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United States Railway Servants.

The United States National' Bureau s report, on railway services./ shows the whole number of railway corporations m the country to be 1718; total mileage of trucks, 156,4000; total number of •mployeea, 689,912. For the purposes of special investigation sixty,, lines were chosen, which run from ona section to another far removed. The aumber of employees on the linespelecfced is 241,910. OI these 224,570 are hired by the day or by the month, the:others by the trip, the mile, by contract, or by commission ; 25 per cent, have work the entire year through, about 50 per cent, have -work less than half the year, and 25 per cent. w»rk about a month or less m the year. One-fourth of the employees receive from one to three dollars a day as wages. Some few of the corporations have some regard for their employees by affording them opportunity for gaining technical education. Two hundred and sixty-six corporations retain disabled men m their employ; a very, few give. half pay to superannuates, or provide them- light duties ;a few provide club reading rooms at terminal points and where the main shops are situated ; some contribute to relief funds, encourage co-operation, insurance, and hospital facilities. The general tone of the report shows a tendency upward m respect to time employed, wages received, general intelligence, temperate habits, and mutual goodwill of employer and employed.

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United States Railway Servants., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2516, 12 September 1890

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United States Railway Servants. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2516, 12 September 1890

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