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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 15, 1915, NOON EDITION, Image 1

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NOON EDITION ONE CENT
MOURN DEATH OF LINCOLN BEACHEY, DARING
AVIATOR COUNTY TO AID DOPE FIENDS
MRS. MERRIAM ON DANCE HALLS WAR NEWS
THE DAY BOOK
An Adless Newspaper, Daily Except Sunday
VOL 4, NO. 142
Chicago, Monday, March 15, 1915
398
FAKE NEWSPAPER ADS ATTACKED IN
SPEECH AT DPEN FORUM
Peter Alexander Speek, Government Expert on Unem
ployments, Points Out Eva of "Want Ads"
Gives Causes of Making a Tramp.
Fake newspaper advertisements rn
the papers of the large cities were
pictured as a factor in the making of
the tramp by Peter . Speek of the
U. S. Industrial Commission. About
40 per cent of the "want ads" in Chi
cago newspapers are deceptive, ac
cording to Speek. In New York the
average is higher and about 50 per
cent of the "men wanted" advertise
ments are fakes
Speek, before a crowd at the Grace
Church Open Forum, traced the
downward slide of the youth to the
point where he doesn't want to ad
vance himself. He then becomes a
"casual laborer" or tramp
"The boys who end up as tramps,"
declared Speek, "are most often from
the country. They usually have work
ed on a farm until the age of 18 or
more, when they suddenly realize
that there is no future for them
working for someone else. They save
a small amount and then come to the
ctiy.
"Thousands arrive in Chicago every
year from states as far away as Ne
braska. The first thing they do is
cast about for a job.
"Almost all of them try the news
papers. They are lured on by Mil
board signs of If you want work,
you will find it in the "Blank." ' They
try the 'want ads.'
"Almost half of these are fakes. The
gullible boy answers an advertise
ment of a man who says that 'any
one can earn $50 a week. When he
applies for a job, which is usually
canvassing or selling on commission,
he is told that he must pay a certain
amount for ms samples. He often
does, bat seldom gets hfe. money
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