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Insurgent Miners Outline Their Plans for a Union of Their Own
Butte Is Staggered by a Report That Federal Troops Are Coming
Sensational Allegations
Made by the Insurgents
Butte, June 15.-Sensational allegations of irregularities on the part of officials of the
Butte Miners' union and the Western Federation officials are to be made by the in
sirgents in consequence of records which the insurgents secured when the miners' union
safe was dynamited Saturday night, it was contended tonight. Three gunny sacks full
of documents were secured and tonight a committee is busily engaged in going through
the mass. The committee will work all night.
A leader of the insurgents late tonight stated that the documentary evidence had been
secured of an alleged attempt on the.part of union officials to push through an insur
ance scheme in which 8,000 miners were to be insured for life by paying $2.50 monthly,
the miner to receive a number of sick and old age benefits, the amount he was to receive
upon his death not being stated. For their services in promoting the insurance plan one
official of the union was to receive monthly, $500; a second, $250 and two others, $125,
as long as the insurance plan survived. The drawn-up contracts, the insurgents say,
they found in the safe. These contracts were yet unsigned in consequence of a protest
movement within the union assuming too formidable proportions. Correspondence fin
connection with the plan mention the Aetna Life Insurance company, say the insurgents.
The books in the safe showed no balance had been made for the past 36 years, according
to the insurgents. The committee expects to be able to make a formal statement some
time late tomorrow of what they have found in the captured Western Federation docu
ments and several sensations will be forthcoming, they intimate.
War Department Is Busy
State Militia Assembles
Gooernor Says It's Not So
Conflicting Reports Bewilder th,
and Make it Plain That
There Is Serious Misunder
standing Somewhere as to Stf
the Use of Armed Force. tre
Washington, June 15. - Governor Fe
Stewart of Montana telegraphed Presi- I
deht', tWilaon today asking that fed- ,W
eral troops be sent to restore order in thi
the Butte copper mine district. log
At the same time the governor sent tic
messages to the Montana senators and thi
representatives in congress, urging as
them to call at the White House and ca
support his request. Senator Myers sh
and Representatives Evans and Stout un
arranged to see the president tomor
row morning. to
Governor Stewart in his telegram to ni
the president said there are only 500 ml
militiamen in Montana and that he th
feared serious trouble was liable to try
result within the next few days. He as
explained that rioting had resulted ti
from conflicts between members of th
the Western Federation of lMiners and to
the Industrial Workers of the World. dE
The Western Federation of Miners CC
members are to hold a meeting to- re
morrow night and the Industrial er
rWorkers of the World members are
planning to organize on Wednesday. B
On both occasions the governor said, a]
conflicts are liable to result, and he
added that the home of an officer of m
the miners' union already had been bi
wrecked with dynamite by seceding re
members of the union and two prison- Cl
ers had been taken from the city jail. ir
Threats are alleged to have been made it
to lynch several deputy sheriffs and U
other officials.
Senator Walsh is at present in
Helena, Mont., and is expected to
visit Butte to inquire into the situs.
tion and report to the president.
Late tonight Assistant Secretary
Breckenridge of the war department
was called to the White House and
asked what troops woul4 be available
for service in Montana in the event
it became necessary to order a force
there. It is understood that Mr.
Breckenridge suggested that as the
situation in Colorado had quieted
down, it would be possible to withdraw
some of the cavalrymen now on duty
in that state and send them to Butte.
A full report of the department will
be ready for the president before the
,Montana congressmen call tomorrow.
Governor Denies.
Butte, June 15.-Asked regarding
the truth of the story that he had
called for government troops, Governor
Stewart authorized the following for
the Associated Press:
"No call has been made for federal
troops or for the mobilization of state
troops. There has been an interchange
of communications with Washington
relative to the possibility of securing
federal troops in case a contingency
should arise. We have not asked that
any troops be sent to Butte, and at
the present time there is no condition
existing in this city or in Montana that
requires either the intervention of the
state or the federal troops.
"Whatever interchange there has
been is merely precautionary and iit
the condition should remain as it is
there will be no necessity for military
interference. I have been in consulta
tion with county and city officers dur
ing the day, with leaders of both fac
tions of the laboring men and with
mine operators. In my opinion the
situation is much easier and I doubt
if there will be any necessity for out
side interference from any source. I
haw9e bea in Butte 24 hours and there
has been no disorder during that time.
