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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, December 19, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 2

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top and . the envelope Is often too
large for the coins it contains that
is the usual thing in the ladies' gar
ment business.
Wages are so small that some of
our biggest philanthropic' million
aires, interested in school1 affairs,
own ladies' clothing factories under
names not their own. Only in the
trade is it known that Mr. So-and-So
controls a dozen factories.
Conditions are so rotten that a
thousand unorganized clothing
workers sat in a chilly hall at Taylor
and Racine av. last night until near
ly midnight, darmg the wrath of
their bosses, and conspiring to upset
the ladies' clothing business to get
more money for the worker who has
none and less for the boss -who has
plenty.
Speakers in four languages told
the workers what they already knew,
arid hands were drawn from warm
pockets and muffs to applaud sug
gestions that Chicago garment em
ployers be hit by a-strike.
"We ain't makin enough to get
along on now; so let's Jake a chance
and strike. If we lose our jobs we
don't lose much. We can win a lot if
we stick together. Let's try," said
Sadie Cohen to Mary MarkowsM on
the side between speeches.
John Fitzpatrick, leader of another
union, controlled by those of differ
ent races and religious feelings, but
organized in the common interest of
the worker, promised the support of
the American Federation of Labor
and the Chicago branch of every la
dies' clothing worker who 'joined the
international union of the trade.
Big plans for a strike in the spring
or fall that will tie up the industry
completely and cause many a -fret
in the "better class" districts of the
city were laid. Workers were told
they must get' together and stick to
win.
Chicago conditions are far - the
worst of any city in the country, de-f'-red
Sol Friedman, organizer, who i
called the meeting aad - Introduced
speakers.
In "New York, Philadelphia, Boston,
Bridgeport and a dozen similar cit
ies in the east they have a minimum
wage; in Chicago there is no limit
downward, to salaries.
Other cities have rules prohibiting
more than 49 regular hours' work a
week; only four hours' overtime is
allowed and double pay must be giv
en for this time. In Chicago, in fac
tories where, dresses sell for $75 to
$100, girls are worked ten hours a
dayand five hours on Sunday.
Need of action before the war ends,
when thousands of girls willing to
work for $5 a week or less to learn
a trade are brought Into the country
by employers, was sounded by Fried
man. The bosses are short of labor .
now, if the workers strike and stay
out there wjll be none to take their
places. " And that means victory,
Friedman pointed out .
BOY AND "BROTHER HELD IN
SLAYING OF AGED COUPLE
Havana, III., Dec. 19. Charles
Thomas, 31 years old, and John '
Thomas, 13 years old, brothers, are
held here today for investigation in
connection with the murder of Mr.
and Mrs. John Becker, near Mason
City. Bloodhounds followed a trail
to the Thomas home, one mile from
the scene of the crime. Sheriff Close
says shells found at the Becker home
tally with those in a 22-calibre rifle in
the Thomas boys' home.
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TELEGRAPH BRIEFS
Toledo, O. The Toledo News-Bee
today charged that Kansas City gam
bling gang has been organized to at
temptto bribe American ass'n ball
players to throw ball games. Pres.
Hickey of the A. A. asked to investi
gate. ,
Berlin, via Salville Wireless. Ger
many's reply to U. S. note concern
ing sinking of steamer Columbiaa.
handed to Charge D'affaires Grew.

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