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RIPS LOW WAGE PAYERS
UP THE BACK
New York, Dec. 19. Alder
man Henry H. Curran, "chairman
of the graft investigation commit
tee,' today bitterly arraigned the
big department .stores, and fac
tories which pay girk starvation
"I tell you," said the alderman,
"the men who pay the daughters
of this city four, five and six dol
lars a week will have more to an
swer to God for than will Mrs.
Mary Goode, and she is the keep
er Of a disorderly house.
We did not need Mrs. Goode
to Hell us a girl cannot support
herself on $4 a week.
"The girls from the stores and
the factories leave their work on
Saturday nights with their pay
envelopes and these are so piti
fully small that they start for the
street they soon are followers of
Mrs. Warren's profession they
have to be.
"I do not want to give my own
views oi police graft, police effi
xiency and vice conditions ' in
New York. I am only one of a
committee of nine. 1 shall talk
freely when we report.
"But I shall tell you one thing.
We are. in no hurry to finish the
taking of evidence. We want to
know. s" "
"I do not want to commit my
self to anyone of the various sys
tems for regulation of vice. It
would be foolish of me. Np city
is satisfied with its present meth
od of dealing with this, the most
ancient of all evils.
"One city recently passed an
ordinance prohibiting disordety
houses on 'the following streets.
They omitted a few streets.. This
legalized vice, of course.
"Another city tried toleration
within certain limits without the
countenance of the law. In New
York we have tried nearly every
thing, both witli the outward ap-
pearance of decency and without
"But no matter what form vice
takes, graft always-is able to go
hand in hand with the new sys
tem. Mrs. Goode says vice is on
the increase. That is a question
for-the committee to investigate!
"One of our troubles is that
New York has no home rule in
regard, to vice tlaws. The laws
come from the legislature and the
men who enact them come from
the country, towns, and. know
nothing about our city condi
tions." SAYS WOMAN NEEDS $12 A
WEEK TO LIVE RIGHT
A self-supporting woman needs
a minimum wage of $12 a week to
live a normal, healthy life in Chi
That's the opinion of Miss S,
M. Franklin, secretary of the
Woman's Trade Union League of
Chicago and the National Wom
an's Trade Union League.
"It has been pretty well settled
in our conferences," she says,
"that any single self-supporting
woman employed in Chicago;
ought to have $15 a week if she is
to lead a normal life, free from
want in the way of proper nour
ishment and clothing.
"Many girls are living on halij