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Using' fAeir rio sff'c&s freely, dispersed the crowd.
It is given out at the City Hospital'that one of the in
jured spectators is dying,
Indianapolis, Dec. -2. One of the decisive battles of the industrial war
is on in dead earnest in Indianapolis, with Capital in full control of every
arm of the LAW.
The war came about through a teamsters' strike. Former Mayor
Shank was driven from office by the business men so that Harry Wallace
could become mayor.
Wallace is now mayor, in direct charge of the police department. And
Wallace, as part owner of the Globe Coal Company, which employs about
30 teamsters, is himself directly affected by the strike.
Mayor Wallace controls the board of public safety. And while Wallace
was announcing in a proclamation that both sides would get fair play, his
board of safety was issuing permits to strikebreakers to carry weapons and
arming them with all powers of police, including the legal right to
shoot and MIL
These permits were issued on the written request of employers, who
now have a private army of several hundred men in their control, ready to
shoot down citizens and do it in the name of the law.
In addition to this, an army of about 500 business and professional men
has been formed. They have armed themselves and have established bar
racks at Tomlinson Hall, to be ready for any emergency, awaiting orders
from the police heads.
After a conference at police headquarters with representatives of the
employers, Mayor Wallace and Acting Superintendent of Police Coffin is
sued this order to the police:
"MAKE AS FEW ARRESTS AS POSSIBLE. WHENEVER A CROWD
FORMS ABOUT A NON-UNION DRIVER, RUSH THEM AND CRACK
Today an automobile carrying seven picked detective gunmen paroled
the downtown section, and across the lap of each gunman lay a repeating
Stored in the police stations are machine guns, rifles and ammunition.
Several hundred special policemen, picked for this particular job, did
the regular patrol duty in the city today, while massed downtown and
in reserve at police stations was the
entire regular police force.
But few arrests were made, and
for these Judge Collins fixed the bail
at "$1,000, which Attorney C&w6011.
for the teamsters, says is made pur
The American Federation of Labor
is openly behind the strike of the
union teamsters, represented by Cal
Wyatt, national organizer. On the
qther side a mysterious "Commercial
Vehicle Protective Committee" is
financing and directing the war on
C. C. Foster, spokesman for the
"committee," refuses to give the
names of any members, saying, "It's
none of the public's business."
Wyatt charges that D. M. Parry,
former president of the National
Manufacturers' Association, and his
associates of the N. A. M. are be
hind the mysterious organization.
The strikers favor arbitration, but
the employers are evidently organ
ized for a finish fight. Thomas Far-,
rell, strike leader, said today:
."We are willing to submit our de