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JOHN D. ROCKEFELLER,
"Mr. Rockefeller's personal abuse
of myself is in line ith the Rocke
feller policy of crushing any indi
vidual who opposes him in any way,"
said Chairman Frank P. Walsh of the
United States Commission on Indus
trial Relations yesterday in replying
to the young oil baron's published
statements designating Walsh as a
"I can stand the abuse," he con
tinued, "feeling sure that this yery
publicity will create a sentiment
among the American people which
will prevent a recurrence of the Lud
low horror, and, perhaps, go a long
way toward re-establishing a repub
lican form of government in those
communities controlled by Rocke
"It is interesting to note that the
Rockefeller defense to the Ludlow
massacre is that the two women and
eleven children who met their deaths
on that occasion were not 'shot,' but
merely smothered tt death, while
bullets form the mine guards of his
companies were flying over the
mouth of the pit. Entire candor,
however, should have moved young
Rockefeller to add the additional de
tail that his mine guards, in the guise
of state militiamen, burned down the
tents and looted the victims before
and after their deaths.
"Rockefeller's anger and resent
ment toward me obviously grows out
of a misconception by him of my
duties as chairman of the Industrial
Relations Committee. I was not ap
pointed to 'allay' or smother the
causes of industrial unrest, but to
investigate and make them jnanif est
to the world. '
"The published letters which
arouse Mr. Rockefeller's ire are all
admitted by him to have been written
and correctly quoted. It is interest
ing and amusing lonote that Jesse P.
Weiborn, president of the Rockefeller
JR., LASHED IN STRONG
Companies in Colorado, gives a labor
ed interview attempting to show that
no such letters, ever were written,
while L. M. Bowers, chairman of the
executive committee of the Rocke
feller interests in Coolrado, furnishes
his somewhat lame contribution to
the Rockefeller defense by confessing
the -authenticity of the correspond
ence, but declaring that it 'didn't
amount to anytihng.'
"I must confess to a certain degree
of disappointment with Mr. Rocke
feller's statement: To fail to explain
in any way the confession of Mr.
Bowers that the Colorado Fuel and
Iron Company leads in fixing prices
and conditions of labor;' to fail to set
forth the memorandum wfiich he de
clared in his letter of June 14, 1914,
to'his publicity agent, Mr. Lee, that
'It could be appropriately used in the
letter from Gov. Ammons to Presi
dent Wilson,' certainly leaves much
to be desired.
"Also the explanation of Mr.
Rockefeller was fragmentary, to say
the least, in that it did not contain the
names and locations of the 'friendly
papers' to which the story of the
Ludlow massacre could be given."
The Rockefeller letters. Walsh said,
means the reopening of the whole
Colorado investigation and John D.
Rockefeller, Jr., will be the first wit-N
ness when the commission: convenes
at Washington on May 4.
JOLT FOR JITNEY SPOONING
Milwaukee. Jitneyized spooning
parties in Milwaukee are all off. They
are barred by an ordinance intro
duced in common council. C-he of the
provisions of the ordinance forces jit
ney bus operators to place an electric
light in the tonneau and "see that
it is lighted after sundown. Another
provision prevents operators -from
taking on or discharging passengers'
in, the parks and prohibits smoking'
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