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Ludlow Safety Pit Gives Up Its Dead -- Red Cross Attaches Carry Out the Charred Bodies of Women and Children.

(Rocky Mountain News, 23 April 1914)

Special to the News.

Trinidad, Colo., April 22. --The Ludlow colony, where thirteen women and children perished by fire and suffocation Monday, gave up its dead today. Red Cross attaches, entering the war zone under a flag of truce, came out with the bodies late this afternoon.

Among the dead were the family of Charles Costa, union organizer at Aguilar, and the family of Mrs. Chavez, a Mexican woman, comprising herself, two girls of 4 and 6 years old, a baby 6 months old, and a nephew, 9.

The family of Costa comprised himself, his wife and two children, Lucy, 4, and Orafrio, 6.

Under the mass of charred bedding at the bottom of the safety pit, from which all of the bodies were recovered, were also those of two children of Mrs. Marcellino Pedrigon -- Clardillo, 4, and Rogerio 6, and the three Petrucci children, Lucy, 3; Joe, 4, and Frank, 6 months.

The children were clasped in each other's arms, and over them lay the bodies of the two women, both badly charred. Both of the women were to be mothers soon.

Superficial examination of the remainder of the tents failed to disclose other dead, but it is believed more may be found.

During the visit of the searching party, John McLennan, district president of the United Mine Workers, was twice arrested, searched and escorted under guard to the headquarters of the militia at the Ludlow station. His release was ordered by Major Hamrock.



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