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THE. ROCK ISLAND ARGUS, TUESDAY. MAY 27, 1913.
BIG STORE PROFIT
GIVEN VICE BODY
Maxwell Edgar Furnishes Their
Own Figures to United
PROF. TAYLOR AS CRITIC
Censures Methods of Commissioner
' and Blames Family Life for
Chicago. 111., May 27. Testimony
before the Illinois senate welfare com
mission yesterday at Xhe Hotel La
Salle, all of it predicated on the minl-
mum-wage-tor-giris question, contain
ed the principal features:
Maxwe'.l Edgar, an attorney, cave
the profits fcr 1909 of Marshall Field
& Co., The Fair, Sears, Roebuck &
Co., end half a dozen other big busi
Graham Taylor criticised the com
mission to its face for some of its
methods, because he preferred those
of a commission of which he had been
Representatives of leading packing
houses said they could raise all girls
In the stockyards to an $3 weekly
wa;e without increasing the price of
meats, but thought if such a minimum
was established the consumer prob
ably would pay for it.
Manager of a 5 and 10 cent store tes
tified that such stores paid 7 per cm'
of their sales for wages, lost by theft
or otherwise 5 per cent, and had no
interest in the girls beyond the prob
lem of getting as many of them as
possible to wcrk for ?t a wees.
C.IVR1 niG STORE PROFIT.
Mr. Edgar's figures were the first
matters to attract attention at the aft
ernoon eessicn. The following profits
lor the companies named he said were
obtained from a certified copy of
. sworn statements to the federal bu
- reau of corporations by officers of the
Year. Net profit.
Co 190S 4,6-13.197.81
The Fair 1909 1,000.910.44
Sears, Roebuck &
Co 1303 6,039,794.61
Illinois Steel Co 1909 11,185,839.22
Crane Company ...1909 2,576.777.58
Cudahy Packing Co.1909 230,584.13
f.KTS FIG I RES BY MISTAKE.
The capital stock of Marshall Field
& Co. amounts to SG.fiOO.'KM) and The
Fair $1,000,000. Of the firms mention
ed the Crane company recently put in
a 87.50 minimum wage for girls.
Mr. Edgar said he obtained his fig
ures while preparing "tax-dodging"
suits, and was told later that the fig'
ures were sent from the bureau of
corporations through an error, and
that he would be liable under the fed
eral statute if he gave out the fig
"We'll let the state of Illinois profit
by the blunder, then," said Lieutenant
Governor O'Hara, "and we'll 6ee how
serious a breach of faith the people
will regard it."
TAYLOR AXD O'HARA CLASH.
Graham Taylor's frankness with the
commission came during the morning
Eessicn. He showed no hesitancy in
criticising methods of the inquisitors
He said the commission was criticised
by professors and sociologists all over
"Isn't it true these professors and
sociologists depend for their salaries
largely in money from the in"erests
paying low wages?" asked Mr. O'Hara. !
Mr. Taylor said he didn't know as
he would say that. He thougut v!ce
was due largely to the failure of fam
ily life and to unsupervised dance, ;
halls and amusment places. Low
wages, he asserted, was a "sinuous" ;
influence, hard to define. He thought '
the minimum wage question, which
he favored, was more of an economic
question, and said his criticism of
connecting vice with it w as not that '
vice and the minimum wage needed !
no attention, but that he feared by
connecting the real facts regarding I
the two would be lost in the confusion. I
PACKERS OX THE STASD. j
Louis F. Swift, president of Swift & j
Co.; C. L. Charles, assistant superin-i
tendent of Morris & Co., an M. 'g. ,
Harding, superintendent of the Chi- j
cago plant of Armour & Co.. testified I
325 17th Street
We have shoes in
styles, all sizes at
all the latest
We have a full line of men's women's union shoes.
BERT'S 12.50 SAMPLE SHOE COMPANY
325 17th Street. Near 4th Ave.
