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Letter to William D. Haywood in Chicago, Illinois, from Grover H. Perry detailing his arrival in Phoenix, Arizona on February 2, 1917. It was part of the deposition of John W. Hughes for the Michael Simmons vs. the El Paso and Southwestern Railroad Company.

UA Special Collections AZ 114 box 1, folder 1, exhibit 31


Phoenix, Ariz. Feb. 2-1917

Wm. D. Haywood,

            Chicago, Ill.

Fellow Workers

            Arrived here last night O.K. Today is Arbor Day and banks are closed. Have not yet got my trunks as charges on it were 32.80 and I haven’t got that much coin. I have yet to locate an office and think I can by at about 15.00 per month for a small office. Rents are high here. Bought a great desk. It must have cost 65 or $70 when new. Cost me 25.00. It was the cheapest I could find and is a great buy. It is a better desk than the one you have in your office. Will rent a typewriter tomorrow and get busy on correspondence. The membership cards for filing cabinets are high as hell here. I ordered 3 thousand. They cost me 9.75 for the first thousand and 4.50 for each additional thousand. Am sorry about the big express bill on trunk but I thought it was too heavy to check on baggage. They told me at the depot that they could not check anything that weighed over 250 pounds.

            Met Domelly ex B of M.W. man now president of State Federation of Labor here. He wanted to know what so many wobblies were doing in Ariz. He tried to pump me but I reversed the pump and got quite a little information out of him. He said that Bisbee had withdrawn of rather they had demanded a charter from the district instead of Denver. He told me that such a condition of affairs were intolerable and if the wobblies would only support him and Powell in backing Moyer why everything would turn out lovely. He says this is no future for the I.W.W. either here or elsewhere. Overheard a conversations between him and Powell and he said that C. Mark had resigned as sect. Of the District. Have only been here a few hours. No one knows what I am here for. Will keep them in the dark as long as possible and keep you fully advised as to anything which may turn up.

            Tell the girl in office to send me supplies and credentials for 600 and 300.

            Send me a copy of letter sent by you to Bisbee and other places advising them of change from 65ect to branches of 800.

              Address me as below

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