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BIG BUSINESS AND
The relation of Big Business to
human souls was shown in a story
told in the Desplaines street court
by a girl yesterday.
The name of the girl does not
matter. She is trying to do right,
and there is no use in blackening
The girl's home was in Strea
tor, 111. One year ago her father
and mother-died. They left her
There was no work for girls in
Streator, so the girl came to Chi
cago, which she had heard of as
the city of boundless dpportunity.
She got a job here at the Fair
department 'store, for which for
long and wearying labor sjie was
paid the truly regal '"salary" of
$5 a week.
She struggled along for three
months, and only girls who have
tried to feed.and clothe and house
themselves on $5 a week can truly
appreciate what that meant.
Winter was coming on, and
that meant carfare, and new
shoes, and many other additional
expenses. Also, her clothes were
becoming too shabby to suit the
aristocratic Fair management.
"The girl cast desperately
aroimd for a better pa'ing job.
After many efforts she at last got
one at the National Biscuit Co.,
which paid her $6 a week.
At first the, girl thought this
was wealth untold and that all her
troubles were over. Six dollars a
week seems so very much more
than $5 when you have, been liv
ing on $5.
But she soon found that even
ONE HUMAN SOUL
$6 was not so very much, and
that even at the National Biscuit
Co. it was necessary to wear
clothes that were at least neat.
The girl struggled bravely on.
By underfeeding she contrived to
get some sort of clothes, to at
least exist even if she did not live.
And then one day she met one
of those men whom the vice com
mission refers to as "men with
out either a spark of honor or
bravery, who hunt as their unlaw
ful prey this impoverished girl,
this defenseless CHILD of pov
erty, unprotected, unloved and
uncared for, men who are so low
that they have lost even their
sense of sportsmanship, and who
seek as their game an underfed,
a tired, and a lonely girl "
So yesterday the girl was pick
ed up by two detectives from the
Desplaines street station. She
told her story to Police Captain
Meagher. He investigated it and
found it true.
When the girl was taken before
Judge Torrison she told her story
again. Judge Torrison fined her
$200. Later he cut this to $100.
Perhaps it would be well if
Judge Torrison also should study
the report of the vice commission.
In reference to this fining system,
the report says:
"If the girl does not have the
money to pay her fine or secure
bail, she must borrow, often from
men, and this generally adds a
link in the chain which binds her
to an immoral life.
If she has money the fine "(or
the cost of -the bail bond will
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