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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, September 10, 1915, LAST EDITION, Image 12

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When the seaman's bill came up
for hearing in the rivers and harbors
committee of the house of represen
tatives in Washington before its pas
sage one of thejnembers of the com
mittee slipped in af ew words which
made section 14 of the bill an amend
ment to an existing statute. It was
on these few words that Att'y Gen
eral Gregory declared that section
was invalid. Section 14 of the bill
provides for additional lifesaving ap
pliances. "This, however, does not mean a
victory for those opposing the bill as
a reader of the papers is led to be
lieve," Victor Olander, secretary of
the seaman's union said. "The sec
tions they are fighting are the able
seaman provision, which will compel
owners to sign men who know some
thing about the sea and the language
test which will raise the standard of
the seamen. The language test pro
vides that the crew shall understand
the orders issued by the command
ing officers. Now a great percentage
of the sailors are Chinese and Las
cars." "I do not think that Chairman
Alexander of the committee knew
what was being put over when this
clause was included," he continued.
"I presume we have encountered an
other trick of Eugene T. Chamber
lain, U. S. commissioner of naviga
tion, whom I regard as the represen
tative of foreign ship owners. We
have fought him from the start."
Olander laughed and picked up the
Aug. 26 copy of the Manufacturer's
News of Chicago and turned to an
article written by CapL Robert Dol
lar, whom he calls an American ship
owner with all of his money invest
ed in foreign ships.
"This article is practically the
same as the pamphlet put out by the
San Francisco Chamber of Com
merce, and neither the pamphlet or
the article objects to the section
which was knocked out by Gregory.
Dollar's ships flew the British flag
until war was declared, when he took
advantage of the registry act He has
announced that they will fly the Brit
ish flag again as soon as the war is
over. His seamen are Chinese.
"Of course, this is a vital portion
of the bill as far as the public is con
cerned but when does the law con
sider the public? If the present laws
are only enforced America will have
a merchant marine. Capt Dollar's
battle cry has been the discrimina
tion against American ships while he
is fighting for that very same dis
crimination. He is opposing an
American merchant marine.
"Why at the London conference, at
which 14 nations were represented,
an act was drawn which took away
from this country the power to -control
her own harbors.
"Certain lobbyists had the audacity
to have this introduced into the sen
ate through their tools. There it was
thrown out We intend to keep a
careful watch on the proposed
amendments to the bill. Our en
emies, who have forgotten theircoun
tries in the interest of their business,
have not given up hope."
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Mrs. Scott Durand, the. "million-
dollar dairy maid" of Lake Bluff is
on the "outs" with state and federal
When they put a death sentence on
her prize herd of cows which has
been supplying the "north shore"
with milk, federal authorities set a
price on each head considerably less
than the $1,000 whfch Mrs. Durand
values each of them. Now she says
they can t kill her cows.
Her farm will be placed under
quarantine until the case is decided.
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A prize has been won by a Belgian
inventor in Italy for an artificial
leather made of cotton which is said
to be as durable and elastic as the
genuine article.
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