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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, August 28, 1913, Image 12

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THE ATROCITIES COMMITTED BY
MILITIA AT CALUMET
Calumet, Mich., Aug. 28. The fol
lowing affidavit made by the wife of
one of the striking miners of Calu
met, Mich., is avertible example of
conditions prevalent in that district.
The atrocities committed by the
militia sent up there by Gov. Ferris
and also by the Waddell-Mahon gun
men, acting as strikebreakers, have
been unprintable. The Day Book,
however, feels justified in printing
this affidavit, owing to the refusal
of the other papers to reveal the real
situation.
State of Michigan, County of Hough
ton, ss.
Mary Pulkkinen, being duly sworn,
deposes and says that she is a resi
dent of Copper City, County of
Houghton, and State of Michigan,
and that on Thursday, August 21,
1913, at about 4:30 in the afternoon,
she and her husband, John Pulk
kinen, were walking from Copper
City to Kearsarge. When about one
mile from Copper City, on the County
road, near North Kearsarge shaft,
they met two soldiers standing on the
public road. Each soldier had a bottle
of whisky in their hands. One bottle
was full and the other about half full,
as they were both drinking out of the
same bottle. Just as we were pass
ing the soldiers one of them, offered,
my husband a drink of whisky, but
he refused to drink it at this time. I
walked a few feet ahead and one of
the soldiers followed me, and put his
hand on my shoulder, held the bottle
to my mouth and said: "Take a
drink." And I not being able to speak
English, said, "No whisky," and then
soldiers said something about one
dollar and two dollars, then he grab
bed hold of me and began to pull me
off into the bush. While he was do
ing this he was saying something
about the bush. I tried to break away
from him. I fell in the ditch and hol
lered to my husband to help me. My
husband then came, took me by the
arm and got me on the road. Then
the soldier pulled out a steel thing,
it looked like a short sword and put
it against my husband's breast and
said something in English which I
could not understand. Then again I
walked away fast, but soldier fol
lowed me again and spoke about one
and two dollars and the bush, and be
gan to push me off the road. I fought
him back with my arms and told him
to let me go away, but he didn't care.
I kept on trying to get away from
him, but he kept right after me till
we came to the pay office.. Then a
third soldier came and took my as
sailant away.
All the while this drunken soldier
was attacking me, I called my hus
band to help me, but he was behind
with another soldier. When the third
soldier came and took my assailant
away my husband came up to me and
took me to my sister's home at Kear
sarge. As a result of this attack, I
was so nervous that I was taken to
bed. I am 53 years old and have been
sickly for the past three years, being
so weak, the shock affected me so
severely that I am not over it yet.
I am at my home now at Copper
City, but am not able to do my house
hold work, as I am awfully nervous.
Mary Pulkkinen.
Attested by H. W. Mikko.
Sworn to and subscribed before
me, a notary public, this 25th day of
August, 1913. John Malnar,
Notary Public.
My commission expires June 13,
1914.
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FORGER ESCAPES FROM PEN
Joliet, III., Aug. 28. While guards,
rained bullets after him, "Jeff"
Sharun, federal prisoner and notor
ious forger, escaped from the Joliet
state penitentiary by leaping from
the top of a twenty-foot wall and
jumping into a waiting automobile,
in which were a man and a woman.
After his escape it was learned that
he stole a suit of clothes from a guard
last week and wore them under his
prison uniform when he got away.

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