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clear spring morning, and the sta
tistics seem as clean-washed. It does
not alter the fact that we never have
heard of a case where the United
Charities actually did some great
good for some starving, suffering hu-
AN ARGUMENT AGAINST ONE
CLAUSE EMPLOYERS WANT
The employers of Chicago are
much worked up by the fear that
the legislature might pass a minimum
wage law which would not provide
that employers might go below the
minimum in the case of employes
"mentally incapable of earning the
minimum." . I
Of course, it isn't because such a
clause in a minimum wage law would
help THEM that the employers are
so excited. No indeed. It is because
a law without such a clause might
work an injustice to "incompetent"
Anna Gold was one of those whom
the. employers would class among the
- Anna came to. this country from
Russia some weeks ago. Her brother
Alexis already was here, and was
working in a sweatshop.
Alexis got Anna a job in the sweat
shop in which he was sweating out
his own life. Anna's "salary" was
$3.50 a week.
But Anna could not make her peas
ant fingers keep up the killing pace
of the other girls, born and trained
to sweatshop labor in free America,
the land of wonderful opportunity.
So Anna was fired, and Anna was
unable to. find another job even at
$3 a week, or $2.50 a wek, or $2
a week, or 1 a week..
Anna's dead body was found in her
room at 1313 South Turner avenue
yesterday, and. one dead hand clutch
ed a photograph of her father and
mother, and the other dead hand
clutched a pathetic note to her broth
er, begging him "not to let mother
know." On t the floor lay an empty
poison botti?, t , .
Anna, in the eyes of Big Business ,
was an "incompetent"
But Big Business would not give
Anna a job, even at $1 a week.
Would it Ijave done Anna any good
if a minimum wage law, providing
that employers need not pay "those
mentally incapable of earning the
minimum," had been in force?
Hardly. And the only thing such a
clause in the minimum wage law
would do is HARM to the girls
whom Big Business might CHOOSE
to call incompetent.
It would keep THEIR wages be
low the minimum, but the Annas
would be forced to commit suicide
and leave notes begging their broth- .
era "not to let mother know" just the
London. "The Tango Tea," a
New York Innovation, is about to be
adopted by British smart set.
Cairo. Custom officers discov- '
ered opium being smuggled into
Egypt concealed in folds of popular
London. Stray cat picked up in
alley by the Animals' Shelter Society
took first prize at a Crystal Palace
Cambridge, Mass. Ex-President
Taft says he learned much of the law,
at expense of the people.
Rockwood, Paw Gibson Umstott,
farmer, responsible for solemn re
port that black snake on his farm
swallowed iron rabbit painted in
Paris. Dr. Bertillon estimates
that 1,200,550 people live in Paris un
der unhygienic conditions.
TRAIN JUMPS TRACK 30 HURT -
Calgary, Alberta, May 23. Thirty
persons were injured today when two ,
coaches of the Imperial limited ex
press on the Canadian Pacific left the
rails at Mitf ord, 40 miles west of here, -and
rolled down a steep embankment.
Two men and a woman are in crit
ical condition, but are expected to