Hellraisers Journal: Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, “The East Side Joan of Arc.” Young Irish Beauty is “Ardent Socialist Orator”

The one system of economics
that gives every human being
an equal opportunity is socialism.
-Elizabeth Gurley Flynn

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Hellraisers Journal, Monday October 21, 1907
New York, New York – Comrade Elizabeth Flynn Preaches Socialism

From the Montana News of October 17, 1907:

Women's Clubs, Montana News, Sept 5, 1907

—–

An East Side Joan of Arc.

EGF Girl Socialist w Hat, NYW, Aug 24, 1906

—–

They call her Comrade Elisabeth Flynn, and she is only a girl just turned 16, as sweet a 16 as ever bloomed with a sensitive, flower-like face. But she is also an ardent socialist orator, one of the most active workers in the cause in New York City. It was in January [1906] last that she made her first appearance on the lecture platform, and electrified her audience with her eloquence, her youth and her loveliness. Since then she has been in demand as a speaker wherever in the city there has been a socialist gathering, at Cooper Union or at Carnegie Hall or on the street corners of the East side. Continue reading “Hellraisers Journal: Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, “The East Side Joan of Arc.” Young Irish Beauty is “Ardent Socialist Orator””

Hellraisers Journal: George Pettibone Escapes Hospital, Returns to Boise Jail Cell, Wants Trial to Proceed


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

Hellraisers Journal, Sunday October 20, 1907
Boise, Idaho – George Pettibone Does Not Want Trial Delayed

From the Duluth Labor World of October 19, 1907:

PETTIBONE RUNS AWAY FROM
HOSPITAL NURSE
—–
Returns to Jail and Demands That
He be Locked in His Cell.
—–
Afraid If He Stays in Hospital He
May Not be Tried This Year.
—–

HMP, Mrs Pettibone, SF Call, June 17, 1907

BOISE, Idaho, Oct., 17.—George A.. Pettibone escaped from St. Alphonsus’ hospital this afternoon, but before his absence had been discovered he had presented himself at the office of Sheriff Shad Hodgin and demanded that he be placed in his cell. Accompanied by his wife, he was walking about the hospital yard, and at a time when his guard was not watching he walked slowly to the county jail, half a block away.

Sheriff Hodgin was much surprised when the prisoner, unguarded, walked in on him, and could do nothing else than comply with the request of his prisoner that he be locked up. No sooner had he been placed in the big cell, which was the home of Moyer, Haywood and Pettibone for eighteen months, than there came a telephone message from the hospital to the effect that Pettibone was nowhere to be found. The sheriff allayed the fears of the hospital attendants by informing them that their patient was safe behind the bars.

Pettibone left the hospital in order to add strength to his position in demanding immediate trial. When Judge Wood talked over the matter of continuing the case with the attorneys in court last week, he said that it is certain that if the defendant is too ill to be in jail he is too sick to stand the strain of a three months’ trial. Taking his cue from this statement, Pettibone immediately asked that he be taken back to jail. His request was not complied with, and, waiting for a time when he was not noticed, he took “French leave” of the institution.

Continue reading “Hellraisers Journal: George Pettibone Escapes Hospital, Returns to Boise Jail Cell, Wants Trial to Proceed”

Hellraisers Journal: Whereabouts & Doings of Mother Jones for September 1917, Part II: Found in Illinois & Washington D. C.


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

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Hellraisers Journal, Friday October 19, 1917
Mother Jones News for September, Part II: Attends Root-Gompers Meeting

After her speech supporting the street car strikers in Springfield, Illinois, Mother Jones was blamed for a “riot” in that city. On September 15th, Mother attended a pro-war mass meeting in Chicago where the featured speakers were Elihu Root and Samuel Gompers.

From The Decatur Herald of September 5, 1917:

SPRINGFIELD IS CAUTIOUS AFTER RIOT
—–
People Warned, Troops Ready,
“Mother” Jones, Boose and Burnette Blamed.
—–

Mother Jones, IL State Rgstr p2, Springfield, Sept 1, 1917

SPRINGFIELD, Sept. 5-As a result of rioting here Monday night [September 3rd], which resulted in the wrecking of 6 street cars, the riddling with bricks of the front of the car companies office building and the arresting of 20 rioters, Mayor C. T. Baumann last night following a conference of city, county and military officials with assistance of Ajt. Gen. Richings J. Shand at the state house, issued a proclamation ordering all citizens of Springfield to keep off the streets as much as possible and forbidding all gatherings in the streets or public places under penalty of arrest and imprisonment. Mayor Baumann’s action was a direct result of Monday night’s trouble and reports that there would be further organized out breaks, with possible attacks in force on street car company property.

