Big Bill Haywood: The Autobiography of William D. Haywood by William D. Haywood

By William D. Haywood

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Big invoice Haywood, first released in 1929 as Bill Haywood's Book, is the autobiography of work chief William D. Haywood (1869-1929), a founder and chief of the commercial staff of the realm (I.W.W.) union and a member of the administrative committee of the Socialist social gathering of the US. Haywood recounts his youth in Utah, his paintings as a miner, and, in short as a homesteader and cowboy. Later, whereas a miner in Idaho, Haywood, encouraged via a speech via Ed Boyce, president of the Western Federation of Miners, joined the W.F.M., and hence all started his lengthy profession as a union-organizer, hard work chief, and activist. The publication additionally recounts his battles with neighborhood police, politicians, and mine-owners, and his courtroom trials and imprisonment. The ebook ends with a bankruptcy ready after his loss of life of his flight to the Soviet Union, the place he died of diabetes and alcoholism on the age of fifty nine.

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On the left were lower hills. The canyon widened where the town was built, giving room enough for two or three streets. Lion hill was at the head of the canyon. Over the mountain back of our house was Dry Canyon, where the Hidden Treasure mine was located. At this and other mines of the camp my stepfather worked. The ridge near the Hidden Treasure was strewn with great boulders of copper pyrites. The Miners’ Delight mine was a tunnel with some open works which were the playground of the boys of the camp.

Their transportation to and from the hospital the workers had to pay themselves. A crowd of lead miners presents a ghastly appearance, as their faces are ashen pale. There are many dangers to which a miner is exposed besides rheumatism, consumption, lead poisoning, and other diseases. One of these is the constant danger of falling rock when a mine is not kept closely timbered. I was working but a short distance from Louis Fontaine when he was killed by a slab of rock from the roof that crushed his head on the drill that he was holding.

On the floor of the yard were the imprints of what must have been an elephant or mastodon of prehistoric times, also the footprints of a man which were half again as large as an ordinary man’s footprints. These impressions were made in mud apparently, but had hardened to solid rock. Involuntarily one followed the footprints as they led to the wall. There one-half of the animal’s track was left exposed, the other half was covered by eighty feet of solid rock and alluvial soil. One realized that it was just a little too late; the animal had passed by, perhaps two hundred thousand years before.

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