Looking Back: June 6, 2012
125 YEARS AGO
June 11, 1887
Employers in Chicago have offered strikers a nine-hour workday, except Saturdays, when work shall be suspended at 12; the lowest wages for brick layers and stone masons to be 45 cents per hour. That is $22.50 a week and no work on Saturday afternoons. A few years ago men were willing to work for half that sum. But the strikers refuse to accept the liberal terms.
Rev. Dr. Reed, who left Des Moines last winter as a missionary to the Cannibal Islands, is reported to have been captured and eaten by the cannibals.
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