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'POLICE BRUTES ARE LOW MINDED REGARDING
EVEN GOOD WOMEN SAYS WAITRESS
BY JANE WHITAKER
"He told the men who were not interested in this case to get out of the
station, and hTsaidJ:hey reminded him of the levee where the fellows used
to be hanging around for their meal tickets."
A girl picket, her brown eyes flashing and her cheekB red with anger,
told me this was what John Reynard, desk officer of the Central Station at
180 North LaSalle street had said in the presence of the girl waitresses to.
the men belonging to the Cooks' Union who are standing back of the girls
in. this fight.
"Don't you realize how terrible a thing that is to say, Miss Whitaker,"
'she insisted. "That is equal to saying we are prostitutes supporting the
men who are helping us out in the fight. It doesn't seem possible that those
brutes of police ever had mothers, does it? They are so low minded re
garding even good women.
"They seem to think this thing is a joke with us. Why, it is frightfully
serious. Some of us are fighting not alone for enough money to support
ourselves, but for money to support our children."
Another girl spoke to me. She did not look more than twenty-five,
though I remembered hearing her say at one time that she was older.
"I have three children, to take care of, two of them in a Home, and I
supply then- clothing and other things
they must have, and my little daugh
ter I keep with me."
I looked at her in amazement.
"How do you do it?" I asked.
"I have to do it.' And I am going
to do it as long as I live. My little
girl is all the world to me. Since I
have been on the picket line and am
arrested almost every day, she will
say to me in the morning:
" 'Please, mamma, don't let those
policemen get you today. Some day
they will keep you and I won't have
"I remember that when I am walk
ing up and down in front of Henrici's
and I think of just how hard we have
to fight to get a decent wage. And
I remember how they take advant
age of us, our employers, at every
step of the road.
"I worked in the Boston Oyster
House at one time. A man ordered
desert and when I brought what he
ordered, he changed hisv mind and.
asked for blueberry pie. He' had
given me all the trouble he could
while I served him and I was nervous.
As I went to give him the pie, one of
the blueberries fell on his coat.
"I was told' by the manager that
there was a bill of $1.50 for me to
pay for the cleaning of the man's suit
and I could either pay it or quit, and
"Last night, as I passed Henrici's,
Collins told one of the men to tell
me to get a new pair of shoes, and
the man to whom he told this kept
looking at my feet all of the evening.
"Yet I have three children to take
care of, and Collins refuses to pay
$8 a week."
"I have two children," another girl
said to me. "My husband left me
four months before the second child
was born and I have taken care of
them both for several years. My
mother takes care of them for me
while I work, but I support them.
Many of us have children, and while
it makes the fight harder for us than
for the single girl, the children are
worth it My little boy says' he is
going to lick the coppers when he
gets big ior what, they do to his
"It isn't only wages, but it is de