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"Gather together for defensive purposes all arms and ammunition
legally available. Send name of leader of your company and actual number,
of men enlisted at once by wire; phone or mail to W. T. Mickey, becretary of
the State Federation of Labor.
"Hold all companies subject to order.
"People having arms to spare for these defensive measures are re
quested to furnish same to local companies, and where no company exists,
send them to the State Federation of Labor.
"The state is furnishing us no protection and we must protect our
selves, our wives and children, from these murderous assassins. We seek
no quarrel with the state and Ave expect to break no law. We intend to ex
ercise our lawful rights as citizens, to defend our homes and our constitu
All this was published after the Ludlow massacre, but before President
Wilson decided to send federal troops into Colorado. It may be that the
prompt action of the president will avert war, but those who read what I
have printed here will have a better idea of how near Colorado was to
bloody revolution than they would get from reading the news sent from
Colorado to the big dailies.
The policy of suppressing such news as this will serve no purpose, un
less it be to inspire the exploiters of labor with a false sense of security. It
will not,.however, make them secure. It will not soften the bitterness of the
exploited, and it will not deter them from action if they are driven to the
last ditch by such inhuman beasts as Rockefeller.
I can't believe that many. men in the employing class have the slightest
conception of the industrial situation in this country. They don't know that
the strikers in the Michigan copper country had guns and were ready to
fight. They don't know that the only reason there, was not as bloody 'war
in the copper country as there ha3 been in Colorado was because labor lead
ers held the rank and file back and kept them from fighting openly the state
militia and McNaughton's private army of gunmen.
Guns in the hands of state militia, of the private armies of capital, or
of federal soldiers, will not solve this problem, and will not bring indus
trial peace. In Colorado the striking coal miners alone were-too much for
the state militia and the Rockefeller private army. What would it have been
if all labor in Colorado had enlisted and shouldered guns?
And what if it broke out all at once in every state in the union?
Repressive measures will not bring industrial peace. Men can not be
made to work at the point of a bayonet. There must be industrial justice,
and the sooner all of us face the situation as it really is, the better off all
of us will be.
I am printing the extracts from the Colorado Worker not only to give
Day Book readers some idea of the real situation, but to make them think.
Then possibly some of them will begin to understand why I am trying to
do all I can to secure industrial justice and hence industrial peace.
Without justice there can be no peace.
MINERS STILL IN EARTH
Eccles, W. V'a., April 30. Though
rescue parties equipped with every
apparatus for mine rescue work
known to science have worked for
more than 36 hours in an effort to
penetrate to the bottom of the No. 5
mine of the New River Colleries Co.,
where 172 men were entombed in an
explosion Tuesday, no body has been
recovered or trace of life found.
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