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

Saturday April 11, 1914
From The Indianapolis Star: Colorado Supreme Court Rules For Release of Mother Jones

Mother Jones with Strikers Children
The following headline is somewhat misleading for Mother Jones is not free but remains in the cold cellar cell, a prisoner of the state militia:
Third Effort of U. M. W. of A. Lawyer to Get Elderly Strike Leader Released From Jail Is Successful.

DENVER. Col., April 8-The Supreme Court late today issued a habeas corpus for the release of "Mother" Mary Jones, now held as a military prisoner in the coal strike zone at Walsenburg. The writ is returnable in ten days.

The action of the court today is the result of a petition presented last week by Horace N. Hawkins, attorney for the striking coal miners. Until today the court had not given permission for the presentation of the petition.

The petition upon which the writ was issued was filed April 3 by Horace N. Hawkins, attorney for the United Mine Workers of America. The court was asked to take original jurisdiction. It was the third application for a writ.

During the detention in the hospital at Trinidad of "Mother" Jones, the 83-year-old strike leader, the first application was made to the Supreme Court. It was denied Feb. 18 on the ground that the lower court should first pass upon the case.

Denied by District Court.

The second application was made to the District Court of Las Animas County, which denied the application, sustaining the authority of Governor Ammons to imprison "Mother" Jones under the decision of the Supreme Court in the Moyer case.

It was planned then to appeal to the Supreme Court. This plan was abandoned when "Mother" Jones was released and brought to Denver a few weeks ago. On her return to the strike district of southern Colorado She was again arrested and detained at Walsenburg by order of the Governor.

In the petition on which the court acted it is contended that the issues are identical with those on which the District Court had given its decision and that further action before the District Court is unnecessary.

The Scott County Kicker of Benton, Missouri, today carries an article detailing the conditions under which Mother Jones is now being held by order of Governor Ammons, Democrat of Colorado:


Denver, Colo., April 4.-The Colorado hell hounds of privilege, sometimes called the militia reached the climax in their fiendish war of terrorism on the striking coal miners when they kidnapped Mother Jones and place her in a damp cell in the Walsenburg jail. She is being held there incommunicado a military prisoner.

The Colorado militiamen have robbed and destroyed miners' homes have dragged future mothers through the snow-covered alleys, have mowed down and maimed women and children, but these fiendish cruelties are nothing compared to Mother Jones' illegal incarceration in this vermin-ridden hole.

It was in this cold damp cell that Gus Martinez [Kostas Markos] a healthy young Greek contracted rheumatism of the heart and died.

The militia know that it was this cell that made Martinez ill and caused his death.

Dr. Abdun-Nur has advised the militia that the cell is absolutely unfit for any person to live in, but the hell hounds refuse to move her, and it is a grave question as to how long the aged woman can survive the confinement.

Although the attorney general has advised the spineless governor that the militia has no right to hold military prisoners incommunicado,  Adjutant General Chase continues to do so.


Mother Jones
The Most Dangerous Woman in America

-by Elliott J. Gorn
NY, 2001

The Indianapolis Star
(Indianapolis, Indiana)
-of Apr 9, 1914

Scott County Kicker
(Benton, Missouri)
-of April 11, 1914

Photo: Mother Jones with Strikers' Children in West Virginia

The Death of Mother Jones-Gene Autry

O'er the hills and through the valley
In ev'ry mining town;
Mother Jones was ready to help them,
She never turned them down.
On front with the striking miners
She always could be found;
And received a hearty welcome
In ev'ry mining town.


Originally posted to Hellraisers Journal on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 11:00 AM PDT.

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

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  •  Tip Jar (15+ / 0-)

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

    by JayRaye on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 11:00:47 AM PDT

  •  It never fails to amaze what this woman went (4+ / 0-)

    through over and over and over again--trials and tribulations that almost none of us would be capable of enduring--to bring about the changes virtually everyone in the country takes for granted today.


