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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, November 13, 1912, Image 2

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commission did, but will press the charge and keep on demanding
art answer until they get one.
If the decent people of Chicago who patronize the big stores
would insist on a .public investigation of wages paid employes, they
could bring the stores jto terms mighty quick by refusing to pat
ronize any store that ditui't pay living wages.
This entire problem is a fight between humanity and gold; and
the reason nothing worth while is accomplished is because there
are too many rich itnd influential citizens financially interested in the
profits of commercialized vice.
There isn't a reformer in town who doesn't know that all this
talk for and against segregation doesn't amount to a hill of beans
compared with the good that could be done by exposing the guilty
connection of low wages with white slavery. But the owners of
the big stores that pay starvation wages have such a powerful pull
that nobody in town seems to have the courage to expose them.
We will be very much surprised if the Young People's Civic
League doesn't soon get a few gentle hints to keep off the depart-'
ment store grass and not do anything that will hurt business.
All the same it would be mighty interesting and instructive to
know how many human souls were sacrificed to get the money that
built the Field art museum.
And if the Young People's Civic League will follow that letter
up and make a fight for the clerks in the big stores, The Day Book
will go along with them to" a finish, even if every other paper in
town is chloroformed with advertising.
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The street car companie arse
trying to slip one ove on the em
ployes again.
Attorney Moore; for the com
pany, yesterday declined to pro
duce before the board of arbitra
tion, the books of the company.
William D. Mahofl, interna
tional president of the car men,
demanded the production of the
"books, so the men would have' a
chance to combat the statement of
the company that its financial
condition is sa poor that it can
not afford to give the men a raise.
As Mahon pointed out before.
the arbitration board, the only
chance the men have to answer
this plea of the company, is by a
thorough audit of their com
pany's owh books.
Judge Kickham Scanlon, of the
board of arbitration, practically
conceded this.
"The employes have fr-ougt'
out clearly the point at issue,"
said Scanlon. It is : Should the
workers be paid more 'money and
what is the financial condition of
the company ?"
Chief Justice of the state su
preme court, Orrin. H. Carter,
chairman of the board qf arbitra-

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