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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 29, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 3

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open. Broken arms, legs and fingers
were all about."
P. C. Geraghty of Cleveland was
one of the passengers in the death
car. His head was cut, his clothes
torn and his body scratched from
head to foot
"All I remember about getting out
was that I found myself in a ditch,"
he said. "I was the only one out of
60 peoplpe in that coach who was
left able to navigate.
"I was sitting in the last coach of
the first section of the train reading
a magazine. We stopped suddenly
at Amherst
"I heard four shap blasts of the
engine whistle. Then a minute later
it happened. All I heard was a crash.
Then I found myself in darkness,
pinned down somewhere. I didn't
know whether I was under a seat or
on the ground or what
"The nthere was another crash. It
was the Twentieth Century side
swiping us. It seemed to me that our
coach opened up like an umbrella. I
don't know which way I went,
whether it was through the roof or
window or what. All I know is that
I found myself rolling in a ditch and
it was pitch dark.
"I saw 16 dead taken out"
Miss Agnes Nestor, president of
the Woman's Trade Union league,
points the finger of accusation at
Rob't T. Lincoln. In a speech at 517
De Koven St., headquarters of the 500
men and 200 women car cleaners of
the Pullman Co. on strike for high
er wages, Miss Nestor blamed Lin
coln for a share in present condi
tions. She said no fact in present day
American history is more ironic than
Kob't T. Lincoln, son of Abraham
Lincoln, who signed the emancipa
tion proclamation giving political
freedom to negro slaves, now being
at the head of a corporation import
ing negro strikebreakers to ak the
jobs of "the most pitifully underpaid
class of workers to be found any
where in Chicago."
"Rob't T. Lincoln is chairman of
the board of directors of the Pullman
Co. and also a director in the Com
monwealth Edison Co. and the Con
tinental & Commercial bank," said
Miss Nestor. "All the attempts of
Frank P. Walsh, chairman of the
federal industrial relations commis
sion, to find in this man any deep or
thoroughgoing interest in the great
problems of industry today were a
"Only because of the desperate
conditions we have encountered in
this strike do I dare to speak of
America's shame in this connection.
The irony of a great man with a mis
erable offspring was never more pa
thetic than in this instance.
"We have grown tired of citing the
enormous profits which the Pullman
Co. has taken from the traveling
public, which in reality makes up
through tips the wages of Pullman
car porters and from the workers
who run its shops and clean its cars.
"Everybody knows that of all the
corporations doing business in this
country the Pullman Co. is one that
could easily pay a minimum wage.
It is one corporation that could adopt
the Henry Ford minimum wage plan
without the slightest financial dan
ger. "Wages of $1.90 a day to men and
$1.35 a day to women, and many of
these women having children who
must be fed and clothed out of the
$1.35 a day wagel
"A corporation paying such wages
is directly responsible for the physi
cal conditions found by American
army recruiting officers, who report
that 75 per cent of alL applicants for
army service recently have been re
jected as physically unfit -As food
prices and the cost of living stand to
day, it is not possible to raise phys
ically efficient human units on wages
such as those paid by the Pull
man Ca"

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