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?? " J
h WORKERS STOPPED
A climax, in' the, strike of the
button workers in- Muscatine, la.
waS reached Monday, following
the killing df a policeman 'there
Sunday by a striker, and the -slugging
of women and girls by hired
thtfgs and members of the pol
ice department aroused the Chi
cago Federation otXabor to vig
orous protest yesterday. '
f It is understood that through
Thomas Haskins, who' is alleged
t$ have murdered' Policeman
Gerischer, was a member of the
Button Workers' union, difficulty
over the strike was not the cause
of the shooting. Haskins had
tieen involved in whisky smug
gling, and shot the-policeman, ac
cording to reports, to avoid ar
rest. ir Following ( telegrams from
President Gompers of the A. F.
'o,f L.,-and from organizers at
Muscatine, a telegram was sent
to Gov. Carroll -of Iowa demand
ing that the outrages be stopped,
and the executive immediately
sent a 'represenfative-to tjie scene
of the trouble. This morning it
was reported -that the slugging
had been suppressed, and the
strike would continue peaceably.
The messages sent to the local
labor leaders said thechief of po
lice had ordered that picketing
"by the strikers cease. Sluggers
had been imported by the factory
officials, and women , and girls
were severely beaten. In many
cases they were followed into
thdr homes and attacked,
murder of flre-policeman.as a pre-
text," arrested- many innocent
girls and held them in jail.
.City and county officials
threatened to deport, the leaders
of the strikers, and a telegram
was .sent to Gbmpers. He advis
ed them to stand their ground
and carry ,on the strike by all law
Emmett T. Flood sent word to
the Chicago Federation, asking
fonhelp, and Miss Catherine Fin
negan, a member of the Women's
Trades Union League went to
Muscatine. Fifty organizers vol
unteered for the duty.
The protest to Gov. Carroll
was prompted by a telegram re
ceived yesterday afternoon from
FloQd, which.' follows :
"Business men, manufacturers
and Chicago sluggers held mass
meeting and passed resolution to
ride Miss Finnegan and myself
out of town. Mass meeting of
workers have agreed to remain in
continuous session and see that
these anarchists be prevented
from using mob violence to de
port their representatives and
the organizers of the A. F. of L.
Emmet T. Flood."
The meeting of the strikers
remained inse&sion all night.
About 2,500 button workers are
involved. in the walk-out.
It is thought the action of Gov.
Carroll will put-a permanent stop
to the lawless action of the im
These naughty trusts are hang
ing mistletoe over their heads
- The cityf gollce, seizing J&eJeaeddy -cpmes-arourjd.., -.