On this day in history: Estevan, Saskatchewan


On this day in history…


(He starts singing at 1:16. You can use this link or fast forward to skip the chatting if you prefer.)

In a little mining village
Scarcely noticed on the map
Bourgeois guns were turned on workers
And their life’s blood there did sap.

No one dreamed of such a slaughter
In that town of Estevan.
That armed thugs with guns and bullets
Would shoot men with empty hands.

Just a protest from the miners.
And boss bullets then did fly,
Caring not who was the target
Or the number that would die

Blazing forth nine hundred bullets
Bodies full of lead did fill,
Murdered three, and wounded twenty-
But the Cause they could not kill.

Three more martyrs for the miners,
Three more murders for the boss
Brutal laws, to crush the workers
Who dare fight in Freedom’s cause.

As those miners lay a-dying
In their agony and pain Whispered,
“Though we die for freedom,
Yet we do not die in vain.”

“For we know our class will triumph
Whey they shall united stand;
They will tkde the world for labor
And the workers rule the land.

Then the workers’ day of vengeance
Will be proclaimed with each breath;
Labor’s cause is right and mighty
And beyond the reach of death.”

Canadian Miner, Calgary, 30 January 1932, via Begbie Contest Society

Canadian Labor Defender, Toronto, November 1931, in Great Canadian Political Cartoons edited by Charles Hou & Cynthia Hou.

Canadian Labor Defender, Toronto, November 1931, found in Great Canadian Political Cartoons edited by Hou & Hou.

Additional Sources:

BienfaitThe Saskatchewan Miners’ Struggle of ’31 by Stephen Lyon Endicott

Estevan Coal Strike” by Garnet Dishaw in The Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan 

Estevan Riot,” Wikipedia

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