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a great deal of experience that they would not-pay more, than $ per
week, for it was possible to get a great many girls for $5. 'Most of
our girls,' he declared, 'live at home and only work .for pin money.'
"(X984) This department store will take, new help on at $6
per week, if they have had any experience. They pay young in
spectors $3, $3.50 and $4.50 per week, and older ones $5 per week.
Some of the older women are paid $7.50 in such departments as
suits, hats and coats.
"One of the girls in the hardware department of this store says
she went to dances two or three times a weekf and vas only working
for the holidays. When asked what she expected to do after that,
she said, 'I will get along all right.'
'(X985) pays $6 per week to a great many of their salesladies.
Inspectors are receiving $3r $3.50 and $4 per week. One young
lady was very bitter in her remarks, and said, 'If the folks who were
getting up the tag days would go into the department stores and
help- the poorly paid girls they would be doing something .worth
. 1 "A manager of a department in this store who has charge of
10 girls said he knew jthat seven of them went to houses of prostitu
tion on certain nights of the week to earn extra money.
"One of the girls in the waist department said she had to wash
her waist at night, so as to have it clean for the next day, as it was
the only waist she had.
"A girl working in one of these department stores was found
by a detective of the store in a saloon. She told the detective she
had a boy to take care of, and could not do it on the salary she re
ceived, which was,$10 per week. She was discharged by the store,
and afterwards became a professional prostitute.
"Some of the girls in the suit, cloak and millinery departments
make as high as $15 per week, but few of t;hem are assured of a per
manent position." - . s
There's the information the Young People's Civic League asked
for. They have it on the eminent authority of JDean Walter T.
Sumner and his associates. . We don't know what the young people
will do with it now that they have it, but if 'they really want to ac
complish something worth while they can do .if. by arousing the
conscience of the buying public and getting the women of Chicago
to demand living wages for girls.
If they can get the clerks in -the stores organized into .unions,
then the clerks can help themselves ; but they never will be permitted
to organize unless an aroused public conscience demands it. It's a
cinch they will get no help from newspapers -that get department