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arrested was a question. A stock
ade was built for some of them.
Then the council passed a new
ordinance, forbidding any gath
erings -on the street that might
obstruct traffic. The policeman
was made judge, juryand execu
tioner. And when that went into
effect, the police, instead of ar
resting the free speech fighters,
" clubbed them off the streets. One
instance was the clubbing of a
small, defenseless man" by 12
husky policemen while he cried
for mercy. "
The police next used a firehose
,on the speakers.
Not long after the fight began,
the I. W. W.'s had filled the court
calendars for weeks. Each pris
oner of the 200 demanded a sep
arate jury trial. So the process is
That made the authorities de
termine that there must be no
more arrests. A dragnet was
cast for all I. W. W.'s in the city,
'and as they were taken they were
turned over to a so-called "vigi
lance committee," of citizens
which took the men out of town
in automobiles at night, "beat
them up enthusiastically and
started them off. A number have
'.eturned and made affidavits as to
Another job passed over to the
vigilance committee was to turn
back new invaders at the north?
ern county line. This was done
"with-clubs. It was easy to break
the heads, for the invaders Were
unarmed and offered n6 resist
ance. The sheriff refused to have
any part injthisbut afficial.colpr 1
was given the work ,by having
some of the committee sworn in
as deputy U. S. marshals.
One h W. W. man died in jail
as the result of disease and priva
tions. Others have been made ill.
There will be trials here for
weeks, there is much talk that
Thos. Killcullen, who was,
clubbed by six San Diego Police
men. several small armies of I. W. W.'s
and others unemployed will
march on San Diego. The ex
pense is piling up, the police are!
.ready to club on the slightest pre
text without orders from Capt.
Sehon, there is much bitter feel
ing, and a growing idea that
somehow the right way was not
taken with these men who merely,
wanted the right to talk in public,
Mr. C. Heberline is in jail in
Mexico and roars that his law
yers can't sret to him. Some men
never know when they're well off.
ine wages of sin are not onlv
paid promptly, but they're raised