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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 08, 1913, NOON EDITION, Image 2

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in .its dehhnggnp so many years,
and Tias: seemed liek.to hold it in
fts grip for so many more years?
Was it possible that Lieut
Gov. O'Hara !" really had meant
what he had said when he declar
ed the commissionyyould go to
the bottom or me low wages
problem no matter wnere nor
wffbm it 'hit?
ine society women, tne . re
formers, professional and real,
the sensation seekers, gaye .queer,
gasping little indrawn breaths.
The reporters around the press
tables looked at each other blank
ly. One leaned over to. another.
"Say," he saidy "this man
Q'Hara's clean crazy. If he goes
after Marshall Field & .Co. lijce
he jdid Rosenwald, and Mandel,
they'll why i they'll wipe him
put of existence !"
JEven two -members of the com
mission Senators Tossle and
Woodard looked at each other
" with raised eyebrows.
Out in the corridor, the voice of
a Diue-rooea woman missionary'
ol the $ell midnight mission was
raised h&rshly.
"Why the stand that1 vGov.
O'Hara is taking" is ridiculous,"
she said. "I've 'had young- men
, tell me that big salaries were their
rum. i It's the same with girls,"
Curious how some women
treat their sisters. . . . .
"Dapper Jimmie" Simpson
smiled as he took the stand. He
answered the first. formal ques-
-tions smugly, self-satisfiedlyv
Was he not the. representative
Pf course, the senators would not
speair-t'o -him as they had -spoken
to Rosenwald and Mandeif : . . "
, But the "senators did!. And as
O'Hara and Neils Juul probed
deeper and deeper intotfte wages
paid girls by Marshall Field &
Co;, as they showed their own
deep disgust at the hyjpocrisy of
"Chicago's greatest cornmercial
institution," "Dapper Jimnaie's
self-assurance faded.5 '
The sweat stood on'nis foref
head and glistenedcuriougly; he
bit his lower lip; he fidgeted in
his chair;. hie became defiant; then
sullen; -then defiant agaui-rr&nd
frightened. ' y
And the very atmosphere of the
room breathed of neWfand won
derful things; of the dawning of
a new day for alLwdmankindj of ,
a new liberty rising ,from the'
depths ... '
You could see it in thVfaces of
the people. You could see it in
Barratt O'Hara's grave, young
face, that rhakes you think at
times' of AltgeldJ; at " tirries"of
Lincoln. vYbii could see it in Vir-
ginia Brooks' face, as she-leaned
forward in her seat,' listening
tensely; eagerly, while her face
shone as the face, of one who sees
a greatTight afapoff ... i'. . . . '
And wheft Dapper Jimmie
had gone, and Jhe . commission''
sprang its moit, dramatic tab
lead, r 1 . i ' ' x
; A1I day long the millionaires;
one after another, had marched
upto the starid and chanted the
one refrain.
'Low wages have nothing, to
of the Marshall Field billjoris? rdo with vice. Low wages have-
nothing to, do with
"the social

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