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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, December 10, 1915, LAST EDITION, Image 8

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MISS EDITH WYATT WANTS TO KNOW IF THIS
TOWN IS CIVILIZED
Edith Wyatt has a story in Har
per's Weekly this week that handles
the big facts "andangles of the gar
ment strike.
J. L. Snoddmgton, traveling sales
man from Atlanta, had this copy of
Harper's Weekly in his pocket at the
Grand Pacific. As he showed it to a
Chicago business man he said:
"When the killing of Leo Prank
was perpetrated down in Georgia
there was a whole lot printed over
the country, and especially from Chi
cago, about what a rotten civiliza
tion we have down our way. I read
here how the big clothing Jews here
are exploiting the poor Jews. I read
affidavits of girls and women about
how your policemen have struck
women and in one case broke the
breastbone of a young woman. I
don't see where your Chicago civili
zation has any big advantage over
us."
"The largest clothing establish
ment in the world, the house of Hart,
S chaff ner & Marx, has carried on its
production for the last five years
through the employment of members
of the Amelgamated Clothing Work
ers," writes Miss Wyatt. "This
house settles its disputes by arbitra
tion." Hart, Schaffner & Marx is only one
firm of 90 who in Chicago have sign
ed agreements with the union, says
Miss Wyatt Before strike was call
ed, "the workers through their presi
dent, Sidney Hillman sent a letter
to 200 individual employers, request
ing these gentlemen to meet their
officers for the purpose Of arbitrating
difficulties which had arisen in the
trade.
"This communication received no
reply from the majority of the re
cipients, except that several of the
employers stated in press interviews
(which they have never contradict
ed) that they had thrown the letter
Into the waste basket." J
Police detail of 400 for the strike
had cost the city $60,000 in police
salaries after six weeks of strike.
That public money should pay for a
strike-breaking business in the in
terest of employers who won't arbi
trate, isn't good logic, Miss Wyatt
suggests.
"The membership of the American
Federation of Labor contributes to
the support of the Amalgamated
Clothing Workers' union, though for
technical reasons it cannot give a
charter; and the officers of the Illi
nois Federation of Labor have ap
peared repeatedly in public in Chi
cage in the cause of the Amalga
mated." After showing the many chances
foremen and examiners have to trick
and cheat clothing workers on piece
work jobs, Miss Wyatt says:
"Think of the innumerable miles
of stitching sewed every year by hand
and machine for the wearers of
ready-made clothing. Is all this work
performed for the world to be paid
fdr by undiscnminating judgments
on the old terms of arbitrary fore
men and injustices to thousands of
workers? Or is it to be paid for by
the application of a clearer modern
method to a multitudinous modern
enterprise? Is Chicago's history of
civilization in one, of her greatest in
dustries in this terrible year of for
eign warfare to be one of retrogres
sion toward the ways of industrial
war, or of progression toward the
ways of industrial peace."
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Washington, Dec. 10. That Aus
trian Charge Zwiedinek and Austrian
Consul General von Nuber attempted
to smuggle official papers to Vienna
government last June by using Mar
cus Braun of New York, editor of the
Hungarian periodical, "Fair Play," as
messenger, charge laid before at
torney general. Providence Journal)
sponsored charge.
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