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MANUFACTURER AND STRIKE AGENCY HEAD
INDICTED UNDER GUNMEN LAW
Charged with importing vicious
gunmen to break a strike, Olaf B.
Oleson, head of the-Edwards Valve
and Manufacturing Co.bf East Chi
cago, and Wm. D. Soule, owner of a.
detective agency in Chicago, were in
ducted by the grand jury of Lake
County, Ind., yesterday.
The true bills came when the grand
jury started an investigation to lay
the blame for the riot several weeks
ago which resulted in the death of
one and the shotting of six during
the strike at the munition plant The
strike is still on.
Machinists at the Edwards shops,
which are said to be owned by much
the same crowd as the Common
wealth Edison Co. of Chicago, struck
for better wages, shorter hours and
recognition of their rights to or
The company hired the Soule De
tective Agency to get guards who
were old-timers at the art of keeping
strikers away from a scab plant
Some of the ruffians had seen action
in the garment Btrike here. They
were husky and knew how to han
The men were taken from Ham
mond to East Chicago in charge of a
former saloonkeeper, Jack Meehan.
They got off the cars in the center of
East Chicago and started on a swag
gering stroll toward the munition
A few blocks from the station a
squad of policemen met them, led by
the chief himself. The invading gang
was stopped and officers started to
search them for revolvers.
While this was going on "deputies"
already in the Edwards plant heard
their men were in trouble. They
grabbed loaded guns and started on a
trot for the main street of East Chi
cago. Meanwhile a crowd of jeering strik
ers gathered about the imported gunmen.
Some nervous strikebreaker start
ed to shoot; the police opened fire on
the Incoming crowd and then the
gang from the Edwards plant added
their revolvers to the fight.
When the police had driven the
bands of strikebreaker-gunmen
apart, Jack Meehan, the leader, was
dead. Five strikebreakers and one
policeman had bullets in their bodies.
Chief of police and mayor of East
Chicago denounced the importing of
armed men into the county and blam
ed the munition plant employes for
the battle. The union men who had
gathered about were searched after
the fight and not one was found to
be carrying a gun.
The grand jury also indicted thirty
others in a blanket true bill yester
day. Half are men sent to the muni
tion plant by the Soule Agency, and
half are members of the machinists'
Use of the gunmen law in Indicting
Oleson and Soule was commended by
Aid. Wm. E. Rodriguez last night. He
suggested that Chicago needed sonre
Such a law to prevent the importa
tion of sluggers, gunmen and ex
holdup men into the city during the
garment strike might have saved at
least two lives and would have pre
vented the brutal slugging of thou
sands of striking garment makers,
half of whom were girls.
BRANDEIS FORCES WIN
Washington, Feb. 9. Louis D.
Brandeis, whose fitness for supreme
court bench is being Investigated by
sub-committee of senate, was con
sidered to have won first skirmish to
day when motion by Senator Clark
to send matter back to full judiciary
committee was defeated.
Frank Jones, photographer, has at
last succeeded in photographing sun
shine. Process secret