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EVEN DEPUTIES AT CALUMET BELIEVE
MINERS WILL WIN IF THEY STICK
A little of the inside workings of
the Waddell-Mahon gunmen and
mine guards of Upper Michigan is
given in the story told by Former
Deputy Sheriff L. E. Smith, who re
signed his place in Painesdale, Mich.,
and is now in Chicago.
Smith left his job in disgust when
one of the deputies deliberately start
ed a fight with several strikers and
then brought clubs and guns into
Smith gave out the interesting in
formation that they were instructed
to keep the imported strikebreakers
veritable prisoners and never allow
them to leave mine property.
The former deputy, who has had
the advantage of hearing some in
side information around .the com
pany's offices, also predicted that the
strike will end In a victory for the
men because the mine owners are
not turning out enough copper to
pay for the lights they are using.
"I started as a deputy in Septem
ber," said. Smith. "We were given to
understand that our duty was to pro
tect the mine owners at any cost.
But even at that time I don't believe
the deputies would have started any
trouble with the strikers if it hadn't
been for the Waddell-Mahon gunmen.
"They were constantly starting
trouble. They boasted of being there
for that purpose. The thing that fin
ally caused me to quit occurred a
couple 6f weeks ago when the three
strikebreakers were killed.
"Personally, I don't believe the
strikers got those men. They were
killed" up at 'B location,' a place
where no strikers would dare in
trude. "They were killed about 3 o'clock
in the morning. At 6 o'clock the
strikers started a parade. I was on
duty with a squad, headed by 'Big'
Hamilton. He tried to draw the min
ers out and make them fight. They
marched on. Finally Hamilton drew
a revolver and killed a dog belong
ing tb one of the miners, but still
they wouldn't start, anything.
"Then a Waddell-Mahon man fired
a shot. Immediately hell broke loose.
Hamilton shouted out orders. The
parade broke up and the strikers fled.
We chased them to the hills. Hamil
ton caught one of the men and
knocked him unconscious.
"That sort of work was going on
all the time. And it was all started
by the Waddell-Mahon men in charge
of a fellow named Nellis from Chi
cago. "We didn't have to mix much in
the fighting. My particular work was
watching the poor devils of strike
breakers, who had been lured up to
Michigan by a lot of fake promises
and", then were herded like prisoners.
"We were told to go as far as we
liked if by chance they tried to stray
off company property and most of
us did. I've seen a lot of fellows beg
to get away, when they found out
that all this talk of good money was
a lie. I don't think there's a man in
the mine getting $3 a day.
"The owners' hardest work is in
getting experienced miners. They
simply can't do it and as a result
they're not turning out enough cop
per to pay for the lights.
"It was common talk among us
fellows that the miners would" win in
a walk if they stick It out"
THE McCANN MYSTERY
New York, Dec. 18. Police admit
absolute failure to find any clue
which will lead to recovery of Jessie
McCann, Brooklyn social worker,
missing nearly two weeks. Active
search has been abandoned by police.
They are not entirely satisfied with
aid given them by McCann family,
though girl's father and mother deny
that any information has been withheld.