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500 SO. PEORIA:ST. 398 TEE. MONROE 353
Chicago, Friday, November 10, 191 1-
CONDITIONS FOUND. IN. DEPARTMENT STORES
BY THE CHICAGO VICE COMMISSION
Instances Related Where Employers, Superintendents
1 and Others Were Responsible for the Downfall of
', Salesgirls The Importance of the Suppressed "Key"
. -to the Report of the Vice' Commission
The importance of the "key" to the report of the Chicago Vice
Commission 'can easily be understood when "reference to department
stores are read.
The report gives instances of temptations to salesgirls in de
partment stores, and" in each instance the'Commission knew which
department1 store was referred to. Instead of naming" the stores,
however, the name of each .would be left out, and letters and figures
substituted like (X985b) for example.
, , We do not know why the "key" was suppressed. The only
reason given that we have' seen was that it might subject some
owners of property in the levee to blackmail.
Nor do we know why the postoffice department of the U. S.
government barred the, report from the mails. That may make an
interesting story when the real reasons are known and made public.
But we can understand why the "key" would be suppressed by
the advertising papers even if they had it especially the key to that
part of the report that shows up the shame of the department stores,
r The owners of these stores are big advertisers, you know. .
And big advertisers seem to have a pull with the newspapers
that grow rfch out of advertising receipts.
They,must have a pull, for even when an accident happens in
a department store the name of the store isn't mentioned.
Not long ago a clerk dropped dead in some store in Chicago;
We don't know which one it was, for The Day Book wasn't on earth
at that time,- and all the dailies did was to give the man's name, and
age and say that he "dropped dead in a'State street store."
It isn't very nice, you know, for anybody to drop dead in the
soTe of a big advertiser so it isn't mentioned in the papers.
' "From" what 'the Vice Commission reports oq some of these
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