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Jane Addams to withdraw Hull House
support from the strikers because
trade' on Randolph street is hurt by
The strongest anti-labor crowd in
the city, the Employers! Association,
had their firm of lawyers, McEwen,
Weissenbach, Strimski and Meloan,
in court to argue that the waitresses
are in a conspiracy. The job of decid
ing whether picketing shall be stop
ped is such a responsible job that
Judge John P. McGborty called for
help and Judges Baldwin and Windes
will sit with him, en bano.
What these three judges have to
say about picketing will come out this
Public opinion, a widespread and
clearly noticeable feeling among a
great mass of people in Chicago that
the waitressesare right and the Res
taurant Keepers' Association wrong
in fighting the girls, is the cause that
drove Big Business to hunt the courts
and try to get relief. After the police
force made 152 arrests, and the muni
cipal courts had stalled along and re
fused to try a single case, and these
tactics didn't stop the picket, there
was no card left to play except the
old one file a bill for ah injunction.
These are some of the causes that
have shaped public opinion:
1. The unflinching picket kept up
by the girls in spite of brutality and
2. The rally of the clubwomen to
their sisters on the picket line.
3. A city council committee in
vestigation that promises ,tQ put po
lice officials and private detectives
an the rack.
The cross bill filed by Attorneys
Tohn D.-Farrel and Edgar T. Masters
jomes straight back and charges
:onspiracy, a concertedjoint under
;tanding and agreement on the part
)f the Henrici Co., Manager William
H. Collins, the Restaurant Keepers'
Association, John Vogelsang, Chief of
'olice Jamesleason, and others, to
'destroy and wreck financially" the
Waitresses' Local Union. No, 834.
The last point rammed home in the
cross bill is that the only reason an
injunction to stop the pickets is asked
for is that the Restaurant Keepers'
Association aims to ''finally dominate
the labor market with reference to
waitresses and control the conditions
of service of said waitresses."
That four of the pickets worked at
Henrici's and were discharged be
cause of union membership, and that
any girl who favors organization is
discharged, are among reasons cited
for the picket. John Vogelsang stat
ed and apprised the union that no
agreement would be signed by the
employers, that "they would not treat
nor negotiate," and "they would
finance and pay all expenses in the
Philip Henrici Co. in a strike." Here
is where conspiracy comes in, if the
word conspiracy has any meaning at
all, it is alleged.
Before February 5, when the strike
was -called, "every resource was ex
hausted to arrive at a just and peace
ful solution." "Threats were made
on behalf of the Henrici Co. and the
Restaurant Keepers' Association that
in the event of a strike, sluggers and
gunmen would be employed to ter
rorize and assault members of the
waitresses' union and any person en
deavoring to assist said unions,"
says the cross bill. "Up to the pres
ent time 126 arrests have been made,
bonds aggregating $125,000 signed, .
but not one of the cases has come to
"The police were violent and brutal
in the extreme, police officers used
the most foul and profane language
towards the girls and women, and
used the same methods they would
use on a strong man capable of re
sistance. The officers, .delegated are
particularly noted for their skill in
handling strikers ,and some of the
police officers .are notorious for vio-"
lence and brutality."
The precise language of one para
graph fs: "That Ora- Duree appear
ed on the picket wearing a macintosh
containing the letters, 'We, want. $8