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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, July 14, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 8

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Young Chicago men overcharged
with patriotism, who rushed to join
the militia under the impression they
would be used solely as defenders of
the stars and stripes, are having
their eyes opened to the manner in
which Big Business uses the. militia
to crush men and women toilers.
Young Oak Parkers, members of
Battery D of the Sixth infantry, I. N.
G., are the first in this vicinity to be
shoved into the position of using
their guns for Big Business in the
manner that the notorious Colorado
militia mowed down men, women
and children who struck against the
Rockefeller interests for living
The Oak Parkers were ordered to
La Salle, III., where 1,200 employes
of the German-American Portland
Cement Co., Marquette Manufactur
ing Co. and Chicago Portland Ce
ment Co. are on strike for a decent
wage and better working conditions.
No violence has been reported, bar
ring a few outbursts at protest meet
ings against the companies. But the
cement trust worked the wires and
Gov. Dunne obligingly agreed to loan
the militia to whip the striking work
men into line.
Two more companies were also
ordered to the strike zone. Gov.
Dunne is expected at La Salle to
day to "make an investigation of
The Oak Park company is under
command of Capt George W. Arm
brust When he received orders to
jnove to La Salle he hastily called his
men together and within a few hours
they were on their way to defend the
cement trust's interests.
There were a few scattering criti
cisms heard from members of the
company. Young fellows who had
beed fed by stories in the newspapers
of the glory of a soldier and who
had dreams of fighting for Uncle
Sam along the Mexican border were 1
he?rd to protest against the way in
which they were compelled to go out
and shoot down other American
breadwinners who wanted a little
more pay.
The strike has been on for ten
weeks. The companies refuse to
meet with their employes and, in
spite of fat contracts, won't increase
wages or recognize the right of the
men to organize. Lately the appear
ance of strikebreakers has inflamed
the people of La Salle Behind the
calling of the militia is seen a plan
of the cement trust to .import profes
sional strikebreakers from the east
La Salle, lll.r June 14. Two com
panies of militia encamped today
near the plant of the German Ameri
can Cement Co. here apparently had
La Salle's cement workers' strike
fairly well under contral today.
Three more companies were speed
ing to La Salle.
Adj't Gen. Frank S. Dickson ar
rived here early today to assume per
sonal charge of the situation, Gov.
Dunne was expected later in the day.
Up to 9 a. m. no attempt was made
to operate the work train between La
Salle and the cement plants at
Ogelsby. Trouble was feared when
the strikers.jiumbering approximate
ly 1,200, ma'de their regular morning
mobilization at the Burlington depot
to watch the departure of this train.
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An attempt -to settle the strike be
tween 2,000 union laborers and the
Pennsylvania railroad, so that the big
new freight terminal may be com
pleted, will be made today. The quar
rel resulted from the use of non
union men in the work.
Railroad officials practically ad
mitted that they intended to settle
the trouble before the strike was
called, but were unable to et official
sanction to do bo in time.L

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