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Hellraisers Journal: Walsenburg, Colorado-Mine Guards and Deputies Kill Three More Strikers

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 25, 1903
From the Appeal to Reason: "The Appeal Unionized"

The dear old Appeal, champion of many a labor struggle, has been through a struggle of its own as Comrade J. A. Wayland explained in the latest issue:


It takes a long time to get some people to realize what a proposition means. The Appeal has been preaching unionism and urging the working class to organize for years, and only just now has its own employees taken its advice. The printers would not have organized here but for my urging them to do so, but I waited for the other employees to organized or not, as they saw fit. I have repeatedly written that "liberty cannot be given but must be taken," and that men and women who would not make an effort to free themselves were not fit for liberty.

The employees in every factory, workshop and farm should organize a union, just as employers are organizing, and study and prepare for the day when labor shall take possession of the world and operate its industries for its own benefit. Labor will gain much by the social contact of organization-will gain lessons that it MUST know before it will ever be able to meet the cunning of capitalists and conquer them in the political and economic fields.

I hope to see every employee in Girard [Kansas] organized this winter, and with the organization now started there is no reason why they should not be able to dictate hours, wages and conditions of labor.

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Hellraisers Journal: Big Annie of Calumet released from jail, picks up her flag again to lead parade

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 4, 1903
Duluth, Minnesota - Duluth Trades Assembly Supports Cripple Creek Miners of Colorado

A few notes from the recent meeting of the Duluth Trades Assembly:

It was just 8:20 when President Henry Pereault called the Trades Assembly to order last Friday evening. It was a very small meeting, but what it lacked in attendance it made up in enthusiasm...

Secretary Barron was instructed to notify the Miners Union of Cripple Creek that the Trades Assembly was doing all in its power to prevent the exportation of strike breakers from this locality...

Ten thousand dodgers in four different languages were ordered printed and distributed on the iron ranges, advising miners of the strike at Cripple Creek.

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Hellraisers Journal: 1300 Men, Women, and Children Establish a New Village at the Ludlow Tent Colony

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 2, 1903
Cripple Creek District, Colorado - Woods Investment Forced to Close the Gold Coin

The Woods Investment Company has been forced by virtue of their membership in the Mine Owners Association to close the Gold Coin Mine. Mr. Woods has long been satisfied with work of the union miners employed there, however, the Mine Owners Association now requires all those affiliated with the Association to work their property with employees who are not members of the Western Federation of Miners.

Just this past Wednesday evening, Mr. Woods, himself, met the miners as they ended their shift at the Gold Coin Mine. He explained to them that each of them would be required to drop his membership in the W. F. of M. in order to remain employed at the mine.

Not one single miner would agree to become a scab, and the Gold Coin Mine was shut down. A committee of the miners was sent to the Economic Mill, also owned by Woods. The men working there, when informed of events at the Gold Coin, promptly walked out. Not one remained behind.

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Hellraisers Journal: In Bangladesh, 200,000 garment workers protesting, factories set ablaze.

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

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Wednesday September 23, 1903
Cripple Creek District, Colorado - All Finns Imported as Strikebreakers Have Escaped

All of the Finns who were imported as strikebreakers last week have now managed to escape from the clutches of the military and the mine owners' gunthugs. They worked under the bayonets of the soldiers, and were forced to scab, but, to their credit, these imported strike breakers were not born to be scabs. They have been provided transportation out of the strike zone by the Western Federation of Miners.

Another rebellious worker, however, was not so lucky. Near the Strong Mine a sentry saw movement in the dark and hollered, "halt." When the the movement did not cease as commanded, the sentry opened fire. Soon all hell broke loose as other sentries joined in, firing off twenty-five shots in all. The movement in the dark turned out to be a burro, now quite dead. Bullets also came flying into two nearby houses, but we are relieved to report that none of the occupants were injured. We cannot say whether the burro was trying to make his escape, or only lost and wandering about. But the incident does point to the risks taken by those attempting to escape from the mining camps of the Cripple Creek District.

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Hellraisers Journal: October St Louis Labor Conference will Honor Brother Jerry Tucker

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

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Sunday September 20, 1903
Cripple Creek, Colorado - Emil Peterson, shot at by Military Officer, files affidavit.

Emil Peterson, while attempting to escape from the clutches of the Mine Owners yesterday, was shot at by Lieutenant Hartung of Company B. Peterson's escape attempt was successful, and, later in the day, he made the following affidavit before Abby C. Colwell, Notary Public of Teller County. Peterson's statement was backed up by the affidavits of two witnesses, Carl Hanson and E. D. Whitney.

I [Emil Peterson, duly sworn] am twenty-four years of age. I reside in Denmark: that is my native land. I came to America February 23, 1903. I then went to Fairchilds, Wis. I am not an American citizen. At Fairchilds the Lester Lumber Company paid only $26 per month. On the 8th of September I went to Duluth to get work. At Duluth B. B. Gilbert & Co., labor agents, 5 South avenue, west, employed me to go to work in the Colorado gold mines. I was to get from $3 to $5 per day to fire boilers in the mine.

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Hellraisers Journal: Imported Strikebreakers Find Their Way to Union Headquarters & Refuse to Scab

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

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Saturday September 19, 1903
Cripple Creek, Colorado - Imported Strike Breakers Find Their Way to the W. F. of M.

Eighty-seven imported strikebreakers reached Denver yesterday on their way to the Cripple Creek strike zone. But, it seems, the mine owners are having a hard time of it hanging onto their new employees. Realizing that they were brought into Colorado to be turned into scabs, twenty-six deserted in Denver, and nine more in Colorado Springs. Only about fifty actually got off the train at Cripple Creek where the soldiers turned them over to the guards (gunthugs) of the mine owners.

As the new arrivals were marched down the street, the little union newsboys followed them and began to shout, "scabs, scabs!" The shouts of these children so alarmed the mine owners that they recalled the soldiers to provide an escort for their strikebreakers. The soldiers lined the the streets and alleyways, and forced citizens to step aside and to "move on."

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