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, settlement workers is that;they -never,
bother with more than the surface--
they are afraid of what they would.
find once they started to dig under
And this girl's amusements con
sists of two nickel' -snows a"t week
'which her brother pays "for.
The next girl was very bright, pret
ty and either loyal or afraid.
She said she. got good money, and
"Mr. Nathan, of Nathan Grossman'
Mfg. Co. was awfully good to the
girls. He never even came into the
t factory or interfered. He was a splen
But she did tell of one foreman
whose language to the women em
ployes could not" be repeated and she
did tell of a shortage in her pay which
the foreman asked her to prove and
later sent to her when she quit be
cause she didn't get it.
And she did tell that girls who spoil
' garments must pay for .them, but Mr.
Nathan himself generously explain
ed that the girls were allowed to take
the spoiled work home, or even sell
it for what it would bring and only
be docked the difference between the
price Nathan charged and the girl
This girl does piece . work and
makes. $10 sometimes. And some
times she makes $6. Her earning
capacity depends entirely upon her
speed in workirfg and she is too
young to realize that some day her
fingers will not respond" to the
prompting of a brain that is worn
out: She will probably make $4 or
$5 then but Mr. Nathan is a very
And the girl stated that she gets
30 cents for a dozen waists. Figure
how many dozen she makes before
she is paid $10.
And another girl, questioned about
what pleasure she had, said she some?
"times went to a nickel show with
some girl companion, but she usually
walked along Halsted street until she
got tired, because there are lots- of
lights on Halsted street and so many ,
people. -It seems tq be-purely a mat-,
ter of- .finance whether one" prome
haTdesf Michigan.avenue, in the after
noon or walks 'Halsted street, with
its cheap attractions,its loafers hang
ing about cornersand its general'per
niciousness at night.
And the last girl I am going to tell
you of was so pretty that the report
ers commented on it, but she leaned
wearily on the table as she talked. ,
She is one of the exceptionally fast
workers, too, and she earns $12 a
week working two machines at a
But she goes to bed at 9 o'clock
each night, 'and she sometimes
doesn't get up at all on Sunday, and .
she is always tired, and she admitted
that the fear of notmaking enough
drives her on and on when she has
reached the limit of human endur
ance. And yet she was clever enough to
act as interpreter for anpther woman,
the while she. bit her lips and clasped
her hands nervously.
Is.it any wonder that the commis
sion decided they had enough in one
day to think over .a week?
And is it any wonder that every
member 'of that commission looked
with contempt at the employers who
stepped up to the witness chair and.
smiled as they told what good, kind
men they are, and Senator juul re
marked: "I don't care to dig any
deeper, into such a .mess as this."
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Squire Ah, Mould, how about that
horse I sold you ? Undertaker Well,
sir, it did. give us a little trouble at
first. We put him in' one of the
mourning Caches, you know, and
parties don'Olike to be shook up 'in
their grief. But we've" put himiji'the
hearse-now, and we haven't had any
pomplaints so far. ( -
r o o
New Boardei; How's" the fare
here? Old Boarder Well, we have
chicken every morning. New Board-
er That's first rate. How is it serv
ed? Old Boarder In the shell. s