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was called. Then more than 25,000
people were called out With almost
no exceptions the independent shops
have signed up. The strikers who
marched this afternoon are those em
ployed by the Clothing Manufactur
er's ass'n who have refused to recog
nize the strikers' union "and to arbi
trate. One strong punch in the clothing
workers' parade was in banners that
were strung throughput the' strikers'
ranks. Every banner told a story.
One set was directed to the former
bosses, another to citizens of Chicago
and a third to strikebreakers. Here
is how they read:
TO OUR FORMER BOSSES
This strike is the result of your
unfair treatment of us.
You knew the conditions that were
imposed upon us they were unbear
able. You skimped our wages as much as
you could we barely existed.
You overworked us in rush sea
sons, underworked us in slack and
You are more concerned with prof
its than you are with human life.
Your profits have stopped because
"ie labor-power has stopped.
You have your employers' unions,
at refuse to recognize our union.
Our union is the only agency that
ill secure for us decent living.
Our revolt is against poverty and
all the misery that poverty brings.
We want to work and live in decen-,
f y, according to American standards.
TO CITIZENS OF CHICAGO
We and the bosses are two parties
t o a trade we want this trade to be
The bosses do not want a fair trade
they want profits at any price.
The bosses think more of profits
an they do of human life.
We can make a fair deal and can
enforce ip only by having a strong
Both parties need unions to secure
r .A maintain right relations in trade.
1 The bosses have strong unions, but
vrefuse .to recognizeour union.
We want a square deal nothing
more we must have it in ordet to
live. ' .'
Overwork and underpay cause pov
erty, misery, disease and death.
Citizens df Chicago, can you af
ford to support an underpaid indus
try? This problem concerns, all citizens
of Chicago held us solve it!
Whether you are called scabs, slug
gers, cops or what not you are men.
All men are alike, only some men
see the truth more clearly than
Some men see straight, think
straight and act straight
Some men see straight, but think-"
crooked and act crooked.
Some men do not see straight and
that is one reason why we parade.
" Lincoln said: "A bond of sympathy
should unite all working people."
The strikebreaker says: "The dol
lar of the boss is stronger than sym
pathy." The strikebreaker betrays his fol
low men. In doing so he betrays him
Fellow workers, don't scab! There
is nothing in it for you and it hurts us.
Men! Search your hearts. See
straight! Think straight! Act
The parade was divided into four
The one from the Southwest Side
started from 22d and Troy and went
up 22d to Ashland over on Ashland
The West Side division marched
from Apollo hall, Blue Island and
12th, to Racine and" down- Racine to
Taylor. There another group formed
in line and marched on Racine to
Polk to Ashland and over Ashland to
The Northwest division marched
fro mWood and Blucher on Wood to