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aroni. The butter .was good, the
bread was fresh, and'the-cream I got
with the coffee was real cream.
"I want my girls I always call
them my "girls to have as much of
tne comfort and joy of living as eacn
heart craves," said Miss Von Kettler.
And I think I have the tact to get be
neath the mask that most girls wear
during business hours.
"So I try to get the confidence of
all of them. I talk with them all; I
try to learn the conditions, of their
family life. If they are adrift I try
to get-them to go to-safe, inexpensive
homes or clubs. I visit them when
they are sick in homes or hospitals."
I remarked to Miss Von Kettler on
the many tables in the lunch room.
I liked that. All the tables were small
ones, seating only four. That gives
the 'girls a chance to choose their
own table cpmpanions, instead of be
ing herded tdgether like cattle, as
i fial in such places.
""Did you like the lunch?" asked
?" -, Kettler. "I want to tell you
' about the price of the food. It is
cooked fresh every day, by1 the same
cooks, in the same kitchen and is of
the same quality as that prepared for
the public in the cafe on the fifths
floor, ;but it costs so much less."
Here she gave me the following price
' Coffee, "tea, cocoa or miild.is
cents' instead of 5 cents; white or
rye bread sandwiches, cake, pie, rolls,
doughnuts orice cream are 2y2 cents.
A large bowl of soup or clam.chowder
- jand' crackers, 5 cents; a generous
portion of different hot meats or fish
with or without gravy and bread, 5
cents; generous portion of potatoes,
( with bread 'and gravy, 5 cents; mac
aroni, spaghetti, beans, hash, or any
hot vegetables with bread, 5 cents;
cold vegetables or salads, 2y2 cents;
canned salmon, 2y2 cents; stewed or
cold fruits, 22 cents per order; rice
or any other kind of .pudding, 2y2
cents. Only pure milk, cream-and
butter are served. Butter is 1 cent.
AFrom the lunch room. Miss Von-
Kettler took me to the recreation
room, a comfortable looking place,
wnn a iair UDrary, tne latest maga
zines and a piano. The Boston Store
was the first on State street to give
its employes the privilege of dancing
in their recreation room.
Miss Von Kettler took me all over
the store after that. It was, all very
fine; all very nice; all very thought- '
It would be a good thing, perhaps,
if all the State street stores wbuld
put such a woman as Miss Von Ket
tler in charge, of the welfare of their
And yet and yet do you know
there is sqmething about that word
"welfare" I don't like very much? " It
smacks soanuctof charity again, of
thespirit of "see-how-much-we-afe-
What the working girls of today
need more than anyone to look' after
their welfare is washes sufficiently '
high so they car) Ipok after their own
, Customer What have you in the
shape of cucumbers? '
Grocer The very finest of ba
, nanas, madam."