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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, February 27, 1912, Image 1

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500 SO. PEORIA ST 398
VoL 1, No. 131 Chicago, Tuesday, Feb. 27, 1912 One Cent
Lawrence Mill Owners Even Have a Preacher Testify for Them
And He's Proved a Liar.
Lawrence, Mass., Feb. 27.
One of the' greatest farces in the
history of "free America" was
played here this afternoon.
Seven mothers and their chil
dren were arraigned on criminal
charges in police court. Some of
the mothers were nursing babies
at their breasts.
The children were those "chil
dren of the textile strike" who
were to have been sent to Phil
adelphia Saturday to' be fed and
eared' "for. until the strike here
came -to end, and upon whom
Chief fStillivan and fifty blue
coats charged as they were about
to board the train.
The mothers were those who
had tried to prevent the police
men tearing their children from
them. Some of the mothers still
bore the marks of the policemen's
The city of Lawrence was the
prosecutor of these mothers and
their children.
When the trial opened, City
Attorney Murphy arose and solr
'Jtinly charged that the state law
'defining neglect had been violat
ed by the mothers, and that the
children had suffered neglect un
der that state law.
Murphy also charged that the
children were being sent out of
the state, not to be fed, but "to
be exploited for the financial gain
of the strike leaders."
Then he added that the chil
dren were "being lured away"
when the city authorities inter
vened, and to prove this, called,
as his first witness, Chief of Po
lice Sullivan.
Sullivan took the stand. With
never a blush, he told how he and
his men had "quietly" descended
upon the depot. He admitted the
children all were tagged with
papers bearing the signatures of
their parents and setting forth
that they were leaving town with
their parents' consent.
"I told my men to tell those
women that they couldn't tfend
their children away," said Sulli
van. "I told them that if they
were in want the city would care
for them. (Since their arrest the
children have been held at the
poo'r farm as 'paupers') . But
many of the children left by the
back door of the depot. Others
we had to arrest."
Here, Pearl and Will Brown,
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