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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, December 15, 1913, Image 2

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excitement around the Store -when this group of working "people threw off
the reins.
"After working until our limbs were weary," said one of the clerks,
"we started to protest. Our demand for 50 cents each for the day's work
was refused. We had worked Saturday night until 10 o'clock and were
dragged down Sunday without even receiving car fare.
"Then we were offered a dinner each. But some, of them previously
had been promised 50 cents, which was not forthcoming.
"When we heard that we were to get no money some of us protested
and refused to $at, and demanded our money for the extra labor per
formed on the Lord's Day.
"The. management, represented by Mr. Bull, Mr. Davis, Mr. Lyons and
other men of their caliber refused to entertain such a proposition. Then
the employes shouted that they wanted their 50 cents and it looked like a
young riot for a time. -We refused to
give up our cards showing we worked
that day, although the management
insisted upon it.
"We Went out to the sidewalk,
from where we shouted to those who
remained inside not to give up their
cards, as we intended'forming a com
mittee to present our demands,
through a lawyer.
"What good did the vice- commis
sion accomplish if they are still al
lowed to trpat men, women and girls
in this high-handed manner?
"What good does a lot of agitation
do when the stores still continue to
pay starvation wages and work their
people on Sunday without pay?"
Nothing, however, was done today
by The Fair management to comply
with the demands of their clerks. A
Day Book reporter called on E. J.
Lehmann, head of The Fair today to
get his explanation of the affair.
"I came to see you directly, Mr.
Lehmann, because we thought possi
bly these conditions existed without
your knowledge," said the reporter.
"0, yes," responded Lehmann
gaily, "I know all about it. You see,
we will always do that. The clerks
must come down on Sundays because
they haven't time during the week to
fix up their stock."
"How much do they get for this?"
asked the reporter.
"We serve a nice lovely dinner
here in the store,' 'answered Leh
mann. "Something in the nature of a ban
quet, I suppose," suggested the re
porter. "Yes, something,' said Lehmann.
He seemed pleased. "Yes, the dinner
s easily worth 75 cents. It costs the
store 55 cents." (
"You don't give them any money
.though, do you?"
Lehmann shrugged his shoulders.
"How about carfare?" s'
"Why ah," Lehmann hesitated,
"why, I suppose they could get their
carfare if they asked for it."
"What about that strike yester
day?" "O, that was just the work of an
agitator," said Lehmann. "That
doesn't worry us any. You know
that work they do on Sunday is
necessary. You know that work
must be done and especially now
just before Christmas."
Big Chicago firm promises to make
one of the most astonishing exhibits
ever seen, at San Diego's Expo', but
wants to keep the thing a mystery.
Bet a dollar it's a lot of those Armour
cold storage eggs at umpty cents
the doz. "
-o o
"You don't seem to be as fond of
Charley Dawkins as you used to be."
"No, I admit that I don't care for
him at all any more. Sometimes it
seems ns if I just couldn't wait until
after Christmas to tell him so."

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