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

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 The Governor has started removing troops, and about half of them are now withdrawn from the area.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.
Rebels on the Range
-by Arthur W Thurner
MI, 1984

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.


Originally posted to Hellraisers Journal on Wed Aug 14, 2013 at 11:00 AM PDT.

Also republished by In Support of Labor and Unions.

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  •  Tip Jar (16+ / 0-)

    God spare me the Heart to fight them... I'll fight the Pirates forever. -Mother Jones

    by JayRaye on Wed Aug 14, 2013 at 11:00:11 AM PDT

  •  Man, it's time we stopped letting small (4+ / 0-)
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    joynow, leu2500, gooderservice, slatsg

    groups of humans take all the money and control our lives.   You read about "union stores" and company stores and rules implemented by the companies and corporations of 100 years ago and it seems we're back to that point again.  All the gains made over 100 years, mostly just an illusion and a byproduct of the times, are slipping away. Our government isn't doing anything to help the common citizen, it's all for the controllers, the ones with the really big money and who own all the stuff.  Money talks, bullshit walks.  
    It is injustice.  It's not fair. We've all been taught that "life isn't fair".  Ya, it isn't, but it doesn't mean we can't work toward making it more fair. And we shouldn't accept that type of unfairness any longer.  We're all equal, they have no right to manipulate the world.

    "America is the Terror State. The Global War OF Terror is a diabolical instrument of Worldwide conquest."

    by BigAlinWashSt on Wed Aug 14, 2013 at 11:33:17 AM PDT

  •  I read your title and thought this was about (1+ / 0-)
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    current militia groups leaving the CC.  

    My parents live in the CC and my dad gives me the 'highlights' of the tea bagger LTE in the Gazette every now & then.  Seems Calumet is a common address.  Wouldn't be at all surprised if there are some militia types up there.

    But, I did stay to read.  Thanks for the history.  I know a little about the strike in 1913; mostly because of the tragedy at the Italian Hall.  Always good to learn more.  


    Republicans: if they only had a heart.

    by leu2500 on Wed Aug 14, 2013 at 05:00:29 PM PDT

  •  Big thank you to everyone (0+ / 0-)

    who stopped by and rec'd and left a comment!

    I will check in as often as I can over nest 2 weeks!


    God spare me the Heart to fight them... I'll fight the Pirates forever. -Mother Jones

    by JayRaye on Fri Aug 16, 2013 at 10:26:58 AM PDT

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