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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 21, 1903
Cripple Creek District - The El Paso Mine claims to have enough scabs to resume work.

The El Paso has announced that they now have enough men hired on in order to reopen the mine. The first efforts appear to be concentrated on building a large fence to encircle the property. Reports indicate that the company is being forced to pay the men the amazing sum of $1.00 per hour in order to induce them to scab on their brothers. Seventeen men of the worst sort are employed to guard the twelve men who are building the fence. Despite not being deputized by the sheriff's office, these guards carry rifles, and take it upon themselves to stop anyone who passes by, even those not on company property. The laws of the county and state be damned! The company is the law, for now, in this part of the state.

The Cripple Creek Strike
-by Emma F Langdon
(Part I, 1st pub 1904)
NY, 1969

Thursday August 21, 1913
Trinidad, Colorado - Tensions remain high since murder of Brother Lippiatt

The coal miners of the southern field are calling for the gunthugs to wiped out in Las Animas and Huerfano counties. Miners have flocked to the union headquarters in Trinidad demanding action. John McLennan, President of District 15 of the United Mine Workers, is appealing for calm.

It was the sad duty of McLennan to call John Lawson, International Board Member, at his home in Denver to inform him of Lippiatt's death. Lawson related the conversation he had with Lippiatt three days before his death:

"I am leaving for Trinidad tonight, John, and I want to tell you goodbye. I think I am going to be killed"

"Killed? What do you mean?"

"The gunmen have been pressing me pretty hard down there, John, but I am going back. I've got a hunch they are going to get me this time."

"Then you mustn't go. Stay here and we'll send someone else down; someone who isn't so well known to them."

"No, John, I'm going back. It is my job, and I want to go. But this is my last trip. Goodbye."

Out of the Depths
Barron B. Beshoar
(1st ed 1942)
CO, 1980

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.


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