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"Why there was one Syrian
boy who was stabbed in the back
with a bayonet as he ran from a
soldier who had told him to move
"Where is that boy?" asked
"He is dead. He was stabbed
to death," answered Lipson. "I
saw a hole in his back as big as
"There were rnany things like.
If you were well dressed and met
a soldier on the street, he would
be all right Bnt it you looked
poor, then -even the children
were struck and pushed about."
"Have you any hospital record
of the people who were injured?"
"Our people were afraid to go
to the hospitals," said Lipson.
"We loqk on the hospitals of
Lawrence the same as we look on
the police and soldiers of Lawr
ence." "Do you mean to say that
American soldiers, wearing
American uniforms, and police
men "representing an American
city, abused people in this way?"
"Yes, they did," said Lipson.
"Canvyou prove that any sol
dier bayonetted or clubbed wom
en and children?" asked Hard
wick. "We can bring the women and
children who were beaten here,"
he said. "Some of them are here
now. They can tell you what was
. "Are you an American citi
zen ?" Hardwick asked.
"No," said Lipson, and added,
simply, "I took out my first pa
pers. I never have been able to
get together the $4 necessary to
take out the others."
Then Lipson was asked to de
scribe the attempts to send chil
dren from Lawrence.
"After we bought 40 tickets for
the children, they were met by
soldiers with fixed bayonets and
held up. I saw women clubbed,
and thrown, brutally, into patrol
wagons. The soldiers trod on lit
tle boys-vand girls.
"Only last Saturday, women
were walking down the street,
coming from a meeting. The po-
lice attacked and clubbed them. -One
woman, Mrs. Carat, was
clubbed about the body so severe
ly that two of her ribs were
broken. She had to go to a hos
pital. ' ,
"When I remember these
things they make me nervous,
and I cannot answer the ques
tions you ask me directly."
When Lipson left the stand,
Saniuel Gompers, president of the
American Federation of Labor,
took his place. Gompers began '
by condemning the Industrial
Workers of the World, the or
ganization to which most of the
Lawrence strikers- belong.
."These people," he said, "have
been misled into an organisation!
that does not organize, and a
leadership that leads no where.
Between the 'unyielding tyranny
of the mill owners and the false
arguments of thos'e who have led
them, these people have been
driven to desperation.
"I differ with those "who say