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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 18, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 10

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)f More than 100 men maintain the I girl workers. Then, -it is charged," he
camp and school. Pupils come from
all parts of the country," ana from
every division of the army.
Despite the precautions taken to
avoid accidents, four "deaths have oc
curred in this camp in the year it has
heen on North Island since coming
from Texas City.
Beginners remain in the air only
45 minutes because of "the tremend
ous nervous "and mental, strain first
experienced. After they become
more proficient longer flights are
permitted. Recently Lieut. Talifero
of this camp broke speed and dis
tance recoras 01 tne army aviators m
a flight from San'Diego toLos An
geles. An' elevation of from "4000 to
5,000 feet was maintained through
out this flight .or the purpose of
avoiding-air waves caused by the un
dulating hills between, the two cities
and to enable'the flyers-glide for a
greater distance to ajdacefsafety
in case of engine trouble;
The altitude recorjdin urmy' avia
tion was made at T$prh Island, when
10,500 feet was-Jregfetered byXbarQ
, graph on one of-the machines.
-T Q-rO- ,
Richard lghtf inspector of pri
vate employment -agencies has
struck some eviTcoiiditipns- since he
first todk. office,
But the evil which existed .in the
great chair-making industry pperated
by the Heywood Brothers & Wake
field is one -of the' darkest he' has yet
In their big1 plant at, 2653.Arthing
ton street a small-army, of, girls .and
women toil on rattan chairs. It is
very hard work. It is of the kind that
wrtcks health. For doing this work
they are paid $1 a day.
These ghis are hired and fired by
Gustave Seaxick, the superintendent.
.Searick taught some of Big Business'
Ideas on grinding money from factory
Searick. gazed upon the long line of
found a way of making money from
According to Knight's charges, -Searick
began conducting a v little
employment office all his own and
charged the'girls for their jobs.
tta is now nn hfifore-the law on the
speeific charge of operating an, em
ployment agency wiuiuuu a, uucuoc.
But the story behind -the charge is
much more interesting than the legal-
souriding Charge.
One of Searick's woraers was Mrs.
Mary'Gavreases. The w6man found
it necessary and she secured a job
in the rievwood mill at the usual
"dollar a day" wage.
ane worjiea as iasc as ner ureu.
arms would allow. To her the $B a
week meant a home. But Nov. 10,
1913, Searick came to her and told
her she wasn't needed anymore
Then Began a long search for an
Qther..job.'She didnit succeed in get
ting one. Then one day she appealed
to Searick for another chance.
According to her story, told to
Knight, Searick offered to give her
the job back if she would pay him
$10 out of her wags. The woman,
fearful of not being able to get an
other idb, accepted the man's offer.
She says she paid the money.
But on' Dec. 15 she was again laid
off And again came the , hopeless
search for anqther position. In Jan
uary she'saw Searick'again. He told
her she .was-laid off4 before because
work wayslack. But for another
$10 he would fix her up good. Again
she proved -a victim. And again she
was flred in the course of time.
l Then Knight got hold of her story.
He investigated and then swore out
a complaint against Searick Knight
said he had the names of several
girls who Vould appear in court, Imt
when the .case was called yesterday
before Judge Newcqmer the girls
were not there.
"Knight expressed the opinion that
the girls were afraid of losing their
jobs if they testified against Searick'

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