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MARSHALL FIELD'S DISCHARGE WOMAN WHO
FOUGHT BATTLE OF SICK BOY
shall Field & Co. doesn't make it a
rule to care for beggars."
Mrs. Coffee was astounded. But
she was a fighter. She chose to
think Mrs. Hoinville's attitude was
It doesn't pay to interfere with the
manner in which Marshall Field &
Co. decide to treat their employes
who become ill and broken in serv
ice. Witness the case" of Mrs. E. C.
Coffee, who has been rated on State
street as a saleslady who could show
Saturday The Day Book exposed
the story of Charley Danibar, the
boy whose lungs were ruined by tu
berculosis after eighteen months in
the Marshall Field basement The
boy was turned adrift by the Field
store after his health broke. He
was pronounced unfit for work by
Doc Munson, the store physician.
Mrs. Coffee was the leader of the
fight to obtain some reparation from
the store for the boy. She refused
to be silenced.
Mrs. Coffee understood that the
Marshall Field welfare bureau would
care for the cripples and invalids
who fall while struggling along for
the Field & Co. wages. . She bd
heard the loud boast that broken
employes would be placed on half
pay. And she decided Charley Dan
ibar was one of those who deserved.
So backed by the other employes
of the basement who understood the
boy's case, she went to Mrs. Hoin
ville, the high-salaried head of the
"Mrs. Hoinville," she said, "here
is a case that lies directly with Mar
shall Field . & Co. Don't you think
the store ought to make same effort
to restore to the boy the health that
it has taken from him. I have assur
ance from doctors that if he is sent
to the municipal tuberculosis sani
tarium at once and given proper
treatment he has an excellent
chance of recovery. Won't you re
commend some help in his case?"
"Mrs. Coffee," answered Mrs.
Hoinville, and her voice was not
pleasant, "I don't understand why
you come to we about this, Mar-
a personal one. She hoped that 1C
didn't echo the spirit of the biggest
store on State street So she car.
ried her fight to Sup't Smith.
Then one by one her Marshall
Field-created illusions faded. Smith
would do nothing. Every where she
went she found the same indiffer
ence. The she began to' complain
aloud against the store that could
see a boy's health ruined without
lifting a hand to aid him.
She was advised several times
that she had better be a little more
careful. But she wasn't And after
she succeeded in getting the boy into
the municipal tuberculosis sanita
rium through other sources she com
plained more bitterly than before.
Last week she was called to the
office of the superintendent and dis
charged. There was no explanation.
Yes, she had been a good saleslady.
Very often her sales went over $200
a day. But she was discharged.
She went to Mandel's and applied
for work. They seemed pleased to
get her. They were sure a place
could be found for such an experi
enced woman. She mentioned that
she worked for Marshall Field & Co.
She was told to report the following
The next day Mrs. Coffee learned
another lesson. It was that if you
make yourself undesirable at one
State street store you have small
chance to work at another. When
she went back to Mandel's next day
she was told they could not use her,
Mrs. Coffee, unable to find work
along State street, where she has
made good in the past, has been
forced to leave the city. But she
seems happy. Charley Danibar is at
last getting the attention he needs,