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Goodwin's weekly : a thinking paper for thinking people. [volume] (Salt Lake City, Utah) 1902-1919, July 11, 1914, Image 15

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GOODWIN'S WEEKLY. 15 H
TRUE RECORD AND LIFE OF NE-
. FARIOUS 'MOTHER" JONES
By John R. Thornby.
Congressman KIndel o Colorado
created a sensation in the house of
Hg' representatives on June 13, when he
presented to it what he claimed was
tlie record of "-Mother" Jones, who
has been held up to public admira
tion as a spotless angel of benevol
ence. The documents which Con
gressman Kindel presented to the
house of representatives and now ap
pear as part of the Congressional
Record of June 13, were, he said, ob
tained by him from the public library
in Denver.
"They contain much valuab'e infor
mation concerning the life and char
' aoter of this stormy petrel," added
the Colorado congressman as he
handed up to 'the clerk of the house
of representatives the appended
statements about "Mother" Jones.
The mine owners of Colorado ob
tained part of the information in their
own state and an agent in San Fran
' cisco was commissioned to get what
ever links of the chain were to be
dbtained from residents of this city.
Following is the biographical sketch
as it now stands in the records of
congress. It is interesting reading
as it depicts a totally different per
son from the tenderhearted, pious
and philanthropic old lady to whom
Mrs. Fremont Older and other tal
ented newspaper correspondents de
voted pages of eulogy as the greatest
living exponent of true womanly
qualities, -and most persecuted and
courageous of female martyrs to a
great cause. Unfortunately for
Mother Jones, her biography as writ
ten up by her newspaper friends is
not preserved in the records of con
gress, and Congressman Kindel's ter
rible contribution is part of the na
tion's archives.
The Petrel's Stormy Life.
People settled in Maine. Educated
in common school. Taught a coun
try., school for several years.
Married a prosperous farmer, and
when widowed immediately allied
herself with a labor movement then
attracting attention in the east,
claiming that she wanted to elevate
the laboring classes, educationally
and socially.
Began to associate with labor lead
b ers and reformer's at the time of the
A. R. U. strike of 1894. Since then
has kept pretty busy stirring things
up. Has had a record or never advo
cating peace nor arbitration; but al
ways being for strife and war.
Was particularly prominent in the
Pittsburg strike of 1895, miners'
strike of 1897, central Pennsylvania
strike of 1899 and 1900, the coal
strike of last year in the anthracite
district of Pennsylvania, and . the
textile strike in Philadelphia.
j.. During the latter strike she placed
herself at the head of one hundred
.men, women and children, and started
with them on a march to Oyster Bay
to interview President 'Roosevelt and
.demand his intervention in behalf of
the strikers. 'She held daily meets'
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