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MAYOR FAILS TO SEE STRIKE COMMITTEE
POLICE BRUTALITY CONTINUES
Mayor Thompson was too busy to
see a delegation of union officials who
called on him this morning to ask
him to curb conductof the police in
their brutal attacks upon striking
garment workers. Sidney Hillman,
international president of the union,
had a mass of written evidence in his
pocket to hand to the mayor. He still
Yesterday the delegation called on
the mayor. His secretary, Charles
Fitzmorris, told them how extremely
busy his honor was and asked them
to call again at 10:30 this morning.
They did. They also waited until 12
o'clock before Mr. Fitzmorris in
formed them that they would have
to call again. This time he did not
specify the time.
"I am sure that Mr. Isaacs and the
rest of the manufacturers would have
no trouble in obtaining an appoint
ment with Thompson which he would
keep," Sidney Hillman said to a Day
Book reporter. "Did not Mr. Isaacs
see Chief Healey on a Sunday regard
ing the conduct of his department
during the strike?
"Yesterday the chief told us the po
lice were not trying to intimidate the
strikers, that they were absolutely
neutral. That afternoon 20 police
men rode over tp Hod Carriers' hall
and did their best to start a riot Must
we consider this his answer?"
"We expect to meet shortly and see
what can be done in presenting the
evidence we have to the mayor," said
Secretary Nockles of the Chicago
Federation of Labor, who is chairman
of the committee. "The mayor kept
his appointment with the Chicago
Ass'n of Commerce yesterday and
Commissioner of Public Works More
house occupied his time today. So
he must have been busy."
Sample of "Cosack" tactics of cops
occurred this morning at Peoria st.
and Jackson blvd. One hundred and
fifty strikers on their way to the loop
went along the street whistling.
Three mounted cops hurried to
the scene and lined up so the
strikers would be kept on the
sidewalk and then four cops on foot
rushed around the corner and began
using their clubs, hitting the ones in
the rear to push them ahead at the
others, while well-dressed "dicks" got
in the thick of the crowd and grabbed
out men who were hustled to a patrol
wagon. Some of the strikers fell
down and were trampled on by those
pushed up in the rear.
A few hours after Chief of Police
Healey justified to union officials
mounted cops riding on the sidewalk
at girl strikers and waxed indignant
at the charge that cops were inciting
to riot, twenty cops made an attack
on the strikers standing around Hod
Carriers' hall. Men and women were
pushed into the hall and knocked
against each other. Signs were
pulled down. Hart, Schaffner &
Marx tailor in the hall on business
was struck by the enthusiastic cop
pers and arrested. Strikers were kept
a couple of hours, supperless, in the
hall until the cops dispersed.
Eighteen men and two women were
arrested today in the garment work
WHO'S GOING TO PAY?
Why should an invitation be given
aldermen to go along with Mayor
Thompson to the San Francisco ex
position with all expenses paid?
Mayor Thompson says he doesn't
know why. He says he is going to pay
no one's fare but his own to 'Frisco.
Several aldermen who decline use of
their names say they have been of
fered free transportation if they
would join the mayor's party. Aid.
Michaelson admitted he had been au
thorized by some of the mayor's
friends to submit the proposition to