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ager the Boston Store. J-
Heriry C. Schwab, president
The Rothschild Company.
John- Pirie of Carson, Pirie,
George Lytton, treasurer of
Geo. R. Thorne,' first vice pres
ident Montgomery Ward & Co
Roy M. Shayne, president John
T. Shayne & Co.
Julius Rosenwald, president
Sears, Roebuck & Co.
Each one of those summoned
has been ordered to bring the
books and payrolls of his or her.
company along with them, so the
commission can have full inform
ation in regard to the wages paid
by these concerns to girl em
ployes. Several of those summoned,
among them Julius Rosenwald
and Simpson of Marshall Field
&Co., have said that they have
not made up their minds whether
or' not they will comply with the
ordertd bring the books and pay
If Lieut. Gov. Barratt O'Hara,
chairman of the senate commis
sion, and Senators Juul and Beall
stick to the "declarations they
have made so far, this will avail
the employers nothing.
When Barratt O'Hara first
heard that Julius Rosenwald had
said he did not know whether he
would produce the Sears, Roe
buck & Co. books or not, he
"I think," said the lieutenant
governor, "that the senate white
slave commission has the power
to force Mr." Rosenwald' or any j
other manufacturer or depart-'
ment store owner it summons to
produce the books of. his firm.
"J may be mistaken in this, but: "
I do notr-thirik I am. T think the '
commission as at" present consti
tuted has all the power itjneeds.
"But if the commission has not
got .the power just now it will
make no difference in the end. I
shall see that it does get the
power, if I have to go back to the'
senate and ask for further pow-;
The. senate commission will re
sume sittings in tho. Hotel La-
Salle Friday. Julius" Rosenwald '
probably will be the first 'em
ployer .called to the stand. ,
The others will follow. It is
expected that the examination of
those already summoned-will take
about a week.
Then employes of thevdepart-'
ment stores and factories will be
summoned to tell of their desper
ate struggles to live on starvation .,
It is in this regard that the
commission will encpunter its!
most difficult and most delicate
There are hundreds of em
ployes who could testify as to the
conditions forced on theni by
small wages and hundreds of
them who will not dare to testify. .
Since The Dav Book first'
voiced a demand for-a decent liv-
ing wage" for the' working girls of
unicago ana tnat was over a
year ago we have received many .
letters from girl employes m de-
partmenfstpres and. factories giv
ing facts. as- to-wages and condi-u