Newspaper Page Text
feVBNIN (PUBLIC TiBDaE)B--PHIliADBLPHIA FBIDAY, AUGUST 28, 1022
TOTrinxTrMrVs nriTT.TTrr nr.-nmrHite nrrrTrATVTOT.'DTrrAr liTOmAV. 'ATTttTTfiT 2rf. 1922 ' ,r'
PHTt.ADEI.PHIA RAPID TRANSIT COMPANY
EVERY EMPLOYE A fTOOKHOLOEN
August 23, 1922
NOW FOR THE PICNIC AND THE HELPING HAND
AFTER WORK COMES PLAY
Frem Willow Greve te Jacksen and from Richmond te Folsom, came our Vacatienists, the
Americanization Volunteers j they opened the lines, they "ate the brick-bats and have proved that in
industry there de exist principles for which men will fight.
The main battles are ever; new comes the a lower work of these who must painstakingly settle
down and plug ahead till permanent peace is established. We are new getting a sufficient supply of
these determined workers se that the Vacatienists our "Storm Troops" can new return te their
regular jobs at home. Then, tee, our big Annual Picnic of August 29 and 30 is fast approaching and we
are hopeful that most of the regular P. R. T. men will be at home for that
Hundreds e? men, literally hundreds, came quietly into Buffalo, denned their badges and went
le work with a coolness and dogged determination te win that has been a source of wonder te all.
Such an upholding of American principles I Such a belief in the Mitten Plan as a cure-all for present
Industrial strife 1 Everywhere men are heard te say that the Plan must be fair must be square, of
men would net rally te its defense In such numbers. Geed wages Uncontrolled election of empleye
representatives PensiensSick Benefits $1000 Life Insurance Saving Fund The Ce-Operative
Wage Dividend Fund every activity planned and executed en a 50-50 basis empleye and employer.
Who would net be ready te enter the lists te defend a square deal like that as against the union's
The Ce-Operative Council has at times been faced withr appeals from empleyes who have had
such a run of hard luck, usually combined with sickness, as te have practically put them financially
down and out. A fund from which money can be leaned te such empleyes, administered by Empleye
Trustees, would certainly be a geed thing, and te fill this need the Ce-operative Council has decided
that the net proceeds from the Annual Picnic will this year be devoted te establishing the Ce-operative
Helping Hand Fund.
The Willow Greve Park management has agreed, with the Picnic Committee, that our picnic
tickets are te be accepted for sandwiches, ice cream, het coffee and soft drinks at the Rustic Pavilion,
which should serve te further stimulate the sale of strip tickets which, as heretofore, will be geed en
the numerous rides and ether designated attractions.
P. R. T. has just completed a splendid route map, te supply a long felt need of visitors, and
residents as welh These maps will be sold for 10c each by conductors, and the proceeds turned ever
te the Ce-operative Helping Hand Fund as a company contribution. Suggestion has also been made
that unclaimed lest articles, new returned te the finders, should, instead, be sold at public auction and
the proceeds used te further swell the available cash in this beneficent fund.
A. A. MITTEN.
A NEWSY LETTER FROM BUFFALO
Dear Mr. Goods
Maybe you will be surprised te hear from me, but I just could net resist writing te you. I am
going te tell you what I have been deirig since the morning of the 13th of July when I met you com
ing out of the barber shop in the Callowhill depot. I came tip here en the 11.10 that night and at half
past four the following afternoon was sitting down in the Celd Spring Station eating supper. Satur
day morning I took a run ever one of the lines. Sunday I went for a round trip en two ether
lines and then came in the barn and told them te put me te work but they would net de se till Monday
morning. Monday they opened up three mere lines and se I went en what they call the Kenniere
line. It is a very nice section, all residential and very nice people te ride. The first day we hardly had
anybody te ride with us. On the second, the people would get en the car as if in fear, the third day
they would get en the car and as we would pass the time of day with a smile, they would just leek
at us as if in wonder. Then they began te speak te us. I am telling you this te let you knew it has
net been all milk and honey getting the people's confidence. It seems they have never been shown
much consideration by the majority of the men who previously have been running the car3.
