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stwderstood 6f telLihe truth and say what they actually
And only a few will go ba'ck of the evidence in the Indianapolis
case and Understand that all the principals thus far involved are mere
incidents little pawns in the greatest war of modern times, a war
which cannot be determined by judges and juries in, courts of. law,
a war which can never be settled until it is settled right, and until
m Justice has reached the end of her journey and is enshrined in the
hearts of all men. , '
The mere act itself the blowing up,of theLos Angeles Times
building and the hurling into eternity of a score of hiunan lives
cannot be condoned, excused or justified.. -But there was something
back of that.
Juries and judges could convict and c punish all who committed
or were parties to an illegal act; but theycojuldn't go, away back of
the crime and lay bare the contributing caused the acts which led up
to the dynamite outrages. "
For, according to law, tradition, superstition and precedent,
that would be illegal, unconstitutional, irregular and improper. It
isn't written in, the books that a union may destroy either property '
pr life in self defense.
Yet he who would look into the future should understand that
industrial war actually exists, and that it started long 'before the
thought of dynamite ever entered the head, of "the first frenzied
He should understand thatlhe 38 men conv!ctedat Indianapolis
are not men possessed by criminabsinstincts': They started as
honest, law-abiding har d-wprking -mem andr earned their bread in
the sweat of the face long before theyjjecame labor leaders.
They labored for themselves and iamilies; they labored for
their brother workers and their families; and -theynvorked with
other leaders of the vast army of workings men and women for bet
ter conditions for the average American citizen. "
They were what we would, call good citizens Now a jury
says they are bad citizens, and they must be locked behind prison
bars for the protection of society which means all of us.
What changed them from :good to bad? What happened?
Even though they knew what'McManigal and Jim MqNamara
were doing, and how that $1,000 -a .month was spent that alone -couldn't
be responsible for the sudden change from good to. bad.
There must have been something back of that.
We might as well find out, for even if they won't say out loud
what is in their minds) there are hundreds of thousands of honest
American citizens who do not believe all these men ate criminal or
bad, but who do believe they are martyrs to the cause of labor