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MOYER SAYS .THE CALUMET AND COLORADO
MINERS WILL WIN IN LONG RUN
Charles H. Moyer, president of the
Western Federation of Miners, -will
go back to the Calumet copper coun
try this week or next week. If ar
rested on the indctment of the Calu
met grand jury charging him with a
misdemeanor, he will furnish the re
quired $1,000 bond.
Then he will go before the com
mittee of congressmen appointed to
throw things open and make a com
plete investigation, and reliable re
port. Moyer will tell his story of the
six months' war for the right of the
copper miners to organize. He will
identify two of the men in the Citi
zens' Alliance mob that slugged him
and shot him in the back and deport
Moyer was in the. city Saturday.
He took a train for Denver. At tile
New Gault House also were Charles
H. Tanner, auditor of the W. F. of M.;
Charles E. Mahoney, vice-president,
and Ben Goggin, organizer.
A Day Book reporter saw Moyer.
He sits very quiet, moves his body
slowly and carefully. "It isn't the
bullet wound," said Tanner, when
asked how Moyer is coming along.
"The hole has healed up fairly well.
But when the mob up at Calumet had
him down .they kicked him around
the kidneys and-the .groin. He is not
as strong a man as he was and he has
to take good care" of liimself."
Copper country miners are in bet
ter shape for winning their strike
than at any time since it started, ac
cording to Moyer. "The worst per
iod of the year has passed," he said.
"The last few weeks have been the
best time for employers to recruit
strikebreakers. There is a large
army of unemployed and from these
there is a certain element so hungry
and desperate that they will take the
places of men striking for the right
"In spite of this condition, the
copper mine managers have not been
able to get enough men to man the
"The few workers they have been
able to get took the jobs because it
was the worst time of the year. With
the coldest part of winter over and
spring coming on, there is sure to be
a number of the strikebreakers throw
up their jobs.
"If the congressional committee
goes to the bottom of the' whole
trouble, and makes a complete report,
that report will show that there has
been less violence in this strike than
any other strike involving a similar
number of men in recent years. Let
them inquire into wages, working
and living conditions and all the
causes that produced the strike.
They will find that one thing and one
only is the reason for a dispute. That
thing is the right to organize.
"The mine owners and managers
demand for themselves the right to
say that the men shall not associate
into a labor union. They assert that
they have the privilege of specifying
what organizations their workers
shall have membership in. If they
should declare that their workmen
can not join any one church or lodge
or fraternal organization, it would
be the same principle. It would be
an interference with the rights of the
men as citizens.
"Nothing else than this is disputed.
There is talk about outside agitators,
red socialism and white socialism,
and violent tactics. But every com
petent and impartial witness who has
investigated the situation testifies
that there'is really no other issue in
the copper country except that single
issue of whether the men shall have
the right to organize.
"The Western' Federation is the
only metal miners' union and is the
only, organization that could take
charge of the strike. And when the
workmen decided by an overwhelm
ing vote, almost unanimous, to gQ