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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, October 11, 1913, NOON EDITION, Image 7',
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7W G?Z, SUICIDED BECAUSE SHE WASN'T PAID
ENOUGH AND SHE LIVED AT HOME
Ellen Bbysen, 190& Cicero avenue,
Committed suicide by gas asphyxia
tion yesterday because she was not
paid enoqgh money to support her
self. The story is being repeated so
often of late that it no longer Has the
power to .arouse even curiosity, but
there is an element in this,. tragedy
that has been lacking in the previous
Ellen Boysen lived at home.
If you were present at the LaSalle
Hotel when" millionaire employers of
women labor were on the grill that
statement will ring very familiarly in
your ears. It was the excuse every
one of the shopkeepers, . heads of
mall order "houses and sweatshop
men gave to excuse their starvation
"These girls live at home."
Ellen Boysen worked at Montgom
ery. Ward & Co., the, great mail order
house that is known country-wide
and advertises .itself as a believer in
'the square deal." , It makes millions
of dollars in profits each year.-
But Montgomery Ward & Co. be
lieve, according to Mr. Thorn, its
president, that a girl Uvea luxuriously
on $8a week, and-the girl who lives
at home of, course doesn't need even
$8. There are plenty of girls who do
not ge.t ?8 in the great, mall order
Ellen Boysen lived at home. She
secured worka few days ago. Yes
terday morning her father, John
Boysen, spoke to, her.1
"You are working now.-Ellen. You
should pay more for your room and
Ellen looked at him and considered.
No doubt she had felt the same way
herself, for even the girl who lives at
home wants to feel that she pays 'her
share of the expenses.
But one cannot get bread out of a
stone so" Ellen, answered: ...
"I cannot pay any more, father. I
don't earn enough."
There followed a futile argument
that many girls who live at home, are
familiar with. A father insisting that
he couldn't ke"ep on contributing to
the support of a girl grown to wo
manhood, and, a girl hopelessly try
ing to explain- that she. was only paid
a pittance and she couldn't give what
she didn't have.
And then the girl.rushed from the
It did not take fier long to decide
what 'toT'do. Desperate, she ran. into
the hathroom,' locfied the door and
turned on the gas! Fifteen minutes
later she was dead.
"She didn't 'mean -to do it," her
father said. "She-just meanb to
frightennie. She didn't? really mean
to kill herself,'"'
ButTthe-' coroner returned a verdict
of suicide by asphyxiation. t
Anrd-Ellen rBoyseu lived at Home.
.' WHY, 'OH; WHY?,
Springit Why is a diver like a
constellation of stars?
Giveup Oh, I bite, why is he?
Springit 'Cause he's-a great dip?