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Old Joe Hill

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In spite of all the hideous pictures and all the bad things said and printed about me, I had only been arrested once before in my life, and that was in San Pedro, Cal. At the time of the stevedores’ and dock workers strike I was secretary of the strike committee, and suppose I was a little too active to suit the chief of that burg, so he arrested me and gave me thirty days in the city jail for ‘vagrancy’ — and there you have the full extent of my “criminal record.”

I have always worked hard for a living and paid for everything I got, and my spare time I spend by painting pictures, writing songs and composing music. Now, if the people of the state of Utah want to shoot me without - giving me half a chance to state my side of the case, bring on your firing squad’s - I am ready for you.

I have lived like an artist and I shall die like an artist.
Respectfully yours, JOSEPH HILLSTROM.