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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, January 29, 1913, Image 11

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street. No human power offered
adequate protection to the pretty,
penniless girls who must run that
dreadful gauntlet.
Coatless, hungry, innocent vic
tims of moral overstrain, thou
sands of girl strikers must tread
the snares of prey seeking white
slavers. For the living wage
that should render the msecure is
cut to starvation rates by pin
money workers and the shoppers
who do not think.
And women, good women, self
ish or thoughtless, are responsi
ble for making the wayfarer's
road from Jerico to the holy city
still more unsafe.
Written for The Day Book by Berton Braley.
Bargains in dress goods and bargains in lace,
Bargains in garments of beauty and grace,
Here are the offerings piled in a heap,
Bargains on bargains remarkably cheap!
Wait, let's see whence these "bargain goods came
E'er we plunge into the bargaining game!
Look at that exquisite waist it was made
Down in the slums by a woman ill paid;
Glorious plume for a wonderful hat?
Little child hands gave the beauty to that!
Bargains in goods? Why, they're bargains in pain,
Bargains in bodies and bargains in brain,
Bargains in manhood and womanhood, too,
Bargains in childhood here offered to you;
Bargains in hate and oppression and greed,
Bargains in hearts that must suffer and bleed.
Bargains from sweat-shops and pestilent holes,
Bargains in labor and bargains in souls.
Here on the counter together they lie.
Bargain sale! Bargain sale! Come on and buy!
New York, Jan. 29. Hope for
immediate settlement of the gar
ment workers' strike fadjed today
when the manufacturers refused
to accept Uie terms of settlement
Negotiations were not broken
off between the representatives
of employers and employes, how
ever, and further conferences will
be arranged in an effort to arrive
at an amicable understanding.
Even had the employers ac
cepted the proposed terms, it is
not certain the strike would have
been ended. The strikers seem to
be evenly divided on whether
they shall return to work tempor
arily or stay out until the ques
tion of hours, wages and working
conditions is definitely settled.
Several minor disturbances oc-

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