The union took two hostages, and the Colorado state militia set up camp just outside the city limits of Cripple Creek. A murmur of approval rose from the spectators. The result was a strike.
The newspapers compounded the situation by publishing the details. He offered Stratton a grubstake, and Stratton took it, heading out for Cripple Creek a few days later. The jury believed his claim of self-defense. Two miners who had worked richard crowell sex offender in Colorado Springs the Strong mine, Nicholas Tully and Robert Lyons, were eventually arrested in connection with the mine explosion.
Sam found work and a wife. Before the war, Drucilla made sure her boys got a good education, and two of them went on to college—eldest son George got a mechanical engineering degree, and William studied architecture. He quickly signed and received his first payment.
He bought shares in other mines and also set up a money-lending business in Colorado Springs. The shooting was the talk of the town, and two stories emerged. For another, no stream suitable for placer or sluice mining existed up there.
Their testimony was favorable for Sam. Millionaire mine owner Sam Strong lay at his feet. A murmur of approval rose from the spectators. It had taken them less than three minutes to decide. People had also heard about a mine—a useless mine—that had been salted years ago near his place.
The Denver Post reported that several of the witnesses had admitted to conspiring against Sam—a conspiracy orchestrated by Nellie Lewis and her associates.