Altoona Mirror from Altoona, Pennsylvania on November 8, 1929 · Page 5
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THE ALTOONA MIRROR—FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 1929 IH THE BUSINESS WORLD OF TODAY By .1. C. UOYLK, Staff Correspondent. (Copyright, 1929. by Altoona Mirror.) NEW YORK, Nov. 8.—Labor turnover Is causing the business bed to creak. Labor today Is not resting easily. Workers are changing joba aome- tlmea voluntarily and sometimes of necessity and the Job-changing process is expensive and annoying for the employer. In European countries a miner or farmer or weaver may have his sons, grandsons and great-grandsons follow in his industrial footsteps but in America today, a man goes to work as a piano maker in the morning and ia a speed boat builder by the time he knocks off at' the quitting whistle at night. This labor turnover, while necessary and admirable from certain viewpoints, is proving expensive to both employes and employers, costing them a total of approximately |400,000,000 in 1929. Conservative estimates Indicate that the latter will-lose ?52,000,000 to $55,000,000 in Investment in workers, while the former will lose $350,000,000 In wages. In colonial flays, the Jack-of-all- trades was a recognized institution and workers today have had to ta.ke up his calling. New ma'chlnes and equipment and methods are making it un- necenE&ry to maintain as large forces in industrial plants as In the past. However, new industries are fast taking up the' surplus and old plants are developing new uses for their equipment so as to make it available and productive a greater percentage of the time, • This trend is enforcing a versatility ' on workers which many of the older men and women find hard to acquire. Elthelbert Stewart, of the federal department of labor, a recognized authority on labor turnover, declared today that he did not think that it was feasible to expect a' big percentage of these older workers to transfer to new industries at salaries equal to those they have been receiving in the old lines. On the other hand, James J. Davis, secretary of labor, declares that the new industries such as aviation and radio are providing jobs as fast as "the new machinery forces workers out of those In the older lines. In the past, the largest labor turnover was among the young workers who had not found the lines to which they were adopted or attracted. In many industries such readjustments frequently rise to 66 per cent ot the young workers hired. Now the older workers are seeking readjustments and insome lines this change is throwing 33 1-3 per cent into the new job market. The first months these workers are employed the turnover in some • lines is as high as twelve timea that of old workers. The speed with which workers are absorbed into new industries la in direct ratio to their versatility and abil- . ity. But employes with those characteristics are always in demand and 1 Y FREE! New Victor Records for Old •*• UI( two week*, from October 28th to November IHli, we will allow you lOo credit tot every Victor Becoril you bring to our store— ,ve will accept all your old Victor Becorda, regardless of age, size or type, for every 7'/i records returned we will give you u new 75c Victor liecord. Come In, bring your old records, you may never get another chance like this. Rothert's VICTOR UKALKHS 'OVEB M YEABS DETROIT GANGSTER Joseph ."J,egn" Jjiman, above, Detroit gangster now serving a two- year prison term for extortion in connection with the kidnaping and murder of David, CBSS, son of n Detroit realtor, Is to be returned to Detroit for trial on a murder charge, Detroit authorities have announced. The body of Casd, missing: for months, was found recently near T.apeer, Mich. they are, therefore, not under necessity of changing unless tliey xvish. When an old firm puts in new machinery and reduces the number .of em- ployes needed, it naturally seeks to keep those workers with the greatest individual efficiency. These are the workers who would be readily absorbed in new jobs. The employers are suffering some losses from the readjustments, according