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insensible to the street, he or she
was hustled into a wagon, and
driven to police headquarters,
and there thrown in jail.
Once, a woman in'the proces
sion, produced a revolver and
fired, and ran to a side street. A
night stick, well aimed, brought
her knees in the street. A dozen
police jumped on her( dragged
her as many ways as there were
police, and hustled her into a pat
For seven blocks, through
three awful hours, this went on.
The strikers marching on, -singing
as they went. The police
forming and charging, and with
drawing and reforming and
The strikers seemed to be
without leadership. Almost it
seemed as if they were unaware
that they were the object of at
tack. A charge of the police
stopped them only temporarily,
until the surging mass -at the
"back of the procession forced
those in front ahead.
At the end of the three hours,
countless numbers of the strikers
were bleeding, and not a single
policeman had been hurt.
Policeman Edward J. Doyle
said an attempt had been made to
stab him, and showed where his
uniform was torn behind the
shoulders. But there was no
mark on his body.
Policeman Harvey Bartlett
said he had been fired at three
times during the shooting in
Common street. Perhaps, but if
so, he was rjot touched once.
After each attack from five to
ten arrests were made. The pris
oners always were beaten into
insensibility before being taken
to police headquarters.
But when they came to at po
lice headquarters, they would be
gin to sing again.
The "bull pen," the officers
quarters, every corner of police
headquarters, was crowded, and
soon the rising volume of the
singing became deafening.
The desk sergeant was unable
to hear in his effort to "book the
constantly arriving stream of
prisoners. The police went
through the cells, threatening,
cursing and yelling at the prison
ers in words which "were plainly
heard in the street outside.
But still the singing Went on.
Women with their dresses torn,
and through the rents showing
great blue bruises on their necks
and breasts; young girls with
ugly welts- across their faces and
hands, dishevelled, wild looking,
and men with blood-smeared
faces, and cracked heads sing
ing, singing, singing,
v They only sang the louder
when told to "cut out the
William Yates, member of the
strike committee, witnessed the
performance with the tears
streaming. down his face.
"I pray to God that these peo
ple do not fight back," he said.
"All day yesterday our workers
went among them drumming
through their ears that the strike
is won if only they will do no vio
lence. "They promised, and hard as it