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Girls of Hutte Who Ekirn Good Salaries • ^ ^ ^
They Get Their Money Every Month Just Like the Men—Some Expert Stenographers. Cosmopolitan Butte has many things to be proud of aside from her mines and emelters and chief among them are her Working girls, and the percentage of girls who do work Is larger than In many cities of her population. In Butte labor is dignlfled as It is in no other city in the union. Inn Butte the social lines are not drawn as tightly as they are in other places and individuality is placed above ■mere wealth. If a girl is entertaining, pretty, or accomplished In divers ways ehe is invited everywhere for the sake of the pleasure she will give to others and for genuine liking for the girls. And it is a matter for remark that there are more good singers, elocutionists, players of mandolin, guitar, violin and banjo in the ranks of the working girls than in the butterfly circles. As for beauty one has only to go into the different stores, offices and other business places of Butte to form an opinion. In a Pretty Gown. At night you meet a pretty girl gowned in the latest mode at some swell society function and the next day she will attend your wants in store or office; the same dainty maiden. And because of this many girls whose fathers are possessed of comfortable Incomes work that they may be independent. It does not retard but rather seems to aid the making of good matches for more mil lionaires here have married working girls than they have girls who attend strictly to social duties. Stenography seems to be the voca tion the majority of girls seek, be cause it offers larger salaries for compe tent girls. It has to be skilled labor in Butte as elsewhere to command high salaries and ttyen where the labor Is first-class the remuneration is much larger than in any city in the United Slates. There are stenographers here employed in responsible positions with the big mining companies who receive as high as $300 per month and in one instance $550, but there are the "top-liners.'" The girls possess some other accomp lishments in addition to shorthand and typewriting, generally the ability to speak, write and translate one or more foreign languages. Others are well versed in mining affairs. Take the re verse side and you will find girls work ing for $10 per week. And one girl, such a pretty girl, when she first came to Butte worked for a lawyer who gen erously paid her $30 per month and she had to live on that; pay board and room and other expenses. In speaking of it now she says she does not know how she ever lived through the two months she slaved for him. Now she is receiving $75 with good prospects of a raise. Average Salaries. The average In Butte for salaries of stenographers is $05 to $75 and in many instances the girls are also acting as bookkeepers. There is now a stenog raphers' Union which is gradually ad justing the scale of wages and will un doubtedly succeed in raising the sala ries of all the really competent ones who are unfairly treated. The asso ciation has a social side as well, meet ing in the rooms of the association, 19% East Quartz street. There is in Butte a small army of clerks employed in the stores. Here again the skilled labor is highly paid. The girls who are in charge of depart ments, who either in part or entirely select stock, receive good salaries, from $75 to $125. But of course there are few such positions to fill in comparison with the number of girls employed. The girls behind the counter have to work for about $3 per week as apprentices, one girl in one store received $7.50 for two weeks' work as a green hand. As they show adaptability they are. given more stock to handle and salary increases with responsibility. The price seems to be a sliding one, from $10 to $20 a week. The hours are from 8 to 6 o'clock with from 30 minutes to an hour for luncheon. The Clerk's Union has ac complished much for the store workers. There are not many cashiers em ployed in Butte but in one place the cashier receives $50 per month, in an other $65, in another $75 and one re ceives $100 monthly. In the millinery department the girls have a hard time at first. In most of the places a girl has to work six months, three in the fall and three in the spring as an apprentice before she will receive salary and then she is paid according to ability. In several stores the girls have tto work only three months. And in two she receives 50 cents per day from the beair.ning if she can sew at all. After graduating from the rankks of the ap prentice she is paid anywhere from $5 weekly to $25 for head girls. In Printing Business. There are not many girls in the print ing business. Those who do work on the type setting machines, two of them, receive the regular Union price of $4.50 per day or $5 for night work. There are a number of girls in vari ous dressmanking establishments and they are paid what the mistress of the shop is inclined to allow. In the rooms attached to the big stores salaries are more uniform, from $8 to $28. Sleeve makers, collar makers, etc., receive more than the plain sewers. Many of the best dressmakers of Butte have gra luated from these places and are making fine salaries for themselves by working independently, either in the homes of their patrons or at their own homes. Of course there are legions of wait resses and the price paid them is from $20 monthly to $1 per day, with