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force all over the country, and -what
a fine Idea Great Britain's trade
"I'm afraid of this omnibus legis
lation in Illinois," he finished up,
Beall painfully explained to him the
plan of the Juul bill to create a com
mission of three men to regulate the
minimum wage for working women.
"Three men to handle all trades?"
asked Taylor, aghast.
"Even so," said Beall. "What do
you think of the plan?"
"I remember the time the window
washers of Chicago wanted a raise.
They gave the increased cost of living
as the reason. They came to me for
help. I showed the employers where
they had not Increased the wages of
their employes in proportion to the
cost of living."
"But what do you think of the plan
of the Juul bill?" demanded Beall,
who is a persistent gentleman.
"Well," said Taylor, uncomfort
ably, "if it were possible to get three
men well enough informed it might
be all right. But low wages have to
do with vice in only a small number
of cases, and I do not think such
prominence should have been given
to the connection. I think it has
worked a hardship. I also do not
think it was right for this commission
to hold hearings in public"
At this moment, Lieut-Gov. Bar
ratt O'Hara, who had left the room
just about the time that Taylor be
gan quoting from reports and statis
tics that every member of the com
mission had read through and
"Besides that,", continued Taylor,
"I read a number of German news
papers. I hve noticed that a number
of the great German newspapers and
professors of political economy have
attacked the methods of this commis
sion." ''Isn't it true," interrupted OHara
impatiently, "that all these news
papers and professors ?f political ,
economy are supported by3ig Busi
ness?" "Oh, I wouldn't say that," said
Taylor, "some newspapers and pro
fessors are quite free."
"You wouldn't say they were" en
tirely free, would you?" asked
"Oh, I got a letter from Miss
Davis," said Taylor, lightly. "She
is head of the Bedford Reformatory.
I had asked her and several others
to give me their opinion of the causes
of vice. They all answered."
Taylor then gave a list of nine
causes of vice, several of which con
sisted of long words and others of
bunk. The last one was: Low wages,
more or less.
For some time Senator Beall had
been fidgeting in his chair, obviously
uncomfortable. Now he interrupted.
"Look here, Mr. Taylor," he said,
"you highbrows have been criticizing
this commission and its methods un
til I'm tired. Now what do you think
of a minimum wage law?"
"I'm not a highbrow," said Taylor.
"I'm practical, I am."
"How about a minimum wage
law?" demanded Beall.
"Well," said Taylor, "a well con
sidered minimum wage law, arrived
at in a just-way, would be reasonable,
but I'd have vocational training a
part of the minimum wage bill, and I
also would add sexual training by
"Well, you know," said Beall, "un
der the Juul bill, the governor ap
points three commissioners. You
might be one of them."
. Lieut-Gov. O'Hara laughed.
Backed into a corner at last, Tay
lor admitted that he would be against,
any minimum wage law that did not.
include that pet project of Big Busi
ness vocational training. i
It was after this that Lieut-Gov.i
O'Hara brought out the interesting
fact that Julius Rpsenwald had been
the biggest contributor to the Chi-I
cago vice commjsskra, and that part)
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