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NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY CALLED ONE OF
THE HARDEST TASKMASTERS IN COOK CO.
Investigation of Northwestern Uni
versity as an employer discloses the
polite Evanston institution as one of
the hardest,, taskmasters in Cook
county, according to State Factory
Inspector Oscar P. Nelson.
Students who volunteer for social
service, and spend much of their time
investigating sweatshops of Chicago,
could find plenty to d6 without mov
ing off their own campus, if the case
of two girls in particular is typical
of working conditions at the college.
Miss Winifred Gallagher, switch
board operator at Willard Hall, was
on duty for 19 hours out of every 24,
for which she received $25 a month,
her food and a place to sleep.
The place to sleep was a couch in
the same room where the switch
board was located, and Miss Gal
lagher had to crawl from under the
covers whenever a phone call to or
from Willard Hall was made.
But she didn't havejto work Sun
days, which isn't so much of a vaca
tion as it seems. Evanston on Sun
day isn't the place ior a riot of fun.
Elsie Wintermeyer, who is classed
as "general help" on the payroll, had
a snap compared to the switchboard
operator. She is only on duty from
6 a. m. to 10 p. m., with two hours
rest, giving her 14 working hours.
For this she gets $22 a month and
board, and has every second Wednes
John P. Reed, attorney for the fac
tory inspector, brought suit against
the university on the Gallagher case.
The Wintermeyer girl does not come
under the" provisions of the state law.
Miss Lillian Wilson, directress of
Willard Hall, testifying for the uni
versity, claimed that though Miss
Gallagher was subject to call 19
hours a day, for many hours she was
practically relieved from duty.'
She worked on the following
8 a. m., began work at switch
board; 11:30 a. m., went to luncheon;
12 noon, returned to switchboard;
3:30 p. m., relieved from duty at
board; 5:30 p. m., went to dinner;
6 p. m., resumed work at switch
board; 10 p. m., retired (subject to
call to phone) ; 10 p. m. to 6 a. m.,
occupied couch in room, where
switchboard is placed. Had to arise
any time a telephone call to or from
Willard Hall was made; 6 a. m. to 8
a. m., off duty. Could sleep part of
the time, but must get her breakfast
before 8 o'clock.
Attorneys for the university claim
ed it did not come under the law,
which refers to a "public institution."
The college, it was said was a private
Because of this Justice Boyer of
Evanston continued the case until
Nov. 25 to look up the law.
But Northwestern punished Miss
Gallagher, though the latter had no
part in bringing the suit, and did not
furnish the original information to
the factory inspector.
She reported for work last night,
was handed her pay check by Miss
Wilson and told sbe was ,no longer
needed. Miss Wilson thought "it
would be unpleasant here now for
Miss Gallagher," according to the
"Northwestern- may be keeping
within the word of the law," said
Chief Inspector Nelson, "but cer
tainly the spirit is being violated. We
might expect something of the kind
from sweatshops or business houses,
but such action isn't in accord with
the goody-goody principles of those
people in Evanston."
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Centralia, III. Mrs. Alice School
craft, Centralia widow, alleges Pro
fessor Mitchell, clairvoyant, disap
peared with $450 she entrusted to.,
Bemidji, Minn. First snof of sea
son fell here yesterday.
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