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IN CHICAGO AND
BY CARL SANDBURG
Dr. J. L. Magnus" of New York was
the guest a few days ago of Julius
Rosenwald at the Ellis av. home of
the Sears-Roebuck multi-millionaire,
Chicago's most widely known sus
tainer of organized charity.
Magnes was brought here from
New York to voice the cry of the
crushed and desperate Jews of Rus
sia, Poland and Palestine. As a pub
lic speaker Magnes outclasses ariy
who has come to Chicago in a long
time, if newspaper stories are true.
They report that when Magnes told
the Auditorium audience Thursday
night about the crushed and desper
ate Jews of war-torn lands, the wives
of State street merchants and the
wives of millionaire garment manu
facturers of Chicago sobbed and the
rest of the audience took up the sob
bing until it was impossible for the
speaker on the stage to make him
self heard because of the noise of the
' On the front page of the Herald,
$in which Julius Rosenwald has sunk
$zou,uuu 01 reaay casu, jauK. uaix. re
ported the event with this remark
able paragraph subheaded "Sobs
Halt Speaker": "
"A young American Jew with the
voice of an angel and the eloquent
pathos of all Jewish history- in his
trembling outcries against the hor
rors of Europe had to stop at the cli
max of iris peroration because the
sobs of his hearers prosperous,
stable citizens, most of them drown
ed out his clarion words."
As I read that paragraph of Jack
Lait over again I wondered what he
was getting at And it seemed to me
the underlying meaning was:
"Look here, you people who say
the rich State street Jews and the
garment manufacturers have hearts
of stone. Look at them sobbing.
They, have newts .of Wood .aad.flee&..
and they can cry and shake with
feeling the same as any garment'
workers' wife moaning over a baby
dead because wages failed to buy the
proper housing and food for a child.
You who say the Jews of Mandel's,
Rothschild's and- Siegel-Cooper's
have ice water instead of blood in
their "veins look at them sobbing!"
I wonder what would have hap
pened if the same audience had been
listening to Ellen Gates Starr as a
speaker and Miss Starr had told them
what she knows about the crushed
and desperate Jews of Chicago bat
tling through a clothing workers'
union for the right to organize and
be paid a living wage.
If this audience sprinkled with
Jewish millionaires and their wives
had heard the Hull house woman tell
how last October, Rose Goodman, a
Jewish girl, was jammed into a po
lice wagon and her breast bone
broken by a policeman's fist, how '
the faces of Jewish girls were slapped
by harness bulls of the Chicago po
lice force, how there were hundreds
of Jewish girls and women among
the 2,300 arrested during the cloth
ing strike and these prisoners were
huddled in the vermin-crept cells of
Harrison st, Chicago av. and Shakes
pere av. stations if this audience
had heard Miss Starr tell the story of
Russianized Chicago, I wonder
whether the speaker's voice would
have been drowned by the kind of
sobbing which stopped Dr. Magnes v.
near the finish, of. his speech the
I winder why Jewish womanhood
in Chicago is not as sacred and beau
tiful, as much worthy of thought and '
action, as the crushed and desperate
Jews of Russia, Poland and Pales
tine. o o
Cracksmen broke safe, Daniel.
Forbee Co., second floor, 210 W.
.Lake, , Got $36, .-.; $u jujj