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get dawri to fundamentals.
"And I say now that before the
commission gets through with
this line of investigation the peo
pie of Chicago will be standing on
State street and lookingwith hor
ror on the hell-holes that have
caused their little children to go
"The girls in our great depart
ment stores ar.e not only paid sal
aries so small that they are under
fed and underclothed and their
moral courage undermined in
this way, but they also are placed
directly in the path of temptation.
"All day long men crowd into
the st6"res just to flirt with the
girls, the girls whose moral cour
age already has been shaken by
trying to exist on starvation
Father McNamec laughed bit
terly when told that Mrs. Augus
ta Lehmann, president of the
Fair department store, had said
that department store girls had
riot -brains enough to deserve the
money they now get.
"I wonder," he said, "if Mrs?
Lehmann got HER money, by
' Some months ago, Mary BaJ
comb, secretary of the Young
People's Civic ' League, .Wrote a
letter to 'each of the big State
street department stores asking
for information about wages, and
.pointing out that it was held that
department store wages were so
low as to precliide anyone living
On them. A
She received no answer to this
letter, and sent a second letter of
the- same nature to each of the
stores. Mandel Bros., Marshall
Field & Co. and Carson, Pirie,
Scott & Co. all answered the sec
ond t letter, saying they would
take' the matter up. But they
never wrote again.
A WORD FROM SEN. JUUL.
"We shall explain to the mer
chants we have summoned before
us that serious charges have been
made against themvby"girl wit
nesses. We shall go.through their
payrolls looking for 'the lowest
wages paid. If we find these
wages less than the $10 which the
girls say is necessary to live de
cently on, we shall put tHe" ques
tion squarely before the employ
ers, asking them if they consider
themselves contributing to white
slavery." State Senator Juul,
member of the white slave commission.
FIRE ONLU. S. SOLDIERS
Douglass, Ariz., March.5. For
the second time in a week a bor
der patrol f the 9th U. S. cavalry .
("colored") was fired on, bv Mexi
can federal soldiers yesterday.
JN o one hit. 1 he cavalrv wheel
ed a machine grin into position
and returned the Mexican fire
Mexicans retreated with, no casualties.
Capt. Guilfoyle of the 9th 'de
nied the claim of Gen. ' Ojina,
Mexican- commander, that the
Americans hadfired first'
Capt. Guilfoyle declared that if
the .firing- was repeated his men
would be instructed to shoot 'to
kill. Several machine guns have
been placed on ,the border near
the scene of the attack. f