Hellraisers Journal: Mother Jones Speaks at Indiana Federation of Labor Convention

I reside wherever there is a good fight against wrong-
all over the country.
Wherever the workers are fighting the robbers
I go there.
-Mother Jones

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Hellraisers Journal, Saturday September 30, 1916
Logansport, Indiana – Mother Jones: Interview and Speech

From the Logansport Daily Tribune of September 27, 1916:

Mother Jones, Logansport Dly Tb IN, Sept 27, 1916

Comes to Address Federation of Labor
and Grants Testy Interview
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STILL VIGOROUS AT AGE OF 86
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(By Helen C. Kuppenheimer.)

Mother Mary Harris Jones, Logansport, IN, Sept 27, 1916

Mother Jones arrived in the city last evening. The office sent me out to hunt her up and get an interview. These were the directions: “You’ll find her in one of the down-town restaurants-she’s a little, sweet-faced women with white hair and just as kind as she looks.”

I found her down at a Broadway restaurant sitting at a table with three men. I knew her because she was little and white-haired and sweet-faced, just like the office said she would be. I walked over to the table confidently, even boldly-here at least was one interview over which I need feel no timidity or trepidation-because she was as kind as she looked.

She was talking to the men at the table with her and I stopped beside her chair until she would give me an opportunity to speak to her. Finally she glanced up at me and then down at my feet and back up again-and then, very sharply, “Well?” I told her rather hurriedly who I was and what I wanted.

“An interview? What for? The paper? No I am going home and go to bed. I have nothing to say.” All these rapid fire remarks were made in a voice which might easily have reached to the farthest corner of a large hall. While her voice is as strong as a fog horn, it is as nothing compared to the quality of her glance which first pierces and then shrivels the person upon whom it is directed.

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Hellraisers Journal: IWW Convention Meets in Chicago; Haywood Sends Message from Ada County Jail

Big Bill Haywood on IWW, 1906

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Hellraisers Journal, Saturday September 29, 1906
Chicago, Illinois – Report from I. W. W. Convention

From the Appeal to Reason, a first-hand account of the Second Annual Convention of the Industrial Workers of the World:

THE I. W. W. IN SESSION
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Industrial Unionism Shows Itself to
Be a Virile Infant at Second
Annual Convention.
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by F. M. EASTWOOD,
Special Representative APPEAL TO REASON.
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IWW Label, 2nd Conv, Sept 17-Oct 3, 1906

CHICAGO. ILL., Sept. 20.-The second annual convention of The Industrial Workers of the World convened in this city September 17th, at 10 o’clock a. m., and is still in session.

The presence of factions has delayed the progress of the convention from the beginning but at this time all credential contests have been disposed of with the exception of that of the transportation department, which now is pending.
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Hellraisers Journal: How A Cold Storage Egg Inspired Organization of Domestic Workers’ IU, Part II

You ought to be out raising hell.
This is the fighting age.
Put on your fighting clothes.
-Mother Jones

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Hellraisers Journal, Thursday September 28, 1916
Denver, Colorado – Jane Street on Housemaids’ Union

Jane Street, Baltimore Sun, Sept 24, 1916

The Denver’s Domestic Workers’ Industrial Union, Local No. 113 of the Industrial Workers of the World was founded last spring by Miss Jane Street. Today we offer part two (of two parts) of an article about that union and its tactics from The Washington Post of September 24, 1916:

How A Cold Storage Egg Started
The Servant Girls Union (Part II)
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Miss Jane Street, organizer of the Housemaids’ Union, speaking of its purposes, said for publication in this newspaper:

Of all the abused people on earth none is worse treated than the general housemaid. The majority of housewives follow an aged tradition of looking down on those who serve them and their families and refuse to practice patience or give counsel or regard the women they hire as human beings with like impulses, like passions, like aims and hopes as their own.
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Hellraisers Journal: How A Cold Storage Egg Inspired Organization of Domestic Workers’ I. U.


