October 1917

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Following the precedent of Arizona mine operators deportations of working men under the charge that they are I.W.W. disturbers is altogether too common. Each day the news tells of an attempted or successful deportation. It does not matter how much of a disturbing force any group of men have become in a community deportation is not the method of abatement that should be employed. Instead of accomplishing that which a group of hot-headed partisans hope to accomplish by deportation, an exactly contrary result is brought about.

Organized labor had been subjected to that sort of treatment and knows the injustice of it. When it comes to an issue between the I.W.W and mining operators upon a question of the right of mining operators to deport men, the position of the unions is already fixed. They have to take the side of the I.W.W. upon that particular question. We have laws and established authority which is the only power which the unions can recognize in matters of that sort.

When a man is guilty of crime there is a penal law to govern the punishment of that crime. The same is true when a number of men are involved.

The state and federal authorities would do much to establish peace in any community where deportation is an issue by taking a form hand against the mob doing the deporting.

The action of a county council of defense in New Mexico in deporting a group of thirty-two alleged I.W.W. is about as reprehensible an act as has been recorded in connection with deportations. Far more dangerous to the public peace than any I.W.W. agitators are men clothed with authority who refuse to live up to the law. The county council of defense guilty of deporting men should be removed forthwith, and men who are able to handle themselves when vested with authority should be placed in their stead.—Union Labor Journal.

Miners should at first unite all the underground workers within a miners union that can call upon the workers of every other calling when they have a grievance to adjust. The American Federation of Labor had pointed the way to secure the wages hours and other improvements for the past thirty seven years and has assisted financially in bringing them to a success.



                             W. B. GOHRING,

                      Superintendent of Mines.


                               ARTHUR HOULE,