Search America's historic newspaper pages from 1789-1925 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the
National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress. external link Learn more
Image provided by: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library, Urbana, IL
Newspaper Page Text
ED HILLMAN, SELF-MADE
There was just one time during the
examination of Ed .Hillnian general
manager of Hillman's store, when
the millionaire merchants listening
to his testimony cheered up:'
That was when Lieut. Go?, O'Hara
asked Hillman if 'he thought there
was any connection between low
wages and Vice.
"No " said Hillman. "I think' that
an honesfgirl would rather starve
to death than part with her virtue."
There was a little murmur of ap
plause from the millionaires; one of
them softly clapped his hands.
"But if you found out, Mr. Hill
man, that a' girl working for you
had been unable to gjet ajpng on the
wages paid h'er,;and had sold her vir
tue to get bread oeat,rwbufdn't your
conscience bother you?"
"Yes.'lsaid. Hillman, and, gloom de
scended on the other millionaires.
"Thenyou would ' consider your
self in a way responsible?" asked
O'Hara. ' 1
Hillman saw whether he was be
ing led; his face turned red; he pulled
nervously at his collar.
"Oh, I don't know," he said. "I
don't think I would. The girls are
brought to me by parents; responsi
bility would be with, the parents."
"You are a self-made man, aren't
you?" asked, O'Hara.
"Yes," said Hillman. "I started, out"
at $2 a week. My father was earn
ing $14 a' week. ,1 walked to work;
and carried my lunch with me;"
. "Mr. Hillman," said O'Hara, speak
ing slowly and impressively, "I want
you to forget the present. I want-you
to forget you are a 'merchant prince,'
I. want you to forget your millions.
I want you to go back- to the days
when you were getting $2 a week
and carrying your lunch to the store,
and I want you, the $2 a week boy,
to think of the $3 a week girl. What
chance do -you think she has, Mr.
Hillman lowered his dyes.
"I I don't know," he said.
"What do you think the lowest
wages on which a girl can keep her
self?" "Oh, eight or nine dollars.''
"Will you (figure out a list of $8
a week expenses?"
JTd rather not;"' '
'How much do you think this girl
of yours who is living on $8'a week
can. spend on' innocent amuse
"Why why I guess you're right,"
.aJJo you! think" a' girl could live
decently on $12laweek?"
"Fine. I could live on $10 a week."
O'Hara' paused. and examinedsome
papers on his desk.,, Hillman: moved
uneasily in- his chair. "
"So you think a girl could exist
on $8 a week arid live decently on
$12 a week.Mr. Hillman. How many
girls' irf jour employ get less than
$8 a week?"
"Do you think THEY are support
"Will.yqu end me their names and
addresses, so i can find out?"
Senator Juul. asked Hillman if he
felt any moral obligation to see that
his employes were clothed and fed.
He said he did. Juul asked if he
would fight a law fixing a minimum
wage. Hillman said he would not;
that he" would welcome an increased
wage for his employes.
"Then," put in O'Hara, "will you
tell if it is true that you 'contributed
to a fund to fight the'$12 minimum
wage for women bill?"
"I did not." "
"Do you know John M. Glenn?"
"N-o-o, I don't think I do."
"Do you know Charles Livingston,
an editorial writer for the Manufac
turers' News?" y ' r r