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tors and Representatives in having them full value, which conditions operate assist in passing it. The good to be wholly in the interest of the employing accomplished by the passage of the bill company and against the injured emwill appeal to railroad men at a glance. ploye, there would not be such general
Section two seeks to rectify conditions distrust of nor opposition to these unwhich have become too common and dertakings. Neither would there be wherein the employing companies es such broad and justifiable ground for cape liability for personal injuries to criticism, and opposition to the relief their employes, by pleading fellow servant department as now presents itself, and liability, or contributory negligence. which this bill will rectify if passed. It has mattered not how slight the con The applicant for membership in a tributory negligence of the employe was relief department is required to execute in comparison to that of the employing a contract that, in event of his being company, the employe has had to stand injured in the performance of his duties, the entire loss.
and of accepting
the benefits proAs, for instance, an operator sends an vided in the department for such cases, order to a train many miles away, and he thereby releases the employing corthrough some error in it, and during its poration from all liability under the execution, the fireman of the train is
statutory or common law.
This means injured. The company pleads that the that if a member of such department is operator is a fellow servant of the injured through neglect of the company fireman and gets a verdict in its favor, or its agents, and, believing that no no account being taken of the fact permanent disability will ensue, he that the occupation of the operator and accepts the first month's benefits profireman are
as distinct as two occu vided by the relief department and pations could well be and that in the tendered by the company, and later performance of their duties neither finds that he is disabled for life, or his comes in contact with the other, nor death ensues, all efforts to do orders pass directly from one of damages from the company are frusthem to the other. Instances of this trated by the company pleading the character are not rare, and the 'manifest contract which the employe signed when injustice of them calls for remedial legis becoming a member of the relief delation.
partment. Section three of the bill seeks to rem Instances of this kind have not been edy evils which have grown up in the rare, and a sufficient number of them, operation of insurance or relief benefit accompanied by distressing conditions schemes in vogue on some of the roads, and surrounded by facts which clearly membership in which acts as a bar to demonstrated the injustices involved, recovery of damages for personal injuries. occurred in the state of Iowa to lead the
If membership in these relief depart- legislature to place upon the statute ments carried with it nothing more than books of that state a law which spethe requirement that certain
cifically provides that such contract is able sums be paid periodically as a con and shall be null and void. dition of being entitled certain The fact that the company insists specified sick, disability or death bene upon such a contract is sufficient evifits, there would be no reasonable ob dence that the relief from legal liability jection to them. If the relief depart thus afforded to it is one of the strongest ment simply undertook to require men, reasons for its interest in the relief dethrough mutual or coöperative means, partment. The fact that the departto provide some financial assistance for ment is thus made a shield against themselves and their families in the liability which would otherwise attach hour of sickness, injury or death, and to the company, leads one's thoughts did not attach conditions to the ac away from the idea that the company's ceptance of the benefit, for which the interest is purely philanthropic. employe has, in fact, paid practically It will not do to plead in extenuation
or justification of the relief department idea that the man can either sign the application or not, just as he chooses, because we know that the one who does not sign the application does not get a position. And, also, there are men who do sign the application who do not realize that such contract and the ac: ceptance of benefits under its provisions will act as a bar to the recovery
of damages in case of permanent injury while in the employ of such company.
In recommending the passage of the above bill, we do not, therefore, feel that we are urging upon Congress legislation which would injure or a bridge the reasonable rights of the employing companies. It would define and make plain the liability of employers toward employes.
VOICE OF THE GRAND DIVISION ON RATE LEGISLATION. Whereas, the Congress of the United RESOLVED, that regulation of rates by States will have before it at the coming a government body would, in the opinion session the question of additional legis of this convention, result in litigation lation affecting the American Railways, and confusion, and inevitably tend to employing 1,300,000 people, therefore an enforced reduction of rates irrespecbe it, by the Order of Railway Conduc tive of the question of the ability of the tors in biennial convention assembled, railroads to stand the reduction, espec
RESOLVED, that we hereby endorse cially in view of the increased cost of the attitude of President Roosevelt in their supplies and materials; and be it condemning secret rebates and other further illegalities, and commend the attitude
RESOLVED, that the proposed legisof the heads of the American railways,
lation is not in harmony with our idea who, with practical unanimity, have
of the spirit of American jurisprudence, joined with the President on this ques
inasmuch as it contemplates that a tion; and be it further
single body shall have the right to inRESOLVED, that we respectfully rep
vestigate, indict, try, and condemn, resent to Congress the inadvisability of
and then enforce its decisions, at the legislation vesting in the hands of a
cost of carriers, pending appeal, which commission power over railway rates,
is manifestly inequitable; and that if now lower by far in the United States
there is to be legislation on this subject than in any other country; that this
it should be such as would secure and low cost of transportation is the result
insure justice and equity, and preserve of the efficiency of American railway
equal rights for all parties concerned, management and operation, which have
but in view of the facts, legislation afbuilt up the country through constant
fecting rates is not called for at this improvement in service and develop
time, and would be inadvisable; and be ment of territory, while at the same
it further time recognition has been given to the value of intelligence among employes,
RESOLVED, that this convention finds in contrast to foreign methods where
itself in accord with President Roosehigh freight rates and lowest wages for
velt, who, in a message to Congress has employes obtain; that the freight rates
said: “It must not be forgotten that of this country average only two per
our railways are the arteries through cent. of the cost of articles to the con
which the commercial life-blood of this sumer, thus making the freight rate an
nation flows. Nothing could be more insignificant factor in the selling price,
foolish than the enactment of legislanumerous standard articles being sold
tion which would interfere with the deat the same price in all parts of the velopment and operation of these comcountry; and be it further
They do me wrong who say I come no more
When once I knock and fail to find you in, For every day I stand outside your door,
And bid you wake and rise to fight and win.