X never saw the city quieter and if
tthere is any violence contemplated
there is nothing apparent to indicate
Butte, June 15.--Governor S. V.
Stewarti took up with Washington to
day the possibility of securing federal
troops in case they are needed in con
nection with the trouble now existing
in the Butte local of the Western
Federation of Miners.
First news to this effect came from
,Washington and surprised -most of
those who heard it, because it fol
lowed a quiet day. The insurgent fac
tion of the miners went to work, as did
the conservatives, without being asked,
as is customary, to show their union
cards, and union officials, driven to
shelter in rioting Saturday, remained
under cover.
The governor, who arrived here early
today from Helena and vigorously de
nied a report that he had ordered the
militia mobilized, also denied a report
that he had actually appealed for
troops, explaining that his inquiry was
as to their availability "in case a con
Stingency should arise." He insisted
that exchanges today with Washing
ton were "merely precautionary" and
declared that "at present there is no
condition in Butte or in Montana that
requires intervention of state or fed
eral troops."
So far as outward conditions in
Butte were observable tonight they
appeared to confirm the governor's
e declaration as to the status of the mo
f ment. Wednesday, however, comes a
n balloting on the question, "Shall we
refuse to show Western Federation
cards at all the mines?" This ballot
1. ing inevitably will precipitate a meet
e ing of the 2,000 or more insurgent
d union men who are rebelling mainly
at the continuation of the strike bene
fit assessments, and perhaps 7,000 of
n the conservatives.
. The nearest federal troops are at
Chicago, June 15.-Ella Flagg Young,
superintendent of Chicago's pu!TJiCl
schools, told delegates to the biennial p
convention of the General Federation
of Woman's Clubs, that sex lectures
to the school children were a success. r
The girls, enlightened, left the lec
t ture halls with uplifted chins in con
t sciousness of the womanhood that was t
1 in them instead of with the smirks
of ignorance, Mrs. Young said.
Dean Walter T. Sumner pleaded for
s a higher standard of morality for the
Smale,, and drew harrowing pictures of
lthe misery brought about by men who,
have their fling, before "settling
, down."
- Tonight presidents of state federa
h tions or their representatives, in three
e minute talks spoke of the greatest
it needs of their states.
Nominations were made at the fore
I noon season and as no opposition tick
ae et was Samed from the floor, Mrs.
e. Percy V. Pennybacker will be re
if elected president tomorrow.
Fort George Wright, Spokane, and at m
Fort Yellowstone, Wyoming. r
Ready to Move.
Billings, June 15.-On new orders to
night signed by Adjutant General
Greenan, company K, Montana na- t
tional guard of this city, mobilized at t
the armory awaiting a hurry call to ,
Butte. Thirty-five men have been as- t
sembled in shape for active service.
They are under command of Captain
Ralph Morris.
Bozeman, Too.
Bozeman, June 15. - Thirty-seven
members of companyl A, Montana na
tional guard, are mobilized tonight on
an order received late this afternoon,
and others of the 68 members are com
ing in as rapidly as word can be sent
around. As yet nothing has been
given out by the officers. It is under
stood on the street that they are
awaiting orders to move to Butte. The
company is commanded by Captain
Williams, a man of cool head and
abundant discretion and the company
is generally regarded here as composed
of men who will be competent and
adequate for any duty that may be re
quired of them. No word has been
i given out as to the nature of the work
that awaits the men in Butte but it
is assumed that it will be patrol duty
of some kind.
And Yet
Butte, June 15.-"I have issued no
orders for the assembling of the Bil
Srings militia company," said Governor
Samuel V. Stewart tonight, "and I im
n mediately will get into touch with Ad
jutant General Greenan and the Bil
lings military officers and determine
t who is responsible for the mobiliza
i tion of those troops. It is a new one
on me and no mobilization orders
t whatever have been directed by the
executive office to the Billings com
t pany of the national guard."
London, June 15.-Sir Edward Grey,
British foreign secretary, today gave a
private luncheon in honor of Theodore
Roosevelt. Ambassador Walter Hines
Page and others attended.
