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row that we can't take a long Step,
binding our arms down so that we
cannot raise them above our heads
and leaving us without a ghoBt of a
place where we might have a pocket
to conceal our purse and handker
chief. Since the slash in the skirt, we
can't even put our money in our
stocking, without giving it undue
I don't think that I am a rabid suf
fraget, and I am sure that I am as
fond of pretty and artistic frocks as
any other woman, but I do wish, and
I am sure so do you, every woman,
who reads this, that some famous de
signer of women's clothes would rise
up and give us a garment in which
there are at least half as many
pockets as there are in a man's coat
Then we could turn our attention
to many things which wd do not have
time to do At present.
THE MEASURE OF A MAN
Gov. Foss, of Massachusetts has a strike in two of his largest mills.
Twelve hundred workers ask 20 per cent increase. A feature of the strike
of more than local interest was the going out of 30 young women who are
not connected with any union. The story of these women Is full of In
They work at winding armatures for dynamos, motors and blowers.
It is hard work. In Newark, N. J., in a unionized plant producing similar
articles, this work is done by men and their pay 1b $22 a week. In the Foss
plant the maximum pay of the girls for identical work' is given as $6 a week.
When a Saturday half holiday was recently established, the wages of these
girls was cut 40 cents. Naturally the girls struck.
Foss is a multi-millidnaire and a warm friend of labor around political
He isn't stingy, either when it comes to Foss. There have been cam
paigns in Massachusetts when the money Foss spent might have made the
Atlantic tide turn green with envy.
But he "couldn't afford" to raise the pay of these girl armature winders.
And, though a candidate for the Democratic nomination for president at the
Baltlmore'convention, he offered as an excuse for his refusal to consider a
raise the fact that the tariff agitation had made the suggestion abaiurd.
Six-doHar-a-week girls doing $22-a-week men's work that ah already
rich man may splurge in politics is not a nice spectacle, seen from a dis
tance. It Is, however, so common, so much a matter of course, in Mass
achusetts, that it doesn't seem to interfere with his vote-getting capacity.
We wonder what the country at large will think of It
hig there Is room in our heads for
If the men who are always laugh
ing at us for leaving our things
around would be obliged to carry the
things they stun In their pockets in
their hands, they certainly would
leave more about than we do.
Do you know I have solved a brand
new theory since wearing those
waistcoats and trousers about wo
man's dress, and that is that men
make women's fashions and, outside
of the commercial Idea involved, they
either consciously or unconsciously
contrive to hamper women as much
as possible. They don't want ub to
have freedom from even every-day
They want us to be pretty little
dolls. It's a joke that just now, when
women are talking so much about
their rights and their freedom, that
the men who design fashionable
frocks are making our skirts so nar-