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

Thursday December 24, 1903
Telluride, Colorado - Arrests and Deportations Continue

Eighteen union men, members of the Western Federation of Miners, were arrested in the Telluride strike zone yesterday, among them was Guy Miller. From Brother Miller, we learn that the charge was "intent to intimidate." Miller was included in the round up due to his being found talking to union prisoners through the window of the county judge's office. Eleven of the men were transported to Montrose. Along the way, they were offered their freedom, one at a time, in private interviews, if they would promise not to return to the Telluride district. This they refused to do, although some were threatened with the loss of their lives should they return. It appears that the men will be spending Christmas in jail, away from their families.

Vagrancy is the charge being used more and more against the striking miners in the Telluride strike zone. Men are rounded up and given two days to go back to work or face jail and/or deportation. Sentences of twelve to twenty days are handed down. Judge Wardlaw has upheld this practice as legal.

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

Wednesday December 24, 1913
Trinidad, Colorado - C. F. of L. Investigating Committee Begins Hearings

Families at Ludlow 1913
Families at Ludlow Subject to Military Despotism
The Committee established by the recent Convention of the  Colorado Federation of Labor to investigate alleged abuse by the military met in Trinidad yesterday to begin hearings on the matter. Now, Professor Brewster was asked to sit on the committee despite his views on the United Mine Workers which are less than favorable. Yet, the Professor is trusted as an honorable and fair man, willing to listen objectively to the evidence.

General Chase has refused to meet with the committee in spite of the letter from Governor Ammons requiring him to do so. He indicates that, perhaps, he will find the time at a later date to meet with the C. F. of L. Investigating Committee.

The committee heard testimony from Mrs. Maggie Dominske of Ludlow. She described how she was on her way to the Ludlow post office with a group of women when they were stopped by militiamen:

They put up their guns and said, "God damn you, don't you go another step. If you do,we'll shoot you. We're getting tired of these sons-of-bitches coming up here and we're going to put a stop to it."
The Professor asked if the women had been on a public road, and Mrs. Dominske replied that, yes indeed, they had been using a public road.  The Professor declared:
I am surprised. Surprised. I wouldn't have believed it if I had not heard it straight from these women. It is plain they are telling the truth.
We imagine that the good Professor will encounter many more such surprises before the investigation is completed.

Out of the Depths
The Story of John R. Lawson, a Labor Leader

-by Barron B. Beshoar
(1st ed 1942)
CO, 1980

Photo: Families at Ludlow
Perhaps some of these women were with Maggie Dominske
 the day she tried to get her mail at the post office.


Tuesday December 24, 2013
More on Professor James H. Brewster:

The Prof. was to pay a high price for serving on the Colorado Federation of Labor Investigating Committee, and for his later service to the union workers:


In June, 1915, Prof. James H. Brewster, who had been a teacher of law at the University of Colorado during the year 1914-15, and who failed of reappointment at the end of the year, charged that "this failure to reappoint, in view of the admission of the president of the university that Mr. Brewster had performed his teaching duties with 'eminent satisfaction,' was practically a dismissal; and that 'the only causes for this dismissal are the facts that I testified to the truth before the Commission on Industrial Relations (Dec. 7 and 8, 1914), and that I appeared as counsel for the Miners' Union before a congressional committee in February and March, 1914' ". He further charged that on May 7, 1915, President Farrand, upon being shown a telegram from the chairman of the [U. S. Senate] Commission on Industrial Relations requesting Mr. Brewster to come to Washington to testify again before the commission, stated that "if he complied with Chairman Walsh's request his connection with the university must cease at once — that is, before the expiration of the then current university session." In an open letter President Farrand denied both charges and shortly thereafter requested the American Association of University Professors to investigate the case.

Bulletin, Issues 40-50
United States. Bureau of Education
U.S. Government Printing Office, 1916
-page 380 of 650 using scroll bar at bottom of document

Blue Christmas-Elvis Presley & Martina McBride

Originally posted to Hellraisers Journal on Tue Dec 24, 2013 at 11:00 AM PST.

Also republished by Shamrock American Kossacks, In Support of Labor and Unions, Anti-Capitalist Chat, and History for Kossacks.

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