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

Sunday January 3, 1904
From the Bisbee Daily Review "Victor Poole Habeas Corpus Dismissed"

Denver, Jan. 2-The Victor Poole habeas corpus case was dismissed in the Supreme Court today, because Poole had been turned over to the civil authorities to answer to a charge of murderous assault. It is the intention of the attorneys for the Western Federation of Miners to bring before the Supreme Court in some other manner relative to the questions concerning the governor's declaration of martial law and suspension of the writ of habeas corpus in Cripple Creek raised in the Poole case.
Bisbee Daily Review
(Bisbee, Arizona)
-of Jan 3, 1904

Saturday January 3, 1914
From the Chicago Daily Tribune: "Pullman Porter Upholds Moyer"

Charles Moyer in Hospital
Charles Moyer
In a Chicago Hospital
E. Krafft Says Labor Leader Bore Wounds When He Entered Sleeper.


Report Circulated in Calumet Strike Region That Deported Agitator Shot Self.

E. Krafft, porter on the Chicago Milwaukee and St. Paul train in which Charles H. Moyer, reported leader of the Western Federation of Miners rode from Holton [see note below], Mich. to Chicago, yesterday told the story of the trip which tended to refute a rumor that Moyer shot himself [in the back!] after he got on the train in order to make himself a martyr.

Krafft said when Moyer got into the sleeper the wounds had already been inflicted and that Moyer was in company with two sheriffs from Holton county, Mich. The rumor circulated in the Calumet strike district charged that Moyer shot himself after the sheriffs had left him on the train.

Porter Tells His Story.

"I understood Mr. Moyer got on the train at Holton." said Krafft. "However, I did not see him until the train had reached a point between Painsdale or Millmine Junction, about thirty minutes out of Holton. Mr Moyer and two sheriffs came into the sleeper from coaches ahead. After Mr. Moyer was placed in his berth a physician came in and dressed the wounds. One shot had taken effect in the shoulder. I remember, and his face was badly bruised and there was a contusion on the forehead.

"One of the sheriffs told the doctor to fix Mr. Moyer up the best manner possible and sent the bill to the sheriff of Holton county. I do not know the names of either of the sheriffs or of the physician.

"I am sure Mr. Moyer bore the wounds when he first came into the sleeper and I am sure he could not have inflicted the wounds himself.

"The sheriffs stayed on the train until they reached Shannon, Mich."

Conflict of Stories

The rumor stating Moyer shot himself is contrasted with an alleged admission that he was ejected by a gang of professional bullies engaged by the Citizens' alliance. The story alleges Moyer inflicted the wound in order to have it appear he was not run out of town without a fight serious enough to arouse sympathies.

Moyer said last night he was feeling "fitter'n a fiddle," and wanted to leave St. Luke's hospital as soon as possible. The doctors, he added, wouldn't allow him to go out for several days yet. He reiterated his intention of revisiting the Calumet region.

Note: Holton in this story is incorrect. The name of the town and of the county is Houghton.

Chicago Daily Tribune
(Chicago, Illinois)
-of Jan 3, 1914

Photo: Charles Moyer in a Chicago Hospital


Friday January 3, 2014
More on the case of Victor Poole:

The military released Poole, and turned him over to the civil authorities; and on the day appointed for the return of the writ, attorneys for the State appeared before the Supreme Court, and explained that Victor Poole was no longer in the custody of the State, which fact made it impossible for the State to produce him. The attorneys, therefore, prayed that the case be dismissed. The Supreme Court ordered the case dismissed, as the petitioner had already secured his liberty.

In this way the State administration evaded the issue.

Now let us see what the civil authorities did with Poole. On January 9th, 1904, he was brought before a justice of the peace at Cripple Creek. An attorney for the Mine Owners' Association asked for a continuation, on the grounds that the prosecution needed more time in which to gather evidence.

The justice said that Poole had been held in custody long enough for the gathering of any amount of evidence, and ordered his immediate release.

Poole was accordingly released, and neither the military nor anyone else molested him further.

Since the State at no time had one iota of evidence connecting Victor Poole with any crime, why did they deprive him of his liberty for so many weeks in the first place, and why did Governor Peabody, who knew the exact status of the case, suspend the writ of habeas corpus in this case?

Why, indeed?

The Pinkerton Labor Spy
-by Morris Friedman
NY, 1907

The Workers' Song-Dropkick Murphys

We're the first ones to starve the first ones to die
The first ones in line for that pie-in-the-sky
And always the last when the cream is shared out
For the worker is working when the fat cat's about

                                 -Ed Pickford

Originally posted to Hellraisers Journal on Fri Jan 03, 2014 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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  •  Tip Jar (9+ / 0-)

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

    by JayRaye on Fri Jan 03, 2014 at 11:00:26 AM PST

  •  Lest we forget. (1+ / 0-)
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    The history of the Labor Movement is glossed over at best in US History classes.
    Howard Zinn's "A People's History of the United States" should be a must-read for every high school student and, for that matter, every blue collar worker in this country. So much that was done then is being moved toward now.

    Those that do not remember History are doomed to repeat it. I hope, in the matter of blood and treasure lost to gain worker protections, it will not have to be relived.

    Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

    by Gentle Giant on Fri Jan 03, 2014 at 01:20:55 PM PST

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