herrin massacre

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herrin massacre - HERRIN MURDER CASE REPORT IS Special Committee...
HERRIN MURDER CASE REPORT IS Special Committee Condemns Almost Everyone Who Was In Any Way Connected With Wholesale Murder Case. nt. Tho igat- ita tho the dur- (ton- pad kali's lack I3y [-[ALBERT 0. CREW! United Press Stuff Corresponi SPRINGFIELD, 111., July .special l-Iouso committee Inv ing the Herrin massacre, endl work Saturday by submitting Mouse a report-which reviewaj whole situation previous to ani Ing the massacre and causticall demns the acts of all those w a hand In the management or at the time. The report 'finds as follows: Adjutant General Carlos E. is declared derelict in his dn primarily .to-blame I'or; hot sending troops to Herrin. Co.l. Samuel N. Hunter is Jfibbod absolutely incompetent. unveil able and unworthy to perform the duties assigned to him. Former Sheriff Melvln T.haxton and his deputies, John Shaffer and S. U Strom are declared Irresponsible, and incompetent to hold any office of trust in that or any other county In this or any other state. Hugh Willis and Fox Hughes, minors' officials are charged with responsibility for the massacre because they could have averted it if they would. The owners of tho strip mine where tho massacre occurred were condemned for having armed men to guard the strikebreakers. State's Attorney Delos Duty Is commended for his public servicq A ln attempting to bring the guilty .to..;Jus- 'tfCt?."i " -•• Members' of uie state Senate who 'proventod the calling up of the, bill perpetuating the committee so It coiilu hear witnesses ,who have cvad- etf service, are bitterly condemned. Gen. Black Derelict Regarding General Black, tho report says he was "derelict In his duty in not taking personal charge of the situation and In not ordering out the troops; that the conditions reported to Gen. Black were of such a serious nature to believe that troublo was sure to come." The general also Is blamed for sending a representative and relying upon his reports in such a serious matter Instead of being on the ground himself. "The committee finds," the report says of Col. Hunter, "that the action taken by him was entirely out of keeping with the facts and circumstances. No sufficient excuse is shown in the record and none can be shown for his failure to call for troops to handle the situation. Wo believe that lie was absolutely incompetent, unreliable and unworthy to perform the duties assigned to him. \Ve believe that he is not qualllled. to hold his present position In the adjutant gen- oral's office where he might bo called upon to exercise his judgment under similar circumstances." After explaining that Deputy Sheriff Layman, Police Officer Jake Jones and Police Magistral Rlx have avoid- eel subpoena by the committee and i'or tho reason it was desired to continue the Ufa of the-committee, the report condemns the failure of the Senate to act on the bill. "The committee deplores tho unwarranted action on the part of certain members of the Illinois Senate jn preventing tho bill Illed and passed by tho House of Representatives ot tho fifty-third general assembly from being voted upon on the last day ot the present session," the report says. "By thclir acts In this regard they havo cast reflection upon the people of thla 'great utato and by their pas- Hive action have- approved and ac- tffuusccd In tho act of tho police magistrate, police officer and deputy sheriff In departing from tho state to wait until the legislature adjourns." Tho action of these senators was due to the fact, tho report charged, that prossiiro wan brought to boar on certain senators iu order to prevent tho bill coming to a ynto HO no ono would have to go on record cither for or against, and tho committee expresses tho hopo that those inon will be replaced "by mon of high stamina •.and courage who will think more 'highly of the protection of the fair Jmmo of the state of Illinois than thfilr own selfish political actions." '^rherc was Homo dolay in giving out iliu report because of tho absence of Kous. Pierce and Cumin but it IB understood they Imvo no objection to Hlgning it. It was signed by Chair•mail F. 'A. McCarthy, and all other members of the committee.

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  1. The Daily Independent,
  2. 02 Jul 1923, Mon,
  3. Page 2

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