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mission Senators Ttissey and
Woodard looked at jsach' other
with raised eyebrows.
Out'in the corridor) the voice of
a' blue-robed woman missionary
of the BelLmidnightrmissibn was
"Why the stand that Gov,.
O'Hara is taking is ridiculous,"
she said. "I'vehad young men
tell me that big salaries' were their
ruin. 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-satisfiedly.
Was he not the .representative
ofjhe Marshall Field billions?
Of 'course, the senators would no
speak to him as they had spoken
to Rosenwald and Mandel
But tHe -senators did! And. as
O'Hara and Neils Jiiul probed
deeper and deeper into the wages
paid girls by 'Marshall Field r&
Co., as they showed their 'own
deep disgust at the hypocrisy of
"Chicago's greatest commercial
institution," "Dapper Jimmie's"
The sweat stood on his fore
head and glistened curiously ; he
bit his -lower lip; he 'fidgeted in
his chair; he became defiant; then
sullen ; then defiant again arid
' And the very atmosphere of the
room breathed of new and. won
derful things; of the dawning of
a new day for all womankind; of
a new liberty rising from the
You could-see it iivthe faces of
the people. You could see it in
Barratt vP'Hara'sr grave, young
face, that makes you think at '
times of, Altgeld; at times of
Lincoln. You could see if in Vir
ginia Brooks' faceas she leaned
forward in her seat, listening
tensely, eagerly, while her face;
shoneas the face of one who sees
a great light afar off . . . A
And when " "Dapper1 Jimmie"
had gone, and .the'&oTnmissiori
sprang its most dramatic ab
leaii. . " . . '
All daylong the millionaires
one after another, had marched
up'to. the stand and chanted the
' "Low wages have nothing t'6
do 'with vice. Low wages have
nothing to- do with the social
evil. The girl who goes wrong
wants to go. wrong. She is bad
by nature.' Her family, her
father, her mother, her environ-,
ment, everyone, everything ex
cept her employer and her wages
were to blame. But' low wages t
had nothing to do with vice."'. .
And: then Barratt O'Hara stood
"Ladies and gentlemen," he
said,. "you have heard the big-employers
fell youlow wages had
nothing to do with vice. While
they were telling you, so, 1 had
my sergeant-at-arms go.down in
to the.,, tenderloin "and pick up
some of the fallen women at ran
dom. ' I want y6u to hear their .
side of the story?' ; . ' i
s One byr one they fook the stand, '
these women -of the ' underworld
with gaudyclothes and painted,
faces,and half defiant, "half-