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"How many get that?"
"Fourteen. You see, that 695 in
cludes both office and plant girl em
ployes. "Oh, I see," said O'Hara, "and how
many girls work in the plant."
"Three hundred and ninety-nine.
Their average wage is $7.59. They
work-in the butterine, soap, sausage
vand such departments. They work
about fifty hours a week."
"Do they haye to stand while work
ing?" asked O'Hara.
"Some of "them."
"Now Mr. Swift, what do you think
Is Jhe lowest pay a girl possibly can
live decently on?"
"Jm sure I don't know," said
"Don,'t yqu think there is some
moral responsibility for the girls he
employs resting on the shoulder of
a big employer?" asked O'Hara.
Swift just shrugged his shoulders,
possibly signifying he did not feel
any weight on his shoulders.
"Do you think there is any con
nection between low wages and vice
Swift wakened up immediately.
"There may be a slight connec
tion,'" he said.
"What do you think is the princi
pal cause of vice?"
"I don't know, I'm sure. I suppose
the girl's home life, her environment
and ah that"
"Don't you think money has some
thing to do with the sort of "home
life, environment and alt that' she
"Yes," said Swift, slowly, "I sup
pose it has."
"Where do most of your girl em
"In the district surrounding the
"What are. the housing conditions
in that district?"
"Why, they compare favorably
with similar districts."
"Have you ever made an effort to
make it the best district of its kind?" 1
"Oh, yes, we have settlement and
welfare workers' and all that."
"Do you think thatight dollars a
week is an excessive amount for a
girl to spend on herself for lodging,
food and clothes?"
It took Mr. Swift quite a little time
to answer this question.
"No-o," he said, at last.
"Then why do you pay less?"
"Why, the wages are standard."
"How is the standard fixed?"
"By the standard of wages in the
In the answers to the last three
Louis F. Swift.
questions will be seen the reason why
Mr. Swift is a financier.
"Is this standard of wages fixe"d onl
the girl's usefulness or on your abil
ity to pay the wages?" t
"It depends largely on the girl's'
There was silence for a few min-r
utes while the members pondered the
last few questions and answers. Then
O'Hara tried a new. tack.
"Does Swift & Company lose)
money?" he asked.
Swift smiled. "I don't think so,"t
he said. r
"How much would it cost your
company to pay an $8 a week mini-t
Swift did some rapid figure worfci