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irvc. » DULLS I iN JEL —- «»— ■»«- ^UlUlXwKh,, Q**-. a. wmtm O, ~ « Marafc «. IW. IM>2 _ CUNTON, HJJNOIt, JANUANY t, 1*14 tU.1 ************************* m- - 1 “To Organized Labor” | 1 Lari E. Person is in the County Jail at Clinton, Illinois. He is charged with the crime X i °* marder* The coroner's jury has recommended that he be held without bail. X 8 Person is innocent. It requires money to prepare his defense and establish his inno- S £ cence in a court of law. The vindication of Person is the obligation and duty of the labor 8 £ movement. 8 8 Person is the great sacrifice of the two years' struggle on the Illinois Central and Har- 9 9 riman Lines. As secretary of the System Federation and as the editor of the "Bulletin" he S 8 has kept alive a cause that deserves to succeed. It is the cause of organized labor every- S 8 Two years ago last September the shop employes of the Illinois Central and Harriman 8 5 Lines were compelled to choose between their jobs and their rights as free men. The right 8 8 involved was the right to organize—a right indispensible to collective bargaining. The men X 8 chose to face the starvation of the empty pay envelope rather than abandon the inalienable X X right to organize. 8 v Last year a Federal Grand Jury at Springfield, Illinois, returned an indictment against S £ Person, charging Person with mailing libelous and defamatory matter. Mended to reflect 8 8 injuriously on the conduct of the Illinois CentraL This indictment contains seven counts. X 8 The maximum punishment if found guilty on afl counts is 35 years in the penitentiary and a 8 m Hue of $35,000. This indictment was set for trial before United States Judge Humphrey at 8 B Springfield, flfhiois, on the 6th day of January, 1914. 8 I •- (^tht iftanoon of Detanbtt 30th. 1913, Payn es at his desk tn the iaiyaitm. 8 tk.-' j ^ v-'y I Tony Husser, ex-Chief of Poike of Clinton, ifflnnh, and at the Hm» a strikebreaker S K employed by the Httoois Central had deemed Personfrum Us office. TooyHm?w»tik X w man who telephoned to Person and asked him to come to the Interurban Station. Tony Hus- HE X ser used the name Kirk. S 8 Hosier concealed himself in a dgar store. He asked the clerk in the dgar store to H 6 point out Person when Person passed. Person, innocent of the trap set for him by Husser, B £ walked past the dgar store. Tony Husser pounced on Person. He came on him from the 8 £ rear. He battered him to the ground. Husser is a big man, weighing over 200 pounds— 8 8 standing over six feet tall. Person weighs about 130 pounds and he is about five feet six 8 B inches. Person was beaten, battered and kicked until in a dazed condition. Covered with S B blood, he used his revolver in defense of his life. 8 5 » Person is a calm, mild-mannered young man, who has never touched whiskey, beer or S B any other intoxicant in his life. He has carried a revolver since he was attacked and 2 B knocked down in the city of Decatur. Illinois, some four months ago. The attack on Person 2 5 in Decatur was unprovoked and sudden. 8 8 Person is in jail. Person has fought the Illinois Central with publicity. It is the thing 8 m the Illinois Central has most feared. The influence of the Illinois Central is great. The 8 I penalty for murder in Illinois is death. Person stands alone except to the extent that or- 8 If ganized labor stands with him. 8 B I have been in the city of Clinton since shortly after the tragedy. The facts stated in X B this communication are true. The assault and the shooting took place on a public street. B The witnesses are many in number. The defense must be prepared carefully and at once. * B Organized labor should see that the life of Person is not sacrificed for want of a defense fund B to insure him a fair trial. Sincerely yours, 8 Attorney for Illinois Central and Harriman Lines Systems Federations. 8 Dated at Clinton, 111., January 2nd, 1914.