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Here's a sample story that appeared in Vic Lawson's .Daily News, and
jf you can't see how fishy it is you need a guardian:
"Twenty or more alleged sluggers, some armed, with short clubs and
bricks, who are said by the police to have been lying in wait at W. 24th st.
and Marshall boulevard for nonunion garment workers employed in the B.
Kuppenheimer & Co. branch plant at W. 22d st and S. Western av., were
routed and pursued for blocks last night, Detective Serg'ts Sloier and
Etchingham reported to First Deputy Schuettler today.
"The chase south along Marshall boulevard caused some excitement
and was witnessed by passing automobilists, residents and pedestrians. All
the men escaped. The policemen said they drew their revolvers, but feared
to fire because of the danger to bystanders.
"The men, according to the report, were hiding in shrubbery in the
strip of parking which extends along the middle of the boulevard when they
were discovered by the detective shortly after 5 o'clock.
"As we approached," said Serg't Sloier, "the sluggers leaped out ard
scatered, fleeing south along the boulevard. At 25th street and south of
that point the men fled through passageways and yards and got away.
"They were lying in wait for employes of B. Kuppenheimer & Co., who
get through work about 5 o'clock. We recognized five of'the men as slug
gers who have been arrested a number of times during the strike, and we
recognized one of the men as a man who was arrested only a few weeks
ago on a charge of robbery and turned out on a bond.
"Shortly after the alleged sluggers were routed, according to the de-.
tectives, fifteen or more of the Kuppenheimer & Co. employes passed the
spot where the men wer in ambush."
Read that story again, Bill. Then analyze it. Doesn't it read like a.
press agent story? Two detective sergeants chased twenty or more men,
got close enough to them to recognize five of them, yet all of them escaped.
The two detectives didn't catch a darned one of them.
Now, what do you think of that?
How did the detectives know they were sluggers?
How did they know they were "armed with short clubs and bricks" if
they didn't get close enough to catch even one of them?
How did they know they were sluggers lying in wait for non-union
' If the detectives recognized five of the men as sluggers who had been
"arrested a number of times during the strike," why didn't they go and
get them? .
Did it ever happen before that two Chicago detectives got that close to
'twenty or more" men, without getting their fingers on one of them?
And didn't you notice, Bill, that that fake story was published in con
nection with a news story of Sidney Hillman's conference with YOU?
Didn't it occur to YOU that the busy hired press agent of the clothing
hogs, and Vic Lawson's equally busy Daily News, might be trying to destroy
the influence of the conference you had with Sidney Hillman and Alderman
Now, Bill, I happen to know that the clothing hogs tried to get State's
Attorney Hoyne to indict a lot of the strikers at the beginning of the strike,
and that Hoyne refused to let them use his office as a strike-breaking
Your corporation counsel, Sam Ettelson, knows that Hoyne has
charges, backed by affidavits, against both the strikers and the sluggers in
the pay of the employers and that Hoyne is investigating all these charges