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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, February 04, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 8

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Clifton, Ariz., Feb. 4. The strike
just ended here in a partial victory
for the 5,000 miners was one of the
most remarkable in history, inthat
Thei;e wasn't a bit of disorder!
And Arizona thanks George W. P.
Hunt, Arizona's first and only gov
ernor, for the peace that marked the
The mine managers did their best
to cause disorder. When the strike
was called the company officials got
on an A. & N. M. locomotive and sped
down to Lordsburg, N. M., where they
let it be known the strikers were law
less and desperate, and asserted that
armed guards would have to be
brought in to protect property with
the aid of the militia.
They expected Gov. Hunt would
send in the militia right away, and
let the companies import strikebreak
ers, so the miners could be accused
of fomenting the trouble that gen
erally follows introduction of ail alien
element into industrial disputes.
(That was the way it was done in
But Gov. Hunt was a man of a cal
iber the mine bosses hadn't figured
"You wont import any guards or
strike-breakers," said Hunt "I'll
send militia but all they'll do will be
to patrol the district They won't
help you win the strike."
Hunt then arranged for the West
ern Federation of Miners agents to
leave the district, leaving conduct of
the walkout absolutely in the hands
of the local labor leaders. Sheriff
Cash of Greenlee county made sev
eral strikers deputies and had them
guard the companies' deserted prop
erties. Clifton, Morenci and Metcalfe,-
the three camps affected, were
never more orderly.
Business men protested they were
suffering, and a few, who had not
been making moneybefore the strike,
closed up and left town.
The companies seized on this as a
pretext for a campaign to recall Gov.
Hunt Labor, farmers and mer
chants rallied to Hunt's support and
the recall campaign blew up.
The men dickered with the com
paniesrall during the campaign, but
"No concession!" said the mfne own
ers. The companies then hired some
strikebreakers. A trainload of them
left Lordsburg, but as soon as they
crossed the Arizona line they were
stopped and "interned" at Duncan.
Finally the companies saw they
couldn't crush the miners and agreed
to a compromise. The men are now
returning to work under an arrange
ment whereby monthly conferences
will settle all grievances.
Both the strikers and the men in
camp at Duncan those who still
want to work will be employed. The
men's wage demands were met, but
their union is not officially recognized.
State's Att'y Hoyne is considering
laying his complaint against Att'ys
Chas. Erbstein and Patrick O'Don
nell before the grand jury. He ob
jects to the way they handled the de
fense of policemen he had indicted
for grafting.
When the Chicago bar ass'n re
fused to act without evidence Hoyne
sent an assistant to the supreme
court, which ruled any disbarment
action would have to come through
the bar ass'n.
Erbstein says he is no more afraid
of the indictment than he is of
Hoyne's plan to have him disbarred.
' o o
We offer all our government bulle
tins on "New Counterfeits" to any
body that'll tell us how to get a $20
bill, either real or counterfeit
-- 3-a?

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