LABOR VIOLENCE: Wrong Woman Beaten By Strikers in Riot


The union men mistook Mrs. Augusta Kubeka for a “scab,” and threw her to the ground, beat her, and kicked her “almost unconscious,” the New-York Tribune reports. Mrs. Kubeka was passing by a strike rally, with her small daughter and her baby. After she was flattened, the union men screamed: “Kidnap the baby! Take it quick!” So the daughter had to run away with the baby, abandoning her mother.

Thus Mrs. Kubeka learned Rule 1 of the labor movement in America: you can’t make an omelette without breaking a few eggs — just as a kind-hearted deliveryman in Chicago recently learned of this rule at the hands of union blacksmiths who let his horse die in pain in order to advance their cause. But let us judge not, that we be not judged. Like anyone, whatever these union men did, however terrible, however hurtful, it all made sense in their heads.  You never meet anybody who thinks they’re a bad person.

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