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Hellraisers Journal: Western Federation of Miners on strike in Michigan aided by United Mine Workers

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

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Tuesday November 3, 1903
From The Arizona Republican: Victory for 35,000 Striking Miners in Spain


SPANISH STRIKERS

They Got All They Asked But Can Not Organize

Bilboa, Nov. 1-Never in the history of Bilboa has there been a strike of such consequences to the iron workers of Spain as that which terminated to-day. The miners will no longer be compelled to live cooped in barricades provided by the mining companies, and they will no longer be forced to purchase food from the company stores, which has been often declared unfit to eat.

Instead of being paid by the month, they will hereafter be paid every week. They have been refused, however, the right to organize, and it is believed this refusal will lead to trouble in the future.

The strike affected 35,000 men and 10,000 infantry, cavlary and artillerymen were brought here to settle it.

The arrival of Lieut. Gen. Zappino, commander-in-chief of the Basque provinces, was followed by conferences, which resulted in the settlement. It is officially stated that four persons were killed and twenty-one wounded during the strike, but the wounded will exceed this number.

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Hellraisers Journal: John H Walker of Illinois State F of L in Michigan to Support Copper Strikers

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

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Monday November 2, 1903
From The New York Times: N. C. F. Pleads for Conservatism from Labor Unions

Manufacturers and employers of labor all over the country are pleading with labor unions to go slowly and conservatively while the present scary feeling as to business conditions lasts. Discussing the general business situation, Marcus M. Marks, President of the Clothiers' Association and a member of the executive Committee of the National Civic Federation, said:

"...At such a period, employers should be patient with labor, and not shut down the workshops without absolute necessity; and it is important for the labor unions to go ahead very slowly, to read the signs and study the situation; to moderate their demands as occasion requires, and to avoid calling strikes until all reasonable efforts to bring about conciliation have been exhausted. Employers and wage earners should join hands in a great endeavor to keep the wheels of manufacture moving smoothly until the disordered machinery of Wall Street, gets into the safe groove again."

Whether or not, this plea for conservatism by Mr. Marks is aimed at his cohort in the N. C. F., Mr. John Mitchell, we do not know. John Mitchell, President of the United Mine Workers of America, has just authorized a massive coal strike in District 15 which includes the entire state of Colorado. The strike could begin any day.

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Hellraisers Journal: Deputized Gunthugs Attack Ludlow Tent Colony, Two Die as Miners Defend Colony

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

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Monday October 26, 1903
Indianapolis, Indiana - Mother Jones Bringing Report from District 15 of U. M. W. of A.

Keeping track of the whereabouts of Mother Jones is not always easy as she storms about the country on behalf of the United Mine Workers of America. Mother has been busy these past two weeks. On October 12th she was Illinois speaking at a memorial for the Virden Martyrs. On October 16th a Cincinnati newspaper printed an interview that she granted them while in that city, and the paper then indicated that she was on her way to Chicago. Yet on October 19th, the Denver Times reported:

Labor's Joan of Arc in This City.

Reports from Colorado indicate that she met with President Charles Moyer and Secretary Big Bill Haywood of the Western Federation of Miners. She stated her admiration for these two leaders, and her hope that Solidarity would hold the two miners' unions firm in their alliance. She even offered the olive branch to Governor Peabody, although her optimism that the Governor will stop his war on organized labor is not shared by those who have felt the full effects of that war.

We have also received reports that, while she was in the Southern Coalfields, Mother went dressed as peddler into the coal camps. By way of that disguise, she was able to get past the mine guards, travel the company roads, and visit with miners and their families in the wretched shacks which the coal companies offer as housing for their employees.

Mother has stated many times that the miners and their families live "in practical slavery to the company." The company owns their houses and all the land on which the company towns are built. If a miner loses his job, he also loses his home, and is summarily thrown out by the brutal company guards. The miners are paid in scrip, and must shop at the company store, at prices set by the company. The miners must send their children to company schools and worship in company churches...

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Hellraisers Journal: Mother Jones to Governor Ammons, "These women ain't going to bite you."

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

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Thursday October 22, 1903
From the El Paso Herald: "Combine of Miners Numbers 1,000,000"

From El Paso, Texas, comes the good news of peace and co-operation between the Western Federation of Miners and the United Mine Workers of America:


Merger to Combat Owners' Association.-Effort to Settle Difficulty.

Cripple Creek.-The most gigantic combine ever effected will be made in this district within the next week and a half, when the Western Federation of miners and the United Mine Workers of America will form an alliance for the purpose of fighting organized capital, which recently has been organized to combat unions throughout the country. The basis of operation will be perfected this week, when President John Mitchell of the mineworkers and Charles Moyer, president of the Western Federation confer as to the perfection of plans for the operation of the high combine. This gigantic combine takes in nearly a million miners in the United States.

The action by the union people is taken as a result of a meeting of the mine owners' association at Colorado Springs recently, at which it was decided to make their movement a powerful one to fight unionism in the country.

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Hellraisers Journal: "A Woman's Story" by Annie Clemenc, reprinted from the Miners' Bulletin

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

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Saturday October 17, 1903
Cincinnati, Ohio - Mother Jones, "The laboring man is advancing every day."

Mother Jones was in Cincinnati for a few hours yesterday on her way to Chicago. This famous old labor agitator travels alone. While in Cincinnati she made this statement:

To advance the cause of labor and laboring people is my only object. I have for years studied carefully the labor question, and in all my speeches to the miners and others I advocated peace and efficient work as the sure road to success. My idea is that every laborer, man or woman, should be worthy of their hire. They should, out of each week or month's salary, save a few pennies, dimes or dollars. I am in hearty sympathy with the workingman, and in times of strikes or lockouts I make it my duty to go to the scene of trouble and lend my aid to the laborer and his family. They are my personal charges.

