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PRE - CHRISTMAS FESTIVITIES"! SANTA CLAUS WILL NdT FAIL!
FEW AT CALUMET
Calumet, Mich., Dec. 24. There
were few pre-Christmas festivities
in Calumet or the copper country to
day. Memory of- the awul disaster
of a year ago, when the lives of 73
persons were crushed out in a wild
panic that followed a false cry of
fire' during a miners' Christmas eve
entertainment in Italian hall, Red
Jacket, served to bnnjg the decision
for the elimination of all public cere
mony this year. Not even a memo
rial service for those who perished
was planned and the local news
papers made no mention whatever of
the first. "anniversary " of the great
calamity. The one purpose was to
But the memory lingers &nd is in
tensified "by awful suffering among
many miners' families-for lack, of
food .and clothing1 Poverty and de
titution are widespread v throughout
the copper country. Hundreds of
miners who suffered throughout the
long copper stake and "have never
been able to find employment since
are in dire need. Other hundreds are
the innocet victims of the curtaiT
ment of the mining industry, made
necessary as a result of the European
HOYNE RAIDS WEST SIDE
In a sensational series-of raids on
west side houses, State's Attorney
Hoyne collected a dozen prisoners
last nightt They were.taken to va
rious police stations in taxicabs, and
after being questioned were in most
: cases released
Because the majority of the hous
es raided were in the Maxwell st
police district it is believed that he
intended picking up those who might
know something of the alleged graft
in that station.
In this neighborhood the "burglar
trust'' operated under an agreement
with the police, according to confes
sions of crooks. A million dollars'1
worth of loot was disposed of.
TO VISIT THESE KIDDIES
Hillsboro, III., Dec. 24. Santa
Claus will not fall to visit the kiddies
at Witt, HI. Today several hundred
miners in that mining town were
spending their first regular week's
pay received for several months and
the pinch of , starvation was rapidly
disappearing frpm mothers' faces
The Witt miners worked six days
last week. It was announced that
the Peabody mines here as welL as
at Kincaid and neighboring cities
would probably run steadily at least
during the winter months.
A smouldering fire in 'the Peabody
mine at Taylor Springs, which sjart
ed eighteen months ago and which
broke out with vigor yesterday, was
under control today, but was'expect-,
ed to burn for several days.'
SIX HELD BY GRAND JURY IN
GRAFT INVESTIGATION ,
State's Attorney Hoyne's special
grand jury returned indictments,
against six; alleged confidence men
' Men who haye been immune anu.
-who have hoasted of their operations .
in Chicago are named. '
Thomas Kerwin, former salodn-'
keeper, said to have acted as agent!
for a wire gang and go-between for;
the police and con men, is 'the first. !
The others are: Edward Bice, con
fidence man, now in Texas; Willardf
Powell, alias "Waco Kid"; Clarence5
Cass, confidence man, and H. Z. Her-
man and John Monroe.
Bonds were fixed at $15,000 each.
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Guests in Hotel Grace aroused
when fire 'was discovered .in saloon t
beneath hoiel. Small loss. r
, Home of Joseph Heil, 5017 Sheri-i
dan Voad, damaged by fire. Filled
with art treasures. Loss large.
Attorneys for Joseph Fish, million-
aire fire insurance adjuster, on trial'
for arson, finished areumentito jury.
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