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."present day -conditions should at
tends few sessions of Gov. Glass
cock's, committee investigating
the' strike in the Cabin and Paint
West Virginia coal fields have
heen having "present day condi
tions," and they've been having
thejn bad. Yet lots of people
would tell you it would be an
archy to"change West Virginia's
"present day conditions."
' The mine owners, it now ap
pears, were not content with
using guards to intimidate min
ers and to evict them and their
wives from their homes when
they didn't act the way the mine
"They also used their power
.over the men to control elections,
and to put men who would be
their tools into office.
This came out yesterday after
noon, when T. C. Blizzard, a
miner and'brother of Judge Reese
Blizzard, of Parkersburg, West
"Virginia, was called to the stand.
"I refused to vote as the mine
superintendent told me," said
Blizzard. "I lost my job. When
I was fired, I was told that , I
should have voted for those who
gave me my bread and butter."
These are "present day condi--tions"
in West Virginia.
Three weeks ago, the miners
charged that there were ex-convicts
among the mine guards. The
mine owners denied it
'J. R. Shankfin, a mine guard
who tried to start trouble after
martial law was declared, was
sentenced to one year in jaiL by
Jhs military court and-iaken to
Moundsville penitentiary. He
was recognized there as a former
SUICIDE ON WEDDING EVE
Casper R, Rasmussen, 23 years
old, 3643 Princeton ave., plunged
to his death by leaping from a
fire escape on the 21st floor of the
Masonic Temple to the roof of an
adjoining building, 5 stories high.
Rasmussen was an employe of
the Wells-Fargo Express Co.
He was to have been married to
morrow to Florence Biedermann,
of Libertyville. His friends and
relatives are at a loss to explain
his act. At the offices of the ex
press company his account were
Several girl employes in the
Martin A. Ryerson building, 23
E. Randolph street, on which the
body fell, fainted when they heard
the heavy thud
KIDS ROMANCE SPOILED
In the arrest of Gertrude
O'Rourke, 16, and Walter Clife,
19, both of St. Louis, the police of
the Englewood station seem to
have badly disrupted a first-class'
The couple were taken into cus
tody while living- in separate
rooms at a rooming house, 6668
Michigan av. They were arrest
ed on complaint of Mrs. J. Mc
Isaac's, 400 W. 60th place, who
claimed that the couple rented a
room at her hquse Augi- 13 and
left, owing her two weeks' rent.
When they were brought into
the station they broke down and
confessed that they had run away.