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wife of the president, first lady of
the land, was sitting with - the
The room was 'crowded with
handsomely dressed women and
their escorts, drawn by the stor
ies of horror that already had
been told in that room.
John Knebel, of Philadelphia,
was on the stand. Knebel went
to Lawrence to take a number of
children from the strike-ridden
city to comfortable homes in
Knebel had told how he led the
women and childre nto the L"aw
rence, station. He had told how
when they arrived thece, they
ivere stopped by the soldiers, and
how the clubbing and mauling- of
women and little, helpless chil
dren had gone on.
Some of the women in the
room were sobbing. ,Mrs. Taft's
face was white and strained.
"And I saw other things, too
horrible to mention," said Kne
bel. "What were- these things ?'
asked Representative Hardwick,
of the committee.
Knebel was silent for a mo
ment. Then Jie looked directly
at Mrs. Taft.
"I saw a great brute of a" police
man draw his club and strike a
pregnant woman across the ab
domen," he said, in a low, tense
Mrs. Taft gasped in-horror.
The sobs of half, 'a hundred-other
tvomen could be heard plainly.
The stolid congressmen sat as if
stunned, white-faced and strain-id-looking.-
"Wh'en we entered the sta-J
tion," went-on Knebel, "there"
were two lines ofpolice. As soon
as the children and their parents
passed through the door, the po
lice iell upon them.
"They tore the, children from
their parents. There was scream
ing the most unearthly shriek
ing that any human "being ever
"When I passed through the
door, I was stooping over four or
five little children. Immediately
three oV four policemen grabbed
me. and threw me all over the
place. They dragged me along
the ground on my knees to get
me away from the crowd. But
I went back.
"I just couldn't stand seeing
women and children handled that
way. I didn't care if I was mur
dered that day."
"How many women did you
see 'beaten at that time?" asked
"It was at that time I saw the
woman who was so son to be a
mother struck over the abdo-
men," said Knebel, "And I(saw
a young girl, who had nothing to
do with the strike, but who got
in the way of the police, clubbed
over the back.
"And then there was a whole
wagon load of women and chil
dren taken away. Most of them
had 'been injured by the police.
"I tried to get back to the
crowd-three or four times, and
finally the yatrested me. It was
taken to the station house, where
the cells were- crowded with
womn and childrn. There were