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O Y HH»»A«ry C, T K ®* ?»l *JWlVEHSITy Of lufNOis m STRIKE-BULLETIN .= Katarad aa aarnnd rlaaa mattar Jan. I. 111!, at tfca poat offlea at Cllatoa, III. under the art of Marti) t. lilt Vp|. i CLINTON, ILLINOIS, MAY 14,1M3 No. 2® The Boys On Strike ( Hy J. (). Bental!.) It i' a |»rave light the boys on the Illinois ( ctitral and Harnman lines are (rut ting up. Tliev have the whole power of II all Strut anil the entire capitalistic world against them. Init they hold out splendidly in view of it all. And the rea son I- that the men have learned salutarily Tliev u»cd to go out in trades. 1 he men m a single craft when dissatisfied w’ottM go on strike and tight for their lives, and all other crafts would then stand by and h « k on. none o ftliem offering to help the struggling strikers hy going out on str'ke wit!, them. They were not organ ized that wav. When the Imiler makers struck, the machinists, car men. blacksmith', clerks and other employees of a company would keep working and let the lioiler makers light alone, which, of course, meant defeat for them. But a change in organiza tion has taken place, and todav no less than nine crafts in the railroad industry have joined hands, and are acting as one l**!y. called the System hedcration. W hen the railroads were ready to renew their contract'with certain crafts, they were told to deal with the System Fedeiat1 m. I hi' was something new for them. Tliev had become accustomed to dealing with individuals, atul later with craft unions, hut to deal with a union of unions was too much for them, and the railroad* ltalked. So did the men. atul during all the weary months since Sept. 30. k>i 1. the men have held on like grim death. Never liefore in the history of the struggle lietvveen capital and labor has the light I wen so keen. Never before has judicial power Iwen so vv recklessly and uu scnipttloii'lv displaced. Never Iwfore ha' tlie injunction Iwen put to such vulgar uses. Never before has the outlook for the liosses Iwen so dark, nor the outlook for the workers so bright. Look at them. I here they are—the machinists, boil er makers, blacksmiths, sheet metal workers, ear men, clerk', steam fitters, painters and tlie Federal union men—all of them are acting together, strong as the strands that make up the unbreakalde. And these men who are learning the power of solidaritv in the industrial field are learning also that it is a power in the politi cal field. They have learned the origin of the injunction, atul they will combine to elect judges w ho are not w rong as Judge Wright is. The idea of combination has become epidemic. The System Federation may soon look for the men in the trans portation department, and when these men are secured the bosses will be up against a stone wall as thick as a mountain. Combine; strike hard when you strike —combine in the shops and in the booth. The world is right before us on a cap italistic silver plate and the workers arc in a position to take and use it for the good of all the race, whenever they wake up. _ One Days Pay Company Tails in Their Effort to Oat the Employees of the Road to Contribute to them the Amount of one Days Pay The Illinois Central recently made an attcni|H to take one day's pay from the employees of the company. A promoter was sent to Clinton, 111., to develop the project. A petition was drawn asking aid for the flood sufferers in Omaha and the South. The |>etition was placed in the hands of the yardmaster, and he had no great difficulty in getting his men to sign the |>etiti<>n liecause of the fact that the money was for the flood sufferers. After a small numlier of signatures had liren secured for the petition, it was turned over to the promoter, a special representative of Mr. I'arks who was to en gineer the proposition. The few signatures were cut off the petition and spliced to a new (me which read as follows: “We, the undersigned, hereby donate the amount opposite our names to the Illinois Central Railrocki Company that they liny have our assistance, co-operation and support in the rebuilding and repairing of their bridges, tracks and equipment.and we hereby appeal to you to join in wi th us in the contribution of the equivalent of one or more day's pay'' Later the petition was taken to the shops and the scabs were asked to sign it. Knowing that they would be discharged if they did not sign, their names were thus added to the new list, the purpose'of which was to get Contributions for tlie rehabilitation of the company's track-, bridges and equipment. After the signatures had been procured at the shops, the petition was trails ferred to the transportation department, where all available petty foremen were e\|iected to play their part in making it a success. However, the reception given the petition by the men in the transportation department was so discouraging that after after considerable effort