BEAUTIFUL ROCK ISLAND
German Coffee Cake
Made Without Yeast
By Mrs. Janet McKenzie Hill, Editor of
the Boston Cooking School Magazine.
There is no warm bread quite as appro
rotate for Sunday morning breakfast as
German Coftec Cake, yet it is seldom made
by housewives who Jo not bal.e their own
bread. If K C double raise Baking Powder
is used it will be just as good as if raised
with ycait and it will have the further ad
vanta.ee of being fresh and warm. Save
this recipe and try it next Sunday.
K C German Coifee Cake
Two and ore-fourth evpt fifed flour;
S Uvtl teaspoon talg K C Liakirq Powder;
I Itvrl ttanpoontul salt; x
tiblefpoonfula melted but'
ter; S tahlcsijoonuls sugar;
J tQ3 tr.iik.
Sift dry inrrrf dients together, beat the eg,
add milk and butter to the egg to make one
and one-quarter cupsj ir all together wiih
inverted spoon to a ti(? batter. Turn into
biiruit pan and spreaj even. Brush trp
lightly with melted but'er. Sprinkle lupar
in J ground cinnamon over the top. Bake
in moderate oven.
Dutch Arr'c Cake or Prune Kuthen can
be made with this same batter by covering
the top with pared and diced apples, or
cooked prunes with the pits removed, skin
tides down. Dredge with sugar and cinua
min the same as for Coffee Cake.
"The Cook's Book" contains 90 just rich
delicious recipes. You can secure a copy
frit by serving the colored e-rtincate packed
in 25-cent cans of K C Baking Powder to
the Jiques Mfe. Co., Chicasto, beinj sure to
write your na ne and address plainly.
concerning conditions in the stock 1
Each wi'ness said his firm could ,
raise wages, if necessary, without !
damaging effect cn income. Mr. j
Swifts' testimony summarized, was:
"Our 695 women average $10.03 a
week. In the plant the 399 women
average $7.59 a week. They woi
about fifty hours. They are paid on
an hour basis, bo the need for their;
services may be met more economic- i
aliy. Housing and home life have'
much to do with vice, but $3 a week is
not too much for a girl. We ray the
wages we do because they are stan
dard for that work la Chicago."
"What wou'.d St cost to establish a
minimum cf $S a week?" asked the :
"About $20,000 a year."
"Could ycu do it without seriously
Interfering with dividends and with
out making customers pay for it?"
"I don't know. I euppose it would
tc added to the cost."
"But,, Mr. Swift," asked the chair
man, wouldn't your stockholders be
glad to pay it?"
"Well, we want to help these girls
all we, can. and we want to help the
men, too. I think it would be a good
thing for at least half of the girls."
CONDITIO AT ARMOUR ri.AT.
Mr. Harding said the Armour plant
employed 44 girls, the lowest ware
being 8 1-3 cents an hour, ten getting
that figure. There were Sll at 10
cents an hour, or $6 a week, if they
worked sixty hours. One received 11
cents an hour; there were forty-nine
t 112-3 cents; seventy-seven at 12Vfe
cents, and others at higher wages.
The average for the 844, he said, was
$7.19 a week for ten successive weeks.
Mr. Harding declared raising wage3
in Illinois might mean shutting down
plants part of the time, if other
states cculd get help cheaper. He
said ccmpetition would make it hird
to raise girls' salaries. When asked
why women were employed he said:
'It's because they're neater, more
skillful and more nimble. They can
Floral contest. Prize3 offered by the Civic department
of the Eock Island Women's club. Contest open to every
one. Children especially urged to enter.
The following prizes are offered:
A $ 1 0 prize in each ward for the greatest improvement
of front yard from June to Oc:. 1.
A $10 prise in each ward for the greatest improvement
in back yard frcm June, to Oct. 1.
A $3 prize in each ward for the best improvement of
A $3 prize in each ward for the best vine-covered
A $3 prize in each ward for the best vine or foliage
covered back fence.
