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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 03, 1913, Image 4

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'Oh nonsense," said Mrs. Leh
mann. -
Julius 'Rosenwald, philanthro
pist, exponent of the civil spirit,
director of the committee .of fif
teen, vice presidentof the United
Charities. and president of Sta"rs
Roebuck & Co., was tried next.
' "Improper conditions r in the
home is the chief cause of girls
becoming immoral," he said.
"Don't you think that, low
wages may have something to do
with it?" Rosenwald was asked.
"No," he said promptly. "Low
wages never made a girl bad. If
a girl is bad, she's bad. -Low
wages has nothing to do with it.
Anyway I don't want to talk
about low wages, I might be sum
moned before 'the- senate white
slave committee on; that ques
tion." If it be any relief to Mr. Rosen
wald to know'-it, he almost cer
tainly will be "summoned before
the, senate white slave committee
on that question." T.he resolu
tion authorizing the subpoenaing
of department store, owners to ex-
plain low wages in department
stores was expressly changed to.
read, "department stores and fac
tories," for the benefit of Mr.
Rosenwald.
Another instance, of" the effect
of law wages came up in the crim
inal branch.of the municip"aXcourt
before Judge Scully today.
Mrs. Florence Stedlander, 40
years old, 1246 Lincoln Parkway,
an employe, of the Boston'store;
IdaLutz, 21 years old, 1423 West
Monroe also an employe of the
BjQston,and Ruby, Lyons, 20, '1423 j
West Monroe street, an employe
of. Carson,, Pirie, Scott. & Co.,
were charged with the theft of
some $400 worth of goods from
the stores -by Detective Ed Mc
Guire. J
The thr.ee women are friends.
All pleaded guilty. 'It developed
that Mrs. Stedlander' s -18-year-old
daughter was to have "been
matried in St. Paul yesterday,
and that much of the stuff she
had stolen had been for her
daughter's trousseau, and that
Ida Lutz had been sick, and that
Ruby Lyons had supported her
for the last three, weeks.
"How much do you make?"
Judge Scully asked Mrs. Sted
lander. "Two dollars a week and com
missions," she asid.
"What does that amount to?"
"Sometimes it runs as .high as
$15 or $l&a week, but often it is
as low as $6 a week."
"And how much do you make?"
Scully asked the two girls.
"Eight dollars," they bpth re
plied. Judge Scully shrugged his
shoulders.
"Low wages again," he said,
and 'paVoledall three women for
one year. ,
After the. courf was over, Judge
Scully said, sadly:
"I often have, thought of de
partment stores and. what they
have done to the morals of young
girls..' People say the girls are
bad anyway. Possibly some of
them are a little weak; probably
we'd.alUbe a little wfeak in a simi
lar situation; "

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