Hellraisers Journal: Feds Descend On Chicago Headquarters of Industrial Workers of the World & Arrest Leaders

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:

WWIR, IWW Arrests w BBH added, Chg Dly Tb, Sept 29, 1917

WWIR, IWW US DA statement re, Chg Dly Tb, Sept 29, 1917

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.”

WWIR, IWW Leaders Arrested, Chg Dly Tb, Sept 29, 1917

[Photograph of Fellow Worker Bill Haywood added.]


The Chicago Daily Tribune
(Chicago, Illinois)
-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

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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

Seditious Conspiracy, Nearest Crime to Treason,
Charged in Chicago True Bills.
Women Lend and Drive Autos of Federal Officers
in Round-up at Headquarters.
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….


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