Document Nine: "Protests are Heeded By Police and Courts," (excerpt) New York Call, 4 January 1910, 1.
BY POLICE AND COURTS
Line Do Their Work
UNIONS AID STRIKERS
Miss Anne Morgan Attacks Socialists
Who Addressed Carnegie
According to the evening papers of yesterday, Miss Anne Morgan, who attended the Carnegie Hall meeting of the shirtwaist strikers Sunday, issued a statement, in which she deplored the advantage taken by "certain Socialist orators to stir up discontent with the existing order."
Miss Morgan was doubtless unaware of the fact that the meeting had been arranged almost entirely by Socialist women, and had it not been for them there would have been no meeting. What was needed, Miss Morgan said was some "sober thinking," and not "appeals to sentiment and emotion" under said conditions.
Miss Morgan Attacks Socialists.
The statement in full follows: "I attended the meeting at Carnegie Hall last night. There was no doubt that some of the girls have been badly treated, both by some of the manufacturers, some of the police, and some of the magistrates. But I deplore the fanatical statements of Morris Hillquit, Leonora OReilly, and others at such times as these. Martin Littleton and Miles M. Dawson were more to the point. They were sane. "In these times of stress such a meeting should be an appeal to reason and sound judgement, and it is extremely dangerous to allow these Socialistic appeals to emotionalism. It is very reprehensible for Socialists to take advantage of these girls in these times, and when the working people are in such dire straits, to teach their fanatical doctrines. These doctrines are the more dangerous because they tend to tear down all the good as well as the bad of our present social state. Whatever protests are made should not be sweeping or condemnatory or appeal to sentimentalities."