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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, December 16, 1913, Image 2',
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been coming down arranging their stock from 8 a. m. to 12:30 p. m. They
were compelled to do this by order of the management, who absolutely re
fused to give the time or the necessary number of clerks to do this during
For this work they had been getting 50 cents each. Last Sunday they
came down on the same understanding. About 10:30 a rumor spread about
the store that instead-f getting 50 cents they were going to be fed on left
over turkey. Immediately a buzz of Indignation started.
Then came the verification of the dinner report. There was a sudden
rush for the elevators. The clerks were working on the fourth floor. Their
outside clothes were on the seventh floor and the dining room is on the
Harder and Buell rushed on the scene shoutipg and abusing the clerks.
Orders were given to the elevator to let none off at the seventh floor.
"We'll feedvou" if we have to do it by force," said Harder.
The mass of men, women and girls -were put off at the eighth floor.
Some of the men undertook to explain to Buell and Harder that there were
several married people among the i
clerks who had made arrangements
to have their dinner at home. But
The Pair management intended going
ahead with their forceable feeding
A siege of excitement then took
place. Three hundred indignant
clerks pushed" by the store detectives
who were lined up with officials of the
store and took possession of the ele
vators. Harder and' Buell became panic
stricken. The clerks had been given
a special Sunday working card. The
sstore did not want these cards to leak
out and become known to the pub
lic. "Get those cards," shouted Har
der, frantically. "Don't let them out
until they give up their cards."
But one or two of the men clerks
had their fighting spirit up. They
reached the doorway and a battle be
gan. Violence was used on the girls
as well as the men.
But in spite of the attempts of the
officials of the store some of them
succeeded in getting out on the street
with the cards and yesterday they
were turned over to the Legal Aid'
But the fight inside still continued
for a few minutes and then a crowd
of about 200 reached the street. .They
assembled outside the store and ar
Some one suggested
that the story be given to the news
paper and they began a hunt for one.
They first tried the Tribune. . At
that office they met a man in the edi
torial rooms -who took their1 story.
Then a photographer took a picture
of the little army of clerks and said
he would put it up to the city editor.
The story was not printed In the
Prom the Trib'they marched over
to the Examiner and told their story.
The Examiner also gets fat advertis
ing contracts from The Fair. The
story was kille'd.
Then a few went over to the Asso
ciated Press, where some man was
kind enough to give them a lesson
on the modern newspapers.
"Don't you know none of tho big
papers are going to print your story,
my friend's". They all take advertis
ing and have their hands tied," he
They went away much wiser.
Yesterday most of them came for
their money about the same time.
The majority of them determined
never to work in the store again.
They saw Harder aria." he told them
to go up to the second floor. Some
misunderstood an(T went up to the
fourth, floor. There they were told
to get downstairs and walk down.
"I won't walk down. I'll take the
elevator,1' said one of the gamer of