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SHE'D SHOOT COMRADE JOE HILLSTROM!
Toledo, Ohio. There's a slight but
agile little woman in Toledo who is
not afraid to shoot a man dead. She
is Mrs. Josephine Bates, 35, secretary
of the Toledo Industrial Workers of
Mrs. Bates has been hiking into the
country regularly for the last two
weeks with her rifle and instructor
for target practice. She boasts hit
ting the bull's eye in three out of five
shots. She's hoping there'll be an
opportunity to prove her marksman
ship on a man's heart. Not with cu
pid's bow and arrow, but a live .32
Joe Hill (Hillstrom), L W. W. poet
and song writer, has been convicted
of murder and sentenced to be shotJ
in Salt Lake City, Utah, at sunrise on
Nov. 19. The L W. W. say Hill is a 1
victim of capitalist conspiracy; that
he has not had a fair trial and that
his guilt has not been established.
Therefore Toledo local 86, I. W. W.,
believes that if he must be shot it is
better that he be killed by friends, i
The state of Utah will employ five
men to shoot HilL One of the five
will aim a gun which is loaded with
blank cartridges. None "of the five
will know whose gun carries the
Each marksman is to receive $50
to shoot Hill and one blank insures
them all a free conscience and the
unalloyed enjoyment of the money.
Lots were drawn at the L W. W.
meeting and five men, with Mrs.
Bates as alternate, were selected to
go to Salt Lake City and ask the state
of Utah to pay them $50 apiece to
shoot Joe Hill. Ernest Smith, Rod
ney Mehling, James Callahan, Jack
Lever and Fred Cooney are the five.
The men will "hobo" their way
west to save the $250 for the "revolu
tion." They will ask for elimination
of blank cartridges and request that
every gun be loaded to kill.
"If Hill is to die what difference
does the pulling of a trigger make to
the operator," said Mrs. Bates. "Let
his blood be upon the capitalist class
of Utah and its political henchmen."
Mrs. Bates win not ride the "bump
ers," because it would be necessary
to discard female garb to avoid legal
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