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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, May 31, 1916, NOON EDITION, Image 12

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DANGER TO SHOP GIRLS SHOWN
IN ARREST OF GANG
Some of the temptations to which
underpaid girls in the State Street
department stores are exposed were
revealed in the arrest of a shoplift
ing gang .by members of the State
street merchants' private- po.lice
force.
Private detectives working for
Chas. A. Stevens & Bros., Marshall
Field's, The Fair, Mandel's, Kresge's
5 and 10-cent store and other big
stores claim they have rounded up a
gang consisting of over twenty men;
women and young girls, who have
gotten away with over $5,000 worth
of goods in the past few months.
This information was obtained
when young $5 and $6-a-week shop
gins were tatcen up to private offices
in the stores and browbeaten by pri
vate detectives ang Ed McGuire, a
city policeman, wno nas Deen hand
ed over by the city to. State street to
act as their "strong man" in getting
cuiuesmuus.
In spite of the veil of secrecy east
over the entire affair by the State
street bosses, some of the informa
tion came to light Monday when a
number of those interested gathered
in the South Clark street court, where
six of the girls were arraigned.
Every policeman in the loop knows
that the State street stores are the
hunting grounds of the experienced
flirt And the department st.ore girl
is his particular victim.
It was through flirtations over the
counters with well-dressed men that
many of the department store girls
were thrown in with thieves, who
taught them a way to meet the differ
ence between the rotten wages paid
by State street stores and the cost of
living.
Well-dressed women who haunted
the stores and pretended a motherly
interest, in the girl's welfare also
showed the girls how they could in
crease their earnings and wear pretty
things if they carejl to take a chance
jjl sneaking somg of the .goods over ,
the counters to members of the gang.
And some of the girls, embittered
against the store on account of the
low wages and ppor working condi
tions, fell for the temptations.
One confession obtained from a
young mother who was working at
Stevens for $8 a week to support her
self and her 6-months'-old baby
showed, clearly how low- wages
caused her to fall in with the gang.
This girl went out to lunch with a
member of tb.e gang. He began to
speak of the hard fight that was heis
living in a furnished room and
leaving her baby in a day nursery
when she went to work and the
girl weakened.
When the shoplifter realized he -had
the girl doing some deep think
ing he introduced her to several stylishly-dressed
women who had been
shopgirls, but by shoplifting had se
cured money for ease and Juxuries.
So the young mother joined the
band.
John G. Evans, head detective t
Stevens', claims that Albert Schles-
singer, who used to get $12 a week
as a shoe clerk at Marshall Field's,
is the real head of the gang. They
are also looking for a man known
only as the "English Jew," who also
used to work on State street and
knows the temptations of a $6-a-week
department store girl.
- o o
ITEMS WE'RE TIRED OF READING
"The prisoner (on trial for mur
der) walked into the court with a
jaunty air of self-confidence."
"The wedding march from Lohen
grin was played as the bride walked
down the aisle on the arm of her fa
ther. (Father's arm must have been
terribly bruised.)
"The candidate spent the evening
at home with his family, where he
received the returns by telephone."
In some quarters they're blaming
rotten May weather on the adminis
tration. Same kind of fellows who '
say.' Wilson's not xiUlral

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