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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, February 28, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 12',
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ONLY UNION STENOGRAPHER IN
Mattie M. Barkley, Union
San Francisco, Cal. Of the 5,000
or more girls here who earn their liv
ing by punching typewriter keys,
there is only one public steno
grapher who is a union member. She
is Miss Mattie Barkley, and for three
of the five years she, has supported'
herself she has carried the little card
which signifies her belief in the soli
darity of labor.
Miss Barkley is an ardent apostle
of unionism, never losing an oppor
tunity to talk it to the girls she meets.
"It's hard to make girlfi take an in
terest," she said. "Many have the
foolish idea that because they work in
offices they don't belong to-the work
"A lot of stenographers in this city
who are being paid the barest living
wage that makes them skimp on their
food, do their sewing at night and
their washing on Sundays, would
rather struggle along that way, pre
tending they are satisfied! than to
join a union and stand for "better
"Many girls don't take any interest
in unionism because they look on
their work as temporary until they
marry. Lots of others are indifferent
because their parents help them out.
This class lowers wages and makes it
almost impossible for girls who have
to support themselves to compete
with them. A girl who comes into the
labor market has no right to work for
less than a standard wage."
. 6 o
Be very frank with all you meet
And tell them, clear and true,
With no concealment or deceit,
Just how they seem to you;
Point out to them their every fault
Of heart and soul and brain,
And don't allow your tongue to halt
Until you've made it plain.
So when you talk with Age or Youth.
With mighty folk or low,
Be sure to blurt the brutal truth,
For people love it so!
Thus every one will say, "How frank
' And honest is that guy;
It's just like money in the bank
To meet his truthful eye!"
The consciousness of deeds well done
With noble thoughts will fill you,
And men will trail you with a gun,
Just hankering to kill you!
SAYINGS OF MR. MOUSE
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Some of the large Atlantic steam
ers have 150 fireman each.