He is a Myth; search for Harry Ream, Hemingrays know no such man


Publication: The Muncie Daily Times

Muncie, IN, United States


Some one, who signs his name “Harry Beam,” is writing communications to the South Pittsburger and takes occasion to repeat the stale story about natural gas being almost played out in this county. (illegible text) makes various statements about high rents, “busted boom,” . . . [illegible text] . . . the same line and with about the same amount of truth. The South Pittsburger is or should be an influential paper among the glass workers and manufacturers and it was supposed that the Muncie correspondent of the paper was connected with some one of the glass houses in this cit, but upon inquiry we find that Harry Ream is not on the pay roll of any of the houses here, and the owners and the men inquired of do not know him. It must be that he is . . . [illegible text] . . . under an assumed name and does not wish to disclose his identity.

In the Commoner and Glass Worker, Glass Budget and South Pittsburger are communications and interviews from regular and special correspondents in Muncie – men who work in the glass factories and have every opportunity to know the facts and they state unhesitatingly that the reports sent out from here that natural gas is falling are positively untrue. We do not ask the readers of any one of these papers to take the word of the Times for truth of the statement. Harry Ream seems to be very much afraid that the Times will cause laboring people to come here and he will be thrown out of employment. Now, if he is not a myth he must be a “scab” workman with very little skill and afraid that some man with skill will come to Muncie and he will be thrown out of his job. This is about the only reason that can be assigned why the aforesaid “Ream” should endeavor to injure the city and its prospects.

The workman in the steel, iron, glass and other factories here as a rule, are happy and contented with their surroundings and have become, many of them at least, thoroughly identified with every interest of the city. They have purchased property, bought lots and built residences and in ever way become citizens and good citizens.

Now, this mythical twenty . . . [illegible text] . . . would it he could injure the property of his fellow-workmen and at the same time talk about being a laboring man’s friend. There is no string tied to Mr. Beam; if he is not a myth, and if gas is failing[(illegible] among the things of the past, one would naturally suppose he would seek another location.

Mr. Harry Ream, son of our well known citizen, J. W. Ream, has been . . . [illegible text] . . . .

Deciding to know if there was any person named Harry Ream in the employ of any glass house in this city, the Time communicated with all the factories with the following result:

Maring, Hart Co. – “No such person on our pay roll and do not know him.”

Hemingrays – “Know no such man connected with the glass business. He is not on our pay roll.”

Nelson Glass Works – “Not on our pay roll – are not acquainted with him.”

Muncie Glass Works – . . . [illegible text] . . .

Ball – [illegible text]

Fort Glass Works – “No such man in our employ. Don’t know him.”

C. H. Over & Co – “Don’t know him – not on our pay roll.”

Inquiry was also made at the following manufacturies with the result given below:

Architectural Iron Works – “No such person on our pay roll or in our employ.”

Midland Steel works – “No such man in our employ.”

Indiana Iron co. – “No such man employed by us.”

Muncie Nail Works – “No body by that name employed by us.”

White Bives Iron and Steel Co. – “Not on our pay roll and do not know him.”

As a laboring man it is very evident that Harry Ream is not only a myth but a fraud.

The Times has devoted more time and space to the irresponsible correspondent or correspondents of eastern paper than may seem necessary to our readers, but the papers are imposed on and their ridiculously false statements receive wide circulation through the prints that would be only too glad to chronicle the failure of natural gas in the largest field known to the world. That the correspondents should masquerade as the friends of workingmen when their falsehoods are damaging to the interests of every workingman in the city is an exhibition of cheek that would shame the proverbial army mule. If their slanders cannot be stopped the Times is determined that their irresponsibility shall be know whenever their falsehoods circulate.


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Supplemental information: 
Researcher:Roger Lucas / Bob Stahr
Date completed:October 16, 2011 by: Deb Reed Fowler;