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"We find the following conclu
sions: "1. That the strike that has caus
ed such a loss of life and such great
losses of money to the people of
Michigan and the United States was
entirely unnecessary and due wholely
to the unreasonable and overbearing
attitude of the mining companies.
"2. That the employment of
militia was entirely unnecessary,
worked infinite harm and did no
good, while the use of private guards
to supersede, with their rifles and
drunken whims, the constituted au
thorities, has been most clearly dem
onstrated to be a great, perilous and
"We feel that we ought to add our
conviction that it was within the
power of the governor of Michigan
to end this lamentable conflict, if he
had earnestly sought to do so. At the
time of our visit, nothing was needed
to secure the return of the men to
the mines but the recognition of the
miners' union. A demand so moder
ate, so reasonable, and so much to
the advantage of the community,
could hardly have been resisted, if
the governor had seen fit to add to it
his approval. We profoundly regret
that he did not take advantage of so
great an opportunity to serve hjs
times, further the cause of justice,
and advance the condition of the
"Victor L. Berger,
"Charles Edward Russell,
BERGER SAYS HE'S MISTAKEN
AS TO PROGRESS OF AMERICA
Milwaukee, Jan. 16. "If forming
a union is' conspiracy in the twentieth
century, then I am mistaken as to
the progress America has made,"
said. Victor Berger, former Socialist
congressman, commenting upo"n in
dictment of Western Federation of
Miners' officials at Houghton.
"The first indictment for conspir
acy because workmen were not chat
tel slaves any more, but were trying
to improve their condition by com
bining, was found in the thirteenth
century about 700 years ago.
"I did not believe that the efforts
of workmen to form a union could
be considered a conspiracy in the
twentieth century and in America at
that. Evidently I was mistaken as to
the actual progress made.
"If the capitalist class is going the
limit, the workers will go the limit,
TWO NAVAL RESERVES FOUND
DEAD IN HOTEL
E. L. Stanley Bostwick, 22, enlist
ed from Fort Dodge, la., and E. A.
Buchanan, 17, living at 636 East 38th
street, Chicago, two young members
of the United States naval reserve
station at Qreat Lakes, 111., who two
days ago left the training station and
were believed to have been deserters,
were found dead yesterday in the
Grant Park Hotel in Michigan ave
nue. The police are not certain whether
it was a case of murder or a suicidal
The suicide th( .y is given addi
tional weight by the finding of
notes in the youths' pockets which
' "In case of accident notify R. F.
Buchanan, 636 East 38th street, Chi
"In case of accident notify F. H.
Bostwick, 513 16th street, Fort
Mrs. A. R. Buchanan, the former's
mother, identified the body as that of
her son, and said the boy had wanted
to leave the service.
"I'm sorry to tell you, m'm, that
I'll be leaving you next week. I'm
going to get married." "Is that so,
Emma? Who is the lucky man?"
"He's a policeman, m'm on this
beat, too." "I wish you joy. And
what is his name?" "I don't know
yet, m'm; but his number is four-one-seven!"
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