cultivating negro trade. Sassiety
and would-be sassiety from the drive
and the Noath Sho' objects to rub
bing elbows with shoppers of dusky
hue. Field's doesn't even employ ne
gro elevator operators or porters.
But it sure is strong for making Pull
man porters' uniforms at $29.50 per
(cap $1.50 extra).
There's no getting around it. Por
ters must be customers of "the Ca
thedral of Stores" if they work for
the Pullman Co.
Pullman conductors, too, are on
the list of Field's compulsory cus
tomers. But Pullman conductors
after 10 years' service get their suits
free, while the porter pays on for
ever. For that matter, white conductors,
brakemen and flagmen in the pas
senger service of the Illinois Central,
Michigan Central, Rock Island, Chi.
& Great Western and some of the
New York Central lines are instruct
ed to buy their uniforms from Mar
Chauncey Keep, trustee for the
Marshall Field estate, is a director of
the Pullman Co.
John G. Shedd, manager of Mar
shall Field's department store, is
chairman of the board of directors of
the Rock Island road.
The Field estate is said to be an
important factor in Illinois Central
A Field employe, told a Day Book
reporter that the New York Central
lines were given a big share of Field's
-In the case of one road a big uni
form tailoring company was pre
pared to underbid Marshall Field, but
Field's got the contract The freight
business the store gives this road is
4 Employers who won't let uni-.
formed employes buy their clothes
where they please may get the best
contract they can for the workers,
or may yield to the pressure of busi
ness influence or the chance for a
"rake-off" and permit their workers
to be soaked a few dollars extra on
"This pair of blue trousers I have
on I bought for $3.50 in a State street
store," a colored Pullman porter con
fided to a Day Book man in the por
ter's locker room, Northwestern sta
tion. "If a Pullman company in
spector sees these pants and his
eagle eye will lamp 'em sooner or
later, I'll be told to get a pair of
pants from Marshall i Field's or my
job makiiT down berths will sure be
gone. The pants I'll get from Mar
shall will be practically the same as
these and cost me $7.50.
"Most of the railroads which have
contracted with Field's for uniforms
do not compel its workers to buy
uniforms at Field's under pain of dis
missal, but it will see that Field's gets
its money, if the employes' envelope
has to be tapped, while it won't guar
antee that any other uniform mak
er's bill will be paid," said an inde
"The strictest road is the Illinois
Central It's the talk in railroad cir
cles that an I. C. worker who doesn't
want to pay Field's price for a uni
form had best watch his P's and Q's
if he wants to hold his job.
"It's the" negro Pullman porter,
though, upon whom Field's has the
most thorough grip. I don't think
the porters are included in the late
Pullman ruling that permits conduc
tors on eastern roads to buy uni
forms from Wanamaker's. I think
every Pullman porter in America
must buy his uniform from Marshall
Morg. Pk. heavies 28, Hinsdale 22.
St. Rita lights 29, Morgan Park 15.
Phillips heavies 16. St. Ingatiu 14.
Parker heavies 36 Chi Latin 32.
Maroons 37, American College 8.
Whiting 34, Mystic A. C. 26.
Eckhart Blues 39, Pulaski Her. 31