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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, December 14, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 4

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Big business went a-begging today
for men to do its work. Old men
who will work for 25 cents an hour
or less, do all the work or get fired
and waive all rights to bid-age pen
sions with the firms they .connect,
wer6 solicited by some of our most
prominent bosses in the city from the
stage of the Olympic theater today.
Cheap labor men from 45 to 65
passed up and fired in former years,
was invited to' the Olympic theater
today to hear about the grand offer
of work. 'They were going to get
another chance. That was the way
the big business speakers put itv to
But behind the whole scheme is
said to be a move to relieve the short
.labor market by putting to work the
men cast aside in former years when
labor was plentiful. The sanie'old
fellows, fired in many eases by the
very bosses that asked them to come
back, were offered places as wage
Time was, and recently, too, when
the bosses could pick and choose to
suit themselves and there were hun
dreds waiting outside the doors of
the larger plants, seeking employ
ment. Then old men were fired as
fast as they slackened up. Younger
men, full of pep, unniarried and will
ing to work for less, took their
Chas. G. Dawes of the Central
Trust Co., who dabbles in municipal
betterment as seen from the stand
point of the wealthy, was chairman
of the meeting today.
S. M. Hastings, president of the
Illinois Manufacturers' ass'n, led the
talkers with a statement that "he
was glad to see the men past 45 get
another chance." He said that old'
men were better workers than young
because ' they were more serious,
needed their jobs worse, kept better
habits, did not dissipate and were
usually in better health.
"Of course," Sam-declared, "it is
understood that in asking for work
in one of the plants of the city you
fellows will have to waive all rights
to old-age pensions and work just on
your own merits."
J. J. Buell of The Fair was one of
the speakers.
'It is not a new experience with us,
this hiring of old men," he said.. "I
think they are good workers. I can
use about 25Tighknow."
Men from the Santa Fe railroad,
Merchants' Lighterage Co., W. W.
Shaw Livery Co. and John V. Far
well's plant offered work from the
stage. The best offer was 25 cents
an hour for time s,pent working.
The seriousness of the situation
from the viewpoint of business, is
shown by the names of the men who
backed the meeting today. Some of
them are:
Department stores: J. G. Shedd, E.
F. Mandel, D. F. Kelly, Edward Hill
man, James Simpson.
Clothing: L. B. Kuppenheimer, M.
L. Rothschild, H. C. Lytton. ' ,
Banks: Charles Dawes, E. A. Ham
ill, L., W. Noyes, J. A. Patten, C. H. .
Wacker and G. M. Reynolds.
Packinghouses: J. S. Agar.O. F.
Among others were: Jos. Biefeld,
Hotel Sherman; R. F. Clinch, coal
man; A..B. Dick, manufacturer;. G.
W. Dixon, transfer and cartage; J.
V. Farwell, wholesaler; S. V. Hast
ings, manufacturer; Sam Insull, pub
lic utilityking; J. T. Stockton, trans
Dec. 14. The house
judiciary committee today reported
favorably a bill for nation-wide pro
hibition, reported the women's suf
frage bill without recommendation
and reported favorably a bill for a
nation-wide (pod investigation.
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Fifth avenue will cease to exist Jan.
1. Name changed to Wells st

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