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Centralia

Centralia

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Published by: Leif Brecke on Apr 25, 2012
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honestefforttounravelthetangledmeshofcircumstancesthatleduptotheArmisticeDaytragedyinCentralia,Washington.Thewriterisoneofthosewhobelievethatthetak-ingofhumanlifeisjustifiableonlyinself-defense.Eventhentheactisahorriblereversiontothebrute-tothelowplaneofsavagery.Civilization,tobeworthyofthename,mustaffordothermethodsofsettlinghumandifferencesthanthoseofbloodletting.ThenationwasshockedonNovember11,1919,toreadofthekillingoffourAmericanLegionmenbymembersoftheIn-dustrialWorkersoftheWorldinCentralia.Thecapitalistnews-papersannouncedtotheworldthattheseunoffendingparaderswerekilledincoldblood-thattheyweremurderedfromambushwithoutprovocationofanykind.
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theauthorwereconvincedthattherewasevenaslightpossibilityofthisbeingtrue,hewouldnotraisehisvoicetodefendtheperpetratorsofsuchacowardlycrime.Buttherearetwosidestoeveryquestionandperhapsthenewspaperspresentedonlyoneofthese.Dr.FrankBickford,anex-servicemanwhoparticipatedintheaffair,testifiedatthecoroner'sinquestthattheLegionmenwereattemptingtoraidtheunionhallwhentheywerekilled.Sworntestimonyofvariouseyewitnesseshasrevealedthefactthatsomeofthe"unoffending'paraders"carriedcoilsofropeandthatotherswerearmedwithsuchweaponsaswouldworkthedemolitionofthehallandbodilyinjurytoitsoccupants.Thesethingsthrowanentirelydifferentlightonthesubject.Ifthisistrueitmeansthattheunionloggersfiredonlyinself-defenseandnotwiththeinten-tionofcommittingwantonandmaliciousmurderashasbeenstated.Now,asatleasttwooftheunionmenwhodidtheshoot-ingwereex-soldiers,itappearsthatthetragedymusthavere-.suItedfromsomethingmorethanamerequarrelbetweenlog-gersandsoldiers.Theremustbesomethingbackofitallthatthepublicgenerallydoesn'tknowabout.ThereisonlyonebodyofmenintheNorthwestwhowouldhateaunionhallenoughtohaveitraided-thelumber"inter-ests."Andnowwegetatthekernelofthematter,whichisthefactthattheaffairwastheoutgrowthofastrugglebetweenthelumbertrustanditsemployees-betweenOrganizedCapitalandOrganizedLabor.

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