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to testimony yesterday. They heard
about the new, up-to-date slavery
which has its headquarters at Chi
cago. It's not chattel slavery. It's
modern, like the sleeping car.
The Pullmaiv Cd: owns the jobs. It
doesn't have to "own the man direct
ly. It owns the man through owning
This was the point made by R. W.
Bell, president of the Federation of
Pullman Conductors and Porters.
Bell had a job two years witli the
company. He was kicked out of his
job because he tried to organize a
union. L. S. Hungerford, general
manager of the company, admitted in
his testimony that the record of Bell
as a company employe was good and
the reason for letting hini out was
Chairman Frank P. Walsh read let
ters. They were- from Pullman con
ductors and porters. These men want
more pay. They are against the 20
hour workday. To ride three days
straight and sjeep only four hours out
of each 24, as they do on the trip
from Chicago to Los Angeles, is
wrong, they claim. On all the sleep
ing cars they go to bed at 11 p. m.
and sleep only till 3 a. m. Sometimes
there's nothing extra at all coming
in from tips. So they want more than
$27.50 a month. But they can't or
ganize a union and present their de
mands jointly because the company
has spotters and spies.' The minute
a worker is known as a union man,
out he goes. This is the new slavery
the colored men sat in a row listen
ing to with keen interest.
Back of this new slavery are Rob
ert T. Lincoln, chairman board of di
rectors Pullman Co.; Chauncey Keep,
director Pullman Co. and Marshall
el destate trustee; J. Pierpont Mor
gan, who is on the Pullman board to
speak for what the Morgan banking
and railroad crowd wants.
Letters Walsh read to Hungerford.
said that June 4, 1912, and again June
23, 1914, a petition signed by 7.5 pe
mad p. funnv
President J. S. Runnels of the Pull
man Co.- Hungerford said he had
heard something about the petition
but hadn't paid any attention to it.
He said there is plenty of opportunity
for a Pullman conductor or porter to
work his way up in the world. While
there are not many big jobs higher
up to pass around among those who
want to climb upward and onward, he
said that workers on sleeping cars
come into contact with a class of
people that hire many men.
ALLIES TAKE GERMAN POSITION
Paris. Series of important en
gagements being fought in the woods
between the Meuse and the Moselle,
east and southeast of Verdun. The
French are on the offensive.
Along the Meuse heights, the
French have made distinct progress.
Stubbord fighting is going on near
St. Mihiel, and near Regneville.'
Washington. German embassy
issued statement blaming England
for destruction by German submarine
of British steamship Falaba, on
which American, Thresher, lost life.
Petrograd. Most furious bayonet
battle in history of world fought on
southern ridge and slopes of Car
pathians at Lupkow Pass.
Neither side able to put artillery to
effective use in broken ranges. Guer
illa warfare in narrow defile 'between
Austrian anl Slav is strewing Lup
kow region with thousands of dead.
Czar's troops have not yet passed
London. Steamer Northlands tor
pedoed off Beachey Head in English
channel yesterday. Crew rescued.
TODAY'S ODDEST STORY
Cleveland, April 6.--That he slept
in the kitchen for two years because
his wife talked in her sleep was An
gelo Valentino's answer and cross
petition to his wife's suit for divorce.
"My wife took medicine that kept
her awake, and she
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