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FEDERAL BOARD ACCUSES ROCKEFELLERS
"ANARCHISM STRIPPED OF IDEALISM"
broader fields. Mr. Rockefeller writes
to Supt Bowers: You are fighting
a good fight, which is not only in the
interests of your own company, but
of the other companies of Colorado
and of the business interests of the
"Letters from the president and
chairman of the executive board of
the Colorado Fuel & Iron Co. to Mr.
Rockefeller's office in New York
show that these officers fully realiz
ed the gravity of the situation before
the strike and also they believed a
strike could have been averted by the
mere granting of a conference. Yet
their refusal to even meet the repre
sentatives of the union had from the
beginning the warm approval of Mr.
John D. Rockefeller, Jr.
"Back of Supt Bowers and Pres.
Welborn in determining and main
lining the operators' policies stood
Tohn D. Rockefeller, Jr., whose en
thusiastic approval and indorsement
t these policies gave incalculable
noral and material support to both
is- own subordinates and to the ex
ecutive officials of other companies.
Mr. Bowers' letters alone should have
leen sufficient to convince Mr.
Rockefeller that the writer was irri
table, arbitrary and obstinate to an
exceptional degree; that he was a
survival of the dark age of theory
and practice regarding industrial re
lations; that he was ignorant of the
characters and records of the men he
opposed; and that, finally, his atti
tude toward the government of the
state and nation was contemptuous,
hostile and defiant
"Nor could Mr. Rockefeller be ac
quitted even had Mr. Bowers con
cealed these qualities in his corre
spondence with 26 Broadway. Prom
the day, seven days befqre the strike.
began, when he avoided an interne?
sought by a mediator of the feder
government (Ethelbert Stewart) Mt2
Rockefeller refuser to enter upon any
Killing of women and children at
Ludlow, prostitution of Colorado's
government to the -wfil of the Colo
rado Fuel & Iron Co., "anarchism
stripped of every pretense of ideal
ism," "anarchism for profits and re
venge." These are charged against John D.
Rockefeller and his son, John D.
Rockefeller, Jr., in the report by
George P. West made public by the
U. S. industrial relations commis
sion. West says the evils of the system
of which Rockefeller is a part would
go on tomorrow if the Rockefellers
died today. But the operations of
this system cannot be explained so
people know how it works unless the
personal acts of the Rockefellers and
their personal red-handed record in
Colorado is told in detail with names,
dates and personal crimination.
The whole bloody Colorado busi
ness is worth notice in Chicago,
where the Rockefellers control
through Rockefeller Foundation
ownership $1,109,250 collateral trust
certificates and $315,540 of common
stock and $1,212,856 of preferred
stock of the Chicago City & Connect
ing Rys., besides $485,000 first mort
gage bonds of Chicago Railways Co.,
$95,000 of H. H. Kohlsaat Co., not to
mention the International Paper Co.
and the Santa Fe, Burlington, Mil
waukee, B. & O. and many other rail
way and industrial corporations.
Says the report:
"Mr. Rockefeller's responsibility
has a significance beyond even the
sinister results of his policy in Colo
rado. The perversion of and con
tempt for government, the disregard
of public welfare and the defiance of
public opinion during the Colorado
strike must be considered as only one
manifestation of the autocratic and
anti-social spirit of a man whose en
ormous wealth gives him infinite op
portunity to act in similar fashion in