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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, February 17, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 2

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worked for him. What's the answer?"
"The answer is this," came hack
like a flash. "There arc members of
our union now at work in Henrici's
on Randolph street and a majority of
his employes are inorethan willing
to join the union. But the minute
any girl so much as lets out a whis
per that she believes in organization,
she is fired.
"The exact language Mr. Collins
has used to several members of our
.union who did work in his place was,
(Beat it get the hell out of here.' No
Igirl .will be tolerated there who talks
iabqut the benefits of workers get
ting together in a union.
"While Mr. Collins is signing his
name to advertisements that are
costing the Restaurant Keepers' As
sociation thousands of dollars, while
he is discussing fair handling of em
ployes, I would like to have him an
Bwer one question. Why does a
jyoung married woman who goes to
work in "his place get the advice from
all of the experienced workers in the
place that she must not tell anybody
Bhe is married? I have known sev
eral young married women who got
jobs there. But they were told of
cases where a girl was fired when it
became known to the management
that she was married. I would like
to hear from Mr. Collins why he al
lows this condition. Is it because he
pinks a married woman needs more
Wages or is it because he -thinks an
unmarried woman, not tied down to a
nome, can make extra money better
from the guests?
f "This strike will not end and the
ticketing will not stop until Henrici's
restaurant on .Randolph street is or
ganized. There are no quitters in this
organization. We are going to keep
lip this battle until next Christmas
and longer, 'if we have to. But we
will organize that place. There are a
hundred ways of fighting that we
haven't started in on yet. A few years
ago one restaurant about the same
size as Henrici's fired our members
and refused us an agreement to rec-
ognize. We made war. For two
years we picketed and boycotted.
And we got an agreement. And we
won't stop with Mr. Collins and his
backers, the Restaurant Keepers' As
sociation, until we get recognition."
At this juncture, Miss Maloney
paused and -asked: "Are there any
other questions?" -
So I asked for the na,nles of some
of the members of the union who
have worked at Henrici!s and were
fired -because they were union girls.
She gave me the names of Mabel
Wambaugh, Margaret Canning, Ruth
Lessney and Mary Phelan.
"Are any of these girls here," I
asked. "I would like to talk with
one of them."
"There's one, over in the corner
there with her arm in a sling," said
Miss Maloney.
I walked over to the corner. And
it was then that I met it "game" wo
man.. I doubt whether the hunger
strikers of England have any su
perior to Mabel Wambaugh in sheer
nerve, persistence, ability to "come
back."
A sling made of a silk muffler hung
from her right shoulder. Sticking out
from the bottom of this sling was the
hand of the woman. It was a lumpy,
shapeless hand, swollen and ugly and
crippled a hand not able to take
hold of anything.
"How did you get that hand?" I
asked.
"It was given to me by one of Car
ter Harrison's bulls in front of Hen
rici's. I have been on picket there
every day since we started in. I have
been arrested eleven times. The last
time I was walking back and forth
in front of Henrici's with a bundle o,f
papers under my arm; It - was 'the
Bakery Workers' Journal and had' a
picture of a policeman pinching two
waitresses. The fly cops didn't like it.
I wasn't saying a word and I kept
walking along all the time, so's not to
obstruct the traffic. Three of them
grabbed hold of me. One was on each
side and another kept pushing me in

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