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the building. Ar-d the girls have do choice as to -when they can take these
rest periods. Which is Itself a violation of natural laws.
The wise schemers of the .Boston store imagined they had found a
system by which they could cheat the 10-hour law. The superintendent
gave orders to each department head not to allow any girl to register in
before a certain hour, nor register out after a certain hour. In this way
all evidence is destroyed.
But this subtle plan of juggling the time records availed them nothing,
as Inspector Nelson managed to get real evidence.
- The Fair, according to the reports gathered by the inspectors, goes to
the ery extreme in violating the law by exploiting women workers.
And it has intimidated the girls to such 'an extent that they are afraid
to talk" about the real conditions existing there.
The night the inspectors called two girls on the main floor were fixing up
tneir stccK at iu:zu p. m., twenty i
minutes after the store should have
They had told Deputy Inspector
Ebn they had commenced work at
10:30 a. m., making a total of 10 min
utes shy of 12 hours they had been in
the store when questioned.
A store detective saw Mr. Nelson
and Mr. Ehn watching the girls, so he
went up to the girls and whispered
some instructions in their ear. Then
he called John Buell, the superin
tendent, who figured so prominently
in the strike riat at the store last
Buell was very wordy and very sure
of himself when he started talking to
the inspectors. He had met men
from the factory inspector's office be
fore and they had never troubled the
big stores. So he was quite confi
"You see, gentlemen, these girls
are ahead of stock and they didn't
get down before 11 a. m.," explained
Nelson turned to the girls.
"Didn't you tell Mr. Ehn you had
come in this morning at 10:30?"
asked Mr. Nelson.
The girls turned pale. They saw
themselves out of a job if they told
the truth. Buell stared at them. And
they understood what his look meant,
They were tired, beaten down.
"We didn't tell them anything,"
the girls answered with downcast
s.ore. At 10:60 p. m. they called
Buell's attention to the fact that girls
were still leaving the store.
"It takes them fifty minutes to get
dressed," explained Buell, smugly.
"If that's the case we better have
a look at your dressing rooms," said
Inspector Nelson then went up to
the dressing room, where he found
conditions that he characterized as
a "holy fright."
He found 500 or 600 girls crowding
up to a screened window from which
they were handed out their cloaks.
This window was only about 15 feet
The cloak window was in a small
room into which a certain number of
girls were admitted at a time. A
burly guard watched the door and
Whenever the door was opened
there was a riot of girls all wanting
their cloaks that they might get away
home to rest.
Mr. Nelson has ordered this condi
So far through their investigation
they have discovered that the girls
have to arrange their stock and fix
their books after they have worked
10 hours on the floor,' and they never
leave the store without spending 12
hours at hard work under a high
"I intend to watch every denart-
ment store until Christmas and
Nelson and Ehn remained in the I prosecute every violation that I find.",