The Missouri and North Arkansas Railroad Strike

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CHAPTER VI
THE REIGN OF THE HARRISON CITIZENS' COMMITTEE

THE large number of serious depredations, a disturbance in Harrison on January 12 in connection with the arrest of some men charged with bridge-burning, together with the bulletin issued by General Manager Murray on January 13, were the signal for a determined movement on the part of the citizens to "end the strike" once for all. All that was needed for a gathering at Harrison of determined citizens from along the road was a suggestion from some source. Just who sent out the call has never been revealed; few of those who took part know where it originated. Some think it originated at Harrison, others say at Marshall, and still others Leslie. Suffice it to say that the phones were busy late Saturday and Sunday and messengers were sent out in many cases. Early Monday morning, January 15, 1923, armed men began to gather in Harrison from every direction. About noon a special train came in from Leslie loaded with armed men. This train was chartered and paid for ($502) by a small group of citizens. It has been generally agreed that about a thousand men were on the streets by night. A committee of twelve men representing the various communities was selected to investigate the strikers and the depredations. The committee was composed of Sam Dennis, traveling salesman of Valley Springs; L. C. Holt, business man of Harrison; Dr. Troy Coffman, dentist of Harrison; Tom Morris, canner and grocer of Berryville; George Bazore, miller of Berryville; W. J. Douglas, editor of the North Arkansas Star, Berryville; J. F. Henley, attorney of

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