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

Sunday March 27, 1904
Colorado - Governor Peabody Plans More Military Deportations, Charles Moyer Arrested

From the strike zones of Colorado we are hearing of further actions being taken against strike leaders by Governor Peabody. In Trinidad, where the United Mine Workers are conducting a strike against the coal operators, the military is planning to deport Mother Jones and other leaders from the strike zone.

In the strike zones of Telluride and Cripple Creek, the Western Federation of Miners is distributing posters and flyers (see below) which were printed by the union and authorized by Charles Moyer, President, and Big Bill Haywood, Secretary-Treasurer. As a result, Moyer has been taken into custody for "desecration" of the flag.

Newspapers across the nation are reporting on events in Colorado. The following is from The New York Times. The story is running today at the top of page one:


"Mother" Jones and Mine Agitators Among Those to Go.
Charged with Desecrating the American Flag-Italian Paper Seized by Militia
and Censorship Established.

Special to the New York Times.

DENVER. March 26.-Gov. Peabody and Attorney General Miller held a conference this afternoon at the Capitol, at which a programme of deportation was decided upon for Trinidad. After the meeting the Governor wired Major Hill to prepare to deport all non-resident labor leaders from the district.

A special train will be secured and the leaders referred to will be taken outside the State and left there. The names on the deportation slate include those of Mother Jones of Pennsylvania, W. R. Fairley of Alabama, William Wardjon of Iowa, Chris Evans of Indiana, and Edward Demolli of Utah.

The local companies assert that if the miner agitators are taken out of the district two-thirds of the strikers will return to work. The fact that they are non-residents will prevent them from securing injunctions or habeas corpus writs, the privilege granted a citizens of the State. At Trinidad to-day the office of the Anarchistic weekly paper, Il Trovotore Italiano, was seized by a squad of soldiers and this week's issue, which was ready for distribution, was confiscated. It is charge that the paper had incited strikers to violence. Major Hill has established a press censorship.


OURAY, Col, March 26.-Charles Moyer, President of the Western Federation of Miners, was arrested here to-day on charge of desecrating the American flag, and started overland for Telluride.

President Moyer was arrested on warrant which charge that he used pictures of the flag with inscriptions painted between the bars as poster.

The New York Times
(New York, New York)
-of Mar 27, 1904

Photo: Western Federation of Miners: IS COLORADO IN AMERICA?



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Thursday March 27, 2014
More on the "Desecration" of the Flag by the Western Federation of Miners

Big Bill Haywood describes making the poster:

One night I had paper laid out on the dining room table at home. When my wife called out from the next room and asked what I was doing, I replied:

"I'm making more trouble for Peabody." I was at work on what became the notorious "desecrated flag" poster. I drew a rough picture of the United States flag, with a caption at the top, "Is Colorado in America?" On each stripe of the flag was an inscription:

I had a picture of Henry Maki chained to the flagstaff. The photograph had been taken in Telluride, where he was chained to a telegraph pole during the strike. Under this was the title "Under the Folds of the American Flag in Colorado," and under the flag, "If Old Glory is desecrated, it has been done by the Governor of Colorado. The strikers are struggling to enforce the laws of the state and to break not only the chains that bind Henry Maki, but the chains that bind all the Workers." Following this was an appeal for funds for the Colorado strikers, with the signatures of Moyer and myself.
The Autobiography of Big Bill Haywood
(1st pub 1929)
International Pub, 1983

Photo: "Desecrated Flag" Poster by Big Bill Haywood

Workers of the World Awaken

Workers of the world, awaken!
Break your chains. demand your rights.
AII the wealth you make is taken
By exploiting parasites.
Shall you kneel in deep submission
From your cradles to your graves?
ls the height of your ambition
To be good and willing slaves?

            -Joe Hill

Such a great version of this song! Wish I had more info on the performers, they are great. Any info on who they are would be much appreciated.


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Originally posted to Hellraisers Journal on Thu Mar 27, 2014 at 11:00 AM PDT.

Also republished by Shamrock American Kossacks, In Support of Labor and Unions, Anti-Capitalist Chat, and History for Kossacks.

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