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ARE THEY IN POSITION TO BUY?
THAT'S A FAIR QUESTION Mrs. Elizabeth J. Ward doped out a plan to sell part of her 60,380 shares in the Ward mail order house to her employes. She just went to court for permission to do this; the old man's will says it can't be done. Just one point Mrs. Ward in her hustle to get to this reception and that dance forgot How nlany of her employes are making enough money to invest in stock? Has the charitable old lady slipped upon the facts that the senate vice commission dug up in 1913? Mont gomery Ward & Co. was shown up along with the rest of the mail order, -department store and factory bunch as payers of wages far too low. And low wages, it was proved, send many of our girls to disease and shame on the streets at night. How many of the thousands who punch the clock at the big mail or der house will be able to buy stock from Mrs. Ward if her suit in court to permit this is successful.?. Surely it's not the girl who came over to The Day Book office in March, 1913, and told what she did with $8 that she got at Montgomery Ward's every week, when she was well enough to work. She said: '1 pay $2 for my room; that's the lowest a girl can pay and still live respectably. My breakfast is always the same coffee and rolls and it costs 10 cents each morning. I spend from 15 to 17 cents for my lunch; supper I pay 25 cents for. "My laundry, when I have enough to pay for it, costs 75 cents a week. That's the very cheapest. With 60 cents every weels spent for carfare to work, the total for these things is $6.85. "That's more than most girls have to spend for these things, you know girls that work as I do. "The girls who live at home are really worse off than such as I. They almost always have to help support the family. I notice that they eat less at lunch than we do sometimes not at all." Then she was asked two ques tions and the real story came. "You have $1.15 left for clothes, shoes, amusements and everything else is that right?" was the first. "Why yes. Sometimes, not that much from my wages." "How then do you dress and pro vide everything on $1.15 a week?" came the second question. "I I can't It isn't enough, of course. But thent manage to get the money. You know " she blushed and stopped. If this girl still works in the mail order house how much has she been able to save to buy stock when Mrs. Ward's swell scheme is started? BULLETIN SAYS LOOP" STORES ARE OVERCROWDING Overcrowding and fire panic dan gers in the big stores of the loop are discussed in the North-West Side Commercial ass'n bulletin this week. Circuses, shows of "the funnies" and other attractions advertised to draw children downtown results during the present shopping season in "crowding at least one hundred times greater than city authorities will permit of in the ordinary small moving picture houses in any part of the city." "Every year during the holiday ruBh," it is stated, "convenient and obliging officers of the building de partment permit of undue and crim inal crowding in the large department stores on State street We remember one instance in the past three years where a store erected wooden ascend ing benches where children by the thousands were crowded together to see a flimsy child-amusing show. Will we have to anticipate another horrible example as was witnessed in the Iroquois theater holocaust?" o o The 25,000 inhabitants credited to Dawson City, Alaska, during the height of the 1898 gold rush have, now dwindled to 2,000.