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replies to same. This advertisement
was in only one day. Of course, a
certain percentage of the replies were
from mechanics who were out of
work, due to existing conditions in
their respective lines, and from the
"floating class," who are willing to
accept anything at any figure so as
to enable them to exist until they
can beat it back to the road. But
85 per cent of the replies were from
men who had the experience that we
desired, the family responsibilities
and the character that would stand
the hottest kind of an investigation.
In order to employ our man it was
necessary to apply the experience and
character analysis test.
Private agencies make the state
ment that they do all the "culling"
out and the investigation, but had I
placed my order with them, do you
believe that the first man or the tenth
that was sent would have seen put to
work without applying this test? Or
is there any manufacturer who would
put any man to work without apply
ing these principles ? If the test must
be made regardless from where the
help comes from, then is it not far
better to use the advertisement me
dium and seleot the employe by this
method) either the laborer or exec
utive. When any employer by contract or
otherwise has his help supplied by
private agencies and in this way com
pels his prospective employe to pay
$1 or more as registration fees and
also anywhere -from $5 to $12, or
probably an entire week's wages to
the employment agencies for the job,
does he believe that the new employe
is free .from doubts as to the honesty
of the transaction? Invariably 90
per cent or more believe that the
house or the man that employs him
receives a "rake-off." Will this man
enter the organization with loyalty
energy and enthusiasm, especially if
he has his doubts?
From past experience 50 per cent of
the help received from private agen
cies is not efficient enough to handle
the position for which they apply. To
be franks it is my opinion that the
agencies take the chance and sena,
anybody who has had probably a lit-'
tie experience in order to earn their"
fees, regardless of the questions as;
to the man's abilitis to handle the
I invite further discussion on this'
subject from -men who are in position
to use both methods and from the
private agencies. W. Joylinske.
USELESS. After all my efforts '1
f can inculcate no sense of rank in the;
lower classes. I hope to establish
the following ranks: Cultured idle
ness, professions, work, jobs.
;Your teacher correspondent, how
ever, will not consent; has "no objec
tion to my work being called a job.'1"
Think of a profession being deemed
a job ! The floodgates are opened, as
Dickens' Sir Leicester Dedlock feared
they would be. We Jearn that ont
who works ten hours,' then ceases,
has a job. One who must work over
time to catch up has entered the pro
Those vith ambitions, though mere
jobholders, may become profession
als by working overtime without payt
The profit-takers will encourage this
spirit by giving some kind of, iron
cross to the one giving the employer
the most excess labor (or is this whatf
your Karl Marx called "surplus la!
bor.") These tokens would be handed
down from father to son and would
be valued after the hard work that
gained them is forgotten. I offer this
only as a hint, for all my suggestions
have been rejected. I shall hereafter
work for -the welfare and culture of
the idle class only, occasionally of-'
fering directions that might, lead to
higher profits, such as the following:
Hard times are caused by lack of1
trade, this by limited purchasing'
power. I have increased the allow-1
ance to my family from $50,000 to '
$100,000 per year. Let every work-'
ing man allow his wife at least $100
per month. This would boom trade 4