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THE DAY BOOK!
N. D. COCHRAN
EDITOR AND PUBLISHER.
500 S. rEORIA ST. CHICAGO, 1LI
Tolpnhnno Editorial, Monroe 35.1
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Entered as second-class matter April
21. 1914 at the postofflce at Chicago.
IIL. under the Act of March J. 1879.
the strike. The commission consists
of John A. Moffit of New Jersey and
Hywel Davies of Kentucky, official
conciliators of the dep't of labor, and
B. M. Squires as statistician.
HOW GOVERNMENT HANDLES
STRIKE. Uncle Sam is up against
his first strike. But, strangely
enough, unlike a big private corpora
tion, there has been no violence, no
ordering out the troops, no refusal to
recognize the union, and no attempt
to import strikebreakers.
The strike occurred on the new
government railroad in Alaska at
Anchorage. One day recently Secy
Lane received a delayed cablegram
from Alaska notifying him that the
common laborers on the government
road had formed a union, demanding
an increase in pay and had struck.
The men were receiving 37 cents
an hour for an eight-hour day. They
demanded 50 cents an hour for the
eight-hour day. There are about 800
laborers at Anchorage, waiting for
the spring opening up of work.
About 100 were at work on such jobs
at could be done during the winter.
These were the men who struck.
Immediately on receipt of the mes
sage Sec'y Lane got into communi
cation with Secy of Labor W. B. Wil
son, who appointed a commission of
conciliation 10 go io AiasKa, mvesu
W eate conditions and recommend an
adjustment The men were perfect
ly satisfied with this arrangement
and have returned to work, pending
the adjustment, and with the under
standing that if the commission finds
they are entitled to more wages the
IT IS SOME POWER. According
to a N. Y. World cablegram, J. P.
Morgan will return from Europe with
$1,000,000,000 worth of American
securities to dispose of as he pleases,
the amount representing unsold
American stocks and bonds recently
mobilized by the British treasury.
Control of a billion dollars' worth
of American stocks and bonds! Mor
gan has power to wreck every rail
road, financial concern and impor
tant corporation in the country. He
can bring on a national panic and
throw millions of workmen into idle
ness and despair. He can control
transportation, wages and products.
He will probably do none of these
things, because of self-interest. But
he has the power to do them. Such
centralization of awful power in an
individual would hardly be tolerated
by the cave-men. But, by reason of
such centralization of power, civil
ized men are dying in their own
blood, daily, by the thousands, just
across the Atlantic.
Moberly, Mo., is in the throes of a
violent reform spasm, ''it is enforc
ing some local ordinances as blue as
indigo itself. The editors of Mober
ly's three morning papers were ar
rested for issuing a paper on Sunday.
Taxicabs ambled aimlessly around
the town, but were not allowed to
carry passengers. The town was so
darned good it hurt all over.
Denouncing extravagance in wom
en's dress, the London war savings
commission declares that "new
clothes should be bought only when
absolutely necessary." A $100 bill for
that commission if it will produce
one instance of buying new clothes,
by a woman, when it wasn't "abso
Increase will date from-the time of I
lutely necessary" J