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?Siraffsbn- squirmed in' his chairs
"Oh, well,' he said, at last, "a.
very small number . of girls ,go
wrong for mpney.-reasohs," i
"You don't feel any "moral re
sponsibility fo the downfall of
any girl who works for you for a
small salary r"asked Juul.'
"No,'" said Simpson, "you don't
understand, senator. The com
mercial world is a comparative,
world. . You'd hae to raise "the
entire standard of wages .if you
were going to do anything. You.
could not, for ' instance; raise .a
small batch of 213 girls-getting $5
a week to $10 a week, without
establishing a minimum wage for
"Isn't there such a thing as a
minimum wage that is a starva
tion wage?" asked Juul.
"Yes," saidrSimpson. ,
"Any reason why you shouldn't
raise salaries?"' asked Juul.
"You.don't understand, Mr.
Senator," said Simpson, once
more. "Business is competitive.
You have to take your rivals into
-account. There is lot& of compe
tition on Stajte street. You have.
"Is competition to keep wages
down keen on State street?"
. "No," said. Simpson, ".but.., in
other things it is." .
"A-a-ah," cried Juul, "the. old
mercenary gospel of competition
being the soul of trade .again!
Why do you .pay 'em anything at
, Simpson's face was twitching;
"You. .misunderstand, senator,"
he muttered , ' v
. "Iscompetitiojn, so ' keen , oii
State street, cried Juul, "that
people must starve pn,the wages,
"If you pass a minimum wage
law as high, as' $12," said Simp
son, qoaging'tne question, Illi
nois will not be able to compete
with 'other states in business. If
i i "U w i
would be all right."
Simpson did not. explain just
what other states had 'to do with
the retail store businesses of State
street. ; "" " ' ' '
"What were the profits 'of.Mar
shall Field& Co-, for.theyear end
ing December 31, 1912?" broke in'
.Lieut. Gov. U Mara.
"Oh, I'm afraid I can't answer
that," saidrSimpson. "'It's con
fidential, you know.
I 1-. I HnHflrf ttiH (VI r s.imn
son." asked O'Hara. "that vou re- .
fuse to answer the questibns-of -this
commission?" - '?
""Why yes," said Sampson, star-
ing- at O'Hara with wide open
eyes. "Atleast I can't answef.it .
withoutjjne aavice ot counsel. l
"Is it more than a million dol
lars a'year ?" asked O'Hara. -"I
can't say," said Simpson.,
"You know, don't' you?" de
manded the. lieutenant governor.
. "I do,' 'said Simpson.
xiara pauseu ,ior a moment
to let this sihk,in. Then he went
on, grimly; " '
t 4. i .t. .,-.. c:
sonj iCaU the, profits of the great
Marshall Ifiejd & Co. go to resi-. .
(Qqntinued in the JRear End, of
i the Book.)