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

Wednesday October 14, 1903
Victor, Colorado -Scabs arrive on morning train from Coeur D' Alene, Idaho

Ed Boyce
First President of the
Western Federation of Miners
Scabs shipped in from Coeur D' Alene arrived on the morning train today, and were met at the station by a large crowd. We feel justified in calling them scabs since, no doubt, word of the strike has reached Coeur D' Alene by this time. These scabs betray the memory of their two brothers who were shot down by mine guards on June 11, 1892 during the strike of that year. No miner from Coeur D' Alene could be so ill informed as not to know that it was that strike which led directly to founding of the Western Federation of Miners.

Over 600 suffered arrest and confinement in the filthy bullpen. Thirteen, including Ed Boyce, former W. F. of M. President, were imprisoned in the Ada County Jail in Boise. It was there that this great industrial union was conceived. The W. F. of M. was founded in Butte, Montana, in May of 1893. Every western miner knows this history. Therefore, we will say it again, these new arrivals are scabs of the worst sort. Traitors plain and simple.

In other news from Denver, Governor Peabody has ordered the reduction of the military force in the Cripple Creek District. There are at present 775 officers and men on duty in the strike zone, and that number will soon be reduced to 500.

Brigadier General Chase has been formally charged and placed under arrest in Denver. His court-martial is pending. The Governor is expected to release the General soon while he awaits the trial. Several others have also been charged and placed under arrest.


El Paso Herald
(El Paso, TX)
-of Oct 14, 1903

The Life and Times of Big Bill Haywood

-by Peter Carlson
NY, 1983

Photo: from Rebel Graphics


Tuesday October 14, 1913
Denver, Colorado - Louie Tikas, Leader of Ludlow Tent Colony, becomes U. S. Citizen

Louie Tikas, the leader of the Ludlow Tent Colony, took the oath of citizenship in a Denver courtroom yesterday. After some delay, the paperwork was finally complete, and so Louie took some time off from his strike duties, and made the trip to Denver to become an American Citizen.

Louis Tikas was born a Greek Citizen, about 1884, in the Village of Loutra on the Island of Crete. He was christened into the Greek Orthodox Church as Ilias Anastasios Spantidakis. He came to America in 1906. Louie Tikas is now a striking miner and a member of the United Mine Workers of America as well as a brand new American Citizen.

Welcome, Citizen Tikas!

Buried Unsung
Louis Tikas and the Ludlow Massacre

-by Zeese Papanikolas
U of Utah Press, 1982


Monday October 14, 2013
More on Louis Tikas and Village of Loutra, Crete where he was born.

Village of Loutra, Rethymnon - Crete, Greece

Loutra is a medieval village of Crete.Although at a distance of only a few kilometres from the town, it has preserved its own characteristics.
You will pass through age-old olive groves, which are believed to be the oldest of all Mediterranean countries.
Old and modern buildings reveal the progress of people during a journey through time. The village owes its name to the baths ( "LoutrĂ " in greek) of the inhabitants of the village "Aliakes" which was close but is not saved today.
"Louis Tikas: 1914 Passion-Bearer of the Colorado Coal Fields"
From Road to Emmaus Journal


Coming to America-Neil Diamond

Only want to be free
We huddle close
Hang on to a dream

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

Also republished by WE NEVER FORGET, Shamrock American Kossacks, In Support of Labor and Unions, Anti-Capitalist Chat, and History for Kossacks.

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