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OF MINES IS COMP LETE
Protest Strike, Only Partially Organ- I
ized, Results in Only Few Reporting'
for Work---New Troops Are Said to
Have Arrived in Butte for Purpose of
Protecting Men Who Believe in Cop
per Autocracy --- Returned Soldiers
Incensed at Newspaper for Stating
That Foreigners Only Were Striking.
They Recall With Bitterness That
Manager's Son Did Not Don the Uni
form, but Packed a Gun and Murd
ered a Miner in Cold Blood.
The protest strike of the miners of Butte, precipitated by
the mining companies announcing a dollar decrease in wages,
has spread rapidly, and now involves many members of the
metal trades crafts, athough none of these unions have yet
decided upon a line of action.
The electricians, at their regular meeting last night, ap
pointed a committee to confer with the Workers' council and
report back to the union at 12 o'clock tomorrow afternoon.
In the meantime many electricians have walked off the job
on the hill, including the Montana Power men.
Reliable reports from the "hill" indicate that few men are
at work in the mines, and that many of the metal craftsmen,
have not waited for formal action by their respective organ
izations, but have in many instances refused to aid the mining
companies in their efforts to establish peonage conditions
among the workers of Butte.
A strong line of pickets is being maintained by the strikers,
many of them being returned soldiers, who simply hand out
literature to the men, informing them of the status of affairs,
when it is invariably a case of "down the hill again."
Probably the largest body of "men" to gain entrance to any
of the mines was that which entered the Anaconda in an auto
mobile, reported to be detectives in the pay of the city of
Numerous "gunmen" are reported to be on duty on the hill,
but they have become sudden converts to the "safety-first"
motto of the Anaconda company. These "never-work" birds
appear to avoid the returned soldier pickets, who have re
donned their uniforms with the declaration that "now we have
something to fight for."
The returned fighters for democracy and their brother
workers, who produced the copper for the fighters and the
profits for the masters, entertain no fear of the "gunmen,"
realizing that these human perverts only act when they have
a "cinch." Many of the returned soldiers, however, express
themselves bitterly over the assertion of the morning papers
that only a few foreigners have staged the protest- strike
against the autocracy of the copper barons. They are espe
cially bitter against one paper, the manager of which has a son
who packed a gun on the hil all during the war, who is now
out oh bail, charged with murder, having killed a miner in cold
blood some months ago.
The various unions involved in the protest strike or in any
way concerned, are rapidly getting together, and it is expected
that after the mass meeting this evening of the Workers'
council- arrangements wHI be perfected to present a united
front and put up a finish fight which will establish, once and
for all, the rights of the workers of this community to self
determination and democracy.
The only cases of disorder so far reported have been cases
where the "gunmen" have found some worker unprotected
by his fellows and have proceeded to beat him up.
The Metal Mine Workers held a mass meeting at their hall
last night and passed resolutions, which will be found else
wehre in this issue. It was necessary for the speakers to en
tertain a dense overflow crowd in the street, who were unable
to gain admittance to the hall.
At the I. W. W. hall on North Wyoming street thousands
were unable to gain admittance to the hall, and here also
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Seattle Rattlebrain Mayor Spoiling for Riot
Says Spokesman for Strikers. One Street Car Runs
"THE JAWBONE OF AN ASS"
'Ts umre te(.,. M. Co. is tryingt. to cnmulate; Sa lliso's lHisht'ric exploit.
'Tisrulnl'edthe , ' ' ,
ON YOUR TIPTOES!
Buy ONLY the Bulletin.
Read ONLY the bulletin.
Buy ONLY of Bulletin advertisers.
Remember that the interest of ALL workers is identical,
and that you have no interest in the $82,000,000 dividends.
Remember that those who are not with you are against
you, that you are the many and they are the few, that the
majority must prevail.
And WE will all win in the struggle which is now on to
establish self-determination and democracy in Butte.
THE JUNKERS'- STATE
Sealtle, Feb. 8.-A settlement of
the general strike by agreement alp
pears possible. No official answer! 1
fromll the strike heads hIlls been allll de
to the mayor's ultimlllatil to resume i
essentialrl illdlst ries unllss the syul
pathetic tieup is relieved, but rumorsI
that some members of the strike i
committee favor such action are
given credence at the mayor's office. i
The teruminatioll of the general t
strike would not affect the 30,000 1
htipyard workers ill whose behalf
10,000 otlher organized woctke'rs
struck, it is believed.