Colonel Roosevelt attended a cine
metograph exhibition today depicting
Captain Scott's Antarctic expedition
and afterward the former president
paid a high tribute to the memory of
the dead explorer.
Viscount Bryce called and had a talk
with the colonel in the afternoon. This
evening Lieutenant Colonel Arthur
Hamilton Lee, former British military
attache at Washington, gave a dinner
party in honor of Mr. Roosevelt. Those
invited were: Lord and Lady North
cliffe, Sir Cecil Spring-Rice. Austen
Chamberlain, Sir Leander Starr Jame
son, and Earl Curson of Kedleston.
New Orleans, June 15.-Plans have
been approved for the second city
criminal court and the third precinct
police station, the Item sayg. The
structure is to cost $75,000 and will
be ready by January 1, 1915.
President the Federation Tel- ti
,graphs T He Is Coming to Per- S
suade th eceders to Return and
There Is culation as to How His h
Olive Bra Will Be Received.
Butte, Jti 15.--With the saloons
reopened tight and the streets
crowded, thi was not a sign of trou
ble, the la and order committee of
the insurgen miners having the situa
tion under olute control. The comn- b
mittee anno ccd that it had required
every insur nt miner, who Was un
married to ledge himself that he
would prot t all property from de
struction, s any demonstration and
t see that th stars and stripes were n
respected. his committee is com
posed of m of every nationality in ii
Butte. c
1 The insur ets also announced that o
- they stood piepared to join forces with o
t the police efa the event any further
o outbreak threatened. The authorities
- tonight stated their belief that all dan
ger of another outbreak had passed.
n President Charles H. Moyer of the
Western Fe ation, wired that he was
9 to.IWit in an effort-to pur
suade the seceding miners to recon
n sider their action and come into the
federation. Mr. Moyer is coming with
an olive branch, it is said, and his
n, plan of procedure embraces the ap
pointment of a committee to investi
gate alleged abuses existing in the
n local miners' union which are said to
- have brought about the revolt.
re At a meeting of the officers of the
ae Butte Miners' union and the trustees
In of that organization this flternoon it
id was decided to call a meeting at Car
'y penter's union hall at 11 o'clock to
ad morrow. Charles H. Tanner and R. R.
id .cKenzie, auditor and organizer, re
e- spectively of the Western Federation,
an attended the meeting. A meeting of
rk the trustees also was called for re
it pairing the damage done to the
Sminers' hall Saturday and steps will
be taken, to sue the city of Butte in
an effort to recover. The action will
be based on the allegation that the
no city officials failed to provide proper
i- protection.
or J. C. Lowney of Butte, member of
n- the executive board of the Western
d- Federation and long prominently con
t1- nected with the miners' union, arrived
n1 last night from Great Falls. He was
a in cnsultation with a number of
Ce union officials today, but he had no
rs statement for publication. tIe main
he tains that the Butte organization is
a still intact.
Washington, June 15.-Organization n
of new national banking and currency
system entered its last stages today
when President Wilson nomilnate( the
five men who serving with the secre
tary of the treasury and the comptrol
ler yr. the currency ex-officio, will
constitute the federal reserve board.
('harles S. Hamlin of Boston was
nomniatel for the two-year term; Paul ,
Warburg of New York for four years:
Thomas D. Jones of Chicago for six
years; W. P. G. Harding of BirmlinE.
ham, Ala., for eight years, and A. C.
Miller of San Francisco for 10 years.
Thus, eventually all appointments to
the hoard will be for 10-year terms,
the term of one member expiring every
two years. President Wilson will se
lect one of the men named today to
be governor of the hoard. It is gen
erally expected that Mr. Jones or Mr.
Hamlin will be chosen.
f[pon their confirmation by the
senate they will complete the organi
zation of the new currency system. It
is planned to have it in operation in
time to care for the needs of the coun
try during the crop movement season
this fall.
Mr. Hamlin, now assistant secretary
of the treasury, was chosen today after
E. C. Simmons of St. Louis declined
a place. Mr. Warburg and Mr. Hard
I ing are bankers,; Mr. James is a law
yer, and Mr. Miller is an economist,
now assistant secretary of the interior.
