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Federation of Miners was shot, beaten and deported from Calumet by the
same band of petty business men, the Citizens' Alliance, wfio are fed from
the hands of the mine "owners.
And union labor throughout the country responded to the call for help
wonderfully. Another organization that sprang quickly to the aid of the be
reaved families was "the National Socialist Party.
Collections were taken up Jn every city. In Chicago the work was put
under charge of a committee td collect the strike children's relief fund, with
Winnie E. Branstetter in charge. " .
When nearly $1,000 had been collected Mrs. Branstetter went to John
V. Farwell & Company ,to purchase clothing for the children of Calumet.
This was on January 22. Mrs. Branstetter talked to R. K Pettit, a
salesman, who agreed to sell and ship the goods on the understanding that
she was jiot a retailer, but was going to give the goods away.
The following merchandise, which came to $765.56, was purchased:
85 dozen, pairs of hose, 80 dozen suits of underwear, 180 girls' cloaks and
100 girls' sweaters.
And now comes one of the most
vicious conspiracies ever entered into
by Big Business. A conspiracy that
might include a violation of the in
terstate commerce law.
Mrs. Branstetter, confident that
the goods would be shipped, notified
the union headquarters at Calumet,
Mich., and Denver, CoL, to which
part of the goods were to be shipped.
On January 26 she received a tele
phone call from Pettit, requesting her
to go to the Farwell office and in
terview the officials of the concern.
She went over to the office and
convinced R. E: French, chief clerk
of the- credit department, that the
goods' were .not to be sold, but were
for the benefit of the strike children',
as Pettit had ina'de the stall that the
company was not convinced the
goods would not be sold .at retail.
The nesij day another telephone
call camqjand Mrs, Braristetter was
infomeCjthatthe.Jphn V. Farwell
agent at ?aJurnet had brought . pres
sure to bear upon the company and
it would be. impossible to fill her or
der. This, iivview of the fact that the
day previous the goods had been
crated, labeled and were ready for
Yesterday afternoon Mrs. Bran
stetter called on Mr. French and an
illuminating interview took place.
French first Btarted out by telling
ier that the only reasons they
couldn't fill her order was because
she was not .a retailer.
But French soon dropped the mask
and admitted that the screws had
been tightened arid- that he was
He admitted that the agent at Cal
umet had informed the company that
the business men of Calumet would
withdraw their orders if the Farwell
Company sold any goods that might
aid. the striking miners. -
"So you see if we fulfill your $765
order we'll lose $25,000 in. orders,"
"And that's the whip that is held
over your Head?" asked Mrs. Bran
stetter. "It is," admitted French.
"Then as a matter of fact, the can
cellation of my order was not be
cause of'the retail trade,, but that was
simply an afterthought, a legitimate
excuse for the evasion of the con
tract?" was asked.
And again French admitted it was.
Mrs. Branstetter has reported the
case In full to the United flne Work
ers' Convention, now being held in
Calumet, arid federal action will
probably be sought.
Local union officials believe, the ac
tion of Farwell is the direct result of
a plot on the jpart of Big Business to
starve out- the 'miners,, break their
spirit and crush: forever the. spirit ot
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