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Letter and reply from The Workers Socialist Publishing Co. and William Haywood concerning the publishing of I.W.W. literature translated into Finnish. The letters were originally used in the trial of the United States vs. William D. Haywood, et al. This exhibit was introduced into the trial of Michael Simmons vs. the El Paso and Southwestern Railroad Company through the deposition of John W. Hughes.

UA Special Collections AZ 114 box 1, folder 1, exhibit 41


August 13th.-17

The Workers Socialist Pub. Bureau

            Duluth, Minn.

            Fellow Workers:-

            Yours of the 12th. inst relative to the translating into Finnish of the I.W.W. literature, and asking for my opinion as to which would be best to translate, received and the same noted with care.

In reply will say I am sending you under separate cover an assortment of our literature which may be of use to you in this work.

As to which to recommend, will say that I think “Sabotage” by Peuget and the “Advancing Proletariat” by Woodruff, are two exceptionally fine books that should be translated on the others, I believe you can use your own judgment.

I trust that the work of translation will be carried out, as it is a necessary and valuable work, that must be done sooner or later.

I note what you say in regard to the General Strike of the Iron Miners, and I am hoping for a speedy victory for them.

            With best wishes, I remain.

            Yours for the O.B.U.

            Sec’y Treas. I.W.W.


August 12, 1917.

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William D. Haywood,
1001 W. Madison St.,
Chicago, Ill.

Fellow Worker:

            We have had a number of small booklets on hand about the size of the I. W. W. its History, Structe and Methods, by Vincent St. John, to-wit The Revolutionary I. W. W. by Grover Perry, The General Strikes by Yourself, etc., and we are going to translate a booklet and immediately issue the same from the press.

            Before placing any one booklet under work, I write you asking if you have any particular booklet that you would like to recommend for translation, and if so would like to hear from you by return mail. We would like if you would give us a list of a number that you recommend for translation.

            Hoping that you will give this your early attention, we are

            Yours for O.B.U.

            The Workers Socialist Pub. Co.

            by
            — A. Toivonen, Mgr.

P. S. General Iron Miners Strike will start on the Range Monday.