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SEE STORY INSIDE ABOUT FRANTIC EFFORTS
r TO SMOTHER LOW WAGk INVESTIGATION
N. D. Cochran,
500 South Peoria St
Editor and Publisher. ' lEg 398 Tel. Monroe 353.
'Jane Whitqker Investigates the Situation in Wholesale
Grocery Candy, and Clothing Houses Is Told jof
LowW ages. and the "Vampire" Forelady.
' ' 1 1 - By Jane" Whitaker.
t However true Mr. Hfllman's statement may be that girls in department
stores, who are drawing low wages, are not subject through their surround-,
ings to temptation.and have a better chance to starve to death' in the man
ner approved by their employers, it is not true of a number p the' whole-,
sale-clothing houses, candy factories, wholesale grocery houses and. others
of their kind, where girls are frequently generally paid a lower minimum
wage than in department stores.
A woman came in to -talk to meiabout these places. ,She.Tias worked
in many of . them and the conditions she described could not be put in print.
She told me first of the low wages and of the very young g)rls who work
, for them. '
Then she "told me of the conditions surrounding these, girls. And I am
going to give you an-idea, the very modest idea that I am, able to tell you,
in this'public way, df-these conditions in the hope that mothers, ,no, matter
how" busy or how much' they require the girl to help support' herself, will
investigate the places where their children work.
There is' a wholesale house in. this city, and in the down-town district,
where the forelady Has the power' to hire girls- This woman, isof, the
"" vampire type, only -her victims aye children, in. place of men. Her language
is toul, ;neracuons disgraceful,- and
it. is. her'practice.'to take 'the young
girls, the pretty girls who like' to'
laugh' and b e happy, just like yourUt
tle'siBter and "mine, and coddle them,
make a chum" of them watch the
light of innocence leave thefolives
Jielp'them" to paint- their faces, teach
them to 'imitate her language, Mil. in
tliem .gradually the horrdr pf 'wbng
by showing evil'to them so often that
it becomes familiar.
And it is not,very long before these"
girls haye been placed-in the hands
of men who are looking foruch vic
tims. Mothers begin to wonder why
their little, girls are out so late a
night, but mothers are so busy thd.fr
.they ajccept without question the
VOL.2,..NO.,145 Chicago Wednesday, March 19, 1913 ONE CENT ?
iTHE CONDITIONS UNDER WHICH GIRLS WORK
. INCOME WHOLESALE HOUSES