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FOUR THOUSAND BUFFALO DEPARTMENT
STORE GIRLS FIGHTING FOR RIGHTS
Buffalo, N. Y., May 2. Between
3,500 and 4,000 girl strikers paraded
' the streets today as the big stores
opened as well as they could with
only a small percentage of their
clerks behind the counters.
Extra details of police have been
ordered to watch parading girls and
to guard the stores, but so far there
has been no attempt to useviolence
on the strikers or their pickets.
The big department stores have
formed a close organization, and
have sworn to stick together to beat
They have made H. A. Meldrum,
head of the H. A. Meldrum Com
pany, their spokesman, and Meldrum
today is spending his time giving out
statements to the newspapers the
stores advertise in telling how easily
the strike is going to be broken.
Nevertheless, the stores already
are beginning to weaken under the
pressure of the strike. One of the
strikers' demands is a Saturday half
holiday during the summer.
The following stores today an
nounced that on and after Saturday,
May 3, they will close at six o'clock
Adam, Meldrum & Anderson Co.,
J. N. Adam & Co., L. L. Berger, Flint
& Kent, I. S. Given, William Hengerer
Co., Hense & Kelley, E. Klein & Co.,
S. S. Kresge (the five arid ten cent
store which has branches all over
the country), M. J. Leo, H. A. Mel
drum Co., Oppenheim & Collins, The
Sweeney Co., Walbridge & Co., J. M.
Wilkinson & Co. and the Woolworth
five and ten cent stores.
The strikers are holdings meetings
all over the cjty today. They hope
to be able to form a permanent or
ganization, and apply to the Amer
ican Federation of Labor for a char
ter before the week is out
W. F. Catell, president of the strik
ers' present organization, expects the
number of those on strike will be
increased at least 50 per cent by to
morrow. Hense & Kelly's and The Sweeney
Co., the two stores which closed their
doors yesterday, were open for busi
ness today. But they were in ob
Meldrum gave out a statement to
day that many of the old employes
of the big stores have become fright
ened and have returned to work.
There is no evidence of thjs.
Paiiline Newman, who led the
shirtwaist makers to victory in the
recent New York strike and who is
a general organizer of the United
Garment Workers of America, arriv
ed in Buffalo today to cooperate with
Mrs. Bertha, H. Mailley of New York,
who also is here in the interest of the
The girls themselves feel certain
that the public will be with them,
and if the strike continues for long
will issue a call to all their friends
not to patronize the stores holding
out against the union.
The people of Buffalo were very ,
much aroused by the conditions re
vealed through the Illinois senate
commission's probe of the big de
partment stores of Chicago, and the
girls here are counting much on the
effect of that exposure in swinging
public sympathy to their side.
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