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bleeding mass, on the sidewalk 'be
low. The jail prisoners, who had heard
and seen all, shouted, "Long live
But when the gehdafmes picked
the body up, there still was a smile
on Lacombe's face even in death.
O'HARA ASKS U. S, TO PROBE
SHOE TRUST WAGES
Springfield, III., April 26. A report
on the starvation wages paid to the
giri employes of the International
Shoe Company will be sent to Presi
dent Wilson as a result of the inves
tigation conducted by the Illinois
Senate Welfare Commission at Its
meeting here yesterday.
This company is incorporated in
Illinois and Missouri for $25,000,000.
Lieut.-Gov. Barratt O'Hara, chair
man of the Illinois commission, last
night telegraphed Lieut.-Goy. Payn
ter of Missouri asking that he in
vestigate the wages paid employes of
the company's plant in that state.
Yesterday's session of the commis
sion showed ttiat there are girls
working in Springfield- for as low as
30 cents a day or $180 a week. And
some of these girls work 9 hours a
Girls in the International Shoe
Company are forced to sew 6 dozen
shoe tips for nothing for every tip
. In this same place girls are fined
10 cents for every 5 minutes they are
late. Bill Alexander, foreman of the
shoe company, is said to curse at the
girls and jerk them around. -
Agnes McGill, a tired, haggard
looking girl of 21, gave the most of
these facts concerning the methods
of the International Shoe Company.
She has been working to support
her widowed mother for the last five
She started to work at the shoe
plant for $3. She was raised gradu
ally to $7.
The McGill girl gave damning tes
timony against Foreman Alexander,
claiming that he, cursed- hern6V; jerk
ed her around and at other times
forced his attentions upon her.
After trying to stand the shoe fac
tory pace, the McGill girl had to be
taken to a hospital broken in health
Pearl Briggs, 21, told about having
to sew 6 dozen shoe tips, to make
up for one accidentally ruined. She
corroborated Miss McGill's story as
to the conduct of Foreman Alexan
der.. Alexander has been summoned be
fore the commission by O'Hara.
SW. Derby, superintendent of the
shoe' factory, was called to the stand.
His impudence and his evasive an
swers roused the commission, and
cajled forth caustic rebukes from
O'Hara and Senator Juul.
Senator Juul said: "I wish it were
my power to drive your concern" and
others like it out of the state. It
was jeally the ruin of one of your
former employes who worked for
starvation wages that caused this
commission tolbegin Investigations.
Several dther girls testified.
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CUNHEA STILL GAINING
Cunneak gains over Hoyne of 423
in the 19th-and 196 in the 20th wards,'
bring his gain in the recount up to
5,400 in the wards so far counted;
and Judge Baldwin announces that
he would extend the count to the
. Besides the gain of 5,400 there are
1,000 more votes in dispute in those
recounted, and F. D. Ayers, repre
senting Rinaker, charged that dis
puted ballots had been laid aside, by
employes of the election commis
sioners until they could be examined
by Hoyne's aid.
On Judge Baldwin's" advice, Com
missioner Czarnecki asked for the
names of thcemployes accused, and
promised to discharge them ,if the
charges were sustained.
"Love's Labor Lost." When there
is.a "breach of promise."