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era to have a half-holiday Saturday
as well as a whole day of res Sunday.
Miss Jane Addams of Hull House
declared that the civfiizedcountries
are all trying to protect themselves
against the wanton destruption of
women and disaster to the future
race, and quoted statistics in support
of her statement
"There is a mass of testimony from
all over the world in regard to the
result of long hours of monotonous
work on women," she said. "It is a
he-thing for -women to work in fac
tries, comparatively, but we are al
ready realizing that we must safe
guard these workers from destruc
tion through this work.
"Eight European countries agreed
they would not have women work at
night. Is Illinois to lag behind Eu
"Germany makes no distinction
between men and women workers.
In the rubber industry they protect
men who work in that industry by
permitting them 'to work only 4.
hours. What would happenin Illi
nois if anyone proposed a 4-hbur day
in any industry?
"In .820 England passed a law reg
ulating that children under 9 should
not be Tallowed to work in the textile
mills all night and employers rose
up' and said the Industry was ruined.
Th,ey have been crying that same
thing ever since whenever any legis
" lation has w been proposed to safe
guard workers, and yet business is far
from ruined and they manage to
carry it on with profit.
- "Illinois is the third, largest manu
facturing state and the 33d in labor
legislation for its women."
"Elizabeth Maloney, sec. and busi
ness" manager -of the Waitresses'
union, introdu'ced data taken from
TJrS. statistics showing that 150,826
girls or 3Q.7 of -women employed in
Illinois would be affected by this pro
posed legislation, and that 33 per
cent of business establishments in
Chicago -who employ five or "'more
1 than 9 hours a day and would not be
hurt by an 8-hour law.
W. D. Hotchkiss, dean School of
Comerce of the Northwestern Uni
versity, declared that the best -class
of employers have already recoghired
the necessity in the nanie of efficiency
of -safeguarding the health, of the
workers and that the bosses who are
opposing this proposedlegtelation,3th!
Illinois Manufacturers' ass'n and the
Employers' ass'n, were not the liest
class of business meri.
"The best business has the besVef
ficiency," he said. "Efficiency resl&in
due consideration for the workers.
The business men are looking into
the future and not just today.
"Three or four years from now, if
there is a proposed legislation that
business men wish to defeat, they will,
come here represented by their effi
ciency experts and not by a lawyer.?
Miss Mary Mclnerney of the bind
ers' union told how her organization
put an 8-hour day into effect in th'e,
bindery trade 7 years ago. . .
The bosses will again testify Mon
BITS OF NEWS
Burglars In offices of Wm. Thomp
son Feather Co., 1526 S. Wabash ay?
frightened away by alarm;
Mrs. Walter Ready, 5432 Princeton
av., dead. Poison. Coroner investi
gating. , ' -
Hoof and mouth disease quaran
tine on hogs to be lifted from Union
stockyards Monday. ' -
Oswald Link Hotel Arthur, arrest
ted at State and Madison. J. J. jMc-
Neilly said he took watch- while) in
street car. - "
Burglars in home of May De Sousa,
opera singer," 14Q7 Chase av., got $800.
Russian sable muff.
Armed posso. after gang who blew",
safe in Albert Prank's Lake 'Zurich;
store. Got $1,200. Chicago police-
sent to aid.
Prof. Albion Small, U. of C, ap
pointed chairman of advisory board
women axe aireaay operauns less or bureau of nunnc welfare.
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