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and carrying charges has advanced.
Who is paying? The employers aren't
taking less profit; they are paying
lower wages and the girls, unorgan
ized, have to submit Is it fair?
"There is a great deal said about
welfare work here. Our organization
doesn't object to welfare work, but
not as it is conducted in Chicago. We
want it under the control of a board
of sanitation, not as charity or to
take the place of living wages.
"In one factory in which I worked
they especially prided themselves on
the sunshiny surroundings, and pub
lic spirited ladies would be shown
through and would exclaim how
' much beautiful sunshine the workers
had, but there isn't any sunshine in
the pay envelopes of the workers. It
is merely cheap advertising for the
manufacturers. Their plant is built
where rent is cheap and there are no
obstructions and God doesn't charge
them for the sunshine."
"Do you think you will get as good
conditions here as in New York," I
asked Miss Cohn.
She smiled confidently. "When we
have our organization complete we
will, and we are making good strides.
We have meetings continually at 1815
W. Division st and at 166 W. Wash
"Just recently in New York the
mayor appointed a committee com
posed not of workers but of men close
tn hnsiness interests to decide wheth
er workers were entitled to advance
in wage because of increased living
conditions. The mayor appointed that
committee because 30,000 workers
had met in a hall to discuss their
grievance and call a strike and the
mayor understood the workers meant
business and 30,000 unemployed are
undesirable in any city. That com
mittee decided we were entitled to
' "When the street car men struck
here your mayor realized that the or
ganized men and not their officers
alnnp. meant business, and the matter
yas arbitrated and the men got their 1
1 increased wages. The moment we
complete a strong organization of
the workers in the white goods indus
try we will answer your question very
FLOOD DAMAGES WJNNETKA AND
Scores deserted homes in vicin
ity of Kedvale av. and 47th st when
streets and basements were filled with
water and toy boats could have been
sailed on some parlor floors.
In 48 hours 2.12 inches of rain fell
in Chicago. It was heavier elsewhere.
Winnetka pavements' were washed
away while chairs and desks floated
through the windows of the high
Nine of every ten telephone poles
in Lake Forest and Kenilworth were
put out of business and the electric
conduit system was uprooted.
Hundreds of families deserted
homes in Joliet when river went on
rampage-nearly covering low houses.
All the middle west suffered.
THOMPSON SILENT ON BOOM
' FOR PRESIDENT
. Mayor Thompson won't discuss the
presidential boom his California ad
mirers are making for him. He is so
busy seeking relief for Eastland sur- -
vvivors and vengeance for Eastland .
dead that he will not talk about him- '
It is said the boom has somewhat
surprised him. Mayor Sebastian
sprung it in Los Angeles and many
western Republicans took it up with
a whoop. His clearcut stand for jus
tice to labor in the car strike arbi
tration as chairman of the arbitra
tion board has had much to do with
the enthusiasm of his boosters.
The mayor will be the principal
speaker at the German-American Re
publican clubs' rally at Brand's park,
Aug. 28. Some believe he will indi
cate his course that day. He is known,
to favor a national embargo on the
export of arms and ammunition to
foreign warring nations.