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' ( I ARIZONA SENTINEL YUMA SOUTHWEST VOLUME XLV. NUMBER 29. YUMA, ARIZONA, THURSDAY, JULY 8, 1915. U. S. R. S. COB RECORDS DISCLOSE STARTLING TRUTHS (By Benjamin Franklin Fly) ("feast for the gods," if VOU You land owners, entrymen'Pf and a11 rof this for and belief i do not know of any ' J j L j j i f : i wh pro thov ho vo rrimnlnint ' unit holders and water users, "The Chairman (Fitzgerald of New York) While on this question of pro fit, let me ask you, is there any com plaint from the employes about the price they have to pay." "Mr. Davis (Director U. S. R. S.) I have never known of any complaint." "The Chairman The prices are so fixed that they are satisfactory to those who patronize the stores." Mr. Davis That is my observation case was not aware that any one in the ser vice purchased supplies at cost, or less than cost, therefore the estimate of "10 or 12 per cent on the sales." How ever this or that may be, the "system" is worse than rotten, it even smells unto Heaven itself and if it can not be conducted "on the dead square' giving every one an equal and exact chance to furnish all these supplies then in the name of common decency, in the interest of every merchant on the Yu ma project, for Heaven's sake abolish the whole "system!" The poor are . 1 1 , it liC4UCilUJ 111 1CLUU1 Ull'wlCO UllU JL IUC &liblttU dULUg lltbig U.ti5. ui. v-- tnat lb Clldrgeu Ilie LUinillUll very grjevous complaints of the em- J sideration to say the least; the o laborer. Is that equal ployes is that the company operating dollars per day workman who stj is and exact justice tO all"? the stores practically gets ail the com-j his back in carrying sacks of cement But, let's follow this a lit- "Pensation of the employes in the form to be dumped in the river (under or- '1a furfVir onrl e nrhof hon ot Profits for the stores, and that there aers) is entitled to as much considera- I klV 1UI U11U owv vr 1IUL HUM two-bits, twentv-five cents, or where thev have complaint, ,.n4.n "The Chairman I ask that because x ijuai lci ui a. uuiiai , uic oamc as well as those other good citizens who reside in Yuma, who may doubt the correct ness of the statements made in these articles iust stop a j.ji.u;ir rrs 4- i npi is nothing for the employe. I wanted tion, when it comes inumwiiftim mmivi vw iu peilS 1 1 11C HIGH ill lilC UailiUb records and examine them; go to your neighbor who has seen this and that done, or who knows of this or that be ing left undone; go to men who have been employed on the Yuma project or to men now employed; go to time keepers and former time keepers and make careful in quiry into the "system," to which there is such strong objection, and every one of you will be fully convinced that "the half has not been told!" You will also find that the "equal and exact justice to all" is not the policy that has heretofore been practiced on the Yuma project! Take, for example, the method of keeping men at work. Here you will find that the man who earns his daily bread by the sweat of his brow, with pick and shovel, and working under the direct rays of a blistering sun makes the munificent sumt of "two bones" per day, out of which he pays 75 cents for his meals, consisting of ordinary, plain, substantial food minus side dishes or relishes, and minus butter, and eats from a com mon mess-table. On the other hand, the "educational and non-educational" em ployes at Reclamation head quarters, in the local service, receiving all the way from -100 to $300 per month, have their dining table spread with fine linen and fairly groaning under the weigh of the good things set before them a it comes to purchasing vnnr statement in the rer.nrd as tn I boots and shoes sn old that "the mem- nevei get Supplies at COSt, but whether you have had complaints of ory of man runneth not to the con- tney pay SUtllCient OVer and that character that the compensation ' trary," as is the high-falutin' engineer who tries to make the water run up hill! Because the poor devil doesn't PAINFULLY HURT By above COSt tO make the grOSS of the employes is eaten up by patron- amount of business done net a izing the stores-" Drofit Of 25 ner Cent After "Mr Newe11 (consulting engineer) register a kick at the prices charged tU k4.