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department store arid factory,
owners, Mrs. Lehmann and Julius
Rosenwald, gave expression to
the above sentiments.
The Day Book wanted to find
out how these people felt abotft
the wages paid in their great in
dustrial concerns. Mrs. Lehmann
was gone to first, because she is a
woman, and it was thought that
she would look upon the case of
her fallen sisters at least sympa
' Mrs. Lehmann first wasasked
what she believed to be the chief
cause of girls going wrong. ,.
"Improper home conditions,"
she said promptly.
"Any other causes ?" she- was
"Yes," she said, "cheap dance
halls and nickel shows." x
z "Don't you think, Mrs. Leh
mann, that the low vages paid
girls in some department stores
has something to do with it?"
'.'No, I do not," replied the
owner of the Fair. "Low wages
lias nothing to dd with it. If a girl
wants to be bad, she'll be bad any--way.
It won't make any differ
ence how " Wich money she is
"And, besides, girls are paid far
too much in. department stores as
it is. They haven't got enough
brains to" deserve as much money
as they do get.
"The majority of these girls
should be at work as domestics.
Then they'd be looked after bet
ter,' and kept inside, the homes of
the people they worked for, and
out of the way of temptation.
"Why don't they work's as. do-
mestics? I'll tell you why be
cause they want their evenings
free to run around with young
fellows to cheap dance halls and.
the like. ' 1 '
"I know. Andvlow wages has
nothing to do with the vice ques
tion." "Don't you think that our pres
ent social system has 'developed a -pride
and independence in -young
girls which jnakes them dislijce
the thought of being domestics?
Don't you think that is the chief
reason some of them object to be- -ing
"BoshV said Mrs. Lehmann.
, "Don't you think that another
reason iJLthat they want to live in
their own home with their own
people, their fathers and mothers
and brothers and sisters ?"
"Bosh," said Mrs. Lehmann.
"Don't you know that our pres
ent economic situation is such'
that many girls have to go to
work when very young; that they
cannot afford the time, to learn
stenography or shorthand; that
they must go out to work to help
support the family and that de- ,
partment stores and factories are
the only places they can get such
"Bosh," said . Mrs. Lehmann.
"They just work in department '
stores so they can have their
evenings off 'to run around with
young fellows." -
"Do you know that the super
intendent of your store probably
will be called before the senate
white slave committee-and asked
to explain the wages in .your
store?" , - r; - " -, z& .