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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, October 01, 1913, Image 21',
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NEW YORK JUDGE VALUES WORKING GIRLS'
' LIVES AT THIRTEEN CENTS
. ' BY JNE WHITAKER
The agitation against the slaugh
ter of calves is spreading country
wide in the face of a threatened beef
famine that will deprive the cattle
barons of one of their great sources
But because of their money-mad
greed the' agitation comes too late to
help in the present situation. The
same measure of prevention taken
twenty years ago would have safe
guarded against a beef famine.
And the question arises, will the
same blindness of greed continue un
til a still greater source of revenue is
taken from the capitalist, the revenue
from human flesh and .blood which is
today the cheapest thing in the
Thousands of babies die every year
because of crushing poverty that de
nies them sustenance. Women every
day shirk child-birth because children
are a luxury.
Men have ceased to maiyy because
they are unable to support a wife and
A week ago a young girl of nine
teen, a sweatshop worker, suicided
because she could not live on the
wages she was paid.
The flop houses are filled with hu
man derelicts that, beaten in the
struggle to live by labor, drift with
the tide and prey upon th'elr fellow
men. Every day the. new Morals Courts
are filled with women whose lives
makes them a menace, yet who can
not live in any other way-
In the mining regions workers who
have dare1 protest against the pit
tance that is paid for their toil are
being mowed down by hired gunmen.
And a few days ago. a New York
judge placed a valuation of a 'trifle
more than thirteen cents on the Ufa
locking the exits of a building where
150 girls were employed.
When 147 girls were burned to
death in the Triangle Shirtwaist fac
tory of which the same Max Blanck
is proprietor, a wave of sentimental
horror swept the country.
Those girls were locked in, too.
They were locked in because their
employer placed a still slighter value
on their lives than does Judge Rus
sell. They were locked in to prevent;
their stealing a spool of thread val
ued at 2 cents, or a piece of gay rib
bon valued ati5 cents, or a strip of
embroidery worth at the most 10
And when the cry of fire rang out
In that fire-trap building, the girls
reahzed they had sold themselves for
at the most 10 cents.
The spieler-on 'the' "rubber-neck"
wagon will .tell.yqu the' story every
day in the week, - It is1 a drawing card
for him. That is alHt'ever accom
plished. "Here is the'spot'-on which stood
the Trianglersnirtwaist factory whee
147 girls, met .death when they found
the exits locked.
"On that corner tqod the building
from, which flames rose that reddened
the sky with crimson, from which
smoke belched thick black savevhen
it was broken by the body of 'some
girl who hurled herself fronfa win
dow, to fall smashed, crushed to the
pavement, while her-blood spattered
over the sidewalk.
"On the streets across'ihe way the
mothers and relatives of girls lock
ed in that building stood just-outside
the fire-line, begging, pleading, fight
ing, cajoling, praying ana blasphem
ing, while In the building the ones
they loved were charred like logs and
could not be recognized when then-
bodies were recovered."
Ye3, it 1s a drawing card for the
of a girl working in a sweatshop spieler. The faces of the sightseers
when he fined Max Blanck $20 for blanch rfor a moment they forget