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THE ILLINOIS VIGILANCE ASS'N ASKS THE DAY7
BOOK ABOUT THE COLORADO WAR
BY N. D. COCHRAN
I have the following letter from Secretary Wirt W, Hallam of the Illi
nois Vigilance Associatioriconcerning news of the war in Colorado, as pub-
lished in The Day Book; V
"Dear Sir: Referring to your issue of Friday, April 24 we notice on '"
the first page an article regarding the strike in Colorado, headed 'Women
Cried to God to Save Babies From BJood-Mad Brutes.'
"We have read this over, and, while making due allowance for the
dreadful conditions of lawlessness that undoubtedly exist in the strike sec
tion, it does seem incredible that under any circumstances men in a so
called civilized country could be guilty of the wanton murder of women and
children. ' '
"Is it not possible that the source of -your information regarding this"
incident was not an entirely unprejudiced one?
"Yours very truly, --
"Ulinois Vigilance Association,
. ' "By Wirt W. Hallam, Secretary." :
While I have entire confidence in the accuracy of the correspondent
who wrote the story Mr. Hallam refers to, still I do not claim he is un
prejudiced. In fact, one reason he is representing The Day Book is that he is'
prejudiced in favor of menr women and children and is not prejudiced in
favor of the mine owners who ex
ploit and murder them.
This correspondent was refused
admission, by the state militia, to
parts of the strike section, when As
sociated Press correspondents were
freely admitted; and the reason for
it was that he sent the truth about
the militia to the world' -while the
. others didn't.
For months The Day Book has
been giving the Chicago public the
truth about the horrors of Colorado
when every other newspaper was
ignoring it. When a, wholesale, mur
der by militia and gunmen made such
big news that no newspaper could
ignore it, then the other, newspapers
began printing some news about
what has been going on in Colorado.
It was the same as to Calumet,
The Day Book printed the truth
about the strike in the Michigan cop
per country before other newspapers
in Chicago let their readers know
anything about it. I went to Calu
met myself last September and sent
the truth all over the country through
the United Press.
' But Chicago papers practically sup
pressed the truth until scores of wo-
men and children were nlurdered at
Calumet when some scoundrel yelled
"FIRE" in a crowded hall on Christ
Had the newspapers generally
throughout the country printed the
truth from the very start in Michigan,
I believe the situation would never
have become, so tense as to result in
the Christmas eve horror and the as
sault on and deportation of Moyer
and Tanner. ,
Had the newspapers generally pub
lished the trjith about the Colorado
Lcoal strike and the lawlessness of the
Rockefeller gunmen and the state
militia, I do not believe-the situation
there would have become so. tense
that the .coal miners would have had
fo arm themselves to protect the lives ,
of their wives and children.
I went to Calumet last Tall be
cause I became convinced that the
real news of that copper strike was
not' reaching the people. Had some t
correspondent sent me the news
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