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VOLUME XLV. NUMBER 29.
YUMA, ARIZONA, THURSDAY, JULY 8, 1915.
U. S. R. S. COB RECORDS
DISCLOSE STARTLING TRUTHS
(By Benjamin Franklin Fly) ("feast for the gods," if VOU
You land owners, entrymen'Pf and a11 rof this for and belief i do not know of any
' J j L j j i f : i wh pro thov ho vo rrimnlnint '
unit holders and water users,
"The Chairman (Fitzgerald of New
York) While on this question of pro
fit, let me ask you, is there any com
plaint from the employes about the
price they have to pay."
"Mr. Davis (Director U. S. R. S.)
I have never known of any complaint."
"The Chairman The prices are so
fixed that they are satisfactory to
those who patronize the stores."
Mr. Davis That is my observation
was not aware that any one in the ser
vice purchased supplies at cost, or less
than cost, therefore the estimate of
"10 or 12 per cent on the sales." How
ever this or that may be, the "system"
is worse than rotten, it even smells
unto Heaven itself and if it can not be
conducted "on the dead square' giving
every one an equal and exact chance
to furnish all these supplies then in
the name of common decency, in the
interest of every merchant on the Yu
ma project, for Heaven's sake abolish
the whole "system!" The poor are
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tnat lb Clldrgeu Ilie LUinillUll very grjevous complaints of the em- J sideration to say the least; the o
laborer. Is that equal ployes is that the company operating dollars per day workman who stj is
and exact justice tO all"? the stores practically gets ail the com-j his back in carrying sacks of cement
But, let's follow this a lit- "Pensation of the employes in the form to be dumped in the river (under or-
'1a furfVir onrl e nrhof hon ot Profits for the stores, and that there aers) is entitled to as much considera-
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two-bits, twentv-five cents, or where thev have complaint,
,.n4.n "The Chairman I ask that because
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as well as those other good
citizens who reside in Yuma,
who may doubt the correct
ness of the statements made
in these articles iust stop a
j.ji.u;ir rrs 4- i npi is nothing for the employe. I wanted tion, when it comes
inumwiiftim mmivi vw iu peilS 1 1 11C HIGH ill lilC UailiUb
records and examine them;
go to your neighbor who has
seen this and that done, or
who knows of this or that be
ing left undone; go to men
who have been employed on
the Yuma project or to men
now employed; go to time
keepers and former time
keepers and make careful in
quiry into the "system," to
which there is such strong
objection, and every one of
you will be fully convinced
that "the half has not been
You will also find that the
"equal and exact justice to
all" is not the policy that has
heretofore been practiced on
the Yuma project!
Take, for example, the
method of keeping men at
work. Here you will find
that the man who earns his
daily bread by the sweat of his
brow, with pick and shovel,
and working under the direct
rays of a blistering sun makes
the munificent sumt of "two
bones" per day, out of which
he pays 75 cents for his meals,
consisting of ordinary, plain,
substantial food minus side
dishes or relishes, and minus
butter, and eats from a com
mon mess-table. On the
other hand, the "educational
and non-educational" em
ployes at Reclamation head
quarters, in the local service,
receiving all the way from
-100 to $300 per month, have
their dining table spread with
fine linen and fairly groaning
under the weigh of the good
things set before them a
it comes to purchasing
vnnr statement in the rer.nrd as tn I boots and shoes sn old that "the mem-
nevei get Supplies at COSt, but whether you have had complaints of ory of man runneth not to the con-
tney pay SUtllCient OVer and that character that the compensation ' trary," as is the high-falutin' engineer
who tries to make the water run up
hill! Because the poor devil doesn't
PAINFULLY HURT By
above COSt tO make the grOSS of the employes is eaten up by patron-
amount of business done net a izing the stores-"
Drofit Of 25 ner Cent After "Mr Newe11 (consulting engineer) register a kick at the prices charged
tU k4.-fro,1 1 miht sav that the Plicv has been,nim is simply because he is no fool
Seeing me DOUntllUl Spread tQ make a profit Qf abQUt 1Q Qr 12 per he would be instantly discharged if he
On the educational and non- ;cent on the sales, and at the same time' did kick- And also discharged just as
educational" table and wit- to cover all overhead charges, and es- Quickly if he pointed out any error of
neSSing the Scanty number Of pecially to give a good class of material 'Judgment by those above him as. has
dishes on the "common la- that is to say a little better class of ivery often been the case on the Yuma
hnr" ttipcq tchlA Parh rmirina boots' shoes and clothing at the same ' project. Mr. 'Lawson, Mr. Teasdale
DOr mess laDie, eacn paying price th&n couW fae Qbtained frqm mail. and Mr. Fleming will probably set all
the Same price it mUSt neces- order houses the nrime ohiect heine: these things right "for such, are they
Sanly IOllOW that Common to keep the men on the work and at doctors."