Backers of Proposed. New Union Make a
Declaration of Principles and Deny Affilia
tion With Any National Organization, Po
litical or Industrial, Declaring for Home
Rule and Social Justice and Avowing Al
legiance to the Stars and Stripes.
Butte, June 15.-(Special.)-The first public declaration of principles of the committee
which organized the formal revolt against the Butte Miners' union, No. 1, Western Fed
eration of Miners, and organized the independent body, whose membership is said to em
brace nine-tenths of the miners in the camp, was issued tonight. The statement makes it
very plain that the men in control of the movement are neither anarchists nor rowdies and
that the best thought and blood in the industry is directing the seceding cohorts. The
statement opens with the following declaration:
"Every married miner in sympathy with or belonging to the new miners' organization
, has been pledged to fight, if necessary, to protect the life and property of all residents of
Butte and to protect and enforce respect for the stars and stripes."
The committee who made the statement asked that their names be not published, as they
did not seek publicity. The statement was supplemented by an explanation that the
union was not affiliated with the 1. W. W. or any other national organization.
Majority Will Rule.
The name of the new union itself has not been selected, it is declared, and nothing will
be done without the sanction of the majority of actual miners who labor in the mines of
d Butte. That it will be an independent organization, however, is known to be the senti
ment of the majority of the men who are interested.
Explaining this, one of the officials
"We want men at the head of our
organization who live in Butte and will
be constantly in touch with local con
ditions and in sympathy with the best
interests of Butte. Why should we
constantly pay assessments to keep
organization officials in luxury In
other parts of the world? Why not
keep the money in Butte, where it is
produced? The I'utte organization,
by assessments of not over 50 cents
a month can keep the union in healthy
"The miners of Butte should have
an old miners' home, where aged and
disabled mine workers could be hunsed
when they are no longer able to work,
and the money that they have been
assessed in the past would have pro
vided all of tlhese benefits and many
others, such as a Christmas fund for
the poor widows and children whose
husbands have lont their lives at
work; disability funds and death and
sick henefits, besides a magnificent
hall large enough to accommodate all
of the members of the union. Butte
has loag sustained organizations and
officials in other parts of the country
and the miners are tired of carrying
other people's burdens. With an in
dependent organization, we can better
our own conditions and I think that
the majority are in favor of a Butte
local affiliated with no other organl
zation whatsoever."
Chairman William O'iBrien said L
there was no sentiment in the new
organization in favor of rowdyism or
violence. The miners wanted peace
and harmony, not the destruction or
property and tile taking of lives. lie
declared that it was too early to give
a definite statement of what course
of action would be pursued. This is
up to the miners themselves, he said,.
and every member of tne new organi- e
zation should have a voice in deciding
a policy and on all actions that are
No Quarrel With Companies.
"We are sincere in this movement," I
another official declared; "we have
no quarrel with tile mining compa- I
nies of Butte. We don't want to I
hinder the police or to ruin anyonew I
business or to harm. a soul. We ire 1
making a fight for principle only.
The miners of Biluttle have long been I
dissatisfied with tile way their union I
affairs have been conducted and the
dissatisfaction was general. We
fully intend," (here he turned to an
other official for sanction and receiv
ing approval, continued), "to fulfill
the contract with the mines. This is
purely a question to he settled by the
ln miners themselves and we and our
cY sympathizers will turn out, if neces
ay eary, to help the police to preserve
he order. W'e want justice and we don't
e- intend to do any one an injustice. We
1- are standing for principle and our
'11 motives are honorable. We will have
a union or an organization that will
as be run by the rule of the majority
tut and the government of it will rest
-s: with the miners themselves. We are
tix all working men. We don't want
u* the help of floaters, dynamiters and
C. agitators and if they attempt to take
the control into their hands, they wIll
to find a mighy warm reception waiting
s. for them.
ry Nothing to Fear.
9e- "The people of Butte have nothing
to to feur. If there is any trouble it
n- will be forced by enemies of the work
Ir. ling people, who will do it to try to
defeat justice and law and order.
the Personally I don't believe there will
bi- he any more disturbance. The trou
It ble makers are down and out."
In "We have the sympathy of public
In- sentiment and we will not do a thing
0on to lose it."
hter -
ned Washington, June 15.-Harry IK.
rd- Thaw was today denied release on
bW- ball pending consideration by the su
ist, preme court of his extradition from
'or. New Hampshire to New York.
