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IMAGINARY INTERVIEW WITH
"Good morning. Sam."
"Good morning. How did the mar
ket open? Did the rumors that more
of our men were going to strike af
fect prices?" --
"What's there to this strike?"
"Nothing to it. A lot of crazy, but-in-ski
agitators trying to stir up trou
ble. We do everything we can for
our men. Don t we have choral so
cieties and restrooms? Don't we
hire detectives to -discourage our
men from stealing from us? Dog
gone it, you know this is the best -run
electric concern in the country. W.e
manufacture electrical juice cheaper
than anywhere else in the world."
"That's all right, Sam. I know we
have a great concern. I have heard
you say so lots of times. I even have
a suspicion that when you look in
the mirror you see a great electrical
genius. Wait a minute, now! Keep
your shirt on. Don't get angry. You
have done a great piece of work de
veloping the Commonwealth Edison
Co. Whether you are as great as a
promoter of 'L consolidations and
of outside electrical companies re
mains to be seen."
"Look here, old man, haven't I
made money for you? Haven't I
made a fortune for myself? Haven't
I great plans which will make a lot
more money for.us all?"
"That's all right But I am not
so sure that you haven't a blind
i "I know this business from "
"Hold up now and let me say my
little piece. You seem to have a ge
nius for getting organized labor sore.
Of course, I hate organized labor my
self. .Men ought to be willing to work
for what we capitalists think is best
for them. We know how much we
can pay them and still make the
business attractive to capitalists.
The men ought to be more apprecia
tive of the welfare work we do in
their behalf. Then what difference
does it make to a man that he re-,
ceives 5 cents an hour more?"
"Wait, let me explain my ideas."
"No, Sam. I don't want to hear
you, for on this particular subject
I am sure you have no ideas. The
truth is you like yourself so well that
you want to be boss. You want to"
dictate to Chicago. You want your
employes to shut up and take what
you give them."
"You're off your trolley. This com
pany in the long run, when the regu
lation of rates and franchises are be
ing considered needs the" support of
organized labor, needs their votes.
Neither- the common council nor the
.public utilities cpm'n ignores attacks
from labor. While the whole com
munity seeks lower rates, there is no
group in the community but wants '
the Commonwealth company to pay .
good wAges. If I were running this
company I would pay better wages
than the various trades demand and
give better working conditions. As
a consequence I would get the pick
of the help everybody would want
to work for me and I would have
the general sympathy of the commu
nity." "But our advertising "
, "Sam, I haven't any patience with
the theory that by paying the news
papers big money for space you can,
by shutting them up, control the
whole community. You may shut
up the papers, and even make them
truckle, but that's a long way from
fooling the community."
"You don't recommend that wa
cutout our advertising?"
- iTTiat isn't to the point. ""My point
is that if, through bull-headedness,
through treating the Commonwealth
Edison Co. as though 6u owned it,
through a desire to show your own
power, you permit a strike which' wilK
interfere with the electrical supply"
of the community, it will be, a dem
onstration of power on your part all
right. The after-effects will be the
anger and disgust of a large section
of the community and "