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week, take what is called the easiest
way? " 1
The absolute insult of this last
question-, is beyond all comment in
temperate ianguage. There are only
a few" English- words 'which- will ex
press the character of ah employer
a'millionaire employer who dared to
put suclj a 'question to young girls
financially in his power.
We do not know how all" the girls
took thisjast question. We dp know
that some of 'them were frightened
half to death. We do know, that three.
their names are in our possession
-vere confused and hesitant and
trembling when asked it.
And we are glad to be able to say
that one Alabama girl-, whoxlid hot
understand the question at -first, but'
to whom. Schwab repeated it, enlarg
ing on it and clarifying it so thai at
last she understood, turned around
'on the millionaire and with flashing
eyes said to him "If you ask me
that question again, I'll slap you
c.cross your dirty mouth."
- And Schwab had nothing to say.
Another girl brought before
Inliwab in his private wage and
v "easiest way" inquiry, said:
"You pay me $6 a. week. I live
with my sister who also makes $6
a'week. That makes $12 in all. It
costs the two of 'us exactly $13.25
a week', on our lowest estimate, to
get the very necessities of life."
"Then how," said Schwab, "do you
make up the deficit of $1.25, the dif
ference between- your-combined in
comes and your expenses." '
"We don't," said the girl. "We do
without some of the.necessities every
week. Last week I did our- laundry
myself. I did it in the bathroom. I
did jlfwheh I was tired and heartsick
"What-would you. consider a-living
wage?" asked Schwab.
"I could live decently on $10 a
week," said the girl.
The store management looked' up
the girl's record. She was noted as
"an efficient salesperson."
The next day Tuesday-fshe re
ceived a letter from the management
inf ormingher that, as she had made
a fair record, and In view of her loy
alty of service, her wages from then; O
'on would be seven dollars a'weelc.
Seven dollars a week three 'dol- . f
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Schwab she could live decentlv on &
not even enough to make up the
$1.25 weekly deficit she had told
Schwab that she and her sister need-
ecf to cover the absolute necessities
of life., - i
There seems to have been some
thing of a panic in theeart of
Schwab if Schwab has a-heart the
day after O'Hara put Rosenwald on
the-stand, and grilled that millionaire
"ntiilanthronist" until he sweated
blood. r v
Forthat night, all the little cash
girls at" Rothschild & Co.'s girls just
like the one Jane Whitaker told you
of yesterday, girls of tender years,
of unformed character,, girls just
starting out in the world were rais- .
edrfrom $2.50 to $3 a week.
It .was pathetic to see the smiling
children for "they are little more, .
these cash girls going abctut the-blg
store that night telling the salesmen
and saleswomen, "We gefO .cents
more a week, nowt since tnat was
in the papers yesterday."
And if the members of the O'Hara
commission could have seen them
perhaps they would have realized
how much their work is meaning to '
the child slaves of State street?
And then there was another occa-
sion when Schwab suffered a severe
case of panic.
You remember how last Friday,
Mary McDowell and the Women's
Trade Union League called a mass
meeting, of the girls of the State
That noon, every department man'-,
ager in Rothschild & Co.'s passed the
word around that there would be a
lecture on efficiency and welfare and,
the.good' of the store' and its. employes