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HALSTED ST. CLERKS FIGHT
Halsted street retail clerks want a
working day that is less than 14
hours long. They made their de
mands yesterday on a score of stores
located between Madison and 12th
sts. All but two firms acceded.
The Halsted street clerks worked
from 7 or 8 a. m. until 8 or 9 p. m.,
except that they worked later than
9 Saturday nights and get off about
5 on Sundays.
They asked no reduction in hours
nor increase in the average wage of
$16 to $18 a week, but merely re
quested one day a week off. Aside
from making sales, these clerks do
porter work, wash windows, keep
books and keep and move stock.
The firms which would not sign
the agreement of the retail clerks'
protective ass'n to grant workers a
one-day-in-seven holiday are: Her
man Olenick, 130 and 230 S. Hal
sted, and the Harrison Clothing
Shop, Halsted and Harrison.
E. Levitz, 216 S. Halsted, was the
first to sign the demand of the Hal
sted street workers.
Six ladies' tailor union men went
on strike at Parquharson & Whee
lock's, 800 Tower ct, when the firm
changed from day pay to piecework.
The firm has advertised in the Tri
bune for strikebreakers and is get
ting police protection.
ALD. KIMBALL WINS IN VOTE
RECOUNT IN SEVENTH WARD
The fight to disqualify Aid. Kimball
as Republican nominee for alderman
of the 7th ward has collapsed. Yes
terday Judge Scully threw out of
court proceedings asking a hearing
on fraud charges. The judge held no
candidate should be barred because
of alleged participation in the Pro
gressive primaries held in 1913.
Judge Scully also railed women
could run for ward committeeman,
sustaining the nomination of Marion
Drake in the First ward.
PUT ON STARVATION RATIONS,
SAYS FORMER PATIENT
A story told by a former patient
of the municipal tuberculosis sanita
rium is believed to shed much light
on conditions which led up to the
resignation of Dr. Theo. B. Sachs
from the office of head of the sani
tarium. "Dr. John Dill Robertson, city
health com'r, put us on a starvation
ration because the sanitarium was
costing too much," said Lawrence M.
Davis, 5717 Union av.
"I was a patient at the sanitarium
when the order went into effect.
There was such a radical cut in the
amount and quality of food served
that patients grew worse in health
instead of better.
"It has always been understood
that a person under treatment for
tuberculosis must have plenty of
fresh, wholesome food. We had been
getting meat daily, but the Dr. Rob
ertson order reduced our meat allow
ance to two or three meals a week.
Eggs, which tuberculosis experts say
should be eaten in great quantities
by tubercular patients, were not
served so often after Dr. Robertson's
order to cut down expenses.
"Patients started quitting whole
sale. Of course, their places were
filled by new ones from Chicago
standing army of 18,000 tubercular.
I quit, like others, in the middle of
my treatment because I was always
hungry. The doctors knew we were
not getting enough to eat, and I
know many instances where they ad
vised patients to leave the sanitarium
and go to their homes that they
might get the proper amount of food,
an essential factor in the successful
treatment of tuberculosis.
"This starvation decree was put
into effect against the wish of Dr.
Sachs. A board made hostile by
Mayor Thompson's new appointees
overrode Dr. Sachs and cut rations,
until patients went hungry, for th$
sake of what it called economy.'r