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SILENT PICKETING IS NO CINCH WAITRESSES
ON THE PICKET JOB HAVE GRIT
BY JANE WHITAKER x
Silent picketing, which, according to the decree of three judges who
reviewed, the evidence in the Henrici strike, is the only lawful form of
picketing so far as anyone has been able to interpret that decree, looks very
easy when you watch the sixteen girls picketing the eight restaurants of
Knab, Powers and Efting in the loop. f
Slowly they walk up and down, keeping rigidly within the" orders laid
down by whimsical police who represent the law, sometimes forced tox
walk close to the sidewalk, again to go so many feet north or south or east
or west, never to speak to anyone though they may be spoken to. enduring
the curious gaze of the public, and, I am sorry to say, still enduring taunts
of low-minded men in some cases.
But you have to getaway from the street" you have to meet the wait
resses where the fetter of silence is not placed upon them to undestan$
just what a bitter task sclent picketing may be. "
Inside these restaurants are girls who have taken their places, girls
that the, pickets call "scabs." And "s.cab" is the most contemptous name
by which any human being may be tagged by another. It breathes the
same scorn that was and is. attached to the spy, the traitor to -his country,
for the scab to the wqrkmg man or i
woman is the traitor to his Or her
One of the pickets has been arr'est-,
ed, charged by Evelyn Williams, a
girl who is helping Knab. in his ef
forts to break the strike, with slap
ping her in the face.
I really laughed when I heard that,
because I had listened some month's
ago td Annie jClemmons, the heroine
of the Calumet copper strjke, tell me
what the wives and sisters and
daughters of the strikers did to the
"scabs" in Calumet, and that slap
sounded like a love pat in compari
son with the primitive method of
dealing with strikebreakers in the
more primitive country.
But slapping a. strikebreaker in the
face is not permissible under the
law. Nr is it permissible to talk to
these girls who are helping the res
taurant keepers defeat the wait
resses. The only thing the law al
lows, accerding to the thr.ee judges
before mentioned, is the carrying of
cards, and one of these carried by
the pickets reads: "Don't be a scabi"
That is, a "silent" protest.
Nor, according to the learned
judges, may a girl inform the pub
he that there is a strike on ip. the res
taurant before which she is picketing,
so she closes her lips and carries art
other card bearing this information.
An amusing incident occurred in a
Knab restaurant yesterday morning.
A man, huge-framed and with a very
pleasant face, entered the restaurant,
took a seat and ordered his break
fast. Outside the pickets watched
him rebelhously, but, absorbed in his'
paper, the man did not heed.
The breakfast was served and he
'began to eat, then suddenly he lifted
his eyes to the window and just at
that moment one of" the pickets
thrust forward, so thatlhe might see
it, the cards telling of the strike.
Through the window the man read,
then he smiled like the sun coming
out of the clouds after a" storm. He"
laia down his napkin, pushed Ms
chair away, left his. unfinished break
fast and walked out of the restaurant
without paying for the food served
him, and, though the entire working
force of the restaurant rushed to the
street after him, he sauntered indif
ferently away and was not arrestdd.
Even the policemen have improved
6omewlu.t iu then treatment of the