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Prescott Journal Miner

July 13, 1917

Story of Heroic Remedy of Bisbee for Wobbllies

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Quiet Reigns; Think Strike is Broken When the Leaders Were Assisted to Become Travelers

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By Associated Press

            Bisbee, July 13,  (1:45 a.m.) – After a day that witnessed the deportation of 1,200 members of and sympathizers with the Industrial Workers of the World and the killing of two men, both incidents resulting from a clean-up of Industrial Workers early this morning by thousands of armed citizens, the Warren District is quiet tonight. Leaders of the strike called two weeks ago by the Metal Workers Union who with their followers were sent out of the district on a special train made up of 24 cattle cars are now in New Mexico.

            The victims of their activities are Orson McKay, shift boss at the Copper Queen mine, and James Brew, a former employee, McKay was killed by a shot by Brew during a search for Industrial Workers and was later killed by McKay’s companions.

            Just 12 hours after Sheriff Wheeler started his plans for a drive on the agitators the men were marched to the railroad cars and started away under an armed guard. Tonight the citizens had returned home, put away their weapons and the town is quiet.

            The sheriff and his deputies decided it would be necessary to rid the district of every member and supporter if the agitators to prevent serious trouble, and 1,200 armed citizens assembled at 4 o’clock and began rounding up the agitators when their pickets began duty at the mine. The prisoners were carefully searched and taken to a baseball park at Warren, four miles away, under guard and special trains brought additional armed citizens from Douglas who aided in the search of the remaining houses. Fifty men were placed in each car with food and drink and armed guards piled on top. The mine operators are confident this action has completely broken the strike.

            What action the governor will take will depend upon the reply of the president which has not been received. With the national guard in Federal service, the governor could not enforce martial law except though a posse comittus and therefore he hesitates to set aside local civil governments.