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

Saturday August 15, 1914
From the Appeal to Reason: "If They Had the Declaring of War" by Ryan Walker

In this week's edition of the Appeal, Walker depicts the innocent victims of war:

If They Had the Declaring of War by Ryan Walker from the Appeal to Reason of Aug 15, 1914

News from Colorado

The Appeal reports from Colorado:

Mother Jones in the Fight

Mother Jones is on her way to Washington, commissioned by the United Mine Workers of America to tell president Woodrow Wilson that Scabs are now more plentiful in the coal mines of southern Colorado and are better protected under the reign of the Federal troops than they were under the militia...

A Message from Bob Uhlich

Las Animas County Jail, Colo.,
August 4, 1914
Editor Appeal to Reason, Girard, Kan.:

Dear Comrade-First let me thank you and all the comrades back of that mighty force for working class liberty, the Appeal to Reason, for coming to the rescue of the imprisoned striking miners in the Las Animas county jail. Some of us have been imprisoned for over half a year, without trial and refused bail. JOHN URI, ESPECIALLY NEEDS HELP FOR HE IS OLD AND SICK AND WILL DIE IF HE IS NOT SOON ALLOWED FREEDOM AND SUNLIGHT.

When the militia was here they tortured the prisoners with bayonet jabs in the feet and other brutalities to keep them awake at night so that they would break down and confess to lies, and now that the federals are here more modern methods are tried: prisoners are secretly taken out of jail to Northcutt's office, the agent and tool of the coal companies, where they are put through the third degree.

I was offered my freedom by Captain Smith acting under Judge Advocate Boughton, if I would retract my accusations of brutalities made against the militia officers. For refusing to perjure myself at the command of these officers I am still in jail. This jail is the private dungeon of the coal operators; they put in who they please and on any charge that suits their purpose.

One of my imprisoned comrades, Mike Zuzzle, is charged with assault to murder, not with one, but with five separate charges because the automobile, which they falsely say he fired at, contained five company guards. The company men who hold all the public offices in the strike district, laugh at the law and do with us what the please; the law cannot save us, only publicity, AND FOR THIS PUBLICITY WE NOW DEPEND ON THE APPEAL TO REASON.

                                                                                         Fraternally yours
                                                                                         ROBERT UHLICH.

The above letter may be the last uncensored word that the outside world will receive from Bob Uhlich, as Sheriff Grisham has given orders to keep Bob in the cells and admit no more visitors to him in the usual manner. On visiting the jail Tuesday all we could see of Bob was his pale face framed in the little wicket of the iron cell door. He was six feet away from us and between stood the black visaged deputy to destroy all confidential talk. Nevertheless the committee from Girard shouted out the good news that the APPEAL had come to the rescue of the miners so that all the inmates of the jail might hear.

This Grisham is the same sheriff who deputized over five hundred thugs, gunmen and company employees to terrorize the striking miners, their wives and children, during the bloody days of Forbes and Ludlow.

The news that the APPEAL TO REASON is in the field to fight to a finish has stirred these bull dogs to action and their first attacks are made upon their helpless prisoners in the county jail.

All concealment has been cast aside; we are at grips, and there is nothing left for the Socialists of America and the APPEAL TO REASON but to drive the iron into the vitals of the coal operators.

Bob's last word as we left the cells was this:
"Tell the APPEAL that the fight must be for ALL  the miners."


Appeal to Reason
(Girard, Kansas)
 -Aug 15, 1914

Note: Mother Jones met with President Wilson on Oct 29 per the Lincoln Star (Nebraska) of Oct 29, 1914.

Drawing by Ryan Walker

Hellraisers Journal is on vacation!
Hellraisers will be on a vacation of sorts until September 22nd, and will appear in abbreviated form until that date. A complete vacation is not possible since the ruling class never took a vacation from their suppression and oppression of the working class.

There are no limits to which powers of privilege
 will not go to keep the workers in slavery.
-Mother Jones
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