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IT'S WAR WAR AGAINST "26 BROADWAY"
' THAT COLORADO MINERS HAVE DECLARED!
United Mine Workers of America be
gan secretly organizing the men.
JDown deep in the earth, almost in
whispers, as they worked side by side,
the unknown union organizers talked
to the miners ,and told of ""the day
when "endless slavery ' and woe"
would cease and the great strike
The mine owners were under
mined. The organizers brought hope,
to the miner whose -whole life was
"empty and crude," who worked on
land owned "by ihe company; who
lived in a house owned by the com
pany; whose childrenswere taught in
a school owned by the company; who
got His mail at a postomcejowneH by
the company; who bought his'-food at
a store owned by the' company; who
was -tended in his sickness by a doc
tor'in the .company's pay brought it
home' to this miner, in fact, that he
himself was owned, body and soul,
by. the company.
One hundred and eighty-two min
ers' delegates met here in Trinidad
on Sept." 15. The mine owners had
been invited, but they refused to at
These delegates held an experience
- One man told" now a company's
slip shod doctor had destroyed one
of his eyes.
Another told of how a man, one
side of his face caved in, had been
stretched out in a Blacksmith shop
and how dirty waste, soaked in oil,
had been laid qn his cheek and how
the oil had oozed through his
wound into his mouth as he spent
five hours dying.
Another told how" a man, with
both legs nipped off by-a -giant cable,
had been forced by a company doctor
to sign a statement releasing" the
company from all blame on penalty
of being put out of the crude hospital
to w,hich he hadbeen carried half, an
hour before ' . ' ".
Buried deep in earth's dark womb,
Far from golden" airland light,
Deep down in thy living, tomb,
Must thou travail," day and night.
Empty thy whole life, and crude,
Endless slavery and woe
Down where poison, vapors brood,
To,the breasting thou must go.
And should thou, by chance, go free
From the perils of the mine, .
Some few years will' drain from thee
All the life that once was thine.
To the vampire of the pit '
Thy best heart's blood thou must
Broken, sick, at last thou'rt fit v
Only for the potter's field. ' .
j " Wm. Allen England.
BY WMC. SHEPHERD
Trinidad, Col., Oct. 23. Here are
the inside facts of the " great coal
strike now waging horribly in Col
orado: It's the wrath of 25 years breaking
loose. Men who are striking and
leading the strikers . today have
unionism bred into their very bones
and sinewsv Their-fathers, iback in
the terrible' days of Gov. Peabody,
were kept in stockades, starved,
beaten or killed.
Their fathers' strikes were broken.
For the past ten years, since 1903,
when the union was utterly crushed,
there have been boys, working in the
holes in the earth "down where poi
son vapors brood," waiting, waiting
for the union for the strike that
is on today.
"Recognize the miners union!"
That is their -sole'.demand. With
these boys who are now men are
10,000 foreigners determined to rise
or fall with the strike. , It's a fight to,
The strikers have' gone into this
cooly calmly. " Two years ago the