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such gush as that oFyoung Prince Rockefeller about the rights" of non
union workmen to remain non-union, the inviolability of contracts, the
right to free contract, etc.
But what we don't get at, is what is going on in the minds of striking
workingmen themselves; and I believe the rank and file of labor in this
country today isjnuch more radical and revolutionary than any of their
leaders. " -
Knowing something of what labor leaders and the rank and file really
think and feel, as well as what they say for publication, 1 have been surprised 1
that what has just happened in Colorado hasn't happened long ago. -A
I don't believe the people of Chicago, or of the country, know any more
of what is going on in the minds of workingmen today than the king and
the nobles of France knew just before the storming of the bastile.
Outside of labor's ranks, most men depend upon the daily newspapers
for the information upon Which they base their opinions. A great majority"
of the newspapers tlo not get down to the heart of things. I don't think
many of the publishers themselves know what is going on. Even the men
under them don't print all they know, because they are influenced by the
atmosphere in which they work; and they feel that the boss doesn't want
certain news published even though they don't get explicit orders to sup
press it. .
I know enough of the temper of the workers in this country to believe
that they are in full sympathy with the action of the Colorado miners,, in
arming themselves and fighting the gunmen and state militia to the death,:JF
to protect themselves and their wives and children.
I can see how I would think differently if I depended upon the daily
newspapers and what they get from the press associations for my informa
tion. But I don't depend upon them. I read daily some newspapers that
most people in Chicago never see newspapers most of them weeklies
that are published by the working class itself. -.-
It was through reading one of these newspapers published wholly by
workingmen that I learned something of the Jruth about the situation at
Calumet; and I went there to find out for myself. Among other things I
found that the "news" sent out of the Michigan copper country to the press
associations was sent from the offices of the daily newspapers at Calumet,
Hancock and Houghton, and that all of these daily newspapers were con
trolled by the mine owners or managers.
The first real news of that strike and of th oondiict of the statfi -militia
and private army of gunmen that the people of Chicago got, they got J
through The Day Book; and the first real news the people of other cities $
got tney got tnrougn tne news stones i sent irom uaiumet ana uougnton j.
to the United Press. J
The first real news that came out of the Colorado coal region came
j through correspondents of the Denver Express and the United Press., 1'
lit But even then all of the news didn't come out. And I think it is of the'
If eravest importance that the people know more of the truth, and especially
of what is going on m the mmds of the working class. . r
hot tne mionnauon 01 au wno want to De lmormea, 1 am going to
quote from the Colorado Workers a newspaper published at Denver in the
interest of the working class. The following is the conclusion of a first
""The crisis has come and we have got to meet it. Upon the issue in
volved the whole body of organized labor can unite and every enemy of
plutocracy will join .us, Wrom the farm, tha factaja and store will pour.