A Calumet Christmas

by Mouth of the Void

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released December 25, 2015

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Track Name: A Calumet Christmas
Taken from a number of sources relating to the 1913 strike by the Western Federation of Mineworkers and the Italian Hall Disaster
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"Don't rest until you have knocked the shit right out of the Western Federation and have hung their skin to dry".

"I was shipped to Calumet with ten other men...we were to go among the strikers wherever they congregated and encourage them to commit acts of violence, so as to give the militia and the deputies cause for dispersing them..I've been in that buisiness several years".

"Another Detective...had beaten three union men after they were arrested with the purpose of starting trouble among the strikers".

"While striking Mineworkers and their families were preparing Christmas tree tonight someone shouted false alarm of "Fire". Seventy Seven were Killed while getting out of the hall. Sentiment here in my opinion demands immediate action on your part and circumstances surrounding this terrible affair demands immediate investigation by the authorities".

"Every effort is being made to suppress the question. New stories are being invented to account for the panic".

"The Western Federation of Miners will bury its own dead. No aid will be accepted from any of those citizens who a short time ago pronounced these people undesirable".

"The first coffin was brought from the church door. It was white - and small. Nearely all the coffins were white - and small. On the shoulders of four men the little box was bourne down the steps of the church and placed in a waiting hearse. Another followed. And then another. they came in such a quick succession they could not be counted".

"I was assaulted in the Hotel Scott at Hancock by members of the citizens alliance and a man named Waddell Mahone...I was terribly beaten, shot in the dark, dragged more than a mile through the streets".

"When we reached the station, James McNaughton, General manager and Vice Chairman of the Calumet and Hoola mines...rushed up to me and said "You get out of this country Forever. If you ever come back I'll hang you"".


"The Western Federation of Miners will bury its own dead. No aid will be accepted from any of those citizens who a short time ago pronounced these people undesirable".