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THE DAY BOOK
500 S. PEORIA ST. ..398 TEL. MONROE 353 VoL 1, No. 214 : Chicago, Monday, June 3, 1912 One Cent FOUR WOMEN AND THREE MEN SHOT DOWN IN CHURCH YARD BY POLICE Striking Massachusetts Mill Workers Seek Sanctuary in Shadow of Church, But Police Use Guns. , Clinton, Mass., Juna 3. Two women are dying" of bullet wounds here todays two other women and three men are serious ly wounded. The shooting was done "by the police, the "guardians of law and order." The dying and the wounded are striking textile mill workers. They were shot down-by the po lice in the yard of the church of Gur Lady of the Rosary. No one here seems to know just exactly how the trouble started. The police say that strike pick ets forcibly tried to prevent a woman gding to work in the mills. In 'any case, there was a clash between the police and the work ers, mosF of whom were women. When, the police drew their clubs the strikers ran into the chunch yard. There they thought they were safe in sanctuary- But the police charged. The strikers threw stones at them. There were ahout 300 of them 'in the church yard by this time. There were 40 police. The police were driven back" by the stones. They drew thfeir revolvers and charged again, fir ing into the air. - They "were driven back" again, and this time, when they charged, they did not fire in the air. They fired 'directly into the massed crowd of men and women in the church yard. .The four women and the three men strikers' fell bleeding to the ground. Major Dwinnell,)' sheriff of the count', now is in charge of the situation. Dwinnell has sent to Worces ter and Fitchburg for more po lice. He also is hording Company K of the state militia under arms, ready for use against the strikers. Two of the men strikers shot are in the county hospital. One is shot through both cheeks. Policemen WalHs and Fitzger ald are in the hospital for treat' ment for bruises caused by stones.