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frightened looks. . ' '
The society women, the wives
.of the millionaires summoned to
answer for the wrongs they had
done, drew-their skirts away, and
assumed a bored, disgusted look
at first. ,
. And then the women of the
underworld told their stories, . .
"I was getting four a week I
. haf two rVii1rJrn T rniiMnVlnnlr
out for them I went wrong
now I've got my children in a
private school.' "I was making $5
a. weekr-I couldn't live on it rso
I went on the streets no; that
isn't my wedding ring if s it's
rhy mother's. . . . ",
Sobs broke out .among the wo
men of the" audience. Virginia
Brooks wept,, .openly and un
ashamed. .Margaret Haley broke
down, choking with. sobs. A so7
ciety woman's look of boredom
was slowly swept from her face;
she struggled to control herself;
but the tearacameMen-who still
had hearts in them, men who re7
membered their- rnothers and
their sisters, turnedtheir heads
away. unev or two millionaires
sneered openly. 1 '
Prom outside came the voice of
a woman again.
"It's all wrong- about low
wages," she said. "It's, their love
of" .finery, and t because they
haven't religion'.", . .
( ,And ins'ide, the. stories of want
of food, of want, of clothes, of
want of .shelter,, of stark, staring
loneliness and hopejessnesswent
. "Would .yjou live, a decent ljfe
again if you were assured of a xe
spectable job at $12 a week?"
Governor, I'd grab -the
"What do you consider a living
wage for a woman?" LieutGov.
O'Hara asked Simpson.
"Oh," said the vice president of
Marshall Field & Co., jauntily, "I
have heard ah competent perr.
sons say that $8 a week is a living
Then, in answer .to another
question: "We employ -4,322- fe
males' regularly and 440 a part of
each day. Some of the. 440 get
only $3.75 a week. The minimum
wage in our store for regular girls
is $5 a week; 213 of our girls get
$5 a week; none of Our regular
girls under 18 gets less than $5 a
week; most of them get $6 a
"Then, Mr. Simpson," said
0'Hara,4 coldly,. "you must figure
that if a'girl gets $5 a week and it
takes -$8 to live on that-her par
ents or friendshould should
der the difference, should pay
part of the' salaries forf the work
their children do for you?"
"But you don't 1 understand"
said "Dapper Jimmie." "These
girls are going, to school in our
store and learning things., that,
will fit them for higher salaries.'
' Senator Juul rose to his feet.
His face was. flushed and angry.
"Mr. Simpson," he said, "it'is
when thesepchildren are 'going to
school' in. your store at"$5 a week
that they fall. It is then we musjt
look out. for them, mus,t watcji
over them not when they have
learned to earn.$25 or soi" ,