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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, May 20, 1915, NOON EDITION, Image 8

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don't agitate for war. Mister Work
er, your family needs you more, than
your country. C. Carlson.
BONE"? What-is a "funny bone"
and why does a brow on the elbow
cause so different a sensation from a
blow on the nose or chin? Curious
When you bump your nose or chin
you bump the flesh and bone and not
a nerve, consequently you feel a sen
sation or pain just where the blow
was struck. If you strike the point
of your elbow it will be just the same.
It's only when you strike that little
hollow between the big central bone
of the elbow and the httle inside bone
that the tickling, tingling sensation is
felt. In the little hollow you strike
one of the large trunk nerves that
spring between the vertebrae at the
base of the neck and runs through
the arm to the wrist In the hollow
of the elbow the nerve lies over a
bone. When you strike that spot you
feel a tingling sensation which isn't
exactly funny, but because it tickles
the bone is called the "funny bone."
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Slavery paralleling that of the
Pullman car porters has been uncov
ered in Chicago. Again railroads are
found to be keepers of a group of
men who must subsist practically on
tips from the traveling public.
These men are station ushers.
They are paid little or nothing by
the roads. In reality they are bag
gage smashers. They wear uniforms
which they are compelled to purchase
out of their tips.
A short time ago, the ushers claim,
they were ordered to purchase a dif
ferent style of uniform. Many of the
men had just bought a new one for
2 the summer. These they will be
i obliged to discard. If they refuse to
get the new suit they say they will
3Ibe fired.
X Six-months ago the ushers thought
they bad a good job. They were paid
$25 and $32 a month. This, com
bined with their tips, frequently
brought their salary up to $20 a week.
Six months ago the officials of the
Rock Island and Lake Shore Lines,
in making cuts on the departments,
wiped out the pitiably salary paid
these men. Twelve men who have
been at the station for more than
ten years were exempt. Their pay
was cut to $15 a month.
Many of the men quit. They found
they were unable to support their
families. Unmarried boys took their
places. Others moved into cheaper
neighborhoods and their families for
sook many little luxuries to which
they1 had beccme accustomed.
The men work long hours. The
day shift works from 6:30 a. -m. to
5:30 p. m. and the night shift works
from. 7:30 p. m. till 10 o'clock the next
morning. This permits all the ushers
to meet the large number of trains
which arrive around 9 o'clock in the
"Few people are traveling this .
spring and tips are scarce," one usher
told a Day Book reporter. "We have
tried several times to get together,
but have been intimidated by officials
who have threatened to put on more
men. This would reduce our income
to practically nothing. The unem
ployed are only too willing to take
our places and you know how hard
it is to get another job. I guess the
only thing to do is to stick it out
and, maybe, when the roads get their
rate increase perhaps we will get our
mite from their millions." t
The Lake Shore road has been
granted an increase which has not
yet gone into effect. The Rock Island
lines recently concluded their argu
ments along with the rest of the west
ern roads for higher rates before the
interstate commerce commission;
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Safe in furniture store of A. F. Lo
kowa, 2874 Milwaukee av., blown
open. Nothing in it.

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