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Saturday August 13, 1904
From the Appeal to Reason: The Law Goes to the Highest Bidder

This week's cartoon from Ryan Walker:

Laws to the Highest Bidder, Colorado Mine Owners Association, Ryan Walker, Appeal to Reason, Aug 13, 1904
Text for Laws to the Highest Bidder, Ryan Walker, Appeal to Reason, Aug 13, 1904

From this week's Labor World comes good news:

WESTERN MINERS ARE VINDICATED AT LAST


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WERE CHARGED WITH CONSPIRACY TO BLOW UP MINE.
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Men Are Finally Acquitted—
Citizens' Alliance and Mine Owners Association Cannot Prove Their Case—
Peabodyism is Becoming More and More Ridiculous
Every Time it is Aired in a Colorado Court.

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DENVER, Aug. 11-The jury in the case of Foster Milburn, charged with complicity in the Sun and Moon explosion, brought in a verdict of not guilty last week Thursday afternoon, at Central City, Colorado. The jury was out but a few minutes over an hour. The arguments were completed a little before three o'clock. As soon as the verdict acquitting Milburn was announced, a number of those in the court room pressed forward and shook his hand. The judge immediately discharged him. While the acquitting of Milburn ends all of the Sun and Moon dynamiting cases.

After the jury had retired at three o'clock District Attorney Thurman arose and addressing Judge De France, stated that he desired to nolle the cases against Ralph Sanborn, Frank Napoli and Joe Carbonetti.

On July 28 of last year an explosion occurred which destroyed the transformer house of the Sun and Moon mine, situated in Gilson gulch, near Idaho Springs. The next day some fourteen Miners' union men were deported from town by the Citizens' Alliance while several others were arrested and taken to Georgetown. This series of troubles was the termination of a strike which had occurred at the Sun and Moon mine the February preceding, and followed by a labor strike between the Citizens' Alliance and the Miners' Union.

1 December last John E. Chandler, Foster Milburn, Ralph Sanborn, Frank Napoli and Joseph Carbonetti were tried at Georgetown on the charge of conspiracy to blow up the Sun and Moon, and after a trial lasting several weeks and costing some $4,000 they were acquitted.

On June 22 last John E. Chandler, who has been secretary-treasurer of the Idaho Springs union was brought to trial and after a trial lasting seven days he was acquitted.

The verdict in the Milburn case thus concludes a long trial and a very expensive one to both Gilpin and Clear Creek counties. The result of the trial is a vindication of the Western Federation of Miners, as in these cases the Citizens' Alliance and mine owners, who virtually represented the prosecution, attempted to show that the Federation was implicated in the dynamiting.

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SOURCES

Appeal to Reason
(Girard, Kansas)
 -of Aug 13, 1904
http://www.newspapers.com/...

The Labor World
(Duluth, Minnesota & Superior, Wisconsin)
 -of Aug 13, 1904
http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/...

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Cartoon by Ryan Walker
 -see link above at Appeal to Reason
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