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the Western Federation of Miners, a
large," vigorous man, who echoed the
feeling of the miners in the upper
peninsula of Michigan, was the first
speaker. " -
His announcement that, despite
the shooting of President Mover and
the beating of Charles H. Tanner, the
federation officials were going back
to Michigan as early as possible and
fight to win caused the laboring men
and women to shout their applause
for five minutes.
Terzich also reviewed the inhuman
conditions under which the miners
were working before the strike and
also the cruelties of the gunmen since
the strike began.
Terzich told how the troops
rode down women and children in the
streets; how on one occasion they
chased the miners up into a hallway
and fired at them, wounding one in
the back; how on another occasion
they tore down the American flag and
were not punished for it.
"But the county officials would
never help us," continued Terzich,
"and yet Gov. Ferris said Moyer and
Tanner should have sought aid from
the sheriff. What a joke. Sheriff
Cruse headed a parade of the Citi
zens' Alliance, the men who shot
Moyer, and you can't expect aid' from
Terzich then appealed to organized
labor in general for help.
"In closing I want to say to you,"
caid Terzich, "that the president of
our union was foully shot and as
sault up there. eW love Moyer, we
believe in him and we're with him to
a man. And when he recovers suffi
ciently he'll go up there again. He's
not a coward. And we're going to
win that strike or destroy our or
ganization in the effort."
This was the signal for the most
electrical applause of the day.
Claude O. Taylor, president of the
Michigan State Federation of Labor,
made only a brief address as he was
on his wy to Calumte to take charge I
of the strike until Moyer recovers, j
He gave the information that up"
there all the houses in which the min
ers lived were owned by the com
pany and that the men were only
given 7-day leases so that when they
were discharged they also lost their
Charles Tanner, auditor of the
Western Federation of Miners, who
was assaulted and deported with
Moyer, told the story of the occur
rence of Friday night.
Emmet Flood, organizezr for the
American Federation of Labor,
sounded a war cry for labor to pro
Lieut.-Gov. Barratt O'Hara said he -
was born in Michigan, but blushed for
shame at his native state in tolerating
such conditions as exists in the Upper
Attorney Frank Comerford volun
teered his services in bringing the
perpetrators of the crimes to justice.
President John Walker, who made
the principal address of the meeting,
talked about the conditions up there.
Walker made one of the strongest -speeches
ever heard at a Chicago
meeting. He attacked the make-up
of the state militia and the county
officials elected by the laboring men.
As a remedy for the latter he recom
mended that labor vote its own can
didates into office.
"The state militia of Michigan is
the worst band of cut throats that
ever was recruited under any flag,
not excepting the black pirate flag,"
said Walker. "They would not stop
at any crime. The few members of
it who possessed consciences were
"There is a misconception of the
United States basic law. Big Busi
ness wants absolute. power placed in
the hand's of the Supreme Court
judges, who are appointed for life -terms,
and they want to take it out
of the hands of Congress, from.
which you can remove a man if he
doesn't obey the people's wishes.
"You don't have to go out of Illi- ,
nois to find the root cause of the-