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HERE'S YOUR CHANCE TO DO YOUR SHARE IN,
HELPING GARMENT STRIKERS ALONG ! 1
Since then they seem to have losV
ineir vision, lor m uiese ua.ys wi
The downtown district of Chicago
is jammed. Everybody is happy.
"Yuletide has came!" A real Christ
mas spirit is in the air. "Them that
has" can buy toys, fancy clothing,
etc. "Them that hasn't" well, they
can look around, at least However
it may be, the real, cheery, proper
spirit for this time of year is with us.
So much for that.
And now for another situation in
Chicago that is also ,chuck full of
spirit. The clothing workers' strike
situation we refer to.
Hundreds of girls who range from
maybe 14 up to the motherhood age
and hundreds of men are practically
out of jobs. And just because a lot
of clothing maker hogs are tight
wads. The bosses refuse to come
through with a living wage.
The spirit in the garment workers'
tsrike is not just the same sort of
spirit that fills downtowners these
days, but it is spirit of "out to win."
If the two sorts of spirits can be
combined toward one end and that
surely can be done why not pull it
In other words and this is all
prompted by numerous letters that
have come in to The Day Book office
why not everybody put up a little
of their Christmas "spirit" for the
strikers. We mean by that, donate
a financial bit to help them in their
spirit of "out to win."
There are many people in Chicago
who are interested in the clothing
workers' strike. Phone calls, personal
calls and letters to The Day Book
have brought numerous requests that
The Day Book start a fund for the
strikers. The final request came in
this morning in the following letter:
November 20, 1915.
The Editor of The Day Book.
Dear Sir: Fifty years ago Americans
fought so gloriously for liberty that
the oppressed of all nations heard and
new problems for our democracy
have arisen there have been few
American-born leaders and little
American enthusiasm about solving
these problems. We have the tra.
anomaly before us of our liber
being fought for by foreigners, with
Americans cold and indifferentJSiimg
Surely no thoughtful student of afM
fairs can deny that industrial free
dom is the inevitable next step for usr
Why should we then not stand beside,
these foreigners who have had thej
vision before we had it, and with
them help to make the country they
crossed the bitter sea to find, but
which is not here?
i uecause i Deneve m traae-umon-
lsm, if The Day Book will start a
fund for the strikers, I will contribute
$250 a week for five weeks. Very
sincerely yours. Frances Crane
Lillie, 5801 Kenwood av.
This letter was written, as the date
shows, on Nov. 20. It was sent to
the Tribune, News, Post and Herald,
Thev all turned the nronosition down,
In the meantime, the first of the five!
wepks Mrs. T,i11ifi nffpred to r.nntriWSi
ute her financial help, passed, so she
turned the first $250 over to the,
For the next four weeks, while this
fund is open for contributions, Mrs.
Lillie will donate $250 each week.
Others who are interested in giv
ing a little financial help, which will
carry with it the proper spirit of
Christmas time, can send their do
nation to Garment Workers' Fund,
care TheDay Book, 500 S. Peoria St., ,
A list of the donors will be printed
from day to day.
Somebody once wrote a song
about "Every Little Bit Helps." That
applies in this fund. From a nickel
to well, whatever you wish.