May 6, 1914
THREATENS TO KILL YOUNG ROCKEFELLER
Woman Asserts She Will Slay New York Millionaire.
UPTON SINCLAIR TO PRISON
Novelist Incarcerated in Tombs on Refusal to Pay Fine--Protests Against Action and Says He Will Start Hunger Strike.
New York, May 2.—While the "mourning patrol" was walking in the rain in front of 26 Broadway and
Upton Sinclair, Elizabeth Freeman and Donia Leitner were starting a hunger strike in the Tombs. "Beautiful
Marie" Ganz. I. W. W. orator, went up to the fourteenth floor and threatened to schoot John D. Rockefeller,
Jr.. if he did not end the Colorado strike war.
Miss Ganz, who was recently released from jail, made an impassioned address in Franklin square, in which
she declared she would "shoot John D. Rockefeller down like a dog" if he refused to see her, and then started toward the Standard Oil offices at 26 Broadway, followed by a large crowd.
At the entrance to the building a patrolman attempted to halt her.
"Who are you to stop me?" she cried, as she brushed past, and, entering the elevator, went to the fourteenth
floor, where the private offices of the oil magnate are located.
A negro doortender told her that John D. Jr. was not in. The woman was insistent.
"I'm going to see him!" she cried. "And if the ______ ______ ______ doesn't arbitrate and stop the murders in Colorado I'll shoot him down like a dog! Take my card into him or to his secretary."
The frightened doortender took the pasteboard, and five minutes later returned with the message that Mr.
Rockefeller wasn't in.
"Well, you tell him exactly what I told you," she told the door man, and he promised to repeat the "shooting"
Last night 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
declared, but between 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. The
prison officials said, however, that efforts would be made to cut any attempted hunger strike short.