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IS THERE A BLACKLIST ON
STATE ST.? WORKER'S STORY
INDICATES THERE IS
Is there a blacklist on State street?
One worker who was ousted from
jobs in Hillman's and the Boston
Store says there is. Department
store managers have always said
there is none. But they have a right
to hire and fire as they please, they
Here's the story told today by Har
old Nielsen of 1519 Hollywood, av.
"I was fired from my job as clerk
in the C. E. Freeman grocery at 418
W. North av. about the first of De
cember. I had trusted an aged wom
an with 42 cents worth of food, they
told me when they canned me.
"I admitted letting the old lady
have the stuff, but protested that I
had trusted her before and they
didn't complain. They paid me off
and said I had broken the rules of the
"I was only getting $15 a week at
Freeman's. But I missed that as
soon as it ceased coming in, so after
trying several other groceries I went
down to Hillman's and they put me
to work right away at a wage of $12
"The job was cutting cheese in the
delicatessen department. Things i
went fine for two weeks and they
seemed satisfied with me.
"Then one day the floorwalker
came up to my counter.
" 'Count your change. The boss
wants to see you,' he said.
"I hurried to the ofllce of S. M.
Hitt, the superintendent, and sent in
word that I was waiting outside. The
office girl went into the inside office
and then came out
" 'Give me your timecard,' the girl
" 'But I was told Mr. Hitt wanted
to see me,' I answered dumbfounded.
" 'Never mind that, , Give me your
jtimecard she snapped back.
" 'Can I ask Mr. Hitt why I am
fired?' I begged the girl.
" 'He doesn't want to talk to yqu,
was the answer.
"So I got my pay and left the tore.
"Ten days before Christmas I went
over to the Boston Store and they
hired me without question, putting
me in the grocery department.
"I stayed until Christmas eve and
then was laid off. After the holidays
I went back to the store and saw
that they needed a man on my count
er. " 'I guess I'll apply for. my old job,'
I told an employe whom I had worked
" 'Don't waste your time,' the
friend told me. 'I understand you
are in bad because of some refer
ences you gave. The next place you
go to be more careful about whose
name you give. Someone is knock
ing and you will get fired as often as
you apply on State street with their
references you have been givmg.' "
ALL 'ROUND TOWN V
One-, of the Wets asked one of the
"What does the Anti-Saloon
league think of Mayor Thompson?"
"Oh, he has 'em guessing. They
like to have him marching along, but
they don't like to see him carrying
TAXI WAR IN LOOP
A taxicab war between the Hotel
La Salle and Yellow Taxi fleets
proved an excitement to after-theater
crowds last night The Shaw Co.,
which controls the Yellows, have
been peeved ever since the hotel peo
ple decided to grab off the easy
money of the taxi business them
selves instead of letting it go to the
Shaw crowd. Traffic was blocked
when Yellows attempted to draw
into the line in front of the hotel.
The trouble was finally straightened
out by the police.
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