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What Doth It Profit A Man?

Germany is working, by every scheme that ingenuity can devise and money can put into operation, to make American workingmen traitors to their country in its hour of need.

 

What doth it profit a man if he sends his sons and brothers to the battlefields, and after he gets them there he betrays them to the enemy by stopping the industrial home work without which they can neither win nor escape?

If we are not fully ready when the test comes it will be easier for German armies and German ships, German submarines and German aircraft, to kill the men who go out from your community to protect you and your rights.

Whoever from any motive delays work bearing directly or indirectly on the war will be an accessory to the murder of his fellow Americans.

Every strike in the United States, while this war is in progress, is a blow in favor of Germany.

 

What doth it profit a man to increase his wages or decrease his pro working hours if by so doing he contributes to the victory of a nation that makes slaves of white men and scourges them as they work?

The condition of the blacks in America before the Civil War was far better than the condition of the whites of Belgium who today are carried off like cattle, are overworked, underfed, beaten and, sick or well, must labor incessantly, often under the fire of their own guns.

 

What doth it profit a man to aid a monarch who in this manner has shamelessly re-established the slavery of white men? 1 he workingman in America who obstructs the cutting of wood, the mining of fuel, the weaving of cloth, the turning of wheels in factories or on rails while this war is in progress — he is helping the slave-masters, the destroyers of civilization, the murderers of women and children.

 

What doth it profit a man who has lived in a land of incomparable liberties, of advantages unparalleled in the history of the world, to contribute by any act, however small, to the success of an autocracy to whom a common man is but a clod of earth

The workingman who stands faithfully by his duties day by day, allowing no person and no thought to get between him and an honest performance of his work, is rendering the highest kind of patriotic service to his nation and to his family.

 

What doth it profit a man to sell his manhood, his self-respect, profit perhaps his soul, for a little selfish gain in such an hour? When life's services are measured up at the end, those who have faithfully labored through the war shall be entitled to their credit as well as those who have led the charges in battle.

 

What doth it profit a man who wants to improve the condition of laboring men if he gains a little but in so doing prolongs the slavery of Belgian workingmen, who now cannot gain their freedom but by death, or through the victory of the Allies?

Stand by your work for your own honor and safety, for the safety and success of your fellow countrymen who go forth to fight, as well as for the sake of workingmen who are now in actual slavery beneath German slave drivers.

 

Issued by the CONFERENCE COMMITTEE ON NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS
HENRY A. WISE WOOD, Chairman      RAYMOND B. PRICE, Treas.      JAMES E. CLARK, Sec' y
Metropolitan life Building, One Madison Avenue, New York City

 


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LABOR AND SAFETY

SPEED UP

It is encouraging, in going about the shops, to note the "speeding up" of the important operations. All hands are going at their jobs with a smile and determination which can only mean one thing —VICTORY— for Uncle Sam and his Allies.

One of the boys in one of the big gun shops was overheard, the other day, shouting to a "Buddy," as he "binged" one rivet after another into the frame of a big gun carriage, "That'll hold Kaiser Bill for a while —bing! —and that will help old Uncle Charlie —bang ! —and here is another to help Uncle Sam —bang! —and this one put the whole *x*!x? German Army in Hell !

That's the old pep, fellows, a little of that spirit every day, every hour, yes, all the time, and the boys will soon come marching home with enough of Fritzie's helmets to keep Henry Ford supplied with material for "Lizzie bodies" for the next fifty years.

 

SAFETY

There are too many careless accidents occurring in the Plant. Over 80 per cent, of this can be prevented if you will take the time to think, and if you cannot think for yourself you might at least think for the sake of those little kiddies at home and the mother you are depending upon to watch over them. It is not fair to take unnecessary chances, and it is up to you to stop it.

If you see turned-up nails lying about, do not wait for a fellow workman to step on them — get them out of the way, and be sure you are never responsible for having permitted conditions of this kind to exist. Report any dangerous conditions you may see

to any member of your shop "Safety Committee," and he will see to it that the danger is eliminated.

Be a "Safety Booster" all the time; it will save you lots of trouble in the long run, and a bit of the good old dollar, too.

 

TRANSPORTATION

Passenger. — Pursuant to the change in shifts at the Plants and general change which was made on all passenger and trolley schedules, the same service that had been previously furnished has been supplied to meet the change in working hours and further augmented by additional train operations between Saucon Plant and Tilghman Street, Allentown, Pa. General analysis of the fact of operations shows that service now supplied is splendid and has not been excelled at our Plants at any time. This becomes more remarkable when we consider the condition of the section of the country in which we are located, and the natural disadvantages which do not afford the best possibilities for transportation arrangements. There are several matters which are giving us great concern and by the co-operation of the men will result in future betterment of the service.

Complaints have been received as to smoking in the cars. These complaints come from ladies employed by the Company. Another feature which is giving the Railroad Company considerable trouble and in fact, at times, delays trains, is the taking of tickets. If all the men would have their tickets ready to give to the conductor and would not crowd the aisle any more than is absolutely necessary it would afford these employees of the Railroad easy access through the trains. Co­operation on the part of our men to this extent will not only materially

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Safety cuts out worry.

 

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