You ought to be out raising hell.
This is the fighting age.
Put on your fighting clothes.
Monday July 31, 1916
Virginia, Minnesota – 1500 Striking Miners Hear I. W. W. Speakers
From The Duluth News Tribune of July 29, 1916:
I. W. W. SPEAKER PROMISES PEACE
Assures Large Audience There Will Be
No Dynamite or Guns Used.
VIRGINIA, July 28.-“No dynamite will be used, no guns are to be fired, there is nothing to be afraid of in this strike,” declared E. Rowan, speaking to hundreds of strikers and citizens of Virginia from the balcony of the Socialist opera house tonight, in his initial address as an I. W. W. leader.
The 500 strikers who marched from Virginia to Eveleth returned 800 strong tonight, increased by the forces from Aurora, Biwabik, Gilbert, Elba and Eveleth.
The meeting tonight was attended by probably 1,500 people, necessitating the working of two speakers at a time.
Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, Joseph Ettor, Joseph Grunl [Gruni] and [Ed] Rowan were the principal speakers. Musical selections were rendered between the talks.
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