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

-Mother Jones

Friday February 5, 1904
From the Cincinnati Enquirer: No agreement reached between miners and operators.

Will Issue Another Call
For a Joint Conference With the Operators To Decide the Wage Question

Indianapolis, Ind., February 4.-Indiana, Ohio and Western Pennsylvania miners and operators, who adjourned their joint convention without reaching an agreement on the scale and working conditions for the year beginning April 1, have left the city. They will probably return to Indianapolis in the first or second week in March, in response to a call that will be issued February 15 for an extra joint conference. Though the miners' policy has not yet been announced, it is thought that when the date shall be selected for the second conference the miners will call another convention to meet in Indianapolis the two or three days preceding the joint conference. If called that convention will outline more definite plans for the guidance of the miners' scale committeemen. The operators left Indianapolis saying in most positive terms that they propose to hold out for the 1902 contract. The miners made as positive statements that the present contract must be readopted. Should there be a deadlock in the next conference there will be a general suspension of coal mining in the four states on April 1.

And, in further labor news from the Enquirer, we can see that even the poorest of workers are resisting wage cuts during these hard economic times:

Chicago. February 4.- Nine hundred young women, boys and men employed in the Northern Branch of the American Can Company, at Maywood, quit work to-day, following the example of 500 workers at the Diesel branch of the same concern, who struck yesterday. The strike is in consequence of a wage cut of 10 per cent. Fifty boxmakers and 100 machinists and die-makers at the Norton plant later joined the strikers, claiming that an agreement with their employers had been violated when the reduction in wages was made.

The Cincinnati Enquirer
(Cincinnati, Ohio)
-of Feb 5, 1904

Photo: Child Factory Labor, Boy Carrying Cans
Used here to represent child labor in can factory.

Thursday February 5, 1914
Trinidad, Colorado - Wholesale arrests of strikers and organizers continues.

Last Sunday the men and women from the strikers' tent colonies paraded in Trinidad, 1200 strong. General Chase, this time, kept his troops in their camp and did not in anyway interfere with the protest. However, the General is continuing his policy of arrests of strikers and union organizers. We have received this report from the strike zone:

James T. Davis, Aguilar marshal, and Albert J. McGuire, secretary of the Aguilar union local, were arrested and hustled off to jail for no apparent reason. William Diamond, in charge of union headquarters in Trinidad was held in jail for three days without a charge being mad against him. Frank Miner, who had served as a member of the federations's investigating committee, was jailed when the militia intercepted him as he was en-route to the Starkville and Morley tent colonies with food, clothing and shoes for the colonists. P. Tomca, a striker at Starkville, was dragged out of his house and carted off to jail because he refused militiamen permission to open a package of meat while they were making a search of his home. His three motherless children were found near death from freezing the next morning when neighbors entered the house.
Out of the Depths
The Story of John R. Lawson a Labor Leader

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


Wednesday February 5, 2014
More on Photographer Lewis Hine:

Lewis Hine, a New York City schoolteacher and photographer, believed that a picture could tell a powerful story. He felt so strongly about the abuse of children as workers that he quit his teaching job and became an investigative photographer for the National Child Labor Committee. Hine traveled around the country photographing the working conditions of children in all types of industries. He photographed children in coal mines, in meatpacking houses, in textile mills, and in canneries. He took pictures of children working in the streets as shoe shiners, newsboys, and hawkers. In many instances he tricked his way into factories to take the pictures that factory managers did not want the public to see. He was careful to document every photograph with precise facts and figures. To obtain captions for his pictures, he interviewed the children on some pretext and then scribbled his notes with his hand hidden inside his pocket. Because he used subterfuge to take his photographs, he believed that he had to be "double-sure that my photo data was 100% pure--no retouching or fakery of any kind." Hine defined a good photograph as "a reproduction of impressions made upon the photographer which he desires to repeat to others." Because he realized his photographs were subjective, he described his work as "photo-interpretation."
"Teaching With Documents:
Photographs of Lewis Hine: Documentation of Child Labor"

See also: Mother Jones and the Children's Crusade

Babies in the Mill-Dorsey Dixon

To their jobs those little ones was strictly forced to go.
Those babies had to be on time through rain and sleet and snow.
Many times when things went wrong their bosses often frowned.
Many times those little ones was kicked and shoved around.

                                    -Dorsey Dixon

Originally posted to Hellraisers Journal on Wed Feb 05, 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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