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CALUMET PROBERS IN CHICAGO
FOR SEVERAL DAYS
Chicago became the scene of the
congressional investigation into the
Calumet, Mich." mines strike today
when the sub-committee of the
House committee on mines and min
ing came to the city and announced
they would hold sessions here for
several days to come.
Gen. Abbey, who is in charge of the
Michigan state militia, which did so
much damage during the early days
of the Calumet strike, was to have
been the first witness, but did not
reach the city in time and will go on
The committee met in the Hotel
LaSalle. A clash between Attorney
A. F. Rees, representing the mine
owners, and Judge C. N. Hilton and
Angus M. Kerr, counsel for the West
ern Federation of Miners, marked
the morning session.
Rees began from the testimony of
Vice President Charles E. Mahoney
of the Western Federation of Miners
before the Department of Labor in
Before he had gone far the attor
neys for the miners saw that he was
only reading such part as he might
twist into advantageous evidence for
the mine bosses, and they read what
he omitted. Rees tried to create the
impression that the state militia had
been called out only when the Calu
met district was in a state of riot.
Hilton and Kerr called' him on this
and showed that during all the trou
ble in Calumet only one member of
the militia was injured.
They also pointed out that the mili
tia all the time it, was in Calumet did
work that proved of great aid to the
Rees had said that the county su
pervisor of Houghton had called' in
the militia because conditions became
so bad. Then the federation men an
swered that by showing that the' mine
owners controlled the supervisor.
It was plain to be seen that Rees
was making every effort to protect
the state militia from the serious
charges that have been made
The sub-committee, which is down
here, includes Representatives E. S'.
Taylor, Colorado; R. M. Switzer,
Ohio; S. M. Taylor, Arkansas; Joseph
Howells, Utah, and Joseph Casey,
Rees was guarded' by Jim O'Don
nell, Waddell-Mahoh strikebreaker
and former Chicago policeman.
CROWD ATTEND CARL PERSON
DEFENSE LEAGUE MEETING
A theater full of laboring people at-
L tended the official birth of the Carl
Person Defense League at the Grand
Opera House yesterday afternoon.
At the end of the day it was a cer
tainty that organized labor would
stand back of the leader of the Illi
nois Central strikers, who is now in
jail in Clinton, HI., for the killing of
Tony Musser, who was chief of the
railroad's strikebreaking gang.
Speeches were made in which the
history of the I. C. lockout was de
scribed as was also the persecution of
Person previous to the Musser killing.
The story of how Person was in
dicted by the federal grand jury for
printing in the strikers' organ, "The
Strike Bulletin," pictures of wrecks
on the I. C. was told.
These same pictures were then
thrown on a screen as were also pic
tures of Person editing the "Bulletin"
from his cell in the Clinton county
John H. Walker, John J. Fitzpat
rick, Mary O'Reilly, Attorney Frank
Comerford', James J. Meagher, L. P.
Straube and others spoke and pledg
ed their support to Person.
Plans for a permanent national de
fense fund were discussed. The au
dience favored the idea and it is very
probable an active campaign will be
Another mass meeting will be held
next Sunday at Grand Crossing Turn
er Hall, 75th street and Dobson avenue.