Hellraisers Journal: Socialist Editor, Ida Crouch-Hazlett, Visits with Mr. & Mrs. George Pettibone in Ada County Jail

To advocate peace with things as they are
is treason to humanity.
This is a class struggle and on class lines
it must be fought out to a finish.
-Ida Crouch-Hazlett


Hellraisers Journal, Sunday December 29, 1907
Boise, Idaho – With George Pettibone in Ada County Jail

From the Socialist Montana New of December 26, 1907:
Editor Ida Crouch-Hazlett describes visit with Mr. and Mrs. George Pettibone-

In Pettibone’s Cell.

HMP, Pettibone, & wife, Current Lit June 1907

Saturday afternoon [December 14th] after the court session was over I went down to see Pettibone to get his picture for several of the papers I was correspondent for. He was lying on a cot, seemingly wearied after the demands of the day. His wife was sitting by him. The watchfulness of the sheriff’s office has been wonderfully relaxed since the Haywood trial. At that time visitors could hardly gain admission to the accused, and when they were allowed in the cell, a guard was in constant attendance at every conversation. Now, upon a simple request you are shown into the main room. There are no guards, the door is unlocked and the iron door not closed at all. Half a dozen of us were in this large room at the same time with no officials present whatever.

Pettibone, although looking ill and worn and wasted is still full of his quips and gibes. It is wonderful the way these men have stood this awful confinement.

Darker and more strenuous days than these though are before the working class before it comes into its own.

Ida Crouch-Hazlett.


[Photograph added is from June 1907 edition of Current Literature.]

Much of the first page of this edition of the Montana News is taken up with news of the Pettibone trial:

Reporting from Boise on December 11th, Mrs. Hazlett describes the testimony of the prosecution’s “GRAND STAR WITNESS,” Harry Orchard, master liar, “looking trim, dapper, well-fed and well-groomed, wearing a new, tailor-made suit of brown…” Orchard related his “Slimy Tale..substantially the same as in the Haywood trial.”

Hazlett’s report for Dec. 15, 1907, describes the cross-examination of Orchard by Clarence Darrow, the “great criminal witness,” which began at 11:30 on Friday, Dec. 13th. Hazlett describes Orchard as humbled by Darrow: All the fight in Orchard was gone. His shoulders drooped and he crouched back in his chair as Mr. Darrow’s searching questions probed this terrible human heart. Darrow has justified what his friends all thought he could do with Orchard.” Mrs. Hazlett then goes on to describe her visit in the Ada County Jail cell with Mr. and Mrs. Pettibone which took place following the close of court on Saturday Dec. 14th (see above.)

Under the date, Dec. 17, 1907, Mrs. Hazlett reports that Clarence Darrow was ill and unable to continue the cross-examination of Orchard. Attorney Edgar Wilson was, therefore, acting as lead counsel for the defense Mrs Hazlett reported: “Wilson put up a brave fight…He has conducted the case with the utmost credit to himself during the absence of Darrow…”

We would also like to direct our readers to the December 19th edition of the Montana News wherein is contained the entire closing argument made by Clarence Darrow on behalf of Steve Adams.



Montana News
“Owned and Published by the
Socialist Party of Montana”
(Helena, Montana)
-Dec 26, 1907
-Dec 19, 1907

Source for Attorney Wilson’s first name:
Collier’s Weekly of January 25, 1908
“Pettibone and Sheriff Brown” by C. P. Connolly

HMP, Pettibone, & wife, Current Lit June 1907

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