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ALDERMEN CRITICIZE MAYOR FOR REFUSAL
TO HELP GARMENT STRIKERS
With the men and women of 15,000
workers' homes almost starving, the
girls being driven to desperation
that they may earn the bread to keep
body and soul together, Mayor
Thompson still quibbles and refuses
to take the stand that would settle
the garment workers' strike.
Judges, sociologists, welfare work
ers, economic authorities and women
rich women, poor women, and or
ganizations of women have pleaded
with the mayor for a fair deal for the
strugglers; and the mayor has been
deaf to all.
"When the strikers stop their Vio
lence, I will act," the mayor has said.
Today the council strike committee
again made an effort to make the
mayor understand that what violence
there has been was instigated by the
employers for use against the strik
"I think it ought to be called to the
mayor's attention that the only vic
tims of bullets in this strike are strik
ers," said Aid. Wm. J. Healy today.
"One striker is dead and two are in
a hospital from bullets.
"Events of today show that women
strikers near a West Side shop were
slashed with knives or scissors while
their assailants showed at Desplaines
police station that they had not a
Aid. Healey was referring to a
slugging affair today in front of
Lamm & Co.'s garment factory, Jack
son blvd. and Green st Eouise Ris
nik, 2932 Fillmore st., was slashed
with scissors, on her arms and" face
and a deep gash will leave a scar for
ever on her lip. Fanny Turski, 1439
Halsted st, was slashed on the neck
and her scalp was torn open by a
blow from a blunt instrument. Wm.
Demuro was knocked down and his
head pounded on the curb stone.
The following, said to be strike
breakers and sluggers were arrested
after the fight and charged with dis-r4 did not like it. His cabinet chief.
orderly conduct at Desplaines sta
tion: Mary Catanos, Jessie Pes
jiot, Mike Carmmillo and Petro Can
tana. They did not bear a stratch.
"I wish Mayor Thompson could
realize," continued Aid. Healy, "how
serious the situation is.
"I wish that the mayor could real
ize the humane intentions behind the
utterances yesterday of Rabbi Rappa
port, Judge Fisher, Wm. 0. Thomp
son and others; they were a unit in
agreeing that the strike violence will
increase instead of diminish unless
action is brought to end it.
"It is terrible to think that the em
ployers in this large industry will not
acept the arbitration offer of the em
ployes." Regardless of what Aid. Healy or
humanitarians have to say about the
unjustness to the strikers of the
mayor's stand, Mayor. Thompson
again today declared he would do
nothing to end the garment work
ers' strike until the "strikers go
qme and behave themselves."
"What do you think of men who
go into a home and beat a woman?"
demanded the mayor. It was sug
gested that probably the beating was
similar to the one received by Dep
uty Coroner Herrmann, which Slug
ger Masterson in his confession said
was administered by men hired by
the garment bosses.
, Chief of Police Healey, seated by
the mayor, flourished a bundle of pa
pers dealing with alleged attacks by
strikers. But the mayor said he had
no reports of sluggings in which
strikers had been the victims.
The mayor still did not have time
to act on the committee which is
trying to settle the strike, to which
body he was elected Monday night.
When city council passed an order
directing that private police must
wear their police badges on the out
side of their coats, Mayor Thompson
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