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' Marshall Field &, Co., pay pan
trywomen who work from 8:30
to 5 :30, $6 a week, and those who
work from 1 1 to 4, $4. a week.
' Recently, a delegation of the
waitresses, pantrywome'n and
dishwashers went to Mrs. Sutton,
one of the Marshall Field & Co.
managers, -arid asked for an in
crease in wages, saying they
could not live on what they were
Mrs. Sutton replied, very firra-
ly and promptly that no increase
could be given because none of
the department' store, restaurants,
paid more' than did Marshall
Field .Cp. .
The delegation told the women
workers this, arid the women
vent on working at the old
They had no choice. Marshall
Field & Co. does not permit the
organization of any of their em
ployes. The women could either
continue to work at-the old wage,
or quit. And they had to live.
The ravages of tuberculosis
among the Marshall Field & Co.'
waitresses t and kitchen, help, ares
terrible. . Many of them are sujf
fering froni tuberculosis .now;1
several have'died this last winter.
The wromen themselves afe"1
hopeless when brought face to
face with 'this phase of-their lives'.
"Whai can we do?" .they .ask..
"We do npt get'enough money to
feed ourselves " decently. Hdw
can, we protect bur'selves from
consumption when we cann'ot get
enough food td4 eat, nor enough
clothes to put .on 'our backs?'
. Lieut. Qov.. Barratt Q'Hara to-
day summoned Bfcir Goan, uiv.es
tigator for the senate white slave
commission, to Springfield.
Thirty women have been.
Working under ' the direction of
Coan, trying , to get at the real
facts as to department Store arid
factory wages. s
TheWomen worked'in groups
of threes, so that none- of their
testimony could be contradicted.
Each group went fj-pm store to
kore arid applied for jobs, -asking
in each ease what wage 'would be
paid what hours they'ould have .
to work, arid what conditions'
they wjauld have to vjojk. under.
. Jt'is.the result of this investiga
tion that 0"-Hara wants- to know
about before the next session of
the white, slave commission,
which probably will-be held in the
Hotel LaSalle tomorrow.
O'Hara also asked Attorney
General LuceXfor an opinion a
to the powers of the commission.
O'Hrira Wants a definite opin
ion on this because several of the
manufacturers ' and department
stqre'"onersv summoned before
the" conimission haye" intimated
they will refuse to prbduce their
books and payrolls'.
If- Lucey tell.fe O'Hara that the
commissiott as at -present- con- j
5t?f'ntfr1 tins nhi -the. Yfriwer tn .
fnrrp rhf rirnduchon o'r.rfooks and
payrolls, he will apply to the sen
ate for such power.
Bob LaFollette's doing things.
Has put his 8-hour day bill
for Women Workers in the Dis
trict of Colunibia, through, the tJ.