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RAILWAY UNIONS' BENEFITS'
MAKE U. C. . LOOK SICK Unions and union jnembers of the surface and elevated railway organ izations paid out for their sick and disabled,, for the burial of their dead and the relief of distressed families last year the sum of $119,640.17. This is the total which will be reported in their official paper, the Union Leader, this week. More money was spent by these unions in taking care of their mem bers and families needing relief than the United Gharities has been able to raise, in a two months' campaign among Chicago business men. .While the total contribution by all millionaires and corporation mag nates and merchants, and manufac turers to the United Charities' fund for 1914 is hovering below $100,000, the street railway workers raised the past year through voluntary collec tions for distressed members the sum of $26,575.17,. This money was all given free-handed in nickels, dimes and quarters (sometimes a dollar) by conductors and motormen. Each week the Union Leader runs a column or two of cards and notices from Bill or Jack or Dan, eaoh card or notice saying something like this: "I want to thank the members of Division 241 (or 360) for the $56.20 collected for me while my children were sick." "Bill" Taber, secretary of Division 241, said: "We take care of our own people. No investigations by charity organizations are needed. The fel low workers of a distressed member know vrhen there is sickness or death in a family and -when they bring the necessary fund .that has been col lected, they do it with real human sympathy and fellowship." Funeral and disability benefits paid by the Amalgamated Association of Street and Electric Railway Em ployes and the locl divisions the past year amounts-to .$85,900"; funeral ex penses, $3,418 strike benefit, Divi- sioh '24-l-, $3,747; a total -of $119, 640.17. o o STRIKEBREAKER IS ARRESTED FOR BEATING STRlkER A miniature Calumet has. been dis closed by the arrest of Max Herfht man, 24, strikebreaker for the North western Cap Company, 227 W. Van Buren street, and Baer Bros., 229 S. Franklin street, for brutally assault ing. Abraham Vilk, 620 S. Halsted street, who was picketing the unfair shops for the union. Vilk was standing at the corner of Van Buren and Sherman streets, picketing the Northwestern -s'hop, when1 Hechtman is alleged to hava struck Jrim with an iron bar across the face, injuring his eye and cutting his head: Hechtman was up before the muni cipal court yesterday charged with assault and the case was continued until Jan. 29. The Northwestern. Cap Company and Baer Bros, signed a year's agree ment with Local No. 5, Capmakers' Union in July, 1913. Last November they broke the agreement, declared open shop and locked, ou the union men. Thirty-five men .were effected by the lockout. ' The union picketed the unfair shops and the bosses have only eight scabs at present. - . The three Hechtman brothers are said to have volunteered to act as strikebreakers. The bosses opened a shop for. them af Van Buren and Sherman streets, under the name .of Hechtman Bros. Max Hechtman and a-:scab named Cohen; have been intimidating the union men since that time. Cohen had Abe Goldman, a union picket, Hrrested .Tuesday, The case will come up before Judge Fake Jan. 27. During 191? more ihan 42,0O(i births were recorded in Philadelphia, uiij hitfj'iiitiiffiiiii: