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girls of the strike from trie cadets.
Gaynor today sent a letter to the leaders of the strike refusing to appoint any special police. His letter read: "When I took office I canceled all appointments of private per sons as special police. They were used in labor strikes to commit violence and disorder. You ask me to restore that condition of things. If I deputize people on your side the other side will ask for deputies and the result will be violence and disorder." The strike committee was in dignant over this letter. They pointed out that they had a legit imate excuse for asking for depu ties, and that Gaynor could refuse to appoint deputies for "the other side" unless they presented an equally legitimate excuse. "Inasmuch as we have been re cused protection by the authori ties," said Rosa Blank today, "we must take the matter in our own hands and provide our own police fend protectors against the cadets and agents of the white slavers. "We cannot let 75,000 young girls go unprotected. The danger calls for immediate action. We have pleaded in vain with the mayor and police department. The utmost vigilance is needed. The East Side is sly clever and persuasive and the girls are hungry." "We shall have to go ahead with our plans ourselves," said Miss Gertrude Barnum. "Col lege girls and society women will be assigned to various meeting balls and other places where young girls gather. It is the only thing we can do." Miss Barnum is national or ganizer of the Ladies' Garment Workers and daughter of Judge Wm. Barnum, a wealthy Chica goan. "We want Congress to probe the clothing industry," continued Miss Barnum. "The public should know the present conditions. The product of tenements and sweatshops is bound to be germ- carrying. "The workers in them have small wages and have to keep go-3 ing even when sick. There are no sanitary arrangements and I be lieve many epidemics have been spread through clothing manu factured under improper condi tions. "Many of the clothing workers are girls. They must have bet ter care. It is for congress to say. whether these women the fu ture mothers of our race are to be given decent environment." Certain of the manufacturers today brought influence to bear to have the sweatshop workers" resume making clothing. It was. this that caused the threat of a demand for a congressional in--vestigation. Thomas J. Rickert, president' of the International Garment -Workers' union, is making an in vestigation into the report that some of the bosses are sending , their work to other cities to be made up and reshipped to them. "If we find there is such a prac- r tice," said Rickert, today, "we shall first order all workers ,