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COURTROOM STORIES WERE DIFFERENT THAN
THOSE TOLD ON THE OUTSIDE
BY JANE WHITAKER
If you had been present at the injunction proceedings before Judges
McGoorty, BaldwiiTand Windes yesterday and listened to the testimony of
waitresses now employed at Henrici's, you would have been tempted to give
up your present job and sit on Collins' doorstep until he took you in.
Even a policeman hid his face behind his hand as Margaret Bemis,
who says she is head waitress at Henrici's, told of the marvelous amount
of money waitresses in that restaurant collect through the generosity of the
public, and the policeman murmured:
"Why, that's more than I get."
But none of the testimony would have altered your idea of the amount
that Collins pays, though you might have gasped to find that in some cases
it was even less than you supposed, for the mother of two children testified
that she is paid by Collins $3.50 a week for "dinner work."
But if you had wandered away from the courtroom and interviewed
two girls to whom I talked, who have but recently worked at Henrici's, you
would have wondered just why a head waitress should testify that girls
make as high as. $30 a week through the tip system, which is $5 more than
she said- she gets as a wage, when the
girls who have worked there prev
iously are willing to testify that they
did not average more than $7 a week
in tips at any time.
You would also marvel why a story
like the following could be possible
if a girl gets $25 or $30 a week by
working at Henrici's.
"To show you just how hard it is
for a girl to pay the fines that Col
lins assesses for every trifling thing,
I will tell you of something that hap
pened," a girl said to me.
"One of the girls had an order for
veal cutlets. The cutlets slipped off
the plate on to the floor and she
knew, as she picked them up, that if
she took them back to the kitchen
she would have to pay for them out
of her salary and she could not afford
it. So she wiped them off, put some
fresh tomato sauce on top of them
and served them over."
"I remember one time when I was
charged twenty cents for an. order I
brought back," another girl said,
"and when I brought the order into
the kitchen another girl ordered the
same thing -and my order was given
to her, so that it was really served
and paid for, yet I had to have twen
ty cens deducted from my wages."
Carl C. Quale, an investigator for
the Illinois Senate White Slave Com
mission, decided to ascertain for him
self if the girls now in Henrici's are
really satisfied, so he wandered in
there one day last week, ordered a
meal, and then engaged the waitress
"I asked her how much she was
paid," Quale said, "and she told me
she got $7 a week and tips. Then I
questioned whether she did not feel
humiliated in taking tips.
"She told me that she did not like
to have to take tips, but in answer to
my question if she was satisfied, she
replied that she was.
" 'You cannot mean that,' Quale
insisted. 'A girl of your refinement
must certainly rebel at having a dime
tossed to her by some man rather
than feel the independence of receiv
ing enough wages not to necessitate
receiving tips?' " .
Collins was passing up and down
in a nervous manner while Quale was
talking to the girl, and she hesitated
about answering, while her face
Quale turned and looked at Col
lins and Collins went back to the
desk. Then the girl answered"