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as the strikers, contend that the at
titude of the guards and their pos
session of their guns -while the strik
ers had none, caused the entire trou
ble in Coloradothey threaten to
ignore the order. -
A protest may be made to Wash
ington against the disarming of one
side in the bitter controversy with--out
disarming the oth'er.
At Walsenburg, the scene of the
most sanguinary fighting between
1 which we made our battle in the Colo
rado field and this was the point
which the operators said was an ef
fective stumbling block to negotia
tions. "Now we are told that nineteen
operators have backed up Rockefel
ler's refusal to treat, even if we-consent
to waive the whole question of
union recognition. Does anybody
doubt that the attitude would have
been different had young Rockefeller
militia and strikers, Captain C. C. taken a different attitude on the mat- J
Smith and 65 men of Troop G, Second
U. S. Cavalry was in charge. Smith
held o long conference during the
night,with Donald MacGregor and the
other strike leaders but no determina
tion regarding the disarming of min
ers was reached.
The neutrality of the soldiers was
displayed at Walsenburg when Cap
tain Smith arrested six Colorado mili
tiamen against whom complaints had
been lodged by a saloonkeeper, whose
place had been looted of fifty bottles
bottles of whisky, 25 boxes of cigars
and some personal effects.
There is generally a friendly feeling
between the strikers and regular sol
diers. Militiamen will be withdrawn
from this district at once.
Denver, Col., May 1. Failure of ef
forts to arbitrate the tragic strike
of the-coal diggers of Colorado, which
has just culminated in the most san
guinary ten-days' war in American
industrial history, must be laid at the
door of. John D. Rockefeller, Jr., ac
cording to statements by leaders of
the United Mine Workers.
A word from the son of the "richest
man in the world" that he favored ar
bitration would have been sufficient,
said John McLennan, district presi
dent of the miners' union, today.
"There can be no doubt of that," he
"Since this strike began September
23 the miners have always been will
ing to go into a conference with oper
ators' representatives, but the latter
ter of arbitration?
The attitude of the operators was
set forth last night in a long telegram
by 19 Colorado mine owners to Chair
man Potter of the mines committee -of
the lower house of Congress. The
list of signers was headed by Jesse F.
Welborn, president of the Colorado
Fuel and Iron Company, which the
Rockefeller interests dominate. The
owners refused to consider arbitra
tion even if the miners withdrewtheir
union recognition demand.
New York, May 1. So violent
have the demonstrations against
John D. Rockefeller, Jr., become as
a result of the Colorado mine strike
that a guard was established about
the house of the millionaire today.
His residence at 10 West Fifty-fourth
street js to be guarded day and night.
The "mourning" picketing of the
Rockefeller and Standard Oil offices
at 26 Broadway was resunied today,
and even more extensive demonstra
tions of protest are 'planned by Up
ton 'Sinclair, who is now serving a
jail sentence for having "picketed"
the Broadway building two days ago.
Following the attempts of Marie
Gans, a radical public speaker, .to
see Rockefeller yesterday and her
threat to "shoot him like a dog," the
police were beginning to teel real
concern for the safety of- Rockefel
ler. Leaders in the protest movement
declared today that so soon as Up
ton Sinclair is released from jail,
where 'he is hunger-strikinga hearse
will be hired and, with Sinclair as the
have refused. Recognition of the un
ion was one of the principal points on i