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

Sunday March 22, 1914
From The Anaconda Standard: General Chase Repeats Threat to Arrest Mother Jones


Denver, Col., March 21.-Adjt. Gen. John Case, who arrived today from the coal strike district, said that he had given orders to arrest "Mother" Mary Jones on sight if she returns to Trinidad. "Mother" Jones still was at her hotel in Denver. She said that the time for her departure for the strike zone had not yet been fixed.

"Mother" Jones, who is 82 years old, was released in Denver last Monday, after having been held as a military prisoner at Trinidad for more than two months.

The Anaconda Standard
(Anaconda, Montana)
-of Mar 22, 1914


Saturday March 22, 2014
Mother Jones Writes to Terence V. Powderly before Departing for the Strike Zone

Mother Jones and Terence V Powderly, Washington D C, 1909
Before Mother Jones departed from Denver for the strike zone of the southern Colorado coalfields, she wrote to her long-time friend, Terence V. Powderly. Mother Jones the fervent strike leader, and Powderly, formerly of the Knights of Labor which favored education of workers over "radical" strike action, were able to set aside their differences in the interest of friendship. A room in the home of Terrence and Emma Powderly was always made available for Mother Jones.

In a letter written to her in 1920, he referred to his home as her home:

As you know, the girls occupy the South porch evenings, and last night they had some kind of a sewing-bee out there and needed a tall light so I borrowed yours for the occasion, but will gladly return it the minute you come home again.

Emma and all the rest of them send their love to you, mine included, with the hope that you will keep well, but if you don't feel just exactly right switch off and come home at once.

                                                                                         Denver, Colorado
                                                                                          March 22, 1914
Mr. T. V. Powderly
Washington, D. C.
My own dear son:

I am just going to drop you a line or two so that you will know I did not forget you even in the military bastile. Last Monday morning I closed five months and one week in the military bastiles of America out of ten months, so we can boast of our republic. In the last nine weeks which I spent in the military bull pen, I never got a glimpse of a newspaper or a letter and the only human being, outside of the military, that I saw was my attorney Hawkins. He came three times during the nine weeks. The sisters permitted their religious institution to be turned into a military prison. I never saw more moral cowards in my life than those sisters were. It is a sais commenty [sad commentary?] on the religious institution. They are simply owned body and soul by the Rockefeller interests. The priest would go by my window in the morning and take his hat off to the uniform murderer and not notice a poor wretch who was digging in the gardens with his legs off.

How they have prostituted Christ's holy doctrine. Five big burly uniformed murderers with their guns on their shoulders and a belt of bullets around their stomachs and a saber hanging to their sides, came up every night at 6 o'clock to put in 24 hours watching an old woman 82 years of age. Four of those military were in the hall outside of my door and one outside the window and the entire military was just a block away facing my window. The Sisters and priests stood for all that insult. My God how can he stand for the cold blooded hypocrisy of today. Men have no regard for human life. Right on the ground with that convent those uniformed murderers drilled every afternoon to learn how to become experts in the shedding of human blood. The military now is turned on to the working class and priests and presidents and ministers endorse the crime. Oh when the judgment day comes what a reckoning there will be. Tell Emma I have thought of her often in my lonely cell during the last weeks...

I leave again tonight for the field of battle. I suppose that just as soon as I get to Trinidad I will be arrested. They searched the train the night before last to see if I was on it. I presume they will do the same tonight so you can watch the papers. I wish you get the Appeal to Reason of the 21st. Villa, the revolutionary general in Mexico gave Wilson and the Democratic party a terrific slap. Wilson ordered Villa to turn lose the wealthy Mexican who was held in Chihuahua and the Mexican said whenever you turn loose the 82-year-old woman that your military hold incommunicado I will comply with your request. She got protection in Mexico. No one would dare imprison that woman in Mexico but the brave soldiers of the American Revolution held her for nine long weeks.

I will have to close because I am getting al little nervous. Tell Emma to keep well until I see her. I guess the headlines of the papers will notify you what's happening down here.

I am always yours in the cause of freedom.


[as written without correction, emphasis added]

The Correspondence of Mother Jones
-ed by Edward M Steel
U of Pittsburgh Press, 1985

Photo: Mother Jones with Terrence V Powderly, Washington DC, 1909

Tom Morello, 3 years ago in Madison

For the unnamed and unnumbered who struggle brave and long
For the union men and women standing up and standing strong

                                             -Tom Morello

Originally posted to Hellraisers Journal on Sat Mar 22, 2014 at 11:00 AM PDT.

Also republished by Sexism and Patriarchy, Shamrock American Kossacks, In Support of Labor and Unions, Anti-Capitalist Chat, and History for Kossacks.

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