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DEPARTMENT STORE BOSSES IN
WAR ON HALF HOLIDAY
The Juvenile- Protective ass'-n,
which a few days ago absorbed the
Consumers' league, has begun a fight
for a Saturday half-holiday as a con
tinuation of the work begun by the
Consumers' league last summer.
But they're having a hard time of
it So far the chief obstacle in the
way of the women has been the stub
born fight against the department
store girls put up by Seigel-Cooper's,
Rothschild's, The Pair, Boston Store
and Hillman's. Mandel Bros., Mar
shall Fields, Carson, Phie, Scott and
Stevens are now giving Saturday
half-holidays in summer time.
But the other "stores are belching
forth their' usual whine that they
can't afford to-give the girls a rest
for half a day during the terrific sum
mer heat while stores in the neigh
borhood districts are keeping open.
Their cry is that the little stores may
gather in some of the shekels which
the loop stores feel they ought to get.
It will be remembered that when
the fight for a half-holiday was first
started it was these same stores at
the southern loop who fought the
hardest against it They're still doing
it and rumor has it that they've car
ried their scrap to the floor of the
State Retail Merchants ass'n.
The Lehmanns, Mollie Neuberger"
(who ought to remember the strain
on a shop girl in summerfihre) and
the other department store bosses
have been deaf to the plea of 'the
women that they give the exhausted,
underpaid girls a rest-on-Saturday.
Every argument presented for the
girls they have answered'with the old
cry: "It's a matter of money, not
sentiment We can make more by
"One Saturday afternoon 14 girls
fainted in one of the stores at the
south end of the loop," said Miss Elsa
Wertheim, former secretary of the
Consumers' league. "We found that
many of the girls were so exhausted
after working six days that they were
too tired to get up on Sunday. Mostf
of them slept all day to be in condi
tion to go to work Monday morning.
A half holiday on Saturday would al
low the girls to recuperate so they
could really enjoy their Sunday holi
day." The fact that the Juvenile Protec
tive ass'n has taken up this question!
as its initial fight since the absorption
or the Consumers league is signifi
cant The Protective league since its
formation has handled the cases of
thousands of girls who have made
mistakes. It is .safe to assume that
a large percentage of the girls who
come under their care have been de
partment store girls (the ass'n re
ports will verify this). These girls
went wrong as the only relief from
the drudgery of State street and the
starvation wages paid by the depart
ment store owners.
Edwin Mandel of Mandel Bros, says
he thinks a Wednesday half holiday,
would be more agreeable to all.
"Our store has been granting halfl
holidays on Saturday for many
years," he said. "We find that it pro
motes efficiency and contentment
among our employes. I think there
would be less opposition if it was
proposed to close the stores on Wed
nesday afternoon. If this was agreed
on we would not lose the enormous
"Saturday afternoon trade."
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