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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, January 10, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 7

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to find out what causes poverty, why
does it not tucn its microscope on a
few of the men who head the list of
its directors and yet who are primar
ily, the cause of much poverty, in that
they pay their employes less than a
living wage, work them harder than
human beings can work and remain
healthy, and then wonder what
causes this necessity for charity.
xAnd really, only the other day I
received a postcard advising me to
buy a book telling the cause of pov
erty, the price of which was five
cents, and every library is full of
books by writers who each think they
have collected enough statistics on
the subject to make them authori
ties. Why doesn't the U. C. invest a few
dollars reading up on what the other
fellow has found out in his micro
scopical investigation of poverty, and
then turn in and help directly and
We have got to have charitable or
ganizations so long as "man's inhu
manity to. man" continues.
But isn't it a pity that we cannot
feel very proud of ours?
o o
A strong fight for the liberation of
Carl E. Person, editor of the Strike
Bulletin, Clinton, HI., who shot and
killed Tony Musser, an Illinois Cen
tral strikebreaker, who had attacked
him, will be made by Attorney Frank
Comerford and the striking employes
of the Illinois Central and the Hani
man lines.
The mighty Illinois Central has
made every effort to wreck Person
since the day he first dared to tell
the truth about the manner in which
the I. ft5 was running. But they
couldn't break his spirit or prevent
him from printing news of railroad
. Last year Person was indicted by
the federal grand jury at Springfield,
HL, on a charge of mailing libelous
matter through the mails, The in
dictment contained seven counts. It
Person were found guilty on each he
could be punished by a sentence of
35 years and a fine of $35,000. Trial
had been set for Jan. 6.
"On the afternoon of Dec. 30th,"
said Comerford, "Person was at his
office, when he received a telephone
message from a man who gave the
name of 'Kirk.' The man said he
wanted to see Person on something
very important and he asked Person
to come to the Interurban station.
"When he got to the station he
found Tony Musser there. Musser
had called him up and used the name,
Kirk. Musser was formerly chief of
police in Clinton. But he has been
working as a strikebreaker for the
I. C. And the I. C. was after Person.
"Musser hid in a cigar store and
asked the .clerk to point out Person
as he passed. Person walked by.
Musser jumped on him. He battered
him to the ground.
"Musser was a big man. He weigh
ed 200 pounds, standing over & feet
tall. Person weighs about 130 and is
about 5 feet six inches. He was beat
en and kicked into a dazed condition.
He drew his revolver and fired.
"Person is a very calm, mild-mannered
young fellow, who has never
touched an intoxicant -ini his life. He
has carried a revolver since he was
attacked and cruelly beaten, in De
catur, 111., four months ago.
"Person was thrown nto jail, with
out bond. The Illinois Central is
fighting the case. Person stands
alone except to the extent that union
labor stands with him. And organ
ized labor should see to it that the
life of Person is not sacrificed for
want of a defense fund."
Person is also secretary of the
System Federation, which has been
on strike against the I. C. and the
Harriman lines for two years because;
the railroad bosses refused them the
right to organize. And Person has
done effective work as one of the.uu
ion leaders.

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