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and Organizer Chas. H. Tanner will 6s found inside.
BY N. D. COCHRAN
The insolent contempt of Big Business for the LAW is well illustrated
in the forcible deportation from the state of Michigan of Charles H. Moyer,
president of the Western Federation of Miners.
While stories from Houghton county give credit to the so-called Citi
zens' Alliance for this outrage, the fact is that most of the members of that
business organization are the little business men, the pikers of Houghton,
Hancock and Calumet, who are mere tools of the mine managers under the
absolute domination of James McNaughton, manager of the Calumet &
Hecla mine properties, and overlord of the Michigan copper country.
Ever since the copper miners went on strike on July 23, McNaughton
has ruled the copper country with a rod of iron.
He has at his beck and call a private army of hired thugs and gunmen
recruited by detective strikebreaking agencies of New York, with head
quarters in Chicago.
All these were sworn in as deputy sheriffs by Sheriff Cruse of Hough
ton county, who during all these months has Dermitted his office in Hough
ton to be made headquarters by Waddell, head of the Waddell-Mahon striEe
breaking agency of New York.
Threats of forcible deportation were being made by gunmen back in
September when I was in Calumet investigating the strike situation. And
that was many weeks before any Citizens' Alliance was organized.
And when the mine managers herded their little business tools into a
meeting and named the gang the Citizens' Alliance, the meeting ostensibly
held to inevstigate and get at the truth of the strike situation, began by
denouncing the Western Federation of Miners.
That is they found the union guilty and tried it afterward.
The deportation of Moyer and Tanner last night was as lawless a piece
of business as if a delegation from the Federation had taken Manager Mc
Naughton, shot him in the back, dragged him from Calumet to Houehton.
put mm on a muu auu smppeu uuu
out of the state,
It was known weeks ago that the
Alliance members were making
threats of forcible deportation of "un
desirable citizens," and I had the
honor of being classed as an unde
sirable citizen .myself , when I went
to Calumet last September and dared
wire the truth to the people of this
Everybody up there but the mem
bers of the miners' union licks the
hand of "Big Jim" McNaughton, and
anybody who doesn't fall down and
worship the big tin god of the copper
countrv is an "undesirable citizen."
issued an injunction restraining the
Citizens' Alliance from in any way
interfering with Moyer or any of the
officers and members of the Western
Federation of Miners.
This injunction was issued by
Judge O'Brien on petition of presi
dent Moyer himself, who knew what
the business anarchists were lin to.
But the Alliance ignored the in-(ffj
to the Scott Hoteljn Hancock, which
is across the stream known, as Port
age lake, from Houghton. They
took Moyer and Tanner, the latter
an organizer for the Federation,
dragged them across the bridge to
Houghton, put them on a Chicago,
Milwaukee & St. Paul train, which
Weeks ago Circuit Judge O'Brien 4 runs on the Copper Range Railroad,
owned by the mine owners, and un
der guard deported them from the
state of Michigan.