Charles F. Woerner Labor Commissioner and strike in Bedford, Indiana
STERN HINT TO BEDFORD FOLKS . ; -Hi ii i loops Are sscni Martial ujt Will Follow. THE GOVERNOR IS OUTSPOKEN Should It Become Necessary to Send tho Indiana State Guard to Bedford to Preserve Order, Governor Mat hall Declares He Will Suspend Civil Law There and Offenders Will Be Dealt With by a Military Court Which Will Know Neither Fear Nor Favor Labor Commissioner Inti-mates That Trouble Is Imminent Indianapolis, Dec. 8. Governor Marshall is in receipt of definite word that a carload of strike 'breakers was to arrive In Bedford today to take the places of the fifty-five breakers who were received Sunday and who later deserted the mills. The word came from Harry Slough, state j labor commissioner, who is In Bedford, and was Intended as a warning, as serious trouble is expected when the car arrives. Mr. Slough said further that, though he himself did not believe state troops would be needed, he had been approached by a number of representative men of the city and asked that he request the governor to send the troops on. He would not make such a recommendation, on his own account, he said. : An earlier telephone message from Charles F. Woerner, the other state labor commissioner, was to the effect that all the strike breakers Imported by the stone mill owners had gone over to the strikers. After the conversation with Mr. Woerner, Governor Marshall said that he did not believe troows wotild be needed at anytime In thj city, and that he would hesitate a long time before sending them there. "When I do send them," he said, "all civil law in the section patrolled will be suspended and a military court will be established. I do not propose to have one of the guardsmen arrest a man, only to have him appeal to tho civil courts and obtain a release under bond'in ten minutes to go hack and repeat the offense for which he was arrested. There will be no releasing on bonds, no writs of habeas corpus, but trial will be speedy and punishment immediate. Understanding this, the Bedford residents will hesitate before urging that the troops be sent." In his message Mr. Slough said that Sheriff Thomas W. Hox was without hope in his efforts to handle the strikers should a serious outbreak occur. "There is no use to talk about deputies from Dedford or outside the city," said Mr. Slough. "The sheriff simply can't get them. It seems that all eligible men are in sympathy with the strikers."