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Miss Lee's testimony raises a.cur
"ious point, and one that the O'Hara
commission intends to delve deeper
If a girl gets five cents wages for1
every thirty-six pairs of shoes, and is
fined fiye centSfor every three shoes
she spoils, what is her real wage?
"I am sixteen years did," said An
na Young. "I get $3.67 for five and a
half days' work. Foreman Hollis
scolds the girls so harshly they some
"I am seventeen," said Viola Pot
ter. "Bill Alexander always, is swear
ing at us."
"I- am seventeen," said Regina
Tacoma. "I started at $4J50 a week.
I get $6 a week now. My boss, Max
Huntington, is a courteous gentle
-"I am sixteen years old,-" said Lu
cilleFlynn. "I started at $4 a week.
I get $4.50 now."
"I am nineteen," said Marie Troth.
"I have to work ten hours a day six
days in the week. My wages aver
ages $"2.99 to $6.17 a week. I have
to do "seventy-two shoes an hour to
earn ten cents. I am fined if I spqil
any. ,Bill Alexander always is swear
ing at us." .
"I am fifteen years old," said Jen
nie Holtzman., "I get $4.50 a week
Bill Alexander always is swearing at
us. Once he spun me around, until 1
was dizzy because he was angry at
me. He also pinched my arm."
The string of wan-facqd girls was
at an end at last. The commission
held a short, whispered conference.
. Tnen the senators took' their places
again, looking grim.
"William Alexander to the stand,"
cried Sergeant-at-arms Scouten.
Bill Alexander rose from the place,
from" whfcti he had, been leading
the hissing and the stamping of feet..
He grinned as he swaggered up be
fore' thje commission. He grinned as,
he was sworn. And he sneered at
Lieut.-Gov. O'Hara insultingly.
(One. of the shoe trust's hirelings
B&atfer6d the snuff through the air. ,
Lieut-Gov. O'Hara and ,- Senator
Beall commenced to sneeze. Bill
"Take a seat," said Lieut-Gov.
O'Hara to Alexander.
"Naw," said Alexander. "I prefer
Senator Juul half rose in his chair.
"Sit down," he commanded.
Alexander sat down, looking sheep
ish. The foreman gave his name and"
age and address.
"How long have you been in Amerr
ica?" asked O'Hara.
"Seven years," said Alexander.
"Where were you born?" asked
"I don't know," said Alexander,
and grinned again.
"How long have" you been foreman
of the International Shoe Co.?"
"I don't remember."
"How much are you paid a week?"
"Are you satisfied?" ,'.
"If you could get girls cheaper
than $4 a week, you would do it?"
"Yes, tomorrow, if I could. Ain't
it business to do it?"
The commission was silent.
"You see," said Alexander, "I
once was with a firm that went into
bankruptcy 'cause it paid such big
"How high were the wages?"
asked Senator Juul.
"Well, they were high," said Alex
ander. "What were the lowest wages?" ,
"Well, there was one girl there by
the name of Agnes MagilL She was
gettin' $3 a week."
"And the firm "went into bankrupt
cy because it paid such high wages?"
asked Senator-Juul. .
"Ye eh," said Alexander.
The commission sat silent, regard-1
ing Alexander as one would a curi-'
"Twelve girls who worked under
you have been before this commis-.;-sion,"
said Lieut Gov. 0'Hara,.atlast