Arthur McGuigan 1885-1943
STRIKERS CLASH AT RED LION, 50 PERSONS INJURED Women Overcome by Tear Gas Fall in Path of Trucks York, July 27, VP) A tenseness describsd as a "state of seige" by Burgess Arthur McGuigan grips Rad Lion borough as State and Federal conciliators work to halt rioting of Striking cigar makers. In the wake of a battle in which fifty were hurt and police repulsed by strikers yesterday, the conciliators conferred from mid - afternoon to midnight in efforts to restore peace before State Police interventionasked by Burg:ss McGuigan becomes necessary. No agreement had been reached up to an early hour today, but United States Commissioner of con ciliation Edward McDonald and P. A. Ramsey, conciliator from the State Department of Labor, were striving with nine manufacturers for a common meeting ground for employers and employes. The little town of - 5000, center of the cigar industry in York county, was reported In disorder last night as State Police Lieutenant J. E. Bennett, sent from the Governor's office, studied the situation. The burgess said State Police were needed "to protect life and property" after yesterday's rlotious outbreak at the T. E. Brooks and Company cigar factory. A mob estimated at several thousand persons surrounded the plant - closed with other cigar factories of tills area by picketing strikers - r whtn an attempt was made to move finished cigar shipments from the place. - Sheriff J. Howard Manifold said the strikers disregarded an agreement between himsslf and officials of the cigar makers international union permitting the movement. When the - crowd balked nine deputies called out to provide a safe convoy for the trucks, tear gas was loosed 'into the crowd, which included many women and girls. Overcome by the gas, the women fell in the path of the trucks, making the blockade more effective. Hand - to - hand clashes between strikers and non - strikers followed. and fifty were reported hurt before the plan to remove the shipments was abandoned and the deputies withdrawn. Clubs, bricks and milk bottles were swung with telling ef fect in the melee. After the skirmish, bands of angry workers hunted down individuals who had battled them. Most seriously hurt in the fight ing was Edward Blouse, 49, of Wind sor. Taken to a hospital at York, he was threatened with loss of an eye, burned by the tear gas. Forrest Mercer, Mechanicsburg, Democratic nominee for Congress, and Guy Swope, chairman of the Dauphin County Democratic Committee, addressed a Democratic rally yesterday at Hanoverdale.