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MARTIAL. LAW DECLARED IN
COLORADO COAL FIELDS
Deciding Factors in Declaring
Martial Law in Colorado
Thirty-eight battles- between
strikers and peace officers.
Estimated loss to properties in
southern coal fields $65,000.
Loss in wages $3,000,000.
Eighteen men killed in pitched
battles and a large number
Interference with Colorado's
Danger to neutral and non-in-
Denver, Col., Oct. 28. As a result
of a day's rioting, culminating, ac
cording to reports, in the death of
two strikers and the wounding of five
deputy sheriffs, martial law "was de
clared early today on the Southern
Colorado coal fields where 8,000 min
ers are on strike.
A general battle between coal
strikers and mine guards has been
raging since 6:30 a. m. at Delagua,
Hastings, Berwind and Tobasco, coal
camps near Ludlow, Col., according
to telephone advices received by Gov
ernor Ammons at 9 a. m. The men
Jiave been fighting in a. blinding
snowstorm which began at 6 o'clock.
So far, the governor haSjnot been ad
vised whether there have been any
fatalities, though hundreds of shots
have been exchanged.
Three troops of cavalry, two bat
teries of artillery and a company of
infantry left here for Trinidad, where
they will join five companies of infan
try which left Southern Colorado
towns earlier in the morning. Five
hundred more soldiers will start
later in the day from Northern Col
Governor Ammons will go to the,
coal fields to see that order is main
tained. He has notified the operators
that gunmen as well as miners will
be disarmed, all. saloons' closed - and
no strikebreakers can be imported,
but he will allow old miners to re
turn Xo work if they desire to do so.
Ammons jtook this action after 36
hours of negotiation, during which he
endeavored to get the operators to
consent to an adjustment of their
difficulties with the miners. He made
them a compromise proposition
which was satisfactory to the strike
leaders, providing for aislight wage
increase -for the men in return for
which they would waive recognition
of the union. The operators flatly
Yesterday deputies seized a Col
orado & Southern engine at Trinidad
and ran it to Ludlow in an attempt to
take the camp. Word of their coming-reached
the camp and the strik-'
ers lined the hills south of the depot.
The deputies opened fire when a
mile and a half from the strikers and
400 or .500 -shots- were exchanged.
Because of the long range, no one
A LITTLE CORRECTION
The meeting held. Sunday at 26th
street and Springfield . avenue, at
which a protest against the possible
appointment of Paddy Lavin as chief
of police was passed, was held under
the auspices of the Bohemian Bene
volent Association and the Anti
Hearst Trade Union League, instead
of under the auspices of the Bohe
mian members of the Bricklayers'
and Stonemasons' Union, as was
stated in Monday's Day Book. Most
of the three hundred present were
members of the Bricklayers' Union,
though other organizations were also
o o ;
A well-known English"doctor re
cently made the statement-that only
about 30 per cent of the present
population of Great Britain has nor
mal eyesight, and if things go on as
they are going now he foresees a
time when practically the whole of
the British nation will be a nation
1 in spectacles, ?
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