Hellraisers Journal: Whereabouts and Doings of Mother Jones for May 1907: Found in Texas and Arizona


Martin Irons sleeps and in
God’s good time his name will be revived,
the contumely will be effaced
and his memory will shine resplendent
in the galaxy of agitators, pioneers and warriors
who died to make man free.
-Mother Jones

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Hellraisers Journal, Thursday June 13, 1907
Mother Jones News for May: Visits Grave of Martin Irons

Mother Jones, Mar 11, 1905, AtR

During the month of May 1907, Mother Jones was found active as a speaker for the Socialist Party in Texas, and, in Arizona, she was found in Bisbee, assisting the Western Federations of Miners. While in Texas, Mother paid a visit to the grave of Martin Irons. An account of that visit can be found below, along with a tribute to the Pioneer Labor Hero, Martin Irons.

From The Dallas Morning News of May 1, 1907:

“MOTHER” JONES WILL SPEAK.
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Chicago Woman, Speaker on Socialistic
Topics, Is Here.

“Mother” Jones of Chicago, a lecturer whose advocacy of Socialism has made her well known throughout the United States, will speak tonight at 8 o’clock in the Woodman Hall at the corner of Corinth and Wall Streets, near the cotton mills. Tomorrow night she will speak in the City Hall auditorium, and both addresses will constitute part of the campaign for municipal positions of the local Socialist candidates.

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Hellraisers Journal: Butte Mine Fire: Young Hero Missing and Feared Dead; Manus Duggan Saved Lives of 25 Men

Now is the time, Boys…
We can make it if you muster
all the strength you have left.
-Manus Duggan

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Hellraisers Journal, Tuesday June 12, 1917
Butte, Montana – Hope Fades for Life of Manus Duggan

From The Anaconda Standard of June 11, 1917:

Speculator MnDs, Manus Duggan, Anaconda Standard, June 11, 1917

DUGGAN MISSING FEAR HE’S DEAD
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Manus Duggan who is responsible for saving the lives of 25 men who were brought to the surface at 2 o’clock yesterday afternoon, has undoubtedly perished. Extra forces of helmet men went in to the Speculator mine in an endeavor to explore workings where the hero might have wandered after he got his men to safety, and at midnight miners who had worked for hours in the search said he probably was dead.

Duggan, after leading the imprisoned men from the bulkheaded drift, evidently became delirious. He was as strong physically as any of the men who suffered through the 38 hours, but the strain of holding them in check evidently unnerved him so that when his task was completed he collapsed. He was last seen near the shaft on the 2,400-foot level and he was talking incoherently about getting water for “his men.” He also spoke of the good air in the Rainbow drift and favored that as an avenue of escape for his followers. He, with Joseph H. McAdams and another man whose name is not know, started back from the shaft. McAdams’ body was found four hours later, 2,000 feet north of where Duggan delivered the men and about 1,300 feet farther in from the spot where the bulkhead had been built. McAdams had retraced the trail of the rescued men from the bulkhead.

Where Duggan and another miner went is a mystery. Duggan knew every foot of the ground and especially that of the Rainbow drift. To reach this, he would have to climb 200 feet to a connecting level and in his weakened condition he could not do this.

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Hellraisers Journal: Butte Mine Fire: Men Burned to Death as Flames Engulf Lift-Cage; Witnesses Helpless to Save Them

Tell her we done the best we could,
but the cards were against us.
-J. D. Moore

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Hellraisers Journal, Monday June 11, 1917
Butte, Montana – Grim News from Mine Fire Continues

From The Wichita Sunday Eagle of June 10, 1917:

Speculator MnDs, Burned Alive, Wichita Dly Egl, June 10, 1917

Butte, Mont., June 9.- […..]

Two station tenders were burned almost to a crisp, when caught in the Granite Mountain shaft, 200 feet above the origin of the fire…

An appalling sight for a number of spectators was the cremation of two men, Mike Conway and Pete Sheridan who were trapped in a double decked cage, about twenty feet above the collar of the shaft, with the flames flying from the shaft like a giant torch around them.

These men had just been lowered when the engineer received hurried signals to hoist and the lifting of the cage was speeded up with the flames chasing it. The flames overtook the cage and when it reached the surface and sped past the collar, the bodies of the men were in sight. Leaping tongues of fire prevent their recovery….

