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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 24, 1915, NOON EDITION, Image 1

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NOON EDITION
ONE CENT
DOCTORS MAY BE CAUGHT .IN U. S. DOPE
PROBE 'PREACHER ARRESTED WITH CHORUS
GIRL-BROMO CONVICTED LATE WAR NEWS
THE DAY BOOK
An Adless Newspaper, Daily Except Sunday
VOL. 4, NO. 177 Chicago, Saturday, April 24, 1915
398
DEFT STORES HIT AT
LOW WAGE HEARING
Aid. Merriam Quotes From Report of Chicago Vice
Commission to Show Evil Effects of Low
Wages Stories of Girls Gone
Wrong Given.
"A girl employed in a department
store at $10 a week learned she could
easily become a '$5' girl by frequent
ing a notorious dance hall. She had
been in this hall two weeks when she
remarked that the 'graft' was so easy
she was almost 'ashamed to take the
money,' and 'it beats the department
store game all to hell.'
"These plain,-blunt 'facts tell more
than pages of theorizing on the sub
ject1' .
This from the Chicago Vice com
mission report, page 204, Was cited
by Aid. Charles E. Merriam arguing
for a minimum wage before legisla
tive committee Wednesday.
The pay envejope of tbe girl "who
works in a State street department
store is all right, only it's too slim.
The"$5 or $6 a wek girl can't 'dress,
nor go anywhere, nor see anything
on the few nickels left after she pays
room jent and meals for the week.
"Let them have more in the pay
envelope," said Aid. Charles E. Mer
riam before the legislative commit
tee handling the minimnm wage law
Wednesday. "I refer you to the Chi
cago Vice Commission report for ev
idence that low wages in factories
and department stores in Chicago are
a cause of vice.
"There -are three industries which
"have more $5 and $ -a week girls
than any others. "In department
stores, candy factories and paper
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