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HOW LONG WILL THE PUTRID POLICE ACTION
AGAINST THE STRIKING WAITRESSES GO ON?
The last straw has been played by the Chicago police in their battle, in
the interest of the Henrici Restaurant, against the striking waitresses!
The hope for human treatment and fair play that the game gentle sex
strikers had, after it was announced that women officers were going to be
put "on duty," has been all shot to pieces.
When the waitresses first walked out, over three weeks ago, their plan
of fight was one that was absolutely within the law. They decided to walk
peacefully up and down and front of the Henrici Restaurant, telling people
that "there is a strike on here." This plan has been followed from the first
But the Czar-like Chicago police took another sort of stand. They
were not for playing fair. In the first few days of the strike and picketing,
it became very evident whose interests the majority of the policemen on
duty there, had in mind.
The striking waitresses, all of them true American citizens fighting for
a living wage, humane hours, and decent working conditions, were treated
They were pushed and shoved along the walk, had their toes and heels
trod upon, were constantly bumped into by the more bully-like officers and
finally Police Sergeant Jerry Laughlin grabbed Ora Duree, one of the young
girls, and when he had finished with her, her-right arm was pulled out of its
socket. She was taken to the hospital. The palm of her hand was twisted
around to where the back should be.
Right on top of this barbarious action, another copper grabbed Mabel
Wambaugh and wrenched her arm terribly. She also had to go to a hos
pital for treatment.
Then is when the Clubwomen of Chicago took a hand in the doings. A
large mass meeting was held at Hull House which resulted in a committee
going before Chief of Police Gleason and demanding that changes in the
police service in the striking waitresses case be changed.
Then it was announced that Policewomen would be detailed to see that
the girls were treated humanly and given a square deal. And the hope of.
the striking waitresses mounted skyward.
But today, after one day of policewomen, things are worse off than
On Wednesday night one of the men officers still detailed on the strike
made the remark, according to one of the girl strikers, that "these girls are
a lot of Tommies." Then the officer, according to the girl, walked over!'
and spat in the street remarking, "There is corn for the chickens."
One of the girls walked over to a policewoman and said, "We thought
you were sent over here to take care of our interests." And the police-'
woman replied, "I am here to protect Henrici's from annoyance from you
And it stands out in bold plain facts that Henrici's was the main interest
of the officers on duty.
There were no officers on duty to protect those striking Waitresses'
from any displeasing events that might turn up. There was nobody on
hand to protect those striking waitresses from annoyances frfim the officers
on duty. The whole thing was to have somebody on hand to profect the
Henrici property from annoyances from the girls who were not being treat
ed in a way that they thought human and fair.