THE' STORY OF A SALESGIRL'S "MERRY CHRISTMAS ;?
. A REASON FOR "DO YOUR. SHOPPING EARLY,"
- ' . BY FLORENCE KELLEY
General Secretary the National' Consumers' League.
After 20 years of continuous,
patient effort, the campaign be
gun by the consumers' league of
New' York against Christinas
cruelties has become nation wide.
Never before were such Christ
mas displa)s ready before
Thanksgiving. If the public
really live up to the promise of
the present this Christmas should
be freer from the horrors of
dreds of huge stores, it has meant
incessant rattle of penqils on
counters, or impatient' cries of'
''Cash ! Cash ! Here cash i" If 'the
children hurried and jostled cus
tomers, they were rebuked for
rudeness; if they did not hurry
and jostle and shove right and
left, they were scolded for being
lazy and slow.
It is only very recently that any
8 a. m. All Day.
crowding, overwork, 'rudeness,
late hours and consequent illness
suffered by men, women and chil
dren than any Christmas in the
past quarter century'
For many years Christmas has
been for thousands of young
workers an experience to be look
ed forward to with anxiety and
looked back upon vith,. horror.
Going Home. Her Christmas. N
state has established 6 p. m. or
7 p. m. as the. closing hours, for
children under 16 during the cruel
rush from mid-December until
New Years. This merciful provi
sion is lacking today in more
states than have it. Ohio honors
itself by- forbidding employment
of girls under 18 after 6 p. m.
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