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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 03, 1912, Image 7

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er Has Heard the same warnings
against violence, the same inspir
ing Americanism, often quoted
from the bill of rights, coming
from tongues that cannot even
utter the words jn English.
These desperately poor strikers
have left their looms unorganiz
ed. The Industrial Workers of the
mi' IHi
Portrait of Poris Reinstein, the
clear visioned strike leader whose
vigorous stand against anarchy
has the enthusiastic support of
the strikers.
World, socialists of various de
grees, and until now compara
tively weak, has organized these
surfs by the tens of thousands.
There has never before been such
a rapid spread of unionism, the
leaders declare.
Wm. D. Haywood is in com
mand of the strikes in New Eng
land and various parts of New
York and Pennsylvania. Another
faction of the I. W. W. more in
sympathy with the Socialist La
bor jarty, are in command of the
northern New Jersey strikes and
are agitating in the middle west.
While these factfons quarrel
they both stand for industrial
democracy as distinguished from
trades unionism, solid organiza
tion upon a common footing, no
contracts with employers, fre
quent strikes to better conditions,
and, of course, ultimate owner
ship of the tools of production in
which state, the leaders proclaim,
there will be work tor all, good
pay, short hours decent condi
tions and a chance for individual
improvement "for all except the
exploiters, who will then ;have
to go to work like the rest of us."
So peaceful have the strikers
been in northern New Jersey that
the town officials, though frankly
antagonistic, have had no excuse
to even swear in extra police. The
I. W. W. organizers were told to
get out of town by the chief of
police, but laughed at him. Boris
Reinstein, going to court to give
bail for a striker, was searched
without warrant. He only smiled
at the cops.
Th'ere have been many such in
cidents, but nothing queerer than
when Lizzie Sering, 17, called the
4,000 weavers in the'big Botany
mill to strike. The foreman and
SO private detectives attempted to
restrain the workers from walk
ing out. There were fist fights.
Several women were injured.
Mrs. Mary Hoffman, a pitiful de
serted wife with one child, earn
ing $4 a week, was knocked down
and kicked by a foreman. A war
rant was asked for the foreman,
but service could not be obtained.

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