POLICEWOMEN PROVE LITTLE IMPROVEMENT q
OVER THE BRUTAL MEN COPPERS
BY JANE WHITAKER a
When your friends visit Chicago you are very proud as you take them
around and show them the department stores where every convenience h
exists for the customer; you show them the new City Hall, you talk to
them of the high-brow cults in literature and in music; you give them the i
impression that everything that is advanced and is fine exists here. (
But you wouldn't have been very proud of your city had you taken i
your guests on Randolph street in front of Henrici's restaurant yesterday )
at noon and given them a glimpse into "Darkest Russia" methods of deal- 3
ing with women who had dared to protest against starvation wages and i
unfair conditions. I think you would have felt very much ashamed.
Only Wednesday a band of society women and social workers called t
on Chief of Police Gleason to protest, against the conduct of officers sta- a
tioned in front of Henrici's, where a strike of the waitresses is in progress r
and where two girls have been so brutally man-handled that they are in theo
This band of women demanded of Gleason that he should put in front a
of the Henrici restaurant two women police, the women who were appoint
ed as a protection to girls and women, to save them from insults. b
Gleason did station the two. women officers, airs. Mary Boyd and Mrs. s
Marie Loucks, but there seems to have been a difference of opinion between a
the band of women and Gleason and
his policewomen as to their duties.
Last Wednesday night the two po
licewomen took their station. Six of
the pickets walked up and down in
front of the restaurant, keeping care
fully and entirely within their privi
lege. Minnie Meyer declares that Officer
No. 813 made himself both obnoxious
and insulting by the remarks he pass
ed in front of the girls. She declares
he called them a bunch of Tommies.
Then he spat on the street, she says,
and said it was corn for the chickens.
Indignant, Miss Meyer approached
Mrs. Mary Boyd, one of the police
women, and said to her: -
"I thought "you were -here- to pro
tect us from insult." ' '
Mrs. Boyd, according to Miss'Mey
er, replied: "I am here to -protect
Henrici's from annoyance by you
Mrs. Boyd certainly carried out her
idea of her -duty with unnecessary
zeal yesterday noon.
The, -six pickets were walking ,up
the street, as I passed them not once
but many times. They were repeat-s
ing, "There is a strike here," to the!
people who passed, without endeavor-b
ing to stop anyone, and were entirely 6
within their rights. s
But Mrs. Boyd thought differently, b
She rushed up to Miss Meyer and?
grabbed her by the arm. "Where is
an officer?" she demanded. Then''
she decided to do the arresting her- i
self, so she took Miss Meyer and''
Julia Conley to the station on North i
LaSalle street, informing them on the-i
way that they would be booked on
disorderly conduct and conspiracy,
and when Miss Meyer demanded toi
know why the charge of conspiracy,!
Mrs. Boyd dug deep in her knowledges)
of legal lore and told Miss Meyer thati
"two people made a conspiracy." J
At the station the two girls weres
booked on both charges, and almost
immediately the four other girls were I
brought in for the same lack of of-i
fense. They had been arrested byJ
Officers McCurdy and Wernecke. a
Mrs. Boyd wanted the pleasure oti
'entering: the charges against these J
.four .girls also, and only- desisted
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