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arrived and charged into the
struggling, screaming mass of
men, women and children.
The police used their clubs
right and left but they struck
The clothing manufacturers
have begun the wholesale impor
tation of strikebreakers, and are
evidently anxious to cause
"The condition of these 135,000
struggling workers is becoming
desperate," said Miss Gertrude
Barnum, strike organizer today.
"We are raising funds as fast as
possible to stave off starvation,
but unless large contributions are
received from people of wealth
who have sympathy for the work
ers in this fight for simple justice
and a chance to work under de
cent conditions, the suffering
will soon be terrible."
Twenty-five thousand of the
waist and dressmakers whose de
mands were settled by the em
ployers Saturday returned to
their machines today.
At union headquarters it was
said that the independent manu
facturers not in the manufactur
ers' association will grant the
same terms before the end of the
week, and that the 10,000 or more
waist and dressmakers will then
go back to work.
So far, all efforts to arbitrate
the differences between the gar
ment workers and the various
manufacturers' associations in
volved have failed.
The American Federation of
Labor is making a determined ef
fort to bring about a settlement
today, but there is not much hope
since the bosses have begun
bringing in strikebreakers.
The anti-picketing injunction
issued by Justice Amends wil!
come up for a hearing late this
afternoon. If Amends' injunc
tion is upheld there most certain
ly will be trouble. The strikers
are not in a mood to have their
rights trampled underground.
The sudden break of the mild
weather into bitter cold has dou
bled the suffering of the strikers.
The danger of another bitter
winter strike of 50,000 Chicago
garment workers became more
Investigators of the union have
established the truth of the re
port that local manufacturers
have been taking over the con
tracts of the New York bosses
whose plants are tied up by the
great strike there.
There is now no question bur
that the union garment workers
of Chicago are being used t
break the New York strike of
their brothers and sisters in New
And the manufacturers here
have refused to listen to the pro
tests of the union officials.
A great mass meeting of the
garment workers will be held hi
Hod Carriers' hall tomorrow
At that meeting, the "situation
will be put up to the members of
the unions, and the sentiment of
the rank and file sounded out.
But the officials of the union
feel certain that unless the Chi-