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ahthropy, anil then went to work to
get th6 money back from -their un
They did not ask their employes
to contribute the money. They forced
them to do it.
Without asking the permission of
their waitresses, they collected 50
cents from every waitress employed
in the store.
Then they made all their 'other
employes contribute "what they
The employes, of course, were not
"able" to contribute anything not
on theiwage9 Rothschild & Co. pay
them but they knew that they had
to give the money or lose their jobs.
So they all all, that is, except the
high' salaried employes; high salaried
employes are necessary Jo the firm
and cannot be bullied into things like
that, while three dollar a week girls
with whom the market is overstocked
can contributed tp reimburse Roth
schild & Co.
- Some of them contributed 50 cents,
like" the waitresses; others, more
-timid souls, contributed larger
amounts. One girl we know of emp
tied her purse into the greedy hands
of the cellectors.
There was just eighty cents in the
purse but it' Was all the girl had,
and pay day still was several days
distant! We ar¬ trying to say that these
underpaid employes of Rothschild &
Co. contributed to the Injured Roth
schild pocket grudgingly.
They did not do so.
God knows they did not. They did
not know-the meanness of the trick
that was being played upon them.
They did not know that Rothschild
& Co. were accepting the glory for
their poor little mites:
They only were told that the
money was .needed for the Dayton
. And, they were glad to give of the
little they had-rand starve for a day
or-two to make up for iu
1 " -
There-were sottfe, of course, whose
own situation -was so pitiful that tnoy
should have' been as much the object
of relief as the Da$on sufferers.
They, perhaps underfed .and un
derclothed, scarcely . knowing how
they were going to last out the week,
would not have given the money ihey
did if they had not been forced.
But they were" forced, and they
gave, and tney sunerea tnemseives,
while Rothschild & Co. rolled in a
little more glory at the expense of
their underpaid employes.
. We have no exact knowledge as
to whom was responsible for this
meanest of mean tricks.
But we can make a pretty shrewd
' We know Hency C. Schwab, vice
1 president and general manager of
Rothschild & Co. of old. .
It was Schwab who. called girls
from every department in the store
into .his office while the O'Hara com
mission was probing the low wages
paid by our merchant princes, and in
sulted every one of them by asking
It was Schwab, who invented the
'cute scheme of folding all the Roth
schild employes in the store on such
nights as mass 'meetings of depart
ment store girls were called.
So we do not think anyone who
lays this last meanness up against
Schwab will go far wrong.
Davis, the president of th&. store,
is not of the Schwab brand. He is a
millionaire, of course, and the. pos
session of millions seems somehow to
harden the heart and twist the con
science. But Davis is human at times, and
we cannot believehe himself would
stana for-such & trick, as this on his
As to the employes well, they are
just "common working girls," but
they would have liked to have had'
the credit for the little they gave and
the suffering they .Underwent' them?
selves to give that lltflet