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President Charles Moyer of the West
ern Federation of Miners or the offi
cers of the local union. They have
organized a newjmion and are calling
upon all miners td""join with them.
They have not affiliated with the I.
W. W., although the members of that
organization in the camp have taken
an important part in the clashes
which have occurred.
The trouble started with the annual
they declared, held their jobs by
The seceders charge the misuse of
funds and declare that the rank and
file of the union have been betrayed;
that officers of the union show sus
picious signs of wealth which, they
say, come from illicit deals with em
ployers, and that the treasury of the
union, at one time .containing $150,
000, has been reduced until there was
Miners' Union Hall, Butte, Mont, as it appeared after the seceding
miners' wrecking party had dynamited it. At the side are photographs of
typical Butte miners in their working clothes.
election of officers in the Butte local.
There has been a struggle for years
between two factions, and each year
the administration forces won. The
opposition, now the seceders, declare
thai frauds were used at the election
and withdrew their candidates for of
fice, with the ultimatum that they
would now recognize the men whom,
but $4,000 in the safe when the se
ceders dynamited it and carried aay
In addition to the charge of misuse
of local funds, the secessionists ob
jected to assessments for the benefit
of the strikers in Michigan, which
they declared excessive.
The city administration, socialist.
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