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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 13, 1915, NOON EDITION, Image 8

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WAITRESSES' CASE OFFERS ODD
HIGH LIGHTS.
Despite the fact that during the
strike at the Knab, Powers and Ef
ting restaurants unipn waitress pick
ets were arrested tihie after time
every day for a period covering
weeks, thrown into filthy cells in the
Harrison police station and only es
caped remaining in jail for days when
their bonds were exhausted by the
rulmg of Judge Scully that they
might sign their own bonds, Dudley
Taylor, lawyer for the restaurant
combine known as the Chicago Food
Exchange Ass'n, the organization of
lunchmen formed to fight union
labor, admitted in Judge Baldwin's
court yesterday that there was no
dispute that the waitresses were
doing peaceful picketing.
Taylor, making an exception to his
almost unvaried practice of objecting
to everything since the defense has
started presenting its side of the case,
admitted that along list of names, in
cluding people of many professions,
who frequented the vicinity of these
restaurants during the strike, would
testify that the picketing had been
peaceful and the union pickets had
offered no violence or intimidation.
Taylor said the restaurant combine
were willing to admit that the picket
ing had been peaceful.
Apart from this, little evidence
could be given except after long ar
guments. Agnes Nestor, president of the
Women's Trade Union league, put on
the stand by Hope Thompson, lawyer
for the waitresses, to testify what she
knew of hours, wages and general
working conditions in the restaurant
business in the latter part pf 1913 be
fore Knab signed up with the union,
was not permitted to testify.
Fred Ebeling, financial secretary
and business agent of the Cooks'
Union, was not allowed to testify
what he knew of these conditions be
cause he had not visited the restaur
ants when the men came to work in
the morning and remained there until 1
they quit at night, but Ebeling man?
aged to state that the cooks worked
twelve hours a day for seven days a
week before Taylor's familiar "I ob
ject" was heard. i
Ebeling corroborated statements
of Elizabeth Maloney of the Wait
resses' union and J. W. Frakes of the
Waiters' union in regard to conver
sations held with various lunchroom
men in which they claimed they could
not sign up with union labor because
the Chicago Food Exchange Ass'n
would not permit them, and Frakes
told' of threats made by Smith, once-on-a-time
secretary to ex-Mayor
Busse and very active with the res
taurant men in trying to break the,
strike of the waitresses.
John Fitzpatrick, president of the;
Chicago Federation of Labor, identi
fied an agreement drawn up by him
self for a preferential shop and said
that the same was drawn up at the
request of Daly, a restaurant man
who is one of the complainants in the
present matter. That Daly, a mem
ber of the Chicago Food Exchange
Ass'n, had declared if a preferential
agreement was offered the associa-
tion would accept it.
Mr. Fitzpatrick said he had also
drawn the agreement to disprove the
contention that the waitresses were
arrogantly demanding a closed shop.
The preferential agreement was
submitted to Daly and he approved
it It was then ratified by the wait-
resses', -waiters' and cooks' unions
and again sent to Daly and there it
4ied, despite the repeated testimony
of tre restaurant combine that they
were ready to eat up a preferential
agreement if one had only come their;
way.
The hearing was .continued until
Tuesday.
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A POOR FIT
When some men are clothed with,
authority, the authority fits them like
a $2 seersucker suit fits a fat man
after he has worn it out in the rain,
Cincinnati Enquirer.
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