board and sometimes room, also. In connec tion with the large miners' hotel and lodging houses is a corps of girls called "bucket girls." They never get less than $1 per day and room and board. Thev are employed solely to put up the lunches for the miners in the buckets and everyone of them, with one execu tion. declare the position is a most diffi cult one because of its monotony. ms> aSHHSI S'HI 55 ^ ^ 3 usrc EVAN5 ..: V Mil Bill* mi it nit a W S/ AU55 TINA Colson CASHIER ms c mçLeod^^i ETHNOGRAPHER 3 i Chambermaids receive $20 to $30 , board and room. It is a remarkable fact that you will find very few real American girls work ing as chambermaids or waitresses. Sometimes they have to work in the one or the other to gain a foothold and then they find the better positions. One little girl who worked only in private boarding houses saved up money enough to serve her time as clerk apprentice. Then she had to have some clothes for she had just eked out an existance as an apprentice. So back she went to the boarding house, worked two months and got $50 which she invested in clothes and now she is clerking in one of the big stores a true type of the genuine Ameri can queen. Water Flowed Like Champagne. "Speaking of diplomatists, reminds me that Mrs. Hayes, who, as you remember, was a stanch teetotaler, argued with me for an hour over the first dinner the president was to give to the 'foreign representatives. I tried to make her sefe that it would be no sacrifice to prin ciple on her part to set wine on the table but only the civilit we always show to guests by recognizing their ways of living at home. " 'I'm afraid.' she declared, 'that the ministers will have to majte up their minds to be sociable with water.' "And I shocked her dreadfully by an swering: 'Mrs. Hayes, I have never known people to be sociable with water —except in a bath.' " "Did Mrs. Hayes carry her point?' he was asked. "Yes. indeed." he responded, with a dry chuckle. 'She had the dinner as she wanted it, and the water flowed like champagne." Garter on Left Arm. King Edward VII. has conferred the Order of the Garter upon the new queen; this fact rises a peculiar question. The conditions of the order require that every one upon whom it has been con ferred must at all times carry some where upon his or her perso.i some of the insignia, while at all formal and court functions the garter itself must be worn where It may be seen. All knights of this order when In court dress wear the garter with its jeweled clasp upon the left knee. Now that a woman has been admitted to the order an exception has been made in her favor, and Queen Alexandria will wear the decoration upon her left arm. The Order of the Garter Is not an order of merit, and Is conferred only upon royalties and people of the very highest rank regard less of their actual achievements. 1 7j $ - MISS JOSEPHINE KELLY" "Have you named your baby yet?" "No, ntf wife Is still investigating. She's so afraid she may hapen to strike the name of one of my old sweethearts." —Chicago Record-Herald. SELF-SUPPORTING WOMEN. Twenty women and thirty or more children of Guntur, India, are enable! to earn their daily rice by me-ns of the school for embroidery started in that place some thirteen years since by some Lutheran missionaries. The institution was an outgrowth of a primary school, established for Mohammedan children some years before. Naturally the object of the school was to create an open ing for Christian instruction among Mo hammedan women, as well as to give them a source of revenue and to encour age the exquisite art in which they ex celled. The materials used are silks, gold and silver laces, fancy brass laces, tinsel and beetle wings—all of native manufacture. The work is done on hand woven cotton cloths, Roman satin, plush and velvet. The pupils receive a secu lar education and also technical train ing in drawing, designing and needle work. Only Mohammedan and Chris tian women are admitted. The school Is self-supporting, but no one except the embroiderers receive a profit from it. The work is sold in India, in Europe and in America. At the Madras line arts exhibition a large display of the embroidery was awarded, six first prizes, two second prozes and six honorable mentions. Half of the amount of the prize money. $32. was divided among the women, each receiving a sum propor tionate to her skill. Some had never in their lives had so much money at one time as fell to their share. One woman received $2.45 as her portion, and she felt that she had suddenly assumed wealth. It is remarkable how far she made it go. She paid six months' ar rearage of rent, settled debts of long standing, bought necessary clothing for herself and child, and with the balance laid in a supply of food for her family. She is now engaged from 7 o'clock in the morning until 5 in the evening doing the most beautiful work, for there is .no pattern too intricate for Zehrabee's needle. A gold medal was also given to the school at the aris exposition. "How is it Scaddles, who used to be so down on war, is anxious to enlist and go to the Philippines right off?" "I don't know, and what makes It odder Is he only got married a couple of months ago, too."