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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, November 06, 1915, GARMENT WORKERS' SPECIAL EDITION, Image 3

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bag.' His witnesses are Stanley
Skurmiaz of 2946 W. 25th st anu
John Klain of 2621 Thomas st
"J. M. Levin of 1407 S. Morgan st
told me Sergeant No. 5 caught him
by the throat and tried to strike him
over the head with a club.
"Levin put his hands on top of his
head and was beaten on the hands.
Policemen 2,600 and 1,989 also beat
(ft his hands. He was attended by Dr.
J. Vasumpaur, 3237 W. 32d st.
"His hands are beaten almost out
of shape. Mrs. Frances Crane Lilley,
daughter of R. T. Crane, can testify
to that, too. She saw Levin later at
Hull House. Sam Isenburg of 2316
W. 12th st is a witness."
Against the word of Ellen Gates
Starr that this happened is the word
of. Serg't Simon Holmes of the Hin
man street station, admitting that
this is what happened but justify
ing it
Jn nearly every case where strikers
have proven police brutality the po
lice have admitted rough handling of
the strikers, but have justified it on
grounds of self-defense. Sergeants,
lieutenants and captains have a for
mula that rolls from their mouths
glibly and rapidly whenever their
men are accused. "We were at
tacked," "A mob rushed at us,"
"There was rioting and we had to
quell it"
Though it is generally accepted as
true that graft and corruption pre
vail in the police department and
that there are thieves and liars and
crooks wearing stars and carrying
guns as authorized office'rs, stories of
labor riots given out by police offi
cials are accepted as truthful or at
least truthful enough to print as
tk news in the Trust Press.
Though actual invesitgation in
many cases has shown that private
police sluggers and "wrecking
crews" in the hire of employers at
tacked strike pickets and the pickets
defended themselves, the news story
of it went through the Trust Press
as a "strike riot" in which strikers
were arrested, this leaving the infer
ence that those arrested, the strikers,
were the sole and only guilty partic
ipants. That the foregoing conditions ob
tain as true in Chicago now is the be
lief not only in labor union circles.
Understanding of the insidious
methods of private police and slug
gers has now crossed over from the
labor world and into the field of what
is known as "the woman's move
ment" Chief Healey and Acting Chief
Schuettler have been confronted in
their offices by these women of cour
age and serious ideas. These wom
en are informed. They are better
trained in the arts and theories of
democratic government than any of
the leading police officials of Chica
go. They are women of national
reputation in various fields. Mrs.
Medill McCormick, for instance, is
president of a national suffrage or
ganization, and press associations
wire statements from her to hun
dreds of daily newspapers.
Ellen Gates Starr is co-founder
fyith Jane Addams of Hull House.
Miss Edith Wyatt has written indus
trial articles for McClure's and other
magazines, besides having done not
able work as secretary of the Con
sumers' League of Illinois. Miss Mary
McDowell, head of the University of
Chicago settlement in the stockyards
district, is rated by many aldermen
as the best-informed person in Chica
go on the subject of garbage dispos
al. The point is that these women
are of nroven intelligence, and when
they challenge the police denials of
violence that challenge counts.
So bold and clear cut is their chal
lenge of the situation that it is worth
reprint here. This is the letter which
the Woman's Committee of Fifteen
sent to Mayor Thompson Oct 21 and
no single document that has been
published in Chicago has more driv
ing and fundamental criticism of the
workings of democrary than is con-
jtained here:

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