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$300 per annum. This is five per cent on $6,000.
"Wages Paid The information given below was obtained
from the girls in the different stores by a woman who has worked
among them for fifteen years and knew they were telling the truth.
"(X980) pays a uniform scale of wages, amounting to $2 per
week to all clerks, and they allow in addition a percentage on goods
which are sold in the house as follows:
On hat . .selling for $2.48 15 cents
On hat . . . r.. .".... ".j selling for 4.98 25 cents
On fur '. .selling for 4.98 25 cents
On feathers selling for .69 5 cents
On feathers selling for .98 5 cents
On underwear selling for 2.19 10 cents
On underwear selling for .24 1 cent
On waists . selling for 1.98 7 cents N
On hose . . ". selfihg for .19 1 cent .
On gloves selling for .24 1 cent
"Young sales inspectors receive a straight salary of $4 and older
ones $5 per week. If a mistake Js made by any of the clerks in mak
ing out sales, they are charged 10 cents, an error slip for this amount
being pufjn against them.
"Another store (X981) A girl in the china department re
ceives $6 per week. She has been in the employ of this firm for a
long time. This house pays two per cent over a certain amount of
sales for the wdek. Young inspectors receive $4, and older girls
4.50 to $5 per week.
"Another store (X982) A salesgirl without .much experience
receives $6 per week. Some are raised to $7 after a year or two.
They offered a young lady with some experience $10 per week to
work in the curtain department. This is one of the most difficult
positions to hold in a department store, as a salesgirl must know
how to display the goods, as well as the names of the different
"One of the girls in the hosiery department receives $6 per
week; one in the hardware department $6. Some girls in these dif
ferent departments receive $7 per week; one girl in the grocery de
partment $6. A woman about 45 years of age in the general depart
ment works from 11 a. m. to 4 p. m. and receives $6 per week. An
other clerk works from 10 a. m. to 6 p. m7 and also receives $6 per1
week. A girl has to be a very good salesman to get more than $6
in this department store.
"(X983) This department store pays from $4 to $5 per week
for new help. One of the managers told a young lady who had had