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THE DAY BOOK
500 SO. PEORIA ST 398 TEL. MONROE 353
Vol.1, No. ,130 (Chicago, Monday, Feb. 26, 1912 One Cent
UNOFFENDING MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN
CLUBBED AND THROWN IN JAIL AT LAWRENCE
Parade of Strikers, Singing Patriotic Songs and Refraining from
Violence, Viciously Attacked by State Police.
Lawrence,' Mass., Feb. 26.
The seed ,sown by the police and
soldiers last Saturday, when they
clubbed the defenseless wives and
children of the textile strikers
bore its bitter fruit today.
One striker is in the hospital
shot in the hack. He will die.
Three of his fellow workers are
in jail charged with his attempted
murder. They were arrested in
an alleyway from which it would
be impossible to fire' the shot that
dropped him in his tracks.
Ten little children are held
apart from ther parents at the
city poor farm. They are booked
as "paupers." The stigma thus
placed against their names black
ens that of their parents also.
Yet these are the children
whom the police took from their
parents to prevent their being
sent to comfortable homes on the
ground that such would consti
tute "neglect of the children."
The city jail is crowded with
strikers, men, womeir and little
children. Most of them are suf
fering from horrible bruises caus
ed by the clubs of the police.
The charge against the w.Qmen
is that of "violating: the city or
dinances." This is the charge
that always is placed against
women the streets arrested for
plying their dishonest trade.
Yet the only crime of these
women is that they tried to stop
the police taking their children
from them, or joined a peaceful
procession of strikers.
One little girl, only 16 years
old, is in the county hospital.
It will be days before physi
cians can say whether the awful
welt across her face, caused by a
policeman's club, will mean the
loss of only one, or of both of her
The trouble today started early
in the morning, in Common
street, in the Italian district.
A squad of 15 special policemen
were riding down the street in
automobiles. What happened
first is not known. The excuse of
the police is that -a hand holding
a revolver was thrust out of a
tenement window- and a shot
Whether this be true or not, the
police drew their revolvers' and
hailed bullets at the windows
and doors of the tenements. At