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disposed of. The little cups of
black coffee drunk to ward off
possible sleepiness. The men and
women of the club settled them
selves comfortably in their chairs
1 to listen to a pitiful tale.
Rnsie was sent fnr When she
M came into the room she made so
curious a contrast that you could
hear sharp, indrawn breaths all
around the' table.
The little strike leader looked
very pale and worn and helpless
in all that grandeur of women
in low cut evening gowns, blazing
with. jewelry, of men in full dress.
But she was not frightened. It
was not for nothing the striking
laundry girls had made her their
Rosie swept her tired, dark
eyes, that glowed so fiercely frern
her shrunken cheeks, around the
luxurious room, and the men and
womeh in gorgeous raiment.
For a moment, she -stood there,
thinking, and then she said what
she had to say. Not in the very
best English, perhaps. But very
"You folks," her glance swept
around the table again, "come
slummin', and then you go back
and say us girls can get along on
the wages we make. But YOU
never tried to live on $4 or $5 a
week. I wish you would just
"There's a girl I know. She's
been married, and she's got a baby
she loves. She gets five a week,
and I found her in a three-room
flat that cost her $8 a month.
"She told me there wasn't any
need of. fuel, 'cause she only got
home in time to go to bed so's to
get enough rest to face another
day's work. For the same reason
she didn't need any light "
Rosie paused, and again she
glanced around the room. The
diners weren't sitting in such
comfortable positions as before,
and some of them were playing
with things on the table, and hid
ing their eyes.
"It was a great relief to her
that she didn't need such things,"
Rosie went on. "Clothes? She
never thought about clothes !
"Some of us girls do things
that are bad, and YOU "Rosie's
eyes swept the table once more,
and there was great discomfort,
"blame 'em YOU, who don't
know what it is to want anything
in the world.
"They know want and
they're not to blame when they
go bad. I can.'t blame 'em."
Once more Rosie looked at the
well-fed, gorgeously clothed din
ers, and then she sat down.
The members of the Twilight
club dug into their pockets and
gave her $500 "to help the girls
with the babies." Also they prom
ised her more, and kept their
And that is the sort of girl who
is leading the girls' division in the
present great garment workers'
strike a girl of strong heart and
stronger purpose, a girl of the
What the Garment Workers
An increase of 20 per cent foe