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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 16, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 5

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Hermann Traunt's home is 20 by
15 feet. It has two rooms. He ha.
a wife and five children, the oldest a
son of thirteen, who goes to work
next fall, and a baby, Sophia, two
weeks old.
The day I called Hermann was tak
ing care of the baby. The mother was
out to' do a washing for a "rich lady."
This was two weeks after her baby
was born. The lady changed her
mind, however, and the mother re
turned. 'Hermann had been laid off
from the Deering plant of the Har
vester Company for two weeks.
Mrs. Traunt could not tell how she
spent the money she got. It was just
a scramble to sustain life. Her hus
band never drinks and goes to church
Last Sunday the family had chick
en feet, with the yellow skin peeled
off. Two of their children have died
(so many babies die in Deering fami
' lies) .
On the same lot with the cellar in
which John Vogel lives is a frame
house one story and a basement, 25
by 18 feet. Here lives a family of hus
, band, wife and daughter and five
men boarders. All, except the woman
and her daughter, work in the Inter
national Harvester plant. This place
is not "prettily furnished," but the
place shows marks of. a woman's re
lentless war for decency.
There is no bathroom and no priv
acy. Hydrant water is their only mod
ern convenience.
I did go from shack to shack here
and could tell the same story again
and again the same story of $2-a-day
and near-starvation.
(Tomorrow Special Investigator
will tell about the charity that the
Harvester Trust's employes NEED
and sometimes receive.)
With the conditions among the In
ternational Harvester workers as rot
ten as described in the above article
it seems rather remarkable that
Tames Deering, one of the heads of
the company, gave $1,000,000 to the
Wesley Hospital yesterday without
raising the wages of his employes.
At various pink teas Deering was
lauded because ni his gift. By the
terms under which he gave the
money the namev "Deering" must be
chiseled promiscuously around the
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"I, sir, am the young man who
has been calling on your daughter."
"What do you want to see me
about? To ask me for her hand, I
"Not that I 'just wished to sug
gest you interest her in some life
work. I think she's going to be an
old maid."
"You're kinder to dumb animals
than you are to me, your wife."
"Well, you try being dumb and see
how kind I'll be."
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When you undo a parcel fold the
paper and tie the string around it.
There will always be a string to fit
a bundle without looking for one.
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