THE CHICAGO GHETTO. 97 
What are the habits and institutions peculiar to the 
Chicago Ghetto ? 
Industrial. The features of Jewish industry may 
be classified under the heads of stores and trades. The 
usual stores of the meaner sort abound for the supply 
of the daily necessaries. The provisions of the " ortho- 
dox " are bought at " Kosher " (ceremonially clean) 
shops. It is needless to say that these articles are only 
ceremonially clean. The more rigidly " fromm " (pious, 
in the best sense) are very suspicious even of these 
stores of their own religionists. But one must eat. It 
is said that at one time the distress of the " orthodox " 
was great over the inability to secure meat which had 
certainly been prepared according to the Mosaic code. 
One of the philanthropic packers of Chicago came to 
their rescue by hiring Jews to slaughter a certain num- 
ber of cattle, cutting their throats as the law demands, 
instead of employing the method usual at the stock- 
yards of striking them on the head with a mallet. He 
was thus enabled to satisfy the consciences of a large 
number of his fellow-citizens, and incidentally to sell 
his toughest meat. " Kosher " restaurants also minister 
to the wants of the Jewish community. These, when 
public, are only patronized by the more lax ; many even 
of the indifferent or agnostic class preferring to eat 
where dishes are prepared according to their inherited 
tastes. The strict religionists, when not able to eat at 
home, frequent only private restaurants which can be 
fully trusted. TheA are not to be found opening on 
the street, but in an upper story, where privacy can be 
had, and the patronage is select. 
The proprietor of the down-town clothing-store does