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dred "detectives" of the Baldwin
The mine owners armed the
"detectives" with rjfles and re
volvers and told them they want
ed the strike ended.
Then the "detectives" went to
work. They turned miners and
their wives andv their children out
of the pitiful shacks they called
home; turned them out into the
hills and told' them they could die
of -exposure and starvation there.
The miners -naturally fought
back, but it didn't do them very-
much good. There were more
miners than "detectives," but the
"detectives" were better armed.
And, besides, there were the .ma
This explains Why the miners
Were sq glad when Gov. Glass
cock declared martial law in
Paint Creek and that district no
longer became part of the United
For the very first thing Kingr
H-lhott did when he arrived was
to seize the machine guns of the
mine owners and the rifles and
revolvers of the mine guards.
Then he gathered in 41' "detec
tives," and looked at his watch,
and remarked that they had just
exactly one hour to get out of the
State of War, and that it would
be unhealthy for them if they
didn't take advantage of that
Then King Elliott called be
fore him another of the detec
tives, one W. Y. Tucker, and ex
plained to Tucker that he was
going to make an example of him
for the go'Od of the State of Wsr.'l
King Elliott then charged
Tucker with carrying revolvers
without a state license, with im12
personating an officer while a
non-resident of the state, and a
few other little odds and ends. '
King Elliott asked Tucker- j
what he had to say for himself."
Tucker had nothing to say. l
"Isn't it true that you killed a
man in Jpnesville, Va.?" asked:
''Yes, but it was in self dt-
fense' Tucker Explained. ,
"One year in the penitentiary!
said King Elliott, and the mine2
pwners gasped. .--. '-
Tucker is the first mine guard7
ever sent to jail in West Vir
ginia. Formerly mine guards
were- tatcen Deiore country
squires who were in league with
the mme owners and who freed
The gasping done by the mine''
owners when Tucker was sent to"
then pen without any chance oF
an appeal was nothing to what
they did a little later. " r ' '
-- King Elliott took a stroll
through the village streets of his
kingdom. There were great piles"
of rubbish everywhere! This
struct King Elliott as untidy, scT
he called the mine owners- to
gether. "Get that rubbish removed," hV "
said. ' V
The mine owners removed the
rubbish. ' "
King Elliott turned his attend 1
tion to the railroads. He found
that their cars Were insanitary
and there were heaps of garbage
piled all -along' 'their -right ofi