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MANDEL'S SUED BY FORMER EMPLOYE GIRL'
SAYS DRAFT CAUSED RHEUMATISM
When Merea Murphy went to work
for Mandel Bros.' department store
at State and Madison streets they
put her behind the silk"" petticoat
The petticoats were placed right
near the door at the corner of Wa
bash avenue and Madison street,
where the women shoppers could
hardly fail to see them and be tempt
ed to buy.
This arrangement was fine for
Mandel Bros. But the counter where
Miss Murphy worked was between
the street doors and the stairs which
led to the basement where the cheap
er goods are sold.
The doors banged open and shut
all day as long as the crowds of shop
pers flocked in to buy or out to get
the elevated, which has a stairway
within fifteen feet of the Wabash ave
Between the doors and the base
ment there is a draft, and Miss Mur
phy was placed just where the breeze
struck her, be it damp or cold.
She says she stood it some weeks
in silence and then complained. Noth
ing was done about it, she declares.
But in April, 1914, the shop girl
grew ill The damp, misty winds of
spring whirled in through the doors
and struck her, day aftei day. She
did not put on her coat, for that is in
violation of a general rule of State
She stood some time, she says, the
pains that gradually moved down her
tired legs and up her back. One day,
however, she was unable to get up in
the morning to go to work.
Her folks called a doctor to the
home at 325 Segal st. He said it was
rheumatism and a bad case.
According to Att'y C. C. Spencer in
the Conway bWg., the girl was an in
valid for a year and a half.
Her limbs were shrunken in this
time and her beauty lost. Whether
she ever will be able to work stead
ily in the future, he says, is doubtful.
So Miss Murphy sued the store for
$10,000 through Att'y Spencer. He
says the store is liable under the oc
cupational disease laws.
CLUBWOMEN MAKE 'THOROUGH'
STUDY OF LUNCHROOM
Girls don't go wrong from hunger.
Three women of the Political
Equality league made this decision
after lunching at a department store
lunch counter at a cost of from 8 to
Mrs. L. Brackett Bishop, who lives
at the Chicago Beach hotel, ate a
dish a corn beef and cabbage and
drank a cup of tea. "I had all a girl
needs," she said.
Mrs. Jean Wallace Butler squan
dered 13 cents on her meaL Miss Mary
Campbell bought a bowl of bread and
milk and a dish of ice cream for 9
cents and talked of the proteids and
carbohydrates which made her
meal the most nourishing a girl
It would be interesting to know
just what were the proportions of the
breakfast the three ladies had before
they went to the working girl's lunch,
and how soon afterward did they
have a regular lunch.
ALD. BLOCK FILES CHARGES
AGAINST CITY FORESTER
Jacob H. Prost, ass't sup't of parks
and city forester, must face charges
of inefficiency, incapacity, careless
ness and willful misuse of city prop
erty, preferred by Aid. Block, presi
dent of the special park commission.
It is charged that Prost permitted
shrubs and trees belonging to the city
to be given away, permitted Fred
erick Bergman, teamster, to pay $8
a month rent for 19 months without
making accounting to city and hired
13-year-old boy as laborer in viola
tion of child labor law.