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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, December 23, 1911, Image 9',
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THE BIG STORE'S "BUSINESS EDITORIALS"
The Marshall -Field store is now writing itsOwn editorials in
In this morning's Examiner, in what was called a "business
eaitorial," he big store discussed "The spirit of the MarshalFiehj
& Company organisation." '
'First of all," says the Field editorial, discussing its organiza
tion, "comes good human material" and then it proceeds to say:
"Employes of Marshal Field & Company are picked individuals.
They are chosen for native intelligence, sincerity, interest in busi
ness, and faculty for getting alongwith others, willingness to in
vestigate arid think, and the sense to submit to discipline in purely
routine details. To be chosen for this organization 'is in itself a
certain rating of one's ability, and is so regarded, in Chicago. The
organization has something of the attnosphere of a great family."
It go&s on with a lot more bunk" like that, and winds up with
the following description of the spirit of the Marshal Field store:
"To ,do the right thing at the Tight time, in the right way to
do some things better than they were ever done before; to eliminate
errors; to kndw both sides of the question; to be courteous; to be
;an example to work for love of work; tol anticipate requirement ; to
develop resources; to recognize no impediments; no, master circum
stances , to act from reason rather than rule; to be satisfied with
nothing short of perfection."
Now,-if the big store would tell in its "business editorials" what
it pays men women, girls and boys for all this spirit, character,
courtesy and love, the editorials would be worth while.
We are inclined to think, however, that one of ,the true state
ments in the editorial is the one- about teaching employes "to work ,
for love of work," for "beyond a measly wage of a few dollars a week
about all the employes get out of their work is the ldve of it.
It is generally understood that the, wages paid the employes f
of the Marshal Field store a"re miserably small compensation for the
services they render. f
Truly,-"first of all comes good human ma'terial." It was on
this good human material that .Marshal' Field built his huge fortune.
The "human material" got-mighty little of the profit. , ,
The Day Sook defies the big store to publish v the iwages paid
clerks and other "employes; -and it dares any daily newspaper in
Chicago to do the same thing. ,
We would also like to see an answer in oncot those "business
editorials" to the Vice-Commission's charge tthatjow, wages in jde?
pa'rtment stores have driven some good girls into a life of shame.