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establishing a boycott on non-union
hats. The Hatters' union is the only
organization which the courts of the
U. S. have convicted under the anti
trust law. The government has un
successfully prosecuted- -the Stand
ard Oil Co., the meat trust, the In
ternational Harvester trust and' the
cash register trust.
The money collected will go to
save the homes of the union hatters
whioh were impounded years ago at
the start of the suit
The Loewe company accused the
union hatters of violating the Sher
man anti-trust law because certain
agents of the United Hatters had
urged the purchase of hats with
Practically all of them are facing
ruin, many of them the poorhouse,
for their homes represent the great
bulk of their savings of years.
Besides most of the defendants are
old men, some of them unable to do
any work. The average age of the
first 16 men named on a list of the
defendants is 72 years.
One of them, Daniel H. Barnes,
who has a comfortable home on Main
street; said to me; "When a man is
over 70 years of age he Isn't in con
dition to do much work, nor with his
property gone can he start life over
again. I have not been able to work
for three years."" Only last week
Barnes' wife died.
Take the case of William Hum
phreys and his wife, whose home has
been attached. Humphreys, a civil
war veteran, is 80 years old.
Sitting in the low-ceilinged parlor
of his comfortable old-fashioned
home in Stephen st he and his wife
were an ideal picture of the content
ment of old age won by honest work
and mutual love.
"We have lived in this home," said
Humphreys, "41 years next May. It
represents all my savings, about $4,
500, money I earned as a hatter in
"I started 'hatting' in 1852, when
not a single hat factory had steam ,
and machinery, and I kept at it until
1909) except during the civil war and
several terms that I was a doorkeep
er in the Connecticut state legis
lature. If they take his home from
us I don't know what my wife and I
will do. We will be homeless, and I
have only my pension." A
Humphreys, a color bearer, wa
wounded' four times in the, battle of
Patrick J. Feeley, whose $4,600
house is one of 125 houses that has
been attached, feels as Humphreys
does. "For 30 years," he said, "I have
worked hard as a hatter and I will
have to until I die, and what is more
I have held a union card the whole
time and I will as long as I live."
Feeley works in the "sizing" de
partment of a factory where almost
100 other men work eight hours a
day and more over kettles full of wa
ter that is boiling hoit.
"It's ten times harder work than
washing dishes all day," said Mrs.
Feeley, "and now it looks as if all
Pat had done would go for nothing.
We have sacrificed a lot to get this
house built and to keep it clear from
debt. I did my part of it so we could
have a place as long as we live. If
we have to get out, I'll think more of
going to the poorhouse than I will of
building another house."
But-not even the widows and or
phans have escaped the first steps in
the foreclosure proceedings. Houses
occupied by the widows and children
of the defendants who have died are
all to be foreclosed on .the judgment
liens entered against them.
Among widows and children so af-
fected are the families of the late P.
J. Hunt, the late James Costello and
the late Edward Lees.
"If my home is taken 'from me I
do not know what I shall do," said
Mrs. Lees. "It is all I have in the
world, and what money I have comes
from it. I rent the upper part of it
for $12 a month. Then I get $1 a
week for caring for my grandchil-