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Waddell-Mahon thugs and the Citizens' Alliance and put
aboard a Milwaukee train and threatened with death if
I dared return. But have the press say for me that the
cause J represent is well worth the suffering have un
dergone, for the cause of the striking miners is just and
they will win their strike. JChas. H. Moyer.
Riley also received the following telegrams:
Calumet, Mich., Dec. 26.
M. J. Riley, Chicago:
C. H. Moyer and Organizer Tanner kidnaped from
their room at the Scott Hotel, Hancock, and rode across
bridge to Houghton, where they were placed on board
train. J. E. Antilla, Sec'y Local Union.
Houghton, Mich., Dec. 26.
j$l. J. Riley, Chicago:
Moyer kidnaped by Citizens' Alliance and taken on
9:30 St. Paul train. Notify different points to be on
lookout for him.
Dan Sullivan, President Calumet Local.
The Citizens' Alliance was formed of-'ie business and professional men
of Calumet, Hancock and Houghton, all in Houghton county, and took in
everybody the mine operators could control. N
It is an adjunct of the group of mine managers who control Houghton
county and all the machinery of the law; and made the open threat several
weeks ago that it would forcibly deport the officers of the Western Federa
tion of Miners.
The Citizens' Alliance leaders are sore at Moyer now because the
miners refused to accept charity from the Alliance after the Christmas Eve
catastrophe, and said the miners would take care of their own dead.
When a committee o"f the Alliance called on him and demanded that
he retract a statement to the effect that the- man who' yelled FIRE and
started the panic Christmas Eve wore an Alliance badgg, he refused to re
tract. After the awful calamity of Wednesday night the members of the Al
liance got busy and raised a fund for the relief of the families of the miners.
The bulk of this money came from the mine managers. But the stricken
families refused to accept alms from their enemies.
At the time of the kidnaping Moyer was in the Scott Hotel in Hancock,
which is just across the stream called Portage lake from Houghton, which
is the county seat of Houghton county. He was dragged across the bridge,
put on a train accompanied by gunmen guards who went along to see that
lie got out.of the state.