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JfHER JONES URGES STRONG
ACTION IN GARMENT STRIKE
The same old Mother Jones, with
aer scream of hatred for the bosses
who grind their workers, jumped
jito the garment ladies garment
strike yesterday. Twice she ad
dressed the strikers and twice the
;rowd of workers yelled back in an
swer when she shouted for more vim
ji the strike.
"Picket," she creamed at the
packed hall at 180 W. Washington st
'Picket! Let them arrest you. Don't
picket in ones or twos. Go in hun
dreds five hundreds of you. Get out
there, and if they arrest one they'll
have to arrest all of you.
"When they start taking you to
cells by the hundreds, taxpayers will
begin asking questions. Pretty soon
they'll find out what this is all about
and your strike will be won."
The substance of Mother Jones'
talk yesterday, which is as yet un
"They call me a radical agitator.
They call your organizers radical agi
tators. Let me tell you that the most
radical agitators we have ever had
were those who founded our govern
ment. It was founded on a mighty
revolt against tyrants. Let us keep
up our revolt against indecent labor
conditions until we clean up the
bosses in Chicago.
"They served jne with a copy of
an injunction Sunday as I came into
the city. I thought it was the Sal
vation Army because it was handed
me on the Sabbath. Then I read the
name of "one of your judges and I
knew it was an injunction sent in
violation of the Lord's command
ments. Why I've had enough injunc
tions served on me to fill 99 coffins
when I go to meet my master.
"I hope that Judge Baldwin has his
lap dog here because I want to give
him a message to carry back. I want
bim to hear what I have to say about
this strike that I am butting into.
"Taey say you girls are crying for
bonds when you are arrested. The
women of the revolution didn't ask
for bonds when they were jailed.
They went to cells without a whim
per This is no pink tea party. It's a
bitter strike. Don't wait for bonds.
"If they put you in they have to
feed you and that saves you the
money. When the citizens have to
pay taxes to feed hundreds of girls f
they'll have a kick to make.
"It's a funny thing. We build the
jails and they put us into them. We
pay for the policeman's club and he
soaks us with it We give the police
man his salary and authority and. he
uses it to put us in jail and beat us.
"They dpn't arrest the manufac
turers. If you kept your eyes open
at election time you could put some
men in office who would jail the v
"I suppose they will put me in jaiL
I'll go. I'll not cry to be taken out
on bonds. You can tell this Judge
Baldwin that I was in America before
he was and I have a right on Chica
go's street whether there is a strike
on or not.
"We don't want charity. We want
what belongs to us. We produce the
wealth. They take it from us and
then send charity workers to feel our
stomachs to see how long it will take
before we are starved. They don't
feel the stomachs of the bosses, and
we paid for the fat that is found
"Are conditions right? There
was a train that went through Chi
cago during the last presidential
campaign. It cost $2,000,000. Mrs.
Havemeyer put -up $10,000 and the
next day sugar went up a quarter of
"They said this train carried the
ten foremost women in America. On
their necks were gems bought with
the blood of thousands of working
girls' bodies. '
"They preach what we will get
when we are dead. We want what
we have coming now, while we are
alive. If the women of charity spent