Wail not for precious chances passed away,
Weep not for golden ages on the wane! Each night I burn the records of the day;
At sunrise every soul is born again.
Though deep in mire, wring not your hands and
weep; I lend my arm to all who say “I can!" No shamefaced outcast ever sank so deep
But yet might rise and be again a man! Dost thou behold thy lost youth all aghast,
Dost reel from righteous retribution's blow? Then turn from blotted archives of the past
And find the future's pages white as snow. Art thou a mourner? Rouse thee from thy spell;
Art thou a sinner? Sins may be forgiven; Each morning gives thee wings to flee from hell,
Each night a star to guide thy feet to heaven!
Laugh like a boy at splendors that have sped,
To vanished joys be blind and deaf and dumb; My judgments seal the dead past with its dead,
But never bind a moment yet to come.
ALWAYS WITH YOU.
SHIRLEY DE FOREST.
Say not welcome when I come,
Nor farewell tell me when I go; For I come not when I come,
And I go not when I go.
I am always, ever with you,
Always will be, so I pray; I would never welcome give you,
And farewell would never say.
This department is intended to serve the same purpose among the wives, mothers, daughters and sisters of our members that the Fraternal Department serves among our members. The rules at head of Fraternal Department will also apply to this one.
Editor Railway Conductor:
I hold in my hand, as I sit here at the open window, enjoying the glorious Minnesota sunshine, the sweet zephyrs of a balmy May day, a little withered flower, a sweet purple pansy, plucked from the beautiful flower gardens in the natural park in faroff Tacoma. Like Chauncy Alcott, as he held the handful of earth from the land of his birth, it brought sweet memories of that far-off land across the waters and pleasant recollections of home and mother; and so to me this faded flower, although the petals were pressed and withered, the incense remaining made me think of the sweet face, the kindly heart, and the pleasant smile of the donor from the White City, who was my seatmate on that well-remembered trip. Oh, but it was cold and chilly; our blood nearly congealed in our veins; but nevertheless we were made to feel at home by the cordial greeting of Sister Pease, Brother C., Sister Lyon, Sister McCall, and the other warm-hearted citizens of that far-off western town, How we did enjoy every moment of our trip! And even the long, tedious hours in the convention room were to me a labor of love. From the moment we said good-bye to kind friends and relatives at home, we met other dear and kind friends among the strangers coming from New York, Pennsylvania, Maine, Ohio,-yes, and from all points in the far South and East; and how cordial were the handclasps and the sympathy extended in one's hour of sorrow! They shall remain sweet memories never to be forgotten when we grow old and look back to these convention gatherings as things of the past.
I think we as members of the Auxiliary owe a debt of gratitude to the Order of Railway Conductors for the many courtesies shown to us. What privileges were ours! Those handsome vestibuled trains, those splendidly equipped sleepers, the ample accommodations, and the sumptuous service of the diners from the beginning to the end. It showed splendid management by the committee in charge, and we as a body should tender them a rousing vote of thanks.
As I sat in my lonely compartment, with the company of only that sweet child of innocence, and I saw those brave conductors accompanied by their wives and daughters, and in some cases sons and daughters, I thought of that voice that was for
ever silent and whose privilege it would never again be to be a member of this gay assemblage. The thought came to me, grasp the opportunities while they are yet yours. Make all you can of the life set before you and, above all, thoroughly appreciate the privileges which are yours today, and be careful not to abuse them. No one knows when the clouds may gather and the day of bitter repentance will surely come to us all.
The merry "all aboard" may be heard today in blissful happiness, but tomorrow the tongue may be silenced and the last trip made.
What a splendid program we enjoyed that first day in Portland! Each officer seemed at her best, and how select and timely were the words spoken! And indeed brevity was the soul of wit, which made it all the more enjoyable. Let us take the advice of our Grand President to press onward and upward and not rest until we have reached the highest pinnacle of success and placed our beloved Auxiliary second to none in woman's sphere; and remember, as Sister Conlisk said, “a cheerful smile and gentle word linger long in memory, gilding with beauty the darkest hours of life," and remember, they don't cost us a cent; and, too, as Sister Callahan suggested, "glue our hearts together with that cement made in Portland, it matters not to us whether it is an Eastern or a Western product, or whether it had its origin in the balmy southland or amid the snow-bound rocks of the frigid North.
What a privilege too was ours to see the railway conductor, the general manager of one of th greatest railroads in the country, leaders of the foremost commercial bodies of that large city, those who were foremost in religious circles-it mattered not of what denomination, our beloved Mrs. Moore, and our grand leader, E. E. Clark, shake hands upon one common platform. It surely should have been to us as railroad people the happiest moment of our lives. And then our convention. To me it was the most satisfactory-barring the last day-of any I have yet attended. The business was done with such neatness and dispatch. Our Grand President certainly did herself proud. Where could we find one who could rule with such justice and impartiality. We missed the kind face and cheerful greeting of Sister Hodges, who, I understand, was instrumental largely in formulating that beautiful ritual; and the vacant chair in the
GROUP OF OZARK BEAUTIES, MONETT, MISSOURI.
B. Rogers, Musician; C. Woodruff, J. S.; B. McCaslin, Sec.-Treas.; W. Scott, Pres.; D. Goinnoy. V. P.:
S. C. Horn, S. S.; J. Charles, Guard; Mrs. O'Meara.
L. Temple, E. Johnson, J. Mansfield, W. Campbell, E. Breese, B. Kirkpatrick. L. Nahonoy.
T. Watson C. Stowart, Q Frost, L. Prometti, J. Reeves.