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SPOKESMAN FOR COAL OPERATORS SAYS
HUMANITY IS NOT IN THEIR VOCABULARY
the dead of night of Feb. 7 with a
death-dealing rain of fire and shot
swept a valley crowded with women
and children asleep in their tents.
The pitiful story told and retold
before the senate committee invar
iably causes awed silence. The tes
timony is in the record that Mil
lionaire Quinn Morton frantically de-
By Mary Boyle O'Reilly.
Charleston, W. Va., June 20. The
coal barons of West Virginia have
come into the open.
Their poficy has been recorded in
court as immovable and relentless
' opposition to, and brutal disregard of,
the human beings who produce their
These coal companies of the war
zone constitute a giant corporation
with a capitalization of millions.
Many of the land1; thev lease-and
operate are owned by Standard Oil.
Already in the senate commission
hearing the United" Mine Workers of
America having apparently shown
that union workers were blacklisted,
that unoffending men and women
were systematically assaulted by
armed mine guards, that scores of
white men were kidnaped and held
in peonage, rested their case so
much for the sworn record.
These astounding facfs will be ex
pounded in the jlays to come by my
following articles '
'THIS is the story of the single
combat which has epitomized the
conflict of armed capital and strug
gling labor in West Virginia coal
'The coal corporations, indicted by
public opinion, ODened their case this
first dav before the senate? committee
by calling to the witness stand
Quinri Morton, a millionaire operator,
president of the Paint Creek com
bine. Mine barons claim Morton as a rep
resentative coal capitalist.
Mine workers concede Morton to
be a typical West Virginia philan
thropist. It is of record that Quinn Morton
was aboard the dreadful death BDe
cial, a steel armored train loaded
with rifles and a machine gun, which
swept the ravine of Paint Creels in
Senator Marline of New Jersey, the
man whose indignation at the "find
ings" regarding conditions in "The
Kingdom of West Virginia" has re
sulted in several outbursts in which
he has called "a spade a spade" and
manded that the train back up and
sweep the valley again.
Senator Kenyon's manner acquired
new gravity, Senator Martine's fight
ing face grew threatening,
"I want to ask you, Mr. Morton,"
he demanded, "whether you believe
that it is a civilized method of indus
trial agitation to use Gatlmg guns
and man-Trifling" Winchester rifles
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