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Hellraisers Journal: Mine Fire in Butte Claims Many Lives; Rescue Efforts Under Way as Hope Fades for Missing

Tell her we done the best we could,
but the cards were against us.
-J. D. Moore

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Hellraisers Journal, Sunday June 10, 1917
Butte, Montana – Fire Claims Lives at Speculator Mine

From the Salt Lake Telegram of June 9, 1917:

Speculator Mine Disaster, HDLN, Salt Lake Telegram, June 9, 1917

Speculator Mine Disaster, Men Cut Off, SL Telegram, June 9, 1917

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Hellraisers Journal: John R Lawson, Hero of Ludlow, Freed from Murder Conviction by Colorado Supreme Court


Solemnly facing iron bars and prison walls,
I assert my love for justice
and my faith in its ultimate triumph.
-John R Lawson

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Hellraisers Journal, Saturday June 9, 1917
From the United Mine Workers Journal: John Lawson Is Freed!

From the Journal of June 7, 1917:

Colorado Supreme Court Reverses
Lawson Judgment

John Lawson Free, Buona Fortuna, UMWJ p19, June 7, 1917

Denver, Colo., June 4.—The Colorado supreme court today handed down a unanimous decision, all seven judges present and concurring, reversing judgments against John R. Lawson, who had been convicted by picked judge and jury in the Las Animas circuit court on the charge of first degree murder of a mine guard who fell in an attack upon the Ludlow tent colony, and against Louis Zancanelli, convicted in the court presided over by the same judge, Granby J. Hilliard, ex-coal operators’ attorney, on the charge of killing George Belcher, Baldwin-Feltz mine guard, on the streets of Trinidad, Colo.

The trials accorded these two miners have long been recognized by the decent lawyers and citizens of Colorado as a glaring intentional perversion of justice and a disgrace to the state. The decision rendered by the supreme court, reversing judgment, was based upon the fact that objection was entered by the defense against Judge Hilliard, recognized as an operators’ attorney, who had been appointed special judge by Governor Carlson to try, and convict, miners charged with crimes alleged to have been committed during the strike of 1913-14. After the trials of Lawson and Zancanelli, the supreme court handed down a decision prohibiting Judge Hilliard from trying any others of the strike cases.

The objection raised at the opening of the trial of John R. Lawson and Louis Zancanelli by lawyers for the defense—charging prejudice against Judge Hilliard and challenging his right to preside as judge, was considered sufficient cause for the reversal of judgment by the members of the supreme court. Other objections, equally as well founded, were not considered as the first objection was upheld. The defense had proof that the juries were selected from known enemies of the union miners, including several hired gunmen of the companies; that those of the jurymen who objected to rendering a verdict of guilty had been threatened with starvation, by order of the court, and one juryman in the Lawson case was told that his wife was dangerously ill, thus breaking down his opposition to the iniquitous verdict.

While the eases against John R. Lawson and Louis Zancanelli have been remanded back to Las Animas county for trial, there is little doubt but that the cases will be “nol-prossed” by the present district attorney at the first term of circuit court. Our persecuted brothers are practically free.

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Hellraisers Journal: Summary of Moyer-Haywood Case From Current Literature: Socialist Press & “Undesirable Citizens”

If they hang Moyer and Haywood,
they’ve got to hang me.
-Eugene Victor Debs

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Hellraisers Journal, Saturday June 8, 1907
Current Literature on Moyer-Haywood Case, Part II

HMP, Gooding Steunenberg, Current Lit June 1907

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THE murder of ex-Governor Steunenberg, as viewed by the state authorities of Idaho and by most of the daily papers of the country, came as a sequel to a long series of labor troubles between the miners and the mine-owners of the Coeur d’Alene district in Idaho. This district, twenty-five miles in length and one to five miles wide, contains rich mines of lead. Trouble began in 1892 and continued for seven years, off and on, with all the usual violent accompaniments of a war between labor and capital in a region where the forces of government are none too strong and the leaders on either side none too scrupulous. There were pitched battles between the union men and the non-union men. Dynamite was used to wreck mills, men were assassinated, and on May 8, 1897, the feeling had become so intense that President Boyce, of the Western Federation, advised every local union to organize a rifle corps, “so that in two years we can hear the inspiring music of the martial tread of twenty-five thousand armed men in the ranks of labor.” The trouble reached a climax in April, 1899, when the $250,000 mill of the Bunker Hill Company was destroyed by the miners with dynamite.

