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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, June 06, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 2

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lished the statement that the Col
orado Fuel and Iron Company's gun
men were hiding theirarms. In re
ply to that the federal officer in com
mand served notice on the editor of
the paper that he must print a re
traction. I have myself seen the doc
ument which the officer wrote out in
his own handwriting an abject and
humiliating apology. Unless this was
published the paper would be sup
pressed. The lawyer advised the editor to
defy this order, and he personally de
fied the officer to carry out his threat,
vrith the result that the officer backed
down.
These things do not produce a
favorable impression with the strik
ers. The importation of strikebreakers
wholesale has been forbidden; but
men who want to work are allowed
to come in of their own free will.
Any one can see how easy this will
be for the strikebreaking agencies.
The strikers are not allowed to picket
at the depot for which rule there
is no warrant in law or justice
So it would seem the companies
have only to wait and starve out the
strikers. One thing stands in the
way, however. There are elections
coming next November. The cor
porations and their henchmen have
relied upon these four coal counties
to carry the state. They have been
accustomed to hold up the returns on
election night until they see the num
ber of votes they need.
Should there be an honest election,
the corporations might lose their grip
forever. This is even more import
ant than winning the strike. So you
may set this one thing down for cer
tain that the federal troops will be
out of Colorado before next election
day.
How will they manage it? All the
miners and the leaders with whom I
talked agreed that the corporations I
had one thing to do, and will be cer-J
tain to do it That is to start trouble
between the federal troops and the
miners.
The day I left Denver the press
dispatches reported that somebody
had thrown a brick out of a window
at the soldiers. Then night came on,
and somebody fir&M some shots at the
soldiers from the hills. Of course,
the press dispatches said this was the
work of the miners. I cannot say, for
I was not here. I can only point out
that the miners have everything to
lose and nothing to gain by such pro
ceedings; that the only gainers will
be the coal operators, their gunmen,
and their private detectives.
They have innumerable spies
Lamong the miners. What nore sim- "
pie than to have tnem tnrow some
bricks and" start some fighting? What
more simple than to get a party of
the miners drunk or, for that mat
ter, to get some soldiers drunk, and
to tell them stories and reveal plots
to them?
Some may say the company man
agers would be incapable of such a
thing. Let me point out to you that
some of the richest capitalists m
New England were not above hav
ing dynamite "planted" in order to
discredit the Lawrence strikers.
Let me point out to you the length
the operators went to in their efforts
to discredit the expedition which
Judge Lindsey conducted to Wash
ington. At the courtmartial which
has been called to whitewash Lieut.
Linderfelt and the other professional
murderers some of the officers were
actually permitted to testify against
the character of the women who had
accompanied the judge and inter
viewed the president One of them,
it anpears, had been intimate with
Louis Tikas. First they murdered
the man, and then they tried to mur
der the reputation of the woman I
And the- newspapers in Denver gave
large space to it.
That is a regular way they have of
fighting in Colorado. If you try to
do anything, for the city or thetate,

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