A $3 prize in each ward to children under 15 years of
age for best kept flower garden.
A $3 prize .in each ward to children under 15 years of
age for best kept vegetable garden.
A special prize of $5 for the best camera pictures tak
en before and after the improvement, whatever it may be,
the picture to be printed in the city papers later on.
To the ward presenting the best appearance Oct. 1
there will be" given a special ward banner.
Judges will be appointed to inspect places both before
the improvement is made and after. No contestant will
be allowed to contest for more than one prize. Seeds and
plants. will be provided for those who are not able to pur
chase them. . 9 '
Apply to your ward chairman for entry cards The
ward chairman are as follows :
First Mrs. Rudolph Nuessii, 429 Fourth street.
Second Mrs. R. IvI. Pearce, 1132 Fourth avenue.
Third Mrs. J. R. Tuckis, 1?01 Fourteenth-and-a-half
Fourth Mrs. B. D. Connelly, 724 Nineteenth street.
Fifth Mrs. R. J. Fuliertcn, 1620 Twenty-second
Sixth Miss Katherine Larkin, 556 Thirtieth street.
Seventh Mrs. G. W. Borg, 4226 Seventh avenue.
Chairman lor Business District Miss Carrie Gregg,
2422 Eighth avenue.
irl in charge of the music section.
"We pay that because we can't get
one for less," he said. "If we could
get them for less, we'd do it. We
don't care where a girl pus her $6 a
week or where any more she gets
comes from; all we're interested in
is getting girls at $6 a week."
iiuiii un i iil.Ui
Group One of Illinois Associa
tion Holds Convention at
Group one of the Illinois Bankers'
association met at Galva yesterday
and passed a resolution favoring the
amended TIce bill. A. J. Lindstrom of
the Rock Island Savings bank and
Phil Mitchell of the Rock Island State
bank attended the convention. The fol
lowing officers were elected:
President S. C. Roberts, Princeton.
Vice President J. Y. Whiteman,
Secretary and Treasurer H. O. Ban
ner, Jvew Boston. -
Member of the executive council for
three years V. A. Wingrcn, Galva.
In Cableon business Saturday.
At the school caucus hold a few
days ago the following were nomina
ted: For president, Andrew Garrett;
members of the board, K. G. Holtgreen,
Joe Clark, P. J. Horan, Murt Connor,
William . Strathan and Ben Adams.
The chairman and clerk of the cau
cus were authorized power to fill any
vacrncy should it occur. Henry John
son was president and Charles Kirch
There was baptismal services of
Latter Pay Saints at Wanlock Sunday.
Eider Sade cf Joy was in attendance.
About thorty people from here attend
ed. The new depot has been treated to
a coat of red paint. It Is now in tho j
hands of the plasterers and will bo i f
ready for occupancy in the course of
throe or four weeks.
H. IS. Pearce and son Maxwell were
in Cable Sunday.
Mr. and Mrs. George Greenwood of
Ogco are visiting at the Joe Raisbeck
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Edgar and
baby were Reck Island visitors Sun
day. Mr. and Mrs. Ben Wild were Rey
nolds visitors Sunday.
Mrs. H. W. Meeker has gone to
Rock Island where she will make her
Mis Bertha Johnson is visiting in
George Nicbol of Silvis was a vis
itor at the Caddy home Sunday.
Ed Fitzpatriok enjoyed a visit in
Rock Island Friday evening. . .;
Pavo Hagman was in Rock Island
Serviceable Norfolk suits for play
and dress, 4.98. Worth $6 and $7.
The People's Store, M9-321 Twenti
eth street. (Adv.)
FOR THAT PICTURE
of yourself, family or your homo.
or write ,
L. W. HUDSON -:
701 Fourteenth avenue.
Tarties, Baseball Teams, and
groups a specialty.
M A THERS VILLE
stuff bacon or nam into glass tumblers the girls, he asserted, brought cold
WHO BIAS ROOMS
For Visiting Elks?
