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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, September 19, 1912, Image 10

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and the McGregor Coal Co.,
which is developing two mines in
Logan county.
The men of the Wyatt com
pany now are on "strike. The
mines are at a village called
Laing.
'Laing was asked what was the
cause of the strike, of "the mur
der of miners by the mine guards,
of all the ghastly conditions that
have been exposed. This is what
he said :
Til tell you what the trouble
is. One-fourth of the population
of the mountains has criminal
blood. The original mountain
settlers were criminals. They
married and'raised families. Their
blood still is in the, veins of their
descendants.
"It is these criminals who are
leading the struggle. The others
follow because they are afraid "of
them. Miners have suffered no
injustice. I would swear to that"
What kind of justice does John
Laing think permits refugee
mothers, crouchjng in the wilds of
the hills in the fear of the mine
guards, to give birth to stillborn
children i
What kind of justice does John
Laing think permits mine bosses
to order itiiners how to vote, and
fire them If they, do not obey that
order at the polls?
x What kind of justice does John
Laing think: permits mine bosses
to fire foremen because their
wives, in pity, gave shelter to
evicted women soon to become
mothers?
Laing was a lobbyist for the
mine owners' before he was ap
pointed chief inspector. He used
to sit in the front ranks at tjfe
capitol when some important
mine bill was to be voted on.
He is a Republican too. Yet
he was considered a gdod. ap
pointment in the'Democratic coal
duchy of U. S. Senator Watson,
of Fairmount, employer of 15,000
non-union men.
'The appointment of Laing was
perfectly proper in West Vir
ginia, .'where miners are living in
tents and where mine guards use
dumdum bullets on men, and
clubs on weak women.
But if Leonard A. Busby, head
of the Chicago Railway Co., were
appointed chief of police of Chi
cago during a street car strike,
there probably would be some
holler from the people. Yet it's
the same thing.
o o
Making Himself at Home x
Doris was very happy over a
recent addition to the family and
rushed out of the house to tell the
news to a passing neighbor. .
"Do you know what we've got
upstairs?"
"No; what is it?"
"It's a new baby brother."
"You don't say so ! Is he going
to stay?" J
"I guess so" very thought
fully. "He's got his things off."
School Teacher Now, Jimmy:
give me a sentence containing the
word seldom. Jimmy My
father used used to have a couple
of pigs, but he selled 'em.

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