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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, November 01, 1915, LAST EDITION, Image 2

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34 hours' work, $2.67. So they ran ity boosters are clamoring for more?
on the screen, signed 'and legible evi
dence with the name of Kuppenheim
er written at the top of each-. At the
bottom of each slip was printed:
"Save at least $i ji week. Place
your money with theNorth Western
Trust & Savings bank."
Miss Abbott said: "These wages
are typical. These pay envelopes are
common to thousands of the gar
ment workers in the busiest season
They have not been selected with
any view of exaggeration."
Photos of mounted policemen and
motorcycle cops on sidewalks charg
ing at strikers were shown. Nine
cops, three on foot and six on horses,
surrounding one striker flashed on
screen. Miss Abbott said the condi
tion might explain why policemen are
not on hand at other points in the
city when needed during strike- time.
Away from the strike zone crimin
als have an easier time during strikes
was her point
Then came Mary Antin, a slim,
trembling Russian Jewess. Her
books are in public libraries, school
libraries, social centers. She is the
voice of the American Jew. Her
book, "The Promised Land," is a
wonderful answer to the question:
What shall America do with the
Jews? A woman loved throughout
the Jewish world, of America, she
said:
"I am an imported, outside agita
tor. So many of the women in this
struggle are like me. They, too, are
imported. We came over in the steer
age together from Russia. I speak
for these people who Cannot speak
for themselves.
"We came to this country because
we were invited, because America
called for population to settle its wil
derness. I went across the continent
last year. I saw these many places
where the population rattles around
like peas in a hogshead. Signs at
people, more workers, to comeJ
These women in this struggle came
to this country because they were in
vited
''I am not a garment worker, but
I know the garment workers. Not
many years ago I watched my older
sister in the west end of New York.
I stood at the door and saw her come
home and pay out her little wages to
our mother. I sat with the family
around a table trying to figure out
how to make it go around. I have
seen babies fed sour milk when they
should have had sweet milk.
"No, I am not a garment worker,
but T know them. I was kept out of
school because wages of the garment
trade would not leave enough for
books for me. Later I learned to read
and write on the wages of a garment
worker. I am not an outsider.
"I see something more than bread
in this struggle. We came to this
country believing this was a land of
freedom. The right of petition, the
right of free and lawful assemblage
without penalty we thought those
rights were sacred and respected
here. We find they are a'mockery.
You have seen pictures this afternoon
showing your policemen here in "Chi
cago doing exactly what the Cos
sacks did ?o our people in the old
country.
"When will the manufacturers see
that they are inflicting the same con
ditions on their workers as those they
fled from in the old country? They
are rich men. Their wives and sons
and daughters have had every advan
tage of culture. They have sent their
sons and daughters abroad to see ca
thedrals and museums, monuments
and statues to heroes. But they have
not touched in the simplest outline or
faintest syllable the meaning of
America. They discharge workers
for attempting to form a union. They'
refuse to meet a committee from
wayside stations call for people. In thek- workers to negotiate the dis
Boston a campaign is on for a Bigger pute. They take the position of f6u-
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