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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, June 24, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 7

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that a spark would produce a rush of
flame which would seriously hum
scores of customers and many of the
clerks, no matter how quickly the
automatic sprinkler system worked.
Even more serious is the danger
which would result from the ensuing
It seems the owners of these stores,
especially brought to my attention
by conditions in the Boston store,
are absolutely indifferent to the safe
ty of then- clerks, most of whom are
young girls, sure to be caught in a
stamjede; and almost as callous to
the serious dangers to which the
great numbers of shoppers, mainly
women, are subjected. They are
merely become heads of a money
making, life-destroying institution
characterized by the utter absence
of any vital interest in the life of their
employes, except insofar as by in
creased efficiency they can secure a
greater return for their labor. And it
would seem their disregard of their
customers' safety is based on their
belief that, controlling through their
advertising power the daily press
thsy can keep the consuming public
in ignorance of the dangers to wHich
those profit-takers subject them.
The only way out is the way of
self-protection organization of the
employes to protect and advance their
own interests, and the enactment of
laws sufficient to secure the public
safety with the election of officials
who will enforce the laws. Among
all the forces needed to secure such
a result none is more important than
the building up of a paper which shall
be devoted to the interests of those
who labor, and to the public good of
the community as a whole. Condi
tions are rotten ripe for a change,
and I believe The Day Book is con
tributing its share to the good work.
The most disgusting thing about
present day society is the smug re
spectability of those who plunder us
by the wholesale under guise of law,
and to any publication which will help
tear off this mask of respectability
and expose the hideous reality of our
present industrial and social system
thousands of the victims of this sys
tem, will bid Godspeed.
James H. Dolsen,
West Side Y. IV. C. A.
"Where the vast and cloudless sky
was broken by one crow
I sat upon a hill all alone long
But f never felt so lonely and so out
of God's way
As here, where I brush elbows with
a thousand every day."
She sat beside me in a moving
picture show, a slim, young thing with
big brown eyes and copper-colored
hair that-curled about her face. I no
ticed her asJ sat down and then for
got all about her, until she almost
"Will you please pretend you know
me? There is a man who followed
me in and I am afraid of him."
I looked at her curiously and then
down the row three seats to a man
who was watching her with greedy
eyes that in the dim light glowed
"Why are you afraid of him?" I
asked, as low. "If he bothers you
when you go out, turn him over to a
"Oh!" she said, and was silent and
it came to me that she was disap
pointed in me, that she thought I did
not want to be bothered with her, so
I reached over and touched her hand.
"You mustn't mind my being so
practical," I said. "I forgot for a mo
ment hat you weren't one of my
young sisters and I talked to you the
same way. Are you alone in Chicago?"
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