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ELGIN WATCH WORKS SCENE
OF TYPHOID EPIDEMIC
Twenty dead; J.00 seriously ill
Such is the toll of typhoid fever
among the employes of the Elgin
Watch Co., Elgin, m.
The infection of typhoid broke out
- laie last iau. it spread from employe
4P to employe until more than 100
An artesian well is blamed. The
well is deep and. of good flow, ac
cording to the company, and, it
seems, should surely be pure.
A story is told by employes of the
watch company of a prevalence of
rats, especially near the mouth of
the well. This has not yet been in
vestigated, but it is thought by some
that the waters of the well may have
been infected by the rats.
The company is not attempting to
hide the illness and deaths among its
workers. It would be no use. All the
little city of Elgin is talking about
is the terrible toll death has collected
from among the watch workers.
Peter J. Angsten of the 1. Stae
Industrial Board will go to Elgin Sat
urday and hold a public hearing in
the court house at which it is expect
ed some startling facts regarding the
water supply at the watch works may
be Tevealed. "
The company itself asked for the
hearing, which is primarily for the
purpose of setting the amount of
awards which the survivors of the
dead and the families of the ill will
, The state law provides what
amounts shall be paid in case of ill
ness or death. Criticism of the law
has often been made on the ground
that the amounts awarded are mostly
scarcely enough to cover expenses.
Families f the 20 dead will receive
yoluntary settlement from company
under workmen's compensation act
totaling $50,000. Clams filed range
from $1,650 to S3.50Q each. This is
largest 'settlement evep agreed to by
Corporation jn.hls e&te,
ONE FLAT OWNER TELLS WHAT
HE THINKS OF JANITORS
Janitors: You men who live in a
damp basement flat, get up at 4
o'clock in the morning, take sass
from peevish tenants and get blamed
little pay for your job of making
folks comfortable,-here's what one of
your employes thinks of those of
you who rise in the Tanks of your
In a letter addressed to Don S.
Willey, fi026 S. Park av., one of his
tenants, Geo. J. Williams, attorney
with ofBce at 326 River st, says of
officials of flat janitors' union:
"These officials are men from the
lower walks of life, many of them
negroes, and with few exceptions,
coarse, ignorant and brutal."
Now, officials of the flat janitors'
union, you know what George Wil
liams thinks of you.
Williams wouldn't sign with the
union for. the 24-flat building at
6024-30 S. Park av. It is said he also
refused to sign for four or five other
buildings. Tenants have complained
about ' unclean hallways, icy back
stairs, unremoved garbage aild the
fact that the union milk and delivery
drivers won't leave them eats while
the janitor is striking.
"I am fighting for principle," said
Williams in the letter to his tenants.
"Probably h'e meant to spell it
'principal,' ventured a union man.
Williams has sought a court in
junction to help him defeat the
WOMEN SMOKERS HELP UNCLE
PAY FOR HIS BIG NAVY '
Washington, Jan. 25. Tremens
dous increase during 1916 of more
than 40 per cent in revenue returns
from sale of eigarets over year 1915
attributed to increase of cigaret
habit among women. x
Revenue returns from sale of
whisky $24,000,000 greater in 1916
than in 1915 and greatest since year