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GETS SLUGGED FOR IT
' Since the trust publishers start-
f ed their war on organized labor
1 by locking out their pressmen,
I the columns of their newspapers
have been crammed with stories
i about persons being slugged by
'$ union men or union sympathizers.
It has not mattered much that
Ihey have been unable to prove
the connection between the slug
gers and the unions when the
J? ' cases came up in court.
t The original charges against
organized labor have been played
V up with glaring headlines, and
collapse of the charges in court
has teen suppressed,
l Thus the trust publishers have
had a certain success in spreading
T the impression that slugging is
sanctioned by organized labor.
'Here is a slugging case that
happened this morning and which
the trust papers have not men
tioned. James D. Johnson, a youth of
19, -was out of employment when
the newspaper wagorr "drivers
went on strike in sympathy with
the loclced out pressmen.
Johnson was slightly acquaint
ed with Tommy Smith, graduate
of the newspaper "wrecking
crews," and West Side division
circulation boss of the American".
Tommy Smith induced John
son to become a strike breaking
That was. several weeks ago.
Lately, Johnson has been taking
thought of himself. He began to
realize just what a strike 'breaker
ifc to hi? fellow working men.
Beiner a fairlv decent sort of
fellow, arid there beiner other
work he Could get if he tried hard
enougn, jonnson aeciaea to qui
Johnson reached this decision
last night. This.morning he told'
Tommy Smith of his decision in,
the Hearst building. i
Smith, knocked Johnson down,;
kicked Him, and flung him out of
the HfEjt building, s
Johnson, being only a youth,?
was"ihij& position to competes
with Tfy Smith! wrecking cjrew
.But he? did induce a policeman
to go intoTthe Hearst building and
get his jh$t, befaj.heiner told tot
"beat iipfrom tftl neighborhoods
Johns'rfh werf' to the Soutfy
Clark tVeet police station, and
swore put a warrant charging
Smith Vjh assault.
Therilhe wetj back to the
Hearst biildingto draw the
week's ,ay conwjg to him. Hej
was met by Tonffhy Smith. . t
"What d'yuh W&nt?" Smith de
. T have come fqr my pay,"'
Johnson aid, -nUtt very clearly,,
perhaps, his mth being all out
oj: shape fromnifi last encdunter
with Smi$h. " V V
".AH;rjht! -fife's your pay,"
said "Smiln. o
And Jffe- struck--- and knocked;
liberal lisp of hisftfeet, when John
son was" clown.' f
This, ybu wfil,understand, oc-
rtirrprf fn thf ".'Wparct hnilrfino-
ThcHea'rs't buihiihg is a. garrison-