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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, October 07, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 12

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High school games: Englewood at
Oak Park (2), Harrison at Senn (2),
Lane College at Loyola, Hyde Park
at Hammond, Crane at Davenport
Jim Jeffries is still fighting the
possibility of losing his -right hand.
The prizefighter cut it with a hunt
ing knife some time ago and an in
fection set in.
Wm. Kyronen of N. Y. won Brock-
I ton fair marathon 25-mile race. Time
was 237:171-5. Sidney Hatch of
Chicago was second, three minutes
Miss Alexa Stirling of Atlanta,
southern champion, and Miss Mildred
Caverly, champion of Philadelphia,
reached the final round of the wom
en's national golf championship at
the Belmont Spring Country club at
Boston Friday. They meet in the
final today.
By William C. Adamson
(Representative in Congress, from
Georgia and Author of Railroad
Eight-Hour-Day Bill.)
No piece of legislation ever passed
by the American, congress was more
justifiable than the bill proposed at
the joint session by Pres. Wilson,
and later enacted by both houses, for
the prevention of a nation-wide rail
road strike.
This bill fixes an 8-hour work
ing day as the basis of pay for train
men engaged in interstate commerce
and before it had even been signed by
the president it had served its imme
diate purpose by recalling the strike
order which had gone forth.
Not only did the 8-hour act spare
this country a period of paralysis
rnd distress more overwhelming
than any through which it has ever
passed in a time of peace, but already
it has paved the way for a settlement
of the issues upon which the rail
roads and their employes deadlocked.
The information has come to us
that the railroads themselves are be
coming reconciled to the system 1
1 which the law imposed, and that the
litigation to test the constitutional
ity of the act may never be begun, or
if begun, may never be carried to, the
supreme court. '
Whether the railroads "accept this
legislation or not, those of us who
were instrumental in placing this
law upon the statute books need of- ,
fer no apologies for our action. v '
We faced a national crisis. The
president had used all the power at
his command to bring the two parties
together and had failed. Arbitration
was impossible. The strike impend
ed. Embargoes had been laid against
perishable freight Prices of neces
sities of h'fe doubled overnight It
is untrue that congress was prodded
or driven in this matter. If there was
any driving done, the public interest
was the driver. We were the spokes
men of the American people and we
acted as their spokesmen.
The statement that this is an act
to increase labor or to take control
of labor is without foundation. It
merely provides the status quo until
operation of the 8-hour day can be
observed by a competent commis
sion, and until further legislation can
be had-.
It is merely a truce enforced upon
the warring elements; it is merely a
protocol adopted prior to a perma
nent treaty.
Nobody need fear that' congress
will ever deliberately disregard the
rights of either the railroads or their,
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Council building committee refus
es E. A. Bournique permit for $800,
000 building, Stone and Goethe sts.;
if building is.to be 104 feet higfe. On A,i
66-foot street "tenement "houses"
limited to 99-foot height, said coun- '
cil committee yesterday reviving old
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III. rivers and lakes com'n ruled
sandsucker can't be used in lake of?
Zion City.

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