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vealed the most damnable murder
plot on the p. rt of the employers
in the garment workers' strike.
Wagner shot and killed Abra
ham Steinberg, secretary of the
Buttonhole Makers' Union, two
weeks ago. Steinberg died last
When first arrested, Wagner
told the police that he had shot
Steinberg because Steinberg had
told him to send his wife out on
the street if he needed money
during the strike.
Last night Wagner broke
down and confessed that he had
committed the murder at the in
stigation of a ring of employers
who wanted Steinberg out of the
way in order that their chances
of breaking the strike might be
Abraham Fialkoff and Louis
Weinstein, garment contractors,
were arrested immediately after
the confession, and more arrests
"They made me do it," sobbed
Wagner in his confession. "I
could not help myself. Once,
when I was starving, I forged
Fialkoff's name to two checks.
"They had the goods on me for
that and they threatened to send
me up for forgery if I did not do
as they wanted.
"There were six contractors in
it Fialk6ff and Weinstein were
"They gave me money to buy a
revolver and shoot Steinberg.
They told me what to say if I was
"They told me that if I was
caught I should tell the police
that I went to Steinberg and
asked him what I was to do, that
my wife and children were starv
ing and that I could not stay on
strike unless I got some money.
They told me to tell the pofice
that Steinberg's answer to me
was: 'Go and pick pockets and
send 'your wife on the street if
you need the money.'
"Then I was to say I got crazy
with rage af the thought of the
insult to my wife, and got the gun
and shot Steinberg. They told me
this stoi would get me off with
any jury in the country.
"I did tell that story, and. I
stuck to it. But when Steinberg
died I couldn't stand the ques
tioning any longer. So I am tell
ing the truth."
District Attorney Whitman
says that a thorough investiga
tion of Wagner's confession will
be made and the garment con
Boston. A- Mitchell, N. Y.,
Pres. Ladies' Garment Workers
of America, declares that a gen
eral strike of the 12,000 Boston
workers on women's garments
will be called within a few days,
possibly within 24 hours.
John Borden, son of late Wm.
Borden is talking about taking a
dash to the Arctic region. Re
turned here yesterday from the
Cicero. Wm. Tul engineer
on Pennsylvania passenger train
wrecked here this morning, died