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phrased it: 'Why should the government investigate a community because
there are 2,500 people in that community that want the investigation and
there are 100,000 who do not want it?' "
Now eyerybody up there in the copper country knows that the striking
miners and the scabs who are at work do not associate. Hearst's paper says
on one day that there-are only 2,500 miners on strike, and yet on another
day says that over 30,000 miners and their wives attended the funeral. . .
Can't YOU see that Hearst's reporter is off on his arithmetic some
where? Incidentally, it is interesting to note that the Copper Range Railroad is
controlled by the mining company.
All through the story in today's Examiner there' is an apparent attempt
to play down the importance of the- strike. The story starts off with this
"Intervention by the United States seems as unpopular with the citi
zens of the copper empire as it does with the residents of Mexico
I have not heard of one person who favored such a course on the part of
the government except Congressman W. J. MacDonald. Citizens
generally expressed themselves as being opposed to a congressional investi
gation on the ground that there was no condition in the copper country to
warrant such action."
Later on in his story the Hearst reporter quotes Capt. Vickery, of the
Asher agency of New York, as saying tha,t while at one time there were 200
armed guards in the copper country from the outside, that "not more than
30 or 40 remained in the district at present."
And the Hearst reporter gives it as his personal opinion that: ,
"Personally I cannot see any very serious condition of affairs here that
the local authorities cannot deal with."
By way of contrast, I will now quote the opening paragraphs of the
story of the Tribune reporter sent from Calumet and published in today's
"Miners, citizens and paid detectives are walking the snow-covered
streets of Calumet tonight with loaded revolvers. More than 500 citizens
have been armed, sworn in as deputy sheriffs and ordered to assemble m
Calumet at the blowing of seven blasts of the whistle.
"The feeling of the striking miners and their leaders against the mine
managers, members of the Citizens' Association and the Imported strike
breakers from New York is bitter. The Citizens' Association has developed
a feeling just as desperate against the leaders of the miners still on strike.
"Business has been paralyzed by the five months' strike, and the hither
to peaceful towns of Calumet and Houghton with their two policemen are
now crowded with detectives and watchmen furnished by the Waddell
Mahon Company of Iew York and the Ascher Detective Agency.
"Houses of the more prominent merchants are guarded by detectives,
and officers of the mines and members of the Western Federation of Miners
walk the streets with two or three husky gunmen trailing them closely."
The scenes of peace described by the Examiner and the war-like situa
tion described by the Tribune are pictures of the same town on the same
The Tribune story is the only one that anywhere nearly approaches the
truth. ' '
In September at the county building in Houghton, Sheriff Cruse told me
in the presence of other newspaper men that he had 1,200 deputies on the
county pay roll, and that 400 of these were what he called company men.