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Mtarart u oomad nM manor Jan. ». 1111 aa tka wmm afTtaa at Oflarn. til. uadar tho art of Marc* 1. irr» VoL 2, No. 2 CLINTON, ILLINOIS, JANUARY 11,1M4 Con. No. SS jeRBgE^6aHOERB>ERERERE3>HRIK39E3R3RRERI30aR RIRI Ri IK 30BMaOB<BIBRR9lli<BSB<B<8^R8SSSB^R30l|R To the Men on the Line THE STRIKE BULLETIN WILL GO ON. It will go on because it has a service to perform. It will tell the truth about the Illinois Central and Harriman lines. The tyranny of organized dollars cannot silence the cause of man. The greed that menaces American homes will be exposed. For the God given rights of Labor the Bulletin will contend. There is no compromise possible between right and wrong. Only the achievement of Justice for the toilers on the Illinois Central and Harriman lines will remove the necessity for its publication. When this end is brought about, then and then only will the activities of the Bulletin cease. This is the unconditional challenge of the men who left their jobs rather than renounce the free man's right to Unionize. 1 write this from jail. I am neither a coward nor a hero. 1 am secure in the consciousness that I have wronged no one. During my editorship of the Bulletin it has never served falsehood. The un fortunate tragedy of December thirtieth was not of my making. Truth will out. The people will then knew of my innocence as I now know it. 1 do not court favor. 1 ask justice. 1 have no fear. One charge against me I feel I must meet. It has been said and printed by enemies of the truth that I am npt an American citizen. The unconcealed purpoes of this is to poison the public mind against me. The statement is untrue. 1 was born in Sweden. Our family moved to America. We came as thousands of others have come to live free lives in a free country. My father is a naturalized Ameri can citizen—a citizen of Illinois. Under the law of the United States the naturalization of my father during my minority made me an American citizen. I AM AN AMERICAN CITIZEN. I have tried to be a citizen in more than name only. 1 have obeyed the law and have tried to lead a clean life. To no man do 1 owe a penny. My efforts in behalf of organized labor I regard as the best proof of my love for my country. What American can look upon homeless, jobless men and women,—hungry, crying children,— bread lines and soup houses,—red light districts and sweat shops, and not want to remove the cause? Poverty is the cause. The inadequate pay envelope of the working man is lowering the standard of our American life. Organized labor is the protection and the protest against the poverty that en dangers the health, happiness and morality of the American people. THE STRIKE BULLETIN WILL GO ON. More than ever is publicity necessary to the cause of labor. Labor dumb is dead. A people blind—stumble. The wronged must have a tongue to tell their story—to plead their cause. This is essentially true in a government by the people. To cure wrongs the people must know that wrongs exist. Some tongue must speak the truth without prejudice or fear. This is the mission of the Strike Bulletin. Organized Greed—the parent of Special Privilege, has its paid press. Its selfish and false side of the story has been so cunningly told that those who dare speak for the underfed hopeless are as sassinated by libel and slander and branded the enemies of their country. In the world’s yesterdays others have been libeled and slandered because they dared to believe in the brotherhood of man, yet truth in the end triumphed. We are on the way. The time to stand together is NOW. 1 have just received word from our attorney, Frank Comerford of Chicago, that the case of the Illinois Central and Harriman lines will be taken to the Federal Industrial Relations Commission. The commission will hear the case. Mr. Comerford wiii represent us in that forum. He will also defend me. This is authoritative. It is good news. I send it to you with my best wishes. Fraternally, CARL E. PERSON, County Jail, Clinton, 111.