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that have been working in the 'ele
gant Herzog sweatshops at Congress
and Throop sts.
Six hundred more walked out of
the Herzog factory just before lunch
khour. They are practically all of -the
ladies' waist and dress "makers. Their
arrival at the strike headquarters in
the West Side Auditorium swelled the
Herzog strikers' numbers to 850.
In a monster meeting last night the
garment workers decided to walk out
today and form a union. Then they
would be in a position to ask decent
wages and union working conditions.
Meanwhile their pickets have Joined
those of the glove workers. Arrests,
no matter how great the number, will
not prevent picketing of the Herzog
Perhaps it was the .flery speecn or
Mother Jones, the angel of the Colo
rado miners, which nerved them to
strike. She surprised the striking
glove workers yesterday and made a
talk, urging them to join unions.
"Organize!" she directed the
sweatshop girls. "Join the unions.
That's yoGr only chance to fight the
power of money. It's a serious busi-
"Don't think that you can forget
this strike and get married at any
time. Perhaps if you do you will
have to come back to work with a
husband and babies to support Oth
ers will, even if you don't
"The strike is serious. Get togeth
er and you will beat the Herzogs and
help every toiler of the sweatshops.
If you were not contributing to the
wealth of Nathan Heraog he would
be out with you today fighting to
make a living.
"If the Herzogs fight you fight
them back. But get together.
"Keep away from the charity work
ers. Let them spend their time jun
keting to The Hague conference and
the like. They are busy trying to
make peace in Europe.
"When we had hell in Colorado, did
fhp.v trv to make neace? When un
born babes were JdckejLto death, jn, 1
West Virginia did they oall a confer
ence or spend train fare to aid? At
Calumet, where women and babes
were burned to death, did they jun
ket? In New Jersey, where men
were shot down by a private army,
did they interfere?
"Let them alone. Bight your own
John Fitzpatrick and Edward Nock
les swung the machinery of labor be
hind the struggle oMh girls yester
day. The Women's Trade Union
league offered its support to the girls
at the meeting yesterday. The ex
ecutive council of the powerful or
ganization will meet today.
Financial aid, the most needed, will
be given the girls immediately. Mem
bers of the league have already put
up bail for every union girl arrested.
Unofficial contributions to the girls at
their headquarters have been numer
ous. o o
POLICE DRAG MOTHER AND HER
THREE CHILDREN TO JAIL
Twenty more garment workers
went out yesterday. The Royal
Waist factory, at 1825 W. 12th st, is
Mrs. Etta Lesnefsy, 1832 Wash
burne av., a widow with three chil
dren, was arersted yesterday and
held over night with her three babies
at the Maxwell st staion. This morn
ing she was released on bonds. She
asked for a jury triaL
She is one of those who worked in
the sweatshop on 12th st. When
wages were cut 25 per cent and the
girls were, put on piecework, she
could not support her three children.
According to the strikers at this
factory, all wages of $9 a week were
cut to $7 and those who tad been
getting $6 a week were cut to $5.
They weer given the alternative of
working on piecework. When some
of them tried to make a living at this
they found that they were only paid
55 cents for a dozen waists, where gg