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CALUMET PROBERS IN CHICAGO
FOR SEVERAL DAYS Chicago became the scene of the congressional investigation into the Calumet, Mich." mines strike today when the sub-committee of the House committee on mines and min ing came to the city and announced they would hold sessions here for several days to come. Gen. Abbey, who is in charge of the Michigan state militia, which did so much damage during the early days of the Calumet strike, was to have been the first witness, but did not reach the city in time and will go on this afternoon. The committee met in the Hotel LaSalle. A clash between Attorney A. F. Rees, representing the mine owners, and Judge C. N. Hilton and Angus M. Kerr, counsel for the West ern Federation of Miners, marked the morning session. Rees began from the testimony of Vice President Charles E. Mahoney of the Western Federation of Miners before the Department of Labor in Washington. Before he had gone far the attor neys for the miners saw that he was only reading such part as he might twist into advantageous evidence for the mine bosses, and they read what he omitted. Rees tried to create the impression that the state militia had been called out only when the Calu met district was in a state of riot. Hilton and Kerr called' him on this and showed that during all the trou ble in Calumet only one member of the militia was injured. They also pointed out that the mili tia all the time it, was in Calumet did work that proved of great aid to the mine bosses. Rees had said that the county su pervisor of Houghton had called' in the militia because conditions became so bad. Then the federation men an swered that by showing that the' mine owners controlled the supervisor. It was plain to be seen that Rees was making every effort to protect the state militia from the serious charges that have been made against it. The sub-committee, which is down here, includes Representatives E. S'. Taylor, Colorado; R. M. Switzer, Ohio; S. M. Taylor, Arkansas; Joseph Howells, Utah, and Joseph Casey, Pennsylvania. Rees was guarded' by Jim O'Don nell, Waddell-Mahoh strikebreaker and former Chicago policeman. o o CROWD ATTEND CARL PERSON DEFENSE LEAGUE MEETING A theater full of laboring people at- L tended the official birth of the Carl Person Defense League at the Grand Opera House yesterday afternoon. At the end of the day it was a cer tainty that organized labor would stand back of the leader of the Illi nois Central strikers, who is now in jail in Clinton, HI., for the killing of Tony Musser, who was chief of the railroad's strikebreaking gang. Speeches were made in which the history of the I. C. lockout was de scribed as was also the persecution of Person previous to the Musser killing. The story of how Person was in dicted by the federal grand jury for printing in the strikers' organ, "The Strike Bulletin," pictures of wrecks on the I. C. was told. These same pictures were then thrown on a screen as were also pic tures of Person editing the "Bulletin" from his cell in the Clinton county jail. John H. Walker, John J. Fitzpat rick, Mary O'Reilly, Attorney Frank Comerford', James J. Meagher, L. P. Straube and others spoke and pledg ed their support to Person. Plans for a permanent national de fense fund were discussed. The au dience favored the idea and it is very probable an active campaign will be started. Another mass meeting will be held next Sunday at Grand Crossing Turn er Hall, 75th street and Dobson avenue.