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They found that the poor and op
pressed have no legal rights as
against the oppressors. From the
start the tent colonies have been the
object of depredations by soldiers and
Time and again thelenf colonies
have been shot up in the night. Raids
have been made and tent ropes cut.
"Wells have been fouled, and this in
a country where water is as precious
Ludlow is the largest tent colony.
It numbered about 400 tents which,
since last September, have furnished
homes to as high as 1,500 men, wo
men 'and children. -The colony was
located on a broad bit of mesa
stretching away from a railroad
Louis Tikas, one of the victims of
this week's .massacre, acted as mayor
of the" little community, and to him
was given credit for maintaining or
der, peace and sanitation in the camp
which spoke 21 different languages.
TAKE BURNED BODIES FROM
THE GROUND 29 DEAD
Trinidad, Col., April 24. Twenty
nine are now dead as a result of the
war between the militia and the strik
ing miners in the Colorado coal fields
and their bodies lie in the morgue.
Nineteen will be buried today in bne
The strikers released the prisoners
in the Empire mine yesterday, but J.
W. Sipple, president of the, company,
with twenty of his men, refused to
We told them we'd protect them
if they'd come out and give -up their
guns," declared Strike Leader Sny
der, who led the party that bore the
offer of release to the prisoners.
"Sipple said he'd talk it over with his
The work of taking the charred
bodies of the wives and children of
the miners qut of the ruins of the
tents fired, It is declared, by the mili
tia was ghastly.
Eleven "women and two children 1
were taken -from the death cellar at
Ludlow, where they were held trap
ped by the guns of the militiamen in
The cellar is ten feet deep and at
the bottom less than six feet square.
In tins hole lay the bodies, heaped
together. The mothers, Mrs. Chas.
Costa and Mrs. S. Chavez, had evi
dently tried to shelter with their
bodies their helpless little ones. But
the bodies, one of them 11 days old,
struggled when the suffocating
smoke crept down. Their little hands,
scarred by the flames, showed how
they had reached out, trying to pull
themselves from the flames.
Desultory fighting continued yes
terday at Ludlow, 'but the main body
of the strikers is believed to be at
Rugby and Primrose.
REPORTS SAY GOV. AMMONS
MAY FACE IMPEACHMENT
Denver, Col., April 24. It is plan
ned to impeach Gov. Amnions at the
special session of the Colorado legis
lature, according to authoritative re
ports because of his attitude in the
coal mines strike in Southern Col
orado. Gov. Ammons, who is returning
here from Washington, said he would
see that sufficient troops were sent to
the strike zone to restore order.
COUNCIL COMMITTEE DOINGS
The council committee on commit
tees, which Is meeting at Natural
Bridge, Va., made-some progress yes
terday. Aid. Otto Kerner got the important
place as head of the judiciary com
mittee. The Democrats gave seven
places of the finance committee to
Republicans and the eighth place to
Aid. Charles E. Merriam.
- Aid.' John Toman is assured of the
position of head of the license com
mittee. The aldermen will start
home-tomorrow. . '
WiU of John A. Gauger filed. $207.
500 estate goes to family.
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