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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, September 29, 1915, LAST EDITION, Image 3

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Police brutality is already marking
strike of the clothing workers that
really only got under swing yesterday
and is not yet a complete tie-up. Re
sponding to the calls of the bosses
for assistance in their attempt to
break the nerve of the strikers,
mounted cops rode up on the side-
walk into a crowd of girls; cops on
foot charged with their clubs and fists
into a crowd in front of Hirsch Wick
wire & Co.; and cops on motorcycles
rode on the sidewalk at strikers in
front of Lamm & Co., Jackson ana
Peoria sts.
At Kuppenheimer's factory, 22d
and Richmond sts., a boy of about 11
laughed his sympathy with the strik
ers. He was badly shaken up by the
officers on duty there.
At the corner of Van Buren and
Petfria sts. Joseph Novak, reporter
Daily Spravedlnost, stood. There
were two or three people around, but
no crowd. Officer 1117 came up be
hind him and hit him with the club
on the arm. Novak told the copper-
he was connected with the press and
received an apology. :
Lena Rosin and her sister Hilda,
1823 W. North av., were walking on
the street opposite Kuppenheimer's
- when two motorcycle cops rode into
them from behind. Lena's leg is
bruised and Hilda's back is sprained.
Tillie Katz, 1814 W. North av., claims
she was poked in the back by Officers
3839 and 3598 as she walked along.
Sam Cohen, 1509 Laflin 1st, was
clubbed over the head by an officer
In front of Levi Bros., Winchester av.
In addition to the assistance being
rendered by the Chicago police force
A in the battle of the bosses to intimi
date the strikers, sluggers &re being
picked up in poolrooms by the strike
breaking detective agencies.
A garment worker who wished his
name withheld said -he was ap
proached in a poolroom and taken
around to the different clothing
plants, including E. V. Price, where
the sluggers are stationed. He was
offered from $3 to $4 a day and "easy
"Police activity on behalf of the
manufacturers is at high tide," de
clared Sidney Hillman, president of
the Amalgamated Clothing Workers.
Mounted cops are riding on the side
walk at the girls, which shows they
are getting their orders from head
quarters. We expect police to pre
serve law and order but they are go
ing beyond that and trying by brute
force to help break the strike. We
know the manufacturers have had a
conference with the chief of police
and this is evidently the answer."
Still maintaining that there are not
more than 2,000 clothing workers
out on strike, despite the thousands
that poured out of 29 factories yes
terday, the manufacturers are hold
ing firm in their refusal to give work
ers the increase in wages, shorter
hours and better working conditions
they demand, or to arbitrate the sit
uation with the Amalgamated Cloth
ing Workers of America.
President John Fitzpatrick of the
Chicago Federation of Labor put a
soft pedal on the clamor of the bosses
that the Amalgamated was not re
cognized by the federation and they
therefore could not treat with that
union. In a statement issued yester
day Fitzpatrick said:
"Our men are in the strike now
and we will be with the workers to
the last ditch."
Workers in the New York branches
of the Royal Tailors, Continental
Tailoring Co., International Tailoring
Co. and J. L. Taylor Co. were sent
telegraphic orders for walk-out today
by President Hillman of the Amalga
mated to protect the striking gar
ment workers here.
Mr. Hillman will see Chief of Po
lice Healey today to arrange for pec

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