The City Responds

The City Responds

The City responded to the strike by ringing the city’s alarm bell for the first time in its history. A company of the local militia patrolled the streets. The strikers engaged in mass picketing. Mill security turned fire hoses on the picketers gathered in front of the mills. During the strike there were nearly 300 arrests and strikers Anna LoPizzo and John Rami lost their lives.

A week after the strike began a local undertaker attempted to frame the strike leadership, planting dynamite in several locations in town. He was caught and fined $500, but not before several strike leaders were hauled off to jail. William Wood – the owner of the American Woolen Company, who had made a large payment to the defendant under unexplained circumstances shortly before the dynamite was found – was not charged.