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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, June 03, 1912, Image 1

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THE DAY BOOK
500 S. PEORIA ST. ..398 TEL. MONROE 353
VoL 1, No. 214 : Chicago, Monday, June 3, 1912 One Cent
FOUR WOMEN AND THREE MEN SHOT DOWN
IN CHURCH YARD BY POLICE
Striking Massachusetts Mill Workers Seek Sanctuary in
Shadow of Church, But Police Use Guns. ,
Clinton, Mass., Juna 3. Two
women are dying" of bullet
wounds here todays two other
women and three men are serious
ly wounded.
The shooting was done "by the
police, the "guardians of law and
order."
The dying and the wounded
are striking textile mill workers.
They were shot down-by the po
lice in the yard of the church of
Gur Lady of the Rosary.
No one here seems to know
just exactly how the trouble
started.
The police say that strike pick
ets forcibly tried to prevent a
woman gding to work in the
mills.
In 'any case, there was a clash
between the police and the work
ers, mosF of whom were women.
When, the police drew their
clubs the strikers ran into the
chunch yard. There they thought
they were safe in sanctuary-
But the police charged. The
strikers threw stones at them.
There were ahout 300 of them 'in
the church yard by this time.
There were 40 police.
The police were driven back"
by the stones. They drew thfeir
revolvers and charged again, fir
ing into the air. -
They "were driven back" again,
and this time, when they charged,
they did not fire in the air. They
fired 'directly into the massed
crowd of men and women in the
church yard. .The four women
and the three men strikers' fell
bleeding to the ground.
Major Dwinnell,)' sheriff of the
count', now is in charge of the
situation.
Dwinnell has sent to Worces
ter and Fitchburg for more po
lice. He also is hording Company
K of the state militia under arms,
ready for use against the strikers.
Two of the men strikers shot
are in the county hospital. One
is shot through both cheeks.
Policemen WalHs and Fitzger
ald are in the hospital for treat'
ment for bruises caused by stones.

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