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little pickets, forgetting prudence
in their excitement.
Instantly the crowded street
was filled with screaming, strug
gling women. In the melee no one
heard the clang of patrol gongs.
Five minutes more and, a sem
blance of order restored, the
childlike offenders were mar
shalled under arrest.
Then the station house motor
slid to the' curb, the prisoners
were handed in, and Laura Pod
drechi, girl soldier of 15, trying so
valiantly to "live decent," swept
away on her first "oitermobile
ride" in a police patrol !
What Employer Said.
Desiring to learn the employ
ers' position, I sought an inter
view with a large manufacturer
of undermuslins Louis Abramo
witz, general partner of the Lion
Abramowitz, middle aged, oily
with good living, indignant with
his work people, the trades unions
and a public grown suddenly crit
ical, welcomed the opportunity
"In the first place," he demand
ed, "why for is this strike? My
place here is one of the best
known for a high class trade
corset covers, combination slips
no cheap stuff for jobbers at all
which I cannot use it.
"Understand me, I don't see
any reason why the girls in my
place should walk down 150 alto
gether. One hour before they
have nothing against me, I bet
you. The next they put their
baskets on (he machines and go
out, every one, without exception.
Furthermore, them girls don't
know what they want.
"Abolition of foot power, hey?
Ain't they young and strong?
Didn't I work when I was that
age? Ain't I got anyhow my
"What? But there is some
thing else again? Fifty hours in
the working week time for edu
cation, time to live over to
Brownsville, huh. Look at me,
for example, didn't I work more
than 50 hours a week? Didn't I
get education? Six months after
I landed I was speaking English
"Brownsville, Browns ville !
What for they want to live by
Brownsville? Wasn't the East
Side good enough for their par
ents? That's what I said. Sure it
was. Honest, I'm surprised to see
the way they're acting. If ihy
place was like Waxner's, or oder
cheap fellows like that ! Once and
for all I am telling you the Lion
Manufacturing Co. runs a high
class place and that's all the
gratitude I'm getting."
"Mr. Abramowitz, how much
do your girl workers earn new
hands, for instance?"
"Ha, ha, I guess you never was
in the garment business. Some
small fellows take on green
hands. I wouldn't do nothing of
the kind. My girls has got to
know the business before they get
hired. We give them $3 to $5 a
week from the first.
" 'Tain't doubting for a minute
that the unions has worked up
this strike. Them delegates has