to Mr. Stewart. There is a gain In efficiency merely from the repetition of an ordinary task. For every day tlje worker is employed the employer has an investment in him. The loss of the workers through labor turnover means the loss of that investment. Sometimes that investment can hardly be measured in dollars, but in industry the normal loss for each unskilled laborer is $1 on the average. For' the semi-skilled It is near $50 on the average while trained workers represent Investments averaging perhaps $300 a person. The loss through spoiled material by employment of new men in the automobile Industry alone 18 known to be exceedingly heavy. The labor turnover in manufacturing in 1928 was 37.1 per cent, that Is for every 100 employes, thirty-seven changed jobs. In 1929 the turnover is expected to bo around 40 to 45 per cent owing to the factors outlined above. PROPOSE SWISS PEOPLE COLONIZE SOUTH AFRICA PARIS, Nov. 8.—Switzerland Is one of the biggest countries of Europe if you take into account its terrestrial surface that If ironed out would make it A land as large as France. But It has been found that the incrennlng population must emigrate in order to live, as' the available arable land is too small. The Journal of Geneva has been agitating an original solution for this problem of Swiss unemployment and population. It Is suggested that groups of Swiss band together and proceed to South Africa where Swiss colonies might be organized and the production of milk be started on a grand scale. Taking with them their flocks and herds an arrangement has been suggested,with the South African governments or the Union, which is essentially British, that a special Swiss colony be allowed to develop some of the more or less unoccupied Btretch- The South African colonies are reported to be favorably Impressed by the plan, although nothing definitely contractual has been done between the two countries. It is estimated thn.t each little group or family must have about $3,600 to pay the expenses of stnrtlng out life on a profitable bnslR, nnd tho difficulty is, of course, to got together enough of these groura to insure a homogeneous colony that would be large enough to maintain its identity instead of being quickly nsslmllntcd Into the land and dispersed like ordinary immigrants. The problem of Swiss emigration Is still one of the foremost questions of the federation. It's Just as Easy To Save Money By Buying Your Furniture At The United Furniture Co. "America's Finest Furniture" 1105-07 Sixteenth St. As it is to win any of the $300 Prizes in the Christmas Treasure Hunt *.<O^fi^!6^/&^A^i8^/t^j Annual Thanksgiving Sale of Floor Coverings Following our usual cusloin at this lime of the year, we suggest new Linoleum for the kllclien or a rug for the Dining room as well as other rooms for 20% Less Than Our Regular Low Cash Prices! At the Manufacturers' Spring Opening in New York this week Rug prices are known to have advanced. Now in the time to Buy and Save money by taking advantage of our 20% Discount Sule. WEIDNER & HAKE 1422 Twelfth Ave. Dial 4112 LNPPMAN'S A smart Elgin timepiece—15-Jewcl movement, In handsomely^carved case. Complete with mesh bund. .HUllltjiy quai vvu $37.50 Beautifully engraved ladies' Elgin Wrist Watch. Famous Elgin movement, complete with flexible bracelet to match. u> «it \> u a AU*Q«K» $32.50 of Great Pre- Christmas Values in Diamonds, Watches, Jewelry Y OU are cordially invited to see our precious Jewelry exhibit—it is most complete in its splendid array' of D i a m o n'd s, finest quality Watches, Silverware of national reputation and Jewelry of rare charm. A thousand and one percious Christmas gift suggestion await you at prices astonishingly reasonable and terms truly convenient. No need to delay when the time is so opportune to make your precious gift selection. The Hamilton ... a great American watch. Attractive case design In 14K gold filled. 