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Jim Kershner’s this day in history

SUNDAY, JUNE 15, 2014

From our archives, 100 years ago

A widower in Hackensack, New Jersey, found he could no longer care for his two girls, Dorothy, 9, and Mary, 3. So he tearfully put them on a train for North Yakima, Washington, (today called simply Yakima) for a new adopted home.

The girls touched the hearts of their fellow train passengers in second class. Dorothy acted the part of “the tender little mother, caring for her baby sister as would a parent thrice her age.”

Dan Weaver, of Spokane, who also was on the train, “slyly purchased first-class tickets for the youngsters, and cared for them from the time they left New York.”

From the labor strife beat: Violence erupted again in Butte, where the miners were bitterly divided between those devoted to their union, the Western Federation of Miners, and those devoted to the more radical Industrial Workers of the World, the Wobblies.

The home of a union official was dynamited at 2 a.m. Meanwhile, two police officers arrested two men on charges of rioting and took them to jail. An angry mob became so menacing that the police chief released the two prisoners. 

A delegation of Wobblies visited three newspaper offices and demanded that the words “mob” and “rioters” not appear in any story. The newspapers apparently refused to capitulate, since the words “riot” and “mob” were used repeatedly in dispatches. Of the 9,000 union members in Butte, about 3,000 were described as part of the insurgency.

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