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ihome. conditions have, more to do
jwith girls falling than anything else4
"Besides, if you make a minimum
i wage of $9 a week for girls, you face
the possibility of .their going on a-1
r strike and saying, 'We need $12 a
'week to maintain our respectability,
a and must have it.' "
The women in the room looked at
feach other in a puzzled sort of way.
Then there was a rustle from one
- corner- of the room. Virginia Ran
som, the young and beautiful society
- girl and suffrage leader, came for
ward -and passed a note to Lieut.
O'Hara looked at the note and then
it looked sharply at Mrs. Kahn.
"You are the owner of department
stores yourself?" are you not, he
"Yes," said MrsKahnI
"Is it true that you pay wages da
low as $2 a week to girls working for
you in these stores?" asked O'Hara.
Mrs. Kahn colored, then blaitched.
"I I don't know," she said. "I am
not very familiar with wages and
conditions in pur stores."
"That's all," said O'Hara.
Dr. W. C. Woodward.health officer
- for the District of r Columbia, was
- called to the' stand. ' He said that a,
minimum wage for men was more
needed than one for women.
"Men are living enforced celibate
lives up to 27 and 30 today," he said,
"because they cannot earn sufficient
to marry on. In other days theyunar-
ried at 21 or 22. Now, underpaid
and with no innocent recreation, they
are forced into evil ways." "
Woodward said that the prevalence
of certain diseases ought to make
imperative the passage of a law to
force contracting parties to a mar
riage to submit health certificates.
"I have introduced a bill in the Illi
nois legislature," said Senator Beall,
"making bachelors of 32 subject to a
tax of $100 a year. Do you approve
of it?" -
"Yes," said the doctor, "only I
.would make it 24."
Capiain Hollenberger of the-Washington7
police department and in
charge of the vice district at the cap
ital was a, curious contrast to the
In gruff, low tones, Hollenberger
answered tlie questions put to him,
fumbling his police cap nervously as
the women leaned forward to hear
him better, with cries of "louder,"
"Are you ashamed to say what you
know?" and "We didn't come here .to
be amused. We want facts. " Tell
them." .' '
"How often," said O'Hara, "do
your women leave the resorts and
in wliat numbers?"
"About 50 a year," answered. the
captain. ,"Ydu see they die faster
than ordinary people. We have 350
all of them registered."
"Do you keep a register of men
patrons of tese places?" asked Mrs.
Brayton Ransom, the societyieader,
rising in her seat. t
The captain turned red, and stut
tered: "Lord, no, the police fprce ain't big
Mrs. Archibald Hopkins, chairman
of the welfare department of the Na
tional Civic jFedefation, said the least
a girl could live on in Washingtpn and
remain respectable was $7.60 a week.
Mrs. Harvey W. Wiley said that $8
was the minimum wage on which a
girl could live.
Mrs. J. P. S. Neligh, matron of
the Neighborhood House, made the
assembled society women gasp as she
gave a fist of absolute necessities
amounting to $5.75 a week, and then
"The girl who today must take her
recrea&on In rag dances, joy .riding
and picture shows faces downfall. We
do not allow g dancing in our
house, but we. have more trouble with
the "society girls -who, volunteer to
help us th'ari with he inmates."
Stanley W. Finely special1 investi
gator of the Department of Justice,
said that marriage was the principal