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The day book. [volume] (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, May 16, 1913, Image 6

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CONDITIONS IN MINE DISTRICT
REVEALED BY MOTHER JONES
Washington, May 16. Waiting for
the Senate to take action on the
Kern resolution for a federal inves
tigation of alleged -violation of the
law by mine owners and atrocities
in the Paint and Cabin creeks coal
districts of West Virginia, Mother
Jones, the aged woman leader of the
miners who were on strike for a year,
Mother Jones.
further revealed conditions at which
the probe is aimed.
"The miners and their families
have been subjected to inhuman
treatment4hat is a disgrace to any
civilization and inconceivable in a
Christian country," said the "angei
of the miners."
She told of an attack made by
Baldwin guards one night in 1904
upon the cabins on Stanford moun
tain, where a band of striking miners
were asleep Wltli raising $n alarm)
the attacking party, she aHeeed, fired
' a volley into the cabins, killing seven
and wounding 21.
The miners had refused, a day or
two before, to allow a deputy to ar
rest one of their number who had
walked on the highway past a mine,
in violation of an injunction.
"None of that band of murderers
was ever arrested," said Mother
Jones. "When I was back there a
week afterward I found the widow
of one of those poor boys crying over
his grave on the hillside. Her little
child, 8 years old, was digging in the
clay at the liead of the mound, and
calling, 'Papa, please come back.'
"On Paint creek last summer a
good girl, not 17 years old, was go-'
mg on an errand of mercy when she
was stopped on the railroad track by
a mine guard. He swore at her and
told her to get off the right of way.
He made her wade Info the creek
with water up to her arms. He kept
yelling, 'pull your clothes higher.'
"Ninety per cent of these people
are natives of the district. It is an
American problem, with feudal greed
and feudal savagery in control in
We'st Virginia."
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THINK ANTI-SUFFRAGETS ARE
HAVING THE FUN
London, May 15. Three more
harmless suffraget bombs that could
not possibly have exploded were
found today, and Scotland 1b at a loss
to determine whether the suffragets
themselves are having fun or if it is
the work of the anti's.
The fire in St. Anne's church, East
Bourne, supposed to have been set
by militants, was put out before It did
much damage except to the organ,
but the women were indignant be
cause the perpetrators of the outrage
plastered "votes for women" On a
picture of Christ being entombedV
A cannister of gunpowder with an
unlighted fuse attached, was found
today beneath a pew in Holy Trinity
Qharcb, at Hastings.

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