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wished they could withdraw the
And then, today, the truth
came out. -
The man who fired at the sol
dier, and whom the soldier killed,
was not a miner. ' He was a mine
guard, one of the imported "de
tectives" of the mine owners.
There is high indignation and
excitement among the miners to
day. They do not know whom to
trust; the ydo not know which
.way to turn.
"There are spies and 'agents
provocateurs' scattered all over
imong the miners," said Vice
President Frank J. Hayes, of the
United Mine Workerstoday.
"These spies want to start trou
ble, to cause a great battle be
tween soldiers and miners.
"Most of them are former mine'
guards. The mine guard's job de
pends upon trouble. Where law
and order are enforced, there is
'no place for the mine guard.
"There never used to be law
and order in the hills of the min
ing country of West Virginia. So
the mine guard throve there.
"And then King Elliott as the
miners love to call the adjutant
general, came with his soldiers,
and kicked the mine guards out,
and seized the machine guns of
the mine owners, and put on end
to oppression and murder and
starvation and homelessness.
"Of course, the mine guards
did not like it. It meant the loss
of their jobs. Of course, the mine
owners did not like it. It ineanf
they had lost the strike because I
tfcey; caahot win this strike by I
lawful means, and they know that
if Gov. Glasscock's commission
ever finds out the truth, it will rer
port against them. j
"So the mine owners and
guards turned to the agent pro
vocateur system. Mine guards
were scattered through the min
ing villages with orders to start
trouble by firing on the soldiers.
"In every instance in which a
soldier is fired upon a thorough'
in vestigation will show that the
man who does the firing is not a
"The miner does not hate the
soldier. The soldier has made the
life of the miner safe. It was not
safe before the coming of the sol
"But the plot will not Succeecj,
because we shall uncover the
whole truth and make it public-p
and the mine owners are more
afraid of the truth becoming pub
lic than of anything else." .
Mother Jones, angel of the
mining camps, left here for the
State of War today, tQ get the
military, authorities to arrest her.
Mother Jones was told the mi
litia was just waiting for a chance
to arrest her on the charge of
making inflammatory speeches.-
"I'll give them the chance," she
said. "I'd just as soon sleep n
the guard house as in a hotel. ,Z
guess I'll go down to Cabin
As soon as the military author
ities heard she was coming the
order that she be arrested on
sight was given. u
Thousands of jobless men ar
trying to enlist in the state mi-i