Victor, Colo. . Original publisher's cloth [rubbed at extremities], title and illustration stamped in gilt on front cover. Attractive portrait frontis of the author, with original tissue guard. Folding plate of the United States Reduction and Refining Plant at Colorado City. Many illustrations. , 248pp. Light tan and wear, Good+.
The first and scarcest of several editions, with the book's "unanimous endorsement of the Colorado State Federation of Labor" in 1904. Mrs. Langdon dedicates it to the Western Federation of Miners, who "have made a lawful, law-abiding and manly fight against the lawless, corrupt and un-American methods of those against whom they have a grievance." It portrays "the efforts of organized opposition to unionism and trades unions to crush the same in the Cripple Creek district, the greatest gold producing district of its area in the world, by a disinterested eye-witness." The State government, in the service of rapacious business interests, has become a "military oligarchy." Mrs. Langdon dramatically portrays the heroes and villains of the struggle.
She was not as "disinterested" as she claims: her husband, Charles G. Langdon, was a linotype operator at the Victor Daily Record; the Colorado National Guard arrested and imprisoned him.
FIRST EDITION. Not in Eberstadt, Soliday, Graff. 34 Decker 245 [later ed.]. OCLC is polluted with so many reproductions that institutional holdings cannot be ascertained. Item #32901