those concerned in the scheme held a confabulation and derided that it was a miscarriage and that it would lie impossible to relmild anything with what money they could get from the men in the transportation de partment. The company's appeal for chic day's |>ay liecnine a general topic among the men. There was a possibility that the press would get hold of it. and so the peti tKHi was dis|iatched to Chicago and to preient a true statement concerning it from Incoming public. Parks puts on an air of astonishment. He calls up the press agents ami informs them of the extraordinary gener.wity and loyalty of his men. and how with their small contributions they wanted to help the company out m its present financial stringency, saying that his company would not take their money, ixit of cmirse a|>preciates the attitude demonstrated. I'arks refused to take the money for the simple reason that he could not get enough of it. He did not want to carry out his new plan of extracting money front the employees of his road because it did not meet with their general ap proval. Had there been enough of them making voluntary contributions to lie gin with, it would have lieen compulsory w ith the rest of them, and in the future he would simple have levied an assessment on them of one Jay's pay. ’rail employes OFFER FLOOD AID Men Want to Give Day's Pay to Help Officials Repair Damages from High Water. Yu » Prc-ident Park of the lllniu!* * « ntral K;nlr<>a<l is in rimpt «-t a request signed bv a larg« number of employe* of the r<<ad a-k mg that they he permitted to contribute one day's pay to help in the repair* made necessary by the recent flood* The letters came unsolicited, and are said to l»<- without precedent in railroad work Mr Park thanking the men, declined the generous offer Tbo*.r who signed the request also a*k eil t«- be allowed to carry on a campaign to induce other employes to give a day's wages Speaking of the offer, Mr Park -aid "In all my railroad experience, in the rank and as an officer. I have never encountered so unse!fi-h and loyal an offer. That the-e men -hould voluntarily tender their nnte to as-i*t their company—and I use the word their* advisedly, for such men are really part tier* m tin in-titution—i- an evidence of such patriotic loyalty and self-abnegation that 1 am inclined to the belief that it is unparalleled in railroad history " hi the appeal to their fellow-, the score or more signing, among other things, say . "In our several capacities a- railroad em ployes we recognize the fait that great loss and damage has been sustained by the Illinois Central Railroad Company on account of the cyclone at and around Omaha, and the flood disaster which ha* hern more or less general over its entire system, resulting in great dam age to bridges, track and equipment, as well as serious delay to traffic; also the loss of many lives and homes in those localities. "That the Illinois Central Railroad Com pany may have our assistance, co-operation and support in rebuilding and repairing its bridges, track and equipment, we hereby ap peal to you to join us in the contribution of the equivalent of one or more days’ pay to that end.” Among the signers were. J. F. Gaskill, Clinton. 111.; C. R. Richardson, engine f ireman. L. E. Athurson, conductor Illinois division; R. R. Hollis, dispatcher Springfield division; A. H. Davison, round house foreman; William Lovell, car depart ment; John Gallagher, engineer; I. N. Brown, agent; Harry Smith, chief yard clerk; W. E. Walsh, conductor Springfield division; Walter Emmett, general yardmaster; E. J. Gladhill, night yardmaster; N. Kippenhan, night yar master.—Chicago Examiner, May 9. 1913. j TRAIN SERVICE IS NOT SATISFACTORY Jesup Editor Declares Residents of That City Have Not Been Given "Square Deal" in New 1. C. Schedule. "Simply rotten," is the expression of the ser vice of the Illinois Central by the editor of the Citizens Herald at Jesup, la. Editor Place declares the Illinois Central’s new *chcdule which has been effective since April 20 i» meeting with universal dissatisfaction and ha* placed the "Old Reliable” in the "Unre liable'* class. "Under the new schedule,” Mr. Place said, "the proposition of getting in or out of Jesup is p.» pleasant dream. If one desires to go to Waterloo or Independence, he must leave early in the morning, remain all day, and re turn at night The old schedule was so ar ranged that one could go to either of these town*, spend a fgw hours, and return. " The service could be benefited materially if the Illinois Central would permit the after noon east hound train to stop on signal This would make it possible to go to Waterb»o m tin morning ami return during the afternoon,1 or to go to Independence m the afternoon and return in the evening. A town that gives t• • ihr Illinois Central the business that Jesup does, is entitled to more and better consid rration The service is inadequate, and it is hoped the Illinois Central officials will re n-ider their recent move and pi vide for topping the afternoon train at this point.' V. that i-. necco-ary to convert Jesup into a real "whistling' station, is for the railway i• -mpany to make another change along the line of the recent schedule—From Waterloo Press NEW ENGINES LEASED The new 1100 and l.