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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, May 13, 1916, NOON EDITION, Image 2

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America, when he entered the hall.
Their mood .was as light while they
listened to Sam . Levin and Frank
Rosenblum tell of the strike of the
cutters and trimmers and of the
bribes the bosses offered to keep
them at work that , the strikers had
refused because they -did not em
brace recognition of theunio"n. They
applauded as, Rosenblum begged
them to wipe the slate of their past
feeling againsfthe lack of support
the cutters and trimmers gave them
in the last strike and to remember
only fchatin this the situation was
entirely different and the cutters and
trimmers were out 100 per cent
strong.
Then their leaders addresed tnem
in Polish, Lithuanian, Italian and
Hebrew, and the story of the injunc
tion that Judge Smith granted the
clothing bosses yesterday afternoon
was unfolded. The names of the
firms protected rang through "the
foreign speecn: u. Kuppenneimer &
Co., Rosenwald & Weil, Leopold, So-;
lomon & Eisendrath, Hirsch, Wick
wire & Co., Edenheinier-Stein Co.,
Kuh, Nathan & Fischer, Chas. Kauf
man & Bro., Alfred Decker & Cohn,
Mayer Bros., Schoenlterg Bros, and
L. Abt & Sons, all of them bosses
scarcely yet affected by the strike
that had only embraced a portion of
the trade.
The laughter died away into si
lence. As Organizer Schneid mocked
with ironic speech the aid the law
gives and the police force there was
laughter again, but it had a hard
sound.
Schneid stopped speaking. Levin
stood ready to introduce Hillman as
the next speaker.
A man jumped up in the aisle and
demanded the floor.
"I make a motion,'" he yelled,
"that the tailors m this meeting as
sembled take a vote on a general
strike." '
For a moment there was not a
sound. Then Levin called for the
vote and with a single roar that had
not even the echo of a trailing voice
'the thousands cried one word:
"Strike." It 'tyas unanimous. The
garment workers had answered "the
injunction-protected bosses.
Hillman spoke next. His voice was
shaking as he told the workers" tha't
he had never witnessed a similar
scene; that it would go down in the
history of the labor movement to be
remembered forever as the spirit of
the workers who only a short time
ago were forced to return to their
shops, giving the bosses the impres
sion that they were safe for another
five yeaps, yet but a few months
later wih one accord they' yelled out
the challenge again.
"You have been taken advantage
of always," Hillman said. "They
have promised you everything in
times like this when, they have needr
ed you. They have broken every
promise and thrown you out of your
jobs when the work was -slack and
they didn't need you. Today we will
do to them what they have done , to
us. We will go out in the busy time
when they need us and We will fight
to a finish in this struggle." x
At 9 o'clock this morninsr thev
poured out of the shops. On the
Northwest Side they marched in a
linrlv in .Tnwich FVInnaHnnsI Allinnrp
I and the workers from the loop hous
niAioueu loHalsted and Van Bu
ren, headquarters of .the unien.
It fs estimated that there will be
30,000 on strikestoday.
Four hundred employes of Wm. D.
Gibson Co., manufacturers of bed
springs, 500 W. Huron st, went on
strike because bosses want to oper
ate an open shop.
Laundry drivers have declared a
strike on members of Tailors, Clean
ers & Dyers' ass'n.
Felix Mitchell, ass't sup't of streets,
threatened striking street cleaners
with permanent discharge if they did
not return to work. ' Men insist, how
ever, that finance committee give
them some sort of a promise of in
creased wages before they consent.

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