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of Big Business against the working class. Now we shall
see Big Business itself in action.
And the entire country, that knows and loves Jane
Addams, will watch with interest the bold attempt of Big
Business to intimidate her with a "hands-off " order when
she has taken up the fight of the working women of Chi
cago for a living wage and decent working conditions.
According to the Inter-Ocean, a meeting of "repre
sentatives from large Chicago business interests" was
held at Vogelsang's restaurant yesterday.
The Inter-Ocean says: "There -were present representatives from large
tate street and loop stores, -wholesale houses, packing plants and mail
R. J. Thorne of the Montgomery Ward mall order house presided.
This is one of the concerns yanked up before the O'Hara investigating com
mittee when it met in Chicago to inquire into the. relation between starva
tion wages and the social evil.
Although none of the newspapers gives the names of the big business
men present, it is fair to assume that all of the big concerns-that have grown
rich paying starvation wages to women were on hand especially the de
And with the "big- advertisers lined up against the waitresses, the
chances are that their powerful pull will -be used for all it is worth to whip
their newspaper slaves into line against the waitresses.
It was John T. Pirie of Carson, Pirie, Scott & Co., head of that big de
partment store, who introduced the resolution ordering Jane Addams to
take hands-off and withdraw Ellen Gates Starr, her Hull House assistant,
"from further participation in this conspiracy."
I am glad Big Business has come out into the open, for issues are now
raised which are farmore important than the differences of opinion between
.Henrici's restaurant and the striking waitresses.
-We all know Big Business has been able to subjugate politicians, office
holders, newspapers and even judges.
Now we will see if. Big Business can bulldoze the women of Chicago
those good women who took up the fight for the working girls when prac
tically all of the men had abandoned them to their fight.
We'll see whether sordid, selfish, arrogant, cold-blooded and brutal Big
Business can bluff and bulldoze Jane Addams, that heroic soul who is con
sidered by many one of the world's greatest women.
In this' everlasting fight between God and Mammon, between dollars,
and humanity, I place more confidence in finding the women on the side
of humanity than the men.
And that's one reason I have been an ardent advocate of woman's suf
frage and absolute equality of rights for both.sexesv
I hope now to see the women of Chicago lay aside all partisan con-,
siderations, assert their womanhood and rally around Jane Addams, Ellen
Gates Starr, Mrs. Raymond Robins, Ruth Hanna McCormick,, Mrs. Joseph
T. Bowen and all of the other women who have openly shown their sym
pathy for their sisters who must work for a Jiving.
The women of Chicago are no longer slaves. They- have the same