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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, September 15, 1913, Image 4

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county supervisors and controls
every other member except one. The
supervisors run the county.
During the present strike the
sheriff,' a former employe of the Calu
met & Hecla- imported Wadell
Mahon strikebreakers, from New
York and Eastern points, gave them
permits to carry guns and swore
them in as deputies.
Deputies have already killed two
miners 'and have beaten up many
others. A little 15-year-old Italian
girl is in the hospital now with part
of the back of her head shot away.
"Deputies fired into a crowd without
provocation and this little girl was
the victim.
Nobody has been indicted for the
shooting. The parade passed the
hospital yesterday and the nurse had
the child at the window, where she
could see the crowd of men, women
and children wave their handker
chiefs at her.
Governor Ferris said last "Friday
that his report showed there were
52 imported gunmen here. These
are the ones brought in by the
sheriff. Vice-President Mahoney of
the Western Federation estimates
the number of employed by the com
pany at from 500 to 700. There are
760 militiamen here.
The strikers have attempted no
violence and there has been noneex
cept when there were clashes be
tween them and gunmen and the
militia. In his speech John Lennon
said he saw soldiers on the main
street last night so drunk they could
hardly navigate and they were car
rying big revolvers on their hips.
It is evidently a finish fight. The
miners are determined and report no
desertions from their ranks. The
entire executive board of the West
ern Federation of Miners is here, with
one exception. Lennon is here rep
resenting the American Federation of
Labor, and John A. Moflttt is here as
a special representative of the United
States Department of Labor. He and
Palmer, government statistician, will
see McNaughton today In an attempt
to bring about a settlement. The
miners have offered to accept froni
the outset arbitration.
There has been some uneasiness
among the mine operators since
Uncle Sam stepped in. After Mbffitt
got here Saturday the local Chamber
of Commerce gotliusy and decided to
investigate a strike that has been
right under their noses for seven
weeks. 'By the way, there are over thirty
churches here and most of them are
on leased land belonging to the Cal
umet & Hecla. If the company didn't
happen to like' 'their preaching itn
could order thei churches off itsiand."
It looks hopeless so far as Gov.
Ferris is concerned. It is up to the
federal government to settle this
strike.
The American flag nearly qaused
a pitched battle Saturday between
2,000 striking copper-miners and the
Michigan state miliia and imported
gunmen deputized as sheriffs when
Captain Frank L. Blackman, Com
pany L, Michigan State Infantry,
struck the flag from the hands of
Frank J. King, a striking miner, who
had taken it from the hands of a wo
man who had been carrying it at the
head of the ,parade.
I saw the flag. The brass eagle
had been struck from the top of the
pole. There were two saber dents in
the pole and several holes in the new
silk flag, which King says were made
by a soldier's bayonet.
Captain - Blackman. admits he
struck the flag aridiknockecfthe eagle
off, and says he has the eagle and
intends to keep it He claims the flag
was used as a cloak by the strikers
and that he was defending it when
he struck it
He admits striking King and says
lie didn't intend to strike the flag.
Heretofore there has been more
bitterness toward the imported .gun
men swornIn as deputy sheriffs by
Sheriff lruse, a former employe of
thfr Calumet-"& Hecla mine, than to-
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