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theuvsalarles or our profits.- We' just
give them a certain, amount atl the
end of each; year as a present" --
"How milch do:you;give them an
nually?" asked O'Hara. ' -
"I couldn't say just how much it
is," said Lyttoh; "but every employe
understands thoroughly that it has
nothing to do Vith .his or her sal
ary." . -
"Would you give- your employes
these presents if you made no profits
in any particular year?" asked Sen
"i am sure wewould," said Lytton.
.'Lytton then explained that the Hub
employed 175 women; that the low
est .wages paid:any 6f'theni.waa.$6.
5b: Fifty-four get $6.50; 50 get $7.
Thesels are young the oldest 16.
A girl gets $6.50 when first employed,
and:is raised to $7 at the end of three
months. At the end of her-first year,
she gets 2 per cent -of her yearly
salary as a present
"Then," said O'Hara, after Lyttoh
had explained this, "you are in com-,
petition with establishments ,paying
. "Yes," said Lytton.
VHaVe you' to charge higher prices
because of this?"
"On the contrary, out- prices are
supposed to be. lower."
"Do you find it, bad policy to pay
your employes -more than the other
"We find it good policy," said Lyt
ton. "We find that we get better
help; .and better work."
O'Hara asked Lytton what the Hub
profits were last year. Lytton, said
he preferred not to answer until he
had talked 'with his father, jwho at
present is out of the state.
. Sehatdr Juul "suggested that the
question of-profits be taken up later.
Gov. O'Hara said he considered the
question vital, but would not insist
on.itat this time; "
"One hundred and' four of your
girl employes get $6.50 and $7, Mr.
Lytton," said Senator Juul. "Who
supplies, these girls with the differ
ence between their wages and what
ifcosts them to live?" ,
. "I think that question is too'
broad," said Lytton.
"We have found the lowest', on
which a girl can live to be $8 or
$'9,!' said Juul. "Who pays the dif
ference between the $6.50 and $7
you pay your' girls and the $8 and $9
they heed:" 4
"These girls live at home," said
Lytton. 4 "They can do it that way."
"Their parents pay "the difference
then?" asked JuuL
"Why should they? Don't you con
sider an employer has a moral re
sponsibility to see. that his employes
are t;lothed,arid fed?"
"Theeris no question of it," said
Lytton. "Of course, he has such a
'.'And you're not paying your girls
enough to live on."
"Well," said" Lytton, "we've been
trying for a year to put all of our
girls on an $8 a week basis."
''Do you know anything about the
home -conditions of your employes?"
(Lytton is the first employer who
has not tried to stall on this ques
,"Don't you feel that you, as their
employer, have a moral and legal re
sponsibility for these girls?' 'insisted
"I don't care about the legal re
sponsibUity,"' said Lytton, "but I do
feel the moral responsibility."
"What do you consider a fair liv
ing salary. for a girl?" asked Juul.
, "It has-been proven by commis
sions " began Lytton. - '
"Oh bother commissions," said
Juul. "What do you think?"
."Experts say $8 a week," said Lyt
"What do you think?" asked Juul.
"I don't know," said Lytton.
"Will you- talk with your employes
and make up a list of a girl's ex-'
penses for this commission?" asked'