If the workers are organized, all they have to do is
to put their hands in their pockets
and they have got the capitalist class whipped.
-Big Bill Haywood
Hellraisers Journal, Saturday September 29, 1917
Chicago, Illinois – Leaders of I. W. W. Under Arrest
Yesterday afternoon federal agents descended upon the Chicago headquarters of the Industrial Workers of the World and arrested, en masse, the leaders of the One Big Union. Our Fellow Workers were transported to the Cook County Jail were they remain at this time locked behind the prison bars of the Master Class.
From today’s Chicago Daily Tribune:
Within an hour after the federal grand jury in Chicago had returned indictments naming 166 I. W. W. leaders and agitators throughout the United States, eight automobile loads of detectives yesterday dashed from the federal building to the national I. W. W. headquarters, 1001 West Madison street, and captured thirty-five men. It is understood that the government’s activity will be extended to other cities.
This was the government’s decisive answer to what federal officials believe a deep laid scheme of sabotage, conspiracy, and plots skin to treason, to “take possession of the industries of the country.”
[Photograph of Fellow Worker Bill Haywood added.]
The Chicago Daily Tribune
-Sept 29, 1917
WWIR, IWW Arrests w BBH added, Chg Dly Tb, Sept 29, 1917
WWIR, IWW US DA statement re, Chg Dly Tb, Sept 29, 1917
WWIR, IWW Leaders Arrested, Chg Dly Tb, Sept 29, 1917
BBH, IWW Leader, NY Tb July 22, 1917 p13
Note: for tags, I have used “American Political Prisoners” by Stephen M. Kohn as the source for spelling of prisoners’ names where I have questions re same.
Tag: World War I Repression
The New York Times
(New York, New York)
-Sept 29, 1917
BLOW AT I.W.W., 168 ARE INDICTED;
Seditious Conspiracy, Nearest Crime to Treason,
Charged in Chicago True Bills.
LEADERS SUDDENLY SEIZED
Women Lend and Drive Autos of Federal Officers
in Round-up at Headquarters.
HAYWOOD HELD IN $25,000
Bail for Others Fixed at $10,000-
Two to Twenty Years’ Imprisonment Possible.
Special to The New York Times.
CHICAGO, Ill., Sept. 28.-The Government today throttled the anti-war machine of the Industrial Workers of the World by a series of nation-wide raids, which ended in the arrest of practically all the leaders of the organization, including William D. (“Big Bill”) Haywood, general secretary-treasurer….
“Mourn Not the Dead” Poem by Ralph Chaplin
Mourn not the dead that in the cool earth lie-
Dust unto dust-
The calm, sweet earth that mothers all who die
As all men must;
Mourn not your captive comrades who must dwell-
Too strong to strive-
Within each steel-bound coffin of a cell,
But rather mourn the apathetic throng-
The cowed and the meek-
Who see the world’s great anguish and its wrong
And dare not speak!
Ralph Chaplin Speaks
Bars and Shadows by Ralph Chaplin