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WOMEN-PICKETS ASKED BY GIRL
Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, speaker
for the Industrial Workers of the
World at Oak hall, 220 Oak st, last
night criticized-ihe American Federa
tion of Labor because it doesn't put
women on the picket line during
"Many a time," said Miss Flynn, "a
strike has been lost because the men
didn't know enough to bring their
women right out on the firing line. It
isn t the poliqe and the; strikebreakers
who always defeat strikers.
"It's the woraan who stays home
and never understands what her man
is fighting about there's where the
trouble is. Put the woman on the
picket line. If she stays home, igno
rant of the issues of the strike, with
her children tugging at her skirts,
and newspapers and gossips giving
her a wrong idea what it's all about,
she beats the strike, she and the rest
of 'em like her.
"The I. W. W. has had women right
in the front line of pickets wherever
we have had a strike. For this we
have been accused of hiding, behind
women's skirts. The truth is the
women push themselves to the front
ahead of the men on the picket line
when they once get interested.
"The eight-hour movement of
thirty years ago was more virile than
it is today. Instead of trying to get
the eight-hour workday by organiza
tion they are trying to get it by Jaw
today. Any eight-hour day you get
hy law isn't a real eight-hour day.
They got it on the law books of Colo
rado. And they they found they had
to strike to get the law enforced. The
soldiers sent by Gov. Ammons to
shoot the strikers were killing men
who were on strike to get the law en
forced. Five out of seven of the de
mands of the coal miners of Colorado
were for conditions already provided
tor in the laws of Colorado.
"The L W. W. is for sabotage. That
means working slack instead Of fast I
It means interfering with the quality I
of goods. It is an atttempt of the
part 'of the workers to limit produc
tion In proportion to pay.
"Employers sabotage. They adul
terate food. They mix tin and lead
solutions into silks to make the pro
duct weigh more and look more valu
able than it really is.
"The more labor lays down on the
job the more work there is to be done
and the less men there are in the un
"A skilled worker is a fellow wait
ing for some machine to run him off
his job. Glass bpttle blowers used to
be skilled workers. It cost $500 to
join the union. Now machines do the
work. And in many shops the union
has gone to smash.
"The bosses exploit negroes, Jews,
Irish, Poles in a mass, altogether.
Why shouldn't these workers forget
nationality, color, race and creed and
fight the boss in a mass, altogether."
GIRL SUES BROKER
A letter which will be marked "Ex
hibit No. 1" in the $25,000 suit
against George G Schoneberger,
broker at 29 S. La Salle st, brought
a titter of laughter from many friends
of the parties in the case. "Exhibit
No. 1" is supposed to be a love letter
from Schoneberger to Louise Som
mer, which resulted in the breach of
promise suit when he married Elsie
Yarwood of Elgin.
"Exhibit No. 1" reads:
My Sweetheart Louise Sweet
heart, I'm lovesick to see you. Wish
you could be with me a.nd then I'd
feel O. K. This way it seems there
is always lacking. Don't worry,
dear, I'll be true to you just the same.
That is something you can bet on.
Am going to try and get in to Chicago
as soon as possible to see you. Good
by, love, with lots of love and kisses,
all for you. Schone."
And there are others!
Pasadena, Cal. Stuart Hull Moore,
publisher of Ladies' World for the last
30 years, dead.