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THE TrT&JHlJN m)X TESTES: "EWDXY! SEPTEMBER 20? 1918.
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2 Sicondt Corn It Dotatd!
you almost die with your
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ko & TacaUon for a minute or
Ppiy - or a arops oi in
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world's M isle aqd only eenulnc corn
pcclbr. ' Gets-It. Then, and then
onlji-wlll you be sure that your cow
wlljuloose from your toe so that you
canjpeel t right off gloriously easy
wit you fingers. Take no chances
of centln led pain and soreness why
use Teat Irritating salves, plasters
thae-shlftjsnd press into the "quick."
reirfrs anm "dlstrers" that make corns
bleep and Also crow faster! Use pain-)ss-
easjj. always sure "Gets-It."
There's onKy one like It In the world
that "QeQi-It." Millions have tried
and'O. K.'d t for years. It never falls.
"Qeta-It." . the guaranteed, money-baclrcorn-re
mover, the only sure way,
cotfe but a trifle at any drujr store.
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ple'ArDruff Store, and Affleck' Drue
Union! Sayings Baik
t "OLDEST 8 A VINOS BANK
V. IK WASHINGTON"
Wade H. Cooper. FrnKrat
r 710 Fourteenth Street.
Triple alliance of Poland, the
Czecho-SIovaks and Juro-Slavla for
a united stand against Germany and
Austria was held possible here to
day by Dr. Thomas G. Hasafyk.
chairman of the Crecho-Slovak Na
tional Council and commandr-In'
chief of the Czecho-Slovak forces In
Siberia, France, and Italy.
President Wilson today received
Prof. Masaryk and a committee' representing-
CzKho-Slovaks living In tho
United States. 'The visitors presented
the President with engrossed resolu
tions of gratitude, adopted it the re
cent convention of the Czecbo-Slovaks
in New York. if
Dr. Masaryk pointed ' out in a
United Press interview that essen
tially the three great, oppressed na
tionalities have common grievances
against Austria-Hungary, and that it
is to their mutual advantage to lend
every assistance in bringing victory
to the entente that Germasy'isay be
beaten and the Hspsburgs over
He also indicated that the geo
grapieal relationship or the Poles,
Czecho-SIovaks, and Jugo-Slava. as
well as the common bonds, of sym
pathy, will make close co-operation
This co-operation will form a solid
barrier, he indicated, against German
aggression in Russia and the' Balkans,
and will prevent a possible restora
tion of the Austrian Imperial scheme
defeated and the Hapsburg dynasty
Unity of alms of the three peoples
has been noticed by diplomats and of
ficials here for some time. This unity
has became plainer recently with the
sympathy or the Czecho-SIovaks on
behalf of the struggle of the Jugo
slavs and the Poles for the entente
recognition already granted the
Czecho-SIovaks. Aside from the po
litical significance of the proposed
union, is the important matter of
New Store Hours
Because aj the enormous difficulty in
securing the right kind of help, due to the
labor situation a.t this time, we are com
pelled to close our stores on Saturday at
Therefore we suggest to our many cus
tomers that they co-operate with us by
doing their shopping on Friday, or as early
on Saturday as possible.
It is a positive fact that we do more
business on Saturday than on the first three
days of the week. ,
We earnestly hope that you will en
deavor to help us in every way to
Who has one or more to
give, loan or sell at
THE SALVAGE DEPARTMENT of the RED
CROSS is greatly in need of second-hand
Paper Balers. As every Fire Engine House
in the District of Columbia is a Red Cross Sal
vage Station for waste paper of every deicrip
u'on, and as the paper is accumulating verv rap
idly, it is necessary that it be baled immediately
to make room for more.
The firemen wQI do the baling'
if we furnish them the balers
RED CROSS SALVAGE DEPOT
Lin. John Allan Dougherty, Chairman
Phone Delaware Ave. & C St N. E.
Lincoln 1731-J (Old No. 3 Fire Engine House)
Ex-President Taft and Hon. Frank P. Walsh
Joint Chairmen of the National War Labor Board
Recommend That Washington Street Car Fares Be Increased
Sufficiently to Meet Additional Costs Due to War-Time Conditions
NATIONAL WAR LABOR BOARD
Sept 11, 1918.
"To the Honorable Public Utilities Commission of the District of Colombia.
We. beg herewith to transmit two communications from the Washington Railway and Electric
Company to our board. These commailcatkns show that in deference to oar rulmg as arbitrators under
the National War Labor Board, this company, which now pay it men rates per hoar varying from 32 cents
to 38 cents on a scale effective Jane 21, 1918, which kself was an increase from a rate of 24 cents to 30 cents
an hoar, has increased its rate to accord with our rulings in the Chicago, Detroit and Cleveland cases to a
rate varymW.Jrom .33 cents to 48 cents an hour.
"That thS will involve very' large increase in tife operating cost is shown by the figures sabmkted by
the company, and, indeed, goes without saying.
"We feefthat as this result has been attamed by an acquiescence by this company m oar rulings in other
cases, this company is entitled to the recommendation to your board which we gave to the street railway com.
panics of Chicago, Detroit and Cleveland, as follows:
" We have recommended to the President that special Congressional legislation be enacted to enable some
executive agency of the Federal Government to consider the very perilous financial condition of thk mad other
electric street railways of the country and to raise fare hi each case in which the drcaasiaaces require k. We
believe it to be a war necessity justifying Federal interference. Should thk be deemed unwise, however, we
urge .upon the local authorities and the people of the locality the pressing need for such aa mcrease adequate
to meet the added cost' of operation.
" This is not a question turning on the history of the relations between the local street railways and the
municipalities in which they operate. The just claim for an increase in fares does not rest upoa any right to
a dividend upon capital long invested sa the enterprise.
