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SOME THINGS BIG EMPLOYERS WON'T DARE
ELFWHEN BLOWING THEIR OWN HORNS
Landyet the error may have been
BY JANE WHITAKER
Your employers are going to'attehd
the meeting of the Vice Co'hinilssibn
Monday morning because' they
really could not refuse in view of the"
fact that they expressed, willingness
when they thought thjey could get
away with the bluff rfo.cpvoperate in
the matter of a minimum wage.
And besides i,th.ey'; arfi" Bo clever
your -employei&'VTheyV "don't mind
promising anything," sb" long as, they
are not forced "to. make good-. But
the thing they watit.vio; do is. to con
vince the Vice Commission just- what
kind, generous men they are, and
what a pity it would be. to discredit
their desire to help.you by the enact
ment of any lay making. lt,:compulf
sory. Just goaway-f&n&ydave it-to
them. ' v
I don't thinkth'e: Vice Commis
sion will be fooled-that way f or your
sakes I hope "Tiotb'tit Earn going to;
ten you some 01 ine;imngs inat your
employers witi - nev.ei.darQ reyeal
when they are blowing" .their owli.
horns. v -C
It was a very tired 'girl, Vho"'told!
them to me. She talked" Jistlessly,
' witlrsearcely a shade of expressionin
her face and; she lounged back
against the cushions on the couch.
"I don't know what to tell you
there is so much that is wrong, and
1. don't envy anyone the task of set
ting it rtght.' " N
"At 'least we' can give' the things
that are wrong some publicity," I
She closed her eyes and yawned.
""Please excuse, me,' but T am so
tired. We had a sale in .our depart
ment today. I am near dead. Shall
I tell you about the fines, first? '
I nodded. . v
"Well, .for every mjstake" you are
fined-ten cents. A man whose special
business it is-to attend to such things
comes to the clerk and asks her to
sign a slip relinquishing this amount,
merely writing street for avenue, or a
single inporrect letter in the .spelling
.of the" customer's name. If the girl is
a little too. good for the management
:to let go,, and she refuses to pay the
-fine, sheis not forced to, but in the
case'-of a girl who doesn't dare Jose
her job it is. always collected.
, "And then there-are the exchanges.
One week! last year, while I was
working at,he.Fair,.'28 girls frqm the
drug and fe'ohfectionery departments
were .discharged because they had
beenjught.-tradtagshiall bottles of
perfume for' candy. v n X
"I am not approving that practice.
for Iihave. passed the age when I
want to have Jockey cologne on my
snirtwaist.or feel tnat I am just crazy
for. something sweet Yet it did not
seenLTanr worse to those eirls to
jtake.such trifles than it would be an
joffenSe.fora cityaldennan to accept
i'a .cigai- from aT traction' stockholder.
' . "And-theE'ts. . You have written on
that, already, so I will just add a little.
rThey ( never rma"ke .an.: investigation
unto; the "'reason; for stealing. No
;-matter how slight the amount taken
; "A -porterVoh, the main floor of
Rothschilds . picked, up two 3-cent
cakes, of soap spilled over from a
full display. He was a Pole with a
wife and three children. Of course
a detective found the soap and the
Pole-was let out.
"The searching system Is abomin
able. You are asked when you apply
for the job if you object to being,
searched at any time? You must of
course say no,
"Detectives stand at the exits at
noon or night If one's attire bulges
slightly or if-the detective is merely
seized with the whim, he. may say
'step aside, please,' and then is at lib
erty to search you, and the expe
rience is humiliating beyond words.
Mr. Hilirrian, Ibelieve it waa, Who,