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suade a girl to an immoral action, so he attempted to pull a coffee bag oyer her head. She screamed and caused a disturbance and the proprietor of the restaurant camelntothe kitchen and cursed and struck her because of her outcry. These girls are made to work 12 hours a day and furnished with the poorest kind of food. They are in structed to lie to any inspector who questions them about their hours and feel compelled to lie or lose the job and not be able to get another one through the agency that got them this one. In one case where the proprietor was taken into court for violating the ten-hour law and finjra $25 the girl declared that he took the amount of the fine out of the month's wages he owed her and then discharged her. The usual method of the agencies is to take the fee from the girl under the required guarantee that a posi tion will be secured or the money re funded in thirty days. The girl is sent to one of these Greek restaurants, sne is kept a couple of days and then fired on some, pretext ' and must pay the agency another fee to get further em ployment. A girl whose name is given in the report as "Helen" paid $2 to an agen cy and was given about four hours' work. She asked for the return of the fee and was told to come back in thirty days, which she did and was laughed at. At this time she was without food and money and the peo ple she was rooming with had told her they could not afford to keep her any longer. "M. K" paid $1 to agent, was given half a day's work and the next day a girl "was sent to take her place and she was laid off and forced to pay another fee to secure another job, which meant at themost a few more days of work. One of the methods used by these employment agencies is for the woman in charge to take a number of girls around the city, the girls paying their own carfare and hers. She will take them to different places, many of which have never asked for help, and after several hours the girls, unsuccessful, their money spent, grow discouraged and the woman lets them go to their homes and declares she has done her duty. ' If a girl who has been given a few hours' work, and nothing further, complains of the treatment at the employment agency the woman in charge will abuse her in the presence of other girls and remind her that Bhe has had work and forbid her to enter the place again. The girl, re alizing that it is better to borrow an other dollar and propitiate the wom an than lose the amount she has paid in fees will adopt this course and receive a few more hours, or at the most a few more days', employment. The Public Welfare Bureau de clares the fining system of punish ment for restaurant keepers or em ployment agencies who violate the law inadequate and suggests prison sentences as the only method of re form. They also declare that organiza tion is essential for the protection of the girls and hearty co-operation by the city itself is necessary in order that the girls may receive a square deal and an opportunity to earn an honest living. o o . BITS OF NEWS Joe Rychlewski, 52, 3202 S. Ash land av., fatally hurt today at Amer ican Cutlery Works when grind stone exploded. Died at Francis Willard hospital. Policeman Albert LedoN'n, Maxwell st, station, searching two men in doorway at 916 S. Larkin. Hit on head by iron bar wielded by third. Skull fractured. Trio escaped. Roswald Reid held up in his drug store at 711 W. 69th. Drove men off after gun fight a . ,AJJMtolaC-fcJtEftiiMt--"fc --fc-&Sf..