    Trust, but verify. - Reagan
    Vote, but Occupy. - commonmass

    When the rich have tripled their share of the income and wealth yet again, Republicans will still blame the poor and 3rd Way Democrats will still negotiate.

    by Words In Action on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 12:50:58 PM PDT

    •  Yes, true, but I can only imagine that once (3+ / 0-)

      you have lost your four little children and your husband, all within one month's time, nothing after that could be so terribly bad.

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

      by JayRaye on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 12:57:04 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  PS. perhaps it was her little ones and her husband (4+ / 0-)

        that she was thinking of when she said:

        Pray for the dead and fight like hell for the living.

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

        by JayRaye on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 12:59:03 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  That is a powerful point. Have you done a (1+ / 0-)
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          diary on the death of her family and focused on that famous statement? I'd like to read it.

          garden variety democratic socialist: accepting life's complexity|striving for global stewardship of our soil and other resources to meet everyone's basic needs|being a friend to the weak

          by Galtisalie on Sat Apr 12, 2014 at 08:21:42 AM PDT

          [ Parent ]

          •  I haven't, and it would be a short diary (1+ / 0-)
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            because it's something she rarely talked about.

            Still, writing a diary on Mother Jones and the loss of her entire family, is something to consider. I've often wondered how she found the strength to continue living after such a terrible loss.

            I'm only guessing about the quote, but I can only imagine that she thought about them when she talked about praying for the dead.

            Perhaps that quote sums up how she found the courage to continue living, and such a life as she lived!

            Her family who died in the Memphis Yellow Fever Epidemic of Oct of 1867:
            George Jones, a member of the Iron Molders

            Yellow fever was horrifying to behold. Flu-like symptoms-headache, chills, aching joints-lasted a day or two, then, in mild cases, disappeared. Those less lucky might be bedridden for a week, first with migraine or lower-back pains, followed by nausea, stomach cramps and rising fever. As the disease progressed, mucous membranes hemorrhaged, so patients bled from the nose, gums, and tongue, as well as from the uterus and urethra. Soon hemorrhages filled the stomach and intestines. Victims vomited black blood..and delirium set in. Finally came jaundice, liver failure, and death.

            Mother Jones, the Most Dangerous Woman in America
            -by Elliott J Gorn
            NY, 2001

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

            by JayRaye on Sat Apr 12, 2014 at 11:16:38 AM PDT

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            •  I know that she must have taken from (1+ / 0-)
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              this tragedy the message of the famous words even if only subconsciously.

              Meanwhile, some deaths to yellow fever were probably a result of the deplorable conditions under which the poor lived.

              I think of that often in the context of crime. Many crimes we cannot excuse. But often criminals had terrible living conditions, including during childhood.

              Remarkably Mother Jones took from her tragedy positive things that would have destroyed most of us. So anyway you slice it, she was amazing.

              Regards and much deep thanks for your work on labor history we can all gain so much from.

              garden variety democratic socialist: accepting life's complexity|striving for global stewardship of our soil and other resources to meet everyone's basic needs|being a friend to the weak

              by Galtisalie on Sat Apr 12, 2014 at 12:00:01 PM PDT

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              •  As the wife of a union Iron Molder, (1+ / 0-)
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                they weren't exactly poor, but they did live in the working class section of town called the Pinch located "between the two forks of the Bayou Gayoso, an open cesspool that became stagnant in the summer and flooded in the rainy season..swampy.. a breeding ground for disease..."

                The rich, of course, could leave the city as the epidemic spread.

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

                by JayRaye on Sat Apr 12, 2014 at 12:18:59 PM PDT

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  •  "Mother Jones" - How could none of never know (1+ / 0-)
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    nothing of that woman? What a travesty!

    Again, thank you so much.

    There can be no protection locally if we're content to ignore the fact that there are no controls globally.

    by oldpotsmuggler on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 08:38:38 PM PDT

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