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

Saturday January 16, 1904
From the Denver Post: The Telluride Deportations Described

Yesterday's issue of the Denver Post provides this heart-wrenching description of the deportation of union men from Telluride:


Telluride, Colo., Jan. 15-Tears, curses, maledictions and prayers were heard at the depot this morning when the train pulled out of the station having on board six union miners, who were being deported by the military. The men were given breakfast early, the meal being served from the Sheridan hotel, after which the wife of one of them was reluctantly permitted to visit her husband in jail. At 8 o'clock a bunch of blue-coats, under the command of Captain Scholz, marched to the court house and the prisoners were taken to the county jail and formed into line, ready for the march to the station. A woman with a small child attempted to fall in line with her husband, but was brutally prevented by the soldiers, who forced her back on the sidewalk. With a face drawn with bitter agony and grief she endeavored to keep up with the soldiers as they marched down the streets, but the prisoners had reached the train long before she had gone a block.

At the depot the men were immediately put aboard the train and two soldiers stationed at the car windows. The relatives of the men were allowed to talk to them, and for a moment the air was filled with tearful good-byes and well wishes. Fifteen minutes before the signal was given to start three women came running down the track. One of them , a Mabel Marchinado, a mere girl, hardly 17 years old, weeping bitterly, rushed over the icy platform to the window in which one of the men was sitting, and exclaimed: "oh, papa, what are they going to do with you?"

Her father, Tony Marchinado, endeavored to comfort her, but the girl continued sobbing pitifully. The sympathy of the entire crowd at the depot went out to this girl, and some turned away. Then the soldiers ordered her to move on. The girl suddenly ceased weeping and, turning to those standing, and in a voice loud enough for the military to hear, said: "I think it's  living shame for men living in this country to be treated in such a manner." She was not arrested.

The woman with the small child in the meantime reached the depot almost exhausted. She purchased a ticket and boarded the train on which her husband was about to be sent into exile. She cried bitterly and her baby was blue with cold. "I am too sick to work and look after our baby alone, and I am going with my husband, if it means the jail.," she moaned. If ever volumes of mute sympathy went out from a crowd, it went out greater as she bent down her head and fondly kissed the lips of her offspring, in vain endeavor to hush its cries from the biting cold. It was by far the saddest incident yet recorded in the military occupation of Telluride and the subsequent deportation of striking miners.

The names of the six deported men are: Tony Marchinado, Tony Sartoris, Leuis Sartoris, F. W. Wells, Matt Lingol and Battiste Monchiando.

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

Friday January 16, 1914
From The Cincinnati Enquirer: Houghton Grand Jury Indicts 39 Union Men

James MacNaughton,
Vowed he would teach the striking miners
to eat potato parings.
Houghton, Mich., January 15-The Houghton grand jury this morning returned thirty-nine indictments against the labor leaders who have been in charge of the striking miners since July 23, when the strike order was issued in response to a referendum vote from the miners.

The grand jury, which has in its membership five mine superintendents and the chauffeur of James McNaughton, [sic] superintendent of the big Calumet and Hecla interests, charged President Cha. H. Moyer, of the Western Federation of Miners; Vice President C. E. Mahoney, Guy E. Miller, Janco Trzich [sic], J. C. Lowney and W. P. Davidson, members of the executive board of the Western Federation, with riotous conspiracy. Thirty other men, leaders and members of the district and local unions of the Western Federation of Miners, are also under indictment.

Conspiracy, as charged in the indictment, constitutes a misdemeanor under the Michigan law, which also declared that misdemeanor indictments can be read before the capias has been served, while felony warrants must be suppressed until after the indicted men are under arrest. Four felony indictments were returned by the grand jury and warrant for one of the indictments was prepared. No arrests had been made at a late hour to-night, and the names of the men in the felony charges are therefore unavailable....

Perhaps we will find that these four felony indictments were issued for members of the Citizens' Alliance mob who, within the county of Houghton, did beat, shoot, kidnap, and then deport Charles Moyer, President of the Western Federation of Miners. But, somehow, we doubt that anyone will ever be indicted, much less punished for that cowardly crime against a union man.

Or, perhaps, a John Doe warrant might have been issued for the man who, while wearing a Citizens' Alliance button, cried fire at the Children's Christmas Party thereby causing the deaths of 73 men, women, and children. Somehow, we doubt that any attempt will ever be made to find and/or punish that murderer, seeing as how the victims were striking miners, their wives, and little children.


The Cincinnati Enquirer
(Cincinnati, Ohio)
-of Jan 16, 1914

Death's Door
The Truth Behind Michigan's Largest Mass Murder

-by Steve Lehto
MI, 2006

Photo: James MacNaughton


Thursday January 16, 2014
Guy Miller, President of the Telluride Miners' Union of the Western Federation of Miners:

"The end justifies the means," nay, more, it determines the means. When the rights of the many are to be subserved in the interest of a few, a combination of force and fraud is necessary. The combination has been effected and used, whether successful or not, and if so, how long, belongs to the future.
See Langdon above

They'll Never Keep Us Down-Hazel Dickens

The power wheel is rolling, rolling right along
And the government helps keep it going, going strong
So working people get your help from your own kind
Cause your welfare ain't on the rich man’s mind

Your welfare ain't on the rich man’s mind
Your welfare ain't on the rich man’s mind
They want the power in their hands
Just to keep down the workers and
Your welfare aint' on the rich man’s mind

                   -Hazel Dickens

Originally posted to Hellraisers Journal on Thu Jan 16, 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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