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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, January 02, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 2

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Mr. Moyer is president of the Western Federation- of Miners, who has this
strikerin charge. From the time the strike was called, the mine oMvners.and
their agents publicly and privately have made all sorts of criminal charges
against Moyer and the Western Federation of .Miners.,
They have calledthem murderers and assassins. They have made
these charges through tbeAssociated PresB., to the governor of the state, to
every person with whom they have talked or for whom they liave written.
They have charged Moyer and his associates with more and greater crimes
inferentially charged
than were
chareed aeain the mine owners and
their paid gunmen and Citizens' Al
liAncs They have never felt that either
Moyer or the miners were in any Way
justified for violating the law, r.o mat
ter what slander has been uttered
against their name and their organ
ization. Beyond all this, the killing of 72
people, mostly non-combatants, was
a serious and dreadful catastrophe.
It shocked every person all over the
world who read or heard of the hor
rible holoCause, but horrible as it is
for 12 to be trampled to death, this
is a small matter compared witji the
slow starvation of many times that
number which has been, going on in
Michigan for the last; six months.
All the women and children
amongst the striking miners of that
ynfortunate district have heen on the
verge of starvation and no mine
owrier and no hired thug has been
shocked to see them die.
They have been slowly- starving
whiie the agents of the government,
the governor of the stateand good
citizens everywhere have been urg
ing the mine owners to settle this
The mine owners have persistent
ly refused all negotiations to end this
strike., They have demanded of the
men that before they work, they
must abandon their unions. They
have refused to submit the questions
in dispute to a board to be appointed
by the president of the "United States
or the governor of Michigan, or in ,
any other way. They have openly
said to their workers and their
wives" and children that they will kill
them by. slow starvation unless.' they
go back 'to work with their com
plaints unheard.
What the mine owners lack is not
so much human feeling, as imagina
tion. If 70 women and children are
trampled to death under their eyes,
ihey can suffer with the women and
childrenand raise money to bury the
dead, but if 40,000 are dying of slow
starvation because of their stubborn
ness the only sensation they get is .
one of satisfaction and pleasure, .
'It, is really unfortunate for the
country 'that thee hime "owners have
no imagination. .'
BY GERTRUDE M. PRICE J people, we must love our neighbors
Calumet. Mich.. Jan. 2. "By .the rwhatever they may do."
Bacrice Of our children arid the-sor-row
that blinds our eyes may this
terrible yuletide disaster bring peace
Into- our midst Surely no one can
feel bitterness at such a time of grief,
Ajid certainly the hearts of all, re
gardless of differing opinions, must
be" softened. Indeed, they must. Dear
Flinging; one arm in desperation of
great grief over the casket of ' her
deadi and frequently calling to.. the
lifeless form within in. inarticulate
endeannentSi Mrs. Sam Jokipii,- a
Finish woman, a leader among he:1
people, but only a tender mother "in
sorrow, stood at .the chancu rail in

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