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A year and eight months ago
George went to work at Carson's. He
was a clean-cut young fellow, with a
high school education. Carson's paid
him $6 a week to start -
After twelve months) when George
was proven a good salesman who
was courteous, attentive and attrac
tive, this millionaire firm raised
George's salary to show him they ap
preciated his effort.
They gave him $8 a week.
Now the boy needed more than
$8 a week o live on. rHis father was
dead and his mother living in pov
erty In Lexington, Ky. She needed
She sent her boy, her only son, to
Chicago, because there was a better
chance for him to make good "here.
And before he was long gone she be
gan getting small money orders from
George, so she knew he had a job
and was making money.
All this time George was getting
just $6 a week from Carsons. There
were no bonuses, percentages or ex
tras. He got only $6 in his pay en
velope every week.
So George stole. He took some
extra salesslips, gave them to Albert
Clay, a boy friend, and carried out
a few pairs of gloves now and then.
Clay took the goods to his home at
1926 S. Trumbull av. and returned
to the store next day. He got the
price of the gloves refunded.
The boys split the tnoney they got.
Albert spent his; he felt that he need
ed more than the $12 a week he got
at Gage's hat works.
But George sent part of his to the
mother back in Lexington. The rest
went toward paying for tuition in a
night school and for food and cloth
ing which the little wage failed to
George was caught, taken into
"court and branded a thief through
the efforts of Carson's secret service
system, which costs the store many
thousands of dollars a year and
wliich shows up employes who steal
1 "Mae their wages are too small.
j One of Car&on-Pirle's well-paid
; Bleuths was in Judge Dolan's court
this morning to tell of George's
wrong-doings. He treated the case
kindly, showed the judge how the
boys had committed the thefts and
then admitted that George was an
unusually clean, industrious young
"Carson, Pirie, Scott & Co. hates
to see these boys go' to jail," he ad
mitted. "But there has to be some
thing done. We can't let employes
steal from us. We must set an ex
ample." The Rev. Frank Beck of the Cov
enant church of Evanston was
standing near by; he had heard the
facts. He stepped up.
"Judge, I think there must 'be
something wrong with things. This
boy seems to be bright and indus
trious," he said. "I hate to sea him
go to jail, and Albert deserves an
"i'll find them guilty and continue
the case until Friday for investiga
tion," answered Judge DoLan. "You
flnd'out whether they deserve anoth
er chance or not"
SENATE COMMITTEE TQ HEAR
Washington, Aug. 3D. The senate
interstate., commetce committee to
day announced it will give a formal
hearing to executiv heads of the
railway brotherhoods, railway man
agers, the shippers and any other in
terested persdns, tomorrow morning
at 9 o'clock in the senate office build
ing. Each of the three groups inter
ested will be given a period of three
hours to present to the committee
any facts or data which they belieye
should be used in any legislation to
W. H. Mathlott. 60. and wife. Efi.
abeth, 55, 1474 W. 111th, dead from
J. Kitoski. 1717 W. 17th. fall astean
smoking cigarette. Mattress caught
fire. Kitoski saved.