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mum wane for our women emvloves." they told th'e"com-'
"We won't do anything toward raising our' women
employes' wages at all, nor toward bettering their work
"And, furthermore, we are not going to stand for
any laws tampering with pur businesses
"Business has been hurt already by the investiga
tion of this committee and the hue and cry these investi
gations have raised abouClpw wages.
"Our businesses-have been hurt. And-if this com
mission does not stop its present line of . investigation the
business of the entire country will be hurt.
"The low wage cry has been taken ujj by the people
and the agitation against low wages is spreading over the
"We're not going to stand. for any more of it, and
we're going to fight any such law-and. we're not going to
do anything of our own volition. '
"We are ready to stand sponsor for the erection of a
million-dollar working girVs home for our employes, a
place something on the lines of the Mills Hotel for men
in New York.
' "The money for such a home, could easily be raised
by public subscription, and then it could be run at cost so
our women employes would be'abfe to live there even if
we were underpaying them.
"But thatjke only thing we'll have anything' to do
with. We won't do anything about wages."
The members othe commission listened to this in, shocked amazement.
For weeks they had beenreading in the trust newspapers of the burn
ing, desire of the merchants to co-operate with the commission.
In news stories, in editorials arid 'in interviews the same impression had
been carried that the State street millionaires would be only p30 glad to
raise their women employes to a .living wage just as soon As all the mer
chants should get together and agree on a comprehensive "fclah.
And now,, the moment the public was shut out and the doors locked,
these same millionaires had thrown off the mask and were telling the
members of the commission where they got off. "
Practically, the dictum of the merchants was that the senate commis
sion could goimase-itself, and that the legislature and the people and their
own employes could go .follow them. ' J