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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, November 19, 1915, LAST EDITION, Image 3

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L. E. Fitzgerald stood before Judge
Heap in Hanson street court today
and explained himself:
"I am the manager of the Hunt,
Shippy & Dorman detective agency.
I have charge of 3Q operatives at the
Royal Tailors' shop during the gar
ment strike"
Miss Ellen Gates Starr of Hull
House and Mrs. Wm. E. Rodriguez,
wife of the 15th ward alderman,
were on hand to testify against Fitz
gerald. Their stories:
Miss Starr: I saw Fitzgerald knock
down onto the sidewalk and beat un
til blood ran two garment workers
named Wiznevsky and Miller. In
neither case had they laid a hand on
him. In both instances it was clear
that the policy of Fitzgerald was to
throw fright into these men who
walked peaceably along the side
walk as pickets.. In other words, Mr.
Fitzgerald is a slugger, a ruffian, a
brutal coward, and may stand as a
typical instance of how violence
through armed guards is being used
to defeat the garment strikers."
Mrs. Rodriguez: "On Oct 18 I
saw Fitzgerald beat a picket named
Atkins at the Royal Tailors' shop,
Polk street and Fifth avenue. At
kins isn't much more than a boy and
weighs 60 pounds less than Fitzger
ald. Atkins had started across the
street. His back was turned. Fitz
gerald leaped on him, wrenched his
arm, flung him in a half circle and
then drove his fist into Atkins' nose,
causing a spurt of blood. It almost
unnerved me. I called to him to
stop. He struck me between the
eyes. I broke my umbrella trying to
defend myself."
Fitzgerald had signed jury waiver
and his hearing on charge of assault
of the pickets was to be heard. He
demanded jury trial and the case was
set for next week.
Other witnesses beside Miss Starr
and Mrs. Rodriguez will be heard on
the work of Fitzgerald and his30'
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Springfield, III., Nov. 19, Members'
of the 49th general assembly who
were today summoned into special
session on Nov. 22 by Gov. Dunne
saw their hopes for speedy adjourn
ment go glimmering when the call
was made public.
The call embraces nineteen sub
jects, many of which are important
and must receive extensive consider-,
ation by both houses before they are
finally acted upon.
Indications are it will take at least
two weeks to dispose of the subject
matter in the call.
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Douglas, Ariz., Nov. 19. Gen.
Villa, reported wounded, was today
leading his forces in a desperate at
tempt to retain his last foothold on
Mxican soil.
The battle for Sonora state was
raging at two separate points. Villa
had attacked Hermosillo, while Gen.
Obregon, commander-in-chief of the
Carranza armies, was attacking
rich Cananea.
Villa's injury, while reported slight
by one of his officers, was not con
firmed from any other source.
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Attorneys are discussing the diffi
culty which has arisen recently to im- .
panel a jury to try a murder case. A
lerge number of the men called are
excused for service because they t
swear they are prejudiced against the
death penalty.
Yesterday before Judge Burke 29
of 69 veniremen were excused when
they said they wouldn't inflict the
death penalty.
This was in the trial of Michael and
John Catalanatto, accused of murder !
of Mrs. Antonia Docasio, who was
i shot on ber doorstep June 12
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