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egy, of Marquard and of Demaree, of
this mistake and that mistake and
how things should be done; but there
is buzzing in my brain, a reason
which is plain and which will show
you clearly why the mighty Mackmen
They won because the fates contrive
To make six runs count more than
THE GIRL SUICIDED BECAUSE SHE WASN'T PAID
ENOUGH AND SHE LIVED AT HOME
Ellen Boysen, 1902 Cicero avenue,
committed suicide by gas asphyxia
tion yesterday because she was not
paid enough 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
mail order houses and sweatshop
men gave for the starvation wages
"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 lives luxuriously
on $8 a week, and the girl who lives
at home of course doesn't need even
$8. There are plenty of girls who do
not get ?8 in the great mail order
Ellen Boysen lived at 'home. She
secured work a few days ago. Yes
terday morning her father, John
Boysen, spoke to her.
"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 keep on contributing to
the support of a girl grown to wo
manhood, and a girl hopelessly "tryr
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 her long to decide '
what to do. Desperate, she ran into
the bathroom, locked 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 meant to
frighten me. She didn't really mean
to kill herself."
But the coroner returned a verdict
of suicide by asphyxiation.
And Ellen -Boysen lived at home.
BREWER BUSCH DEAD
Villa Lilly, Langenschwalbash,
Germany, Oct. 11. Adolphus Busch,
St. Louis brewer, died of dropsy,
from which he'has suffered for sev
Mr. Busch, who was 76 years old,
was recently decorated by the Em
peror of Germany for his philan
throphy, and has spent a great deal
of his life in that country in the past
The body will be brought to St.
Louis for burial.
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