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500 SO. PEORIA ST. s398
Vol. 1, No. 97 Chicago, Thursday, Jan. 18, 1912
One Cent
Would Have Strikers and
State Militia Come To
gether Situation Grows
More Serious.
Lawrence, Mass-, Jan. 18.
The strike situation here is grow
ing more serious hourly.
Yesterday afternoon, under the
leadership of the officers of the
union, the great majority of the
strikers paraded through the
city.' , w.
They caTtjtfeomerican flags.
They were jcCA ana orderly.
Their object was to offset the mad
dash through the streets made
by the foreign workers earlier in
the day.
And this peaceful, quiet pro
cession of working men and
women was attacked by the mi
litia and driven from the streets.
Today, the mill owners, using
incidents of yesterday as an ex
cuse, demanded that two addi
tional regiments of National
Guardsmen be sent here, and mar
tial Jaw proclaimed throughout
the whole city.
The object of this is plain. The
mill owners have sworn to break
the strike. And they are going to
do it, even if they have to use the
military to accomplish their end.
Mayor Scanlon is backing the
demands of the mill owners, and.
helping them in every way.
Agents of the mill owners also
have spread the report that lead
ers of the strike are planning to
dynamite the mills and to blow
up the home of Governor Foss.
Paid dynamiters are on their way
to Massachusetts to accomplish
these ends, they declare.
In direct contrast to the blood
thirsty picture of the strikers
drawn by the mill owners, was a
mass meeting of the-workers held
shortly before noon today.
The meeting was called' by the
strike leaders. More than 5,000
attended most of them women
and boys.
Strike Leader Ettor addressed
the meeting, and at its close, dis
tributed American flags, and
started a march of the strikers to
the mill district. Ettor particu
larly cautioned the workers
against any demonstration that
would give the military any ex
cuse for an attack. o
"The mill owners are trying to
cause bloodshed. Their hope is
a clash between the strikers and,
the militia, that will give, them an
excuse to make this city rim red
with blood," said Ettpr .today.
"Their plan is to discredit the.
men and women who are trjihg
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