—Philadelphia Times. Of the 196.500 Mohammedans In the world, only 18,000,000 live In Turkey. Timber experts tell us that California alone has a capacity of lumber in her standing forests of over 100,099,00,009 cu bic feet. WOMAN'S BARNYARD AUXELIARY, No other woman's organization in this country has a canstitution so unique as that of the Woman's auxiliary of the Farmer's Improvement soceity of Texas. The preable expresses that the society is a business one, not fount'-■d for religi ous , social or literaly pursuits. On the contrary, it exists because poultry rais ing, dairying, the rearing of hogs, are industries peculiaril adopted to women, require patient industry, cleanliness and sympathetic attention. All colored wo men who believe in improvement along these lines and who will try to succeed ■" *th their stock are eligible to member ship. In an address delivered recently at the Tuskegee conference in Alabama, Mrs. Grace Johnson, of Oakland, Texas, president of the auxiliary, stated that the organization had a membership of 2,500 women, who are purchasing 50,000 acres of land, and the combined wealth of the body is $700,000. Mrs. Johnson stated that the object of the Farmers' Improvement society is to fight the credit or crop inartgage system, to im prove methods of farming, to co-oper ate in business, to care for the sick, bury the dead, and last and most im portant of all to purchase homes and im prove and beautify them. In order to accomplish these purposes the Barnyard auxiliary aims to study the habits, needs and wants of poultry, hogs and all do mestic animals, with a view to Improv ing the stock and putting it with the products of the land on the market in such condition that it shall command a remunerative price. Mrs. Johnson says that the regeneration of the negro must begin with industry, skill, thrift and so briety, and that with skill and sobriety one may obtain almost anything that he wants, and that such organizations as the Farmers' Improvement society and like organizations are' the hope of the race, and that if the principles of these societies are adhered to we may yet exclaim with Uncle Tom "I's got the victory.'' QUEER RULES OF THE SERVANT GIRLS' UNION. A hundred servant girls in Cincinnati have banded themselves together into a new trade union. The first move has been to frame a con stitution, which is a sort of declaration of independence, and adopt a set of rules to 'uphold it. These xery interesting docu ments are here given: Constitution—The motllve of this House maids' union is to better the condition of girls employed at housework. The word "servant" shall not be used, as each member has a distinct line of work, and shall be known as cook, housemaid, wait ress, laundress, etc. By-Laws.—Rule 1—Members of this union, when hired for one kind of work, shall confine themselves to the duties for which they are paid. A girl employed as housemaid found doing a cook's work, or vice versa, shall be warned the first time fined $1 for the second offense, and expell ed from the union on the third offense. Rule 2—Members of this union shall under no condition submit to imperti nent or irrelevant questions from em ployers when seeking employment. Rule 3—Members shall ask all needful questions in a business like way before taking a position, and satisfactorily set tle all points of differences with their employers. Rule 4—Members shall look at th« rooms they are to occupy before taking new places, and are forbidden to accept a situation unless they are provided with a room fit for a human being to sleep in. Rule 5—Members shall not ask unrea sonable favors or give reasons for leav their places that are not true, nor obtain holidays under false pretenses.. Rule 6—Members must have an agree ment with their employers about receiv ing company. Every girl is entitled to a beau, else she will never get married, and she owes it to her self-respect not to meet him on the corner. Rule 7—Members shall keep them selves clean an.l suitably dressed for ,their duties. (When the union is stronger it will Insist on employers doing like wise.) Rule 8—Members shall insist on having proper food and time to eat it without en dangering their lives by strangulation; a!so time to bathe. Sent Roses to the Queen. Among the last gifts received by lier majesty Queen Victoria last Christmas was a box of magnificent Queen of Edgly roses, sent to her by Mr. Fuertsenberg of Philadelphia. At an exhibition of the Horticultural society held three years since, the queen inquired of a vet eran rose grower his opinion of English roses. The American replied that they were very pretty, but he preferred those of the states, which are large and have extremely long stems. Her majesty held to the opinion in favor of the English article, but expressed a wisli to see the gorgeous American roses. Mr. Fuers tenberg returned home and experimented with the object of producing the finest roses ever grown, and inventing some method of preservation certain for at least twelve days. After two years' work he accomplished his ends and dispatched to the queen a superb collection of pink roses eight inches in diameter. These beautiful blooms, undoubtedly the finest in the world, were features in the table decorations at Osborne on Christmas day. Mrs. Brown—My husband never says anything to me about the way his moth er used to cook. Mrs. Green—That's something un usual. I wonder why he doesn't'' Mrs. Brown—She used to keep a Cassidy—How can ye say ye save money? Shure ye spend Ivery cint ye make and never lay anny by. Casey—Av course. That's how I save. If I laid anny by somebody'd borry it. an' thot'd be the Ind av it.—Philadelphia Press.