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THE DAY BOOK
SOO SO. PEORIA ST. s398 . TEL. MONROE 353
.Vol. 1, No. 94 Chicago, Monday, Jan. 15, 1912
BLOOD SHED IN CLASH OF MASSACHUSETTS STATE
MILITIA AND STRIKING MILL OPERATIVES
Lawrence, Mass., Where Mill Owners Used State Law As Excuse
for Wage Cut, Becomes Riot Centre.
Lawrence, Mass., Jan. 15.
Blood has been,shcd in the strike
of the Lawrenceburg mill oper
atives, i ? i .
At ten oiclock this morning two
companies of stae milifia'Charged
down upon the workers.
They were met by a scattering
volley of revolver shots. Half a
hundred of the strikers were in
jured. More than 100 foreigners,
Italians, Lithuanians and Boles,
are under arrest. Revolvers,
dirks ancl razors were found upon
them when searched.
Mayor- Scanlon and the police
say that the workers received or
ders from the strike leaders to
wreck the machinery of the mills
However this may be, 3,000 an
gry strikers gathered about the
Pacific mills early this morning.
They formed a compact, sullen
crowd, that muttered angrily, but
offered no violence. ,
They wereordered to disperse
by tne, police, rS refused. The
police,', aided byspecial detectives,
charged. They were driven back
into the mill yards after a hand to
It was then that Mayor Scan
Ion sent for the militia. Under
the state law of Massachusetts,
this -is within the' power of any
Captains Donovan and Ranlett,
with detachments from ' compa
nies F. and L., M. V. M., arrived
on the run, and deployed in line.
They were hooted and jeered
by the strikers, but no violence
beyond the throwing of a few
snowballs was -offered.
Then the militia, tried to cleaf
the crowd from the Pacific Mills
yards' and the trouble began.
Someone in the ranks of the
strikers drew a revolver and fired.
The voices of Captains Donovan
and Banlett rose sharp and im
perious with the command to fix
The sullen strikers still stood
their grourid' within the, mill
yards, and when ordered to dis
perse,' laughed hoarsely ifa
The militia chargedtEeirJW
onets fixed and deadly. RVvolser
and knives flashed amongfhe
strikers as if by magic. AsBSt
tering volley of shots was fired in
the direction of the militia. No
one of them dropped. ,-
..The strikers stood for a mo-
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