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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, December 16, 1914, LAST EDITION, Image 4',
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GIRL EXPLAINS WHY THE FAIR IS PIRING SO "
Before Tie diedL. E. Lehman, own
er of the Fair department store, added
. a clause to" his will ordering the trus
l tees of 'his will to give all the clerks
employed by him for a year or more
an annual Christmas present of $5.
Diligence was doubled and clerks,
( who before had called their employer
a second "Scrouge," began to lee
proud of the fact that they worked
for such a benevolent concern.
Hundreds of girls employed at the
munificent sum of $4 per week and
a two-cent commission on every dol
lar's worth of goods sold began to
speculate what 'Christmas presents
they were going to purchase with
that $5 which looked so big to them.
Two weeks ago the demeanor of
some floor wajkers changed toward
some clerks. They became harsh and
exacting, found fault at the slightest f
provocation and. old rules depriving
the clerks of many privileges were
" brought out, dusted and enforced.
The clerks are paid their regular
wage of $4 on Tuesday and on Fri
day their commissions are reckoned
up and given them. Sometimes it
On Tuesdays and Fridays of this
month girls have been told that their
services were no longer needed. They
then knew why so many new girls
had been taken on when there was
no apparent need for more help.
These girls-Stepped into their jobs,
practically at the same pay, but they
were nqt entitled to a Christmas pres
ent. ' ' "
Of course, many of the girls .have
obtained positions in other depart
ment stories during the rush of the
Christmas shopping season. -The oth
er stores,' however, do not give Christ
mas presents. Women, who had
worked-p-or rather slaved. for the in
terest of the Lehman family for five
years and more were pot excepted
for their excellent work -were dis
charged Jfor folding up their counter
tooearly or leaving it- in an untidy
condition' when they coulcf not help,it
because they were waiting on cus
tomers. The pretext used to get rid
of them was to order them trans
ferred to some department in which,
itvwas known, they would not work.
In a letter written to The Day
Bp"bk-a little girl says: "I have to
work for a living, so please do not
publish my name, because if it was
printed I would be blacklisted all
along Slate street and then I would
never be able to get a job."
Last year a very snytfl proportion
of the employes received this $5 pres
ent. It was not "because they had
not worked for the store a year, but
because they were discharged before1
they had the chance to remain there"
TJnder this new system of economy
the various favors, privileges and
raises held up before the-eyes of the
girl clerks as inducements for them
to remain in the employ of the dif
ferent stores become hopeless goals
to the girls who are discharged from
one store only to go to the next until
they have made "the circle of State
street" so many times that they be-
come old and useless and are cast
aside for the new girhr in the game.
A child satin a movie tent,
. .He grinned in. fiendish glee.
For on .an "arrant" heM "been sent
To" get some cake for leaf
The cakes were infthe showcase
stilt x "
The cents were in the showman's
U1L . - .t
The boy, oh, where was he!
New York Evening Sun.
Springfield, 'III. Martin Perko,
who accidentally shot himself -as he -
Saleswomen JwhoJiad bae.n praised climbed ence.while minting, deadc