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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 07, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 21',
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THE DAY BOOK!
N. D. COCHRAN
EDITOR AND PUBLISHER.
BOO S. PEORIA ST. CHICAGO. IliI.
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SUBSCRIPTION By Carrier in Chi
cago, so cents a Month. By Mall,
United States and Canada. fS 00 a
Entered as second-class matter April
21. 19U, at the postofflce at Chicago.
Ill, under the Act of March 2, 18TP
MILLIONAIRE'S FAVORITE MON
UMENT. Another semi-charitable
home for the unmarried working
girls of New York is provided for in
the will of Charles Bertram Webster,
who retired from the department
store of R. H. Macey & Co. some
A paragraph in the will explains
that the bequest was prompted by
Webster's observation of his em
ployes' need of attractive homes in
Other philanthropists, notable
among them A. T. Stewart, have
built institutions of the same kind.
Years ago the Immense Stewart ho
tel for women proved a failure. Wom
en will not live in semi-charitable
homes. There is scarcely a large
city in the country which has not
made the same experiment and met
with the same failure.
But millionaire employers refuse
to learn the direct lesson from all
these experiences of others. It would
not be "good business" to pay wom-
en higher wages merely for the sake
of saving their souls. Souls, it seems,
are to be saved only by charity.
The one practical solution of the
housing of women who work which
has so far succeeded is found in the
minimum wage laws which have
been passed by some state legislatures.
And in no instance, let it be noted.
has such a law put any department
store out of business.
If passed by every state in the
country such laws would make pos
sible a better standard of living for
American workingwomen. Inciden
tally, they would reduce the number
of monuments to millionaires.
NO FINGER BOWLS? NEVER!
The Burlington railroad, they say, la
making a determined attempt to do
away with the "pretentious nui
sance," finger bowls, noting on the
bottom of tie bill of fare that "finger
bowls will be furnished upon re
quest." Aw, come off, Burlington! What's
the matter with you? Finger bowls
are principally why we p'eople fork
up a dollar for a fifteen-cent dinner.
It gives us a chance to display our
savoir-faire, aplomb and erudition all
at once and together. We may not
get much satisfaction out of cold
storage eggs or yesterday's warmed
over lamb chops served with pretty
little lace pantalets, but the all per
vading sense of contentment which
possesses our bosom as we daintily
immerse our finger tips in the per
fumed contents of the "pretentious
nuisance" makes us quite unmindful
of the void in our stomachs.
And it would be awfully tough on
the gentlemen servitors, too,
wouldn't it, For how would we know
just the proper moment to tender our
acknowledgement of the service we
never expected and didn't get? Most
of us would forget, more than likely,
and there would be hajtf feelings.
Those finger bowls are not to be de
rided, Burlington, take it from us.
Better go slow.
They say T. R. is the only Ameri
can citizen who has sat before kings
and queens. Huh! We have sat be
fore a lot of them and had them
America's most valuable crop h