Soldiers On Guard.

Although there have been only isolated instances of trouble, last night, such as the stoning of cars in remote sections of the city, soldiers with fixed bayonets patrolled the main business streets with sentries on every corner keeping the people moving and breaking up gatherings. Additional forces were held at the court house and state arsenal, with automobiles in readiness to rush them to any danger point.

Men arrested by the soldiers Monday night are being held at the county jail, which is guarded by soldiers. It is said that they will be turned over to the civil authorities Wednesday.

Mackie Assigns Cause.

“Mother Jones, Burnette and Bloomington booze” were the three causes of the Springfield riots of Monday night as assigned by general Manager Mackie of the Springfield Utilities company Tuesday.

Continue reading “Hellraisers Journal: Whereabouts & Doings of Mother Jones for September 1917, Part II: Found in Illinois & Washington D. C.”

Hellraisers Journal: Whereabouts & Doings of Mother Jones for September 1917, Part I: Found in Illinois and Kentucky

Mother Jones Quote, 2x4 kaiser union recognition hell freeze over.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Hellraisers Journal, Thursday October 18, 1917
Mother Jones News for September, Part I: Speech in Springfield

From the Illinois State Register of September 1, 1917:

On the evening of August 31st, Mother Jones spoke in Springfield, Illinois, to striking carmen and their supporters. The speech was well-covered the next day by the Register.

MOTHER JONES ASKS AID
FOR CAR STRIKERS
—–
Tells Unionists to Unite in Fight
Against Street Car Company and Win
—–

4,000 HEAR SPEAKER
—–
Crowds Throng Court House Yard
and Cheer as Advocate of Labor Talks
—–

Mother Jones, IL State Rgstr p2, Springfield, Sept 1, 1917

Four thousand striking car men, members of allied labor organizations and curious outsiders last night on the court house square heard “Mother” Jones, self-confessed labor agitator and proud of it, urged the strikers and their sympathizers to disregard judges, courts, injunctions or any other power that might be invoked and to fight the street railway company until it is forced to meet the demands of the union.

Less extreme than she is reported to have been in other cities where labor troubles were in progress, “Mother” Jones did not directly urge the strikers to resort to violence in gaining their ends, but she demanded that every allied labor organization in Springfield take up the cause, have their meters removed and go out on “sympathy” strikes to tie up the city’s industries until pressure is brought to bear to force the utility company to admit itself beaten.

The meeting, advertised to be held in Carpenters’ hall, was transferred to the court house grounds, when it became evident long before the time set for “Mother” Jones to speak, that not one-third of those who wished to hear her would be able to get into the hall. Before half-past seven the hall was packed, and hundreds were thronging the street before the building seeking admittance. Continue reading “Hellraisers Journal: Whereabouts & Doings of Mother Jones for September 1917, Part I: Found in Illinois and Kentucky”

Hellraisers Journal: From The Masses: Young Conscript Measured for Death by Henry J. Glintenkamp

I have no country to fight for;
my country is the earth,
and I am a citizen of the world.
– Eugene V. Debs

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Hellraisers Journal, Wednesday October 17, 1917
From The Masses: “Physically Fit” by Henry J. Glintenkamp

WWI, Measured for Death & Physically Fit by Glintenkamp, Masses Oct 1917

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Continue reading “Hellraisers Journal: From The Masses: Young Conscript Measured for Death by Henry J. Glintenkamp”

Hellraisers Journal: From Luella Twining: Unions of the East Continue Defense Work on Behalf of George Pettibone

This is a show of solidarity
that would make our masters tremble
could they but see it.
-Luella Twining

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Hellraisers Journal, Wednesday October 16, 1907
Eastern Conferences Stand Firm in Support of Pettibone

In case anyone believes that, with the acquittal of Bill Haywood, the Moyer-Haywood-Pettibone Conferences have gone slack in their defense work, the following report from Luella Twining should disabuse them of that idea.

