Peonage arrest 14 Jan 1909 The Raleigh Herald ( Beckley, West Virginia)
CHARGED WITH PEONAGE Italian Contractor on New Big Pipe tine in Toil of Court. Thomas Aloe, an Italian contractor, who makes a specialty of securing foreign laborers for construction work, and who was accused by several members of a gang that were taken to Huntington from Erie, Pa., last Sunday to work on the pipe line of the Columbia Oil and Gas Company, of illicitly retailing liquor without license and also holding laborers in peonage, was a-rested near the work on Camp creek in Wayne county, five miles back of Central City by deputy United States mar- hals Cunningham and Sam Davis, "ith Aloe, was arrested another foreigner, Thos. March, who was accused of having been an accomplice of Aloe in the peonage charges. The men alleging that they were threatened with being shot down if they tried to leave the camp. Aloe and March were given a preliminary hearing before U. S. Commissioner John T. Graham at Huiit- ington. The charges made by the laborers were practically substantiated and Commissioner Graham held Aloe over to the grand jury on both charges, peonage and illicitly retailing liquor. March was discharged. Aloe's bond was fixed at $1,500, and this was furnished.