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GARMENT MAKING BUSINESS DRIVES MANY
GIRLS TO THE STREET IS CLAIM
"Young girls God knows how
many of them are driven to the
streets every year by low. wages paid
in the garment makingusiness."
Sidney Hillman, head of the Amalga
mated Clothing Workers, made this
blunt statement before the Utpatel
arbitration council committee Wed
"Thousands disappear from our
ranks every year," said Hillman. Aid.
Healey asked where they go.
"A few get married," Hillman re
plied. "But the vast majority just
drift to the bad. We have shown how
many of our workers make an aver
age yearly wage of $3 per week.
They can't live on that. They con
not even exist. They can make $5 a
night by selling themselves, body and
soul. There's the answer in a nut
shell." Then, according to Hillman, and he
speaks from the dope which has been
brought out at hearings, the garment
making business, in a great many
shops, is a rotten business for young
girls to be in. And the clothing in
dustry is the second industry in
Girl after girl sat before Utpatel's
committee of Chicago aldermen and
told in their own way what they had
been up against in the past. Their
stories of conditions and wages ex
plained thoroughly why they were
out on strike
Jennie Gordon, 18, works at Lamm
& Co., as a tape filler from 7:30 to
5:45. Dull seasons she is paid as low
as 35-cents a day. Brisk business may
bring her $7 a week. She supports
an invalid husband.
Bessie Alt basts at Lamm & Co.
Her landlady gives her a good share
of her grub. Bessie gets from $3 to
$6 a week.
Anna Artobalewski, 35, makes
coats for the Royal Tailors. Has in
valid husband and three children.
Keeps two boarders. Averaged $3
per week for six months' work. Pays
$8 a month for four rooms in which,
seven people live.
Grace Gross works for House of
Kuppenheim for as little as 16 cents
a day. and as nigh as $6 per week.
Says Kuppenheimer is now paying
girls ?8 a week for staying at work
where they formerly got $2.
Rose Menlis was the fastest girl in
the Hirsch-Wickwire shop. She drew
$8 a week. Paid for her own soap
and needles. Was one of fifty girls
who used the same towel.
Fannie Berg also worked at the
Hirsch-Wickwire plant Says ass't
foreman insulted her. Wiped her
face and hands on g. towel that 299
other girls used. All this for $7 a
Today the health department is co
operating with factory inspector
officers on a probe into claimed law
violations of the clothing bosses.
The health of a girl in the garment
working business gets last considera
tion. Proof of this lies in the fact
that you seldom find a girl over 26
years old at the work. "Conditions
prevent them from standing the
strain," says Hillman. "Let a board
of doctors examine 200 girls and
maybe. 50 of them will have a good
bill of health."
BITS OF NEWS
London. Daily Chronicle says it
understands that Great Britain has
communicated to allies offer of Island
of Cyprus to Greece and offer is now
under consideration by Greek gov
ernment. New York. "A sub-conscious"
caused Bernard Waldmarii a dentist,
to seize two girls on the street in fer
vent embrace, according to his story
in court The judge, perfectly con
scious, fined him $10 and costs.
London Premier Asquith spent a
good night, his physicians announced
today. On road to recovery.