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THE DAY BOOR
500 S. PEORIA ST.
TEE. MONROE 353'
VoLlrNo.?96 Chicago, Friday, Sept.' 6, 1912
AGQ VERNOR WfiO USES SOLDIERS TO PROTECT,
! PEOPLE AS WELL AS PROPERTY
' Charleston, W. Va., Sept. 6.
The, Strike-ridden Paint Creek
'district no longer is in West Vir
ginia. It is notven in theUniteif
.States. It is in the State of War.
And if youj an American citr
Sen, cross the Kanawaha rivet
yinto this State of War; you imme
diately lose your citizenship and
all youn rights.
" You canrtot make a , speech,
evennf'you a're just dyingptomake
a speech. Ifyou try to make one
you'll be arrested.
" ,Yo'u cannot stop with a couple
of riendsand discuss the weath
er, or youMl'be arreste'&fo'r unlaw
ful assembly. ' ' ,
If you're arrested, you will not
be taken to jail. You wifl be
When your trial comes'up, you
cannot get a trial by jury You
will be tried by six soldiers, and
the punishment inflicted by those,
joldiers goes, for not even the su
preme court of the United States
The kfhg of this military prin
cipality, which is just IS miles
long and 4 wide and has apopula
tion of 16,000 human souls, is Ad
jutant General Elliott
Maybe the Czar of all the Rus
sians has more power than El
liott, but King George of Britain
and the president of the United
States are mere two-spots com
pared with him.
The majority of Elliott's sub
jects are .miners, and they are
darned glad that they have got
out of the United States and into
the State of War.
The mine owners are quite
peevish 'abtfut Elliott's Icingship.
He interferes with their using
their armed mine guards and hia
chine guns to shoot down and op
press and tprture and. starve and
make homeless theminers.
You see, there is a strike going
on in Paint Creek, and it has been
going on for a long time and the
miners are winning.
' They are winning chiefly be
cause Gov. Glasscock of West
Virginia forbade the mine own
ers to import any strikebreakers
and told them what would hap
pen to them if they did.
As soon as the "mine owners
found they couldn't import scabs
they trjed another plan.
They imported a few machine
guns, capable ,of mowing down
men at the rate of about half a
hundred a minute, and a few hun-