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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 30, 1913, Image 4

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"Each of them swore that you are in
the habit of cursing , the girls. How
about it?"
"Aw, the girls are liars," saidr Alex
ander, and the hired- claque of Big
Business cheered. "
The commission sat silent, looking
at Alexander steadily. He had the
grace to flush.
"You see," he said, when the si
lence had become painful. "We're all
for speed at our place. That's the
way with every factory, ain't it?"
"That's what we're trying to find
out," said Lieut. Gov. O'Hara grimly.
"Don't you feel that it is the duty
of the factory to feed, blanket and
shelter its help as they care for even
the horses they force to work for
them?" asked Senator Juul.
"No, I don't," said Alexander stub
bornly. "I tell you a foreman in a
shoe factory is entitled to drink
Leer."
"What's that?" demanded O'Hara.
"I said a foreman in a shoe factory
it ' -.titled to drink beer," said Alex
ander, moving uncomfortably in his
chair.
"Have you been drinking beer be
fore appearing before this commis
sion, I mean?" demanded O'Hara.
".No," said Alexander.,,
There was another long silence.
Alexander was looking still more un
comfortable. "You see," he -said, at last "We
must make boxes there as cheap as
we possibly can." '
"You say your salary is $20 a
week?" asked O'Hara.
"Yes," said Alexander.
"You aren't making much more
than it takes to keep yourself and
your wife then, are you?"
Alexander did not answer.
"Isn't it a fact that you are no't
making much more than it costs
your wife and yourself to live?" per
sisted O'Hara.
Alexander shifted around in his
chair for a few minutes. His face
became a dull red.
"No," he stammered, at last "I
I guess I'm up against itvjust like
they just like the girls are. I never
saved a red cent in my life."
The foreman who had boasted he
was "going to make a goat of the
commission" .was broken.
Neither Lieufc-Gov. O'Hara nor any
other member of the commission was
the least bit dismayed by the open
threats of Big Business to get him
today.
"We're not nearly through with
Springfield," said the lieutenant gov
ernor. "The opposition that developed last
night was not the sort we expected.'
We expected at least decency. But
the kind of opposition we did get has
Voused the commission's fighting
blood.
"We have uncovered some inter
esting facts about Springfield factor
ies already, in particular the shoe
trust's factories.. We intend to un
cover some more.
"Indeed, since those who are try
ing to crush the commission have re
sorted to such "methods, I think the
commission will1 stop in Springfield
every once in a while and give them
a probe. They seem to need it
since it hurts so much." .
''Quit because a lot of roughnecks.
:have tried to make us quit?" snapped'
Senator Beall. "Not on your life.
We'll only go after them the harder
and make it all the hotter for them.
If they want a fight, this commission
is right ready to give it to 'em."
There are three forces working to
destroy the commission the Inter
national Shoe Co., which has suffered
worst ,in the eyes of the people
through the low wage probe: a Chi
cago brewery which supplies jnosUof
the beeiconsume.d in the houses of
prostitution throughout the state
and the Springfield newspaper trust
The shoe trust is believed to be at
the head of the strong-arm tactics
attempted at last night's meeting. It
is not thought likely that such tac
tics will be used again. They only.
have attracted more attention to.shoo

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