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LABOR LEADERS TELL OF ATROCITIES THAT
REIGN IN CALUMET MINING DISTRICT
Men, Women and Children Attacked in Their Homes by
Strike-Breaking Deputies Two Murders Com
mitted Houses Wrecked.
Two men were murdered at their
homes by strike-breaking deputies in
the Calumet, Mich., copper mine
country last week.
Other men, many women and chil
dren have been wounded.
The murders were committed by
men imported by Waddell-Mahon, the
notorious professional strikebreakers.
Louis Tijan was shot and instantly
killed while sitting on the front
porch of his boarding house.
Steve Putrich was shot through the
breast. He died shortly after.
In addition to these murders Stan
ko Stepech was shot three times
through the stomach. He will prob
Another shooting that has stirred
sentiment among the people in the
mining district .was that of John Sti
mach, who will probably die.
John Stimach and his friend, John
Kalem, were returning to their board
ing house near Painesdale. They took
the customary short path in that dis
trict which led them dangerously
close to one of the shafts of the Calu
met and Hecla Mining Company.
Two strikebreakers saw them and or
dered them back.
Stimach and Kalem attempted to
explain. The strikebreakers threat
ened them, but they went on.
They had hardly reached their
boarding house before Deputy Sheriff
Harry James, a trammer boss and
six strikebreakers jcame after them.
The trammer boss ordered Kalem ar
rested as a trespasser. The strike
breakers stepped forward and Kalem
leaped" away. A man- knocked
Kalem down. Then guards rushed to
the windows and bega'n firing into
the house. A baby in its mother's
arms was horribly burned by powder.
Stimach fell dying to the floor.
Ten deputies and soldiers arrived
to complete the wreckage began by
The house was ransacked. Clothes
were torn to pieces, and then the sol
diers went away, leaving Stimach on
The matter was presented to Pro
secuting Attorney Lucas. But Luas
got rid of the matter by promising
an investigation. Nothing has come
Conditions in that district, follow
ing the murder, border on anarchy.
Fourteen thousand men marched in
line when the two murdered miners
Two deputies have been arrested
in connection with the two murders.
A complaint of murder and assault
to commit murder has been lodged
.against each of them. Four other
Waddell-Mahon man-killers wanted
for the crimes have been allowed to
escape by Sheriff Cruse.
Following the arrest, Sheriff Cruse
refused for 24 hours to serve the war
rants sworn out by relatives of the
After the murders were committed
the Western Federation of Miners
were granted a temporary injunction
by Judge O'Brien restraining Sheriff
Cruse from using Waddell gunmen.
Sheriff Cruse laughed at the in
junction. He declared that if he
couldn't use them as deputies he
would give them permission to walk
the streets with their guns showing
at their belt, so the miners could not