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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, July 22, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 4

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'demic broke out on June 8. There
were 133 new cases. Yesterday there
were only 81 new cases reported and
the deaths were only 32.
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Lydia Wiles, 19, the high school
girl who worked at Rothschild's de
partment store, Is still missing. She
started for work Thursday morning
and has not been seen since.
The girl's father, J. F. Wiles, 6102
Stewart av., said today that he be
lieves she has been abducted or in
duced to leave by a department store
flirt, perhaps a suitor who induced
her to elope.
Several varieties of flirts flourish
in the department stores. One is the
"halmless" variety, the men who
simply want to make a mash and
take a girl "out for a good time."
Another kind of department store
flirt is the man, most often aided by
a woman confederate, who gains the
friendship and confidence of ax low
paid store worker with the sole pur
pose of commercializing her to vice.
The story has often been told in
morals court of how girl workers in
the stores have taken the first wrong
step because they thought that by it
they could escape some of the drud
gery and drabness of their lives.
The professional department store
flirt directs his wiles against the giijls
whom they know are having a hard
struggle to keep straight and who are
leading near joyless lives because ol
their poverty.
Miss Wiles was not forced to work
by poverty. She had no reason, it
seems, to run away from a good
home; but she is gone.
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Cincinnati, July 2Z Hundreds of
fish in the Licking river have gone on
a jag and many have died as a result
of their dissipation. Federal author
ities are investigating the dumping
of distillery waste in the river.
Is the city holding up the pay of
its employes who are soldiers?
City Comptroller Eugene xR. Pike
says "No,"
The wife of a policeman who went
to the border when his company of
militia was called out says: '
"My husband has been away four ft
weeks. ,1 have received but two '
weeks' pay, and that not until last
"We stand in dangeV of losing all
we have, of eviction from our home.
The few dollars we had saved upbe
fore my husband was called away are
gone. I was forced to give up our
little girl because I could not care for
"I have gone to the-paymaster's of
fice each week, sometimes oftener.
One of the men there finally told me:
'It is none of my business if you are
starving; it is none of my business
if you are going to lose your home;
you will get your money when it is
"Another man there told me that
it was the intention to hold out two
weeks' pay on every guardsman, so
that in case any were promoted to of
ficers the city would not be overpay
ing them. You see, the order passed
by the city council says that the city
shall make up the difference between
what the men draw in .the army and
what they are paid as-city employes.
"I don't know what I'll do. I have
begged Col. Sanborn to release my
husband, but he will not"
A soldier has written from the bor
der to protest against the city hold
ing up the pay of enlisted employes
while families are suffering in want.
City Comptroller Eugene R. Pike
has denied most of the allegations of $
the soldier who wrote from the bor
der, though he has admitted there
have been delays and that a reserve
fun has been held out against certain
of the city soldiers whom the dep't,
he says, does not know whether they
are privates or officers in the army.

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