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cent working conditions as well, that
we want. -At the present time, in
many restaurants we must sweep the
floor and if cream is spilled on t, we
must mop it up.
"We are charged for any breakage,
and often we are charged for the
things people steal, the silverware
that the 'souvenir collectors' take
from the table.
"It is only in, restaurants. . where
there isa union agreement that a girl
can get any decent treatment at all,
and then it is not the kind heart of
the employer, but it is: because he
knows the union stands back of us."
"When you work fop a low wage
and depend on tips, how much do
you average?" I asked. "I am anx
ious to know this, because there is a
belief in the minds of most people
that you make a small fortune in
"That is not true," another girl
answered. "I worked in a restaurant
where a number o'f brokers eat their
meals. The public would imagine
that would be a gold mine. As a
matter of fact, the nine men I waited
on every day, each gave fifty cents
on Saturday, just once a week, and I
did not average twenty-five cents a
day on the other days.
"I tried to get a position in a res
taurant on Twelfth street yesterday,
and I was told by the proprietor that
he had seen me on tfie. picket line
and would not employ me, so it looks
as though we were to be boycotted
because we have made" this fight, un
less we are able to win it."
I smiled. "Somehow I think you
are going to win it," I" confided, re
membering the crowd of people on
Randolph street at noon who had
shouted to the arrested pickets;
"We're;with you, girls;" and I added,
"police insults, may be hard to bear
and the malice .of the men who are
trying to prevent your getting a.,liv
ing wage, but every bit of this sort of
thing is throwing the public favor on
your side, and it is" the favor of .the
public that wins every fight."
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. NEVER CAN TELL
Sillfcus- It isn't a wise plan to
judge a ' man's' age by . his appear
ance. ' V '. (
CynicusNo,- maybe he's married,
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Belleville, III.' Fred Gerold, former.
East St. Louis city treasurer, indicted
on charge of withholding 2 per cen
of tax collections in 1913.