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Hotel and . Restaurant Keepers'
Union. That made the fight of the
waitresses a ticklish subject for the
newspapers, that depend upon ad
vertising for profit, to handle.
For they don't dare, as a rule, to
go contrary to the wishes of the tate
Had nobody been arrested but pick
eting waitresses the newspapers
could have passed the matter over
lightly and public attention would not
have been attracted to the issues in
volved. The arrest of a woman of the
prominence of Ellen Gates Starr of
Hull. House, however, could not, be
ignored. Its news value was too big.
Too many people would know of it
even if the newspapers suppressed
So the arrest and trial of Miss
Starr were duly reported and the peo
ple of Chicago got much of the truth
concerning the strike and the bru
tality of the police. I imagine the
newspapers were really glad Miss
Starr's arrest forced them to print
the news for nearly all of them did
better in giving their readers the
truth than, I ever knew Chicago kept
newspapers to do before.
This illustrates what women of
prominence and social standing can
do to help their working sisters gain
a living wage.
The pull of Big Business is so pow
erful in politics and gpvernment that
there is little hope of securing any
help from the law in estabKshing a
minimum wage for women. The
only hope lies in organization of the
women workers in all lines of en
deavor. And the women workers in depart
ment stores and other places where
women work for low wages can be
organized if the women who have
homes of their own will get back of
them and help make the fight.
The women of Chicago can make
the department stores come to time
if they go about it.
The organization of women work
ers should be a part of the suffrage
campaign. The real aim of women
in their fight for the ballot is liberty,
freedom from slavery to men.
There are many kinds of liberty,
and there is much work women will
have to do before they are free, but
there is nothing more important to
the entire cause of suffrage than
freeing women workers from indus
trial slavery and the deadening in
fluence of low wages.
When the women workers qf Illi
nois are organized for collective bar
gaining they will constitute a power
ful army to go on and win still
greater freedom for women.
The women of Chicago should get
solidly back of the striking wait
resses and follow the lead of Ellen
Gates Starr, who wasn't afraid to go
to prison for free speech and "the
rights of women workers.
Up to date about the only encour
agment the workers have got outside
their own ranks has come from the
Socialist party. The Progressive
party has a splendid social justice
platform, but it doesn't get down on"
the ground and fight when the issue
is drawn as it has been in the Hen
At that, the new party has gone far
beyond the two old parties, but is still
many laps behind when it comes to
practicing what it preaches.
Anyhow, women should get to
gether for the workers, no matter
what party they happen to be tied
Broker's Clerk Could you let me
have $10 on last month's salary?
Broker Great Scott! That's the
punkest collateral I ever had offered
JUST A SLIP OF THE TONGUE
"Mrs. Garber fell downstairs and
"bit her tongue in two."
"I feel sorry for her husband. She
was a terror when she had only one