You ought to be out raising hell.
This is the fighting age.
Put on your fighting clothes.
-Mother Jones

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Hellraisers Journal, Wednesday September 27, 1916
Denver, Colorado – Domestic Workers and the Blacklist

Jane Street, Baltimore Sun, Sept 24, 1916

The Denver’s Domestic Workers’ Industrial Union, Local No. 113 of the Industrial Workers of the World was founded last spring by Miss Jane Street. Today we offer part one (of two parts) of an article about that union and its tactics from The Washington Post of September 24, 1916:

How A Cold Storage Egg Started
The Servant Girls Union
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In Denver, Colo., looms at the present moment happy promise of a solution of the vexatious servant girl problem. How happy that promise is will be seen in the fact that a housemaids’ union now organizing in that city will be conducted on lines which have the frank approval of Denver’s most prominent hostess and society leader.
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Hellraisers Journal: Mrs. Hamlin Blames Private Police for Violence in Mesabi Range Strike

As for the women on the picket lines,
they are not playing “the baby act.”
They’re good soldiers.
They’re thoroughly “game,” those women and
we should be immensely proud of them.
-Lenora Austin Hamlin

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Hellraisers Journal, Tuesday September 26, 1916
Mesabi Iron Range, Minnesota – Mrs. Hamlin Describes Conditions

From the Duluth Labor World of September 23, 1916:

BLAMES PRIVATE POLICE FOR VIOLENCE
IN MINERS’ STRIKE
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Lenora Austin Hamlin Gives First Pen Picture of
Actual Conditions on Mesaba Range From
Disinterested Standpoint—Makes Telling
Report to Woman’s Welfare League
of St. Paul.
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Lenora Austin Hamlin of St. Paul was sent by the Woman’s Welfare league to get first hand information about the treatment accorded to men and women during the miners’ strike on the Mesaba range, following a speech made before the league by Mary Heaton Vorse and Elizabeth Gurley Flynn.

The St. Paul women wanted a colorless story of actual conditions. Mrs. Hamlin, well trained for this sort of investigations, was requested to do the work. She visited all the important points in the strike zone, and her story confirms the claims made during the strike by the miners.

Minnesota is closely following in the footsteps of Colorado and West Virginia, as is shown by the report. It reads in full as follows:

Members of the Woman’s Welfare league will recall that on Tuesday, Aug. 15, we were addressed by Mary Heaton Vorse and Elizabeth Gurley Flynn on the subject of strike conditions on the range and that great interest was aroused by their descriptions of the part women were taking in the strike and the hardships they were enduring in consequence.
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Hellraisers Journal: Strike on Mesabi Iron Range Called Off by Central Committee

This is always a sad and bitter time
in the class struggle, to see brave workers
who had suffered and sacrificed
compelled to accept defeat.
-Elizabeth Gurley Flynn

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Hellraisers Journal, Monday September 25, 1916
Virginia, Minnesota – Central Strike Committee Calls Off Strike

Solidarity, Mesabi, Get Out of the Way, by R Chaplin (Bingo), Aug 19, 1916

The Central Strike Committee, consisting of fifteen striking miners representing the strikers from the various towns along the Mesabi Range and of the Italian, Finnish, and Slavic nationalities, met in Virginia on September 17th and made the difficult decision to call off the strike of the iron ore miners. The striking miners and their families are facing the long, bitter, Minnesota winter with relief funds too meager to meet the needs of the hungry families.

The Strikers News, “Official Strike Bulletin of the Striking Iron Ore Miners of the Mesaba Range,” of September 22nd published the proclamation ending the strike which reads in part:
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Hellraisers Journal: “The Disfranchised” by Ryan Walker from the American Socialist

Men, their rights, and nothing more;
women, their rights,
and nothing less.
-Susan B. Anthony

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Hellraisers Journal Sunday September 24, 1916
American Socialist: Ryan Walker on the Right to Vote

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Hellraisers Journal: Steve Adams Brought to Wallace, Idaho, in Custody of Sheriff Sutherland


These mine owners have demonstrated by
their acts that they do not hesitate
to adopt any means to carry out
their avowed intention of crushing the
organization of the miners.
-U. S. Senator Teller of Colorado

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Hellraisers Journal, Sunday September 23, 1906
Wallace, Idaho – Adams Arrives to Face Charge of Murder

From The Idaho Daily Statesman of September 19, 1906:

ADAMS AND GUARDS ARRIVE IN WALLACE
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Prisoner Arraigned on Charge of Murder
and Preliminary Set for Thursday-
Newton Glover Arrested for Complicity in
Crime and Warrant Out for Others.
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(Special Dispatch.)

