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cannot well imagine that. Simpson's!
burning objection to tne minimum
wage law was born' of any' desire to
prevent Marshall Field & Co. being
given, a chance to undercut its com
So, then, Marshall Field & Co. is a
regular hog. It is making more
money than other stores. It could
pay wages -which other stores could-
not pay without going under. It is
' simply rolling in money.
And neither the public nor its own
employes get any of the benefit of
this enormous profit being rolled up
by Marshall Field & Co-
Marshall Field & Co. will not raise
the salaries of its women employes
of its own accord. And if the state
forces it to do so, and the other de
partment stores take it out oMhe
people with increased" prices, Mar
shall Field. & Co. would help them.
"Dapper Jimmie" Simpson did
some marvelous' work in, that first
live minutes on the stand today, but
maybe he didn't quite understand the
position he had put himself in.
At the same time, perhaps. "Dapper
Jimmje" did when he had time to
think it over, because he wasn't quite,
' so cler about half an hour later,
when Senator Tossey questioned
'""Are. the profits of Marshall Field
& Co. great enough to allow the firm
to pay $12 a week without increasing
the price of merchandise?" asked
,'Tll answer that," said Simpson,
red and uncomfortable, "by asking
what we would do with the man of
family if we paid $12 a week to the
minimum wage girls?"
"Vpu answer it by answering Sen
ator Tossey's question directly," said
Lieut. Gov. O'Hara, pleasantly.
"Putyt more specifically,"1 said
"Are the pfpfife of Marshall Field
& Co. so great that it could pay a
minimum wage of $12 to allots em
ployes without raising the prices of
the goods it sella" repeated Tossey. -j
, Simpson fidgeted.ihTii3.chair.fumr
bled with his chin; moved his chair
backwards and forwards, i
"Jf'-not necessarily," he stammered ,,
"That being the case," put in Sen
ator 'Beall, "why areyou Insisting on.
t'.Oh, we might be able to comply
with it," said Simpson, "but others
"We're asking about . department
Lstores' just jiow, you know," said
"Oh, well," said Simpson, obvious?
ly growing more and more uncom-'
fortable, "we could.pay it."
"Theh,,of coiiree, your firm has no
reason for Insisting, on a federal
instead of a state law?." suggested
-."I I'm not in a position,fosay,"
said Simpson. ' .
"Ton can't answer Senator Beall's
question?" insisted Lieut. Gov. "O'--Hara.
"I I don't know," said Simpson,
"You're excused," said O'Hara, and
added grimly, ''until further notice.'-'
'Ge&rge Lytton, vice president and
treasurer of, the Hub, was the next
employer called tto "the stand. '
And the commission sighed with
relief after he had been,on .the stand
five minutes. For Lytton answered
questions straightforwardly like a
man, .and made no bones about Ad
mitting, himself In the wrong when
he was so. '
. Furthermore Lytton, at the very
beginning, took from, his firm any
credit it might have claimed for what
sycophantic newspapers have, called '
the Hub's profit-sharing plan for em- ,
We ve heard about your dividend
system for employes' said O'Hara.
"Tell us about.it, please."
T'That Dian has been called nrnfiti
sharing?' said Lytton. "The name'
is a misnomer. We don't share (our
profits with our employes, and the
money we give them at the erij", hi
each year has nothing to 'da with.