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HAMILTON MARWELL PAYS HIS DEBT OF BLOOD
By Donald MacGregor.
Will Guesnsey started the con
versation. He said :
"The; law of compensation 'is
very terrible and very just."
Emilio, the anarchist, who had
been sitting in the far corner,
with dark, brooding eyes, looked
"Only it doesn't work here be
low," he said, bitterly. "It works
in some dim Hereafter."
"I don't know ahout that,"
said Guernsey. "Look at old
"Yes, look at him!" criedEmil
io. "One of the worst, and-most
wicked men in the United States
today! And he's a multi-millionaire
! Where is your law of com
pensation?" "Evideritly," said "-Guernsey,
"you do not know Malt-well's
story. I do. I was his private
-secretary when it happened.
"The workers in Harwell's
great woolen mills went on strike.
They did not hold a meeting and
.decide to strike, It was a spon
taneous affair. An Italian em
ployed in the Brassie mill sang as
he worked. A foreman swore at
him and told him to quit singing.
Then all the other, workers took
up the song, and dropped their
tools and walked.
"The strike spread until there
were 50,000 out. But it was Nel
lie Marwell, the old millionaire's
only daughter, who got the strike
on the front pages of the news
papers. "She was a child of eighteen,
knowing nothing of the world, or
of suffering, and the second day
of the strike, she, in her automo
bile, 1 ran down the child of a
"The kid. wasn't much hurt,
but Nellie insisted on taking him
hpme. WhaOshe saw there, of
poverty and misery, and suffer
ing, and despair, went right to
her young heart.
"She came home and told her
dady about the hard lot of the
wprkers and how he ought to do
something for .them. He cut her
short, and that same night she-attended
a .strikers' meeting and
urged the men to stand firm and
win against her own father.
"Old Marwell couldn't under
stand. Nellie's mother was lead
and she was-his only loye. But he
was a hard man, and had been liv
ing too long with his money. He
and Nellie quarreled and he or
dered her from his house.
"The strike dragged on for five
weeks-, and what between Nellie
and one thing and another, sym
pathy for the strikers was grow
ing strong. Marwell was furious.
"One afternoon I was with
Marwell in the library pf his
suburban mansion when the chief
of police whirled, up in an auto,
He told Marwell the strikers
planned' a1 great street parade that
"Stopt Ur" said -Marwell.
'That's what you're the chief of
police for. Stop it !'
"The chief said something
about having to use force.
" 'Use force, then said the old
millionaire. 'Break their d d
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