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some other "girl. That means, of
course, that the girls left will have
to-work the harder. . -
If you ask Mandel Bros, about the
layingH.off of girls, of course, they'
will tell you it was done because it
is a- slack season, and the girls were
.The beginning of spring! The
first hint of hot weather in the air!
And a slack season in a department
store! Bunk! ' '
Besides, .that slack season is such
a pitiful excuse. Does it never occur
to an overfed millionaire 'employer
that when He lays off an employe be
cause it is a "slack season" that he is
creating an exceedingly "slack sea
son" 'for that girl?
Apparently not. The millionaire's
swollen, illicit profits ' must go on
pihng up and piling up, no matter
whether trade is good or bad.
And the girl? Why, if the girl's
"home environment, has been bad,"
as Edwin1 Mandel arid Julius Rosen
wald probably would'put it, she can
go sell her body. Or if she be-of the
stuff-of which most working girls are
made, she can go starve to death, or
stuff-up the keyhole and turn on the
gas and. end it that way.
What do the 'millionaires care
about the girl, about' 'the human flesh
and blood that helped pile up the
millions 'that allow them to "roll in
money, and buy champagne for
drunken friends ?
There is more human "flesh and
hlnofl where that eirl came from, and'
it alsb'i?willing to slave for a miserly
Wage to pile up still more millions for
the employer. , ,
"And the millions are all that mat
ter. . - '' Y -
It sometimes seems as if God in
Heaven 'must- regret the creation "of
mankind -when he looks upon a department-
There Is Hillman's, too ! They are
driving the girls like slaves -there,
with men always at their backs, to
lash them, on tovmore work and more
.work. , "
Andit doesn't end, with the week
days at Hillman's. Hillman's is work
ing Its employes almost every Sun
day and giving them no extra pay for
th'e"Sunday work. ' N
Marshall Field & Co.? The czars
of that "greatest commercial insti
tution in. Chicago" have instituted. a
spy system that would make a Rus
sian chief of police turn green with
Marshall Field & Co.'s regular
corps of spies are everywhere
through the store, sneaking and pry-v
ing and reporting to their masters. ,
And, lately,. Marshall Field & Co.'
have achieved their crowning .inr
! famy. They have corrupted a num
ber of the employes and turned them
into spies on their fellow "workers.
" Montgomery Ward & Co. will tell
you. they recently have established
an $8 minimum wage for, women. , ,
They,have. And by that same"
token they have laid off. enough girls'
to make'un, for the increases; granted
and are forcing their already over
worked men employes .to work over
time almost'every night.
As to Sears, Roebuck & Co. They,
are firing th'eir higher-paid .employes,
cutting down their force and speedy,
ing up every empioye retained. ;
The "conspiracy of the, millionaire''
vampires whose food is human flesh,
and blood, and human flesh and blood.
tq which they are indebted for three
millions, is indeed under' way. .
Thanks to the O'Hara commission y
the people have come to know the.
miserably low wages paid in the
State street stores, the big mail or-,
der houses and the-sweatshops. . , t
And, 'unless the people practice,,
that eternal vigilance that,is 'the price
of liberty, they' will, awake to find
themselves .more erislave'd than ever!
And if the. employers, win this time,
it "will not only be the present" gen-
eration 'of the( people that will, be
doomed to slavery. If the people,
with new-opened eyes; submit to the
employers now, they consign' their .,
children and their children's jchildfeo.