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In Pittston, Pa., where hard coal comes out of the earth, a Hudson closed car turned into hard-boiled Railroad Street, closely followed by a Peerless sedan. Crowding the Hudson to the gutter, the Peerless paused to belch a noisy blast of powder and lead slugs from several pump guns. Then it vanished toward the neighboring hamlet of Moosic, where it was abandoned, the occupants slipping away into a dense forest. In the shattered Hudson on Railroad Street lay Alexander Campbell, labor leader, and his friend Peter Reilly, both of them horribly dead.

Mayor William H. Gillespie of Pittston telegraphed President John...

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