I think the day will come when capital will learn to respect laborers enough to pay them in proportion to the services they render. I am at all times an advocate of peace when disagreements arise between employer and employees, for that is the laborer's stronghold. If he can only hold out and remain peaceable the victory is won. It is a rare occurrence that anything is accomplished by the working men who cause strife and bloodshed. They lose the respect sympathy of those who would otherwise be with them in time of need.

I think the laboring man is advancing every day, and it will be my life work to aid in this advancement.

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Hellraisers Journal: Coeur D' Alene scabs arrive in Victor, Colorado, on morning train.

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

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Wednesday October 14, 1903
Victor, Colorado -Scabs arrive on morning train from Coeur D' Alene, Idaho


Ed Boyce
First President of the
Western Federation of Miners

Scabs shipped in from Coeur D' Alene arrived on the morning train today, and were met at the station by a large crowd. We feel justified in calling them scabs since, no doubt, word of the strike has reached Coeur D' Alene by this time. These scabs betray the memory of their two brothers who were shot down by mine guards on June 11, 1892 during the strike of that year. No miner from Coeur D' Alene could be so ill informed as not to know that it was that strike which led directly to founding of the Western Federation of Miners.

Over 600 suffered arrest and confinement in the filthy bullpen. Thirteen, including Ed Boyce, former W. F. of M. President, were imprisoned in the Ada County Jail in Boise. It was there that this great industrial union was conceived. The W. F. of M. was founded in Butte, Montana, in May of 1893. Every western miner knows this history. Therefore, we will say it again, these new arrivals are scabs of the worst sort. Traitors plain and simple.

In other news from Denver, Governor Peabody has ordered the reduction of the military force in the Cripple Creek District. There are at present 775 officers and men on duty in the strike zone, and that number will soon be reduced to 500.

Brigadier General Chase has been formally charged and placed under arrest in Denver. His court-martial is pending. The Governor is expected to release the General soon while he awaits the trial. Several others have also been charged and placed under arrest.

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Hellraisers Journal: $olidarity from the miners of British Columbia for the miners of Michigan

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

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Sunday October 11, 1903
Chicago, Illinois - Colorado Labor Official Warns of Socialism and the W. F. of M.

W. H. McDonald, Colorado commissioner of labor, gave a lecture yesterday in Chicago wherein he warned the good citizens of Chicago about the dangers of the Western Labor Movement. Mr. McDonald claims that the Western Federation of Labor and the American Labor Union exist, not to promote trade unionism, but to advance socialism.

In Colorado and other Western states the labor movement has been diverted from its lawful purpose to the task of pushing the propaganda of Socialism.

We are left to wonder when the Socialist Party of America was made "unlawful." And we would like to point out to the Labor Commissioner that members of unions have the same rights as anyone else in any other organization to vote as they so please.

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Hellraisers Journal: Gunthugs attack Ludlow Tent Colony once again, shoot and kill Mack Powell

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

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Saturday October 10, 1903
Denver, Colorado - Governor Peabody's court-martial board to convene in nine days.

Governor Peabody has appointed a court-martial which is set to convene on October 19th at 10:00 a. m. Many charges against high officers have been brought to the Governor's attention, reaching as high as General Chase, according to some reports. General Chase remains in Denver at this time.

General Bell has released several statements over the last few days. This is an example:

I offer the following moral to the Citizen's Alliance, the Mine Owners' Association, the Western Federation of Miners, and all other organizations: Moral-Attend to your own business affairs and don't in any manner or way interfere or mix in the military operations and conduct of the troops, and, incidentally, with the management and operation of the military affairs in the Cripple Creek district.

Bell further states that the organizations so-named should pin that moral into their hatbands. In other words, the citizens should shut their mouths and open their wallets to foot the bill for Bell's shoddy management of the Colorado National Guard in the Cripple Creek District.

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Hellraisers Journal: Michigan Copper Striker shot by deputy and close to death in Hancock Hospital

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

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Friday October 9, 1903
Cripple Creek District, Colorado - The Women in the Strike Zone Form Auxiliaries

The women of Cripple Creek, Victor and Anaconda are organizing themselves to stand beside their union men. Known as the Women's Auxiliaries to Organized Labor, they will be receiving charters from the Colorado Federation of Labor. Already the women are making their influence felt with the local area business men. Local shop keepers have been quick to sever their ties with the Citizens Alliance when informed that the women will not patronize any business so affiliated. The Auxiliaries are also involved in relief work throughout the strike zone.

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Hellraisers Journal: Big Annie leads parade of 500 children in Calumet, "PAPA IS STRIKING FOR US"

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

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Wednesday October 7, 1903
From the Victor Daily Record: "To Hell With The Constitution," Maj. McClelland.

To Hell with the constitution. We are going by the governor's orders.

Thus, spoke Major Tom McClelland of the Colorado state militia according to a statement made by Attorney John M. Glover. McClelland is the acting judge advocate and counsel for the military authorities of state of Colorado. Attorney Glover's statement was printed in the October 4th issue of the Victor Daily Record:

I was in the office of district Attorney Trowbridge when Tom McClelland and Willis V. Elliott were preparing information against Editor Kyner for libel. Referring to the seizure of the office of the Victor Record, I said to McClelland, "Your people apparently have not much respect for the constitution. That was a blow at the freedom to the press," to which McClelland replied: "To h-- with the constitution. We are going by the governor's orders." To which I replied: "We will have some of you fellows pleading for your liberty before a jury where the governor's orders don't go." McClelland replied: "We will take care of that when we come to it." Elliot was present and heard this conversation."

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