"The mcrease in fare must be given because of the immediate pressure for money receipts now to keep
the street railways running so that they may meet the local and national demand for their service. Over
capitalization, corrupt methods, exorbitant dividends la the past are not relevant to the question of policy ia
the present exigency.
" 'In justice, the public should pay an adequate war compensation for a service which cannot be rendered
except for war prices. The credit of these companies in floating bonds is gone. Their ability to borrow oa
short notes is most limited.
" 'In the face of added expenses which thk and other awards of need and fair compensation- to their em
ployes will involve, such credit will completely disappear." Bankruptcy, receiverships and demoraEzatioa wkh
failure of service must be the result Hence our urgent recommendation on thk head."
- "Respectfully submitted,
'WILLIAM H. TAFT.
"FRANK P. WALSH."
Chairmen and Aribrrstors.
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The above letter of recommendation is in reply to our letters of Sept. 10th
and 11th (which are reproduced below) in which we stated exactly: our po
sition, showing the imperative need for immediate relief.
WASHINGTON RAILWAY AND ELECTRIC COMPANY
1TH AND C ST71EETS NORTHWEST
WASHINGTON. D. C.
September 10, 1918.
Honorable Wm. H. Taft,
Honorable Frank P. Walsh,
Joint Chairmen, National War Labor Board,
Washington, D. C.
This company received recently from its conductors and motormen a de
mand for an advance in their wage scale to the limits fixed by your honorable
board in its findings in the Cleveland, Chicago, Buffalo, and Detroit cases, to wit
from 43 cents to 48 cents per hour.
They urged that they were entitled to these increases because the same con
ditions and principles recognized by you in those awards as justifying them ap
plied to their case and because the cost of living in Washington is equal to that in
any of the cities named.
We were impressed with the force of these contentions and especially the
need of acting promptly, fully realizing our peculiar obligations to do everything
within our power to maintain unimpaired car service in the capital of the nation
at this time. We therefore assented to the advance, which will be made effective
September 12 and will continue for the period of the war, notwithstanding the
fact that our income under the present rate of five cents or six tickets for twenty
five cents is wholly insufficient to enable us to meet it from current earnings.
This will necessitate immediate application on our part to the Public Utilities
Commission of the District of Columbia for relief through an advance of fares.
While this action on our part in granting said increase of wages was in a
sens voluntary, yet in a larger sense it was in imperative consequence of the
action of your board in the cases mentioned if our organization was to be kept
We therefore feel, because of the precedents thus established by you and the
practical, necessity of conforming thereto in the public interest, that in our in
tended application to the rate making authorities of the District of Columbia and
before the public we should have the benefit of your approval of our action and
recommendations similar to those made by you in those cases as to the propriety
of granting us the requisite relief, and respectfully ask that yon indicate the same
in some appropriate manner.
WILLIAM F. HAM,
WASHINGTON RAILWAY AND ELECTRIC COMPANY
I4TH AND C STREETS NORTHWEST -
WASHINGTON, D. C. i
September 11, 1918.
Honorable Wm. H. Taft
Honorable Frank P. Walsh,
Joint Chairmen, National War Labor Board, '
Washington, IV &
Supplementing our letter dated the 10h instaat, sex present scale of wages
for conductors and motormen is as follows:
Less than one year of service............. ...i.... 32c per hour
Second year of service....... ....-. ....... ....... 33c per hour
Third year of service ...........- 34c per hour
Fourth year of service .........5c per hour
Fifth year and thereafter......,, ...........1 SSc per hour
This scale only became effective on June 21, 1918. Within the year preced
ing said date there had been three otner increases in the wages x conductors and
motormen, the scale on July 1, 1917, having been from 24c per hour 'for the first!
year of service to 30c per hour alter the tenth year.
An estimate of the effect of the wage increase which'becomes-effective tomorrow,
the 12th instant, indicates an increase of $333,717 over the existing scale, or an
increase of $454,590 per annum over the average which obtained during the year
ended June 30. 1918.
The above increases relate only to conductors and motoimea. As a result of
the increased wage to them there will necessarily be increases in the near future
to other classes of employes, in addition to those we hare recently found neces
sary to make.
As to the effect of this wage increase upon our earnings, we. wish to say that
the petition that we are filing with the Public Utilities Commission of the District
of Columbia asking for relief shows that during tho first six months of 1918 our
operating income, as compared with the first six months of 1914, showed an in
crease of 24.48 per cent In the same period operating expenses and taxes in
creased 42.98 per cent, leaving operating income 8.8 pet cent less than it was
in 1914. The Tatio of operating costs, including taxes, to operating revenue has
increased from 63.76 per cent in 1914 to 73.24 per cent in 1918.
We inclose income account of the Washington Railway and Electric Com
pany's System, for the year ended June 30, 1918. from which it will appear that
our net income, including dividends on stock of the Potomac Electric Power Com
pany, owned by this company, was $774,730.02. It will further be seen that
the increase of $454,590 per annum in wages of conductors and motormn will
absorb nearly 60 per cpnt of our net income from all sources, wfrxs out all divi
dends on our common stock and make serious inroads upon the dividends upon our
preferred stock, which are at the rate of 5 tier cent per annum cumnlative. Such
a condition would absolutely destroy our credit and render it irnnoible to scure
the funds to pav for fifty new car" "hich we harp nlready ordered and to make
other nerPFyrv improvements as will bo rrouired from time to time.
We think it is manifest that a rate of fr fixed many ypars ago, of five cent'
or six tickets for twentv-five cents, is eitirelv insufficient to meet the costs of
service which 'annot re rendered except for war prices.
WILLIAM F. HAM. Vic President
Income account of this company referred tn fn pragrph above is oinitte
here for lark of spuce. Sw is on file in onr office, where it can he seen by ny
interested persons or committee.