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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 07, 1913, Image 5',
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. . R. : 1 "I don't know what you
mean by a Hying wage."
O. : - "Do you knaw that an
investigation was tirade at your
plant four years ago and salaries
Miller (answering for Rosen
wal(d) : "It was two years ago."
R.: "I don't know; I don't re
member" Miljef: "The investigation
was made by me and .five other;
O. : "Name some of the de
partment heads with you on this
investigating committee, Mr.
Miller: "I don't" remember'
anyof the names." 5 ' '
O. : "What do you believe to
be a living wage, Mr. Miller?"
"!"M.: 'Various societies told
us that $7.50. and up,constituted a
living wage; we decided on mak
ing $8 the minimum."
( 0'. (turning to Rosenwald) :
"Arid you i are sitting there,, Mr.,
Rosenwald, and telling me you
never heard of this investigation?
That you were not aware that
your superintendents had decided
on $8 a week as a minimum wage
for women T'
R. 'CRed and ...flustered):.
O. : "When did you first, hear
' of it'S'
Rr. "In the last two. or three
' days." , ' V
J O. : "You heard-thatyour su
perintendents two, years ago had
;fixed'on $8 as a minimum wage
for women in your employ just
the, last dayor so?"
apply to girls, adrift girls , w,ho
did not live at home." ' "
O.:. "An $8 a week inimum
wage for, women adrift, working
for you. fixed .by your superin- '
tendents and you knew nothing
about . it, Mr. Rosenwald?
Rosenwald flushed, but did not
reply. , ' ,
O.: "You know nothing of
course of any investigators who
verified whether or not girls:
working for you lived at home, or
not, whether they were girls
adrift, as you call them? . .
O. : "Did you give any money
to any reform society on condi
tion that that society would not.
connect low wages with vice?" ., -
R. (angrily): "No."
O. (slowly and with great em
phasis) : "Don't , you believe that
preservation is the first law of na
ture, Mr. Rosenwald?"
O.: "D.ori't you, Mr! -Rosen-
R.: "I suppose I do."
O. : "Now I want to ask you:
Do you think a girl earning 5 a
week and." finding her expenses.
$10 a week, do you think such a
girl will be as inclined to be"
straight as a girl who gets $12 a
week and finds her expenses to
be $10 a week?"
R. (stammering) : "I couldn't
O.: "You still think there, isj.
no connection between ldW wages
and vice?" ' . y
R. : "Absolutely none. I be
lieve the girl who comes from the
I average, .hmeand .earns.; $8. f a