Monday, April 21, 2014


21 April 2014, Vol.1, No.36 > REMEMBER LUDLOW! 

‘When the Righteous succeed the people rejoice,
But when the bad govern, men groan!’ – Proverbs 29:2

Battle-cry of Miners – now 100th Anniversary of Ludlow Massacre!

On 20 April 1914 the Colorado National Guard snuck into a ‘tent-camp’ of over 1200 striking coal miners – and while the miners & their families were sleeping – the national guardsmen spread kerosene everywhere they could – then SET IT ON FIRE & MASSACRED women, children & miners!  The ‘tent-camp’ was set up in a prairie just outside of Ludlow in the southern part of Colorado, about 3 hours south of Denver.  The camp was full of miners & family immigrants from 27 different nations that were working in a coal mine owned by John D. Rockefeller, Jr.

The Associated Press reported that, “The deaths at Ludlow came during a strike launched in September 1913 by miners whose living conditions were largely controlled by Colorado Fuel & Iron, owned by John D. Rockefeller Jr. 

They lived in company towns, sometimes surrounded by barbed wire. They had to shop in company stores and be treated by company doctors.  They wanted the right to form a union, have 8-hour days and be paid for work to make mines safer and not just for the coal they extracted.

Strikers also wanted enforcement of Colorado's mining laws. Colorado had one of the worst mining death rates in the country but only two mine inspectors.  About 3,000 workers were killed between 1880 and 1910 mining the coal that fed railroads and heated people's homes.”

The fire triggered a running gun battle of 10 days of fighting in southern Colorado.  Included with the miners were veterans of the WWI European wars, and those killed included 30 mine guards, supervisors and strikebreakers. The battle ended when then President Woodrow Wilson sent federal troops into the state.

The ‘Ludlow Massacre’ followed behind the historic 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire in New York City in which 146 people, mostly young female immigrants, died.   That tragic fire is similar to the death in excess of 1200 women burned to death in the Far East a couple of  years back making clothing for the giant retailers here in America, such as Wal-Mart, K-Mart, Gap, and such.  The dangerous working conditions were only transferred from America to the foreign companies so the multinational-corporations could escape health & safety laws by putting profits first & foremost!  Further examples of failing to place THE COMMON GOOD BEFORE SELF OR ANY SPECIAL INTERESTS!

Following the ‘Ludlow Massacre’ in Colorado, the striking miners eventually returned to work without achieving their major demands.  The Rockefeller-owned Colorado Fuel & Iron Co. introduced a ‘company union’ that included a grievance procedure.  As for the Miners in their ‘company towns’, they only won the right to unionize and join the United Mine Workers of AmericaUnion with the passage of the National Labor Relations Act of 1935.


The miners armed, armed as it is permitted every American citizen to do in defense of his home, his family; as he is permitted to do against invasion.  The smoke of armed battle rose from the arroyos and ravines of the Rocky Mountains.

No one listened.  No one cared.  The tickers in the offices of 26 Broadway sounded louder than the sobs of women and children.  Men in the steam heated luxury of Broadway offices could not feel the stinging cold of Colorado hillsides where families lived in tents.

Then came Ludlow and the nation heard.  Little children roasted alive make a front page story.  Dying by inches of starvation and exposure does not.

On the 19th of April, 1914, machine guns... were placed in position above the tent colony of Ludlow.  Major Pat Hamrock and Lieutenant K. E. Linderfelt were in charge of the militia, the majority of whom were company gunmen sworn in as soldiers.

Early in the morning soldiers approached the colony with a demand from headquarters that Louis Tikas, leader of the Greeks, surrender two Italians.  Tikas demanded a warrant for their arrest.  They had none.  Tikas refused to surrender them.  The soldiers returned to headquarters.  A signal bomb was fired.  Then another.  Immediately the machine guns began spraying the flimsy tent colony, the only home the wretched families of the miners had, spraying it with bullets.  Like iron rain, bullets fell upon men, women and children.

The women and children fled to the hills.  Others tarried. The men defended their homes with their guns.  All day long the firing continued.  Men fell dead, their faces to the ground.  Women dropped.  The little Snyder boy was shot through the head, trying to save his kitten.  A child carrying water to his dying mother was killed.

By five o'clock in the afternoon, the miners had no more food, nor water, nor ammunition.  They had to retreat with their wives and little ones into the hills.  Louis Tikas was riddled with shots while he tried to lead women and children to safety.  They perished with him.

Night came.  A raw wind blew down the canyons where men, women and children shivered and wept.  Then a blaze lighted the sky.  The soldiers, drunk with blood and with the liquor they had looted from the saloon, set fire to the tents of Ludlow with oil-soaked torches.  The tents, all the poor furnishings, the clothes and bedding of the miners' families burned.  Coils of barbed wire were stuffed into the well, the miners' only water supply.

After it was over, the wretched people crept back to bury their dead.  In a dugout under a burned tent, the charred bodies of eleven little children and two women were found -- unrecognizable.  Everything lay in ruins.  The wires of bed springs writhed on the ground as if they, too, had tried to flee the horror.  Oil and fire and guns had robbed men and women and children of their homes and slaughtered tiny babies and defenseless women.  Done by order of Lieutenant Linderfelt, a savage, brutal executor of the will of the Colorado Fuel and Iron Company.
The Autobiography of Mother Jones, Chicago, 1977, pp. 191-193

Ludlow Massacre Lyrics

Written & Sung by Woody Guthrie

It was early springtime that the strike was on
They moved us miners out of doors
Out from the houses that the company owned
We moved into tents at old Ludlow

I was worried bad about my children
Soldiers guarding the railroad bridge
Every once in a while a bullet would fly
Kick up gravel under my feet

We were so afraid they would kill our children
We dug us a cave that was seven foot deep
Carried our young ones and a pregnant woman
Down inside the cave to sleep

That very night you soldiers waited
Until us miners were asleep
You snuck around our little tent town
Soaked our tents with your kerosene

You struck a match and the blaze it started
You pulled the triggers of your Gatling guns
I made a run for the children but the fire wall stopped me
Thirteen children died from your guns

I carried my blanket to a wire fence corner
Watched the fire till the blaze died down
I helped some people grab their belongings
While your bullets killed us all around

I will never forget the looks on the faces
Of the men and women that awful day
When we stood around to preach their funerals
And lay the corpses of the dead away

We told the Colorado governor to call the President
Tell him to call off his National Guard
But the National Guard belong to the governor
So he didn't try so very hard

Our women from Trinidad they hauled some potatoes
Up to Walsenburg in a little cart
They sold their potatoes and brought some guns back
And put a gun in every hand

The state soldiers jumped us in a wire fence corner
They did not know that we had these guns
And the red neck miners mowed down them troopers
You should have seen those poor boys run

We took some cement and walled that cave up
Where you killed those thirteen children inside
I said,
"God bless the Mine Workers' Union"
And then I hung my head and cried!

THIS TIME…there’s no excuse…

Just say ‘NO’ to those who want to keep this county in Poverty & Pauperism
– and –
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