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THE DAY BOOK
N. D. COCHRAN
EDITOR AND PUBLISHER.
S00 S. PEORIA ST. CHICAGO, ILK
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SUBSCRIPTION By Carrier In Chi
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Entered a secojid-clasi matter April
21, 1914. at the postoKlce at Chicago,
111., under the Act or March 3. 1618
LIVING WAGE. What is a "fair
and reasonable wage"?
The Standard Oil Co. of New Jer
sey, over the signature of its vice
president, boldly insists that $2.20 a
day is a "fair and reasonable wage"
and that the company is justified in
resisting to the uttermost any de
mand for an advance.
Working six days a week, every
week in the year, $2.20 a day gives a
laborer only $686.40.
The United States public health
service says authoritltively that $750
a year was in-1915 the absolute min
imum upon which a family of five
could be kept in a state of bare effi
ciency. That was 1915, mind you. In
the last year food prices are up 25
per cent, making the minimum for
The Standard Oil laborers are
therefore $251.10 short of a bare
minimum for a family of five and
THEIR families run six, seven, eight
The profits of the Standard Oil Co.
of New Jersey average more than
$100,000 a day, enough to pay Henry
Ford's wage scale and leave $25,000,
000 in clear profits for John D. and
the rest of the millionaire stockhold
ers. Now, here's the straight question
for everyone that talks about Amer
icanism What sort of an American
citizen would you be if your utmost
toil left you $250 short of a bare liv
ing for your vife and babies?
EQUAL WAGES FOR WOMEN.
Henry Ford's announcement that
hereafter women in his employ will
receive a minimum wage of $5 a day,
on the same basis as men, should do
much to relieve the burden under
which workingwomen labor.
Many states limit by law the hours
that women may work, to nine or
eight, taking this step in the interest
of the race's welfare.
But women always have lost the
fight for equal wages with men.
New York teachers for years have
sought a salary .standard for women
as high as that for men, feeling that
in teaching, of all professions, man's
boasted muscular superiority should
not make him any more valuable.
They havemet repeated rebuffs. And
they have not been able to establish
their claim despite the fact that phy
sical strength plays little part In their
Henry Pord, the first great em
ployer Jto realize and proclairn the
justice of $5 pay and an eight-hour
day, now stands before the nation
likewise as the champion of equal
pay for women.
And with this accession to their
fighting ranks the army of woman
workers draws a long step nearerjo
its goal industrial Justice.
OUT OF THE MOUTHS OF BABES
Little Nelly told little Anita what
she termed a "little fib."
Anita, A fib Is the sameasa story,
and a story is the 8ameas a lie.
Nelly No, it'sno?.
Anita Yes, it is, because my fath
er said so, and my father Is a pro
fessor at the university.
"I don't care If he is. My father is
a real estate man and he knows more
about lying than your father."
A cruel story runs on wheels, 'and
every hand oils the wheels as th