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"REMEMBER LUDLOW!" WAS THE CRY OF
MINERS IN WALSENBURG BATTLE
(One of the battles fought Wednesday, April 29, in the hills of Colorado,
when the maddened-strikers set out to drive the Rockefeller gunmen from
the district, was on the lights of Walsenburg. The dispatch said that Don
MacGregor, a newspaperman well known in Chicago and Denver, was in
command all day of this successful fight. McGregor was asked to tell about
the battle for this newspaper. The following is his account. Editor.)
In Camp, Walsenburg, Col., May 5.
In thirteen different tongues the
words were spoken. Thirteen differ
ent nationalities of men heard them,
leveled their rifles on rocks and fired
at men wearing the uniform of the
National Guard of Colorado.
They fired carefully, deliberately.
They didn't fire to frighten but to
But they didn't shoot at those mili
tiament because the blood lust was in
their veins. They shot because the
memory of Ludlow was in their
Soon after the battle starter, Rock
efeller's murderers at the Walsen
mine turned their machine guns on
the city of Walsenburg. Two men
were killed there, while women and
children crouched in terror in the
basements of their homes.
Such was the battle of Walsen
burg, in which 300 strikers Wednes
day defended their position on a hill
top against about 200 so-called mili
tiamen. They tell me that one militiamen
and ten gunmen were killed. It's too
bad but they shouldn't be militia
men and gunmen. They shouldn't be
working for greedy coal operators
against men and women and chil
dren who are striking for bread.
It wouldn't be so bad if they
weren't working against the women
and children. The men can stand
their attacks. But when they kill
wives and mothers and babies kill
them for hire it's different.
I never knew braver or better men
than those miners. They're rough;
they're ignorant, but they're men.
They love their families.
And I know that when they fought
the militia at Walsenburg it was sim
ply to protect their families.
It wasn't for revenge. It was from
fear.of another massacre.
The strikers under me occupied a
position on a hill "the Hogback."
One-half mile back of them was their
camp of Toltec, and stretching twelve
miles back of that were seven other
strikers' camps in which were fifteen
hundred women and children. All
that stood between. John D. Rocke
feller's murderers and these fifteen
hundred women and children was
"The Hogback" and the strikers
And every man was thinking of
Ludlow. Four men who had lost
wives and children in the massacre
there were in our ranks. They'd told
the story of Ludlow, over' and over
again. They'd told how the militia
men andJ.be gunmen, brought to Col
orado lib kill for hire, had trained
their machine guns on the camp.
They'd heard how the tents were set
on fire, how the children screamed
and died in cruel flames!
' And they were determined to die
rather than let those militiamen
reach the camp back of Walsenburg.
We didn't do wrong. . We didn't re
sist officers of the law. We resist
ed men who have preyed on us for
months, who have shot us down, who
have burned our camps and who
have killed our women and children.
That's the awful part. -
The battle started Monday after
noon, when Rockefeller's arjnyopen.-
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