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hits while his mates jumped on Cash
ion, Ayers and Engle. Hartzell got
three singles and Shanks and "Wil
liams each walloped homers.
Leonard stopped the Mackmen cold
while the Red Sox hammered Wyc
koff. Hooper registered a triple and
two singles, Gardner a double and
two singles, and eLwis a pair of dou
bles. The Athletics failed to score un
til the ninth.
ONE MAN'S OPINIONS
BY N. D. COCHRAN.
Coloring the News. Monday's
Tribune started its story on the Sun
day meeting of the Chicago"Federa
tion of Labor with a headline in these
words: "Urge Violence in Colorado."
The opening paragraph was as fol
lows "Speeches advocating violence by
workingmen when their appeals to
the courts are denied were made at
the- meeting of the Chicago Federa
tion of Labor yesterday."
The first impression given the read
er was that the meeting was advocat
ing violence, without making clear
under what circumstances violence
was defended or advocated.
I dropped in at that meeting short
ly after 4 o'clock. I heard the speech
of Lt.-Gov. O'Hara and that of John
Walker, president of the Illinois Fed
eration of Labor. (The Tribune show
ed how much it doesn't know about
labor leaders by referring to John
Walker as William Walker.)
Violence was not urged by any one
of the speakers, except as a last re
sort and then only by workingmen in
defense of their families and their
friends; andthen it was urged as the
constitutional right of an American
President Walker "said he favored
exhausting every expedient to protect
their constitutional rights before re
sorting to arms, and said he would go
as far as any man to try to get jus
tice for the workers without violence.
He plainly said that workers would
not resort to violence unless it was
forced upon them as a last resort.
After thoroughly covering the
ground along that line he then said,
as I remember it, after saying that
workingmen wanted to obtain justice
by the methods of peace, "But if they
won't have it any other way and in
sist on war, then by God, we'll give
it to them that way."
Lt-Gov. O'Hara merely defended
the action of the Colorado miners in
fighting back to defend their homes,
their wives and their children from
the murderous assaults of hired gun
men and state militia.
What's wrong about that? Is there
any red-blooded man who reads this
who would fold his arms and look on
peaceably while hired assassins were -murdering
his wife and babies?
I think the patience of the workers
in Colorado and in Michigan has been
amazing. When they were cheated of
justice by officers and judges of
courts, they didn't get guns and
When state militiamen made a min
er dig his own grave as a joke, the
miners didn't get guns and shoot.
When the state militiamen were
used as gunmen for the mine oper
ators, the strikers didn't get guns and
But when they got off company
land, when they rented land them
selves and erected tents for them
selves and families, and when the sol
diers and gunmen killed men, women
and children with machine guns, and
then killed others bv settine fire to
the tents then, and only then, did
the outraged miners arm themselves
and fight back.
What would YOU do if YOUR wife
and children were murdered in cold
I say that the miners of Colorado
had the same right and it wastheir
duty to fight back under those cir
cumstances as it was the right and
the duty of the pioneers In the west
ern country in the early days to fight
hack when Indians attacked their