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The day book. [volume] (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, July 22, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 5

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By Jane Whitaker.
Have you ever noticed that when
labor does anything to capital, even
if it is merely to stick out its tongue
H or harangue on the street corner,
the newspapers carry scare lines of
the outrage? ,
When the "mourning" squad pick
eted the New York offices of the oc
topus headed by John D. Rockefel
ler, the richest man in the United
States, and the man whose name is
synonymous with golf and the mur
der of women and children in Color
ado, the frpnt pages of all the papers
shrieked their tidings of this impu
dence. When labor and its friends went to
Tarrytown to try and dig Rockefeller
out of his hiding place and tell him
what they thought of him, again
there were scareheads on the front
page, and when the "agitators" were
locked up the scareheads were em
phasized with photographs of the im
pudent. When four men were killed by a
bomb explosion in a tenement in
New York city the newspapers imme
diately gave God the credit of being
the Nemesis, for they intimated that
the men lost their lives while prepar
ing a bomb to use on the same "rich
est man in the United States,"
though, as a matter of. fact, the real
secret of that bomb murder is not
Ati1 rf innrca oil tTiia ic ae if
V should be. It is sheer impudence for
labor to do other than cringe in the
presence of capital.
When capital, however, unites to
suppress labor, regardless of how
low, how vile may be its tactics, noth
ing is said about them. That sort of
thing isn't "news," you know.
Right here in Chicago, Illinois, the
city that still remembers with elation
that women have the right to vote,
.capital is perpetrating outrages on
labor through its tool, Knab, the res
taurant man, that can scarcely be
equaled, but the issue is a silent one
Before Knab hired Dudley Taylor,
lawyer for the Employers' Associa
tion, he appealed to the courts to
throw their weight with the capital
ists against labor and stop the silent
picketing of the girls whose places
he had filled with strikebreakers
when he decided to help the Restau
rant Keepers' Association by fight
ing organized waitresses.
The courts, however, vacillated.
Some judges listened to the plea of
capital and issued far-reaching in
junctions. Other judges realizing
that such injunctions were against
the ruling of the supreme court de
nied the appeals of capital.
And thus the situation stood when
Taylor entered. This is not Taylor's
first fight in the interest of capital
against labor. He might be said to
be skilled in that sort of fighting.
And thereupon the situation de
veloped. Girls who were strikebreak
ers were placed on the streets to hu
miliate the union pickets, and each
day added to their intolerable insults.
The first day they carried placards,
the next day balloons, the next day
toy nannygoats.
They walked on the heels of the
girls whose jobs they had taken, they
pushed their shoulders, they squeak
ed the toys in their ears.
This would have merely amused
the public, though I know that it
helped disgust them, but Knab went
further. He put notices in his win
dow calculated to draw crowds about
the street.
Then the police stepped in to help
capital. The .first day or so they kept
the crowds moving. Then they be--gan
to make arrests of the pickets,
mostly the union pickets, but they did
take in a few of the strikebreakers.
Yesterday, however, Knab seemed
to have developed some psychic sense
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