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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 07, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 7

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Three hundred Pullman car clean
ers went on strike today at the yards
of the Pullman Co., 12th and Canal
The men and women struck to
gether. The women get $1.30 a day
and the men $1.90 a day. They each
want a raise of 10 cents a day and
the privilege of laying off every other
Sunday. The strikers are union
ized. The men and women who walked
out today displayed a lot of nerve,
for the Pullman company, one of the
most bitter enemies of union labor,
has always gone the limit to squelch
If the 50,000 Pullman porters ever
organized into a union and demand
ed a living wage, instead of the top
salary of $27 a month which they
now receive, the enormous dividends
on Pullman Co. investments would
The Pullman conductors, who get
no more in wages than a well-paid
day laborer in Chicago, might ask fop
a raise, and the tens of thousands of
other underpaid employes of the
Pullman Co. might complain. That
is why the Pullman Co. is willing to
spend big sums to squelch strikes.
The cleaners who went out today
have a fine chance to win. There is
solidarity in their ranks. They have
labored so long at less than a living
wage, without even a Sunday holi
day, that they are ready to suffer
much to gain victory.
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Lawton, Okla., March 7. The cor
oner's jury is expected to find today
that Daniel O'Kane, a farmer living
eleven miles southeast of here, killed
his wife, their five children, his aged
father and committed suicide. The
bodies were found late yesterday.
The dead are: Daniel O'Kane, 48;
Mrs. Daniel O'Kane; Lewis O'Kane,
13; Daniel O'Kane, Jr, 6; Margaret ,
O'Kane, 7; Lillian O'Kane, 5; Robert
O'Kane, infant; James O'Kane, 75.
All the children's heads had been
crushed with a hammer and the
throats of the four older ones had
been cut with a razor. Mrs. O'Kane's
head had been battered and she had
been shot O'Kane's father, Daniel,
and the baby also had bullet wounds.
O'Kane was shot through the head. A
revolver and a hand mirror were
found near him.
A mass meeting to be held as a
memorial to those who perished on
the Eastland and as a protest to con
gress and the department of com
merce for their neglect in remedying
defective navigation laws, is planned
for July 24, a year from the day on
which the Eastland overturned.
The initial step for the mass meet
ing was taken Sunday at a meeting
held by the Christian Socialist Fel
lowship. The fellowship wants the
Chi. Federation of Labor to join with
it in the memorial.
"The lesson of 1,000 going to un
necessary death seems not enough to
convince the makers of laws that
there should be stricter regulations
for passenger and excursion boats,"
said the Rev. Irwin St. J. Tucker of
the Fellowship.
" Barring one inconsequential
amendment, there has not been a
change for the better in the laws
regulating the inspection and equip
ment of passenger and excursion
boats since the Eastland toppled over
without warning in the Cihcago river
and plunged a shipload of happy ex
cursionists to death.
"Regulations that will prevent boat
owners from overcrowding excursion
crafts, and which will force them to
supply proper ballast and adequate
life-saving equipment, will lessen the
profits of the boat owners, but lives
are more valuable than profit on cap
ital. The conditions that made the
Eastland unsafe still exist,"-

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