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"Is Mary Floral in?" asked the re- T
"Mary Floral, what do you want
with her? 1 am Mary Floral," spoke
the old lady. - .
"But your daughter, madam, is she
"I have no daughter, only sons,
two of them; .here is my oldest,
Frank; he is on strike with me," re
plied the. old lady.
It was a queer sort of a "strike"
the old lady told of in her broken
The past seven years of her "ex
istence" has been spent with Libby,
McNeill & Libby. For many years
previous she worked for other stock
yards firms during the rush seasons.
Her husband has worked all his life
for the packers; so has the eldest
son. There was a fair living when
tae three worked.
This little old woman went on
''strike" by herself. She has no
hopes of winning, but derives com
fort from the thought- hat she did
her duty by her solitary strike, and
exults that she still holds her brass
work check No. 118.
She carried that check for seven
years. It showed that she "belong
ed" to Libby's. She was content to
carry it as long as she earned $6.50
a week to help her husband and keep
the youngest boy in schooL
Up until a few months ago Mrs.
Floral had worked at putting handles
on lard cans. Then the company,
finding they could get more work for
less money, put a crew of boys doing
the same work on a piecework basis.
The boys did almost twice as much
work as the women and were paid
$1.50 a day.
Mrs. Floral was transfered along
with the rest of the women 'to the
hair shop. There her gnarled fingers
were too clumsy to handle the hairs.
Many broke. Unable to withstand
the abuse of the foreman she went on
strike. Her son was one of those put
to work in the tin shop, sa she took
him out on strike with her. i
He had been working for the differ
ent stock yards companies for many
years. How long he couldn't remem
ber. The reporter knows very little Ger
man. Losing track of Mrs. Floral's
story he asked the son to translate
for him. And Frank couldn't He
couldn't understand what his moth
er said to him. Sometimes it took her
many minutes to convey a thought
to him in a jargon of German, Polish
and English. The boy was asked why
he couldn't understand what his
mother said to him. He said that she
worked ever since he could remem
ber and that he also was taken from
school to help support the family be
fore he could speak German.
Bit by bit the story come out. Mrs.
Floral was at first suspicious. She
thought the reporter had come to
steal her little brass check.
Hans Floral, the husband, works
long hours and Frank is out looking
for a job. And the little woman sits
alone in the kitchen with a big torn
cat waiting her youngest son to to
come home from school. She is
teaching him German and he is try
ing to improve her English. She told
the reporter she wasn't trying to
learn very hard because she was "too
RIOT IN PORTUGAL REPUBLIC
Paris, Feb. 5. Riot assuming pro
portions of revolution broke out in
Lisbon last night and is continuing
today. Crowds are attacking repub
lican guards in Portuguese capital
and pillaging stores.
Biggest shakeup in police depart
ment in years is scheduled for early
next week. According to Chief Hea
ley, at least 15 captains will be
Leo Klockowski burned to death
while he slept in his tailor shop, 3332
Irving Park blvd. Brother Joseph,
ana uve children escaped from sec