17-jewel Hamilton adjusted m o v e- ment. $55.00 Too beautiful for words . , . and one of our feature! values for Christmas giving! Fiory blue whltn Diamond In center enriched by four matched Diamonds at aides, in fashionable hand piiiirnd ~ 18K solid whito gold ring. Ill .LilnllluIKllJltl $87.50 BULOVA The Westlleld ... a remarkable new model at a remarkably low price. Shockproof movement. Flexible mesh band. $17.75 Bulovaa Ambassador! A True live of time—15-jewel movement in handsome case complete with link bar band. $37.50 A brilliant display of precious gifts at our store Sparkling B i r t h a tone rings colorful Amethyst, Zircon, Ruby, Topaz, or or other atones. Solid white gold ring. $15 His favorite colored stone in handsome massive solid gold rin ... a moat \v e 1 c o m e gift. The lire and splendor of Hio Diamond, und tho nxclu.sivi! cie.sign of the 18K whito gold ring make this H. brilliant choice of Her gift. $50.00 mi *• i u e $20 Famous Tel ; echron Electric Clock. 'Never needs windjng: Regulating, oiling, or cleaning. Just plug it into your electric outlet. This -'-' model in walnut finish. Only $14 ILIIIPIPMAN JEWELERS FOR OVER 4O YEARS !,TH A yg & jjrH S TREET A small deposit now reserves any article until Christmas. Pay later on convenient credit terms. Convenient Credit Terms HBH Aitoona's rmest m SRBTJ3 12IO Varieties! Values! Savings! -These Make BRETT'S Popular! CLOTH COAT FASHIONS •-Specially Priced for Saturday.. Frankly, we do not expect to duplicate such values again this season—Each a Fashion Success—Paris designed garment. A Group of Gorgeous New Sports Coats 25 .00 to 59 .95 Other Sports Coats to $219.50 Coats of fine imported Tweeds, Ombre Cloths, Camel's Hair Cloth . . . with entirely new tailoring details of smart distinction . . . Tones of brown, deep red, green, blue predominate . . . Caracul, Heaver, Opossum and Badger-Wolf form high-standing shawl or tuxedo collars . . . There are models with self collars . . . and fur cuffs. — Main Floor —• .00 Coats at $ 58 FOR WOMEN and MISSES Our best selling group, and why shouldn't it be, for here are rich fabrics in Broadcloth, Rayosa, Norrna, Trilha—and exquisite Furs, including Lapin, Wolf, Skunk, Kit Fox,' Civet Cat, Jap Fox and Caracul. Dark coals with light fur, light coals with dark fur. Most exceptional in value, at $5(1. Coats at $ 95 * *269 50 The Ultimate in Fashion^Fur and Fabric. Our most exclusive models. Rich fabrics, sumptuously furred with exquisite, natural pelts, and having an air of sophisticated formal elegance. It is impossible to wear such coals without feeling young, and /eslftil, and Fashion- Right, and well-groomed. Every new style feature is present in some guise. — Main Floor — •:l New Group of Dressef Regrouped for Saturday at 25% Reductions Brett's Regular $29.95 to $49.95 Fashions — Main Floor — NEW SILHOUETTE DRESSES / For Misses and Women 8.95 Brand New Fashions — All Colors — Downstairs Store — NEW FELTS and SATIN FINISHED HATS 1.95 and 15.00 A brilliant new mode—Metallic Ribbon against Black, Ripe Olive Brown, Marcaibo Brown, English, Green, Dahlia, Blu-Grapo, Monet Blue, Beige and lovely Grays. Excellent quality Felts in the new off-the-forehead effects—some witli small brims. Shown for first time tomorrow, at $3.95 and $5 each. — Mezzanine Floor — Fur Coat Fashions Recently Received! Reduced! Repriced! In order to keep our Fur t:oat stocks constantly moving and to make room for new arrivals many of the season's smartest silhouettes in fur coats of elegance have been marked down and repriced for immediate selling. Each a distinctive style! For Values As High As $169.50 $99 For Values As High As $249.50 $145 In These High Type Furs and Trimmings: American Panther — Northern Seal — (Trimmed with Squirrel, Martin and Urorullait.) Kid Caracul (Self and Contrasting Color.-.'.) —CONVENIENT 1'AYMENTS CAN EASILY 1JE ABKANUEI) IN' OUR CKED1T OFFICE ON THE MEZZANINE l-'LOOK— For Values as High As $295.00 $189.50 Black and Tan Pony Skin Coats, Genuine Blue Back Lltra Smart Tropical Seal. — Mnin 1'loor — fn These High Type Furs and Trimmings: American Opossum- — Genuine Pony — Northern Seal — Pin Seal — Mendoza Beaver — (With Self and Broadtd\ Trim.) —A SMALL DEPOSIT BE SEUVUS VOUB COAT—FBEK STOUAGK UNTIL COAT IS WANTED— , -\ f A -4 '3

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