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enactment of even sticli an inade
jf?- And the union of restaurant keep
ers are at the present time fighting
to prevent the waitresses from ob
taining the same inadequate mini
If we were ever blinded by the ar
guments the employers' union put
forth against this proposed $8 mini
mum, if we ever were foolish enough
to believe them' when they stated that
the enactment of such a law would
hurt their business and was not nec
essary for the girls in their employ,
the very fact that the Massachusetts
Wage Board has. agreed that a sum
much exceeding this is necessary to
permit a girl to live, without includ
ing one cent for medicine, dentistry
or expenses when she is idle, should
certainly make us realize now that
we were blinded and we were-foolish,
and we should renew our de
mands that these employers be forc
ed to pay a living wage.
And now is a splendid' time to do
it when they are united in their effort
to defeat the waitreessses from ob
taining even the inadequate $8 minimum.
THE TIPPING EVIL
Editor Day Book: The tipping evil
as practiced in hotels and cafes is
one of the most pernicious and de
grading habits in this country. The
Waiter not only pays the head-waiter,
-but also the chef, pantryman, bus boy
and, in many instances, the bar
tender. In order to pay all of these people
he must, in most instances, over
charge the patrons. And in this he is
protected by the head-waiter, in fact,
the head-waiter oftentimes so fixes
the patron's check that a goodly por
tion of the graft goes into his own
pocket. The proprietor not only
knows that this system exists, but
encourages it in every way.
The restaurant owner knows full
well that if tlie tipping and grafting
evil were abolished he would have to
pay a decent living wage to his em
ployes and that is something he is
not accustomed to.
And there is still another evil which
arises form the tipping habit and
that is this: We will say two patrons
come into a restaurant. They both
spend the same amount of money,
one tips, the other does ndt. The
one who tips gets the service and at
tention, and the one who does not
tip is the one who suffers. He is kept
waiting, is treated with incivility, and
in many ways shown he is not u
welcome patron, and before he leaves
the restaurant every employe in the
place knows he is a "cheap skate."
No self-respecting waiter likes to
receive or accept gratuities, but the
proprietor compels him to do so. be.-,
cause of the paltry salary which he"
pays him, which is rarely over $8 per
week. There are cafes in the loop
which pay no salary at all, the wait
ers.depending solely on their tips and
overcharging. What is the solution
of the problem? A Waiter.
JUDGE REFUSES TO ALLOW JAP
TO ADOPT AMERICAN BOY
Detroit, March 21. Because Judge
Hanley of the Probate Court refused
to, -allow Ito Kotsomura, a wealthy
Christianized Japanese, to legally
adopt an American child, influential
Japanese are preparing to direct the
attention of the Japanese ambassa
dor to his action.
The child in question is an orphan
boy now living with relatives who are
urfable to support it.
"If you will permit me to adopt the
child I will send him to school and
college," Kotsomura told the court.
"I will see that he has every comfort
I am-a Christian and will see that the
childls brought up in the faith of its
country and my adopted faith.
But Judge Hanley refused. -"When
the child grows up it will
have to call you father," he said.
"Racial differences are too great to
ever permit harmony in a home com
posed of two such parts."