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ARE THEY IN POSITION TO BUY?
THAT'S A FAIR QUESTION
Mrs. Elizabeth J. Ward doped out
a plan to sell part of her 60,380
shares in the Ward mail order house
to her employes. She just went to
court for permission to do this; the
old man's will says it can't be done.
Just one point Mrs. Ward in her
hustle to get to this reception and
that dance forgot How nlany of
her employes are making enough
money to invest in stock?
Has the charitable old lady slipped
upon the facts that the senate vice
commission dug up in 1913? Mont
gomery Ward & Co. was shown up
along with the rest of the mail order,
-department store and factory bunch
as payers of wages far too low. And
low wages, it was proved, send many
of our girls to disease and shame on
the streets at night.
How many of the thousands who
punch the clock at the big mail or
der house will be able to buy stock
from Mrs. Ward if her suit in court
to permit this is successful.?.
Surely it's not the girl who came
over to The Day Book office in
March, 1913, and told what she did
with $8 that she got at Montgomery
Ward's every week, when she was
well enough to work. She said:
'1 pay $2 for my room; that's the
lowest a girl can pay and still live
respectably. My breakfast is always
the same coffee and rolls and it
costs 10 cents each morning. I spend
from 15 to 17 cents for my lunch;
supper I pay 25 cents for.
"My laundry, when I have enough
to pay for it, costs 75 cents a week.
That's the very cheapest. With 60
cents every weels spent for carfare
to work, the total for these things is
"That's more than most girls have
to spend for these things, you know
girls that work as I do.
"The girls who live at home are
really worse off than such as I. They
almost always have to help support
the family. I notice that they eat
less at lunch than we do sometimes
not at all."
Then she was asked two ques
tions and the real story came.
"You have $1.15 left for clothes,
shoes, amusements and everything
else is that right?" was the first.
"Why yes. Sometimes, not that
much from my wages."
"How then do you dress and pro
vide everything on $1.15 a week?"
came the second question.
"I I can't It isn't enough, of
course. But thent manage to get
the money. You know " she
blushed and stopped.
If this girl still works in the mail
order house how much has she been
able to save to buy stock when Mrs.
Ward's swell scheme is started?
BULLETIN SAYS LOOP" STORES
Overcrowding and fire panic dan
gers in the big stores of the loop are
discussed in the North-West Side
Commercial ass'n bulletin this week.
Circuses, shows of "the funnies" and
other attractions advertised to draw
children downtown results during the
present shopping season in "crowding
at least one hundred times greater
than city authorities will permit of in
the ordinary small moving picture
houses in any part of the city."
"Every year during the holiday
ruBh," it is stated, "convenient and
obliging officers of the building de
partment permit of undue and crim
inal crowding in the large department
stores on State street We remember
one instance in the past three years
where a store erected wooden ascend
ing benches where children by the
thousands were crowded together to
see a flimsy child-amusing show.
Will we have to anticipate another
horrible example as was witnessed in
the Iroquois theater holocaust?"
The 25,000 inhabitants credited to
Dawson City, Alaska, during the
height of the 1898 gold rush have,
now dwindled to 2,000.