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JL hey put revolvers against my
body and covered my mouth ancf
dragged me to an automobile.
The police had cleared a way for
"While taking me mtq the des
ert my captors thrust pencils in
my nostrils and ears, stuffed filth
into my m.ifth and struck me
with their fists and with clubs.
They continually called me the
yijest names I ever haye heard.
"Thirty miles in the desert an
other party was waiting. They
had built a big fire. I was taken
up to it and stripped. Then began
torture so fiendish and inhuman
fctiat the details are unprintable.
"I begged them to kill me and
end the pain. They laughed and
said they wanted me"tolive to tell
how San Diego treated my kind.
They said if Miss Goldman was
there they would give her the
"They, ordered me to sing the
"Star Spangled Banner." I can
not sing very well. At every false
note I was struck in the face.
While I was singing I was knock
ed down several times.
"They made me pray, and my
own cane was used as an instru
ment of torture.
"After amusing themselves
with me for half an hour the men
began to run about me in pairs.
One man, who, I am certain, was
a Sail Diego detective, placed his
face against mine, screaming that
he and his friends were ordinarily
business men, doctors and law
yers, but now were thugs.
"They made me run the gaunt
let, beating me with billies as I
1 made my way through the lines
7ust before they put hot tar on
my oody their torture became ter
rible. Each nten would come fdr
ward and ask me a question. If
the answer did not please him I
was struck in the face.
"I was thrown on the ground
and smeared "with filth. A small
American flag was jammed into
my throat until I ifcnost stran
gled. "They discussed whether or
not they should put out my eyes.
They decided not to. They held
me and burned the fleshpf my
back with live cigars. They threw
me on the ground and .plastered
my naked bddy with tar and cov-
ered it with cactus "and desert
grass. . -
"Then they stoned me as I tried
to escape in tfie desert They fol
lowed me until they were tired.
"After I walked a long way
reached Berendo naked. I bought
a pair of overalls and a jumper,
which Iworfc into Los Angeles."
Reitman was asked if he would -prosecute.
"What can I do?" he answered. cr
"I have-appealed to the governor
in, other matters and appealed jn
vain. Theretis little hope he would
do anythingin this."
f i Suffrap-e workers in Illinois are
planning campaign for referen
dum vote on endorsement of
equal rights similar to that of last
election in Chicago. Will attempt
to have matter presented at No
vember election throughout tlie