Jan 1921 Vienna article by Dorothy Thompson

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Cable News, Auto and Classified Section JAPAN ALARMED WAGES OF ENTIRE VIENNA FAMILY NOT ENOUGH FOR FOOD Combined Earnings Go For Heat and Nourishment, and Even Though They Are Always Hungry, They Are Fortunate, Compared With Most Residents of Unhappy City, As They Are Not Starving; Still Retain Self Respect. By DOROTHY THOMPSON. yiENNA, Austria, Jan. 15.—No. 8 Storkg asse, Vienna, is just an ordinary apartment house, and the people who live in it are not rich, neither are they poor. I mean, of course, that they are not poor, as poverty goes in Vienna. No one in the house is out of a job, and usually all the adult members cf the family are employed. Most of the men who live here are skilled workmen—mechanics, printers, tailors and the like. And since these workers are much better off than the clerks, teachers or small professional men, you may take it that they are as comfortably situated as anyone in Vienna, except the profiteers and speculators, and, of course, the foreigners, who draw their income outside this unhappy land. An American with $2.50 a week would have as large an income as that of the average family here, when he had converted it into kronen. The Rath family lives on the first floor of No. 8 Storkgasse. Just as^ ----- --------------------most of the residents of this house DADTC 17 rM’TV'NO are better off than the rest of Vi- /\l\l0 ILL/1 1 vJi\ IS ADVOCATE OF SUFFRAGE I Friend Of I Officer Is By King enna, so the* Raths are better off than their neighbors in the same house. Because every member of the family lias a job, and no one is sick, and that is very remarkable in Vienna. Fat hex" Skilled Mechanic. The father is a skilled mechanic. He makes 4000 kronen a month. That is at least a thousand kronen more than the average skilled worker makes. The brother is a confectioner. He makes beautiful pastries, cakes and randies for the delectation of the foreigners who come to Vienna with dollars, pounds or francs. The members of his family, to be sure, have almost forgotten what a pastry tastes like. He works for twelve hours a day and gets 172 kronen a week and his food. He has to wear a white .lacket at work, and to buy it costs him his wages for a month. To ride back and forth on the street car costs him 50 kronen a week. Still, it is a good job, as jobs go in Vienna. Little sister works in a fashionable shop where dainty blouses, gloves and lingerie aTe sold to ladies with dollars, pounds or francs. Little sister lias not had even a pair of new stock,- ings in six years. Those she wears are so mended and darned that hardly a scrap of the original fabric remains. One pair of silk stockings such as our little American stenographers wear so blithely would cost •her her wages for two months. She earns 600 kronen a month, and one- seventh of that she must spend on carfare. Each morning she has a cup of tea without milk or sugar for breakfast, and she carries with her for lunch a piece of hitter black bread, which is all they can buy, and a carrot or a cold potato. Mother Also Employed. Mother is also employed. She is the janitress of the apartment house. Every day she washes down the nice white tiled floors on the corridors of five stories, and shines the brass on the railings. She has to buy her own brushes and soap and furnish her own hot water. But soap costs so much in Vienna and hot water means fire—the most precious thing there is in Austria. So mother uses cold water; the stairs are just as clean and the brasses as shining, but mother's hands are cracked and swollen and bleeding. For all this she gets the rent of the one room and tiny kitchen in which the four of them live, and 127 kronen a month. Everybody puts His wages into the family exchequer. Sister has never saved out a kronen for a ribbon. Brother who is 21, has never had a girl; he never has money to buy anyone flowers or a bit of candy or to take anyone to the theater. Father has given up tobacco. And with all their combined earnings they buy—just heat and food. What Food Costs. First they buy the rationed foods at the government prices. For 500 kronen a month they can each have four loaves of horrible bread, made with substitutes, one pound of sugar, a fifth of a pound of fat—margarine— and eight pounds of potatoes. No one can live on this. So they supplement this diet with what they buy from the speculators, the “Schleighthander.” A little piece of cheese takes mother’s wages for a week; a single cake of the kind that brother bakes so beautifully, costs as much as he earns by baking them, in six long 12-hour days. And bo it has been with them for six years. And so it, will be with them during this winter, which open so bitterly a few weeks ago. And so, I wish I could say, will it be with all families in Vienna. But it will not be. For the family at No. 8, Storkgasse have still health enough to work, food, so that though they are always hungry, still they do not starve, and they still have their self respect. They have not yet joined the bread lines that wait each day in front of the food kitchens of the great relief organizations. Predicts Great Changes in Parliament When Women Get Right to Vote. Paris. France, Janx15.—In outlining his political program recently premier Georges Leygues held that in future he hoped to make way In various important commissions for women. He took example of the millions of women in America whom It is generally believed in French political circles were such a strong factor in bringing about the election of Warren Harding, the Republican candidate. But for the time being Ley­ gues does not say he will suggest th\t French women be given the right to vote, and here he has the majority of Frenchmen, excepting politicians, against him. One of the most fervent supporters of feminism in France Is Leon Ballbv, editor of an influential evening newspaper, L’Intransigeant. M. Baiiby, in a leading article, says women will be refused the vote in Franco because their men friends and relatives are afraid of their “better halves." While he rejoices at the proposed appointment of women to sit on food and hygienic commissions he regrets that no one is bold enough to offer them seats in parliament or even give them the right to choose their representatives. On the commissions, Baiiby says, the women will have little chance of making their impressions and opinions felt. In parliament, he says, a few women could often sway the votes of their men colleagues by simply telling them a few home truths. “Take for example our laws on alcoholism,” says Baiiby. "Were women sitting in parliament do you suppose licenses would be granted in the free, careless way they are today? Less poison would be taken and there would be less drunkenness. Take again the housing problem an! the high cost of living. Woman, who during the war showed herself the equal and often the «superior of man, has her place all marked In parlimen- tary commissions appointed to Inquire into the food and house shortage. The day women are allowed to vote and take their rightful place in parliament there will be a great change in the mentality of our governors, who will take less politics and be more economical, more realistic and cldser to facts.” N ICE, France, Jan. of the British title which can now by Mrs. Mary E. Mrs. Welsh-Lee must remembered by the E. F., for they owe her gratitude for what she during the war. Mrs. Welsh-Lee was secretary of the club in London, and it efforts and work that commissioned officer from the found a "home from In addition, Mrs. known to thousands of the former secretary Pilgrims' society. She been greatly to the matters affecting the the two countries, and time and her energies cementing the friendship two nations. The presentation of made by the duke of representing the king. He gratitude of his nation Lee for the work she bringing the two great races in one accord. 90 Percent Or Husbands Have Warns British London, Eng., Jan. blue-eyed husbands, engaged to be married to will be relieved to warnin# of Thomas Leeds need not be too followed. Mr. Lumsden has depressing conclusion general relieving that 90 per cent of husbands are blue-eyed. But then the majority well as women, have Dr. H. G. Critchley, oculist, who has examined over 50,000 children, is a popular opinion colored eyes denote certain psychological tendencies of the idea is a complete Seventy per cent of the country have eyes of blue and the color of no clue to personal' said. Men, Caught In Maw Of Now Weaker Sex, And Women Can Protect L ONDON, Eng., Jan. 15.—"Men are the weaker sex." "They are quite helpless—quite unable to protect themselves.” "They are caught in the net of war.” By WILLIAM L. MALABAR. of women In public war impossible in the political issue compares importance. "As noncombatants best «possible position. liable to be called can say what we think

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  2. 15 Jan 1921, Sat,
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