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FULL WIRB REPORTS OF THE UNITED PRESS
THE DAY BOOK
500 S. PEORIA ST. 398 TEL. MONROE 353
Vol. 1, No. 301 Chicago, Thursday, Sept 12, 1912 One Cent
J. HAM LEWIS WANTS MAYOR HARRISON TO
tv INVESTIGATE DEPARTMENT STORES
" J. Ham Lewis Democratic candidate for U. S. Senator, has
written a letter to Mayor Harrison asking him to appoint a -com-fnission
"to investigate wages paid by DEPARTMENT STORES,
factories, 'manufactories and different establishments where women
and 3roung men are employed."
t, J. Ham says "the heads of these institutions are patriotic citi
zens, and if a real condition is brought to their attention, I am sure
that they will themselves remedy it."
r That's where J, Ham is off his trolley. The attention of these,
so-called patriotic citizens has been called to real conditions in the
report of the Chicago Vice Commission, but the newspapers didn't
print'the report and only an exclusive few got to read it.
Probably J. Ham has also noticed that the only rjiorning paper,
that printed his letter was The World, and it is the only paper the
big department stores don't -advertise in. . f
Here's what Lewis calls Mayor Harrison's attention tg: "You
have doubtless noticed from, the Vice Commission report of our "i
fellow citizens, Dean Sumner, and others, and from daily reports of 5
the newspapers and of the constant reports of the municipal court, '
of the hundreds of instances of young women, also instances or j
young jnen who have been guilty of embezzlements, thefts and other '.
shortcomings which are. the wreck of their future whofceing charged
with different offenses, bring forth developments that THE VERY1
SMALL WAGES RECEIVED, THE SMALL PAY OBTAINED,
IS' SUCH THAT THESE PERSONS CAN NEITHER LIVE AS
MORAL INDIVIDUALS, OR AS HUMAN BEINGS. THE
RESULT. OF THIS IS THE HABITS AND PRACTICES ON
THE PART OF THESE WOMEN AND YOUNG MEN AND
-GJRLS WHICH DISHONOR THEIR LIVES, DISGRACE
THEIR FAMH.D5S, DESTROY THEIR EXISTENCE, AND
REFLECT MUCH UPON THE WHOLE SYSTEM OF MOD-"
j . One might wish J. Ham Lewis wrote United States instead of