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AUSTRIAN GIRL LEARNS ENGLISH IN
MONTHS IN FACTORY SCHOOL
i By Nixola Greeley-Smith.
New York. "The promised land"
HAS KEPT its promise to Rebecca
Eight months ago an illiterate Aus
trian immigrant girl, unable to speak
or write English, went to work in a
New York garment factory.
Today, speaking and writing flu
ently the language of her adopted
country, proficient in other studies,
she proudly cherishes the FIRST
"certificate of literary" issued by a
factory a factory which has paid
her for going to school during work
It was Rebecca Meyer who receiv
ed this first certificate, -at the grad
uation exercises just held on the top
floor of the big women's wear fac
tory of D. E. Sicher & Co., hrere. It
was Rebecca Meyer who delivered
the address of welcome to the mem
bers of the board of education, the
members of the firm, her fellow-employes
and all' the other gathered at
these exercises the FIRST of their
kind ever held in any commercial es
"When I came from Austria I hoped
to find work. THAT WAS ALL.
"How I should learn to speak the
English language I did not know!
That I should go to school, every day,
WHILE I WORKED-r-who could
dream such a thing?
"It could not be in any other coun
try except America!"
Dudley E$ Sicher, head of the firm
in whose workrooms a regular or
ganized class has held its sessions all
winter, stood smiling in the back
ground. ' Sicher is president of the
Cotton Goods Manufacturers' Asso
ciation. It was he who conceived the
idea, about a year ago, of increasing
the efficiency of his women employes
by giving to them at the same time
an education FREE OF COST, during
. "One , of the first and most fitoiice-
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k V m
, ReEecca. "Meyet1
able results of the factory school has
been a marked decrease Jn the fric
tion and waste of time caused by in
ability of employes to comprehend di
rections. A girl who understands En
glish, and has been enabled thereby
to school herself in, factory methods
and conditions, doesn't "hesitate and
blunder she understands, and
"And what then?"
"Why, HIGHER PAY!"
No wonder Rebecca Meyer Is
grateful for the 45 minutes a day in
which button-sewing has given plate
to study no wonder she thinks'
America must be the wonderland' of
all -the, world!, - - ",