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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 03, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 8

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Denver, Col., April 3. "We will not
tolerate another war in which we will
be the ones to suffer. We will not
bear sons to be shoV-down like dogs
to protect property in Mexico or else
where." This was the sentiment expressed
by a number of influential women of
Denver today when they organized a
Woman's Peace Organization, which
they hope to make national in scope.
Letters will be sent to the women of
every state in the union, urging them
- to join in a concerted movement to
prevent any invasion of Mexico and
the consequent slaughter of their
husbands, sons and brothers.
"I wish that the feeling may grow
so strong agafnst allowing American
boys to be shot down to elevate some
politicians that American women will
cease to bear sons to sacrifice in an
issue of this kind," said Mrs. Alma
Lafferty, chairman of the organiza
tion. "The whole of Mexico is not
worth the life of a single American
boy. I went down into the shadow
of the valley of death to bear a son
who fell a victim in an unnecessary
war in Cuba.
"The noblest example the world
has seen recently was shown by
British army officers recently who re
signed rather than shoot down their
brothers in Ulster. Colorado women
have the ballot and we will not stand
for another war. We must-use our
votes to stamp out this cruel suffer
ing. Remember the tortured deaths
of your boys in other wars of greed!"
Other women spoke in a similar
vein and pledged their support to the
movement. Organizations will be
formed elsewhere in Colorado and
national suffrage leaders will be ask
ed to co-operate.
An editorial by Herbert Quick re
cently published in a group of news
papers of the country, decrying pro
posed invasion of Mexico, was the in
spiration of the meeting.
One of the bravest fathers in Chi
cago is Roy Wearmouth, who lives
with his four-year-old daughter at
6331 Drexel avenue. Wearmouth lost
both legs, six inches above the knee,
as a result of a railroad accident on
the Illinois Central Railroad ten
years ago.
The police are now seeking to pre
vent him from earning: a livine for
"himself and his little girl by selling
novelties in the Woodlawn distnct.
Selling newspapers and novelties is
the only breadwinning occupations
he can turn to since the Illinois Cen
tral got him to sign a release paper
on promise of giving him a life job
and then threatened to have him ar
rested unless he stopped bothering
them. c
Wearmouth was injured when he
was riding from Jackson, Miss., to
Memphis, Tenn. When they lifted
him from the wreckage his legs were
hopelessly mashed. Then followed a
series of operations.
When he recovered, his brother
took him to the claim agent of the"
road. The agent offered him a pair
of artificial legs and a-life job and
told Wearmouth that if he sued he
wouldn't get much.
So Wearmouth signed the papers
freeing the company. He got the
artificial legs all right.
After that came a life as a peddler,
a newsboy, a street vendor and as a
"police football," as lie expresses it.
But he is still game, "for the kid's
sake," he explains
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The strike of the Gravel Roof
Teamsters, Local 741, seems almost
certain of an early settlement. The
men have been out only two days
and already 25 firms have signed up .
with them. There are-still about 35
that have not signed. The men want
an increase of $1 a week in pay and
an increase of 15 cents an hour overtime.
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