New I am going te tell you of a little incident that happened te me at Parkside & Crescent
A middle aged lady was standing en the curb. My motorman stepped and I get off the car and
brought her ever te the car, as she was afraid of the jitneys, which were going by in a steady stream,
and would net step. I saw her safely en the car and scat. Then she said te me "Yeung man, you arc
net a native of Buffalo, are you?" se I said no te the question. Then she said "Well that is really the
first time I have ever been shown any consideration by an empleye of the I. R. Ce." and said that
6he was almost afraid te ride with them, but if the boys en that car were a fair sample of what was
down in Philly, why she hoped the Philly men would stay all the time. Since then it has been told
te me mere than once that "We have never had as comfortable a ride. That is some driver you have
get." New I am net going te say any mere about that, but a clipping from one of the local papers
will speak mere eloquently than I can. (Clipping reproduced herewith.)
New, as for the city itself, they have geed big wide streets and every facility for geed transpor
tation and it seems a shame te me te see it in the way it is. Of course, the I. R. Ce. is going te come
out en top. In fact, they have wen out already, but the expense has been enormous, as you are
probably aware. At the present time I am working en the Niagara Falls line. They call it the high
speed line here. My motorman is C. Maiscr, a former Callowhill man, but new of 49th Street, and
it is a common thing for the passengers te come te me and say "Well, conductor, that is the most
pleasant ride I have had for a long time."
New, as for the conditions here, I may say I have never felt better in my life. We get geed feed,
plenty of it, geed sleeping accommodation, and plenty recreation, and altogether we are having a
I guess you will wonder why I have net mentioned any trouble. Te tell you the truth, I have
net seen any trouble at all. There has been some, of course, but I have been one of the lucky ones
se far, and all the damage that is being done is by the jitneys and that is considerable; that is,
financially, and the sooner they get them off the streets the quicker it will be ever.
In closing, I must say that you have reason te be proud of the men from Philly, and I am going
te say of the bunch that came up from Callowhill Ne. 5, you remember the words you said te me the
last time I spoke te you. Well they were "I want you te conduct yourself se that you will be a
credit te us in Philly." I think you must have said that te them all for they certainly have done se.
Yours Sincerely, S. HASLAM.
COURTESY THEIR WATCHWORD
If thera la ene thlnp mere than anotlier that strfet car riders hnve noticed slnea the corn hnve been manned
by the new men, who took the strikers' pUccb, It la the courteous manner with which these men treat passengers.
It la a real noelty for Buffnlenlnns ...... . .. .... . . t . .
It hnB been n long time Blnce Htreet cur rlrters In thli cltv were treated with due respect. They had become
accustomed te having doers Blammed In their faurs, te neliiK oreuled at bv a motorman or a conductor, te belnir
refused trnnsfert) because they didn't apk for them at th' moment they paid their fares, te beliiB yelled at like cattle
for net mevlnir te the rear of the cars and te belnK treutel In general morn like. anlniaU than humans. Women and
children were treated the same eh men or even worse beciuse the men new and then put the lll-mnnnered conductor
or motorman In hh place. , .. , , .....
The condition of nffalrn that existed before the Ptrlke Ih one of the evils of unionism. It Is the same condition
which the union wlshex te continue by ferelnc: the company Inte a closed bhep eKrement. Under a closed shop
agreement the company can neither hlrn nor discharge Its cmplnyeu The union does It for the company. If a man
was particularly discourteous te a p,ifncnt;er and was reported the company could net. reprimand the eltenrtlnn
empleye or cle him IiIb time. The union was supposed te teke care of the man but It didn't and discourtesy anions
the street car empleyes grew apace. It didn't make any d fference hew many times a motorman or conductor offended
by lnsultlnir nasseniteis or trcntlnc them like animals tin company was powerless and could net let him out.
