Letter and reply from John Pancner and William Haywood concerning the use of a specific clause in the constitution of the I.W.W. The letters were originally used in the trial of the United States vs. William D. Haywood, et al. This exhibit 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 43
Detroit, Mich. Jan 10th, 1917.
Wm. H. Haywood.
Yours answer of the 3rd received, I hope that the war, will be averted, and the constructive work of the I. W. W. go on.
We are making some arrangements for a joint protest meetings against war. It is my personal thought that Militarism will be the downfall of Capitalism, as I think that class conscious will express it self in all walks of life, in the Army and Navy as well as in Industry.
An armed Proletariat will rise and mutiny along with the Industry of workers, the — of the Gin Strike is catching and with a little propaganda will spread to the armed servants of Capitalism.
I would like to protest thru the Bulletin against the clause on the ballot “against arguments with other organized issue,” it would have been proper for the convention to pass a resolution to that effect, but not put it into the constitution, it should be left to the good judgment of the membership, but in a crises like this our hands should not be tied. I think we must launch a campaign of propaganda among the factory workers, i.e. the Machine Proletariat, he is not manual, skilled or intellectual, but seems to be the majority in the great Industries. The A. F. of L. has failed to organize them, we must do it. Enclosed find $5.00 on payment of personal account. Yours for Freedom
1133 1/2 Fourth Ave., Detroit, Mich.
Feb. 14, 1917.
1133-1/2 Fourth Ave.,
Yours of the 10th inst. Received, with check for $5.00 on the loan.
It would be of no avail to publish a personal protest against a Constitutional provision in the Bulletin. If the clause prohibiting agreements with labor organizations is adopted the only way to change it is by agitation through the Union and the press.
Education along Industrial Union lines is the best anti-military propaganda that I know of.
Have you credentials and delegate supplies for Metal and Machinery Workers Industrial Union No. 300, and Railroad Workers Industrial Union No. 600. Every live wire should have supplies on hand, so that he could initiate new members when the opportunity arises.
With best wishes, I am
Yours for Industrial Freedom.