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CHILD'S COFFIN APPEARS IN BAYONNE STRIKE
JOHN D. ASKED TO STOP FILLING THEM
looking club and carrying big "gats"
Bayonne, N. J., Oct '17. A baby
size casket, tufted with silk and
satin, is oir display in the. oil strike
district here today. Ragged urchins
playing in the gutters shun it with
instinctive dread, for they have seen
a lot of funerals with just the same
kind of caskets.
That little casket has something to
do with the strike.
"We want to give the kids a chance
and keep 'em from filling these qas
kets," a striker said today. "And, let
me tell you, a man can't raise a fam
ily on $1.50 a day or on $2 a day.
That's what this strike is all about
Prices are way up and a poor work
ingman hasn't got a chance. It is
hunger to stay in, so we had to quit
and fight for a raise."
The speaker's eye was black from
a strike fight he'd been taken for a
"scab," he said. , "Some of the Poles
have murder in their hearts," he add
ed, "but thinking men don't approve
of trouble. They're for peaceful ways.
But, I guess maybe you'd under
stand if you had a bunch of kids and
' only $2 a day to raise them with.
Maybe you'd fight, too. And the po
lice were mighty, rough with their
clubs and guns."
' All the strikers tell the same story
hunger ahead, small wages to meet
increased prices, police brutality.
A policeman bragged. "Ya," he
sneered, "they ain't got any fight in
'em now. Their sand is all gone. Ya,
we had to shoot 'em to get it out
But Bayonne, with its ingy hous
es, its crude streets, its myriads of
ragged kids, hopes for better things.
"John D. Rockefeller's making
enough on his gasoline. Maybe he'll
have a change of heart: after ja.
while," said one optimistically. "And
there was hope today of an early set
tlement through getting both sides
together. Meantime, grim police
swarm -the streets swinging vicious
on their hips.
Cleveland, Oct. 17. In flush of
generosity John D. Rockefeller left
for his Tarrytown estate. At station
he gave little girl five buffalo nickels
and five pennies. He gave city $3,600
piece of property.
FIRE THREATENS OIL PLANT
ED. SEEMS TO WEAKEN
Bayonne, N. J., Oct 17. Two
clashes between striking oil workers
and policemen in which many shots
were fired and an alleged attempt to
set fire to Tidewater plant marked
resumption of hostilities in serious
strike situation here today. Settle
ment of strike had been expected-to
Alleged attempt to fire Tidewater
plant was reported by Police Inspect
or Cady. Fire broke out in dry grass
surrounding buildings and Cady said
he was sure strikers started blaze.
Ten representatives of strikers
were to meet George B. Hennessy,
general manager of Standard Oil
plant, today in effort to reach settle
ment Rockefeller interests are said
to be willing to make some-concessions
in irfcreased wages.
TORRENS LOVE FEAST TONIGHT
J. P. Hecht, chairman Torrens
committee Cook County Real Estate
board, predicts record-breaking Tor
rens gathering for tonight at Edge
water Beach hotel. 2,500 invites is
sued. Judges Charles McDonald and
Kickham Scanlan, also County Re
corder Joe Connery, speakers,
During 11 days in October Torrens
registration in Connery's office in
creased 100 per cent over the corre
sponding period last year. Cook
county is using the Torrens system
in purchases under forest preserve