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against sleeping women and chil
dren." No answer.
Npt'a miner stirred.
Counsel for the capitalists looked
helplessly at-one another.
t "J. ask you, Mn Morton" the com
manding voice was rising. Again no
Senator 'Ke'nyon, able and far-seeing,
attempted to control the coming
"Mr. Morton, did you ever consider
the necessity of arbitration, if only
for humanitarian motives?"
The coal baron's answer was curt:
"Mr. Morton" even Senator Ken
yon's tone arraigned the witness
"can you suggest any kind of legis
lation which would lead to the bet
terment of conditions among mine
workers ? " Arm flung carelessly over
chair-back, Morton appeared frank
"I have never thought of it front'
that standpoint at all," he said.
The brutal frankness brought Sen
ator Martine to hfs feet, bushy browa
and gray mustache bristling with
"Mr. Witness, you represent half
the coal operators in the field of a
.year-long mine war. I repeat Sen
ator Kenyon's question."
Still no answer!
Not a capitalist raised his head!
Every miner present looked at a
brother worker with comradely un
derstanding. For, in the silence, the status of
the great mine war turned clean
Miners, long accused, suddenly be
Capital, armed and lawless, stood
on the defense.
Senator Martine, standing behind
the committee table, leaned forward
heavily, as if accepting the burden of
pleader for a people.
"Mr. Morton" the vibrant Voice
Was prophetic "I can stand your
silence and the public can stand your
silence far better than YOU or YOUK;
COAL CORPORATIONS can standi
such silence, so I say to you, as a;
member of this United States senatbj
sub-committee on labor, but, speaks
ing man to man, I wish to add, sir',
that you are a blackguard of th
meanest kind and that you have for
fe'rted all your rights a a decent
white man. When I remember thpi'a
helpless women and children aloner
in the night unprotected in their
poor tents and your death special
sweeping down on them God in
heaven, can such things be?" ""
THE I. W. W. VIEWPOINT
Editor Day Book: ,
Your front page editorial June 10
hit a soft spot in me. An advocate
of industrial unionism since its early
infancy I have been as radical" as
any man could possibly be, and it is
the only organization that has my
whole, unqualified, unconditional
support. Everything that has been
and shall be advocated by the L W.
W. has been and shall be my slogan,
and qn no occasion have fever seen
fit to deny it
However, your statement to the
heads of the two large industrial
concerns to the effect that "you men
will see the day, and it isn't far dis
tant, when you will be pleading to
-union labor (craft or graft organi
zations no doubt) to save you from
the I. W. W. or something more radi
cal than that," Is not a prediction,
but a fact that can be readily veri
fied. The Tribune has had on two
different occasions during the last
winter editorial appeals to honest
(?) leaders in the A: P. of L. to get
busy and stem the avalanche of In
dustrial unionism. And the News
called the condition after the rubber
strike in Akron "a bight of the I. W.
W." Yes, that Is -what I tand-for,
"a blight of every unnatural condi
tion, expression, movement or or
ganization," and that includes the
A. F. of L. scab hatchery. That or
ganization has more grafters, mor$
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