From the Appeal to Reason of October 12, 1907:

THE EASTERN CONFERENCES
—–
Progress of the Defence Work
Among Unions in the East.
—–

BY LUELLA TWINING.
Representative Western Federation of Miners.
—–

Luella Twining ab 1907

THE Moyer, Haywood and Pettibone conferences in the east are continuing with the characteristic vigor they evidenced from the start. I attended two meetings of the Philadelphia Conference three weeks ago. The hall was filled. I have been out of the city visiting unions in nearby cities and have not attended the New York Conference for some time. I was surprised and touched to see what a fine meeting they had Sunday night, after these months and months in which they have met regularly each week. The unions of the city were well represented. When I stepped into the room and saw the crowd I thought to myself: “This is a show of solidarity that would make our masters tremble could they but see it.” They are all moved by the spirit expressed by Brother P. Schaefer of the national executive board of the Brewers, who said: “We shall never rest till Pettibone is liberated from that prison cell and the Western Federation of Miners is safe. We will not allow the mine owners to break this fine organization by hanging its officials or destroying it financially.”

Continue reading “Hellraisers Journal: From Luella Twining: Unions of the East Continue Defense Work on Behalf of George Pettibone”

Hellraisers Journal: How Mother Jones Became Known as “The Most Dangerous Woman in America”

Quote re Mother Jones, Most Dangerous Woman, Machinists Mly, Sept 1915

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Hellraisers Journal, Sunday October 13, 1907
Remembering Mother Jones in West Virginia in 1902

Mother Jones by Bertha Howell (Mrs Mailly), ab 1902

With the recent passing of Judge John Jay Jackson, the Old Injunction Judge, who was the bane of the United Mine Workers of America during their struggles in West Virginia back in 1902, we recall how Mother Jones earned her reputation as a “dangerous woman.” Dangerous she was then, and is yet today, to those seeking to keep the miners beat down and their union broken, but in the coal camps across the nation, where men labor for long hours at low pay, she is known as “The Miners’ Angel.”

According to some accounts, during the trial of July 24th of that year, the United States Attorney pointed his finger at her and declared:

There sits the most dangerous woman in America. She comes into a State where peace and prosperity reign. She crooks her finger-twenty thousand contented working men lay down their tools and walk out.

The Worker of July 27, 1902 reported the story:

THE TRIAL OF MOTHER JONES.
—–
Federal District Attorney Declares Her
a Dangerous Woman.
—–

Decision Not Yet Given as The Worker goes to Press–
Vigorous Effort to Imprison or Banish
Brave Woman from West Virginia.

Tuesday, July 24, was the day set for Judge Jackson of the United State court at Parkersburg, W. Va., to give his decision in the cases of Mother Jones, Thos. Haggerty, and eleven other organizers of the United Mine Workers, under arrest for having violated an infamous injunction which forbids them to hold miners’ meetings anywhere within sight of the mine properties, to march on the public roads in the vicinity, or, as a correspondent of The Worker put it, to do anything except eat and drink-and the West Virginia miners don’t get a chance to eat too much, with or with-[out?] injunctions.

Reese Blizzard, United States District Attorney, conducted the prosecution. He is counted a very able lawyer and he used all his powers to carry his point-or, rather, to carry the point for the mine owners. His closing speech occupied four hours.

Cannot Understand Her.

Mother Jones is obviously considered the most dangerous offender. The “Operators” and their tools cannot understand this wonderful little woman, who is content to labor incessantly, to go hungry and cold sometimes, to endure all manner of hardships and insults and dangers, to go to prison, if need be, in order to carry on her work of organizing and educating and inspiring the miners, and whom the strongest men among the mine workers treat with such confidence and such perfect respect.

“A Dangerous Woman.”

The press reports say that Blizzard called attention to the fact that Mother Jones was especially dangerous owing to the fact that her influence among the miners is almost unlimited and that, also by reason of her powerful intellect she is an instrument of great harm. The miners, he said, are receiving good wages and their condition is satisfactory, but, according to the testimony of this woman, she has come into this state with the express intention of getting eight or nine thousand miners to throw down their tools and quit work that they may help the two or three hundred who were dissatisfied with their condition and had quit the service of their employers.

