VI-"City Slave Girls" - Nell Nelson - Chicago Daily Times

VI-"City Slave Girls" - Nell Nelson - Chicago Daily Times

"The Times'" Lady Reporter Spends a Day in Goldsmith's Tailor Shop at 258 Rumsey Street

by: Nell Nelson | publication date: August 4, 1888 | Publication: Chicago Times | pages: 1-2

Never so long as reason reigns shall I forget the day I worked in II Goldsmith's tailor-shop, and never when I pray shall I forget to add, "God help the shop girls." 
Thursday morning I stepped from an Ogden avenue car and walked down Market street in search of work. It was boiling hot and I carried my brown veil on the breeze, and a small pasteboard box containing a cracker and a lemon, a paper of needles, a thimble, and a pair of scissors.  On the way I met two unhappy looking girls of whom I made labor inquiry.  One had sewed carpet at $5 a week for the Chicago Carpet company but was out of employment.  The other said she earned $6 a week in WB Brothers' caravat department.  Her [unreadable] was sick and the forewoman had "let her off for the day." 
The first clew I got to a place was a wooden sign with "Sewing GIrls Wanted" that hung below the north window of 153 Market street, where Messrs. Hart, Abt, & Marx manufacture clothing.  I read the sign and entered the main store - a nice, big, clean cool place.  A little girl sat at the big typewriter making such a clatter with her letters that it was useless to try to call her.  In the office were two gentlemen.  One was the very prototype of Munkaesy's Jesus Christ, and he I addressed for work.  

part of Nell Nelson's undercover series on working conditions for women in Chicago's factories. Nelson worked undercover in several factories as research for the series.

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