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LAST EDITION LAST EDITION
"WHY ALL THE RED TAPE?" ASKS HANS
SCHMIDT 'fl AM READY TO DIE"
THE DAY BOOK
An Adless Daily Newspaper.
N. D. Cochran,
Editor and Publisher.
500 "South Peoria St.
Tel. Monroe 353. .
By Mail, 50 Cents a Month.
VOL. 2, NO. 302 Chicago, Saturday, Sept. 20, 1913
"WAGES WERE TOO LOW. LIFE IS
NOT WORTH LIVING."
So Says Note Left in Bible by Selma Peterson, Who
'Killed Herself Via the Gas Route Answers Ques-
tion That Stumped Millionaire Employers. ,
A little girl of 19, Selma Peterson,
has answered the question that none
of the millionaire employers who ap
peared before the O'Hara Welfare
Commission could answer. If a girl
cannot live on $8 a week, and is not
justified in gomg wrong, what shall
Selma turned on the gas in the
room of her boarding house yester
day at 519 Lincoln Parkway, and she
is dead. That is the answer.
Selma worked In Kuppenheimer's
clothing hop. The hours are so long
and one must work so terribly hard.
And no one must waste time in talk
ing or laughing, for -every moment
has its mbney value, eventhough the
money value is infinitesimal.
And Selma was very methodical.
She was paid $8 a week. No use go
ing into a speculation on what she
earned, for girls are seldom paid what
The eight jdollars had to cover
room rent and food and clothes and
laundry. Selma knew quite well how
far it would stretch. Why, she even
left a little black hook -with a memor
andum of each- week in it, and each
week ' the expenditures were the
Room rent 2.50
Carfare ' .60
Laundry t 1.00
Seventy-five cents a week left for
Yetit wasn't that that made Selma
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