Thursday, June 18

Wednesday, 18 June 1919 - The Newsstand

Western Labor News

Did not react with outrage to the arrest, they used a positive spin:

"F.J Dixon said the men arrested had been highly honored by being given the crown of martyrdom. their only crime was the advocacy of greater freedom for their fellow men....The committee of one thousand had set out to crush labor but they were attempting an impossible task"

Downplayed the arrests. Their front page headline "The Citizens Committee and It's Work" is a four page story that is rather boring compared to the bombast found in their recent editions. It details the committee's activities since May 15, from arranging food deliveries to manning the water works with volunteers:

"Having pursued a useful purpose with a great deal of success the Citizens' Committee of One Thousand will continue it's existence and its organization until the whole issue of the sympathy strike and the throttling of whole communities is settled satisfactorily ..."

Winnipeg Telegram Strike Edition

Gives the impression that things are getting back to normal.

They declare that streetcars are back, though admit it is just 14 of them and for very limited periods.

On the front page is a story a special constable taking on traffic direction duties at Portage and Main for part of the day. "The traffic at this hour was very heavy and considerable difficulty was found regulating it"

An editorial, "Belated But Welcome" shows the important symbolism of the streetcar during the strike. It was pretty much the only visible city service that did not resume at least partial service after May 15. The lack of streetcars not only means a daily inconvenience for every part of the city but was was symbol of failure:

"The failure of the (Winnipeg Electric) Company to re-establish its service was apparently accepted by the city as though there were no way out when the striking motormen failed to appear..."

Those arrested will not be getting bail or a trial: "Instead the evidence against them, secured by agents of the department of justice, will be examined by a board of inquiry appointed at Ottawa and sent up from Ottawa".

To show that even with the strike going on, the regular life of the city continues:

- Plans for the new Maryland Bridge are Complete:
- Alderman says tall advertising billboards should be restricted downtown

New York Times

"Arrests of strike agitators and a raid on the Labor Temple early this morning brought the strike situation here to a dramatic climax today".

Wednesday, 18 June 1919 - The Arrested

William Plewman, Toronto Star reporter, asks J.S. Woodsworth for his opinion shortly after the arrests: “It is a stupid, high-handed move. Already the workers feel that the Government is not truly representative, that it represents only a section and not all the community.”

Plewman:“Will the strike collapse now that the leaders are removed?

Woodsworth: “Not at all. The Government can’t arrest thirty-five thousand strikers..." (source)

MB Archives. Source

In all, ten were arrested for "seditious utterances":

R.B. Russell - Secretary of the Metals Trade Council

Rev. Bill Ivens - Editor of the Western Labour News
John Queen - Alderman, City of Winnipeg
A. A. Heaps - Alderman, City of Winnipeg
George Armstrong - Building Trades Council

R.E. Bray - organizer, returned soldiers demonstrations
Moses Charitinoff - Editor, Ukrainian socialist newspaper

Moses (Solomon) Almazoff - Student, editor of radical newspaper

Mike Berenzuk - Labour organizer

Oscar Schoppelrie - Labour organizer