During the Elks State Convention on June 3, 4 and 5,
the hotels of the city may be unable to accommodate
all of our visitors, therefore the Hotel Committee of
the convention desire3 to know how many of our res
idents will have rooms to rent on the above dates.
All visitors will expect to pay a minimum rate of $1.
Parties desirous of taking advantage of this oppor
tunity and atthe sane time helping to demonstrate
that Bock Island -can accommodate a large conven
tion will kindly fill out the coupon herein inserted and
mail to "Hotel Committee" care of Rock Island Argus
CUT THIS OUT
Hotel Committee, care of Rock Island Argus:
I will have rooms to rent on June 3, 4
and 5 and can accommodate persons.
or wrap butter with a deftness, speed
and neatness no man could attempt."
BUY TIME AT RETAIL."
The lieutenant governor introduced
a new line of tnougnt at this time.
He referred to the practice of laying
oft employes a few hours a day in
slack time, made possible unaer the
"When a girl comes to you to sell
Hl her time, why do ycu buy it from
her a little at a time by retail? Why
don't you, get it from her a: wuole
sa'.e?" he asked.
"For economic reasons," was the
The same question brought the
same answer from Mr. Charles, the
Morrig general manager.
"Don't you know this is unfair, both
to the employe and to yourself, since
it raises resentment against a corpor
ation which bears down with its whole
power on the helpless foreign girl?"
Mr. Charles wag asked.
"I think it la. a bad thing for tnem;
there's no question about that," he re
plied. Mr. Charles also 6aid he thought for
eign worker here 6hould be paid the
same as Americans. Morrig eop.cys
324 girls, the wage scale being slight,
ly higher than. Armour t tcs. f
one firm paid more', the others would
have to follow,- to get good help, he
"So girl can live on less than $7.50
or 8 a week without getting - more
elsewhere." he continued.
He aaaea "nat many ci tne women
in his plant were married, helping
their husbands adjl to the family in
come. ", .
-TIP TRl'ST? HEAD BALKS.
Jacques Russo, head of the "tip
trust" In Chicago, refused to tell i!i3
receipts and was excused temporarily,
pending action by the senate.
George E. Munger. a laundry man,
said he could not raise wages with
out so reducing profits as to go cut of
business. He declared his firm paid
girls as low as !4 and $4.50 a week,
and expected them to Etand on their
feet al! day long and eat lunch where
they could get it at coon. Most o:
lunches and made ceffee a't the laua
dry, furnishin?; their cwn coffee and
receptacles therefor. Two girls suc
ceeded in getting $15 "after working
for the firm 20 pears, he added.
L. R. Steele, manager oi s. S. Kres
ne's 5-and-10-cent store, said 70 per
cent cf his employes were paid "?6 a
week. They remained from a day to
four months a.6 a rule, he said, when
most of them either quit, were dis
charged for stealing or discourtesy.
married or went to other stores. The
average length cf service was one
year. The highest wage was $15. to a
ALL THE TIME
Shellhorn Lady Suffered a Creal
Deal, But Is All Right Now.
Shellhorn, Ala. In a letter from this
place, Mrs. Carrie May says: "A short
tim ago. T commenced to hare weak
spells and headaches. I felt bad all
the time, and soon grew so bad I
couldn't stay up. I thought I wonld die.
At last my husband got me a bottle
of Cardui, and it helped me; so he got
some more. After I had taken the
second bottls, I wa3 entirely well.
I wish every lady, suffering from
womanly trouble, would try CarduL
It Is the best medicine know of. It
did me more good than anything I ever
Cardui Is a woman's tonic a
strengthening medicine for women,
made from Ingredients that act spe
cifically oa the womanly organs, and
thus help to build up the womanly con
stitution to glowing good health.
As a remedy for woman's ills, it has
a successful record of over 50 years.
Your druggist tell3 !t Please try it.
