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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 02, 1912, Image 4

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'"But she ha -sheen working in
the mills all the time her father
is a poor man there are seven in
his family she must work to get
food.
"Then there were the Italian,
workers. They went to draw their
pay, and their pay was not what
they expected. "
"They'.became excited. They
sang a song. They sang that they
must have bread for their chil
dren. They sang that they must
have shoes for their little ones
who were going bare-footed in
the cold. They sang that they
-must have underwear for their
babies.
"To those who understand, it
was very pitiful that song. But
it did not draw pity from the
hearts of the bosses. Thef were
annoyed by the singing
"The bosses ordered the watch
man to turn the water on the Ital
ians. The watchman did so, and
the water froze on the clothes of
the men as they stood there
singing always singing.
"Then they called in the police
and the firemen when the song"
did not stop, and hired them to do
these things, and worse. It an
noyed the bosses very much
that song, that was so pitiful."
' During all of Lipson's testi
mony, the "children of the
strike,'" every one of whom has
labored and sweated in the Law
rence mills, sat huddled together,
listening, but never moving.
They reminded one of sheep
sheep that had been herded and
hustled and snapped at "by the
dogs of their owners so much
that their spirit was broken, and
they were cowed.
"When the Massachusetts law
cut the hours of laborin the mills
from 56 to 54 hours a week, the
wages of the operatives were cut
down and the machines in the
mills speeded up," said Lipson.
"So the bosses forced the same
amount of work in the shorter
time and got it for, less money.
This caused the strike.
"When the demand was made
on the mills that they treat us
fairly, they told us we could
either go back to work or getout.
"What would you have done?"
In introducing the children
and the strikers to the commit
tee, Victor Berger, of 'Milwau
kee, urged support of his resolu
tion calling for an inquiry into
the "relations of the American
Woolen company to the strike of
itsoperatives at Lawrence."
"Such an investigation," he
said, "is surely as justified as one
into the Steel, or Sugar, or
Money Trust."
o o
CHICAGO BRIEFS
Alfred Meyer had $6 after ad
vertising for a job. A man an
swered and offered to get Meyer
a job at Chesterton, Ind. Bor
rowed $5 to get the tickets. You
all know the rest.
"I never knew an honest law
yer and I'm willing to hang if you
think me guilty" Edward Hicks,
charged with murder. Refused
to have an attorney.

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