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COLORADO, WYOMING, MONTANA, IDAHO AND NEW MEXICO
THE COLORADO STATESMAN 3jb\LL hz. VOL. XXIII. Young' Colored Girls Find New Employment SILK MILLS OPENS BRANCH IN HARLEM AND EMPLOYS SCORE OR MORE GIRLS. GIRLS LEARN QUICKLY AND SEVERAL HAVE EARNED PROMOTION. (New York Age) Twenty young colored girls, ranging in age from fifteen to eighteen years, are proving to the management of the Tremont Silk Mills of The Bronx that they are capable of developing skill and speed in the performance of tasks with which, three weeks ago, they were entirely unfamil iar. This demonstration is taking place every day at 51 West 140th street, where 'th e silk company has opened a branch workshop. Sixteen blockers, four spoolers and six reelers have been and are installed, and the girls who had never before seen that sort of machinery, have had three weeks in which to demonstrate their ca pacity for mastering the work. While the tasks are largely me chanical, a quick eye, deft fingers and concentrated attention to the work are necessities, and these qualities the colored girls have shown they possess. When an Age representative stopped in at the branch factory, he was met by the vice-president of the silk company, C. A. Jacobs who is in charge of the down town office at 428 Fourth avenue. Mr. Jacobs was on a tour of in vestigation, and expressed him self as being highly gratified with the result of the company’s ex periment in employing colored girls. Starting three weeks ago, with four girls, the force has been added to rapidly, and others are being employed as fast as available ones offer. With the completion of the in stallation of the machinery, twen ty-six girls will be used as opera tors. In addition a number of i others will be used as packers, labolers and wrappers. The ca pacity of the quarters occupied will alone limit the number to be employed. The necessity for ex pert supervision has caused the company to detail Miss Susie Jen son as forelady. She has been with the mill for about twelve years and is in charge of several divisions of the work at the main plant in The Bronx. Miss Jen son declared that the girls had more than made good. Of eigh teen girls only three were in the ( slightest degree slack in their ( application to the work, and she hoped they would improve. ' As an example of the develop- I ment of the girls, the forelady . I declared that at least four of them would be given an increase in wages this week. She de clared also that while the open ing of this branch plant, with colored girls as workers, was an 1 experiment, the company would certainly give the girls every op portunity to advance in know 1 ledge of the business. Both Miss 1 Jenson and Mr. Jacobs believe ; that as soon as possible the com pany will put colored girls in ’ charge of this branch. It was positively stated by Mr. Jacobs that the company would not, un der any circumstances, draw the | color line with its employes. The work entrusted to the 1 girls is of an interesting nature. 1 The silk ribbons, in various colors and widths, are brought to the ■ branch in large hanks, just as it comes from the dyeing vats. ; The girls operating the reelers take hold of it first, and the large -wooden reels, which re semble the old Dutch windmill wheels, are soon covered with the bright colored fabrics, which is wound smoothly and in order to the full capacity of the reel. The reels, with their burdens, .then are taken by the blockers and spoolers. Sixteen machines are used by the blockers, and these attend to the winding of j the ribbons on small spools which hold five and ten yards. These machines are operated by electri cal power. i The spoolers operate the ma chines which wind fifty and one hundred yards to the spool. These machines are operated by hand, experiments having proven that a larger output is secured than from machines operated by power. The filled spools are then taken by other girls who clip off uneven ends, pin, label and pack the finished product in boxes ready for shipment. With only a part of the machinery in operation more than sixty thous i -j*>j£ jouSfosAri-i*. wss-r. DENVER, COLORADO, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2 1916 w vantageous way of shopping during the Christmas Holi day Season, and from the appreciation of our TIMELY HINTS we are again glad to be permitted to give the usual reminder. “Patronize merchants who advertise in this paper;” “Do business with the reliable firms of our city and state;” “Insure a good credit and maintain a great business prestige” are among the many mottoes that we have adopted for our paper and which we are pleased to say are strictly adhered to by our permanent residents and regular patrons of these various business places. But there is an element who arrive in Denver about this time to make their SEASON’S PURCHASE, and while re minding the regular customer, we also specially address ourselves to these purchasers who with all their good in tention's and their activity become the victims of trade having its birth and establishing its importance only for the holidavs. DUE CAUTION SHOULD BE EXERCISED. It pays to be cautious as the temporary, transient salesman in his anxiety to compete with our stable merchants induces some people with the attractiveness of his special holiday cut prices, rents a shop premises for the season and then displays his “new and wonderful stock,” as he proclaims. He makes a rush for advertising mediums and then the usual, “the best articles for the lowest prices” is the fin ishing touch of his well calculated plan. We advise that serious consideration should not be given such overnight business men and agents, as from our experience many regrettable expressions have come from those who try them either for novelty or take a chance on a probability. Against these newcomers and flashlight business men we recommend highly to the consideration and confidence of CHRISTMAS SHOPPERS the following firms that are the standards of everything pertaining to genuine goods, civility of employes, opportunity to customers in the greatest bargains within the reach of all, knowing that A TRIAL WILL CONVINCE YOU: THE JOSLIN’S DRY GOODS COMPANY, with Manager H. M. STOLL and J. E. RICE of the publicity department, promise the usual advantages to their pa