"The strike is broken," declared
t.h. nIllayor. "*In the mI.taninte we will
inaugurate a systeml of munlicipal
jitneys. Everyone having all uonlomo
bile is invited to operate a jitney
c'ar. Ilnsineiss is going to resute Il
Every 'union man11 empllllo)yed in tile
city lightllng deplrtment lats returned
to his job.
Trying to Settle the
Washington, Feb. 7.-The labor
department t annoiuellld todaiy that
the labor co((lllliSsiono'rs inl the Se
attle district are unofficially trying
to settle thle strike, buil the depart
mentl has taken no action. It is inti
mated that should the situation grow
more serious all appnal will be sent
to ]'residlent Wl'ionll to use his inl
fluence lby cable.
War Labor Board Is
Considering the Strike
Washington, Feb. 7.--'l'he war
labor board may take definite action
late this afternoon to settle the Se
Mayor Endeavoring to
Break Up the Strike
Seattle, Feb. 7.---Mayor Hllanson
today issued an uilt.imatum that lie
would operate all essential Seattle
enterprises under the proffered gov
Tacoma Printers and
Longshoremen Send In
Seattle Printers Also Tell John W. Hays, International
Secretary of I. T. U., That if He Wants Their Charter
to Send and Get It. No Papers Being Issued in Either
Tacoma or Seattle.
W. J. Beard, organizer for the Ta
cor! a Central Labor council, arrived
in lIlutte today from Seattle and Ta
coniia. .eardI SaYS:
'When the strike was called sonice
of the international oftlicers told the
men1 that they could not go out on
strike for the reason that they would
lose their chiarters.
"The longshoremen's union told F.
V. O'Conners, their international
president, to comel. out and get their
icharter, for they were going on
'The lprinters were told by Mr.
Itays. international secretary, that
they could not go out on strike and if
they did they would lose their chart
"But this is one time Mr. Hays did
not keep the printers at work. Every
offce is tied up in Seattle and Taco
THE STRIKERS' STATE
Seattle, Feb. 8.-"There is not the
slightest indication of a break in la
bor's ranks." said E. B. Ault, the
strikers' spokesman. "The strike will
continue until the demands of the
shipyard workers are granted. We
are prepared to feed the entire city,
if necessary, for an indefinite period.
We do not fear martial law. It i.
inconceivable that the governotent
will back up tile hysterical declare
tions of a rattlebrain mayor, who is
apparently spoiling for a riot."
The mayor later declared: "There
is no intention of proclaiming mar
tial law. There is no suet, necessity
at lbresent. the city is nl entire coun
trol of the situation."
Ault denied the mayor's statement
that, the strike is broken. lie said
I only one municipil car is rullning.
with nearly a dozen soldiers on it,
adding: "There will be no scab jith
neys. The people are with the strik
Ilrnment assistance unless the strike
is called off by S a. m. tomorrow.
A proclamation was issued guar
anteeing Seattle workers protection
and urging them to continue work
and business. The mayor promised
to secure, if necessary, "every sol
dier in the northwest to protect life,
business and property." "Anarchists
in this community shall not rule its
affairs," said the mayor.
"Tle time has come for every per
son in Seattle to show their Amer
icanism. Go ahead with your daily
duties without fear. We will see to
it that you have food, transporta
tion, water, light, gas and all neces
sitiet. All persons violating the laws
will be dealt with summarily."
Gadsden Copper Stock
Jerome, Ariz., Feb. 7.-Wide ex
citement was created today when it
was learned that the price of Gads
den copper stock had doubled over
night despite the slumping copper
market. Reports of impending highly
important developments are heard
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nha, and the coal miners will lay
down their tools on Monday.
"The Tacoma newsboys have been
on strike for three weeks and the
Tacoma Commercial club tried hard
to get returned soldiers to scab on
We have a soldiers', sailors' and
workmen's council up there to help
the returned men to get back t, work
and keep the boys from going hun
gry. We have 69,000 men and
women out in Seattle and 22,000 in
Tacoma. When the returned soldiers
of the 34-;th arrived in Seattle and
were on their way to Camp Lewil
the boys stopped in front of the Sf8
attle Metal Trades council and gave
three cheers for union labor and told
the strikers that the commerofal
club could not use them for scabs
in this strike."