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WHAT MOTHER JONES THINKS OF
Denver, Col., Jan. 16. Mother
Jones, a general in an army of 445,-
000 miners, came back to Denver re
ecntly after a campaign in Chihua
hua with Gen. Pancho Villa. She told
of the battle there in a militant fash
ion, in the 'straightforward fashion
she ever does.
"I was down there for ten days,"
said the 82-year-old veteran in .the
struggle for human rights. "nd it's
the same fight those stalwart fellows
are leading there that's being car
ried on in Calumet, in Colorado, in
every place where private greed had
extirpated human right!
"They call Villa' Pancho meaning
bandit they sneer at his men as
robbers and brigands, but theirs is
the same, struggle for rights that- we
fight now in our mining districts!
And treat me well? Why, those sol
diers cared for me eevr as my boys
of the mine camps do. You ask why
1 went? Because I wanted to see the
sort they are. I was in EH Paso and
went to the interior.
"And I'm going to .help those. fel
lows, too. You know, up at Paint
Creek in West Virginia, where the
militia .persecuted my boys, we had
a machine gun I had it, and it's
there yet, too but I'm to send it to
the south to Mexico, and it's help
redress wrongs there just as it did
in the fight againstt he coal barons!
"But maybe you'd better not men
tion tljat. They -might hang me for
"That was an inteersting time I
had, though. They were just through
sacking Chihuahua and I was inter
ested in the foundries and smelter
places, they have there. They went
right on, at their work all the time
and didn't seem a bit concerned
millions of acres of land that they
had thieved-and Villa soon put them
to flight, believe me or not!
"I'm getting old now and I've
fought the. good fight- Eighty-two,
you know; and when I got back from
Mexico the other day and reached
Trinidad those brave American -'sol-jers'
grabbed me again. Hustled me
right to the train at a bayonet's point.
Fine sight I was!" Mother Jones
laughed. "Me 82, hair white, as
harmless as -a 'chessy cat, and eight
yyoung fellers afraid to touch me lest
I'd pizem' 'enr! So they sent me up
"Perhaps . I'll go back to Mexico
where '. the 'bapdits' are gentlemen."
A woman follower of GSn. Villa's
rebel army. "Many Mexican soldiers
take their wives Avith them and these
w.Omen lead a terribly hard life. Note
"There were land robbers who had
ine KnapsacK ana Dare leei.