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the workers to meet the red-handed destroyers of freedom, the subsidizers
of the assassined class, and the arch enemies of the common people.
"Workingmen of Colorado, the coal miners are our comrades, staunch
and true, and if we do not stand by them to the shedding of the last drop of "
blood in our veins, we are disgraced forever and' deserve the fate of cring
"We are not responsible for the issue. It is not our seeking. It has
been forced upon us; and for the very reason that we deprecate violence and
abhor bloodshed, we cannot desert our comrades and allow them to be put
to death, as they have been at Ludlow. If they can be murdered without
cause, so can we, and so will We be dealt with at the pleasure of these
"They. have driven us to the wall and now let us rally our forces and
face them and fight. If they continue to murder our brothers, a million
revolutionists, at least, will meet them with guns.
"They have done their best and their worst to crush and enslave us.
Their politicians have betrayed us; their courts have thrown us into jail
without trial, and their soldiers have shot our comrades dead in their tracks.
"The worm turns at last, and so does the worker.
"If this slaughter continues every state In this union will resound with
the tramp of revolution.
"Get ready, Comrades, for action! No other course is left to the work
ing class. Their courts are closed to us, except to pronounce our doom. To
enter their courts is simply to be mulcted of our meager means, bound hand
and foot; to have our eyes plucked out by the vultures that fatten upon our
"Capitalist courts never have done, and never will do, anything for the
"Whatever is done, we must do ourselves, and if we stand up like men
from the Atlantic to the Pacific, and from Canada to the Gulf, we will strike
terror to their cowardly hearts, and they will be but too eager to relax their
grip upon our throats and beat a swift retreat.
"We will watch every move they make and in the meantime prepare ,
I have republished that editorial in order to help some of the blind to
see, some of the deaf to hear. It is more frank and outspoken than many
of the labor newspapers are, but it gives expression to the innermost feelings
of the working class.
I know there are those who will think such sentiment is the ravings of
a disturbed mind, but it is the sentiment of .hundreds of thousands, if not
millions, of men just the ""same; and we had better take it into account.
In the same issue of the Colorado Worker were printed the resolutions
adopted by the Typographical Union of Denver, -in which they sided with
the coal miners and appropriated $500 from their treasury to buy arms, if x3j
And the Typographical Union is one of the most conservative as well
as one of the best educated bodies in the labor movement.
On the first page of the same issue from which I have quoted is a "Call
to Arms," published in heavy, black-faced type, and boldly signed by nine
labor leaders; and here is the wording of the call:
"Organize the men in your community in companies of volunteers to
protect the people of Colorado against the murder and cremation of men,
women and children by armed assassins in the employ of coal corporations,
serving under the guise of state militiamen.
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