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the Bnsby letter at the joint commit
tee meeting at the Briggs house this
"We honestly expected more.
There was hope that .the companies
would show some willingness to deal
with us. In view of what has been
offered us, we have the right to order
all men to keep the cars in the barns
at midnight and tie up the transpor
tation of the whole city."
After Mahon comes it is understood
a--last demand will be made on the
companies, and then unless there are
real pay raises offered it will be a
city-wide car strike for Chicago.
The committee from Div. 308, the
"L" men's union, meets Pres. Budd of
the "L" roads at 4 p. m. today. As
Budd has been in conference with
Busby, the same sort of deal as was
given the surface men last night is
predicted. The "L" men's commitee
are Pres. J. J. Bruce, W. S. McClena
than, Wm. Mylan, George Geillis,
George Arnold, G. W. Slater.
Two street railway presidents, L. A,
Busby and Henry A. Blair, met a
committee from the street car men's
union in Busby's office in the Borland
block at 6:30 last night. Busby read
them what he calls an offer of pay
raises for the men. He offers:
For the first year of the new agree
ment Nothing to the 4th-year men,
nothing to the 5th-year men, nothing
to the 6th-year men.
For the second year A half-cent
raise per hour for the 4th-year men,
nothing for the 5th-year men, noth
ing for the 6th-year men.
For the third year of the new
agreement A half-cent an hour for
the 4th-year men, nothing for the
5th-year men, nothing for the 6th
As laid out in tables for printing in
the newspapers it looks as though
Busby is ready to raise wages. When
the tables are analyzed they mean
only that small pay raises are of
fered to the new men,
One of the union officials points to "
the statement of Busby at Springfield
that 85 per cent of the men working
for the surface lines are now getting
the maximum wage. Therefore the
pay raises now offered will reach only
15 per cent of the men.
Busby's letter admits that since
1907 the surface lines have earned
net profits of $13,000,000 and during Wn)
the last five years made a clean-up
of $31,000,000 of clear cold cash -divided
among owners of the street
railways. This is $31,000,000 of "in
terests on capital account" Busby
points to as "fair and reasonable."
He denies $31,000,000 is "enormous
profits" and asserts the rate of return
in this class of securities has dropped
from 6.5 per cent to 6.47 per cent.
Also, Busby offers arbitration. But
the arbitration must be only of points
of dispute outside of the points set
forth in Jus letter. This would tie the
car men's union down to arbitrating
only what Busby wants arbitrated.
The car men have some ideas of their
own about fixing conditions of arbi
tration. They will be handed to Bus
by and Blair in a few days.
CONFESSED GERMAN SPY HAS
PULLED SOME STARTLERS
Salt Lake City, Utah, June 8.
German spy by admission and con
fessed thief of the Maharajah of Ka
purthala's strong box, supposed to
contain important British-Indian
state papers, Lorenz von Arnim, 22,
was repudiated today by the German
consul here and in Denver.
Von Arnim was arrested in Denver
last fall for robbing a millionaire's
nouse tnere ana upon me represenca
tions of prominent Germans was re- '
leased, as a siuueui. ax me univer
sity of Colorado he variously claimed
nobility and sonship to a famous Ber
To the Salt Lake police Yon Arnim,
alias Kurt Paul Lorenz, said he stole
the Indian prince's box, believing it
rontained papers of value to the Ger
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