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The day book. [volume] (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 26, 1915, LAST EDITION, Image 28

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fJAYOR THOMPSON AND THE
LABOR VOTE
A reader of The Day Book dropped
into the office this morning and re
quested that we printthe following.
He claims Thompson as a good friend
of his and only wants his article pub
lished in a way of suggestion. Here
it is:
In these days there is hardly a
problem connected with education,
civics, economics or public adminis
tration but is being interpreted from
two distinct angles, viz.,
1. The standpointof the employing
class.
-2. The standpoint of the wage
earning class. '
While it is needless to assert that
conclusions arrived at from these dif
ferent viewpoints are usually diamet
rically opposed to each other, the for
mer perpetuating privilege, the latter
demanding equal opportunity, the do
cility and forbearance of the great
working class under the surrounding
circumstances is beyond the power
of mind or spirit to solve.
William Hale Thompson belongs to
the employing class. Prom 80 to 90
per cent of the votes that elected him
were cast by working men and
women.
No sooner was Mayor Thompson
elected than he announced he would
surround himself with "big" men and
we know that there are big men in
both the employing and the labor
ranks, yet in his conferences and ap
pointments he has absolutely ignored
labor sympathizers, although they de
posited more than 80 per cent of the
ballots that elected him.
Is this class consciousness or is it
plain ignorance?
The advisory commtitee of 100 "big
men" selected by Mayor Thompson
for the Sherman house lunch repre
sented Chicago's money aristocracy
with all the ter mimplies. There was
not a "big labor man" or labor sym
pathizer in the bunch, although it is
easy to name several, any one of
grhom know more about, government
land economics than the entire gal
axy of Chicago's dollar nobility com
bined. Mayor Thompson's cabinet ap
pointments are each millionaires or
leisure class representatives who will
interpret all their problems from the
employing class standpoint.
Did the 80 per cent of labor voters
who elected Thompson expect 'this?
Do they know what this means to the
cause of labor? Are they satisfied to.
vote on without representatives in the
council of those whom they elect?
Wouldn't it be a good idea for
Mayor Thompson to let thinking la
bor men have a say in his doings and
plans for the coming four years as
well as the other business men of
Chicago?
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PULLMAN PORTERS DISCUSS
LABOR SITUATION
Conditions which make the Pull
man Porters' union a secret organi
zation weer described by K. W. Bell
yesterday in a talk before the Negro
Fellowship club at 3005 S. State at
He was discharged by the Pullman
Co. because he attempted to organize
the men while a conductor.
"We keep the names of all our
members secret," declared Bell. "Not
a soul except myself knows how
many members the union has or who
they are. If the list of names got out
there would be some wholesale firing1
in the Pullman Co.
"None would welcome more gladly
an anti-tipping law than the porters
themselves. If such a law were passed
in Illinois the Pullman Co. would be,
forced to pay a living wage and the'
difference would not be out of the
public pocket; it would come from the"'
dividends of the Pullman Co."
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"What is in the mail from daugh
ter?" asked mother eagerly.
"A thousand kisses;" answered
father grimly, "and sixteen handker
chiefs, two waists and four batches'
of ribbons for you to wash and,'
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