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WHAT'S THE MATTER, DOES THE
REAL TRUTH HURT?
The National Association of Gar
ment Manufacturers have pulled a
joke. Right in the midst of a gar
ment workers' strike in Chicago be
cause of intolerable working condi
tions, they went on record in drastic
protest against the way naughty
moving picture companies portray
factory scenes. They called it "un
truthful and unauthentic represen
tation of conditions in factories."
They said the pictures are unfair to
the working girls and their employ
No one has forgotten the stories
of factory conditions revealed dur
ing the last garment stnkewhen girls
of tender years told with little emo
tion that if they expected to live on
what the clothing bosses, paid they
. knew they would eventually have to
go to the street and they knew that
there were girls so making up the
difference between the starvation
wages the clothing barons paid and
what it cost to live.
"In the busy season I get as much
as $6 a week," one garment worker
told a Day Book reporter. In the
slack season I get $3 and less. I pay
$4 a month for my room and I heat
water in the morning to make a cup
of tea and drink it without sugar or
milk and eat with it a couple .of rolls
I buy at the bakery. "
"At lunch I eat bread and. drink
water. At night I buy what'l can
afford; sometimes a herring, some
bread and some more of the tea, and,
sometimes, when the season is busy,
i I eat in a restaurant and get a 15
"You speak about being sick?"
asked another of the reporter. "I
was sick. I was two weeks a charity
patient in the Michael Reese hos
pital. When I was discharged they
sent me to a charity rest home and I
had eggs and milk. But they couldn't
. keep me there always and the doctor
old me whea I left that I must get 1
plenty of eggs and milk or I would
be sick agai".
"When I got back to work at the
factory where I had been making $6
a week I told the boss what the doc
tor said about me needing good foed.
At the end of the week he told me I
wasn't doing as much work as I had
before I was sick, so he cut my
wages to $4 a week.
"I live like she does. I pay $4 a
month for my room and I drink tea
without milk and two rolls for my
breakfast The last milk I had was
in the resting home. Milk costs too
much. At my lunch I eat what the
doctor said I must not sometimes a
piece of smoked fish and bread wash
ed down with water.
"But at night I get a real meal. I
pay my landlady $1.50 a week for my
night meal and I get some soup and
a little meat and some potatoes."
That's why the garment- bosses
must have been joking when they ob
jected to moving pictures that show
the conditions of the girl in factories,
for 'thfe moving pictures never get
right down to the rock bottom of
these conditions. It would trouble
the spectators too much.
GOING UP! MEANING SKIRTS
New York, May 27. A lot of hus
bands of clubwomen now gathered
here will probably have difficulty in
recognizing .their respective spouses
when said wives get back home.
They may also be a trifle shocked.
Nearly all out-of-town- delegates
noted instantly on their arrival here
that New York women were wearing
very short"skirts. They were sani
tary and chic. So in hotels every
where there have been regular sew
ing bees and delegates were busy
shortening all their skirts.
Catherine Dorsev. clerk Hubert
Kaulen's bakery, 136 S. Halsted, died
at County hospital from taking bi
chloride of mercury. Second eirl in
two days t6 die in that hospital from