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lis companion round several blocks
and led him to the Tunnel station
again, this time upon the opposite
side. Upon this platform the asylum
attendant was waiting.
"I thought you gtiys was never
coming," he growled.
"Ninety-nme dollars," said the
portly, gentleman, withdrawing his
own bill from the loot. That's thirty
three each. Not bad for a morning's
work. But say! It's worth it, think
ing out these new games every day."
NOLAN RAPS CONDITION IN U. S.
' By Cilson Gardner
Washington, April 14. Sweat
shop conditions and the speedmg-up
process in the Postoffice Depart
ment were exposed on the floor of
he House by Representative John
I. Nolan of California, during the de
bate on the appropriation bill. The
clause under discussion appropriated
money to pay, on the piece-rate
basis, women working at tabulating
machines. The same section car
ried an increase of $1,000 for Charles
A. Kram, the official responsible for
the sweating process.
"Sweatshop conditions will be
found to exist in many ways if prop
erly investigated," said a letter from
a woman employee read on the floor
by Mr. Nolan. "Many are breaking
down with nervous prostration, and
it is only a question of time when
every one will have paralysis of the
right arm. Last February all limits
were taken off; each one was told
to do all she could. The work was
four months behind; so this helped
to bring it up; at same time errors
from last yean were produced in
such quantities as to keep pay roll
about usual. The scheme worked."
The claim is made that expenses
have been reduced by the piece-price
plan. The women are paid $1.50 a
thousand for punching cards at the
tabulating machines. At the same
time they, are charged three cents
apiece for errors twenty times as
much as they receive for punching
an errorless card.
"The man who has charge of these
machines," said Nolan, "admits that
it is breaking down the health of
these women. They have got to
have young and strong women to
stand the strain."
"A regular hell on earth," is the
characterization given by Rev. J.
W. Bryan of Washington, "Every
principle that has heretofore been
held dear to employees in the gov
ernment has been abandoned," he
The clause went out of the bill in
the House, but will undoubtedly be
restored in conference. Mr. Kram.
retained his raise of $1,000 in salary.
WISCONSIN MAN HEADS
Madison, Wis. W. H. Leiserson,
superintendent of the Wisconsin
State State Free Employment agen
cies, has been appointed chairman of
the federal committee that will in
vestigate and report to congress the
cause of unemployment in the United
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