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WHAT DOES JOE BASCH KNOW ABOUT THE
EMPTY STOMACHS IN CHICAGO?
BY DON MAG GREGOft
"There are no empty stomachs in Chicago."- Joe Basch, Vice-President
of Siege!, Cooper & Co.
I wonder how much shrivelled Tittle Joe Bascfc knows about Chicago;
I -wonder how much he knows about anything except dollars and the ac
quiring of dollars.
No empty stomachs in Chicago!
I wonder how much attention Joe Basch paid to the testimony of Ella
Plagg Young before the O'Hara commission. I wonder if he heard her tell
the commission that hundreds of little children go hungry to school very
day in Chicago.
I wonder if Joe Basch knows what that means. I wonder if he thinks
that any mother lets her children go hungry to school while she herself is
well-fed and satisfied.
No empty stomachs In Chicago!
I wonder if Joe Basch ever has seeh any of his OWi employes reel sud
denly and fall fainting from hunger. I suppose lie has, and I suppose he
has concluded that fainting Is just a
habit with them and that If it be too
frequent a habit they ought to be
fired and some ohe more "reliable"
secured in their place.
NO empty stomachs in Chicago!
I wonder if Joe Basch has. ever
been Inside the sweatshops where
some of Siegel, COoper & CO.'s goods
are produced, and Seen aflaebiic wo
men, worn and weary from overwork
and underfeeding, bend desperately
over their machines. I Suppose he
has, and I suppOs'e he has reflected
that eugenic marriages would be a
good thing to have the law enforce
among the working classes SO that
more healthy workers would be en
sured. No empty stomachs in Chicago!
I wonder if Joe T3asch ever has
been in the homes of any 01 his un
derpaid employes. I wonder if he
ever has seen the awful pity of their
struggle to live and eat and clothe
themselves On the miserable wages
paid by Siegel, Cooper & CO.
I don't suppose he has. I suppose
Joe "Basch is too busy making money
for Siegel, Cooper & Co. to care much
about whence comes Of how exists
the human material Used Up ih mak
ing that money. I Suppose an Joe
Basch cafes about that human ma
terial is that Its Clothes are neat, its
hail- dfe&ed in a way Siegel Codper
& CO. consider suitable, its Shoes
shined, and its face smiling when 3,
prospective customer draws Hear.
No empty stomachs m Chlcagol
I WOhdef if Joe Basch ever has 8ee3i
an old, bent, white-haired woman
picking coals alOng a Chicago fail
road track and being hounded ahd
perhaps Bbot at by a railroad detec
tive for this terrible crlfne.
No empty stomadhs ih Chicago!
I wonder if Joe Basch ever has
heard of any Chicago :girl going to
her room after a long-day's WOfk and
drinking a little milk atid eating a
few crackers, ahd then going to bed
because she is so miserable ahd so
hungry she can go nOWhfire else.
There are a lot of places in Chicago
to which I should like toNtake Joe"
Basch, and a lot of people in Chicago
to whom I should like to introduce
But before I took him to the places
or Introduced him to the people, I
should like to have him-leave his
pocketbook behind, and then have
him live in the places With the people
I had Introduced him to fOf a couple
of weeks if he could Stand it that