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WALLACE. Sept 18.-Sheriff Sutherland arrived in Wallace at noon today with Steve Adams, with whom he had driven across the country most of the way from Boise. The party left Moscow yesterday and drove to a small station east of Tekoa, where this morning they took the train for Wallace. The sheriff and Adams are considerably worn from the journey, but both are in good spirits. The sheriff succeeded in his undertaking of bringing Adams to Wallace from Boise without stepping outside the state. Adams was arraigned this afternoon on the charge of murdering John Doe Tyler in the St. Joe country. Newton Glover, an alleged accomplice of Adams and Jack Simpkins, was brought in on the same train. Mrs. Adams and children were also on the same train. They greeted Adams affectionately.

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Hellraisers Journal: Biography of William D. Haywood, Socialist Candidate for Governor of Colorado

Gabbertized capital must die that
a free people may live!
-Big Bill Haywood

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Hellraisers Journal, Saturday September 22, 1906
From the Appeal to Reason: Bill Haywood, A Man of the Masses

From today’s edition of the Appeal to Reason, we find the story of the life of William D. Haywood, candidate of the Socialist Party of Colorado for the office of governor of that state. Comrade Haywood, Secretary-Treasure of the Western Federation of Miners, received his party’s nomination for governor despite being a prisoner in the Ada County Jail of Boise, Idaho.

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Written for the APPEAL TO REASON
BY WALTER HURT.
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WILLIAM D. HAYWOOD,
Candidate for Governor.

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William D. Haywood, Socialist candidate for governor of Colorado, comes rightfully by his revolutionary spirit; for it is a fact, although one to which, being a modest man, he seldom and reluctantly refers, that he is directly descended from a gallant Continental rebel. But the pride of such ancestry, instead of making of him an arrogant snobocrat, as is the case in too many instances, imbues him with the idea that he can best honor his liberty-loving forbear by being an uncompromising democrat in the fundamental meaning of the term.

Comrade Haywood was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, Feb. 4, 1869, and to him belongs the unique distinction of being the first Gentile male child born within the borders of Zion.

From his earliest days Haywood was dedicated to the mining craft. His first job, when he was nine years old, was with his step-father on the Russian (!) Mine, Ophir, Utah, as tool-nipper and roustabout.

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Hellraisers Journal: Whereabouts & Doings of Mother Jones for July 1916: Pays Visit to Atlanta, Georgia

The future of this country is
in the hands of the women,
but they must wake up
and they must demand.
-Mother Jones

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Hellraisers Journal, Thursday September 21, 1916
Mother Jones Interviewed During July Visit to Atlanta, Georgia

From The Atlanta Constitution of July 9, 1916:

Mother Jones, Atlanta Constitution, July 12, 1916

“Mother” Jones Will Reach Atlanta
Monday on a Secret Mission
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“Mother” Jones, famous internationally for her work for miners, will arrive in Atlanta Monday morning on a mission, the nature of which she refuses to disclose in advance, and for a visit of indefinite duration.

She is coming directly from Washington, D. C., and will be met upon arrival by a party of local friends, headed by Jerome Jones, who Saturday received a telegram from William Green, Chicago, secretary of the United Mine Workers of America, announcing “Mother” Jones intention to pay this city a call.

The visit of “Mother” Jones to Atlanta while the general assembly is in session would in itself be somewhat significant, because she is noted as a lobbyist and worker for laws which are intended to brighten and lighten the lot of the laborer. Many take her visit just at this time, with a factory inspection-child labor and factory labor bill on the calendar for debate and vote in the house during the week, as especially significant, and in all probability the week’s legislative grind will be materially enlivened by her presence in the city, if not in the lobbies and the galleries at the capitol.

“Mother” Jones-she is known by no other name-is a unique and at once an extraordinary American woman. About 80 years old, she has devoted the greater part of her life thus far to the cause of labor, and most of her years have been spent in the mining camps of the west, although she is equally well-known among the underground workers of every other section of the country and in Canada.

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