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Bisbee Daily Review

July 13, 1917

Globe I.W.W. Fear Citizens Planning Raid

Repetition of Bisbee’s Actions favored in Gole-Miami District-More Strike Leaders Arrested.

(By Review Leased Wire)

            MIAMI, July12.- Ten German subjects at least two of whom are believed to be army officers, have been located in the town and surrounding camps, it became known here tonight. They are believed to have been sent into this district to assist the I.W.W. agitators in tying up the copper mines of Miami and Globe.

            A Loyalty league, similar to the Loyalty leagues of Globe and Bisbee, has been formed here and the organizers have expressed their intention of stopping I.W.W. street meetings nightly and the suppression of I.W.W. agitation. If is was necessary to drive the agitators out as was done at Bisbee.

            A heavy guard of United States soldiers have been placed around the powder magazines which the mining companies own in this district.

More Leaders Arrested

GLOBE, July 12- Eight more strike leaders were arrested here late today and tonight on the blanket warrant charging 83 strikers with rioting on July 2. Six of the strikers were in jail tonight and the remainder released on bonds. These latter included Rodger S. Culver, Miami agitator for I.W.W. and George Smith, secretary of the local minors union.

Fear that a round up of I.W.W. leaders and sympathizers would be made caused much uneasiness here tonight, especially among the strikers. It was reported that another wholesale deportation might occur here at any time and that arrest of the 15 strike leaders was thought to be the beginning of this round up, but everything was quiet tonight and no further arrests had been made by the sheriff’s department. However, a number of strike leaders are expected to be placed in jail during the night and tomorrow.

The Loyalty league issued a statement tonight saying the Loyalty league movement was to be made statewide and organizations were being formed on Phoenix, Tucson, Yuma, Superior, Miami, and other cities of the state. It was also claimed a conspiracy to destroy the crops in the Salt River and Maricopa valleys had been discovered.