-fro,1 1 miht sav that the Plicv has been,nim is simply because he is no fool Seeing me DOUntllUl Spread tQ make a profit Qf abQUt 1Q Qr 12 per he would be instantly discharged if he On the educational and non- ;cent on the sales, and at the same time' did kick- And also discharged just as educational" table and wit- to cover all overhead charges, and es- Quickly if he pointed out any error of neSSing the Scanty number Of pecially to give a good class of material 'Judgment by those above him as. has dishes on the "common la- that is to say a little better class of ivery often been the case on the Yuma hnr" ttipcq tchlA Parh rmirina boots' shoes and clothing at the same ' project. Mr. 'Lawson, Mr. Teasdale DOr mess laDie, eacn paying price th&n couW fae Qbtained frqm mail. and Mr. Fleming will probably set all the Same price it mUSt neces- order houses the nrime ohiect heine: these things right "for such, are they Sanly IOllOW that Common to keep the men on the work and at doctors." llabor iS actually feeding the same time to be sure that the those who hold the easy jobs ! stores are not running behind, but are The same is true, according to very actually earning enough to offset the trustworthy and reliable sources, with loss on any hospitals or on account regard to the purchase of supplies r any dlsaster that might occur. the favnred nnos fret whatsvpr tw That perfectly illustrates the work-! want at cost, sometimes possibly at a lng ot tne svstem and tnat s wnat good deal less, whereas, "common la- rm kici"g about not the employes bor" pays enough above cost to make "svstem-" the entire amount snld hrintr ?n a 9.R Mr- Davis had heard nO complaints per cent profit, again showing that the and truthfully said so; but it must be 'xnmmnn tow foii borne in mind that his business of erything purchased by the seventy-odd "director of the Reclamation Ser "educational and nnn-edneatinnal" em- vice" does not throw him in personal ployes at local reclamation headauar- cntact with the "common labor " the ters fellows whovpay enough for what they buy to net a profit of 25 per cent, and onow up tnis line or thought a step auite naturally he hears no "kicks" .further and you will see that during from them; and aIso quite naturally he juiy ana August tne custom Has been hears no word of compiaint from the to lay on several hundred men who "educational and noneducational" class unfortunately for them, came under who get everything they want at cost laUux lUC uui just as we aU dQ who haye the chance; devils who only get ;'two bones" per but his ears must be ., on firp at day. When all this large force is "laid times when common labor begins talk. off "their pay ceases instantly, but not in about Dayin two b5ts f. . . ,so with the army of employes at head- cent nose rag or 7 50 for & pair Qf ?g fiudrierb. shoes, and these latter having been Instead of being "laid off," they are purchased from a. store bearing the given a "vacation on full pay"! Is that name of a partnership firm that had "equal rights to all, exclusive privi- been dissolved years and years before, leges to none"? showing that the shoes need not have It may be interesting right here to been sold to any one in order to make quote a few lines from the hearings be- them walk; for they are not only old i fore the Congressional subcommittee enough to do that unassisted, but they jof appropriations, the same pentlemen were probably old enough to have vot- who visited Yuma not very long ago. ;ed for Grover Cleveland! The question then being inquired into When Mr. Newell testified, it had was the reclamation stores. Heres the not been put in the record that the pro- record, read it: fit was 25 per cent, and he probably Jack Levake, Ed. Buker and Pablo Munoz were injured by a premature explosion at Potholes last evening. Ida digging an unexploded charge. Dr. Ap--John went out and dressed the wounds,. Mr. Levake, who has charge of the reclamation work at the dam was hit. on the knee by a flying rock. Mr. Bu ker sustained painful injuries about, the head and eyes, which may ne'ess-. itate his coming to the Yuma hospital, for treatment. PfiESCOIT MS II REGULATE SALOONS "The theory of absolute prohibition has much to commend it. The work ing of absolute prohibition is a horse of another color. We still believe that the proper regulation is the better method." Prescott Courier. But who wants the saloon regulated in Arizona now? Certainly none but the liquor interests, who hope to open up saloons again.