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GIRL MILLINER RELATES STORY
OF GAGE BROS.
An expert milliner yesterday told a
reporter for The Day Book how Gage
Brothers, the Michigan av. millinere,
employed her aweek on trial and
then handed her $5, telling her that
was what Bhe earned.
-Two months ago the girl gradu
ated, an expert milliner, from one of
the largest firms in Dublin, Ireland.
Coming to this country she carried
her letters of recommendation to
Gage Brothers. There she was inter
viewed by Mrs. Gulliver, who asked
her what pay she expected to receive.
The girl said not less than $10 a
week. Mrs. Gulliver said that she
would be only too glad to give her a
trial and so the girl went to work.
On last Monday Mrs. Gulliver again
interviewed her and inquired about
the financial condition of her family,
if she was dependent on her salary
and why she was working, etc.
The girl said that her family was
in fairly comfortable circumstances
and that she had learned the millin
er's trade that she might start in
business for herself later on.
Tuesday the girl was handed her
pay. When she saw its amount she
understood the reason for the cross
examination the day before.
She handed the envelope back, say
ing that she could not take it Mrs.
Gulliver called Frank Crandall, vice
president of the concern, and he
questioned the girL He said that if
she accepted the money and
remained another week they would
find something better for her.
Yesterday the brother accompan
ied the girl to work. He demanded
to know the reason for the cross
examination and why the girl were
not told what wages they were work
ing for until they were employed a
"This examination makes it impos
sible for your sister to be. working
with any common girls," said Cran
dall "Why does it usually take place
after the girls have been wnridng a
week?" he was asked. There was
"Yesterday I went down and re
ceived the $5," the girl told the re
porter. "I was again questioned by
Crandall. A stenographer was also
in his office, taking our conversation.
After I signed a receipt he gave me
"I served as apprentice in the old
country for two years and when I
left I was making $15 a week. My
treatment, I found, was not an ex
ception. Other girls were treated in
the samemanner, and the firm em
ploys hundreds of new girls every
week. Good milliners are paid$7
and, unable to live on their pay, many
of them quit every week."
FEDERAL OFFICIALS PROBE
"POISON PEN" CASES
Federal officials are today investi
gating two complaints of "poison
pen" letters. Att'y Guy Guernsey,
former president of the Hamilton
club, is one of the victims.
For the past few months, accord
ing to the story told the postal au
thorities, his mall box has been flood
ed with scorching letters, many of
them obscene, telling of supposed
"orgies" in Sheridan road dives.
Until recently, his wife and he have
been called to the phone and wild
tales of scandal were recited. He
told the postal officials a woman's
jealousy was the probable cause.
Mrs. Natalie Gross, 6107 Stewart,
complains that she has been getting
similar letters and has appealed to
the federal men for aid against the
WANT WHEAT EXPORT STOPPED
Washington, Jan. 16. Ban on ex
portation of grain because of high,,
prices and scarcity in U. S. advo-'
cated by Rep. Farr, Pennsylvania.
Wfll introduce a bill prohibiting fur
ther shipment of grain to Europe.
Week's export of corn has exceeded
1914 by a million bushels
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