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ARGO GUNMEN IN CLASH WITH
STRIKERS 12 ARRESTED
Strikers at Argo paid little heed to
day to the court injunction that they
must not picket They figured that
cessation of picketing meant imme
diate and complete victory for the
company, so they refused to stop
their vigil in front of the Corn Pro
ducts Co.'s gates, in spite of threats
The Argo police are working along
with the private guards of thecom
pany. A dozen strikers were arrest
ed today, following a battle in which
, many were injured.
Twenty-five structural ironwork
ers, union men, from Chicago, went
to Argo today to make repairs while
the plant was shut down. They did
not know a strike was on until they
got to the gate. A couple of bricks
and a head of cabbage notified them
that something was wrong. The
strikers thought they were strike
breakers and charged them. Expla
nations were made and the iron
workers came back to Chicago, re
fusing to work for the strikebound
Sup't Jeffries of the plant made a
speech to the strikers today, appeal
ing to them to return to the plant
Afterward he announced that many
had returned. This was denied by
Two hundred special guards, armed
with revolvers, clubs and sawed-off
shot guns are on duty inside the
stockade at the Argo plant of the
Corn Products Refining Co.
"We are fixed to repel a German
invasion," said F. L. Jeffries, general
sup't of the plant Jeffries is plainly
proud of the fact that he has under
his command a well munitioned
army, capable, he thinks, of effecting
great slaughter in case of a clash
with the strikers.
Victor A. Olander, sec'y of the
State Fed. of Labor, who was asked
by the strikers to come and organize
them, made speeches to the strikers
urging them to refrain from violence.
So mixed in nationalities are the
strikers than when Olander spoke,
25 interpreters were in the hall to
translate what he said to those who
could not understand English. Most
ly they are Russians, Lithuanian,
Greek and Turkish.
The Rev. Timothy Peskoff, pastor
of St George's Independent Russian.
Orthodox church, presides at the
meetings. He knows how the Argo
workers have been starving and
starving their families because the
gigantic corporation for which they
work has not paid them a living wage.
The men want a wage raise of from
17y2 $o 25 cents an hour.
To add to the difficulty under which
the strikers labor, Judge Baldwin is
sued injunction requested by the
company, phohibiting the strikers
Fire at 1567 W. Monroe did small
damage, but 25 roomers "fled to the
street without stopping for clothes.
Tenants of flats, Broadway and
Wilson av.t fled in nighties when fire
fn Mrs. H. Beck's apartment filled
building with smoke.
fte Sparrow- Weilsprinh
OUGHT TO ARRWE PRETTY
SOON, -THERE GO THE
FIRST SPATLtSS AHKLES
OF THE SEASON.