The Fall & Rise of Mackenzie King, 1911-1919

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Mackenzie King on the Witness Stand

Mackenzie King had made a good beginning in establishing cordial personal relations with the management, and had won the confidence of the miners he had visited. This useful work was cut short in May by another subpoena from the Walsh commission, this time to appear as a witness in Washington. The first subpoena had been served in October, for hearings in New York in January, but his appearance had been postponed. Now, in May, Rockefeller and Ivy Lee were being recalled to the stand, and the reactionary L. M. Bowers was to appear for the first time. In view of the constructive work then under way in Colorado, Mackenzie King regarded Walsh's decision to reopen the old controversy as 'certain to prove prejudicial to present and future situations'. He felt that the trials of the strikers in Colorado, and particularly the trial on a murder charge of John R. Lawson, the western U.M.W.A. officer who had been a strike leader, were responsible for the reopening of the inquiry. He had his secretary write to Rockefeller's secretary:

I happen to know that Mr. King is strongly of the opinion that from the very outset the actions of the Walsh Commission have related themselves in the most intimate way with the trial of


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