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Just, however, to cast any reflection: upon those girls who arbraft
and pure, by intimating that because they earn so small a wage-$?ey
must necessarily be in the same class-with those girls who, .unable
to survive longer the heroic battle against poverty and self-sacrifice,
have succumbed and gone down." Page 43, "The Social lEvil in
Chicago," by the Chicago Vice Commission. ,,
In his testimony before the Illinois senatorial white-slave com
mission, Julius Rosenwald admitted he was a member of the .Vice-'
' Commission, but said he djdn't know low wages had been' connected'-,
with white slavery in that report.
But that report has been in print now for about two years, with
the name of Julius Rosenwajd as one of the signers ; and, he has, never
denied that signatures, He has let it go to reformers all over the
world, with his name as one of the patriotic citizens of Chicago who
helped investigate and report, j .
Now, however, when it appears that Julius Rosenwald himself .
is one of the employer who is getting-rich by paying low wages, he
can't see any connection between poverty and immorality. It looks
as if Julius was willing to help put' the blame on.the department
store, which, the vice report actually does, but when he..got-'in the
same boat he squealed. , ,.
Nor. can he excuse himself by saying that all the girls who work -for
him live at home. For if a girl can't live on $6 a week alone, but .
can live on it at home, then Julius Rosenwald and his like are. get-'-ting
the work out of the girls and making" their, fathers help support-i
them. ' . ,.
And that operates to cut down the fathers' wages. , .
Any way you put it, Julius Rosenwald is paying women and -girls,
for all the work .there is in them, less than it.costsUherri to live ,
decently. For he admitted on the witness stand that' there were.,
in his employ .19 girls working for $5 a week, and 1,465 for. over 5
and less than -$8 a -week. , ' r
. Arid this is the great Julius Rosenwald, the. glad-hearted
philanthropist, the wonderful man who gives hundreds, of thousands
to charity, who is touted from one end of the country to the other- as
one of Chicago's most public spirited citizens, member of the won
derful Vice Commission, and Lord only knows what else
He has worn the beautiful mask for years, and now a white-slave
commission headed by the lieutenant governqr pf Illinois,, tears it ;.
from his face, and, showsJJulius Rosenwald to the world," for whafhe
actually "is-T-a two-legged man, with all of man's weaknesses, includ- t
ing selfishness and greed.
i And it appears that experfc-though he is on charity, there is one
thing about charity he doesn't understand, arid that is that, charity
should begin at home which means in the case Of Julius Rosenr