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who is the "angej of. the miners." He has placed her iaSan Hafael Hospital,
upder guard; and held absolutely incommunicado;
And it was to offer "Mother" Jones, who is eighty-two years old, a vote
of sympathy, that these women and children of the striking miners were
parading to a place where they were going to hold, a mass meeting.
They were not bound fpr San Rafael. They did not intend'o make any
demonstration. They were merely going tcr tell at a meeting how sorry
they were for the little-old lady-who was suffering because she had tried
to help them.
And it is claimed that Chase knew this and had given them his per
mission to parade, provided it was a peaceable parade.
The women had scrubbed their children's faces until they shone; best
The Procession of Women and Children Before the Recent Charge Made
by. "Czar" Chase.
dresses, although so very shabby,
made of the occasion a holiday
And the line moved quietly on un
til it reached the postoffice. There it
found that Chase had stationed a cor
don of cavalry across the path, with
"Don't advance another step,"
some on;e cried. "You must turn
The women hesitated. Some un
derstood and some did not. The
children tugged impatiently to movq
on- - r - . , -
And then the little czar over the
striking miners shpped'from'the sad
dle and went to -the road uhgrace-5
A grin spread over the women's
faces and then a s4w, low ripple of.
laughter issued from their lips. . 4
It was not a taunting laughter, it
was that irrepressible mirth that all
of us feel when we see-some one fall-