In It any wonder then that IlulYalenlans new upon their even In wonder when they beard street cars and are
treated by th.i crown as though they really amounted te fnmethlng. These new men are clean out first of all and
next thev knew hew te lis courteous and are actlnc accerilliiRly. They nra gentlemanly.
IluffalnnlanH are net accustomed te this kind of treatment but they are rapidly nrrewln te appreciate th yaat
difference und te be thankful te the strike for lUCemmirctal EdUnrtal, Aupust IS, IStt,
mS!? it fin iwi.'.-Ai jf.it S'ii, , ,-. . .'.
- Jtv. '
MOTORMAN KELLOGG'S THOUGHTS ON BUFFALO
I Wenrter de the people of Buffalo, Lockport and the adjacent territory comprehend the example of
ffctrietlsm being staged by P. R. T. Yacatienists before their very eyes?
P R. T. Men en their spurs In the World War, and In the same spirit they are fighting In Buffalo
te maintain the democracy of America and combat the establishment of communism and belshcvism.
They are breaking the mastery of ignorance, the domination of self-seekers and the terrorism of cowards.
Propaganda designed te garner votes in future elections and based en the sophistry that there v
eerae omnipotent sacred supremacy pertaining te a trades union, vouched for by" the idietism of Buffalo's
Mayer, has made the police power such a farcical pretense that men, five of them, in the name of labor, se
abused, beat and throttled an inoffensive boy, thirteen, as te compel him te remain in a hospital, solely
because his father chose te go back te work for the International. AND THIS IS CALLED UNIONISM ! ! 1
It makes no difference that a disagreement existed between the company and Its former empleyes.
This act was wanton lawlessness the act of cowards, unworthy of the name of men- Inline with it are
ether forms of terrorism, wrecking of a workman's home, abusing, mistreating and intimidating his wife
and children, merely because he asserts his Americanism and cheeses te exercise his right te the peaceful
pursuit of life, liberty and happiness by working. Threatening, the families of men who have returned te work,
with unthinkable debauchery, te such effect that the men, for protection of their families, are compelled
te again forsake their jobs at the order of a tyrannical marplot And this also IN THE ,AME 01
Dynamiting cam, pistol sheeting, stone throwing, brew beating and bully-ragging American citizens
who merely desire te exercise their right te ride en the street cars, irrespective of union dictation, and all
this is allowed te go en unchecked by city authorities. WHY?
If Buffalo is still te be considered an American city, ft must compel obedience te the law, demand
tctfen from its constituted authorities, and insist upon the peaceful, untrammeled use of its public utilities.
The service is there better than ever before confident, courageous, efficient manned by men who knew
hew te render such service.
Between Mittenlsm and unionism there is no comparison-ret there are these who, suffering from
me sophistry of unionism, would ask the International te strengthen the handsef an organization whose
6ele weapon is lawlessness, and whose only strength is intimidation, by entering into a contract witn it,
when it has shown that it holds contracts te be mere scraps of paper.
We of P. R. T through mere than 10 years of experience, have found that Mitten Management is
forward-bound and leads te success. It builds its empleyes into broader, abler, mere substantial citizens.
It moulds them into progressive, responsible home builders. It creates a vital force for geed in dean citizen
ship, as it builds a successful enterprise.
Mittenism leads te co-ownership and co-responsibility of effort, with proper consideration of the public.
It begets peaceful progress by frank statement and fair dealing in startling contrast te the chaos created
by the methods of present day unionism.
We of P. R. T. came te Buffalo te show our belief in the Mitten Plan in appreciation of what it
has done for us, and for the purpose of holding the Buffalo men's jobs open te them. The latter effort has
been thwarted because the union successfully intimidated the men who desired te return te their old
jobs. This has been easier of accomplishment by the union because of the foolish premises of protection,
held out by Buffalo's Mayer, who seems trying te make geed his pre-election pledges and his public premises
te the men that the union would win, all of which is sheer foolishness.
