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

Friday January 8, 1904
From the Chicago Daily Tribune: Reports from Trinidad, "Mother Jones Critically Ill"

Agitator for the United Mine Workers Suffering with Pneumonia at Trinidad, Colo.

Trinidad, Colo., Jan. 7.-Mother Jones, the united mineworkers' agitator, is ill with pneumonia at her home here, and is under the constant care of a physician, who says her condition is critical. Mother Jones is 64 years old.




Preparations Being Made for Wholesale Arrests-Prisoners Under Vagrancy Charge Will Be Evicted and Not Allowed to Return

Cripple Creek, Colo., Jan. 7.-It is reported that one more day will be given strikers to leave the district or obtain employment. Preparations are being made, it is said, for wholesale arrests tomorrow. Prisoners against whom no other charge than vagrancy is made will be evicted from Teller county and will not be permitted to return.

Chicago Daily Tribune
(Chicago, Illinois)
-of Jan 8, 1904

Thursday January 8, 1914
From the Chicago Daily Tribune: "Moyer Favors State Strike"

Western Federation of Miners Button
Western Federation Miners Will Appeal to
Michigan Body.

Ways and means of continuing the miners' strike in the Michigan copper country were considered yesterday [Tuesday] at an official session of the executive board of the Western Federation of Miners. The meeting was called by President Charles H. Moyer, wounded and deported strike leader, and presided over by him. It was held in Mr. Moyers room in the New Hotel Gault.

President Moyer said it has been decided to send a delegation representing the Western Federation of Miners to the coming convention of the Michigan federation. The convention probably will be held on Jan. 12.

If Gov. Ferris succeeds in bringing about a peace conference between the warring sides, Mr. Moyer said, the necessity for a general strike will vanish. If his peace efforts fail, as did those of Solicitor John B. Densmore of the federal department of labor, the delegation from the Western Federation of Miners undoubtedly will urge upon the convention the desirability of a general strike throughout the state.

These Attend Conference.

In addition to Mr. Moyer, who attended the session of the executive bard, were Charles E. Mahoney of Montana, vice president of the Western Federation of Miners; C. H. Tanner, general auditor of the federation; Guy Miller of Colorado, board member, and Yanco Terzich of California, board member; William Davidson of Sandon, British Columbia, another board member, is expected to arrive in Chicago today.

President Moyer said it is possible he may go to Washington to make a personal appeal for support to the executive council of the American Federation of Labor, which meets there on Jan. 19.

Illinois Pledges Aid.

John H. Walker, president of the United Mine Workers of Illinois and of the Illinois State Federation of Labor, called on President Moyer and offered to cooperate in support of the strike.

That the United Mine Workers of America, which is the international union of coal miners, takes a keen interest in the strike of copper miners is shown by the fact that two representatives of that union were sent to the strike zone during the day. They are Paul Paulsen of Wyoming and James Lord, vice president of the United Mine Workers of Illinois. They will investigate the strike situation and report to the national convention of the union, to be held at Indianapolis Jan. 15.

Socialists to Investigate.

The National Socialist party yesterday arranged for an investigation of the copper miners' strike. A special committee of Victor Berger, Charles Edward Russell, and Seymour Stedman was named by the national executive committee in Chicago to visit the strike region. The committee will report but make no recommendation.
Chicago Daily Tribune
(Chicago, Illinois)
-of Jan 7, 1914

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Wednesday January 8, 2014
More on General Strikes:

Readers of Hellraisers will remember that a state-wide strike was also suggested at the December 1913 Convention of the Colorado Federation of Labor to support the ongoing strike by the United Mine Workers in the Southern Coalfields. We are left to wonder how the Colorado and Michigan Strikes might have turned out had these state-wide strikes actually been called.

Here is an interesting link to articles on city-wide general strikes from labor history,
   as well as more recent general-strike calls made by Occupy:

See also:
The General Strike
-by Ralph Chaplin

Solidarity Forever-Utah Phillips

All the world  that's owned by idle drones is ours and ours alone  
We have laid the wide foundations, built it skyward stone by stone  
It is ours, not to slave in, but to master and to own  
While the union makes us strong

                          -Ralph Chaplin, 1915

Originally posted to Hellraisers Journal on Wed Jan 08, 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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