N. B Write to: Ui'' Advisory Dept.. ChatM
Frank Haigh visited friends iu Siier
Mrs. Thonias Dairnson and (laugh
ters, Mrs. Frank Angerer and Mrs.
Guy Whan, were in Farmingion the
first cf the week berag ca:ied there
by the death of their neice and cou
The Misses Emma and Rachel
Knott were Rock Island shoppers
Mr. and Mrs. Jchn Hebbsln have
returned heme from their wedding
Mathersville crossed bats with the
Mcline Olympias at the local ball
park Sunday. The game was a com-
I plete shut-out, the score being 5 to 0
in favor of the home team. The bat
teries for Mathersville were Maynard,
Lemon and Roudemski, for Moline,
Eng and Fletcher.
Murt Connor was in the tri-cities
Murt Ccnnor is hav;ns a house
erected in the south part of town,
Ccntrac'or Baker has the contract.
Mrs. Jchn Hodge and daughter of
Sherrard were visitors at the Zinv
mer home the past week.
George Ccltman is sick.
Mrs. Amos Mu'.ler has returned to
her home in Sherrard after a visit
with her daughter, Mrs, Robert Ran-
John Wilson wag in Rock Island
Mr. Joe Holgate and baby .cf Gil
christ visited at the Sward home
Mrs. Ben Wild was a Cable visitor
the past week.
The Ladies Aid society met with
Mrs. John Adams WednesGay. After j
the'business wag transacted refresh
ments were served.
The Misses Edna Haddick and Ger
tie Johnson of Sherrard were visitors
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kirchraan and
eon, Floyd, were Aledo passengers
Robert Battersbee or Washington
was here visiting eld time friends
Ernest Sherrard visited her parents
in Sherrard Friday.
Fred Schroeder was in Davenport
cm business Friday.
Mr. and Mrs. John Hebbeln were
Rock Island passengers Monday.
Mrs. Aure Jafvert was a week end
visitor with her parents in Geneseo.'
Wilber Haddick and Dave Stevens
" ' ;
pom mw yw
CAN ONLY BE MET BY SYS- jf;
1 111 TEMATIC SAVING TODAY,
The future will take care of itself if you will take care oi
your money today.
Start a bank account in this r.trcng conservative bank with
a deposit of one dollar pr more.
interest paid on deposits.
Make Our Bank Your Bank
H. E. CASTEEL, President. M. S. I1EAGY, Vice Pres. II. D. Simmon. Cu.'u
Southwest corner Second avenue and Eighteenth street.
1 ,,--u;,.,.,F ,..,.,. jjj
of Ccllinsvi'.le are visiting old time
friends here. -
Jack Blane was in Viola Saturday.
Mrs. Art Bolander of Aledo made a
short visit here Saturday. . '
John Hebbeln wa.-iia- Cable visitor
Friday. , . J
The Misses Nora ' Thompson and
Delia Bedford were in Viola Friday.
Ed Krouse, who recently purchased
the M!eker barber shop, has quit bus
iness and has already moved his fur
niture to Rock Island. Mr. Krouse.
who located here about ten days a0,
wwwd.ciMC..r.nat!nooc.TMn..fqrpetaJ decided that business was too dull to
lia'Tvrtumt, n4 b-pje bexx. Kmc iicvam
far Wastes," teat la puia vraszer, m namst. Support three Shops.
ctilvxUmntj ' Joe Clark and Keii McGonigie were
Financial success bej ins to come into swing when the in
dividual "f.nds himself" begins to take account of his future
and to lay definite plans f.- tho fulfillment of his aspirations.
" There's a small chanco of reaching a goal on tne hit-or-miss
plan. Those who "arrive" are the ones who take the most di
rect route, and keep plodding along.
It requires no argument to prove that if one wants to "find
himself" he should lose no time La getting in the savings bank
way. The direct route lies through the German Trust &. Sav
ings bank door, . ,
I Sovinds Bank
ROCK ISLAND, ILLINOIS