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'A GAME OF HEARTS" TODAY'S LOVE STORY THE DAY BOOK ft 500 S. PEORIA ST. TEL. MONROE 353 Vol. 1, No. 265 Chicago, Friday, Aug. 2, 1912 One Cent CARMEN'S STRIKE MAY COME VITHIN 48 HOURS An order posted in all the barns of the County Traction Co., re fusing to recognize the jurisdic tion of the armen's union, made made a lockout of employes of that company imminent this af ternoon, with a strike of all car men in the city a possibility with in 48 hours. Officials of the carmen's union were uncertain what effect the or der would have on the present negotiations between the em ployes of the "L" and surface roads in the city. The County Traction Co. operates cars in Evanston, Oak Park, Riverside, Berwyn, Maywood and surround ing towns. Unless the Chicago Railway Co. and the Chicago City Rail ways Co. grant the car men a de cent living-wage, every city trans portation line, surface and elevat ed, may be tied up within ten days. All day long today Jhe men crowded to the polling places to cast their ballots for or against a strike. Late this afternoon almost 7, 000 ballots more than half of the voting strength had been cast. It is said that at least 80 per cent of those ballots are for a strike unless the wage increase be' grant ed. The polling places will close at 4 a. m. tomorrow. The ballots will' be counted immediately, and the international officials of the union will then decide on their next step. The strike, if the men vote for it, will not be called until August 10. The companies will be given that much time to grant the wage increase. If, by August 10, the companies have not agreed either to pay the increase or to arbitrate the ques tion, the strike will be called. Chicago will then find itself in the grip of the greatest street car strike of modern times. Not only the men on the sur face cars will walk out. The ele vated employes will join them, and there will not be a single transportation line running in the city. The men are not asking much. The figures given out by the com panies themselves to their own stockholders show that the aver age wage of employes of the Chi-r cago City Railways Co. is $617.69 and of the employes of the Chi cago Railways Co. $621.00.