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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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