"You are leaving the city Satur
day to go to Arizona?"
"Yes; we're going to Tucks-on
(spelling is as Mrs. Kramner pro
nounced it; presumably she meant
"When you came here you said
you did not expect to leave Chicago
for a year?"
"I didn't, either, but do you know
my sister's so sick, we thought she
would die with her heart (it is to be -hoped
the lady dies with her heart
when she does die; it would be un
fortunate if she died without her
heart) before she got away, and so
we're goingght away."
"What is your brother-for-short's
telephone number?" asked Flood.
Mrs. Kramner gave it. Flood went
to another room. Mrs. Kramner re
galed the remaining company with
what happened when she and her
husband went calling on other line
i :n; it was very fascinating. Flood
iwt Mrs. Kramner's sister on the
tj,inc. she appeared to be very
much alive and quite a little curious.
He Teturned to the room and faced
"v"Mrs. Kramner," he said, "I know
you're a spotter and you know it; if
you weren't one you would have
cleared yourself before now."
"Well, I would if I had time to wait
for that man to come here and face
me, but I've got to meet my sister
and reserve our stateroom my sis
ter's so sick we just HAD to have a
"Come in tomorrow."
"I can't; we're going to the ceme
tery." "The next day."
"That's the 'Fourth; the men will
be at home."
"Why, we have to pack at least
well, everything's packed, ut we've
got to get ready to go and I won't
"Mrs. Kramner you do not seem to
realize the seriousness of this. You
are accused of spying on working
girls, of taking their bread and but
ter from them, of having them cast
out into the outer darkness of job
"Why, yes, and I'm SO sick about
it, and I wouldn't dare let my hus
band know "
"How is it that you were the only
one who did not lose a job because of
being an officer of the union?"
"Why Mrs. H. lost her's BEFORE."
"Yes, and was blacklisted in every
store on State street."
"Well, how do you know SHE isn't
the spy. She told ME to go to The
Fair. And Miss M. might be a spy,
too. How do YOU know they ain't?'1
"You know well enough Miss M.
was not working in a department
store when she joined the union. Why
did you choose to work in department
stores when you could have worked
in offices at a much higher salary?
You worked in Stevens, The Fair,
Rothschild & Co.'s and Siegel, Cooper
& Co. within a few weeks."
"I didn't work in Rothschild's. I
was going to but they only offered me
$6 a week, so I wouldn't go."
"You're sure of that?"
"Why of course I am."
"Well, why DID you work in de
partment stores when you could have
got more money working in offices?"
"Why I don't know; maybe because
of the shorter hours."
"Why did you get into the union
work when you were not a clerk?"
"Well, it's a secret, but I'll tell you:
I had a sister once, and she was a
clerk in a department store, and a
manager insulted her, and I know she
just diedrom working in a depart
ment store and from being insulted
by the manager and I've been wait
ing for years and years to pay them
"Uh!" said Flood; and then: "Is
that why you worked in stores in
stead of where you could get more
money because they had murdered
"That's why I worked so hard for
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