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 - a Shot« Returned The presence of snipers, on...
a Shot« Returned The presence of snipers, on the mountainside near the Harlan central mine at Totx, who fired about 10 shots as workers started to the pits also was reported. Troops did not return the fire on this occasion. None was hurt in either shoot* ing. Brigadier General Ellerh«. Carter, commanding the Harlan troops, who said he would investigate investigate both gunfire incidents, had the following report of the ambush ambush firing: Six miners ascending by cable car to the pit head of Hlghsplint mine No. 2, about 20 miles northwest northwest of Harlan, were fired upon from a wooded hillside about 5:30 a. m. Four guardsmen, stationed stationed at the mine, returned the fire. Their shots were answered. Several rounds were exchanged and the soldiers charged but found nothing except empty buckshot buckshot shells. Pickets Limited General Carter said at a pres? conference late today if there was “any more sniping” the soldiers soldiers had orders to “spray the mountainsides with machine-gun and rifle fire.” He aald his order limiting thf last!numher of pickets to 20 “sets tht precedent whenever there is trouble,” trouble,” hut that the number might be increased if picketing was peaceful. “Today Is the first time that the men could go back to work with any degree of safety,” the commander said. “To those who j have gone back I take off my hat in!to their courage. I doubt if I could have done it.” The general said the U. M. W. must “have a permit from me” be- ! tore it could hold a union Sunday mass near meeting called for here While the tension here increased, increased, federal and state mediators, mediators, after a conference in Frankfort, Frankfort, hurried to Harlan to make an effort to settle differences between between the operators and the union. Harlan is the largest bituminous bituminous field holding out against the union shop. John Conner, United States (Continued on Page Two)

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  1. The Escanaba Daily Press,
  2. 19 May 1939, Fri,
  3. Page 1

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