Oklahoma Leader (Oklahoma City, Okla.), Vol. 2, No. 194, Ed. 1 Wednesday, March 29, 1922 Page: 2 of 6
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From the Rank and File
Letters and Resolutions From Miners
FRO* FISTKH* OHIO.
Bditor Leaner: i am writing you
a few lines os that I may be able to
trj* and clear away tome of the fog
and smcko that has been gatharlng
around the kan«*s situation for
some time. ifter we had hear so
much about the men of Kanbas, both
at the convention held in Indianapo-
lis and thrpugh the literature that
had been sent broadcast throughout
the United States, n committee com-
posed of several members of dlfft-r-
ent locals unions of Eastern Ohio
decided to ask Brother Alexander
Howat to come down here and Rive
us hia side of the Kansas affair.
Brother Howat came, and after a
struggle, we managed to get him a
hearing at our sub-diairlct conven-
tion. and 1 want to xive Alexander
Howat credit for the manner In
which he conducted his speech.
Never once did he villlfy anyone. He
did not come to Ohio with the inten-
tion of causing a split in the ranks
of the mine workers, and 1 want to
say that the split had nlreadv oc-
curred In the ranks of the miners
through the action of President Lew
Is in ousting the officers and our
brother workers from our organiza-
Alexander Howat spoke of the no-
ble fight that the miners of his dis-
trict had waged and that many of
the miners in Kansas today are the
selfsame men who fought a four-
year struggle so that their union
might be recognized in Kansas. He
■poke of the hardships that the
wives and children of the men of
Kansas had endured in their noble
fight for Industrial democracy. He
talked of the thousands or our boys
who fought In the world war who
went to France who now are taking
their last sleep in the fields of
Flanders and these same boys went
over there thinking that their fight
would give or bring freedom to the
world. But instead, what do we
find? We find thnt while the war
was attll raging the industrial plu-
tocrats and the ones who never work
were formulating plans and mapping
out a policy to enslave the workers
and put forth their best efforta to
establish the open-shop, when the
war was endtd.
He talked of the half loaf that the
workers had been receiving, and that
it was time that the workers were
having their share of the whole loaf,
and if any one should have the half
loaf, It should be the ones that have
had tho whole loaf all these years,
and the ones that never work! He
talked of the hundred por cent Ara
erican and who and what they were,
and the fly© cent dudes who go in
for flag waving and who tell the
workers If they will only keep cool
and say nothing that everything will
come out right.
He told the workers that the time
is here when they should show them
aelvea to he men and fight for that
which they were justly entitled to
He told us here about ths industrial
court law and the vagrancy law that
Allen of Kansas and his followers
had been instrumental in having ea
tablished on the statute books of
Kansas, and of the splendid support
that the Illinois officers and men
had given them. He pleaded for the
heroic men and women and their
children of Kansas and that they
would be glad of any assistance the
miners in the different districts
might give them.
Brother Howat attended othei
mass meetings while he was down
here. One at Bellaite on Sunday.
March 19 - one at Yorkvllle on Sun-
day evening. March 19, and ow at
Dillonvale on Monday evening.
March 20. and then he returned
home, and I am glad to say thai
Brother Howat has been the mean*
of bringing the miners of this sub-
district closer together than they
were before he came
At the different mass meetings
that were held, the following resolu-
tion was adopted and I aui glad to
tell the boys of Kansas that the men
of Eastern Ohio are heart and soul
With them In their fight
Whereas, the miners of Kansas and
their reguarly elected officers have
been expelled from our organization
by the executive board of the Inter-
national Union without a fair and
impartial trial, and
Whereas, we believe that such ac-
tion was unjust and indefensible
and without precedent In the history
of this great organization, and
Whereas, we feel it our duty to
the loyal miners of Kansas to ee
thai they get the same measure of
justice that we would expect for our-
selves. feellfig as we do. that the
miners of Kansas In their fight
against the industrial court law
were waging a battle not only for
the I'nlted Mine Workers, but for
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the whole labor movement of the
country; therefore, be it
Resolved. That we. the miners of
this vicinity in mass meeting assem-
bled, this 19th day of March. 1922,
do hereby pledge our undivided sup-
port to the expelled miners of Kan-
sas and their officers. Alexander
Howat and August Dorchy. until
such time as the Kansas miners and
their officers are reinstated with all
rights and privileges in this organi-
zation without coat to them, and un-
til the International executive board
respect and coply with the Interna-
tional constiutlon of the IT. M. W. of
A., and that we stand with the Kan
sas miners until the damnable in-
dustrial slave law is wiped from the
statute books of the state of Kan-
sas; and be it further
Resolved. That a copy of this reso-
lution be sent to Secretary Wm.
Green, the Kansas Chronicle and the
Oklahoma Leader and the Illinois
President L. U. 971, V. M. W. of A..
FROM FRKKBl'lHi, II.I..
Editor Leader: Following Is a res-
olution adopted by local union No.
687. U. M. W. of A.. Freeburg. Ill .
and ordered forwarded to the Inter-
national office and to the V. M. W. '
of A. Journal for publication:
Whereas. The miners and officials
of district No. 14 are still outside ol
the U. M. W. of A. because of the ',
action of President Lewis, and the
international executive board, and '
Whereas. It has become necessary
to be united in the coining conflict
with the operators, therefore, be it
Resolved, That local union No. 687.
of Freeburg. 111., demand that tho I
autonomy be restored to the offllcals
and miners of district No. 14. with
rights and privileges as they had
prior to October, 1921, and be it
Resolved. That a copy of this res-
olution be sent to the international
officials. Oklahoma Leader, U. M. W.
of A. Journal. Illinois Miner, and the
deposed leaders of district No. 14.
i Signed l ROBT. BROWNING,
R. A. SOUTH WORTH
c. C. BROWN,
JOHN F. ALD,
(Seali Financial Secretary.