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Hellraisers Journal: Summary of Moyer-Haywood-Pettibone Case From Current Literature: Kidnapping and Supreme Court

If they hang Moyer and Haywood,
they’ve got to hang me.
-Eugene Victor Debs

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Hellraisers Journal, Friday June 7, 1907
Current Literature on Moyer-Haywood-Pettibone Case, Part I

HMP, re Undesirable Citizen, June 1907

HMP, NYC Moyer Haywood Protest, Current Lit, June 1907

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WHAT Mr. Debs, once a Socialist candidate for President, calls “the greatest legal battle in American history,” is now in progress in Boise City, Idaho. Fifty special correspondents of newspapers and magazines from all parts of the country hastened last month to the little city to report the case, and the telegraph company installed ten additional circuits to handle the press of business. Boise City itself is not excited. It has not furnished any of the defendants, nor any of the lawyers, nor the victim whose murder is the cause of all this excitement. All it furnishes is the jury to try the case. But the country at large is furnishing the excitement. The President of the United States has been involved in a heated controversy over the character of the defendants. The United States Supreme Court has rendered a decision which is likened by Socialist orators to the Dred Scott decision of half a century ago. Thousands of men have been parading the streets of many cities—50,000 in New York alone according to The Herald’s estimate—waving red flags, singing the Marsellaise, denouncing the Supreme Court and assailing the President in terms of bitter reproach. And a collection of $250,000, according to some estimates, has been gathered from the members of labor unions to insure for the defendants in this trial an adequate defense.

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Hellraisers Journal: Haywood Trial Proper Begins: Prosecution Opens, Harry Orchard Tells Tale of Murder & Mayhem

There are no limits to which
powers of privilege will not go
to keep the workers in slavery.
-Mother Jones
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Hellraisers Journal, Thursday June 6, 1907
Boise, Idaho – Prosecution Opens in Haywood Trial

From the Decatur Herald of June 2, 1907:

HMP, Defense Attorneys Drawing, Decatur Herald, June 2, 1907

HAYWOOD’S ILLNESS DELAYS BOISE TRIAL
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Defendant Expected to Be Able to
Appear in Court Monday.
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Boise, Idaho, June 1.-The trial of William D. Haywood was interrupted today by the illness of the defendant who suffered an attack of intestinal poisoning early this morning. Physicians called to attend the prisoner found it necessary to administer opiates before the severe pain was relieved.

At the beginning of the morning session it was expected Haywood would be all right by afternoon, but when court reconvened the prisoner was too weak to be present. Adjournment was then taken until Monday [June 3rd].

Attorney Richardson said Haywood’s illness was not serious and there was no doubt of his ability to be ready Monday.

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Hellraisers Journal: John R. McMahon and Ernest Untermann Report from Boise for Wilshire’s Magazine


There are no limits to which
powers of privilege will not go
to keep the workers in slavery.
-Mother Jones
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Hellraisers Journal, Wednesday June 5, 1907
Wilshire’s Magazine Covers the Moyer-Haywood-Pettibone Case

HMP, Hy, My, Pt Court Hse Lawn, Wilshires, June 1907

The above photograph is from page 8 of the June edition of Wilshire’s Magazine, which edition devotes much space to coverage of the Moyer-Haywood-Pettibone Case now unfolding in Boise, Idaho. We offer a review of that coverage below.

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Hellraisers Journal: Eugene Debs Will Not Be Going to Boise at Request of Haywood’s Defense Attorneys

The worm turns at last, and so does the worker.
Let them dare to execute their devilish plot
and every state in this Union will resound
with the tramp of revolution
-Eugene Victor Debs

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Hellraisers Journal, Tuesday June 4, 1907
Boise, Idaho – Eugene Debs Will Not Attend Haywood Trial

From the South Dakota Lead Daily Call of June 1, 1907:

DON’T WANT DEBS
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Haywood’s Attorneys Request Debs,
the Famous Socialistic Labor Leader,
Not to Attend the Trial Now on at Boise
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[…]

HMP, EVD, Eugene OR Guard, May 30, 1907

BOISE, Idaho, June 1.-Eugene V. Debs, the leading apostle of socialism in the country, has been requested by Attorneys Richardson and Darrow to stay away from Boise during the progress of the Haywood trial. Debs has replied to the letter of Haywood’s counsel announcing his acquiescence in their desire.

The correspondence was perfectly friendly, Debs accepting the reasons advanced by Richardson and Darrow as sufficient.

The socialist problem is a serious and difficult one for the defense attorneys. A dozen representatives of as many socialistic publications are attending the trial and each is at odds with the other….

 

The request to Debs was made because of a statement published over his signature a year ago in which he declared for an armed demonstration if the Colorado men were executed…

[Photograph added.]

From the June 3rd Evening Star of Independence, Kansas:

Debs Treats Ladies to Ice Cream

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Girard correspondence in the Pittsburg Headlight [Pittsburg, Kansas]: Eugene V. Debs, who is living in Girard for the present, treated the ladies who are employed at the Appeal to reason office very liberally to ice cream, cake and candy at Decker’s Candy Kitchen, after office hours last Friday afternoon.

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