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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, November 10, 1911, Image 3',
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"THE SUPERINTENDENT OF (X985e) DEPARTMENT
STORE MISTREATED HIS STENOGRAPHER. SHE WAS
A VERY GOOD LOOKING GIRL, JUST FROM THE COUN
TRY, AND BOARDED AT THE Y. W. C. A. AFTER HER
DOWNFALL,.SHE LEFT THE STORE, AND WAS FINALLY
PUT OUT OF THIS CHARITABLE AND RELIGIOUS INSTI
TUTION. THE SUPERINTENDENT PROVED TO BE A
CIGARETTE FIEND, AND FINALLY COMMITTED SUI
CIDE IN DENVER. THE GIRL LIVED WITH THIS MAN
AFTER HER TROUBLE. THE LAST TIME SHE WAS SEEN
BY A FRIEND, SHE WAS ABOUT TO LEAVE THE CITY,
SAYING SHE WAS GOING TO KILL HERSELF SOON.
"A MATRON AT 'ONE OF THE LARGE DEPARTMENT
STORES ONCE TOLD A SALESGIRL SHE WAS FOOLISH
TO WORK THEREAS SHE COULD MAKE MONEY EASIER
IN THE 'SPORTING LIFE.' ABOUT TWO WEEKS LATER
THIS GIRL RESIGNED, AND WAS FOUND BY A DETEC
TIVE FROM THIS STORE IN A BASEMENT SALOON ON
What chance has an innocent girl got when, inorder to earn a
living no, a beggarly existence she has to go up against a fierce
game like that? '
To begin with, she must need a job badly to go to work for about
56.00 a week. Needing it badly, she doesn't want to lose it.
She has a string of bosses over her, all the way from the floor
walker to the owner of the store. If she displeases any one of them,
she is apt to lose her job.
Of course this isn't true of all owners, all superintendents, man
agers and owners of department stores, for there are clean, decent
ment in these jobs as well as in all others.
But the vice report indicates that in some stores there are such
beasts of prey men who use their power over a poor girl's job to
make her surrender that which is her most precious heritage her
If the people of Chicago knew the names of the stores and the
names of the men who are referred to in the above quotations from
the vice report, conditions would change in a hurry.
For no decent woman would patronize the store.
That shows the value of publicity. And every person who
knowingly prevents publicity of that information is in some measure
guilty of helping cover up a gross outrage.
Democratic national commit
tee, which meets at Washington
on Jan.. 8, will consider the prop
osition of ordering a direct vote
for presidential candidate in all
the states. '