llabor iS actually feeding the same time to be sure that the
those who hold the easy jobs ! stores are not running behind, but are
The same is true, according to very actually earning enough to offset the
trustworthy and reliable sources, with loss on any hospitals or on account
regard to the purchase of supplies r any dlsaster that might occur.
the favnred nnos fret whatsvpr tw That perfectly illustrates the work-!
want at cost, sometimes possibly at a lng ot tne svstem and tnat s wnat
good deal less, whereas, "common la- rm kici"g about not the employes
bor" pays enough above cost to make "svstem-"
the entire amount snld hrintr ?n a 9.R Mr- Davis had heard nO complaints
per cent profit, again showing that the and truthfully said so; but it must be
'xnmmnn tow foii borne in mind that his business of
erything purchased by the seventy-odd "director of the Reclamation Ser
"educational and nnn-edneatinnal" em- vice" does not throw him in personal
ployes at local reclamation headauar- cntact with the "common labor " the
ters fellows whovpay enough for what they
buy to net a profit of 25 per cent, and
onow up tnis line or thought a step auite naturally he hears no "kicks"
.further and you will see that during from them; and aIso quite naturally he
juiy ana August tne custom Has been hears no word of compiaint from the
to lay on several hundred men who "educational and noneducational" class
unfortunately for them, came under who get everything they want at cost
laUux lUC uui just as we aU dQ who haye the chance;
devils who only get ;'two bones" per but his ears must be ., on firp at
day. When all this large force is "laid times when common labor begins talk.
off "their pay ceases instantly, but not in about Dayin two b5ts f. . .
,so with the army of employes at head- cent nose rag or 7 50 for & pair Qf ?g
fiudrierb. shoes, and these latter having been
Instead of being "laid off," they are purchased from a. store bearing the
given a "vacation on full pay"! Is that name of a partnership firm that had
"equal rights to all, exclusive privi- been dissolved years and years before,
leges to none"? showing that the shoes need not have
It may be interesting right here to been sold to any one in order to make
quote a few lines from the hearings be- them walk; for they are not only old i
fore the Congressional subcommittee enough to do that unassisted, but they
jof appropriations, the same pentlemen were probably old enough to have vot-
who visited Yuma not very long ago. ;ed for Grover Cleveland!
The question then being inquired into When Mr. Newell testified, it had
was the reclamation stores. Heres the not been put in the record that the pro-
record, read it: fit was 25 per cent, and he probably
Jack Levake, Ed. Buker and Pablo
Munoz were injured by a premature
explosion at Potholes last evening. Ida
digging an unexploded charge. Dr. Ap--John
went out and dressed the wounds,.
Mr. Levake, who has charge of the
reclamation work at the dam was hit.
on the knee by a flying rock. Mr. Bu
ker sustained painful injuries about,
the head and eyes, which may ne'ess-.
itate his coming to the Yuma hospital,
PfiESCOIT MS II
"The theory of absolute prohibition
has much to commend it. The work
ing of absolute prohibition is a horse
of another color. We still believe that
the proper regulation is the better
method." Prescott Courier.
But who wants the saloon regulated
in Arizona now? Certainly none but
the liquor interests, who hope to open
up saloons again.