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stores, however, it would appear that they ought to "be located in the
Wednesday The Day Book published extracts from the vice
report concerning' temptations to which salesgirls in the department
stores were subjected. Today we quote additional extracts that fol
lowed those of Wednesday in the repo'rt.
These extracts will give the people of Chicago further informa
tion tending to show the necessity-for an aroused public conscience.
These extracts from the vice report follow :
"IV. MEN EMPLOYERS, SALESMEN AND WOMEN.
A CERTAIN FLOOR WALKER HAD BEEN IN THE HABIT
OF TAKING GIRLS "OUT. HE WAS CONTINUALLY
HARASSING THE GIRLS WHO DID NOT ACCEPT HIS IN
VITATIONS. A HOUSE DETECTIVE FINALLY SUC
CEEDED IN HAVING HIM DISCHARGED.
"SOME SALESGIRLS WILL TESTIFY THEIR DOWN
FALL WAS CAUSED BY THEIR EMPLOYERS, AND THEY
ACTUALLY WORE DIAMONDS BELONGING TO THESE
"TWO jGIRLS WHO ARE EMPLOYED IN A DEPART
MENT STORE (X985a) CAME TO WORK ONE DAY IN AN
INTOXICATED CONDITION. THEY WENT TO THE OF
FICE OF ONE OF THE PARTNERS, SAT DOWN IN CHAIRS,
AND PUT THEIR FEET ON HIS DESK. AN EMPLOYE OF
THE STORE TRIED TO PERSUADE THEM TO LEAVE.
THEY SAID THEY WOULD NOT, AND DARED HIM TO
PUT THEM OUT. HE DID NOT DO SO.
"AN EMPLOYE OF (X985b) STORE SAID SHE ACTUAL
LY HEARD A SUPERINTENDENT ASK A GIRL WHO HAD
COMPLAINED THAT SHE COULD NOT WORK FOR $6.00
PER WEEK, IF THIS WAS THE ONLY WAY SHE HAD OF
EARNING MONEY. SHE ANSWERED THAT IT WAS. HE
THEN TOLD HER THAT THE HOUSE COULD NOT PAY
HER ANY MORE.
"A MAN A (X985c), A LARGE DEPARTMENT STORE,
HAD CHARGE OF INSPECTORS. ONE DAY HE WENT SO
FAR AS TO TAKE ONE OF THE GIRLS TO HIS HOME
WHEN HIS WIFE WAS AWAY. THE GIRL GOT INTO
TROUBLE AND HE LEFT THE CITY. THE FIRM CAU
TIONED ALL THE EMPLOYES NOT TO SPEAK OF THE
"THE HEAD OF (X985d) DEPARTMENT STORE TOLD
AN EMPLOYE HE DID NOT CARE WHAT THE GIRLS DID
OUTSIDE OF WORKING HOURS, SO LONG AS THEY DID
NOT BRING DISGRACE ON THE NAME OF THE STORE.
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