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The day book. [volume] (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, February 09, 1912, Image 2

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chief virtue of k. the "eye bar''
method is that it bars out all com
petition. Only bridge trust companies
offered bids. Their bids ranged
from $7,500,000 to $12,000,000.
The courts threw out the con
tracts because some people had
got on to the "eye bar" method
and were making an awful holler
about it.
Then "Paddy" Ryan blew into
town from Youngstown, O., to
look things over. He met Sulli
van one"hight, and they talked
about the "eye bar" method, and
the bridge jokingly.
"Paddy" Ryan didn't know
anything about bridge building,
and he hadn't enough money to
build a rat-trap, far less a bridge,
,but he had a whole lot of ideas.
He got Sullivan to incorporate
himselt with him as the Ryan
Parker" Construction Company,
and shot in a bid of $6,500,000. To
Sullivan's horror, they got the
contract. Sullivan went to Ryan.
"Here." he said, "look what
you went and done ! How are we
going to build a bridge I'd like to
know."
"We ain't," said Paddy. "Go
home and forget it. Fll attend to
the business of this firm."
He did. He sub-let the con
tract to the Phoenix Bridge com
panj' for $4,500,000, and made
$2,000,000 without'batting an eye.
Also, according to Sullivan, he
pocketed that $2,000,000 and for
got all about his "partner."
"Paddy" Ryan, the, former jay
town "bull," lives on a country es
tate now, and comes to town in
his private, car. When not trav
eling, Paddy breeds fancy chick
ens to win blue ribbons.
THE OTHER SIDE OF THE
STEEL TRUST STORY'
Washington, Feb. 9. The
Stanley committee, which- for
weeks has been listening to offi
cials of the Steel Trust try to ex
plaint that trust's swollen profits,
today heard the other side of the
story.
Miss M. F. Byington, a Pitts
burgh social survey worker, told
the committee of her experiences
among steel laborers at Home
stead, Pa., during the winter" of
1907-08. It was a tale of disease,
and squalor, and horror.
"Down in the shadow xof the
clanging steel mills, in the smoke
and grime of the industrial hub
bub, the tiny, white-faced Slav
children pursue their joyless play
ing in filthy courtyards where
silnshine seldom penetrates the
thick black smoke that hangs be
tween the red brick walls," she
said.
"Old-young, bent, disease
stricken women spend their days
in dirty, overcrowded, half-furnished
rooms, windowless, unven
tilated. Three, four, sometimes
five people sleep in the same
room. I even have seen four dou
ble beds in a room 12 hy 14 feet.
"It is all dreary, and gloomy,
and joyless, and inhuman. It
can't be believed until it has been
seen."
Then she produced documents
to prove her picture.N She showed
tables representing the expenses

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