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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, February 28, 1912, Image 11',
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THE LAND OF THE FREE
An Italian W.ho Loved a Girl
Falls' in the Hands of
, Big Business.
Tony lived near Milan, Italy.
iWhen 21, he loved va girl. When
they talked'-of marrying, lack of
money blocked the way. Tony
was'helpirig pay the mortgage on
his father's vineyard.
-Foreigners paid' their annual
pilgrimmaget to Milan. Tony cul
tivated 'the acquaintance of Am
ericans, who told "Turn of a coun
try Where mCn are fre"e, strong,
brave, where loveiis young, titles
unknown, where fortunes are
made in a day and doubled in a
night. Tony repeated these stor-ies-to
the GIRL; -
One evening a dust covered fig
ure entered a rarlway.,station of
Milan, drew a.gifl's purse, bought
a. ticket for Genoaand steerage
ticket for New York.
For an hour a lonely figure
stood on the paltform gazing to
ward the west, where the after
glow gave promise.
When Tony arrived in New
York he was released with 5,000
other foreigners. In a basement
room on Broadway Tony found
an Italian employment bureau.
A man who spoke Italian, talked
to him. Tony signed a paper
printed in English-' The man told
him it Was all right.
Irt.the room were many men
of different nationalities.
L That night they were piled into
a railway coach. 'They traveled
the next day and night The
men slept on broken seats, ate
from the loaf of bread given them
before departing, and drank from
a delapidated water tank. Once
Tony tried to walk out on the rear
platform but found the door lock
ed. On the second day the train
stopped in the mountains. The
half-starved band was marched
over hills for miles, until they
reached a row of cottages. The
party stopped at one. Two rows
of bunks were arranged along the
walls. The foreigners entered.
Early next morning 18 sleeping
forms were pulled from the bunks
The party started down the road
and halted at a square inclosure,
Tony and four. others were told
to get on a platform. Tony held
onto a rod and his breath came
quick as the platform sank into
utter darkness. The air grew
cold and damp . Finally the ele
vator stopped. The men were
led through a shaft. They stop
ped on reaching other men who
were shoveling coal by the pale
light from the little torches at-i
tached to their caps. Tony was
aroused from slumber and walked
handed a shovel.
Every morning Tonv was
down to the hole the "Hell"
Hole" they called it. He car
ried half a loaf of bread and black
coffee. It was always night when
they arrived and night when they
left the mine.
Every evening Tony wrote to
the GIRL of a' lucrative position