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Thursday December 10, 1903
Denver, Colorado - Governor Peabody Suspends Writ of Habeas Corpus

Yesterday, Attorney Frank J. Hangs applied to the district court for a writ of habeas corpus on behalf of Victor Poole. Named as defendants were Colonel Verdeckberg, Majors Naylor and McClelland and Sheriff Robertson. The writ was granted, and service was obtained. The writs would have been returnable tomorrow, Friday, except for the prompt intervention of Governor Peabody, who made this pronouncement today:

Now, therefore, I, James H. Peabody, governor of the State of Colorado, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the constitution of the State of Colorado and the laws thereof, do hereby declare and proclaim that, in my judgement, the public safety especially requires that the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus be suspended in this case, to-wit, in the case of Victor Poole, aforesaid, and I further direct that the said writ of habeas corpus be suspended in his case until further orders by me.
                                                             -James H. Peabody
The Cripple Creek Strike
-by Emma F Langdon
(Part I, 1st pub 1904)
NY, 1969

For more on Brother Victor Poole:

Wednesday December 10, 1913
Baltic, Michigan - Baby Near Death After Mother & Children Put Out Into The Cold

A three-month-old baby is sick and near death in Baltic today and the brutality of deputies of Houghton County have directly contributed to the baby's grave condition. The mother, Mrs. Margaret Cibacca, the wife of a striking copper miner, was at home with her five children, ages 3 months to six years, when the deputies came pounding at her door. They wanted her to come to the mining office to visit a sick woman.

She gathered up her five children and went with them in their automobile to the mining office of the Baltic Mine. They forced her to leave the three older children outside in the cold with only the six-year-old to watch them. The two littlest ones, they allowed her to take inside. Once they had her in the office, they locked the door. She was alone in there with three deputies. There was no sick woman.

She asked why she was there, what she had done, and they laughed at her and beat her, even as she held her little children. She begged them to let her go home and feed her children, and they laughed at her again and began to beat her with a club on her side and on her back as she attempted to ward off the blows and protect her tiny children. The bruises can still be seen on her back.

Finally, they forced her with her children into the automobile for the drive to Houghton to see Justice Little. On the way they told her that she would be locked up for six months. Justice Little questioned her for about a half hour and then told her she was free to go, but go where? There was no ride back to Baltic, eight miles away, the deputies were gone, and she had no money.

At last, her husband was able to come for her. He brought blankets for the children who were cold to the bone, especially the three-month-old baby, from waiting outside for their father. They were too late for the train back to Baltic, and the striking miner was forced to spend his meager strike benefit on a rented automobile to take his tired, hungry, and terrified family home.

The baby came down deathly ill the next day, and is not expected to live.

This story was told through an interpreter.

Conditions in the Copper Mines of Michigan: Hearings Before a Subcommittee of the Committee of Mines and Mining, House of Representatives, Sixty-third Congress, Second Session, Pursuant to H. Res. 387, a Resolution Authorizing and Directing the Committee of Mines and Mining to Make an Investigation of Conditions in the Copper Mines of Michigan. Feb. 16-25, 1914, Volumes 2-3
United States. Congress. House. Committee on Mines and Mining  - January 1, 1914
U.S. Government Printing Office - Publisher
pages 128-135 (pages refer to the scroll bar at the bottom of the viewer)

Note on Photo:
I spent quite a bit of time searching for a photo that could be used to represent Mrs. Cibacca, and this was the best I could do. This woman is Slovakian, not Slovenian. Now, the testimony only stated that she was "Slavic," and this came not from Mrs. Cibacca but from those questioning her. The language that was being translated was not stated. There were quite a few Slovenians in Calumet (Annie Clemenc, for one), and she may very well have been Slovenian. More research needed, and welcomed on this point!
More on Slavs in America
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Photo: Slovakian Immigrant


Tuesday December 10, 2013
Part of the testimony from Mrs. Margaret Cibacca:

This all happened sometime before Christmas 1913, but she couldn't remember the exact date that the deputies came and took her and her children captive.

Mrs. Cibacca is the witness; she is speaking through and interpreter:

Mr. Hilton. What did the deputies say to you at that time?
The Witness. They told me they were going to take me to Houghton and lock me up
   for six months.
Mr. Hilton. What did you say to them at that time?
The Witness. I asked them why; that I never did anything, only that they called me in
  the office there to see that sick woman there, and they just laughed at me.
Mr. Hilton. Did you go to Houghton?
The Witness. Yes.
Mr. Hilton. How far was it?
The Witness. Oh, it takes just a couple of minutes; it did not take long for the
Mr. Hilton. Were you released?
The Witness. Yes; they released me.
Mr. Hilton. What was the result of that ride ?
The Witness. They just released me.
Mr. Hilton. Was it cold that day?
The Witness. Yes; it was chilly.
Mr. Hilton. What was the result on the child, if anything?
The Witness. The child got cold, and after the ride next day got sick. We had two
  doctors to attend the child, but they could not help anything and the child died two
  weeks after that.

Goran Bregović - Lullabye

Originally posted to Hellraisers Journal on Tue Dec 10, 2013 at 11:00 AM PST.

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

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