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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 07, 1913, Image 6

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week and up is just as likely to
become a prostitute as the girl
coming from the average -home
and getting $8 and under a week."
O. : "Did, you ever picture to
yourself, "Mr. Rosenwald, the
plight of a virtuous young girl,
getting the sort of wages you pay,
and having perhaps a widowed
mother or a. crippled brother de
pending on her for support, did
'ing out on the street, becoming
prostitute in order to save her
own flesh and' blood fr6m starva
tion?" ' ' R.: "That's ' a difficult ques
tion." O.: "Pam not asking you to
decide it. I am asking if you
ever thought of it?"
R.: "I still insist that there
is absolutely no connection be
tween vice and low wages. These
girls use low wages as a mere sub
terfuge to cover up their own bad
' O. : "And you do not believe
an employer is" morally responsi
ble for the downfall of such a
girl?" . '
R. : "No, you are. looking at this
thing in the wrong way."
O. : "You say that you fixed $8
as-the minimum wages for women
you call women adrift, and yet
you said some time ago that you
'did not permit any 'girls or women
to work, for you unless they lived.
1 R.: "We look them up after
they go to work."
O. : "I want to ask you a ques
tioni Mr. Rpseriwald. It probably!
-is oneof the big reasons 3-cailed5
you here. You are known over'
the' length and- breadth of the
country as a public-spirited man,
as a philanthropist. I want to ask
you, man to man, if you think low
wages has anything to do with
There was a long silence, but, at
.last Rosenwald answered.
"I think," he said; "as I told the
Vice Commission, that lovwages
have absolutely no connection,
with vice Every girl will, of
course, blame low wages. It is
easier and arouses sympathy."
O.: "You are a member of a ,
number of reform societies ?--Ypu
are a member of the American
Vigilance Association, are you
. R.: "I am a director of the
American Vigilance Association
and a heavy contributor 'o it."
O.: "Do you know a Wmr Bur
gess, a member df that society?"
R. : "I do not recalLhim.'j.
O.: "Did you write him a letter
within the last few days asking
him to say that low wages had
nothing to do with vice?"
R. : "I don't recall any such let
ter.' O.: "Did you write any mem
ber of any reform society such a
letter at any time within the last
ten days?"
R..: "No. 1 never wrote such a
letter in all my life."
O. : "Kindly state what other .
societies' besides "the American
Vigilance Association you have
aided." .
R. (laughing):."! guess I've
aided all of them."
O.; Do ybu remember any of -

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