We are free, truly free, when we
don’t need to rent our arms to anybody
in order to be able to lift
a piece of bread to our mouths.
-Ricardo Flores Magón
Hellraisers Journal, Wednesday February 19, 1908
Our Mexican Comrades Await Their Fate in Los Angeles Jail
From the Appeal to Reason of February 15, 1908:
THE MEXICAN CASES.
The case of Manuel Sarabia, our Mexican comrade, was heard at Los Angeles, January 18th, and resulted in a complete rout for the prosecution. The indictment found against these Mexican revolutionists by the grand jury in Arizona is admitted by the federal court to be void. Every effort is being made by Diaz and his American employes, aided by the United States government, to secure the extradition of these men for the purpose of murdering them. The defense is putting up a vigorous fight, and if sufficient funds are secured and at once we will win. The Appeal is just in receipt of a cheering letter from Harriman & Holsten, their attorneys, and also from comrade Sanftleben, which indicate victory. From Common Sense the Appeal clips the following:
It might be of interest to hear that Clarence Darrow, the powerful defender of the victims of the capitalist conspiracy of Idaho and Colorado who just underwent a successful operation in this city, takes a keen interest in the case. He has read up all matters pertaining to the case. Intense pain did not withhold him from being personally present at the abortive hearing of Manuel Sarabia on Saturday, January 18th, when the rotten bottom of the whole conspiracy fell through. And on the same day he and Pettibone got a pass from the United States marshal and visited Magon, Villarreal, Rivera and Sarabia in the Los Angeles county jail. Their unanimous opinion is that they hardly ever met finer specimens of manhood in every sense of the word. Clarence Darrow has expressed himself that as soon as he is well again he will do his share on behalf of our friends.