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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, January 23, 1912, Image 2

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and-brought tothe bridge at the
gallop and swung into line, load
ed with gra,pe and canister, ready
for action.
Anna Kiani, leader of the wo
men strikers, caused the coming
of the cannon.
For the last three days, the
.mill owners have been trying to
Jxesume operations in a number of
the South Lawrence mills. They
have imported strike breakers.
Yesterday, a mob of men work
ers gathered at the end of the
pfcridge, and stood looking sullen
ly across at the millswhere the
strikebreakers could be seen. i
j. Once or twice, one of the men
addressed his fellows passionate
ly. Once or twice, the crowd
surged forward on to the bridge.
Immediately, some of the sol
diers would call the fire hose into
play; while the others stood in
- line at the end of the bridge with
bayonets fixed and ready.
y. This morning, however, it was
not the men workers who gath
' red at the bridge and muttered
against the strike breakers that
were taking their bread and but
ter. It was the women, led by
Anna Kiani.
Kiani climbed to a command-
ing position, and talked to the
several hundred women who had
,'gathered. She urged that they
cross the bridge. Finally,, she
cried to the women to "follow
her, or die trying to."
The soldiers stood bravely with
their fixed bayonets. But they
were afraid, and so they sent for
he artillery. -They have received
. orders to use the artillery when
ever necessary.
Even Anna Kiani was awed by
the cannon, and the women
workers did notjSweep across the
bridge, and throw themselves
upon the soldiers' bayonets, or
tear down the mills, or anything
serious like that.
. Many of the "residents of the
city are convinced of the truth of
Strike Leader Ettor's charge that
the dynamite "found" by the po
lice Saturday was "planted" by
detectives in the employ of the
mill owners. They hive demand
ed a rigid investigation. The
cases of the six men and one
woman arrested in connection
with the finding of the dynamite
have been postpned until Friday.
A mass meeting of the strikers
yesterday unanimously voted
against the proposal of the Amer
ican Woolen company to treat
with a committee of its old em
ployes as individuals and not as'
members of the union;
Judge Mahoney, who, presided
at the hearing of the eight per
sons accused in connection with
the "finding" of the dynamite,
flatly declared that he did not be
Jieve they had anything to do
with it.
"It is an unusual course for me
to comment on a criminal case,
but there'are indications to show
that the men and women arrest
ed, charged with having cached
dynamite in this city are innocent
victims of a plot, and dupes of
some persons interested in main
taining a reign of' terrr in this
This -declaration by the judge

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