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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, December 04, 1911, Image 6

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ences of young clerks. Her moth
er hacLa plate of hot soup or a
cup of hot cocoa waiting when
Maggie came in, weary and cold,
after selling toys all day in an
overheated basement and then
walking home through snow and
slush to save carfare, for her
wage was only $6, though she
had worked seven years for a
leading merchant.
Sixty cents a week carfare
-.J1 ' -'
Mrs. Florence Kelley.
totalled 10 per cent of her earn
ings, so she walked, hard as that
was after standing from 8 a. m.
to 10 p. m. with only a half hour
for luncheon "on account of the
rush." ,-
But after the second night
Maggie Shayne was too weary
to eat or drink the hot food. Mag
gie's one consulting wish was for
hot water for her aching feet, and
then bed. She slept badly, her
back giving almost as much trou-
Kl ic nor Tif
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Morning tound a laggingu
with no appetite for the coffee
and roll which was all she had
time for. At the end of the fort
night of work like this Maggie
was ill of pneumonia. By Easter
she was dead of quick tubercu
losis. An employer in speaking of.
such cases said: "Shayne is a
west coast of Ireland name, and
people who come from there are
prone to tuberculosis." But that, s
surely, is a reason for extra care
of such young workers.
A second merchant said: "She
lived in a part of the city where,
tuberculosis is endemic in the
tenements. She had little chance
of escaping it." Another reason,
surely, for extra' care of such
young workers, tens of thousands
of whom live where tuberculosis
is endemic.
Said a third merchant with
whom I talked ,of Maggie
Shayne: "You say her father
died of tuberculosis? What did
you expect for her?" Another
reason, surely, for short hours
even in the holidays for the deli
cate girls and boys who start
their lives burdened with the phy
siological poverty inheritance
from parents for whom the strug
gle for life had proven more than,
a match. . V ,.
Maggie Shayne was my young
neighbor. She was as directly
killed by her employer and his?
customers, the Christmas shop
pers, as though they had given.
lier arsenic or strychnine. For
we- know now that faiigue is a
poison generated by ,,the living

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