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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, September 15, 1913, Image 5

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Ward the soldiers. Now the bitter
ness Is directed at the "soldiers be
cause of the Sag incident, and it
wouldn't take, much to start a battle.
Before 7 o'clock Saturday morning
about 2,000 striking miners, headed
Ijy women, one of whom was carry
ing the silk flag, were parading the
streets of Calumet toward their head
quarters. At the corner of two
streets, about a block from their hall,
they were- halted by the town mar
shal, nine deputies and some state
cavalrymen and infantrymen.
Captain Blackman ordered the
miners to turn back and go the otiier
way. A woman carrying the flag
said: "Come op, boys." King says
the soldiers pushed the flag back as
the woman held it up. She said:
"This flag is for freedom and We
want freedom."
Then Captain Blackman gave or
ders to disperse the crowd. Prank J.
King grabbed the-flag from -the wo
man's hands, held.it in front of him
horizontally and cried:
VThis flag will protect us. Don't
King says Blackman then struck
him in the face with one hand and
knocked down the flag with the other
and then struck the eagle from the
pole of the flag with his saber.
"Another soldier then pointed a re
volver at me," said King, "and said:
'Give me that flag or I'll ijll' you.' I
replied: 'I won't give you this flag.
Kill me now. 111 die before I give
you this flag out of my hand.' " King
says he was then struck on the head
and the flag was struck twice and
9 that a bayonet was thrust through
the flag.
Captain Blackman says, he halted
the parade'himself to keep, the strik
ers from going toward the Red Jacket
mine property. t
, He told them they c&uld go no
further. He said a man grabbed the
flag from the woman's hand and said:
"We'll march where we please," the
man holding the flag horizontally in
front of him. Blackman also, claims
King knocked a gun out of a soldier!
"That made me so mad," said
Captain Blackman, "that I struck the
.man and drew my saber. I have been
too long a soldier to let him use the
flag-as a cloak. I didn't .have a gun.
If I had had .one I would have killed
the man right there. I have tHe
eagle. I picked it up from thestreet
and will keep it' I didn't like to see
the American flag in the hands of
There were about fifteen American
flags in the,parade. The miners who
were present claim the cavalrymen
rode over the flag and that the wo
man who first carried it'-haji her
sleeve torn by a bayonet. Captain
Blackman says the flag trailed in the
street when King turned it in a hori
zontal position. ,
The story of-the flag incident as
told by eye witnesses among the
strikers is stronger than I.have told
here. . -
There is much bitterness among
the strikers, who claim they were
not going on the Red Jacket mine
property, but were marching to their
hall. After the incident the strikers
paraded the principal street, holding
high the torn flag and calling the at
tention of citizens to it.
Trinidad, Col., Sept. 15. Danger
of a strike of 9,000 coal miners in the
Southern Colorado fields is imminent.
The wage scale convention of the
miners of Colorado, Utah and New
Mexico began today. The feeling is
general that a strike is inevitable and
that it may be called early next week.
Governor Amnions has failed to
bring .tHe operators into conference
with the miners, and the operators
themselves have ignored 'the invita
tion of the United Mine Workers to
attend today's conference. The state
is practically without coal and a cold
snap at this time would bring great
suffering. , .....taiY -

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