Officers of lx>cal Union No. 687,
MAN WHO FIDDLED AND
MILLED 70 YEARS DIES f
DALLAS, Texas. March 28.—"Fid |
dling Miller" Stubbins Watts who. =
j according to old settlers here, has =
1 ground corn in the same little grist |
1 mill for more than 70 years, has §
been laid to rest here. The mill was =
| built in 1830 by his father and for =
years the floor of the mill was used |
. as a dance hall.
I In the early days, settlers say. tho |
j scattered settlers came from 20, 30 |
and even 50 miles and danced all ,5
1 night and on holidays all nexe day =
I No dance was a success without f
I Watts as the fiddler.
i Watts was fiddlin" when "Turkey §
I in the Straw." Leather Britches," I
and "Give the Poor Fiddler a Dram" j §
The Chinese fish with trained cor- ; :
morants. which dive Into the water :
and seise their prey, but are pre \
vented from swallowing It by rings j
placed round their necks
Four small Islands in the South '
Seas were recently offered for sale
Stealing enameled letters off shop
windows is one of the commonest i
forms of petty theft in large cities.
About a Birthday Party.
LITTLE girl 1 know h* * birth,
day to-morrow." Stella, the
wishing Fairy, was telling
her four Brownies at thelV
F.nd-of-th^-Karth home, "ann
■lie in going to have a party."
"Tell us about her." *Mm-
ile anked. "How old is «her'
"She will b# 6 years olJ
on this birthday, and as she
and I are areat friends."
Stella answered. "It will be
very pleasant to talk of her.
She has a brother and ever ao
often they both write letters
to their guardian fairies and these letters they put 'tnder their pillows.
•Sweetness' t* the name of the little girls fair>, while the brothers is
•Poppy,* I know these fairies very well, and they told me of the two chil-
dren. 1 have aeveral times flown to them through the night to kiss them in
their dreams and to touch them with happiness with my maglo star wand. '
But you very, very seldom do anything of that sort!" exclaimed
Snookums in amasement.
"Po you want to know why"" Stella asked mysteriously.
"Yes, for 1 can't guess," replied the Brownie.
"For the very simple reason." Stella explained "'hat it Is norm than
stldom that Humans really, absolutely and unquestloningly believe in us
fsiry folk. When some one "honest-to-gondn*-ss' believes In us then we fsiries
visit their dreams. That is why this little girl and boy are auch friends
of ours "
But tell us about the party 1" rimale impatiently cried
"How ran 1V .iske i thr> Ksir% with a smile. #<s thr purty a to be to-
morrow I have to first go " Which does seem reasonable!
The nifhf after the little alrl s birthday Stella was in such * hurry to get
home and tell her Brownies all about everything that she could hsrdly keep
from thumping her Buttfrfly (ho whom she rides througn the air) with her
tiny heels She wanted to reach home—oh. ever ao much!
ft is ever so much fun to tell people about things that interest us when
we know rnat they are also interested and really want to hear wat we have
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Wall ' began the Fairy, "It was a marvellous r rty. even th(\pgh there
*ere hut ten children A man who had come with a valise u few minutes
before the children arrived disappeared for a while. lJiter all dressed up
so that he looked for all the world like one of you funny little Brownies, he
began talking to these poor little city starved children of all the wonderfully
beautiful things in the woods and fields, and." added the Fairy, "the
strangest part of it all was that this Human-this man -talked in such
a way that I immediately knew that he had made friends with our fairy folk
and that he understood their ways and habits. Ha even
taught the children fairy games, and he gave them strange
little gifts from our fatry people.
"Who was he?" aske.d Pimsie In astonishment.
"Only a person whoae heart saw Into the beyond ' an-
swered Stella "Only a man *ho some tints or other had
bad a glimpse of the magic of our world. The children,"
she continued, went home without painted paper and tinsel
presents, but instead of this they brought back with them
h wonderful day dream—a vision of things belonging to our
"And what did this strange Human give the children—
this Human who arrm# t be one of ua
"Little shells with mafic i r mlses that went with them,
answered the Fair>
Anil what presents did the children bring the birthday
child'*' asked I'imiie
Well." Stella answered, "as all bar friends knew her
very well and realised thst she wanted to start an Interesting
collection they brought her things that could
he Wept and enjoyed, such as a wonderful piecs
of coral. It was a Venus flower basket sponge
Another brought her a Dragonfly, while an
other brought her a gloriously beautiful Luni
Moth. So " added the little Wishing Fairy, "from
now on. this little girl hae determined to collect
the really befUtifut things of the earth—and
this birthday party started her collection.
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Ameringer, Oscar & Hogan, Dan. Oklahoma Leader (Oklahoma City, Okla.), Vol. 2, No. 194, Ed. 1 Wednesday, March 29, 1922, newspaper, March 29, 1922; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. (gateway.okhistory.org/ark:/67531/metadc99982/m1/2/: accessed December 11, 2017), The Gateway to Oklahoma History, gateway.okhistory.org; crediting Oklahoma Historical Society.