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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 20, 1915, NOON EDITION, Image 10

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The report of the O'Hara vice com
mission will yet he made public in
spite of the fight that has been waged
against it by thcmembers of the Illi
nois legislature wfib take their orders
from Big Business.
Next Wednesday Lieut-Gov. Bar-'
ratt O'Hara, who was chairman of
the commission, will present a report
'on the investigation made into the
evil effects of low wages and the rec
ommendations to remedy these con
ditions. For the first time the Illinois legjs-
tlature, sitting as a body, will' hear
t the stories of the young girl wage
slaves of the department stores and
f the factories of the state of Illinois.
Most of the testimony given at the
time came from the State st depart
ment stores and the factories of Chi
cago. Sears, Roebuck & Co. was one
of the hardest "hit. It will be remem
bered that at the time a 17-year-old
girl who had worked at Sears-Roe-
, buck's appeared on the stand while
Julius Rosenwald was testifying and
told of working for a salary of $3.50.
She also told of the liig firm charging
'the girls for drinking water.
Barratt 0'Haras decision to make
the report and his recommendations
.public next Wednesday is regarded as
, a big victory for the working women
of Illinois by the clubwomen who
have been interested in the fight.
It means that every legislator will
have to come out openly and declare
himself either a slave to the business
' interests of the state or a man sworn
to discharge his duties.
Although the champions of the
minimum wage for women bill will
'not make open accusations against
its opponents at the present time for
fear of injuring the bill's chances, it
is known that every scheme that
could be manufactured has been in-
' traduced to smother this bill, but it
appears now that their plot has failed
of its purpose.
A large delegation of Chicago so
cial workers will be on hand Wednes
day when O'Hara reads his report.
When he concludes they will urge the
nassRsre of the Harris-Burns mini-
.mum wage bill now pending in the
lower house.
It is expected that many depart
ment store girls will also be brought
down to further impress upon the leg
islators the necessity of better wages.
Also many so-called "white slaves"
who hit the "easiest way" through
lack of living wages may be on hand.
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Seattle, Wash., April 20. Mrs. An
nie Olson is believed to be the first
housewife in the United States to
"move" by parcel post.
Postoffice. clerks were astounded
when she appeared at the parcel post
window demanding stamps for con
veyance of her household goods from
this city to Quinault
"I figured it would be cheaper this
way," said Mrs. Olson, handing in a
barrel containing her kitchen stove.
Other articles of furniture follow
ed, weighing in all 337 pounds and
including kitchen utensils, & rocking
chair and a dining room table among
other things. They cost her $4.62 in,
stamps. It cost her $20 the old way,
she said.
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