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The Calcium Light Turned on by a Railway Trackman

The Calcium Light Turned on by a Railway Trackman

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Excerpt from The Calcium Light Turned on by a Railway Trackman: Containing Historical Facts of Great Value to All Classes of Railway Employes

The pqose for tch th1s book Is published Is to strongly Im press upon the uunds of all maintenanle-ot-way employes that If they wish to have the1r burdens made lightei and the1r lives made brighter - If they w1sh to have the1r many guex ances properly adjusted - the Iemedy hes w1th1n themselves Whlnlng W111 not help them piayers and petltlons will be alike 1d vain The only source of rellef Is organization The only remedy 1s united, per sisi'ent action Such action can only be had where the men en gaged In It are possessed of thiee sterhng tralts of character, to w1t courage, fidelity and fortitude - courage to undertake, hdelity to lontinue, and f01t1tude to endure without murmurmg the tiials and depiivations incident to all great movements for the estab lishment of better condltlons, higher Ideals and gieater liberties for the mass of mankmd It was the possessmn of these noble qualltles tch enabled the maintenance-of-way men on the canadian pacific Rallway to wm the most memoiable struggle ln Wth members of the1r craft were ever engaged - a contest In tch the humble and unletteied trackmen were not only opposed by the canadian Pac1fic Rallway Company (perhaps the greatest and richest transportatlon company In the world), but also, through the General Managers Asso ciatlon, by every tiansportatlon company on the North Amerlcan con tinent The story of that famous struggle 1s brie?y told In the fol lowmg pages plain facts are sumtted, embracmg all correspond ence between the rallway officials and the maintenance-of-way men's representatn es, and between sald representatlves and the1r constitu ents, as well as other letters and press comments tch are of Interest In th1s connection because of the side lights Wth they shed upon the controversy The author has not attempted to embelhsh the stoiy of the C P sti Ike with any literary fr111s or furbelows, and does not ask that th1s book be treasured as a literary gem, but he does hope that It will be appreciated by that much-abused and long suffering class of rallway employes known as mamtenance-of-way men, for whose benefit It Is Intended, and who may learn from a close perusal of Its pages how to fight the1r own battles for better con ditlons and how TO win.

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