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the gunmen, and then the fire the
savage murderers mercilessly started.
The shooting started, she says,
when Louis Tikas, Greek leader at
the tent colony, protested because the
uniformed gunmen trained three ma
chine' guns on the tent colony.
"Louis told thenr-not to point their
guns at the women and children," she
"Sunday they tried to break up a
ball game our men were playing and
some of the men got mad and chased
them away. That is why they set up
the guns and it was then that Louis
"Then they cursed him and fir,ed
at him. They must have fired 50
shots at him and he fell down dead.
That was early Monday,
'Our men all went mad then and
got what guns they had and started
after the gunmen. Our men were on
one side of the tents and the gunmen
on the other.
"All of us women and children ran
down into the cellars which were
dug a long time ago when the gun
men first came down here and threat
ened us with rifles and machine guns.
"All day long wd lay down there
without anything to eat orjdrink.
"I had six children, he oldest
eleven, and tbey all cried.
"All through the camp we could
hear women shrieking and calling to
Cod and the Virgin to come and save
their children. The firing continued
and the bullets whistled over us hour.
after hour, and after a while I heard a
woman cursing terribly. Later I
heard that she had had her hand
shot off at the wrist when she reach
ed up from her cellar and tried to
get a pail of water to giye her chil
dren a drink.
"My children begged me for water,
and finally little William he was my
Dldest boy said he was going to get
them a drink. So he climbed up out
of the cellar and he never came back.
. "I know now that a bullet tore his
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for the water myself, but I had to stay
with the babies.
J'Just when it was beginning to get
dark the gunmen dashed in among"
the tents and set fire to some of
them. Our tents were all close to
'gether and the fire spread fast. All
the time they kept shooting into the
tents, although they knew our men,
with their guns, were all away up in
"I took my children and ran toa
deep arroyo' (gully) where thereVere
about 50 other women and babies.,.-
"Lots of the others, though, were
afraid to come out of'their cellars
and they suffocated under the burn
ing floors aqd sidp walls, which had
been built up of "boards.
"I don't Bee how any men could'
kiU little children like my William
and them other poor little things-who
were shot or burned."
The man who led the uniformed
rnmen at the start of the battle was
K. Lenderfelt, a lieutenant in the
Colorado 'National Guard. A. C. Felts,
head of the Baldwin-Felts detective
agency, tokl the congressional inves
tigation committee that Lenderfelt
operated a machine gun for the coal
mine owners during the earlier part
of. the" strike.
Lenderfelt, according-to witnesses
before" an investigating committee
sent to Southern Colorado, had boast
ed that he'wouJd "get" Louis Tikas,
tne Ludlow "strikers' leader, and that
he would wipe out the colony there
T;his committee twice asked Gover
nor 'Amnions to remove Lenderfelt
and Amnions twice disregarded the
Upon Elias Ammons, governor of
Colorado, re6ts the blame for this
Ammons is out of,, the state now.
John Chase, his adjutant general, is
rushing more ammunition and rein- -;
forcements to the gunmen In order
that they continue the massacre.
Colorado people are very anxious
foime to write Into my story that no
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