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gave a great impetus to playground
baseball. A league" was formed in
cluding every playground in the city.
Naturally teams that had been play
ing on the lots wanted to come in.
Every team that used a playground
diamond was eligible to enter the
contests for the championship of that
playground and the winner on each
ground was entitled to enter the
league and battle for the prizes offer
ed. The result has been that the
playground league furnishes St. Louis
with excellent amateur baseball
games and keep many boys away
from the street corner gangs.
GRAY THINKS HE KNOWS WHY
RENT SHOT SKY HIGH
It occasionally happens that a land
lord who puts a red paper on the din
ingroom wall raises the rent .fifty
cents a month, or if he pays a.plumb
er's bill for repairing a leaking pipe
he may add a dollar, and these things
But when the value of one small
furnished room rises from$4 to $10 a
week all at one jump well, read the
Albert Gray had been living at the
Ashland Hotel, 47th and Justine
street, and was paying $4 a week for
a furnished room.
Gray says everything was fine un
til he noticed that the waitress em
ployed in the- Ashland Hotel restau
rant, which is run by M. A. Schank,
was working twelve hours a day, and,
remembering a certainlQ-hour a day
law on the. statute books, qf Illinois,
he called the matter to 'the attention
of the Waitresses' Union..!
Miss Elizabeth Maloney went out
to see Schank. He was very sure it
was all a mistake,, it was impossible
that any one so kind-hearted as he
should work a girl twelve hours and
he was absolutely adverse to the un
ion and would not listen to having his
Miss Maloney called the matter to
the attention, of Factory -Inspector
Nelson, who sent Deputy Inspector P.
J. Gibbons to investigate. The wait
ress insisted that she worked only
from 8 in the morning until G at night
and not from 7. in the morning until
7 at night, as Gray had claimed was
Under the circumstances, Inspector
Nelson wrote to the Waitresses' Un
ion that he could do nothing and the
But the manager of the Ashland'
Hotel was peeved at Gray for inter
fering and told Gray to get out.
Gray, who is a strong union man,
advised his friend's not to patronize
a non-union restaurant, and there
upon the manager threatened him
with arrest for restraint of trade.
Later, he thought better of the
threats and apologized.
When Gray went to the desk to pay
his $4 room rent he found that real
estate values had suddenly and sur
prisingly inflated. He was informed
that henceforth his $4.room would be
?10 a week.
And Gray thinks the sudden "high
cost of living" was caused by the fact
that he interfered when he saw that
a waitress was being, worked 12 hours
in defiance of the law.
"PERCY, THE IMPERSONATOR"
VTHiN MAN J