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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, January 15, 1912, Image 2

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fj.mentj wavering, stricken with' the
. fear of. the shining steel of the
bayonets. Then they broke and
ran. i
As they swept out of the yards
' they were met by the police, clubs
in hand, thirsting for vengeance
for the defeat of the morning.
The strikers tore up pickets
from the fences surrounding the
mills, and fought the police hand
to hand, club to picket.
And then the soldiers came on
again, bayojiets fixed, ten rounds
of ball acrtridges in their belts,
and once more the strikers gave
way.
By noon the city was under
martial law, and seemingly quiet
Militia and police are patrolling
every street No one is allowed
to loiter about. All groups are
dispersed immediately.
Under the surface quietMs sul
len discontent, and open murmur
ing. So serious is the situation felt
to be, that Governor Foss this
"' afternoon ordered five more com
panies of guardsmen to Law
.1 ence. They will be sent there in
special trains and their number
augmented as needed.
ihe strike and the bloodshed
are the result of injustice of the
mill operators of Lawrence.
Not long ago a new state law
went into effect in Massachusetts
which limits the working week to
54 instead of 60 hours.
It is a law that was backed by
every union and by every mill op
erative in Massachusetts. They
s -saw in it relief from their condi
tions. ,
But assoon as the law went in
to effect, fhe mill owners bluntly
announced a corresponding cut
in wages. They said they could
not run the mills at a profit un
der the news condition unless
they did so.f
Early last week, the majority
of the mill operatives struck.
Those who did not were locked
out. In the neighborhood of 20,
000 men and women were render
ed idle in the .midst of the long
Massachusetts winter.
Many of the operatives are
foreigners, brought to the mills
from their own country under
promise of glorious freedom and
high wages made by the agents of
the mill owners. '
Among these there was secret
talk of violence as soon as the ef
fects of the strike and lockout be
gan to be felt. .
Yesterdayin the Italian, Lith
uanian and Polish churches, the
priests pleaded with their congre
gations not to use violence in the
strike.
Perhaps they did not intend to
this morning until they were
charged by the police.
The situation is desperate to
day. Not only were -revolvers
taken from foreign prisoners
made by the police, but manyof
them carried belts pf ammunition.
Mayor Scanlon says he will
hold the city under martial law
until the last danger of an out
break is over.
When the fire of the heart goes
out the whole man is a chilly,
proposition.

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