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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, January 22, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 2

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Decause that Justice was known to be
friendly to thymine owners.
" "Striking miners in Baltic were not
even allowed to have beer In their
houses. And if they did have any,
deputies would break into the house,
seize the beer and carry it off to the
mines. And all this 4inie many of
the deputies were running blind pigs
on the side with the company's per
mission. "The men who made up the per
sonnel of the Waddell-Mahon strike
breaking staff were mostly ex-convicts,
dope fiends and men who had
been arrested Several times for minor
offencesjn the East.
"The police blotter at the station'
at South Range will show strike
breakers' names on it for every day
since the strike began. They were
always getting drunk and causing
"James Hamilton, Sheriff Cruse's
right hand man, told me the day after
his house was burned-down, a fire of
unknown origin, that for every nail
in that house he would break the
head of a striker.
"The Waddell-Mahon men and
deputies who took part in the mur
der at Painesdale are still walking
the streets of the city of Houghton
and are still in the employ of the
company. They were released on
$10,000 bonds each and are still car
rying guns.
"The records will show that every
Waddell-Mahon who has caused se
rious trouble since the strike began
has been spirited out of the county
so that they cannot be punished for
their crimes.
"Sheriff Jim Cruse, the former
hoisting engineer of the Cahunet &
Hecla mines, has always been friend
ly with the mine owners and has
played their game.
"I was present on the railroad
platform the night of December '26
when President Charles H. Moyer of
the Western Federation of Miners
was assaulted by the members of the
Citizens' Alliance. It was one of the
foulest scenes I have ever witnessed.
"One reason the strike has been
continued so long is that the expense
of the special deputies used by the
company is borne by the citizens of
Houghton county.
"These things and many others I
learned during my 58 days' service as
a Waddell-Mahon guard.
(Signed) "William B. Croat,"
Sworn to before me this 15th day
of January, 1914.
C. L. Murphy, Notary Public.
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Mayor Harrison, Peter Bartzen,
Leland S. Rapp, James Mclnerriey
and Police Lieutenant M. J. Gallery
took the stand yesterday-at the close
of the hearing of direct testimony in
, the vote fraud cases.
The four appeared as witnesses for
the defendants, Charles Baranovi
Thomas Geary, Joseph Gordon and
David Rose.
Harrison identified a letter written
to him by James A. Harris, an 18th
ward politician, one of the state's
witnesses, in which the latter denied
he had given any evidence that would
reflect on Maclay Hoyne and Peter
James Mclnerney said that the
mayor had turned the letter over to
him. Lieut. Gallery identified a simi
lar leter that had been written to
him and also testified that Harris had
told him he would send the four de
fendants to the penitentiary.
Rapp and Bartzen merely stated
that they didn't know any of the de
fendants and knew no reason, why
the men should do anything in their
Fear that Judith Klassner, 17;. of
Dusseldorf, Germanq, who disappear
ed from the home, of her uncle, Henry
Ritter, 3037 Seminary avenue, Satur
day, may haye been kidnaped, caused
a general police order to be sent out
todav bearing Instructions to search
ior tne girl.

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