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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, May 17, 1916, NOON EDITION, Image 10

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A riot of violence and bloodshed
looms up as one result of the express
wagon drivers' strike if the plans of
the big corporatiSnsate not blocked.
Tuesday a conference was held
by representatives of the follow
ing companies hit by the strike:
Adams Express Co., American Ex
press Co., Wells-Fargo, Great North
ern, National, Western and Mer
chants. f P. D. O'Brien, former chief of de-
tectives, who is said by State's Att'y
Hoyne to be a great pal of Chief
Healey, was engaged to furnish a
batallion of strikebreaking guards.
O'Brien immediately got busy' and
by noon already had fifty guards on
duty at the various barns of the
strikebound companies.
It is understood that the companies
'will not ask police protection for
i their wagons, but will resort to tne
(game that the newspaper trust got
away with in the 1912 strike.
That game is to send their own
hired sluggers out on the wagons,
armed with rifles with which to bat
tle the strikers. As Chief Healey's
office there was no disposition to
prevent this game.
Win. Luthardt, chief's secretary,
after a conference with Healey, an
nounced that the chief didn't expect
to take any action until real trouble
developed. When "asked as to tne
rights of the companies to arm their
strikebreakers Luthardt answered
that under the XT. S. constitution
any one had the right to protect
their own property. His attention
was called to the city ordinance
which makes it a misdemeanor for
any one except police officers and
deputy sheriffs to carry guns. He
again answered that in this instance
they were carried merely to protect
property. Healey refused to discuss
the case.
Sheriff John E. Traeger said his
office had not been asked for aav as
sistance. He strongly denounced the
anning of strikebreakers.
"It would be wrongto give permis
sion to the companies to select their
own guards and to arm them," said
Traeger. "Experience in the past
should prove to any one what the
result of such action invariably is.
The companies select the toughest
fellows they can find. The men
usually have no regard for life. Chi
cago will have a lot of trouble if this
is permitted."
Wm. A. Neer, sec'y of the Team
sters' Joint Council, placed the num
ber of strikers at 1,300. The strike
was called after a meeting of. the
union held Saturday night. Spies
tipped the Xdams Express Co. off to
a list of 100 of their employes who
attended the meeting. They .were
discharged immediately. The other
companies announced they would
stand by the Adams Co. and refuse
to recognize the union.
P. A. Barr, manager of the Adams
Express Co. barns at 741 W. Monroe
st, asked the Desplaines street sta
tion for police protection. He was
sent four men. He told the police
strikers were picketing and threat
ening the strikebreakers. CapL
Michael Gallery, however, declared
he had made an investigation and
the strikers appeared very orderly.
The strikers are expected to remain
quiet until the armed sluggers are
put to work. The the police .antici
pate trouble.
confederateveterans hold
26th Reunion .
Birmingham, Ala., May 17. Con
federate veterans, their sons and
daughters, maids, chaperones and
sponsors, to the number 6f 30,000
or 40,000, thronged Birmingham for
the 26th annual reunion of the veter
ans. As many more, it is estimated
will have arrived by Thursday, the
closing day.
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Forest Reserye com'n has balance
of $1,021.40,2 in banks.

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