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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, November 01, 1911, Image 2

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, And it appears to be the pblipy of Chicago newspapens to "sup
press all rievs that -would be objectionable to advertisers.
As The Day Book is an adless newspaper, and does not accept
advertising from anybody at any price or under any circumstances,
it can fearlessly print the truth, no matter whom the truth hurts
or harms.
And we intend to print all of the truth that is fit to print.
Following will be found further interesting extracts from t"he i
suppressed report of the Chicago Vice Commission, relating to
department stores.
These extracts are a continuation of those published yester
day, and appear in the report under the caption:
"METHODS USEtf IN THE STORES"
"1. Application for Employment. The application blank
which a prospective salesgirl must fill out usually contains blanks
lor a record of a girl's entire business experience, as well as educa
tional qualifications, etc. A study of these application blanks would
be intensely interesting if it were possible to obtain them.
"11. Rules. These rules re usually very elaborate, and cover
a wide field. One rule generally conspicuous calls attention to the
employe to dress requirements. , N
"A case is on record where a girl actually purchased 24 shirt
waists in one year in order to ""be cleanly and neat in appearance,
avoiding extravagance and display," as required by the rules. Of
course the girl knew that $5.00 waists would last longer than 98j
cent ones, and it wbuld be economical to buy such waists, but in her
case she never could amass a sum like $5.00, so she purchased the t
98-cent ones, washed them once or twice, and when they fell to l
pieces, thew them away. No doubt other girls could do better;
having a knowledge of sewing and washing. Another washed her
one waist every night, in order to appear "cleanly and neat," and
avoid 'extravagance and display.'
"111. The Fining System. Another method used by certain
department stores under the guise of "maintaining discipline," is
the fining system. For every mistake an employe makes, ior every
moment they are late in their places, there is a regular system-of
-fines. These natural, and often unavoidable losses ate 'watched and
recorded, and the amounts deducted -from the weekly salary.
"IV. Wages Paid. The information given below was ob
tained from the girls in the different stores by a womaji who has
worked among them for fifteen years, and knew they were telling
the tiuth.
"(X980) pays a uniform, scale, of wages, amounting to $2.00 per.

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