J. I. Dobell, editor of the lottte Miner, asks that The Missoulian
"have the fairness to) correct the statement appearing In The Missoulian,
than there was any dearth of editors around the Miner bullding." The
request of Mr. ilhell is granted with hearty willingness and he will ex
plain the situlaion in his own way and in Ills own words: "It is true
that the editor and four of his force acted as pallbearers at the funeral
of the imother of Walter L. Blrown, a Miner reporter, Sunday afternoon.
I wos in the Miner office continuously from 7 o'clock until 2 o'clock
Sunday morning, with the exception of a few minutes about midnight
when, as is customary when Senator Clark is in town, I walked to his
holme with him and, after chiqtting with him a few minutes on the side
walk, returned to this office." It must have been in one of these brief
periods of absence that the insurgent committee sought Mr. Dobell or
somebody else In authority in the Miner office for the avowed purpose
of a conference on current topics.
Panris, Ju3ne It.--A thunderstorm of
hlenllolllell violence raged over Paris
Or three hours tonight. It caused loss
f life and enormous damage to propl
The rain flooded the streets anll
aaused the bursting of sewers. In the
central fashionable quarter of the city
street caved in, engulfing several
pedestrlans. The number of v\ictllms
Is not known, owing to the danger of
approaching the immlllenll pits result
ilng from the collapse of sidewalks
and roadways. The police estimate
the victims at seven at least.
The most serious cave-in occurred
at the junction of the Inue La lhuotie
ind the Fauborg Saint Honore. When
the storm was at its height tOU0 lllare
feet of the roadway heaved up and
sank, carrying with it a number of
persons who had taken shelter under
the awning of a cafe. Wiuter .lpurted
from the broken mains and, added to
torrents from tilhe skies, cunverted the
listrict into a river. Gas mains, tele
pihone wires and the electrical sulpply
were broken off.
The quarter was immediately Iso
lated anid detachments of polihce were
sumnnmoned, but for a time nothing
could be (lone owing to the darkness.
Firemen with powerful lamps and
gangs of laborers began exploring the
wrecked street.
Washington, June 1it.-President
Wilson today signed the Panama tolls
exemption repeal bill as amended in
the senate and agreed to by the house,
Helena, June 15.-(Special.)-Sena
tor T. J. Walsh, who arrived here
from Washington last evening to spend
a week on private business, states
that the Montana delegation has
agreed upon a successor to J. G. Locke
as surveyor general, whose resigna
tion takes effect July 1, and that his
name will be sent into the senate next
week. The Montana delegation has
agreed hereafter to withhold the names
of appointees until after they have
1,ondon, June 1G.-The London
ImrnIIr g papers extend congratulatlons
to President Wilson on the Panama
tolls exempt ion repeal bill. The, Mail
says: "The president has done a fine
thing in the right way. We believe
that the American people will see in
his act another proof that they have
I the good fortune to be governed by a
r great tman.'
P The Dally Chronicle says: "Tt will
Increase President Wilson's personal
. scendancy, remove what would be a
deplorable source of diplomatic diffi
culty and restore to the great repub
I lie its full credit as a treaty-keeping
D. A. R.
Minneapolis, June 15.-National so
s1 ciety, Daughters of the Revolution,
D opened its twenty-third annual con
vention in Minneapolls today. Among
the delegations to arrive was that of
Y New York, which came in a private
car. Mrs. Clarence L. Bleakley, prest
- dent-general, was at the head of the
e party.
Rome, June 14.-With the occupation
of the dissatisfied provinces by the
military forces, order is rapidly being
restored, and it Is expected that with
it in a day or two the district of Ra
is magna, comprising the provinces of
in Bologno, Ferrara, Ravenna and Forlt,
e. will have resumed normal conditions.
been nominated. Senator Walsh be
lieves that the conservation program
that contains sla bills will be enacted
this session without being amended in
any vital respect, Montana is most
interested in the bill extending the
time of payments on irrigation proj
ects from 10 to 20 years. Eastern
democrats, said Senator Walsh, are of
the opintoi4 Roosevelt will be the "re
publican candidate for president i.

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