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homeless and struggling' to earn,
cannot hire a room, must, per
force, rent a "sheet" that is,
sleep with some,, other woman,
cook their poor food by her fire,
share or be shut out from the
comforts of her home.
Sitting in an East Side striker's
hall, Dora Pankovitch drafted a
Mary Boyle O'Reilly.
typical worker's budget of ex
penses. Wage, $4.50.
Raw foods, $2.
Rent of "sheet," $1.25.
Car fare, 50 cents.
Laundry, 25 cents.
Clothes, 50 cents.
And clothes, remember, afford
not only physical but moral pro
tection to the unguarded girls of
anv congested district.
Xow that intolerable working
conditions have precipitated
widespread revolt, thousands of
girl strikers are penniless and
friendless. The cotton garment
makers went out without prepa
ration. Their unions cannot of
fer adequate strike relief. In
every assembly hall girls on
picket duty, and girls who are
simply hungry, are fed with
kosher food butterless bread
"I've lived to be glad I ain't so
awful he-a-lthy," said the oldest
worker on strike. Eating costs a
lot of money when you have an
Standing shoulder to shoulder
with her a young, young 'girl
smiled bravely. "The worst is
over for me," she said. "Yer see,
I got my back pay. The boss
he owed me $2.25, even. Honest,
two twenty-five will keep me a
real long time!
"My fam'ly don't " eat every
thing, y'understand. But some
of them girls over there say,
ain't it a shame? Letty Banfield
rents a sheet off a lady till she .
owes more than three dollars. So
the lady says like this, 'Letty, you
got ter go Y "
Miss Pauline Newman, organ
ize of women's trades unions,
called Letty across the hall.
"Don't leave this building'until I
come back," she ordered. To
gether, Miss Newman and I went
to the door which, men cutters
Outside the wide steps were
lined with slouching thugs, lean,
ferret-faced gangsters, the jack
als of society waiting. No law
empowered the women wha un
derstood to order them from the