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would impeach the testimony of the
girls as witnesses for the state.
In the case of Mary Kolsose, 19, 925
N. Lincoln avenue, damaging evi
dence was given against the tactics of
the store. She testified that after
the factory inspectors had been
there she was brought to the office of
the superintendent and made o sign
a statement that she was allowed 45
minutes for lunch and had never
worked over 10 hours a day.
On the stand she said she was only
allowed 30 minutes for lunch.
It was a very wise game the Boston
Store Attorneys tried to put over.
They endeavored to have the testi
mony of the girls stricken out and
the witnesses impeached because
they had contradicted their state
ments to Supt. Mangold.
And the evidence showed that
these girls had not the slightest idea
What they were signing" and had
merely depended on what was told by
the foreman of the kitchen.
It was brought out that the girls
had no regular lunch time, but got
their meals whenever the work slack
ened up sufficiently to give them time
to eat Sometimes they had to eat
as early as 8 o'clock and then the
next day at 11. '
Attorneys for the store also seem
ed to think it worth while to boast
of the fact that the Boston Store
gave the girls time to go to the
The time book used by the store,
in which the time of these girls was
supposed to be kept, was begun in
January, 1913. The entries stopped
March 19, 1913, and were not com
menced until Dec. 17, the day before
Nelson and Ehns made their inspec
tion. The girls seemed nervous and
afraid while on the stand and very
little could be brought out of them
on account of their condition.
Richard C. Mangold was also very
nervous and his attorneys made the
plea that he had nothing to do with
the violations, in which they were
sustained by the judge.
Then the state factory inspector
non-suited the cases" for the purpose
of filin gcomplaints against the cor
"We intend to push these cases,"
safd Inspector Nelson, "and get con
victions if it is necessary to bring the
president and the entire board of
directors into court
Nelson won a victory against
Siegel, Cooper & Co., when Judge
Newcomer imposed a fine of ?5 and
costs against the store.
Nelson and Inspector Gibbons
charged that the store had worked
Morris Miller, 15, 1843 W. 13th street,
over 8 hours. The boy was employed'
in the packing room.
Silas Rumsey, foreman of the Rog
ers Palace Laundry, 4845 Broadway,
was fined. $40 and costs for obstruct
ing the work of the factory inspect
ors. Miss Stoetzel, a deputy Inspector,
recently visited the plant and began
questioning the girls employed there.
Rumsey rushed" up to her and de
manded that she stop.
"1 won't let you talkiothese girls,"
he shouted. 'Get out of here. You're
making the girls lose time that
should be spent on the machined."
When Miss Stoetzel questioned he
tried 'to be indignant and later be
came abusive. He ended by explain
ing how charitable the Palace Laun
"Why even if we do workv the girls
Christmas eve, we buy them their
supper," he said. "And, besides; they
have all day Christmas for them
selves." The case against M. J. Rogers, one
of the owners of the laundry, on a
charge of violating the 10-hour law
was continued .until Feb. 9.
Babcock & Wilcox and Cachules
Bros.' restaurant were fined $5 and,
costs for breaking the 10-hour law'.
About 21,000 persons enter one big
New York hotel every day.