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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, August 01, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 8

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Thirty girls and women fainted at
the Fair department store last Fri
day, according to complaints sent to
Factory Inspector Oscar Nelson.
It was the same day forty persons
In Chicago dropped dead from the
heat And with the large working
force of The Fair, just as in any big
store or factory, it is expected that
during the course of a fierce summer
hot spell a few girls and women
would drop from exhaustion.
What made last Friday an excep
tion at The Fair was the statistics,
the percentages, the rapidity and
numbers of girls and women swoon
ing at the counters.
So many working girls were tem
porarily disabled for duty while at the
same time so many customers were
staying away from the hot shopping
district that the store management
closed for the day and let everybody
go early in the afternoon.
"I have no statement for The Day
Book and I will not answer any ques
tions The Day Book asks, nor will I
go into this matter in any way with
The Day Book," was the reply of J. J.
Buell, general sup't of The Fair, to a
reporter yesterday.
"The law says department stores
must have ventilating systems in
stalled in basements and there shall
be a certain amount of cu'oio air
space per individual worker on the
main and upper floors," said Factory
Inspector Nelson. "The Fair store
complies with these regulations. It
has plenty of cubic air space and it
has followed our suggestions in cor
recting its basement ventilation sys
tem." "There's a lot of kicking from
workers at The Fair that the store
sells all kinds of electric fans, but
doesn't operate electric fans for the
relief of its own employes," said the
"The state law says nothing about
electric fans during hot weather
and The Fair is not violating any
law in that respect," explained Nej
On a tour over The Fair yeste
day afternoon a Day Book man sal
three sets of fans in operation.
were over the ladies' corset sectio
the boys and girls' book section and
in Sup t Buelrs office.
Outside of these lonely cooling
mechanisms, the reporter couldn't
locate any other devices stirring the
air and keeping it in circulation for
the reduction of statistics on faint
ing working girls during the dread
dog days.
From Sup't Buell's office the
porter walked to the men's clot
section. On a poop-deck.
real tall man would bump
on the ceiling If he stood
was a gang of stitching,
ors and bushelmen. They
a narrow shelf hanging to the .
street wall of the building.
And instead of pressing men's
pants with heavy chunks of ice, these
tailors and bushelmen use hot flat
irons. It was a steamy place.
"Ah! hah!" said the reporter,
"this is where I'll find some of the
fine electric fans like the Fair sells
customers who use Commonwealth
Edison current and keep up to date."
But there weren't any fans. Not a
And the reporter walked away
wondering what the statistics are on
bushelmen who stitch and baste
during the dread dog days of sum
mer. o 3
William J. Gallagher, former chief
of the Union Traction Co.'s pin
brigade of jurors, sought for tea ,
yetars by the police, was taken ihtc
custody in xew ion; yesterday.
Gallagher skipped his bonds after
being convicted of jury bribing. His
scheme was to approach jurors in
the Union Traction cases and, if they
were fixed, to put pins in their lapels.
The traction lawyers would then se
lect them without question.

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