Hellraisers Journal: Gen. Bell Promises "One Deportation After Another" from Cripple Creek District

You ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes.
-Mother Jones
 

 

Saturday June 11, 1904
From The Topeka Daily Capital: Mother Jones Continues Heading East

 

"MOTHER" JONES WAS HERE
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Is One of the Staff of President John Mitchel
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"Mother" Jones, who has been prominently identified with the Colorado miners' strike and is on the immediate staff of John Mitchell of the United Mine workers, was in Topeka for a short time yesterday afternoon. She called upon the local machinists and made a short talk at their meting. She left for the East last night.

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Cripple Creek Deportations June 1914
More from the Cripple Creek Strike zone, a report from the Daily News-Democrat of Huntington, Indiana:

UNION MINERS ARE BANISHED
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WORK OF DEPORTATION FROM CRIPPLE CREEK BEGINS.
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TRAIN LOAD IS TAKEN AWAY
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Men will Probably be Taken to Kansas State Line-
Will Not Be Permitted to Land In Colorado Cities.
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Colorado Springs, Col., June 11-Acting under the orders of Adjt. Gen. Sherman Bell, of the state national guard, a special train was made up shortly after noon Friday in the Short Line yards at Victor for the deportation of 76 union miners. The train was composed of a combination baggage car and two day coaches. Almost immediately the work of loading the men began. They were marched to the train between heavy lines of military and deputies. A crowd of fully 1,000 people had collected to see the men placed on board. Among the spectators were wives and sisters, fathers and mothers of the deported men, and the scenes were very affecting.

 

 

Mayor Harris of this city, had been apprised of the decision to deport the men, and immediately took steps to see that none of them landed in Colorado Springs. Under his instructions a large force of officers and deputy sheriffs met the special train at 6:10 p. m. for that purpose. No attempt was made, however, to unload the men here, arrangements having previously been made to send them to Kansas state line, over the Santa Fe, because of protests made against taking them to Pueblo or Denver and leaving them there.  

Kansans Indignant. 

   Syracuse, Kan., June 11.-Sheriff Brady of this county received a telegram from Sheriff Barr, of La Junta, Col., stating that a special train, carrying 140 deported miners from Colorado, would reach Coolidge and unload the miners in Kansas. Citizens of this county are indignant at this proceeding of the Colorado authorities, and an appeal has been made to Gov. Bailey to prevent Colorado from dumping her alleged undesirable citizens into Kansas.   

Will Soon Be Rid of Agitators.Cripple Creek, Col., June 11.-The woman's auxiliary of the miners' union has been forbidden by the military authorities to hold meetings.  

"Within 48 hours this district will be rid of all agitators and other objectionable men." said Gen. Bell, Friday. "One deportation after another will be made until none of the men who have terrorized the district so long will be left here"

Apparently by "men who have terrorized the district so long" Gen. Bell means striking union miners, and not the members of the Citizens' Alliance who have been rampaging through the Cripple Creek Strike zone these past several days, destroying union property, trashing the union relief stores, and rounding up, beating, and threatening union miners and local officials who are deemed too sympathetic to the union cause. Without any proof whatsoever, the Western Federation of Miners is blamed for the explosion at the Independence Station on June 6th, and this has provided Gen. Bell, the militia, and the Citizens' Alliance with the excuse they needed for this final assault on union organization in the Cripple Creek District.

The wives and children of the deported miners are now left behind to manage the best they can. The union relief stores on which they depend for food and other necessities of life have all been destroyed.

SOURCE The Topeka Daily Capital (Topeka, Kansas)
-of June 11, 1904
http://www.newspapers.com/image/63378608/?terms=%22Mother+Jones%22

The Cripple Creek Strike -by Emma F Langdon
(Part I, 1st pub 1904)
NY, 1969
http://www.rebelgraphics.org/wfmhall/langdon00.html

See also: Hellraisers+Cripple creek independence explosion
http://www.dailykos.com/search?text=Cripple+creek+independence+explosion...

Image Cripple Creek Deportations of June 1914
http://www.rebelgraphics.org/wfmhall/rastall18.html

Thursday June 11, 1914
Vancouver, British Columbia - Mother Jones Speaks at Vancouver Labor Temple

Mother Jones from Seattle Star of May 29, 1914
Mother's speech last evening at the Vancouver Labor Temple was a long one. We offer portions of a review from a reporter who was on the scene:

Mr. W. E. Walker, president of the Trades and Labor Council, presided, and Mr. George Pettigrew, international organizer of the United Mine Workers, introduced "Mother Jones in a brief address in which he said that she had addressed six very successful meetings on Vancouver Island.

Her address sparkled both with humor and pathos...

"If the capitalists rob us to buy guns for their hired assassin," she remarked in the course of one of her bitter tirades against the military system, "we will have to buy guns ourselves!"...

That was not an industrial war," she said referring to the Colorado conflicts. "It was a civil war. For the first time in the history of trades unionism in America the various organizations, among them some of the most conservative branches of industry, talked of buying arms and donated sums for that purpose. But it is not guns that we need in the fight - but brains. We will use the pen, not the sword; the head, not the arm. We will put men in the Legislature who will protect our rights as citizens."...

She touched but lightly upon the Nanaimo [strike] situation, merely stating that similar tactics to those adopted in the States had been employed to cope with the strike on Vancouver Island, and expressing sympathy with the men involved. She urged the cooperation of all of the unions and spoke of the powerful weapon within the grasp of organized labor by calling a general strike of all trades.

"You have to fight the same battle in British Columbia," she said. "Clasp hands, help the striking miners, join forces, read, study, and think."...

 

The State of Utah vs. Joseph Hillstrom

Today's Salt Lake Tribune reports on the first day of the trial of Fellow Worker Joe Hill:

 

SECURE NO JURYMEN IN HILLSTROM CASE
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   Trial of Man Charged with Morrison Murders Begins in District Court.  

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Trial of Joseph Hillstrom, charged with the murder of J. G. Morrison, a grocer, in a hold-up of the grocery store last January 10, began in Judge M. L. Ritchie’s division of the district court yesterday. At closing hour no juror had been obtained, though four men had been passed by the defense and will be examined by the state this morning.

 

 

The men passed for cause by the defense are C. O. Dunshee, William Purt, Carl A. Miller and Joseph Mellon.  

The state will rely on circumstantial evidence. Hillstrom was taken the day after the murder. He was suffering from a severe gunshot wound in the breast. It was known that young Arlin Morrison, who was murdered with his father, wounded one of the robbers in the fight.

Hillstrom maintained silence as to how he suffered the wound in his breast, but later he said that he received it in an affair over a woman, whose name he refused to disclose because, he said, to do so would endanger her honor.

Counsel for Hillstrom intimated yesterday that the woman would be put on the stand if necessary to save Hillstrom.

SOURCES

Mother Jones Speaks -ed by Philip S Foner
NY, 1983

Salt Lake Tribune (Salt Lake City, Utah)
-of June 11, 1914

Image Mother Jones from Seattle Star of May 29, 1914
http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn87093407/1914-05-29/ed-1/seq-2/...

There Is Power In A Union-Street Dogs

Now I long for the morning that they realize
Brutality and unjust laws can not defeat us
But who'll defend the workers, who cannot organize
When the bosses send their lackeys out to cheat us?

Money speaks for money, the devil for his own
Who comes to speak for the skin and the bone
What a comfort to the widow, a light to the child
There is power in a union
-Billy Bragg

 

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