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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 10, 1913, Image 4',
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"I will ,"'said Lytton.
Senator juul' told Lytton that he
had figured the thing out, and that.it
" would "only cost the Huh $40,000 a
year to pay a minimum wage of $12,
and that it would only cost the larg
est establishments, such as the $50,
000,000 Sears-Roebuck Co., about
$300,000 a year.
"No servant," ssaid Juul, "should
have a master who will not supply
him or her with food, bed and clothing-"
"And amusements," put in Lieut.
"Do you agree with that?" asked
"I certainly do," said Lytton.
' '"Well," said Juul, "the state of Illi
nois has protected the big merchants,
v the" big interests., for a long time. It
- is time it was taking thought of the
Lytton was excused, and Joseph
Basch, vice president and general
manager of Siegel, Cooper & Co.,
.was called. v
Siegel, Cooper & Co. employs.1,
250 girls. The "firm pays beginners
$3.50, andpays 500 girls less than $8
Basch proved the most evasive
witness .yet before the committee. He
Tefused to-answer questions directly;
he hummed and hawed; he talked
abojit 'immorality being astate of
mind"; he dodged the issue a dozen
times. At the end of his testimony,
Lieut. -Gov. d'Hara said:
k "You have been evasive throughout,--Mr.
Basch... We think we have
as fair, idea of the profits-of Siegel,
.Cooper & Co.; we are sure we know
N the-- wages you pay. Mr. Simpson x
says tnat- aiarsnau vieia & uo. win
pay the minimum wage of $12 if such
a law is passed. Your attitude -can
only lead to thegtrong arm of the
state being ; used, and your being
t forced to produce your firm's books
so -the people may know, the profits
of a corporation which refuses to-'ad-
niit it could-pay what others in the
ame .'business can pay." . . " ; '
.TVell, "we are not all Marshall
Fields," said Basch. , "Such a mini
mum wage law as planned by you
would work a hardship on many.?
Basch started out'bravely. He said
that the minimum average wage at
Siegel, Cooper & Cds was $8.6767
cents over whajmany persons have
declared to bea living wage.
But he began to hum and haw justv
as sdon as the commission got down
to cases as "to the number of girls
employed by Siegel, Cooper & Co; at
$3.50, $4, $4.50, $5,"$5.50 and $6
and $7. x
Then he delivered an impromptu
lecture on the .vast advantages of ,
being an apprentice in the employ
of Siegel Cooper & Co., and learning
how to earn a big salary while only
receiving a small one $3.50 a week.
Basch "recalled that there was a
home somewhere he- was not sure
just where but somewhere in Chi
cago, where a girj could have a lovely
.room, -splendid meals, their laundry
done; etc., at the very low cost' of
When Simpson, of 'Marshall Field
& Co., was on the stand, Lieut. Gov.-'
O'Hara asked him directly:
"Has any newspaper tried to use
this commission and this commis
sion's investigation to get adverti's- -ing
"None," said Simpson.
"Has any member of this commis
sion, or any person'. speaking on be
half of a'niember, approached you on f
the question of getting advertising
since this commission began its in
vestigation into low wages?" dsked
Senator Juul. '
"No one whatsoever has approach
ed me about.advertising,"' said Simp
son. ' "
It is probable -that Glenn will be
barred from the' floors of the senate'
and- the house for his" attempt at
character assassination. "
Gov. Dunne, who. has returned
from the east, has given his full ap
proval to the senate commissloris's
inevstigation into lo." wages.)