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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, July 09, 1915, NOON EDITION, Image 5

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TV, -J. -.... Editorial, Monroe 353
leiepnoneS Circulation. Monroe 3S28
SUBSCRIPTION By Carrier In Chicago.
30 cents a Month. By Mall. United
States and Canada, $3.00 a Year.
Entered as second-class tnatter April
31. 1914. at the postoffice at Chicago,
III., under the Act of March 3. 1879.
employes mean to something like the
70,000 men, women and children in
volved. I wonder if they ever think
at all of men, women and children as
something different from insurance,
interest and taxes.
The people of Chicago are paying
$33,000 a year of Busby's salary.
What do THEY get for it?
Busby, street railway president, sol
emnly affirms that a motorman or
conductor isn't worth the maximum
Chicago wage of 32 cents an hour
until he has slaved for the company
five years. Yet Len himself was noth
ing but a lawyer until 1912 when he
glued himself to the job of president,
and hasn't yet served four years. And
Len, the lawyer-president, is gather
ing in a salary of $60,000 a year, with
a chairman of the board, Hank Blair,
pulling down $30,000 a year, and a
guy named Roach raking off $20,000
a year for advising and assisting
Len as president.
How many other salaried men are
on the payroll and doing most of the
hard work was not revealed at the
hearing before the arbitrators.
But the lav firm in which Busby's
name appears seems to draw its share
of milk from the traction udder, pull
ing down something like $30,000 a
year for merely lawyering.
As nearly as I can figure it out, an
important part of the work Busby,
Blair and Roach are paying them
selves $110,000 a year for, and the
lawyers $30,000 or $40,000 a year be
sides, is to show the company how to
keep men working for them without
paying the men more than 32 cents
an hour.
I wonder if the Busbys, the Blairs
and the Roachs ever think of how
much a few cents additional wage to
has started on the route that will lead
I to home rule, without waiting to get
! it from the state legislaure as a hand
. out. Chicago can control her public
utilities by owning and operating
them for the service and benefit of
the people instead of for the profit of
private owners.
And -now is the time to push the
Public Ownership league in every
section of the city in order to back
up the council in every move it makes
to accomplish public ownership.
The people can get what they want
if they organize and go after it.
thought there was a prospect ot puo
lic ownership in the 1907 street rail
way ordinance. Now they can begin
to see how they were bunked. The
valuation of the property at that time
was fixed at $55,000,000. Now we
are told it would cost the city $145,
000,000 to take over the lines. Ac
cording to that the valuation jumps
over $11,000,000 a year, while the
city's 55 per cent amounts to two or
three millions.
As a fixer for public ownership
Walter Fisher is sure some fixer.
Oddly enough, whenever a certain
interest protests strenuously against
a vicious bit of legislation we usually
discover that the interest protesting
hardest is the one that made vicious
legislation necessary.
An American, it develops, invented
the idea of spouting chlorine gas into
1 the enemy's trenches and we judge
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