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the city council? I feel that as this
committee has been working in this
matter it would be proper that the
benefit of your information and sug
gestions be given to it."
The letter of the women's commit
tee to the mayor backs"up some of
the worst charges of police violence
that have been -made. The letter
"In the hearing before the alder
manic committee it was proved by
production of the pay envelopes that
some girls are paid from 7. to 8 cents
an hour and others get from $2.50 to
$4 for a week's work.
"It has been shown that, in spite
of the fact that Chief Healey's orders
to the police were to avoid all unne
cessary violence, one girl was beaten
so severely that her breastbone was
fractured; others have been hit on
the head and body so that they car
ried the marks for days. Still other
strikers have been seriously injured
by private detectives in the employ
of manufacturers in the presence of
the police without interference on
the part of the latter. The affidavits
as to these instances have been pre
sented to the city council and are a
matter of record. The trials are call
ed for next week.
"The strikers have repeatedly stat
ed through their agent, Mr. Hillman,
that they will go back to work and
submit their demands to arbitration
the moment the manufacturers agree
to do so. The manufacturers, on the
other hand, have not only refused to
make any statement of their position
to members of this committee, but
have even refused to appear before
the committee of aldermen appointed
by the city council to investigate the
strike, merely sending a representa
tive to say that, as they could not
legally be compelled to appear, they
declined to do so.
"In view of these facts and in view
of the magnificent record made by
Chicago through you in the last six
months in this matter of a peaceful
settlement of industrial disputes, we 1
earnestly urge you to take whatever
steps may be possible to settle the
present one, and, by signing the
council order to Chief llealey, by
offering yourself as an arbitrator, or
by any other means that may seem to
you advisable, prevent our relapsing
into the old evil days of labor wars,
days which we had hoped after your
success in handling the great strikes
of early summer, were gone forever."
The letter was signed by Mrs. Jas.
W. Morrison, chairman, president
Chicago Equal Suffrage ass'n; Mrs.
C. W. Thompson, pres. Political
Equality league; Mrs. E. L. Lobdell,
vice pres. Chicago Women's club;
Miss Edith Wyatt, Consumers' league
and Juvenile Protective ass'n; Miss
Mary McDowell, pres. Woman s City
club; Mrs. Medill McCormick, Mrs.
Ellen Gates Starr, Mrs: Chas. S. Ull
man, Chicago Woman's Aid; Mrs.
Wm. P. Dummer, Mrs. Jas. A. Field,
Mrs. Jessie E. S. Carnovalli, Miss S.
Breckenridge, Miss Emily Napieral
ski, Mrs. P. R. Lillie and Mrs. Anna
M. Schaedler, pres. German-American
"When young, I was the architect1
of my own fortunes."
"Did they have iuilding inspectors
in those days?"