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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, July 29, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 2

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Trust Co. and head of the United
States Chamber of Commerce, is one
of the most active Watchers and
waiters now at work shaping "public
opinion." Since the Rockefeller let
ters on the Colorado mine strike
were brought out by . Chairman
Frank P. Walsh of the U. S. indus
trial relations com'n Wheeler has
been more decidedly known as a pub
licity fixer. Rockefeller capital is
widely invested in railroads. And as
there has never been any summer
when so much railroad advertising
on "See-America-First" has ueen
run in the daily papers, the papers
are expected to do some tall mega
phoning of the "Stop-Look-Listen"
Ivy Lee, both a Rockefeller family
press agent and Bethlehem Steel
publicity manager, and "executive
assistant to the president of the
Pennsylvania railroad," is a consult
ing engineer on publicity in the pres
ent situation. Edward Hurtgerford,
officially publicity manager for the
Wells-Fargo Express Co., is writing
articles run in the Daily News and
other papers about the prosperity of
railroad workers and the folly of a
strike when arbitration can settle it
alL The financial editor of tlje Tri
bune today has a story about so
many of the railroad workers own
ing the homes they live in and hav
ing so much ready money that they
won't go in for such a messy, mussy
thing as a strike blockading traffic
on the 38 trunk line roads entering
What with paid ads and columns
of cleverly insinuating copy, the rail
road companies already have "public
opinion" fairly well fixed their way.
In all their publicity they aim at
making the public think arbitration
has always worked nicely and gotten
fat wage raises for the rail workers.
They do not mention the frauds and
fakes, the trickery and chicanery,
that have made arbitration a stench,
a mockery and a thine for laughter
among rail workers.
The lone fact that the announced
$1,000,000 wage raise on the 98 west
ern railroads last vear was trimmed
and pruned until it actually amounts
to barely $500,000, the fact that
keen-witted lawyers getting $100,000
fees for a single job outplay, out
guess and outtalk the railway broth
erhood officials on the meanings ahd
interpretations of. arbitration awards
are not mentioned in the big public
ity campaign now on. It is clear
from present newspaper tactics that
the big financiers aiid managers of
railroad capital understand What
Pres. Charlie Markham of the Illinois
Central had in mind When he told
the U. S. industrial relations com
mission that a railroad strike is won
by whichever side gets the public
with it and money spent for news
paper publicity is well spent
Meanwhile, hostlers on the Ar-mour-owned
Chicago Junction Ry.
are working 12 hours a day for $2 a
And railroad freight train workers
are hauling trains twice and three
times as long as those of 20 years
ago, with a workday running from
six to 18 hours a day, most often
12 and 16, while their wages are less
than those of Chicago organized hod
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Washington, July 29. Ambassa
dor Sprihg-RIce delivered to the
state department England's explana
tion of the blacklist
The memorandum which was from
the foreign office guarantees that the
blacklist will apply only to those
firms actually nanied and there will
be no so-called secondary blacklist
It also says that a firm is not sub
ject to blacklist unless it is proved
to be an agent of the German gov
ernment or is sending money to Ger
many. ""

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