Col. Robert G. Ingersoll’s reply to Rev. John Hall and Warner van Norden, March 10, 1892 (from Vol. VII of Ingersoll’s ‘Lectures and Essays‘)
The attention of the Morning Advertiser readers was, in the issue of February 27th, called to two sets of facts transpiring contemporaneously in this city. One was the starving condition of four hundred cloakmakers who had struck because they could not live on reduced wages.
Arbitration had failed; two hundred of the number, seeing starvation staring them in the face, were forced to give up the fight, and the remaining number continued to do battle for higher wages.
While these cloakmakers were in the extremity of destitution, millionaires were engaged in subscribing to a fund “for the extension of the church.” The extension committee, received at the home of Jay Gould, had met with such signal success as to cause comment throughout the city.