Labor Day

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A Lead Arts & Entertainment Story: Top Ten Labor Day Songs, By Peter Rothberg at The Nation.

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Hellraisers Journal: UMW District 15 of Colorado gives coal operators last chance to negotiate.

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

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Tuesday September 8, 1903
Cripple Creek District, Colorado - Labor Day Parade attended by thousands.

All of labor throughout the Cripple Creek District turned out to celebrate Labor Day yesterday in the city of Cripple Creek. Thousands lined the sidewalks and cheered as 5,000 labor union men and women marched with the banners of their various unions held aloft. The Western Federation of Miners was well represented with 3,000 members marching together in an unbroken formation. It took more than an hour for the parade to pass by and the cheering continued loud and strong for that entire time. If the mine owners belie

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Hellraisers Journal: In Michigan Copper Country, Girl Shot in Head by Deputies

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

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Labor Day Monday September 7, 1903
Cripple Creek District, Colorado - Labor Will March 5000 Strong in Occupied Victor Today

As state troops continue to pour into the Cripple Creek District, the working men and women have not been deterred from holding their Labor Day Parade in the city of Cripple Creek. It is expected that 5000 will turn out to participate and that 3000 of those will be members of the Western Federation of Miners. Among the marchers will be the Newsboys Union No. 32 from the city of Victor, of which all forty are expected to march in their pure white duck suits.

Many protest meetings have been held in Cripple Creek and Victor, and resolutions have been passed against the military occupation of the strike zone. It has been learned that Mayor French, of Victor, made a formal request to the Governor for troops, and there have been calls for his resignation by the City Council of Victor. Similar meetings have taken place in Cripple Creek.

The District Trades and Labor Assembly met yesterday in Victor and passed strong resolutions condemning Mayor French and Governor Peabody. This Assembly represents all of the various unions of the Cripple Creek District. Mrs. Emma F. Langdon, of the Typographers, states that it would be difficult to describe the strong feeling that exists against the military occupation of the district.

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Hellraisers Journal: Mother Jones sent to Trinidad by urgent request of UMW Pres. John P White

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

Thursday September 3, 1903
Cripple Creek District, Colorado - Striking Miner's Home Burned to the Ground

The home of a striking miner, Brother Dennison of the Western Federation of Miners, was burned to the ground last night. Incendiaries were used on the home in the middle of the night. As the family attempted to save a few of their belongings, company gunthugs from the nearby El Paso Mine stood by laughing. They offered no assistance in saving the family's home or belongings.

While we admit that there is no positive proof that these gunthugs of the El Paso Mine are guilty of setting this family's home ablaze, we will note that they have been harassing and abusing this family since the strike began. And we note that striking miners have been rounded up, jailed, and deported with far less reason for suspicion.

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Hellraisers Journal: Western Federation of Miners' Strike in Colorado Spreads to Telluride Area

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

Tuesday September 1, 1903
Telluride, Colorado - Western Federation of Miners Calls Strike in Telluride

After all attempts at negotiation were rebuffed by the managers of the mills, the Telluride Union notified the smeltermen to quit work on September 1st. The men have answered the call. Most of the miners have been "laid off," with only a few still at work in the Tom Boy and the Smuggler-Union Mines. These mines are operating with a small contingent of scabs and some of the office workers. Word has it that the manager of the Smuggler-Union, Bulkely Wells, has taken Big Bill's advice and is now wearing overalls. Whether or not he got the overalls on loan from a striking miner, we do not know.

Telluride is located in San Miguel County about 280 miles west and south of Cripple Creek where a strike by miners of the W.F. of M. has been on since August 10th.

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