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THE DAY BOOK
500 S. PEORIA $T.
TEL. MONROE 353
Vol. l,No. 281 Chicago, Tuesday, Aug. 201912 One Cent
MAYOR HARRISON CAN HELP CHICAGO IF HE
CAN PREVENT STRIKES
Mayor Harrison has an opportunity to render a great seryice to
the people of. Chicago. .If he can bring together the owners and
employes of the street railway companies jand secure a fair settle
ment of their differences, he will have served bath parties to the dis
agreement and the public as well.
It often happens that when two parties disagree they are unable
to get together because neither wants to surrender, and each wants
6?- to win a victory. But when a third, nartv intervenes he can enable
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both sides to give and take and" get togethef.
Mayor Harrison happens to'rbe the third party in the street
railway, scrap. And for the good of all concerned we hope he.may;
be successful in averting a strike.
It would3be a goo'd thing for Chicago if Mayor Harrison would
take the same position in other disagreements between employers
and employes, where the rights of others are involved-
The public has an interest in the newspaper lockout and strike.
Both parties to this unfortunate war have lost and suffered. Up
to date neither side has won anything for itself, although each side
' has been able to punish the other.
And it would be better for both parties toithe war, and for the
people as well, if their differences were 'arbitrated and harmony
Unfortunately for all concerned, Mayor Harrison has per
mitted all the strength of the city government to be. thrown on the
side of the employers in their effort to crush unionism and make the
publishers absolute masters of their employes.
The mayor .may have won the friendship and gratitude of the
publishers bypermitti)ig-'the police force to be used as strike-breakers,
and by permitting the chief to deputize convicts and thugs as
special policemen. But he has not won either the gratitude or con
fidence of the employes or I he public by taking that partial position.
Nor will he haye done a good thing for Chicago if he helps tlje
publishers crush unionism. But we do believe he would do a good
turn for all concerned if he would get the publishers and their em-
ptoyes together, help them settle their differences, restore the po-t
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