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"All along the police have made
these alleged arrests without war
rant. The chief of police must be to
blame. He must understand what he
is doing. Every case that has come
to a jury trial the girls have been
Miss Nestor told of a glove work
ers' strike in Gleason's district when
he was captain:
"Capt. Gleason ordered our pickets
off the street, saying they blocked
traffic. At the public meetings our
union held he sent an array of uni
formed men as though we girls were
desperate criminals that had to be
watched closely. Plain-clothes men
asked questions and created excite
ment as though they wanted to stir
up violence. The municipal judge in
that district was fair and we believe
we got our lawful rights from him."
Chairman Walsh asked: "Are cer
tain police officials believed to be es
pecially against organized labor?
Miss Nestor answered: "Yes."
Q. Have they progressed in the
police department? A. That I
couldn't say. I put blame on the
head of the department. They all
get their orders from higher up.
Q. What was the amount of bail
furnished by waitresses in the Hen
rici strike? A- It ran above $100,
000. Frederick Delano, president Wa
bash Railroad, questioned. Q. One
of two things is going to happen in
the nation. Either the government
must exercise more supervision over
large industrial enterprises or else the
government is goingto own them.
Which of these two do you believe in?
A. I believe in the public ownership
of all public utilities.
Q. Only of public utilities? A.
Well, some others.
Grace Abbot, director Immigrants'
Protective League, advocated a na
tional labor exchange to connect
newcomers with jobs and end the
private employment agency graft.
A minimum wage law is- needed to
protect foreign women workers. They 4
cannot bargain for wages and don't
know how much they're getting
sometimes because they can't speak
John G. Shedd, president Marshall
Field & Co., favored less agitation, no
more legislation, more loyalty from
employes to employers, no old age
pensions, mature consideration of a
minimum wage, and thrift instead of
extravagance in booze and tobacco.
John D. Hibbard, commissioner
National Metal Trades Council, went
on record for the absolute open shop, '4
saying anything else means wreck,
ruin, disaster and havoc for the in
vestor and employer.
George M. Reynolds, president
Continental & Commercial Bank, said
the industrial unrest is "largely men
tal" and he has never had enough
close contact with labor unions to
really know anything about them.
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