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TBE"BUSINESSMAN- EXPLAINSWHY' THE PRESSURE'
OFrECONOMIC CCtNpiffpNSDRIVESpiRLS.TO RUIN
"'This is a story;-qf.-a" jCurious
The .Curious. -Person 'had. been
hearing :a great-.deal about tlje
Pressure of ' Economic-. y Gondi
tions.. ".- '.'" i.t"i i,"r --; .. . "-
-fie' had 'seen-yoUnggirlsnot
ignorant or'.dishpilsst? girls but
girl who-had jbjeen-giveni expen-
sive-i.educations )y Jhestatfe, and
wno seemeo, tpfle -verynice jgins
-r-driven' to a ifeqf shame' be
cause they could not earn enough
to' ljive on in guy' other way. -,
'Thisdid''nQtseefll quite right
to .thfr-Curious 'Person.t So,-he
went abjaut mariiga nuisance jf
himself' asking tUe' reason) of it,
and was, told on eyery-hand 'that'
it:wathe Pressure of jEcbnomic
Conditions. f , .- r
The furious -Person did not
understand, -the -term.' vety well.
So'he. decided to -go-to herBusi
nessTMaij, who. was. a",veYy wise
man," indeed, and. ask him what
the .words meant. , . , ,
The, Business Man pwned a de
partment store ands the Curious
Person found him there in a great
office, surrounded by expensive
mahogany furniture and sten
ographers and clerks and the like.
The Business Mai himself was
sitting" before a large desk, cov
ered with papers, and wassmok
ing a very" long and black' cigar.
He was a very ' kindly- looking
man", and the Curious Person felt
much encouraged. !
The Business Man .consented
to see the Curious 'Person, and
very obviously - puHed 'out his-
watch and.Iaid-ibon the-mahogany
table:- --.; I " ' -
"Lhave only-,te.nf ;nrinutes to
spare,'' he remarked, - ; i, . ,
i VYhaJi'''! asked- -theX-urious
Perspn,' ""4 tpeant, .bye the "Bves
sure of 'Economic j Conditions,
which dfjvirls-tp'rutn?'" - :lh
- The Business ,- Man'ookd' at
the curioUs Per si.cjnsjf Ue were ,
looking atca'jstra.nge animai-atthe
zoo. The," Curious; 'Person 'felt
very, foolish,- injdeed-'".-' . ;l
.J -Why, ..that, js xujte,.'easy:. ,
Everybody "Jknpw'w as", '
But lyoa .have, . reminded me of t
something.,. . ...,-, . ry j --.
. 'fMiss SinitH.HccaliedJ jt'1
' Miss'SmitK wasa- pef,son?withr
very yellow, hair, and a notebook
ari.d-a 'pencil .too .large for'hei
She 'came' .over to the' Business
Man's desk, with the airrof ap
proaching, a throne.,
."Just take .a note Miss Smith,
that No. 35, in charge of counter
G'is'to be-discharged. She was
seen in a saloon yesterday."
Then, 'the 'Business Man turn
ed to the' Curious Person once'
more ' . ',
"Economic Pressure," he. said
"is very closely allied to the law
of supply and demand. ,
. "You see, it is, like this:
"There are more girls, who
need work than there are girls
needed' by department stores, fac
tories and the like. .
"Thus the supply . is greater
than' the demand, arid, wages are
kept low. Tndeed, it keeps them
so low,1 that at present they, are
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