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man, to my mind, at least, who
can answer this question.
He is Dist. Atty. Joseph C.
He is the man who secured the
indictments against the million
aires in the first place when he
was seeking votes as a candidate
for governor and he is the same
man who has not brought these
indictments into court at an earl
ier date, election having passed
and he having been defeated!
In his office, in the Boston
court house, I went to him to
question him about this case.
"I have nothing to say," said
this district attorney to me.
"Do you not think that the pub
lic is interested enough in this
case for you to discuss it?" I said.
"I do not see that anything is
to be gained by speaking," he re
plied. "But," I brought back, "the
newspapers wish to tell their
readers whether capital will be
tried for dynamite placing as
strictly as was labor."
"Well," snapped Mr. Pelletier,
"I consider that it is none of the
newspapers' dammed business."
It seemed to me about time to
withdraw! So I went!
Fully to understand the im
portance of Pelletier's attitude
towards this case which he. finds
it his official duty to prosecute,
it is necessary to recount the
high lights oi the Lawrence
A piteous fight for eight or nine
cents a day was the immediate
cause of the-Lawrence strike. A
change in the laws of Massachu
setts reduced the working hours
for women and children under 18,
from 56 to 54 hours a week. So
interdependent are mill depart
ments that this change affected
ALL the operatives.
Notice of the cut was posted as
required by law, but, up to the
first pay day under the new
schedule, no notice of curtailed
wage was given. Neither did the
great mills plan to reduce their
output. Machines were driven
so many more throws of the shuttle-
a minute, cards counted
quicker, spinners turned out more '
yards of cloth an hour.
Machines can stand the strain
of speeding up when well cared
Ifor, but workers wear out when
their wage and food are cut
The old 56-hour wage could
have been paid for the new 54
hours work out of the saving
made in power, light and heat.
Taking the total wages paid
operatives in Lawrence worsted
mills under the 54-hour schedule
the strike committee announced
that the average earning was $6
Then the toilers struck.
There is no leeway for argu
ment when a fight is for eight
cents a day.
. THE CONSPIRACY
At first public sentiment was
strongly with the strikers and
against the capitalists. Common
sense, common justice and com
mon morality instinctively re
pudiated the 54 per cent annual
profits of the Fare Alpaca mills