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"NEW CORK'S MURDER OF
. THE INNOCENTS
New York, Jan. 19. "The
Working Women of New YoTk,
against the Laundries of New
,Yoik, for the Murder of Inno
Tha't is ihp form of indictment
that ought to be issued agajnst
the'laundry'trust" of New York
iffthe testimony given today before-State
Williams,, be true.
Jn pursuance of lu's duties, Wil
liams is investigating the condi
tipns in the laundries that caused
the present strike of -30,000 wom
en and children!
Williams has summoned wit
nesses. T(he first to appear before
hjm was Mrs. Matilda Winn, pale
faced, half starved, but a member
of the striking union and ready to
bear all things for the cause.
"Why," asked Williams, "did
you go on strike, Mrs. Winn?"
A spasm of pain passed over
Mrs. Winn's face, and she sob
bed bitterly. Then she raised her
head, and in a low voice, answer
ed: "I went on strike because the
laundries killed my poor little
baby. Perhaps they'll kill me,
too ; for I haven't much money to
live on jhow. But I wont go back
to work. For, if I help to win
"this fight, perhaps I shall save
some other poor mother's baby
from death, and that will be my
reward even if I starve' to
"Tell me about it," said 'Com
missioner Williams, gently. v-
Mrs. Winn struggled with
sobs for a moment and then went
"My husband was out of a job.
So I had to go to work in the
laundry to help him. We had a
little bahy, just -a few weeks old,
and the" dearest
''But I had to .go to work and
bring in some money, and the
laundries weje the only places I
could get work.
"I arranged with my mother, to
keep the baby during the day.
But at night, when I came home,
I nursed it myself. That is what
killed my baby.
"On Monday, I worked from'
noon until 2 o'clock Tuesday
morning. Then I would rush :
home to my baby and I would
be too tired to sleep.
"I had to be at work at 7:30
o'clock Tuesday morning. If'
meant your pay "docked" the '
first time you were late perhaps
you were discharged if you were
late a second time. And on '
Tuesday we worked all through
one day, and then on into the
night until 1:30 a. m. Wednes
"Wednesday, we usually got
off at midnight. Thursday we
worked from 7:30 a. m. to 9 p.
m. Friday we got away at 7 p.
m., and Saturdays we only work
ed a few hours.
"The first few' days of the
week just killed Us. The doctor
told me I'd kill my baby if-I kept
at it but I had to earn a living
and the laundries were the only
"I'used to get home at night so
tire'd, I'could "barely keep on myj
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