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A proposal to boost wages is now
under consideration by the same
A statement from the manager's
office at Field's placed the shorter
nour seep tms way: - ..
"We cut the selling day one-half
hour solely for the benefit of the
porkers who are on our immense
staff. The store does not gain finan
cially in any manner.
"Our policy is to do the best we
possibly can foa the empleyes con
. nected with us. When conditions in
the department store field bettered
during the past year, we felt that we
could do more for our employes than
W& had in 'the past.
"Steady increases ih wages
j throughout the store and the cut in
i working hours has resulted.
"The new rule that clerks anci
i stock employes do net have to be
i at their posts until 8:80 a. m. puts
- practically an eight-hour day into
effect. It takes a clerk, for instance,
i but five or ten minutes to get from
J the car to the counter and an hour is
i. allowed for lunch. Under the eight
hour day, we expect more efficient
work, of course, than we would get if
we kept our employes at their tasks
"Just say that the change has. been
made whdlly for the benefit of the
wqrkers of Field's; and we win do the
best we can for them in the future."
The manager of another of fhe
stores which inauguratedlhe short
er day policy, who did not wish his
name used, said:
"We are certainly glad to cut off a
half hour from the working time of
our employes. It is part of a gen
eral policy of improvement in work
ing conditions that several stores
have agreed to try. v
"Financial conditions in ' State
street stores have bettered consid
erably during the past year, after the
stores had to stand several lean
years when income fell far below
"The shorter day is not the only j
thingwe have given our employes.,
Gradual raises jn the scale of woges
to meet increased cost of living have
been handed out There is a mini
mum wage in effect today among the
better class stores of the -loop, as a
matter of fact. N
"These stores hire only experi
enced clerks, usually those trained by
cheaper stores. We pay them better
than we could if they were greqn.
"Our store, for instance, never
hires a green clerk unless "we. are
pushed to the limit, as at Christmas.
We get efficient help and can afford
to pay them living wages.
"We have a policy of ilot hiring a
girl who must support herself unless
she can fill a sales ppsition that will
bring her $9 or more a week to start.
Stock girte -who are practically serv
ing apprenticeships miist live at
home or with proper guardians,
where we can be sure that a mini
mum age of $7 a week to start is
enough to care for her."
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CARRANZA MUST ANSWER TO
DAY OR END NEGOTIATIONS
Washington, Dec 26. Settlement
of difficulties between Mexico and the
United States 'by peaceful means de
pends upon what answer Carranza
gives on this, the last day get by the
American-Mexican peace commission
for him tcweign the troop withdrawal
Official announcement-was made
today that this government expects
to hear from the first chief todayas
to whether he agrees to the troop,
withdrawal terms. Difficulties in
trariBmissionv may delay1 the answer
until tomorrow, but this government
aoes not purpose io negotiate wim
Carranza further on this point
Thos. King, 93, and son, Thos.
King, burned to death on farm "ne&r"
Steger, HL, when farmhouse caught
fire in night"
Four masked gunmen got about
Sl.QOO in safe-blowing raid .on" office
of Schiller, florist, 2281, W. iCadijsbn, '