*»00 class engines n the Illinois Central aie only leased engine- I*h. mpany d<*e* n<>t own them. I hey all carry i brass plate three by six inches, »*n the right •*de of the smoke l**x. hearing the following -• -criptu n Illinois Central Equipment Trust Series A Commercial Trust Co., Trustees and Owners. THE RIGHT TO LABOR i H> I •! w m Markhatii ► < >ut mi i!k r«-a*l they haw path* r< •! A hundred thoti-an 1 men, lo a-k li.r a h- 'd "ll lilt* a* -lire \- tin wolt'- hold in In- dt n Their need* hr- close to th: *iunk ot hie. A* the earth lies close to the stone, It is a- meat t«» the Mender rib, A* marrow to the bone They a-k but the leave to labor. Id t<>il in the endle-i night, l or a little salt t » savor their bread, I or house- water tight. They a-k but the right to labor. And live by the strengtn of their hands— They have bodies like knotted oaks, And patience hkei«ra and*. And the right of man to lah< r, \nd his right to labor in joy— Not all your law* can bolt that right. Nor the gate* of hell de-troy. I or it came w ith the making of nun, And was kneaded into hi* bone*. And it will stand at the la-t of thing-, On the dust of crumbled thrones. Company Barking Again The •.'■-called ‘scret aervice department of the Illinois Central lent out circular letters from St. Louis, Mo., under date of April it, 11913. Mating that they represented the follow ing machinists’ lodges: 263, 14, 641, 223, 123, 1314, 16U and 266. The letter states that Sec. | Smith 'was instructed to .end out as many cir cular letters as the treasury would warrant. 1 While it it a fact that the Old Hog is pretty • hard pinched for finances, we are still inclined to believe she would be able to circularize the machinists’ lodges several times. The substance of the letter is an appeal to all lodges that they request the Grand Lodge to make an investigation of the money solicit ed by the Bulletin, and such men as are trav eling. They want a financial statement, stat ing that they are not getting the money and because of this they are feeding on hay. To Baatth and the Illinois Central Co., we might state that your growl is too coarse. Yon cannot poison anyone's mind, and a* for a financial statement, wc give you one every month in the Bulletin. Wc tell you where the ■ money comes from and where it goes. Damn you. we fight you fairly and in the open. Wc make an effort to place every dollar of it where it will make yon and your company spend thousands of dollars for every dollar spent by us. and now that you are growling we begin to think that we are placing the few dollars we get where they are hurting you. Juat now we are on strike, and we have no lime to flirt with daud soldiers, and if any of them arr eating hay because of this strike, they have our permission to do so. If they do not like this diet, they can go to work for you, or anyone rise. We are not and we will not pay any dead ones We won't place mon ey with anyone simply because he is on strike, but only when hr will get up and hurt you and give rrsultt for the money We will ad mit that it is only because oi the shortage of funds that you aren't torn up a damn sight worse than you arr. although yon growl as if you were getting ragged Smith, you ~u not have to ask Washington for an investigation of our affairs. You ran come here yourself and we will show yon around One of your pals wa> hrre with PoM Office Inspector Callihan. and we offered to show him the books. He was so much inter cstrd in our mailing list, that wr simply felt sorry for the dub. and askrd him if we could not give him our mailing list lie said hr W'-uid like to have it, and h« got it Is there anything else that you want Smithie? If not, plea-r heighten up a little, for the stunt you !arc pulling off now is too coarse. The fact is. |if you were a Motor you surely would be eat ing hay. a. tar a- wc arc concerned, for you simply aren't bright enough to warrant u- pa> mg you anything at all A YEAR IN HELL. \ literar* genius, who went to work for 'the ^ A M V railroad la-t year in the vler i teal department, ha* resigned In- position and | in n *w writing a hook on hi- experience* f« r j the pa*t year The title i* to !< Otic Year in Hell" \ b • k of that title ought to sell. I The h *ok will not, it i- hoped, make it- ap pear.tine until the -ummer is oxer, for which x\ *1: uld all be thankful—Yick*hurg Derm All money for the Illinois Central Federa tion should be sert to Csil E. Person. Strike Secretary. Bo* D. Clinton. Ill. and all money for the Harriman Federation to C. E Colling*, •th and Pine Sts . Oakland. Cal.