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Th Cudahy Packing Company: " f '
Profits for 1909.............. ., $ 230,584.00
Profits for 1910 290,721jOO
The Crane Company:
Profits for 1909 $2,576,777.00
Profits for 19J0 , 2,974,334.00
(Assessed by Board of-Assessors, but assessment wiped put by Board
W. W. Kimball Company:
Profits for 1909 .,. $ 834,709.00
Profits for 1910..- '. . . 636,622.00
These figures all were obtained by Attorney . Maxwell Edgar from
sworn statements of the officers of the concerns to the Federal Bureau of
Corporations. Maxwell was threatened with punishment if ever he made
them public. '
Itisonly fair to say that the Crane Company, alone among those listed,
has done something to raise the wages of its women employes and give
them a chance. The Crane Company recently established a minimum wage
of $7.5Q a week for women immediately after the disclosures of the O'Hara
low wage commission.
The sudden and truly miraculous drop in the profits of Armour & Com
pany, in 1910 is susceptible of explanation. That was the year the govern
ment's' fight against the Beef Trust was centered on Armour & Company.
Louis -P.' Swift, president of the
great Swift packing company, was
the star witness before the .after
noon session of the O'Hara low
wages commission yesterday.
And on. the stand Swift compared
at least favorably with shopkeepers
like the Lekmanns, the Simpsons,
the Basches, or factory owners like
the Rosenwalds and Thornes, who
had gone before.
For Swift admitted he was not
likely to go to the poorhouse if he
were to pay his women employes a
living wage, and that an $8 a week
minimum wage LAW would be "rea
sonable." But Swift also showed a remark
able lack of knowledge of the rotten
conditions in the region "Back o' the
Yards," and he did not say he would
raise his women employes to a Jiving
wage voluntarily when Lieut-Gov.
O'Hara asked him why he did not
play the man and beat the state to it.
The other packers did not show up
in person and sent in their places
their hired superintendents, who
acted just about the way hired su-
perintendenta might be expected to
Swift oozed his long length down
the aisle and into the witness chah;.
very slowly, almost as if he were en
joying the craning of necks that had
gone with the calling of his name.
He was sworn and gave his name
"What is your connection with
Swift & Co.?" asked O'Hara,
"Merely president," said Swift
"Are you familiar with the wages
paid your girl employes?"
"I am, in a general way."
"How many girls do you employ?"
Swift referred to a paper. "Six
hundred and ninety-five," he said.
Their average wage is $10.05."
The members of the commission
"What is the lowest you pay any .
girl?" asked O'Hara.
"Six dollars," said Swift, without
batting an eye. . . j - 3.