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Minutes of an IWW meeting at Bisbee, 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 2, exhibit 116.


Bisbee, June 23th, 1917.

Meeting called to order at 2:20 p.m.

F. Worker Maxwell elected chairman

            Embree elected Rec. Sec’y.

Report of Smoker Committee read by Fellow Worker Painex

            Total Reciepts             175.00
            Expenses                     77.45
            Balance                        97.55

Report accepted and ordered filed.
            Communication read from Seattle Central Executive committee regarding advisability of general strike throughout U.S. as protest against persecution of I.W.W. members or account of alleged anti-conscription activity ordered taken in under New Business.

Communication from Butte strikers ordered filed.
Communication from Grass regards purchase of Square Dealer plant. Ordered layed over to New Business.
Reading of receipts & expenditures. Filed.
Communication from Seattle discussed.
Moved Sec. Communication be layed over until after election of Executive Committee carried.

            Election of Executive Committee

                        Embree 66(crossed out)            — (crossed out)  Filkers
                        Sullivan 87                                Brooks
                        Lewis 34                                Webb
                        Paine 70                                Maxwell
                        Blackburn 32                          John — (crossed out)
                        Davis 71                                — (crossed out)

            Motion nominations close. Carried.

            Vote shows following elected on Executive Committee

                        Sullivan            87
                        Davis                71
                        Paine                70
                        Embree            63
                        Webb               46

            The following were elected as alternates:

                        Maxwell           45
                        Brooks             36
                        Lewis               34
                        Blackburn       32
                        Filkers              19

Communication from Grass regarding purchase of Square Dealer plant.
Moved & seconded communication be placed on file. Carried.
Moved and seconded that we hold another smoker on July 8th. Carried.
Election of smoker committee.
Moved and seconded Executive committee act on Smoker.
Moved as amendment a committee of three be elected with power to add to their member. Carried.
Moved that committee be appointed by chair. Carried.
Maddox, Paine, Taylor. were appointed.
Communication from Seattle taken up. Moved that sec’y be instructed to reply to letter in the affirmative.
Moved as amendment that it be referred to Executive committee. who will report next meeting.
Moved as amendment to amendment that we send word to Seattle that we are ready to act with them.
Amendment to amendment ruled out of order.
Amendment lost. Motion carried.
Moved that profit of smoker be applied to hall improvements. Carried.
Under Good & Welfare several matters were eloquently discussed.
Moved that chairman appoint a conductor for next meeting. Fellow Worker Davis appointed.
Adjournment.

                        A. S. Embree

                        Recording Sec’y