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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, February 09, 1912, Image 3

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of ninety families of workers at
Homestead, kept for her by the
"My experiences," she said,
"have shown that it is impossible
to maintain a normal standard of
living on less than $15 a week. At
present 5 per cent of the employes
of the Homestead plant are day
laborers who are paid about
Curiously, the committee seem
ed to take much more' interest in
Miss Byington's tale of human
suffering than it had in Charles
Schwab's dolorous story of how
the Steel Trust would be ruined
if the tariff were reduced, or
Judge Gary's brilliant exposition
of the trust's "profit-sharing plan
for employes, or Andy Carne
gie'sbleak humor.
As she talked they remembered
what Louis D.. Brandeis, "the
people's attorney?' had told them,
as he laid dowa his documents
and said: '
"The Steel- Corporation has
made slaves of its workers. You
must.not let it go on. You dare
npt let it go on. If you do, it
means the end of democracy, the
end of America."
Perhaps also, they understood
why D. H. Reed, attorney for the
trust, always has beeno anx
ious to prevent any testimony as
to labor conditions among steel
trust employes coming "before the
At any rate, the committee
looked with black disfavor upon
Attorney Reed when that gentle
man interrupted Miss Bvington,
in the reading of tables of expen-1
ditures to ask about what she had
listed as "extras."
"Do the 'extras' come largely
in bottles?" he sneered.
"You mean beer, I suppose,"
said Stanley.
"Yes," said Miss Byington.
"And even the beer comes
mighty high. The average fam
ily spends about 55 cents a week
on beer."
Reed became very excited
about Miss Byington's account
of conditions at Homestead. He
wanted Stanley to look up condi
tions in plants of concerns other
than the Steel trust.
"Compared to our competitors,
conditions are better than ' the
average," he said.
o o
City Traction Expert M. C.
Buckley threw aTjomb into the
council sub-committee, hearing
complaints against the street car
service, this afternoon by declar
ing that poor street car service in
all parts of the city is being delib
erately forced on the people by
surface and elevated interests in
order to bring abou.t the acquies
ence of the city council in plans
for the merging ofall local trans
portation lines.
The charge of Mr. Buckley
split the aldermen into two
camps. Most of the members ar
gued there was foundationfor the
charge, but others charged the
fault lay with the employes of the

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