Sherman Bell was a gung-ho type who got noticed. After service as a lawman and a Rough Rider, he was put in charge of the Colorado National Guard. In that position, he basically declared martial law during the Colorado Labor Wars of the early 1900s. He had union members deported, arrested without charges, beaten and generally harassed. When Bell was served with a writ for four miners unlawfully in jail, he replied, “Habeas corpus be damned! We’ll give them post-mortems!” When the Labor Wars ended in 1905, he left the country—mostly for his own safety.
True West November 2023