Continue reading “Hellraisers Journal: How Mother Jones Became Known as “The Most Dangerous Woman in America””

Hellraisers Journal: From the International Socialist Review: Carl Sandburg on “Government in Action”

I saw militiamen level their rifles
at a crowd of workingmen…
-Carl Sandburg

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Hellraisers Journal, Friday October 12, 1917
“The Government-…I went out to find it.” -Carl Sandburg

Machine Gun Aimed at Ludlow, Apr 20, 1914

From the International Socialist Review of October 1917:

Carl Sandburg on Government, ISR Oct 1917

Continue reading “Hellraisers Journal: From the International Socialist Review: Carl Sandburg on “Government in Action””

Hellraisers Journal: Remembering Judge John Jay Jackson Who Famously Tangled with Mother Jones in 1902

Plea for Justice, Not Charity, Quote Mother Jones


~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Hellraisers Journal, Friday October 11, 1907
Old Injunction Judge, John J. Jackson, Passed Away on Labor Day

From the Lincoln, Nebraska, Commoner of September 13, 1907:

Mother Jones by Bertha Howell (Mrs Mailly), ab 1902

THE DEATH of Judge John J. Jackson on Labor Day was a coincidence that was noted by thousands of the older members of American trades unions. Judge Jackson earned the sobriquet of “the iron judge” by reason of his many drastic injunctions against union men. In his anxiety to protect property rights Judge Jackson often lost sight of human rights. It was he who sent “Mother” Jones to jail for daring to make a public address in violation of his injunction, and he enjoined a Methodist preacher from conducting a prayer meeting of striking coal miners in Pennsylvania. At another time he enjoined striking miners from walking the public highways to and from meetings of their local union. The abuse of the injunction writ was forcibly demonstrated by Judge Jackson on many occasions. He was the last of the federal judges appointed by President Lincoln. He resigned a few years ago on account of ill health and advancing age.

———-

[Photograph added.]

From The Fairmont West Virginian of September 6, 1907:

An interesting article, here reprinted from the Chicago Record-Herald of August 3, 1902, provides some insight into the background of the Old Injunction Judge who ruled over the miners of West Virginia with an iron fist from his seat on the Federal Bench in Parkersburg. The Judge came from a family who championed freedom and liberty (for themselves) yet held in bondage, on the family plantation in Old Virginia, human beings as chattel slaves. They loved their slaves, John Jackson had said in 1861, yet loved the Union more. We believe it was Slavery that they loved, not their slaves, for if they truly loved them, as people, they would not have kept them enslaved.

Continue reading “Hellraisers Journal: Remembering Judge John Jay Jackson Who Famously Tangled with Mother Jones in 1902”

Hellraisers Journal: Whereabouts and Doings of Mother Jones for September 1907, Found in Park City, Utah

[Old Glory, Our Flag]
-with all its faults, I dearly love,
and under it I stand for international brotherhood,
government ownership and universal equality.
-Mother Jones

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Hellraisers Journal, Thursday October 10, 1907
Mother Jones News Round-Up for September, Found in Utah

From The Inter-Mountain Republican of September 2, 1907:

“MOTHER JONES” TO DELIVER ADDRESS
—–
Interesting Program Planned For
Labor Day at Park City.
—–

Republican Special Service.

Mother Jones, Mar 11, 1905, AtR

Park City, Sept. 1.-The Park City Miners’ union, which is in charge of the celebration of Labor day, has completed the arrangements for the event and provided amusement for young and old. The festivities will begin at 9 o’clock in the morning with a parade, in which the union will figure prominently. The fire department and school children, with the Park City military band, will lead the procession.

Prominent in the program will be an address by “Mother” Jones, who is known by all as an earnest worker in the cause of the laboring man. A stand has been erected on the Marsac ground for speakers . Various sports will follow the program….

[Photograph added.]

From The Salt Lake Tribune of September 3, 1907:

“MOTHER” JONES SPEAKS AT
PARK CITY CELEBRATION
—–

Special to The Tribune.

PARK CITY. Sept. 2.-Labor day in Park City was fittingly celebrated. At 9:30 a. m. the parade formed on Main street, at the Miners’ Union hall.

The parade was headed by the Park City fire department, followed by Harry Weist as flag-bearer. Then came the Military band and tho city officers. The members of the Miners’ union, small boys and girls, and, lastly, the “Hoot, Hoot” band.

The line of march was north on Main street to Heber avenue, then south on Park avenue to First street, then north on Main street to the band stand, where in a short address Mr. Langford introduced the speaker of the day, “Mother” Jones, as she is known. “Mother” Jones spoke for one hour and thirty minutes on the “Wealth of the Nation,” and the amount contributed to it by the laboring classes….

Continue reading “Hellraisers Journal: Whereabouts and Doings of Mother Jones for September 1907, Found in Park City, Utah”