Wednesday, December 18, 2013

"that every foreigner in Minersvllle is a walking arsenal and is spoiling for the opportunity to use his weapons..."




Unnaturalized Residents Buying Fire-
--Water Flooding Mines--In-
dustrial Workers Urging Men to
Reject Compromise and Strike.

   Wilkesbarre, Pa., May 10.--At the East Boston colliery of W.C. Payne at Luzerne a mob of 600 men, women and boys took possession of the road leading to the works, drove men on their way to work back to their homes and before dispersing beat John Riddick badly for refusing to comply with their order.

   At the Nottingham colliery of the Lehigh and Wllkebarre Company at Plymouth a mob of 600 men and boys gathered at the entrance to the works and turned back the men who have been carrying on the repair work and the engineers, firemen and pumpmen who have the union's consent to work.

   At the Delaware colliery of the Delaware and Hudson Company at Hudson a crowd of 600 collected and drove back men who started for their regular places of employment. In no instance did the State police appear.

   At the Liggetts Creek colliery of the Delaware and Hudson in the Scranton district a crowd of 500 men and boys armed themselves with clubs and stones and took their position on the road leading to the colliery. They held up the men who appeared for work and informed them that they would not be permitted to start their labor. John Z. Anzenburg raised an argument over the order and the mob led him to the bank of Liggetts Creek and threw him in, pelting him with clubs and stones. After all workmen had been sent home the crowd broke up.

   At Minersville the men are angry over the shouting and threaten to even up matters with the "Black Cossacks," as the State troopers are called.

   Pottsville, Pa., May 10. During the past two days foreigners have almost exhausted the supply of firearms and ammunition of local dealers, while dynamite magazines have been robbed of of large quantities of explosives. It is said these people have enough dynamite to blow up the whole of Minersville.

   Since seven of the State police put a crowd of over 700 to rout in a pitched battle the bitter feeling has become intense and the troopers have been warned to beware of ambuscade on the mountain roads. Although the State laws prohibit unnaturalized residents from owning firearms it is said that every foreigner in Minersville is a walking arsenal and is spoiling for the opportunity to use his weapons.

   The rains have swollen all the mountain streams and the water is pouring into the mines. The interference with the pumpmen and firemen has tied up some of the collieries and as a result the mines are rapidly filling.

   Minersvllle, Pa., May 10. Representatives of the Industrial Workers of the World have arrived here and are endeavoring to induce the mine workers to repudiate President White by voting against the sub-committee's agreement in the Wilkesbarre convention and casting their fortunes with the new organization. The Industrial Workers are indorsed by the socialistic element in the mine workers, which element is away in the majority here.

[The Forest Republican, Tionesia, Pa., Wednesday, May 15, 1912. Vol. XLV. No. 12. Pg. 1]

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