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

Wednesdy July 8, 1903
Pennsylvania - Mother Jones and Her Industrial Army Reach South Bristol

The Children's Crusade, also known as the Industrial Army of Mother Jones, reached Torresdale last evening where they camped for the night. They arrived at South Bristol this morning where they will camp for the day on the Simons estates. The "Crusaders" are coping with extreme heat, and many of the marches have returned to Philadelphia.

The children are equipped with knapsacks containing a knife and fork, a tin cup, and a plate. Meals are cooked in a large wash boiler when the army stops along the road. The commissary department consists of eight wagons carrying bread and canned goods. The grocers of Kensington have generously outfitted the army for the first few days of the journey. The marchers, who call themselves "Crusaders" have a watchword:

From Kensington to Wall Street.
The New York Times is reporting that the Social Democratic Party Executive Committee in New York City has been notified that Mother Jones and her Industrial Army should be expected soon. The Times describes the Children's Crusade as a "decent on New York" by Mother Jones to collect funds for the textile strikers of Philadelphia:
She brings an assortment of glass jewelry, fancy dresses, masks, megaphones, and other articles for use in getting up tableaus. "Mr. Capital" and "Mrs. Millowner" will be shown gorgeously attired. When the party reaches here it will be taken in hand by the committee of Social Democrats and arrangements will be made at once for a mass meeting and tableaus in Madison Square Garden.

The New York Times
-of July 8, 1903

The Bucks County Gazette
(Bristol, PA)
-of July 9, 1903

The  Autobiography of Mother Jones
-ed. by Mary Field Parton
Charles H Kerr Pub, 1990
Pittston Strike Commemorative Edition

Mother Jones
The Miners' Angel

-by Dale Fetherling
So IL U Press, 1974

Children's Crusade-Summary of Day 1, Tuesday July 7, 1903:
From Kensington, Philadelphia, PA
To Torresdale, Philadelphia, PA
(Use with "get directions" on google maps to follow general route of march.)

Note on photo: This photo is here to represent the 1903 march, but is usually labeled as from the Colorado Miners' Strike of 1913/14

Tuesday July 8, 1913
New York City, New York - Big Bill Haywood Reports: Silk Strikers Are Starving

Big Bill Haywood spoke before an audience of 2000 in Cooper Union last night. He reported that the Paterson Silk Strikers are actually starving with dry bread the only food for many of them. He described conditions of extreme hardship combined with a sad lack of solidarity from those workers in Paterson not connected with the I.W.W.:

The strikers are not only suffering for food, but are in need of clothing, for they have exhausted everything during the strike of 25 weeks. If all the workers in Paterson would stand together with the strikers the strike would end in one hour. But those workers who are not members of the I.W.W. will not help in fighting the common battle of humanity. It was predicted that the strike would end today, but you see the strikers still firm.
Alexander Scott suggested that the strikers must either surrender or they would soon starve. He stated that, since the silk strikers had learned many valuable lessons from their principled fight, returning to work would not be a defeat.

The New York Times
-of July 8, 1913


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Monday July 8, 2013
Nigeria - Child Labour: Cruel Crime of Modern Day Slavery

YouTube video posted by Omor Bazuaye

In most climes of the world, the birth of a child heralds great joy and celebration. But the lack of proper care leaves many as victims of child labour.
This practice has denied many Nigerian children the right to basic education and proper growth. This special feature tells us more about the dangers of child labour and why there is an urgent need to stop this cruel act of modern day slavery.
International Labor Rights Forum/Stop Child and Forced Labor

Fife and Drum
The Industrial Army Band of the Children's Crusade
is described as a fife and drum band.
Perhaps it sounded a little like this:

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Originally posted to Hellraisers Journal on Mon Jul 08, 2013 at 11:00 AM PDT.

Also republished by Invisible People, In Support of Labor and Unions, and Anti-Capitalist Chat.

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