May 1, 1914
ROCKEFELLERS ATTACKED IN SPEECHES
Magnates Threatened With Bodily Harm In Event of Refusal to Arbitrate Colorado Coal Crisis.
HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR INDUSTRIAL WAR
Sinclair and Others Who Go to Tombs Find Successors In Picket “Mourning.”
New.York, April 30.—Threats of violence were made against John D. Rockefeller, Jr., today "by demonstrators' against what was declared to be his policy in the Colorado strike. One woman attempted to invade his offices and when she was prevented she withdrew with imprecations on her lips, repeating in a speech outside threats she had made within the building of personal harm that would come to him if he persisted in declining to consent to arbitration in the Colorado crisis.
While Upton Sinclair, Miss Elizabeth Freeman, an English militant suffragette, and Mrs. ?Donic? Lietner, pioneers in the free silence league movement were being sent today to the Tombs prison for picketing yesterday, other picketers wearing crepe on their sleeves began packing the sidewalk in front of 26 Broadway, where Mr. Rockefeller has his offices. The march was kept up all day and meetings were held in Bowling Green at which speakers reiterated charges that he was responsible for conditions in the Ludlow district.
Tonight Mr. Rockefeller issued a statement characterizing as “infamous” any allusion to conditions in Colorado as “Rockefeller’s war.” The conflicts in Colorado were not between mine owners and strikers, he assorted, but between the strikers and the state troops. The statement contained no reference to the “free silence” protest in this city.
Sinclair, Miss Freeman and Mrs. Lietner went to jail in preference to paying each a three dollar fine imposed after they were convicted of disorderly conduct. They said they would go on a hunger strike.
While Sinclair and others were having a two-hour hearing in court, Marie Ganz of the I.W.W. was making fruitless effort to see Mr. Rockefeller. When attendants barred her from his office she directed threats against Mr. Rockefeller and walking out into Bowling Green park, mounted a pile of lumber and made a verbal attack on him. If he failed to accept arbitration with the government she cried to a throng of several thousand persons, he would be forced to arbitrate with the working people.
The crowd surged in close, shouted and threw sand. Someone hurled a paving block in the direction of Alexander Berkman, anarchist, who also was making a speech. The speakers escorted by the police finally ran to a subway entrance and escaped. One man was arrested and fined on complaint of Reba Edelson, an I.W.W. speaker, who was recently released from jail after a brief hunger strike. Upton Sinclair’s wife was in front of 26 Broadway among the picketers one of whom wore a ribbon with the text, “Thou Shalt Not Kill.”
Mr. Rockefeller’s statement, issued tonight, quoted the lieutenant governor of Colorado in an effort to show that the strikers themselves started the trouble by killing a non-union man.