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fore the newspapers f oiind any news in it, and but little of the truth got to
the public until there was a public investigation by the United States senate.
I do want to point out to newspaper men, however, that they aro, not
mending matters by suppressing such news and forcing workingmen to
Issue their own publications In order to get the truth to the public.
Newspaper publishers are blind to their own interests when they con
vince lie millions of workers-in this country that newspapers are controlled
by the employing class and will not give workingmen a square deal.
I also believe they are blind to the interests of the employing class when
ihey fail to keep them posted as to
actual conditions by suppressing the
The miners charge that the state
militia are on the ground not to pre
serve order, but to help the mine
owners break the strike and drive
the strikers back to work.
At a mass meeting on August 31
the miners asked for an investigation
"by the U. S, senate.
Here are some of the charges made
in the Miners' Bulletin:
Gen. Abbey of the Michigan state
militia gave orders to the miners at
Centennial Heights to get off the
streets into their houses and not
ceme out before 9 o'clock the next
Mine deputies clubbed women and
girls and threw rocks at them. The
women and girls had no clubs- or
weapons of any kind with which to
Mine deputies shot through the
windows of a boarding house and
killed two persons. One of them was
a-17-year-oId boy. Overwhelming evi
dence was available to prove who did
the shooting. A coroner's jury found
that the boy came to his death at the
hands of "persons unknown."
Cavalrymen rode through the pa
rade lines of strikers. One of them
would ride close to the women in the
line, turn his horse sharply and then
apply his spurs, making the horse
On Sept. 3 the Champion Copper
Company of Painesdale, Mich., gave
the occupants of its houses until
Sept 6 to go to work in its mines br
vacate the houses.
, Besides the state militia, there are
nine deputies in the employ of the
companies, who are nothing but
armed thugs, private soldiers acting
under orders of the mine bosses. The
miners themselves are not armed.
Two of them have been killed and
others beaten up by mine deputies.
At Kearsage, not far from Calu
met, a group of deputies fired into a
crowd of men, women and children,
probably mortally wounding Mar
garet Pazakas, a 15-year-old girl.
Among the sheriff's deputies is a
man paroled from the Marquette
prison, where he had been sent for
20 years for arson; another had been
discharged from the Hancock police
force for brutally beating a boy; an
other was serving a sentence in the
county jail for bastardy, and they
turned him loose and put a star on
Other mine deputies are from the
slums of New York.
There is much more news of this
character, and much of the brutality
Ib due to thugs and desperadoes hired
and armed by the mine owners.
Probably the general public does
not know that in these Industrial
troubles the employers hire strike
breakers and so-called guards
through agencies that . make a
specialty of furnishing strikebreak
ers. -They get them among the un
employed in the big cities, and often
they have criminal records.
If strikers are peaceable, and, not
raising any disturbance, then ' the
strikebreaking guards will start trou
ble themselves. It is part of their
game to precipitate violence, and
then place the blame on the striking
When rioting can be incited by