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WOMAN TELLS COURT OF HER IMPROPER LIFE
to sAyk'kkR husband story inside
THE DAY BOOK
-4n Adless Daily Newspaper.
N. T. Cochran, . ' 500 South Peoria St
Editor and Publisher. IIIP398' Tel. Monroe 353.
Chicago, Monday,' April 7, 1913
MILLIONAIRES THREATEN LEGISLATORS AT
SECRET LOW WAGES HEARING "
Simpson, Lehmarin and Bascfi Do Talking Dapper
Jimmie" Simpson To the Front With Million-Dollar
Working Girl's "Home" Paid for by People.
Thp secret meeting between the O'Hara low wage commission with
the department store millionaires, held today, ampunted to just what might
have. been expected.
Nqthing at.' all was done toward bettering the wages or working cpndi
tions of the department store employes. , ...
But the employers did try to bully the commission into quitting tho ,
low wage investigation.
They threatened the commission -by saying that if the low wages irt
vestigation were continued the entire business of the, country would. feel
the' effect of it and be hurt, by it." v
They said that the revelations, already made .through the commission's
investigation already had hurt their businesses:
And they intimated that they wore in fear that this "hurting of busi
ness" was going -to -spread over the entire country.
Of course, if this be true,. if the business of the big State street stores
has been Hurt by the O'Hara investigation, there only can be one answer.
ft means that the people are so thoroughly disgusted with the way the
State street 'millionaires treat their employes that they are not patronizing
the "stores as they .used to;
The' employers also asked the commission not to urge the enactment
of a minimum wage law. '
Theyaid that if the legislature would promise not to .enact a mini
mum wage law, they would get together and themselves establish, a mini
mum wage for their employes.
They did-not say what this minimum wage, they would fix voluntarily
would be, nor how soonrthe people might expect them to fix it.
At the end of the .meeting,. Lieuti.Gov. Barratt O'Hara said ,the com
mission probably VOULD recommend the passage of a minimum wage aw
by the legislaturot but Witha-proyisfon for the apprentice' class. 4