trons, defying competition in prices; THE MAY CLOTHING CO., guided by the zeal of Manager W. M. Meade and the activity of C. A. Tarbel of the advertising department, remind the public that the same good treatment prevails, and the success achieved by them through the kindness of their custom ers have given them more inspiration to please them now and always; and yards of ribbon were pre pared for shipment in one day. With all the machinery running, it is estimated that the girls will be able to turn out from 150,000 to 200,000 yards of ribbon daily. The branch factory is being managed by Julius Jasper, an of ficial of the Tremont Silk Mills Co., and he believes that the ex periment will be so successful that in the near future larger quarters will be necessary. The majority of the girls employed were secured through the Na tional League on Urban Condi tions, and young girls desirous of obtaining employment at the branch factory are advised to ap ply to John T. Clark, at the League office, 2303 Seventh avenue. THE HOLIDAY SEASON AND THE PUBLIC E HAVE for a number of years past offered a few suggestions and given some advices to our sub scribers, as well as the public, on the most ad- SHORT HOURS WILL MAKE DRUNKARDS, HE ASSERTS New York, Nov: 28.—Frank G. Friend, yardmaster at Buffalo for the Nickle Plate railroad, late today informed the arbitra tion board which is trying to set tle the differences between the Switchmen’s union and thirteen railroads, that he believed the eight-hour day would increase drinking among railroad switch men because they would have more leisure. W. E. Wheelock, superinten dent of terminals for the Cincin nati, New Orleans & Texas Paci fic railroad, at Chattanoogr, testified that Negro crews em ployed in the Chattanooga yards are paid less than white men, al- THE A. T. LEWIS & SON DRY GOODS CO., who have helped in giving to the West its position in the world of fashion, impress you through its painstaking and energetic advertiser, Miss Alyce Ham, that the “wel come of years” await you this season; THE DENVER DRY GOODS CO. made so attractive through the energy of Manager Owen and T. C. Greeno who is responsible for the information to the public of the growth of the firm and the ability and determina tion to please, again invite you to call; THE DANIELS & FISHER’S STORES CO., mark ing the years of steadiness and stability in business, the progress of city and people, backed up by the confidence of the populace in maintaining its popularity as being ever faithful, welcome you to take advantage of its Christmas stock that can reach every pocket-book; the same made possible through the brilliant business acu men of C. Mac Allister Willcox, manager, and Miss Edith Sampson, the popular advertising agent; The NEW YORK RIBBON STORE, with Manager M. B. Walker who specializes in catering to the ladies and children; the CARSON CROCKERY CO., with its manager, John D. Rea; the STARK’S JEWELRY CO., with its staunch founder and head, A. J. Stark; the O. P. BAUR CO., caterers and confectioners, with Theo dore Meier and Joseph J. Jacobs untiring in their efforts to please the public; the KNIGHT-CAMPBELL MUSIC CO., with its genial and popular advertising agent, E. P. Wells; The COTTRELL CLOTHING C'O., with its ever obliging and energetic proprietor, George Cottrell ami his able corps of assistants; the STRIKER’S Sample Store, with its new collection; the S. BAN COMPANY in its sale of general merchandise at 2009-11 Larimer street, bid you take a look in and satisfy yourself as to its splendid assortment of goods under the able management of Buji Kashino; our famous friends and ready helpers of long years acquaintanceship, the Denver Gas & Electric Co., with its experienced and well-balanced business char acter in W. J. Barker, Vice President and Manager, and the MOUNTAIN STATES TELEGRAPH and TELE PHONE CO., with E. B. Fields head of a great staff, and F. W. Bunge the principal advertising agent—all these and many others have for years given such satisfaction to the people of Denver and Colorado, that the Colorado Statesman is elated in being able to again advise our peo ple to give credence to our well tried firms and business agencies, as their investment for Christmas, 1916, will be even more profitable than former years. REMEMBER, RELIABLE BUSINESS MEN ARE LIKE OLD FRIENDS. THEY NEVER FORSAKE YOU. tho just as competent workmen. * He asserted that the different rates of pay had been fixed un der an agreement with the or ganization of the men. I NATIONAL URBAN LEAGUE URGES NEGROES TO TAKE AD VANTAGE OF INDUSTRIAL OP PORTUNITY. Negroes In large numbers are leav ing the South for the North. Many are securing good positions. Those that are sober and responsible and know how to give an honest day’s toil 1 are holding their positions. The indo lent, inefficient men, however, are soon discharged, become a burden to the northern communities and bring reproach and humiliation to thrifty ' colored citizens in communities where , white people have not hitherto con sidered Negroes undesirables. The National League on Urban Con . I ditions among Negroes urges the right-thinking Negroes of the South 1 and everywhere to discourage the • | wholesale migration of shiftless peo- CO'JjfMY s>yz\-ru NO 16. pie between any two points, be they North or South. The League also warns Negroes against fraudulent agents who are collecting employ* ment fees and who disappear soon aft erwards. Negro labor Is In demand. Use that fact to Improve the efficiency of that labor by demanding: First, better wages of colored men are below the current wage; second, better working conditions so that your health will not be Impaired by the work you do; third, better living conditions both for yourself and family, so that your efficiency as a workor will not be re paired by living conditions which pre vent proper rest and recreation to fit you for the day’s labor, and base these demands on the facts that all those things will make your work more val uable to yourself and to your em ployer and make for better feeling be tween the races. The National Urban League urges Negroes everywhere to take ad vantage of this great industrial oppor tunity to tvork in cooperation with their local neighbors whether North or South, for the Improvement of con ditions which will affect both races.