I read upon the subject and grew more and more interested, and after a time I became a member of the National Board, and had duties and responsibilities that kept me busy after my day's work was done.
But every time the workers come out in the only way they know to protest against conditions which are unbearable the strong hand of the law is allowed to press down heavily upon us.
Out Press Every
All the time our union was progressing very nicely. There were lectures to make us understand what trades unionism is and our real position in the labor movement.
Nicely Make Lectures
The old Inquisition had its rack and its thumbscrews and its instruments of torture with iron teeth.
Old Instruments Inquisition
You have nothing that the humblest worker has not a right to have also.
Right Nothing Humblest
We have tried you good people of the public and we have found you wanting.
The life of men and women is so cheap and property is so sacred. There are so many of us for one job it matters little if 146 of us are burned to death.
I would be a traitor to these poor burned bodies if I came here to talk good fellowship.
Would I Bodies
Our people were very restive, saying that they could not sit under that notice, and that if the National Board did not call them out soon they would go out of themselves.
Our People Did Our
So we must stand together to resist, for we will get what we can take - just that and no more.
Together Must Resist
The worker must have bread, but she must have roses, too. Help, you women of privilege, give her the ballot to fight with.
Then came a big strike. About 100 girls went out. The result was a victory, which netted us - I mean the girls - $2 increase in our wages on the average.
Increase I Us