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Two Men Were Killed

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Day
20
Month
April
Year
1894
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Public Domain
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Detroit. April 19.- A battle between 500 strikers and a posse of six officers under Sheriff Charles P. Collins, oo cnrred at the eaatern waterworks ex tensión, just beyond Oonnor's creek, on the Grosse Pointe road, shortly before noon Wednesday. One of the strike rs was shot dead, another was so badly ■wonnded that he died a few honra after, and Sheriff Collins was so badly injured that his recovery is uncertain. It is impossible to tell exactly how inany others were wounded, but the list is probably not less than 15. The dead are as follows: JOHN RIELAT, 56 Albert place. ÜNKNOWN POLISH LABOKER. The injured so far as known are: Sheriff Charles P. Collins, bad scalp wound in back of head; severe wound iu leg just ftbove ankle caused by a blow f rom a pickax; two cuts in back, on on left shoulder and many small bruises and cuts about body. Conflned in residence portion of thejail. Anthony Gübchotvich laborer, aged 40 69 Theodore streetgunshot wound in riglit thigh; at Harper hospital. Lawrencb JKULZKI, aged 43, 346 Alex:5.ndrine avenue east, shot in left thigh; at Harper hospital. WILLIAM H. Burch, policeman, a5, 554 Montcalm street, two ribs fractured and received two blows on head from shovel: at Emergency hospital. Joe Kobaski, aged 38, Polish laborer, lives on Illinois street, shot between the ninth and tenth rib on the right side; ball eutered liver; will die. Is at Emergency hospital. Toxy Cowski, 95 Leland street, bullet wound just above the right knee; at Grace hospital. John Kopperschmidt, aged 41, 83 Leland street; one bullet wound in little part of left arm; ball came out at neck, grazing iugular vein; another bullet wound in fleshy part of left thigh. Bqth bullets came out; will probably die; is at Grace hospital. George Cathey, aged 35. foreman in employ of water board; 51 Champlain street; three severe scalp wounds in back jjart of head; two contused wounds in back and one in left shoulder; at Grace hospital. Andrew Eski, aged about 40; lives at 771 Hastings street; one gunshot wound in right side of neck; and one in rigüt jaw; ■a third bullet penetrated the left breast about two inehes above the nipple; ball took a downward course and entered the liver; will die; is at St. Mary's hospital. Joseph Kubiak, (529 Hancock avenue; two bullet wounds in thigh; attended by Dr. W. K. Kwiecinski; will live. UNKJíOWN PoLE, attended by Dr. Kwiecinski; abdomen grazed by bullet. AXTON PoWASKY, 79 Leland street; shot in left leg above the knee by sonieone unfcnown in front of jail. William FUSE, policeman, 132 Elmwood iiviüue; hurt about the arm and head. John RüSSELL FishEE, Eveuing Xews reporter: bruised on back and shoulder. MicHAEL KANOFSKI, seriously wounded; taken home; residence unknown. AKDREW Boersig, not seriously hurt; residence unknown. Fbed Alfred, Superior street. MlCHAEL Barka, 679 Hendrie stroet; missing; may be unknown dead man. Tb news of the battle rea;hed the city by telephone message about 12:30 d. m.. and it was first reported that Sheriff Collins had been killed. The news of the riot spreai like wild■fire over the city, and before 1 o'clock iumdre. „ of men were on their way sio tüe scène. The Jefferson avenue carg were loaded with excited men, anxious to reach the spot of conflict, and all saris of conveyances were pressed into eervice to carry the throngs. In less Ah&n-an hour af ter the battle, despite Lhe fact that it is one and one-half miles beyond the end of Jefferson avenue car line, many hundreds had visited the spot. To portray adequately the picture of the skirmish it is necessary to allude to the circunistances which led to the Srouble. The Poles asserted their displeasure over the new method of working by the piece on Tuesday. when they gathered ín squad6 about the locality and not only refused to work theniselves, but would not permit others to labor. The position of these men, wbo had been supported more or less by chanty during the hard times, disdaining labor at a fair ratc of conipensation was not one to arouse syinpathy in their cause, and while mouey is as close as it is. a strike was an affair to be regretted by honest, self-respecting workmen, who are quick to repudíate the conduct of the Poies. Engineer Williams asked that the system be tried, assuring the men that they would ünd it would pay them as well as co.uld be expected. But th6 Poles would not listen, and when a foreman made an attempt to assign work to a laborer who was willing to accept the conditions those who held back would interfere and prevail by uutnbers. The foreman strove to maintain order, but the will of the mob was !aw for the day. At noon on Tuesday no less than 500 Poles were on the ground, apparently for the purpose of keeping their fellowworkmen out of the tronches, and all the time they kept repeating their demanda of 1.50 a day, or 15 cents an hour. Then a few of the agitators sthrted to cry that Engineer Williams was trying to line his own pockets at the expense of the poor workman, and this cau8ed tliem to jabber in Polish at a great rate, holding little indignatioa meetings in groups. Bnt little is needed to fan the fíame of a fancied wrong, and soon the Poles imagined that they were the victima of a conspiracy and ínuch abused individuáis generally. The engineer was then ■eurrounded, and had it not been for the two foremen, who carne to his assistance and spoke to the mob, a tragic straggle wruld undoubtedly have ocjuired then and there. Engineer Williams drew his revolver and beat an orderly retreat and decided that it would be useless to attempt to push the work that day. In the middle tf the afternoon the mob, seeing there was no further chance for trouble, separated, but those who had observed the indications remarked that there would be trouble the next day, for the crowd bad obviously reached a lawless condition. Nevertheless adequate pro'arision fox reeisting the strikers was not Tb cro-wd reassenibled about dayAreaït yesterilay, and at 7 o'clock a formidable gathering of Polea, armed with their implements, were tíilking over their alleged wrongs and wïiting to resist any attempt to put men at work at the new piece rate. The only officers called upon to keep the peace were four policeiuen, who were especially sworu in. and the casual spectator, gazing at the sullen inob, could not but wonder what would happen if a conflict should oceur over the work. In spite of the threats of the strikers, 18 men were put to work upon a small ereek bevond Connor's creek. Engi neer Williams reappered, and, nndeterred by the threatenii attitude of the men, boldly stood his ground. The four patrolmen, acting as deputies, approached to his assistance, and the niob retreated. Meanwhile Foreman Cathey and his assistant called upon the eighteen laborers to begin work, but the mob pressed upon them, commanding the uien uot to use their shovels and picks. Assistant Pramstaller, followed by one man, sprang into the ditch, while the others joined the mob, not desiring to work against the wishes of the lawless crowd. But no sooner was a shovel (ing into the earth than there was a rush, a wild cry and in a few moments pólice and workmen were swept aside, fortunately uuinjured. This was the real beginning of the serious trouble, and this conflict but whetted the desires of the mob, who were thereafter ready for any deed of violence when incited by a few agitators. Late reports from the physicians attending Sheriff Collins say that he is resting easy and will recover.

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