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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, June 01, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 2

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FEAR, from an enemy whose existence is denied by almost every one with
in a radius of twenty miles.
On the heights of Pocantico, Rockefeller holds the citadel, while nearer
the roadway the junior of the same name directs the defense against a foe
vvnicn seems imaginary.
"- -.Guards Ordered To Shoot to Kill.
The situation is unparalleled. The armed negroes occupy every inch '
of vantage space. White and negro guards stand by the double ironed gatesJ
mat lead to the oil man's castle. They are m command of a negro named
JJunston. Tne orders or tne guards
are to stop all persons who approach;
to shoot to kill if any attempt to pass;
to .stop all who cannot account to
them -for their business, and to shoot
first and question afterward if any
intruder seems to" them to be of a
dangerous character.
So here, within thirty miles of
New York, the richest man in the
world- lies entrenched against a foe
which is not visible; guarded by a
private army willing even to commit
crime to protect him eager to shoot
down any one who dares make an ef
fort to get near to him.
I have been around the outer line
of defenses, interviewing the guards,
attempting to enter the grounds and
discussing the situation. Three
times I have beep threatened with as
sassination, twice 1 have been order
ed away under pain of assault. On
the open state road itself I have been
thrice threatened with assault by
guards who have reached out over
public property and other people's
property in their zealousness.
Rockefeller, with his eighteen miles
of inclosed park, is inan actual state
of siege.
I. W. W. Men Also on Guard.
The Indignant, or Independent, or
Industrial, or Indispensable Workers
of the World occupy the main ap
proaches to the Pocantico Hills es
tate. I have found, after an indus
trial and industrious effort, seventeen
of them, and they are waiting for
Sunday when the railroad gives spe
cial rates, for others to come and
complete the blockade. Every Sun
day the Industrial, Industrious and
world take a day off and come out?
here to try to tell one or both of the, 'J
KocKeiellers what they think of
them. But the Rockefellers refuse
to even eo out of doors. 1
It is quite some stretch around the
Rockefeller barony 18 long miles,
up hill and down dale and if it were I
not for Mr. Ford of Detroit, I would
hardly have made it. The car was"-,
good for the roads but there were
miles of trudging.
But there was not a furlong which
was not guarded. Approach the fence
from this clump of woods or by clam
bering up that hill and suddenly a
black face or jtwo would appear from
behind a bush and you would see the
glint of steel barrel.
Nobody Wants To Even Hit 'Em In
the Jaw.
y John D.,' Sr., and John D., Jr., must
be terribly afraid of something, and
yet, during two days spent in the vic
inity, I could find nobody who would
even go across the street to hit one
of them a crack in the jaw.
But those guards are sure some ex
asperating. I insisted on my rights
to walk in the public road, run in the
public road, sit in 1;he public road, if
I so pleased, and thereby I peeved the v
guards terribly.
Six times they shouted threats of
extermination at me while I stood in.
the boulevarded roadway, and tried to
snap photographs of the Rockefeller
breastworks.
Four negroes, three Italians and an
American have threatened me with
death or worse because i wanted to
get near Rockefellers house. I said
ultra-independent workers of the
I wanted to interview John D. They
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