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The day book. [volume] (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 17, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 2

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bathroom! He points to the tub,
turns on the HOT water. And he, be
it remembered, is not a skilled me
chanic, of the class that might be
expected to have such "luxuries.",. He
is an ordinary, unskilled laborer." In
other cities, with hundreds of fellow
laborers, he is crowded" imo tfirrible
slums. "The unwashed," some peo
ple complacently call them.
They used to call them that in De
troit. As Henry Ford's plant grew in
the aristocratic Highland Park su-burbr-
aristocratic patrons of the
Woodward avenue street car line be
gan to howl that he was filling their
nice, clean cars with hordes of his
"unwashed" day laborers.
Henry Ford made no answer. But
he raised his employes' wages to $5
a day! And now the men who crowd
onto the Woodward avenue cars are
wearing clean clothes, with shining
white collars. They are smiling and
pleasant. They are clean themselves.
For they have-bathrooms, at home,
and hot water!
"I'm making MEN as well as ma
chines now," said Henry Ford. "From
my point of view, the profit-sharing
experiment has proved a complete
and unqualified success!"
"But," he was asked, "could you
say it's a success from a pure busi
ness point'of view?"
"Business point of view!" he .ex
claimed. "I don't know what that
means. We aren't running just me
chanical, impersonal business, here.
We're running a plant with a soul!
"Of .course, the scheme has had
some results that would bring joy to
the hearts of the ordinary manufac
turer who can think only of profits.
For instance, our employment bu-
reau lias been practically put out of
business. We don't lose many men"
daily, as we used to. That used to
TYPICAL FORD UNSKILLED LABORER'S HOME'
One of the many comfortable cottages occupied by employes of the
Ford Motor Car Company This is fairly typical of residence conditions
around the Ford pjant.
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