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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, October 02, 1914, LAST EDITION, Image 12

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Juction of the statutory working
hours for women in this state, es
pecially in view of the piece-payment
system with its attendant physical
and mental exactions, The ten hours
permitted at the present time is
wholly out of proportion with the
benefits which might have been in
tended. I should say as the law
reads now it affords no protection
whatsoever. In numerous instances
women work practically all day long,
though not actually engaged at their
required task. An employer has the
legal right to demand his help to
work from 6 to 8 a. m., then from 10
a. m. to 2 p. m., and again from 4 to
8 p. m. That woman would be work
ing ten hours a day, but in reality her
whole day is spent on the job. Other
large industrial states have not only
regulated the hours of employment
of female workers, but have greatly
reduced the number of hours below
the legal requirements of Illinois.
"We must conserve the health of
the workers, especially the female
help, because they are both a social
as well as an industrial asset. Indus
trial work and environment must in
duce health and not disease, if the
future shall justify us in employing
women in factories. Processes can
be made harmless if we work at the
problem long enough; workrooms
can be made wholesome, and speed
cut short before the point of depletion."
With the boundless enthusiasm of
his kind, the food faddist harrangued
the mob on the marvelous results to
be obtained from chewing soap and
eating nut bread.
"Friends," he cried, swelling visi
bly and clapping his chest, "two years
ago I was a walking skeleton a hag
gard, miserable wreck. What do you
suppose brought about this great
change in me?"
He paused to seo the effect of his
words. Then a voice rose from among
the listeners: "Wot change?"
Foods by mail will be the next blow
at the high cost of living in Chicago.
The postmen will now carry food
stuffs at low rates between the pro
ducer and consumer, saving the mid
dleman's profit.
Chicago is one of thirteen cities
with the new rates for carrying foods,
and in the other cities where the sys
tem is established a steady business
has sprung up.
The postoffice will receive names
of those who have something to sell
and, forming a directory of these,
will distribute them to the Chicago
ans. Many society women have under
taken the task of explaining the new
selling system to the farmers while
working on the Municipal Markets
o o
'Is George wealthy?"
'He must be! He and MabeLhave
bean engaged two whole weeks and
he still has money left in the bank"

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