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AFFIDAVITS FROM STRIKEBREAKERS BLAME
MINE OWNERS FOR CRIME Pres. Chas. H. Moyer of the West errr Federation of Miners will this afternoon-present thirty-five affidav its, to -Gov. Ferris of Michigan. Rep resentatives of tie Western Federa tion of. Miners in New York obtained 'the affidavits from ex-gunmen after men had returned there, who had " beeh working for the Waddell-Ma-hon, the Ascher and other strike breaking agencies. They absolutely place the respon- sibility for the crime and bloodshed r that has prevailed in the strike ' bound district at the door of the mine owners. Wm. J. Burns, an Ascher gunman, said that he was given a gun and two-foot clubhand instructed to shoot down any who attempted to look cross-eyed at the strikebreakers. He said that the strikers were peaceful and only carried small American flags. Edward Hintz, an Ascher gunman, was told by Lieut Cohen that he could use his gun whenever he saw fit He also told about the beating given a striker who carried an Amer ican flag because the superintendent of the Mohawk mines didn't like his looks. Frank- Haddaway, an Ascher man, t-told of the near slavery which was forced on strikebreakers- -who were hired to Calumet by false promise's. "I was guarding the- 'company's houses," reads.Haddaway's affidavit, "whenever men arrived to work as miners and whenever they arrived ;and desired tor quit they were not per mitted' to leave. Guards, would not let them leave. I got those instruc tions from, Mr. Smith, superintendent .of the Ahmeek-mines. . "I saw- men .compelled to work, .and wiien they quit they refused to pay them saying they had no mojiey .cqming to them." i Joseph Crowe, Ascher man, swore that the gunmen were, nearly,-all habitual drunkards who beat and shot miners arid insulted their wives and daughters. He also, said .that when men were imported there and then refused to work,-after learning a strike was in progress, they were forced to walk back. . Eugene Sprague, Ascher man, said he was given instructions to shoot to kill any union man seen near the company's property. Charles Dalton, Ascher man, said that Dr. Tucker of the mines told him to shoot to kill wheh ha -fired because "dead men tell no tales." He received the same order from Justice Medlin of Ahmeek, he claimed. "I was placed in charge of the dam with orders to shoot any one I saw walking in the neighborhood," swore Dalton. "These orders were given by Lieut Burgess. "We were instructed to' break up all the miners' parades,, even though they were all peaceful. And we fur ther had instructions to make all strikebreakers remain at "work, no matter how" badly they wanted to leave." Martin Gannon, Ascher man, told of a fire started by Ascher gunmen. He also said that the guards started trouble so ate to make the jobs' last longer. 1 o o TO GUARD MOYER Calumet, Mich., Jan. 8. Owing to the slugging methods of the Citizens' Alliance and the hired gunmen, the Western Federation of Miners will form a bodyguard of their own for Pres. Chas., H. Moyer. Goy. .Ferris will confer with, the wounded labor leader this afternoons o o Orville Wright says that as soon as his new aeroplane Js stableized, any one can fly it. Sure! The reason we don't fly now is that they haven't got up an aerdplahe that'll fly when in the stable.