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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, November 10, 1913, Image 24',
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JEFF DAVIS GIVES SPIRIT OF UNION MEN
CREDITOR SETTLING CAR STRIKE
"The real union spirit of the street
car men of Indianapolis and not Gov.
Ralston is responsible for the quick
ending of the car strike in Indiana,"
said Jeff Davis, "king of the hoboes."
Davis, who stoprd in Chicago for
a week on his wa- "o the American
Federation of Label convention at
Seattle, was in Indianapolis at the
beginning of the street car strike.
"The fight of the men down there
shows the real battle that can be put
up for social justice when men go in
to it with their whole heart," said
Davis, "and the settlement of this
strike doesn't in any way reflect
credit on the governor of Indiana.
"All the credit should go to the
fight put up by the men, who became
tired of being made goats and deter
mined to end it.
"Strikebreaking sluggers were
again very much in evidence. The
sluggers were led by 'Big' Matthison
of Baltimore, who seems to have suc
ceeded to the place left vacant by the
death of Jim Farley.
3 "Matthison is one of the worst
sluggers that union labor has to con
tend with. He can always gather a
bunch of dark-alley cutthroats to do
bis work. He had many of the old
strikebreakers and gunmen down
there with him.
"One of his chief lieutenants was
'Rocky Mountain Bill who comes
from around State and Van Buren
streets in this city.
"A picked lot of Matthison's best
sluggers were detailed to shadow J.
J. Thorpe, the leader of the street car
employes. They never left him out of
"They didn't conceal the fact that
, they were trailing him. That wasn't
their game. What they wanted was
to throw a bluff into him so he'd get
cold feet and lay down. But Thorpe
wasn't that type of man. When he
would go into a restaurant and eat
him during the meal. But he never
batted an eye, just went on eating.
"On one occasion they even insult
ed his wife as she stepped out of
her door. They were hoping she'd tell
her husband so he'd fly off the han
dle and start a fight And then, being
outnumbered, he would, of course, be
put out of the way immediately. But
the stall didn't work.
"One day the sluggers surrounded
the house of the old editor of the
Labor Bulletin. They threatened his
life. He called up the union head
quarters and asked for help. When
the union men appeared the sluggers
"Conditions got so bad that finally
Thorpe went up to the capitol and
complained to Gov. Ralston about
the bodyguard of sluggers.
" 'Why, I haven't heard of any
sluggers bothering you,' said His
Nibs, the Governor.
"Just then Thorpe caught sight of
a number of figures moving around
on the lawn outside. He recognized
them. It was 'Rocky Mountain Bill'
and the rest of the gang.
" 'There you are now said Thorpe
to the governor, but Ralston wasn't
a bit disturbed and Thorpe got no
THERE WAS INTERVENTION
Omaha, Neb., Nov. 10. Interven
tion in Mexico proved a lively topic
in a local rooming house yesterday
and as a result nine Mexicans, ban
daged and battle-scarred, were ar
raigned in court for fighting and
seven more lay in a hospital unable
Fernando R. Espianoza, leader of
the faction favoring intervention by
the United States, nad his life saved
by intervention by the Omaha police,
for which he is very grateful.
Japan's national debt is $1,300,-000,000.
they'd pile m beside him and leer at
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