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He " did not seem' to realize that he
was called before the bar of the peo
pie. Quite coolly-and evenly, he in
suited every decent -mah and woman
m Illinois: '
"OF COURSE," HE SAID, IN AN
SWER TO A QUESTION, "THE
THE SUPPORT OF OUR POOREST
PAID WORKERS. THAT'S WHAT
PARENTS ARE FOR," -
AND,-A MINUTE LATER, IN THE
SAME TONE, WHICH THORNE
DOUBTLESS' CONSIDERS THE
.PROPER TONE FOR AN ARISTO
CRAT, HE SAID: '
"OH, THE GIRLS TO WHOM WE
PAY SMALL- WAGES-ARE. ONLY
HALF-BAKED; THEY DON'T KNOW
I don't think that Thome saw. the
effect of his cold-blooded brutality.
I don'b think he saw the girl in the
third row dry the tears from her
eyes, nor heard her say to her com
panion: "I don't care, I know crying makes
my nose red; but I don't care; I can't
I don't thihk he saw Clara Laugh
lin, the magazine writer, bend for
ward and scribble hastily in her noter
" book. I don't, thihk he heard Mabel
Taliaferro, the actress, turn, flashing
eyes upon Miss Laughlin and say:
"Did you EVER hearvthe like of
And I don't think, he realized the
meaning of the 'gasp that ran
around the room a moment later
when he admitted that the, profits of
Montgomery Ward & Co. last year
' were $2,370,000. . . . . ' '
John Pfrie, of Carson. Pirie, Scott
& Co., followed' Thorne on the stand.
And he answered-all'the question ad
dressed to him like, one schoolecKih
his answers. i
Then, Ed Lehmann took the stand,
Ed Lehmann is the son of. that Mrs.
Augusta Lehmann, who told The
Day Book that "department store
girls get far -more than they are,
Lehmann testified thathe was vice
president of the Pair company, and
admitted that he "had 74 girls in his
employ to whom he paid only $3 a
week. ' . '
Presumably those 74. girls are
among those whom Mrs. Lehmann
thinks are getting "far-more than
they are worth."
Lehmann's examination followed
.the lines -taken with' th?" other "ein
ployers fpr som'e time. And, then
Lieut. Gov. O'Hara leaned" forward in
"Mr. lehmann," he said,- and his
tone was so earnest that everyone
In the room straightened up expec
tantly,, "is .there a trust agreeme.it
among the big department stores?"
'Leh'mann's eyes opened wide. Then
he reddened slowly, under "O'Hara's
gaze. r '
"No-o-o-o," he stammered, at last.
"Is there," demanded, O'Hara, ,"any
sort-, of an organization or the
stores?" ' ' s
"Oh, na," said Lehmann, "merely
the State Merchants' Association."
A ripple of laughter ran around
the press tables. ,
"And what," asked O'riara, His
voice heavy with sarcasm, "does the
State Street Merchants' Association
do at its meetings?"
Lehmann fidgeted about for a full
minute before answering. .And when.,
he did he was hot quite definite.
' "Oh," vhe said, "different' things."
"Indeed!" said O'Hara, "arid when
did the association hold its last meet
ing?" ' . , .- v'
"I I I don't know," .said Leh
mann.' ' ' .-
"Did the State Merchants' Asso
ciation hold a meeting within the'
last few days at which it was decided
not to give this commission any in
formation?" asked O'Hara. t
Lehmann looked at the floor, and'
he looked at the ceiling, and then he
looked at O'Hara, and -his face crew'
even more red. "
U-lrcouldn't" his stammering