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POET-SLAYER TO BETSHOT! I. W. W. BARD WILL
FACE FIRING SQUAD WOMAN'S NAME SECRET
Salt Lake City, Utah. The "red
bandanna" murderer, Joe HilL poet
of the proletariat, love lyric composer
and I. W. W. leader, will be shot at
dawn September 4!"
A woman's name will go down to
his grave with him, locked behind the
dead lips whfch heroically refuse to
utter it, though it would mean ALL
life, honor, happiness!
One evening last January a Salt
Lake grocer, John G. Morrison and
his son were shot to death in their
store by two mysterious murderers
masked in red bandanna handker
chiefs. v One of the murderers was
wounded in the battle, Morrison said
before he died.
On that same night' Joe Hill ap
peared at a Salt Lake City physi
cian's office, pleading that a gaping
bullet wound in his chest be cared
for at once.
"A row with a woman," he mus
tered tersely'when asked how, he had
But when the police took him in
charge they found a red bandanna
handkerchief. That was all the evi
dence. And those two circumstances on
ly cruel coincidences,- perchance
have doomed the romantic- "poet of
the people" to death before the rifle
mouths which, under the law of Utah,
he rhoosp in preference to. hanging.
"Could I only speak her name,"
murmurs Joe Hill in his cell, "but, no,
I cannot! Let death be mine rather
than that dishonor-should be HERS!"
And so the mystery of the red ban
danna murder, which has struck the
imagination of all the west, is des
tined to be unsolved, shrouded for
ever in the smoke from the gun that
strikes down Poet Jog Hillstrom.
Little clues, rising here and .there
in the dramatic story of the case, on
ly make the mystery more strange.
There is one woman, Mrs. Virgina
Lorenzo Snow, the famous one-time
president of the Mormon church, who
has fought with money and influence
for Hill's release.
Mrs. Stephen is a wealthy society
leader of Salt Lake.
"fet she is strangely co-operating
with the I. V. W. chiefs in the poet-
Snow Stephens, grand-daughter of. I