Crime: The Herrin Trial

After a recess of eleven days, the trial at Marion, Ill., of Hugh Willis, State Executive Board member of the United Mine Workers, and five others charged with murder in connection with the Herrin riots, was resumed.

According to evidence given by various citizens of Herrin and Marion, Willis personally led the striking union miners who looted local hardware stores for rifles and ammunition, attacked the non-union mineworkers, and massacred nearly all who surrendered.

Willis is reported to have made a speech before the attack, in which he is alleged to have said...

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