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heavy artillery. And this is the Fer
ris who used to say he was a friend
of the workingman. I charge him
with either being a coward or a serv
ant of the big interests.
"For fear the state militia wouldn't
coerce the miners enough, the com
pany recruited an army of gunmen
from the slums of large cities,
through the aid of such strikebreak
ing agencies as the Waddell-Mahon,
the Ascher.and the others. And these
men have raised Hell up there ever
"Six of these fiends gathered
around a small house of a striking
miner, two at each of the three win
dows, and opened fire. They killed
two and wounded two more.
"One of these wounded was a six-months'-old
baby at her mother's
breast. The babe was shot through
the cheek, the mother through the
arm. They killed the father and a
"Then the gunmen, they were
Waddell-Mahon men, rushed into the
house shouting 'two targets down
and more game in sight.' The militia
rushed up and formed a cordon
around the house. No one was al
lowed inside the lines, friends of the
dead were chased away, but the mur
derers passed out under protection of
the militia and were taken into an
other county where they might be
"It was the sheriff's auto that came
up and took these murderers away,
but Sheriff Cruse did not arrest them
until a week later when the outcry
against his actions became too loud.
"The murderers were then arraign
ed and set free on $10,000 bail each,
which was furnished by the com
pany, and they're still serving as gun
men, free ,to shoot down whoever
they care to.
"On Sept. 1, Labor Day, when or
ganized labor throughout the coun
try were holding picnics and dances,
when in other parts of the country
people were happy and celebrating,
these gunmen shot a 14-year-old girl J
through the head, because two wo
men had asked them why they took
up arms against their fellow man.
And to this day no arrest has been
made for that crime, because it isn't
considered a crime to shoot down
workingmen and their families in
Terzich then 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 i
they tore down the American flag and
were not punshed 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 shoti
Moyer, and you can't expect aid from i
Terzich then appealed to organized :
labor in general for help.
"In closing I want to say to you,"
said 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 s
Michigan State Federation of Labor,
made' only a brief address as he was
on his way to Calumte to take charge .
of the strike until Moyer recovers, r
He gave the information that up;
there all the houses in which the min
ers lived were owned by the com-i
pany and that the men were only
given t-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