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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, January 28, 1913, Image 12',
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COUNCIL WANTS LEGISLATURE TO PROBE WAGES OF
WOMEN THEN PASS $12 MINIMUM WAGE LAW
Two important resolutions, one
favoring a minimum wage for
women, and the other providing
for non-partisan elections in mu
nicipal affairs, were adopted by
the city council at its regular
meeting last night.
The minimum wage resolution
was the direct outcome of investi
gations made by Aid. Si Mayer,
member of the council commit
tee on vice.
Mayer declared- that he discov
ered low wages paid girls and wo
men was one of the chief causes
that drove working girls to lives
of immorality. Specific instances
were given by the aldermen that
had been called to his attention.
He declared the minimum wage
law was the most potent weapon
with which to fight white slavers.
In the resolution it is suggest
ed that the minimum wage be
fixed at $12 per week. The legis
lature is asked to pass the law
after full investigation of wages
paid to women.
Thelight for non-partisan elec
tions was given a boost when
Aid. Kearns' resolution, ordering
the judiciary committee to pre
sent a bill to the legislature for
the abolition of the "party circle"
in municipal elections, was pass
ed by a vote of 47 to 11.
The proposed bill will also pro
vide for the automatic election of
the primary candidate who gets
a majority of the votes cast.
Debate broke out on a motion
to suspend the rules and adopt
the resolution. Aldermen Cough-
lin and Mclnerney led the fight
against it, the latter declaring the
resolution had been presented be
cause the Republicans feared the
Bull Moose power. Coughlin de
clared credit was due the "two
great parties which have built up
Aldermen Kearns, Kunz and
Long advocated the measure.
"Aldermen should run on their
merits," declared Kunz.
"What woild happen to you if
you did?" retorted Mclnerney.
On the adoption of the resolution,-after
the rules had been sus
pended, Mclnerney withdrew his
objections, but Coughlin was one
of the eleven who voted against
An ordinance amending the
law which prohibits the sale of
cigarets within 600 feet of a pub
lic school was defeated. The new
law would have made the pro
scribed zone 250 feet. "The dis
tance should be made six miles in
stead of 600 feet," declared Aid.
On the request of Health Com
missioner Young an emergency
appropriation was passed to fight
contagious disease. The commis
sioner declared the situation was
"acute." He said the spread of
smallpox in the South Chicago
district made the appropriation
Constituting a record, the pop
ulation of New South Wales has
increased by over 36,000 during
the last six months.