1 Juozas is driving one of Durham's wagons, and is making big wages.
2 They could not possibly get along upon his wages alone, and the family could not live without hers.
3 Also election day came round again, and Jurgis made half a week's wages out of that, all net profit.
4 It was not less tragic because it was so sordid, because it had to do with wages and grocery bills and rents.
5 Jurgis was at a loss to understand why, with wages as they were, so many of the people of this district should live the way they did.
6 When his wife had died, Jurgis made for the nearest saloon, but he did not do that now, though he had his week's wages in his pocket.
7 The old scale had dealt with the wages of the skilled men only; and of the members of the Meat Workers' Union about two-thirds were unskilled men.
8 Jadvyga likewise paints cans, but then she has an invalid mother and three little sisters to support by it, and so she does not spend her wages for shirtwaists.
9 It was easy to bring them, for wages were really much higher, and it was only when it was too late that the poor people found out that everything else was higher too.
10 Both Jonas and Marija might soon be earning no more than enough to pay their board, and besides that there were only the wages of Ona and the pittance of the little boy.
11 The winter went, and the spring came, and found them still living thus from hand to mouth, hanging on day by day, with literally not a month's wages between them and starvation.
12 A note signed by him was equal to a job any time at the packing houses; and also he employed a good many men himself, and worked them only eight hours a day, and paid them the highest wages.
13 Jurgis saw how they managed it; there were portions of the work which determined the pace of the rest, and for these they had picked men whom they paid high wages, and whom they changed frequently.
14 He had not known what to make of this at first; but the man had gone on with matter-of-fact frankness to say that he could get him a job, provided that he were willing to pay one-third of his wages for it.
15 And so Ona went back to Brown's and saved her place and a week's wages; and so she gave herself some one of the thousand ailments that women group under the title of "womb trouble," and was never again a well person as long as she lived.
16 People said that old man Durham himself was responsible for these immigrations; he had sworn that he would fix the people of Packingtown so that they would never again call a strike on him, and so he had sent his agents into every city and village in Europe to spread the tale of the chances of work and high wages at the stockyards.
17 A very few days of practical experience in this land of high wages had been sufficient to make clear to them the cruel fact that it was also a land of high prices, and that in it the poor man was almost as poor as in any other corner of the earth; and so there vanished in a night all the wonderful dreams of wealth that had been haunting Jurgis.
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