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started back to the office. Musser
was hiding in a doorway.
When Person passed him Musser
sprang on him and "bore him to the
ground. Person is about five feet
six inches tall and weighs 130 pounds
Musser was over six eet tall and
weighed over 200 pounds.
Person was beaten and choked into
a dazed condition while some of
Musser's fellow strikebreakers stood
above them and urged their chief on
Musser paused for a moment, pos
sibly to gain his second wind. Per
son dragged himself to his feet, and
through the blood that filled his eyes
he saw Musser make another rush
toward him. Person staggered back
a foot or so, pulled his revolver and
fired at his assailant, whom he be
lieved intended to kill him.
Musser's friends surrounded Per
son and he was dragged to jail. There
he was refused a physician by the
sheriff whose son is a strikebreaker
for the I. C.
He also asked for a photographer
so that a picture of the condition of
:his face and body might be produced
in court as evidence. This was also
And now the I. C, which through
its attorneys, Lemon & Lemon, con
trol the entire vicinity of Clinton, in
tend that Person shall die on the gal
lows as a terrible warning to union
This was not the first move that
the I. C. has made against Person.
He is at present under indictments on
seven counts by the federal grand
jury on charges of sending some
unpleasant truths through" the mail.
They called this criminal libel.
If Person should be found guilty of
this he would be liable to a sentence
of 35 years or a fine of. $35,000. So
the big corporation thinks that it has
made sure of wrecking this man, who
is only 24 years old, and who has de
voted his working years to the cause
of union labor.
. Person will have a difficult time
getting a fair trial in Clinton, where ,
there isn't a single trade union and
where nearly every one depends on
the Illinois Central.
So Person needs money for his de
fense and at a recent meeting the
Chicago Federation of Labor voted to
aid him. And tonight definite plans
will be laid to collect his defense.
From his cell in the Clinton county
jail Person continues to edit the
Strike Bulletin. And the recent is
sues show that the persecution he
has suffered has not put out the fire
of his ardor.
The machinists of the Troy Laun
dry Machine Company took up a vol
untary collection of $24.50 towards
the Person defense.
In the long hours of the night, here
in the silence of the jail, I hear the
tread of the marchers in the sorrow
ing army of the unemployed. The
sound' is like distant funeral music.
Its theme is suffering the suffering
of Man. It makes the heart sick. I
wonder and wonder the why of it
The newspapers record only part
of the ghastly tragedies of the social
drama Poverty. Yet enough is
printed to make one stagger in the
presence of the horrors pictured.
Today we are told that one hun
dred and fifty thousand men in Illi
nois are roaming the streets seeking
a chance to honestly earn their bread.
They are weary, and cold, and' hun
gry, and homeless. We know the
story of their crying souls. We are
one of them. We have known the
wandering search for work. Fear of
enforced idleness is indelibly written
in the memory of the toiler. He
knows the toll exacted the toll in
If this is a gray study of the facts,
in what sadder color can we picture
the sufferings of the women and chil
dren who share and bear the burdens
of poverty. Child life is being crush
ed and destroyed. Song is banished
from the home. In the gaslighted