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Run it over in-your own mind. Why Js it legal and proper for mine
owners to hire gunmen to protect, their PROPERTY and illegal and im
proper for miners to employ gunmen to protect their LIVES. ,
Or to put the situation as it actually is, why can employers hire pro
fessional gunmen to protect PROPERTY when employes are refused the
right to bear arms to protect their own LIVES?
Murders were committed in the West Virginia coal fields by the im
ported gunmen who were called mine guards. Murder has been committed
in the copper country of Michigan by these imported murderers. In nearly
every big strike some innocent lives have been sacrificed because of the
presence of professional gunmen, or strikebreakrs. IT IS A PART OF
THEIR VILLAINOUS BUSINESS.
Yet the public has been led to helieve that the purpose of such strike
breakers was to take the places'of men on a strike. But that isn't so. I had
a long talk once with a professional strikebreaker. He had just come back
from strike duty at St. Paul and Minneapolis during the railroad strike sev
eral years ago.
He told me he was a soldier of fortune, that he never worked; that it
was against the principles of a professional strikebreaker to work, although
he might pretend to work. (
'It is easy money," he said. "After a strike has been broken, we drift
back to Chicago, blow in the easy money and watch the Daily News for
ads for guards. We know what that means. When broke we are ready
for another job."
Most of the newspapers help the game along. They will report that
new men are rapidly taking the places of the strikers; and in most instances
these new men are strikebreaking gunmen who wouldn't work under any
And the men who resort to such tactics are the rich, .prominent, in
fluential and leading citizens who are stockholders in the big corporations
that fight their battles jvlth labor with these gunmen from the city slums.
They never take the ,places of striking workingmen. They merely go
on strike duty to help slave-drivers drive their striking slaves back to work.
And the law winks at it. Right here in Chicago desperadoes, ex-convicts,
thugs, sluggers and gunmen were employed by the newspaper trust
last year to drive the striking newsboys back to work as slaves for the rich
Two innocent lives were sacrificed through murders" committed by des
peradoes deputized as officers of the law, wearing official badges and car
rying guns. And nobody has been tried for either of those murders.
But government by gunmen can't go on forever. Money can't always
rule. Humanity will have its inning. Soon or late, Uncle Sam will have
to investigate, and the sunlight of publicity will help get rid of such para
sites on human society .as the Shaw, Agassiz and McNaughton families,
and give the men and women of the copper country a fair chance to raise
healthy, wholesome American boys and girls.
ELLIS STILL AT LARGE
Indianapolis, Ind., Sept 27. With
not a clue to the whereabouts of Jos
eph Ellis, 17, charged with the mur
der of Joseph Shalansky here, and
hotel highwayman "in half a dozen
cities, police are helpless in their en
deavor to locate him and 'fear that
his natural criminal tendency will
lead him to commit other crimes.
Why had a man better lose' an arm
than a leg? Because in losing a leg
he loses' something to "boot