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ECZX W7 REPORTS OF THE UNITED PRESS
THE DAY BOOK
A 50Q S. PEORIA ST. g398 TEL. MONROE 353
Vol.1, No. 303 Chicago, Saturday, Sept. 14, 19J2 One Cent
WEST SIDE WOMEN DECLARE WAR ON STARVATION
WAGES PAID BY BIG DEPARTMENT STORES
The West Side W. C T. U. has
"ANOTHER AGENCY VICTIM
Another of the long list of out
rages practiced by labor agencies
came to light in Desplaines st.
James Wall, 34, 17 S.Lincoln
St., suffering with tuberculosis
and rupture, came into Lieut.
Gallery and told how he had been
victimized and mistreated
.through the deliberate lies of the
United-States Agency, Congress
.st and Wabash ave'. Three weeks
ago, after being discharged from
the county hospital, he went to
that agency and asked for light
work, explaining his illness.
Wall says he was told that they
had just the thing he wanted and
that he was sent with a slip to
the Lucas Agency, 16 S. Canal st,
and later to SJaberttm, Wis.,
where, instead of light work, he
.was made to dig trenches.
He rebelled and the firm seized
his suit case, containing a $25 suit
of -clothes and other wearing ap
parel. Wall bumined.hjs way back to
Chicago. Judge Heap,'gave him
a dollar. As yet ijo warrants have
been issued. Wall has not re
covered hjs sflit case, w '
begun a crusade against the
starvation wages pafd to girls by
the big department stores of Chi
cago. And this organization is going
to do more than the Vice Com
mission, or any other of the so
cieties which discovered the con
ditions, and then kept their
For the women of the West
Side W. C. T. U. are going to
boycott every bid department
store which drives its girl em-'
ployes to desperation and suicide
and shame by the pitiful wages
The W. C. T.'U. was driven to
this decision as the result of an
investigation made byMrs. W. C.
M. Keough, former member of
the school board.
A young girl was arrested- by
the police. She was a department
store employe. Mrs. Keough
went to see her.
It was the old sickening story
The girl was alone in the world.
The wages she received .was a
mere pittance. She could not
live on1 them. For a time shp suf
fered cold and hunger and the
lack of all the good things of life.