Denver Morning Post Columbine Editorial
The Denver Post in its morning
edition objects that I.W.W.
activists dare to visit coal miners in their homes, justifies military
FRONT PAGE EDITORIAL
The Denver Morning Post
November 2, 1927
Is Wearing Thin
Patience and forbearance cease to be virtues
when wasted upon those who deliberately and with calculated bad faith
Governor Adams has “leaned over backwards” in being long suffering
and restrained with the lawbreaking I.W.W. leaders who are conducting the coal
strike in Colorado.
In return, they have quibbled and evaded, substituting duplicity for defiance,
and finally hurling into the teeth of the governor and people of Colorado a curse
and a threat.
The governor “requested” the I.W.W. to stop picketing. They appeared
to accede to the request. But picketing is picketing, whether it be done at a
coal mine or in the homes of miners. In the first case it is open defiance of
law. In the second it is a sneaking, underhand evasion of the law.
I.W.W. pickets were ostensibly withdrawn from the southern Colorado mines, but
actually they were merely transferred from the mines to the miners’ homes.
The wobblies have substituted war on women and children for browbeating and bullying
Upon the heels of this shabby return for the governor’s patient attempt
to withhold the mailed fist which is the state’s final resort against organized
lawlessness, the I.W.W. has now uttered a profane defi, upon which it proposes
to act today, by resuming picketing with “To hell with the state” as
Under such circumstances, patience not only ceases to be a virtue—
IT CEASES TO BE. The governor has met and exceeded every demand of fair play
and forbearance. He has withheld the troops because he, in common with other
citizens of Colorado, abhors the thought of bloodshed or needless violence.
But if I.W.W. pickets again appear at the mines today, there is nothing to do
but invoke the full might of the state’s authority to answer their sneering
defiance. The law and good order of Colorado will be upheld, and the I.W.W. will
learn that a patient man, like Governor Adams, when aroused, strikes hard and