June 23, 1914
I.W.W.’S TO CONTINUE FREE SPEECHWARFARE
Undaunted by Shower of Eggs and Stones Anarchists Will Visit Tarrytown.
BLACK EYES SHOW HANDIWORK OF MOB
Conference Will Be Held Today to Decide Upon Date of Next Invasion of Rockefeller’s Town.
UNITED PRESS SPECIAL.New York, June 23.—“We’re going to speak in Tarrytown, permission or no permission. We’re going to denounce John D. Rockefeller in his own village whether they stone and egg us or not. A conference will be held today to decide when we will speak again.”
This was the declaration here today of Leonard Abbott, president of the free speech league, who will his followers was mobbed last night in the up-river village by residents displeased with attempts to make it a free speech forum.
Show Stains of Eggs.Abbott, Alexander Berkman, the anarchist, Helen Goldblatt, “Becky” Edelson and about 50 other anarchists and I.W.W.’s bore visible marks today of their attempt to talk freely in Rockefeller’s burg. Several had black eyes, several faces showed cuts from stones and the clothes of others needed cleaning of stains where eggs had splashed. But all were determined to carry on their fight and eager to return again to talk in the village, mob or no mob.
Big Victory Claimed“It was a big victory” said Abbott today. “In spite of showers of stones and vegetables and eggs, from a huge crowd who gathered to hear or hoot, we kept the free speech flag waving for from an hour to an hour and a half. We said what we had to say. It was pretty hard for the women, several of whom were hurt, but luckily, none of their injuries were serious.
“Tarrytown people, rejoicing in Rockefeller’s $30,000 a month payroll, cannot deprive us of our right of free speech. We are going to talk there. If they don’t want to listen that’s their business. We can’t bring them to our meetings. But there are many people in Tarrytown who do want to hear what we have to say and no one is going to stop us saying it.”