Haymarket Affair Digital Collection

Illinois vs. August Spies et al. trial evidence book. People's Exhibit 68.
Arbeiter-Zeitung (Newspaper) article, "A Hot Conflict," 1886 May 3

2 p.
Introduced into evidence during testimony of Eugene Seeger (Vol. K p. 683-690), 1886 July 30.
Transcript of translation of article.

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Peoples' Exhibit 68. page 68.

May 3rd.

Arbeiter Zeitung. (Local columns).

"A Hot Conflict."

The determination of the radical elements brings the extortioners in numerous instances to terms.

The capitalistic press has good grounds for abusing the "Reds".

Without them no agitation.

Numerous meetings.

The general situation at noon to-day was encouraging. A considerable number of extortioners had capitulated this morning and further capitulations are looked for in the course of the day. The freight handlers were marching in full force from depot to depot at noon to-day. It was rumored that "scabs" had been imported from Milwaukee. The railroad depots are occupied by special policemen, while the municipal minions of order under the command of five lieutenants have entrenched themselves in the Armory. The archrascals have made provisions for good victuals and drink.

The laborers in the stone yards have formed a union, demand nine hours pay for eight hours work, and as this was not granted (H. First, Walters and the 12th street company are

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the only ones that have granted the demands) they went on a strike. The stone cutters and masons are compelled to join in the strike. A strike will probably take place in the lumber districts. The brewers plan a strike if their bosses do not fully accede to their demand to-day. In the furniture business strike and lookout respectively still continue. Many manufacturers have already indicated a readiness to grant ten per cent increase of wages. The cabinet makers union will make no compromise. The metal workers are confident of victory. The number of strikers to-day cannot be determined, but will probably amount to forty thousand. Courage! courage! is our cry. Do not forget the words of Herwegh's; "The host of the oppressors grows pale, when thou weary of thy burden, in the corner put us the plow; when thou sayest, "Is it enough".

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