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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 17, 1913, Image 21',
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STORY ABOUT A Gflfr WHOWILL:MAfiRYt FOR'
RELIEF FROM, DEPATMEf STORE WORK
BY JANE WHITAKER
A girl who anticipates marriage in three -weeks as a -relief from thr'.
tyranny in a store position sent for me to tell me about .overtime work in
the store. f . - ' " -v r '
And she introduced me to .the, m&n.;she expects to .marry as anjescape
from present impossible conditions. f- ;
I did not, listen1 Ve 'affefltivelyj to' her complaint of" overtime, work.
It seems a-little 'foolish to make the pig kick" about the extra hours . in the
evening and -the time on Sunday, when you know and I know that in one
hour every dayJyqu give your employer in profit the amount he pays you
for the. entire' day j so that yoliTare working free every additional "hour of
service you let him have. " ' T j . , - , - V
And it only depends onrhow many hours over one that'yoii work as
w mucuia jiuu give-mm seven, eigui.,
nine, .ten or twelve hours for nothing.'
But I wasn't thinking of that as
I listened to the girl. '
, Ask your mother to tell you about
thfe girls wha-married when she, was
young. Ask her to. describe their
healthy color, their vitality, their joy
in .living." -: -
And then-let me 'give you a picture
of the" girl who marries in three-
weeks as a.release. ' 't
Hei"4jice was gray whife; her-.eyes
were heavy, and the lids drooped. She
had a handkerchief in her hand that
she twisted' into knots and then 'un
twisted,' Justas -I played with '-my
watch-chain, tangling- :an'd' un
When she walked across the floor
her- feet dragged languidly, ier
shoulders drooped sligh'tly. Her
blood was impoverished. She told
me she had nervous indigestion.
Ami that is the girl who, in mar
' rying, pledges herself to become one
of .the mothers of the race.
And the man he,- too, works in a
department store, but the makes,
eighteen dollars a week. And he is
Eighteen dollars represents the
pinnacle of success to both of them.
- Yet Jimmy Simpson, who started
as a cash .boy so it is said today
is a millionaire society leader.
And Jacob Kessler. who occupied .
the same lowly position with The'
Fair, owns several blpcks, of real es
tate in New York city and is rich
enough to go into banknipty once in
What is the secret of that, when
a-man who works honestly for four
teen yearsvreaches:the top of the lad
der and is- paid only $i8. Perhaps
these phenomenal successes wjill.give
us'their secret some day. Or perhaps
it will be un earthejl . without their
consent. ' ' - .'- r. ''- -
1 Arid the lhari whcTearns$18-and
Is. a success waVNhite-facedj too,
-and "he yawned 'perpetually, .even
.while he looked, with, pride at the girl
he is going":, to- tike away from i
dnidgery. z . ,
I led her away from her grievances'i
to talk of herself and her future.
"I suppose you will be very happy
when you ' are married," I 'asked, 1
timidly. '" - '
"Oh. yes," she answered, as she
looked at" the man with an air, of pro j
prietbrship.V'l'w.ori't have to get up )
in the morning and rush to ihe store, r
will I Fred? And I can sit all day
in a wrapper', pee, but that will be j
a. comfort! I can't remember when
I haven't been -dressed up.".
' The- answer didn't quite give me 3
what I, wanted.
'Thare always wished I had no rc-
Lsponsibilities, so that-1 could marr j