Sunday, May 17

May 17 - The Newsstand

The New York Times reports (see full pdf):

WINNIPEG STRIKE SPREADS FURTHER; Telegraphers Tie Up Wire Service and Railway Men May Join Walkout.

WINNIPEG, Man., May 17.--Reports were current tonight, the third of the general strike involving eighty unions and 30,000 men and women, that the Winnipeg locals of the three great railroad brotherhoods were considering the advisability of joining the strikers. It was also reported that stockyards employes would walk out Monday.

May 17 - Citizens' Committee of 1000

May 17, 1919 - The Citizens' Committee of One Thousand is set up by business leaders to counteract the Strike Committee.

Citizens' Committee of One Thousand, source.

The main goal of the 1000 is to provide essential services to the city while workers are off the job. In their first official statement they give themselves a wider task:

The Citizens Committee of Winnipeg has taken steps to form itself into a permanent organization for the purpose of arousing Dominion-wide interest in the necessity of upholding proper respect for the law and to combat the Bolshevistic propaganda which is being so industriously sown in Western Canada.

Official Statement

Volunteers "man" the pumps

Citizens' Committee HQ