You ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes.
Friday August 14, 1903
Cripple Creek, Colorado - Merchants Announce They Will Accept Cash Only for Food
Merchants throughout the Cripple Creek district announced yesterday that they will now do business on a cash-only basis. On the first of this month, the miners paid their bills, as is the usual custom. It seems the merchants are hoping to find the miners broke and unable to make it through to the end of the month. Some suspect that the Citizens' Alliance is behind this latest maneuver against the strike.
George Hooten of the Anaconda Miners' Union has gone to Denver to talk over the situation with Big Bill Haywood, Secretary-Treasurer of the Western Federation of Miners. Word is that the W.F. of M. is buying up Greely potatoes and flour by the carload. There is talk that the union may open stores for the strikers. The plan would be to print out coupon books with the emblem of the Western Federation of Miners on each coupon. These would be distributed to strikers and their families, good at the union stores.
These scab merchants may yet rue the day that they turned their backs on the striking miners of Cripple Creek.
The Autobiography of Big Bill Haywood
(first ed. 1929)
International Pub, 1983
Thursday August 14, 1913
Keweenaw Peninsula, Michigan - National Guard Troops Begin to Leave the Strike Zone
The cost of maintaining a massive military presence in the strike zone is about $12,500 per day. The Governor has started removing troops, and about half of them are now withdrawn from the area. When Sheriff Cruse protested the troop withdrawal, Governor Ferris responded with this statement:
Is it possible, that a great corporation is willing to inflict upon the State of Michigan a heavy expense in order that a dogged resolution may be carried out? You have had two weeks in which to organize your forces. [The state militia was sent in] to protect life and property and not to settle this dispute...Houghton and Keweenaw Counties can't afford to ask too much from the State of Michigan.SOURCE
Rebels on the Range
-by Arthur W Thurner
Hellraisers Journal on vacation!
Hellraisers will appear in abbreviated form until Sept 2nd for a vacation of sorts. A total vacation is not possible since the capitalist never took any time off in their suppression of the U.S.labor movement.