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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 27, 1912, Image 2

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ssewred'on the? picket hiebRt
the mills.
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strikers was to hpld the line. The
rtno tiio-OrirlMrrt rf tli mill OMUti?
II "V. & T"T .r "
ers was 10 DreaK ir
The moral effect of a line held
or broken in a big strike is tre
mendous. It is part of the' psy
chology of strikes.
The superintendent at Don
ovan's mill boasted that he would
break the picket line.
Backed "by Imported bullies
armed with rifles, he advanced
upon the line all women. 'They
were pushed "and haufed and
jostled; iHows-were struck; girls
and mothers and old women were
man-handle.d. f
But they held their ground.
Then thfc superintendent sprung
the qoup he ha"d been planning.
A fire hose Was run out and the
water turned bn, O
The stream struck the ground
i ith terrific force at the women's
feet, dashing water and mud on
ttieir bqdies and in their faces.
The- imported bullies roared
with laughter at the excellent
joke. jf
Back and Back the line fell, half
drowned ;and strangling. Many
of tn women were .knocked down
by the force of the stream.
But one figure that of MrsC
Kaakinen did not waver In
s"tead,jshe advanced upon thd men
at the no7?le. The stream hit her
full in the breast, staggering her
with its force, Her clothes were
v v:th water and mud.
t " cka laughed-in the faces of
, Then came Mt&r Kaatineaaad
Mijs. Sipela and stood with her
and they, too laughed.
The panic-stricken line halted
at the sight of them. It reformed
and surged back upon the mill. A
great Cneer went up from the
strikers v
And the line held!
-o o-
It has been officially recfignized
by Mayor Harrisonfhat the lid is
offon the "West Side. It has been
known to lots of people that the
lid 'was throwrt away some time
ago, and things were Wide open.
'According to the mayor's, or
ders another close-up wilt be
made. Yesterday Gapt. Thomas
Meagher was called into the
mayor's office, nd told that 40
complaints had been received of
violations ofhe stringent order
that Went oat-after the recent so
called investigation, when several
police officers lost their heads
nd grafts.
Meagher was ordered to stop
the frequenting of saloons by dis
orderly women. ,
Meagher was fdrmerly in
charge" bi the EaSjt Chicago ave
rse police station. When he was
transferred to Desplaines street,
various reasons were given, One
was that he had been too zealous
in closing up the North Side, and
been removed "because he was ob
jectipnable to Oil Inspector Jim
my Quinn, a Hearst-Harrison
lieutenant, and boss of the North
Side. -f
Friends of Barney Grogan, the

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