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TAPPER JIMMIE" SIMPSON, MARSHALL FIELD
BOSS, WILTS UNDER LOW WAGE FIRE ,
'Greatest, Commercial Institution of Chicago" Pays
Less Wages, Than Smaller Stores in Order to Pile
Up Millions for Jos. N. Field of England:
' By Don MacGregor.
For the first time in the history of Chicago that great institu-.
tion, MarshaUField & Co., yesterday, was held up before the eyes of
all men. as athing of horror.
- It was shown as an oppressor of. womanhood; a payer of starva
tion wages; a robber firm that takes from the children of Chicago to.
pour part of its ill-gotten gains into "the lap of a man who renounced
his country to live under the flag of England.
Rosenwald had gone, before, and the senate white slave com
mission had torn from him his mask of philanthrophy, of "good
works," and laid bare the greed that lay beneath; had pointed ac-
fingers at the children
from whom he had wrung- the
money to give to his negro col
leges. And Edwin F. Mandel had.fol
lbwed, and out of his own mouth
the commission had confounded
him. l' ' - '.
But- a new hush fell over the
crowded red room of the Hotel
LaSalle when Lieut. Gov. O'Hara
called to the stand Dapper Jim
mie" Simp'son, 'society man, cotil
lion leader and vice president-of
Marshall Field & Co.,
r The millionaires who had been
summoned "before the. commission
looked at each other with queer,
half-frightened glances, f
They had been surprised when
the 'commission v .had . dared lay
bare the greedy lust behind the
;But Marshall Field & Co. ? The
''institution that has held Chicagp
in its defiling grip so many years,
and has. seemedrlikely to hold it in
its grig 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 commission would go to
the bottom of therlow wages
problem rib matter where nor
whom it hit?
The society women, the re
formers, professional and real,
the sensation seekers, gave quer,
gasping little indrawn breaths.-
The reporters around the press
'tables looked at, each other blankr
ly. One leaned, "over to another.'
"Say," he said, "this man
O'-Hara's clean crazy. If he goes
after Marshall Field & Co.. like
he did Rosenwald and Mandel,
they'll why they'll wipe him
out of existence!"
E.vq two members 'of thfc-com-