Buffalo should end its present disgraceful state of affairs by substituting the Star Spangled Banner
for the Red Flag of Anarchy and Lawlessness.
Alfred C. Kellogg,
-P. R. T.
PHILADELPHIA RAPID TRANSIT COMPANY
Messrs. Emery, Freed & Ce.,
6 Seuth Third' Street, Philadelphia, Pa.
Philadelphia, August 11, 1922.
Rcplyivg te your recent letter requesting my opinion as te the future of this company, the continuation
of the dividend, and the possibility of the present rate of fare being maintained:
P. R. T. Is a public utility operated under Public Service Company I -aw, which provides, in effect,
a service at cost plan under which a fair return upon the property used and useful is provided, with extra
allowance for efficiency.
P. R. T te insure continued payment of its 6 dividend, requires net only the authority of the
Public Service Commission te make the distribution, but must also continue, by economic accomplishment,
te produce the requisite net income as any further increase in fare would be followed by decreased patronage.
P. R. T., appearing before Public Service Commission in valuation proceedings, has shown a present
reproduction cost far in excess of the amount required te justify a continuation of the present dividend.
P. R. T. has also proven such extraordinary efficiency in operation as te justify substantial recognition there there
eor as provided under Article III, Section l-(a) of the Public Service Company Law.
P. R. T. empleyes own 60.000 shares of P. R. T. stock out of a total issue of 600.000 shares. P. R. T.
empleyes have agreed that the last 10 of their wages shall be paid te them only after 6'T dividends nre
earned upon P. R. T. stock. 10,000 P. R. T. empleyes are co-operating for efficiency in operation, which
evidences the fact that the interest of the public would net be best served by such a valuation as would inter
fere with continued dividends.
P. R. T. gross revenues, with existing rate of fire, meet the present revenue requirements and, under
the statement heretofore made, the amount collected must, under the law and the facts, be continued in
order te provide for operating expenses, reserve for depreciation, taxes and a fair return en the used and
useful property. The valuation decision will, it is believid, fully recognize these facts and be such as te justify
P. R. T. acceptance, otherwise final determination can be reached only after appeal and judgment of the
courts. Meantime the present fare is, under the law, assured of continuance.
Replying mere specifically te your inquiry as te the continuation of the present fare, it must be
understood that the present 7c cash I tickets for 25c fare is 25 Tc lower than the 10c cash 3 tickets for
25c fare new in force at Pittsburgh, where property values have already been determined by the Commission.
Philadelphia is best served by P. R. T. present procedure of reflecting added economics, with present fare,
through higher standards of service, and by increasing P. R. T. net revenue se as te support such added
lines as may be required te adequately serve the city.
Messrs. Charles Hansel and Geerge W. Fuller, representing the best experience in such matters
have, after exhaustive examination of the property, declared it te be in excellent physical condition. Under
the formula prescribed by these engineers, adequate prevision is being made, through ample maintenance
and renewal reserves, te insure the preservation of present property.
Yours very truly,
T. E. MITTEN, President.
ARTICLE III of PUBLIC SERVICE COMPANY LAW
Section 1. It shall lie lawful for every public service company-
Te establish, with the consent of the commission, a scale of charges, subject te automatic adjustment, in relation te the
like bus,S s stockholders of such public sen-ice company, or the profit te be realized by any person engaged in
m,, J JartWPate! t0 rech " extent as may be permitted by the commission, and deemed by the commission wise, for the
Effii h , B'n,! e.coneiJ!e?. efficiencies, or improvements in methods or service, in the additional profits which will be
Ulerded by such economies, efficiencies, or unprevements in methods or servic.
, t. ,,1 .
it 1. &asf?.ji VJS