John Mitchell to Mother Jones, 10 May 1902
Mother Mary Jones,
Montgomery, W. Va.
Your favor dated May 6th to received at Scranton.
I have read very carefully what you say of the situation there, and the action of Organizer Tincher. Replying will say that I am writing him to-day, notifying him that his services will not be continued after the 15th of this month. When I met him in Indianapolis I was impressedwith his apparent ability, and he was strongly recommended by Board Member Carroll and President Richards, and in the belief that he had been victimized because of his activity in the organization I thought he might make a good local organizer.
I am glad to note the progress that is being made, and I wish things were so that you could leave that field and give the boys a hand either in Fairmont or on the Norfolk & Western. I think the Fairmont would be the place in which you could do the most good, as the coal companies up there have evidently scared our boys, and of course, with good reason, as they have brutally beaten some of them. I dislike to ask you always to take the dangerous fields,, but I know that you are willing to go wherever you can perform the best service; however, remain where you are for the time being.
You have, no doubt, learned from the daily papers of the situation in the anthracite field. A temporary suspension has been ordered, to take effect Monday; and a convention of the three districts will be hald at Hazleton on Wednesday, at which time I
have every reason to believe that the strike will be made general and permanent. I am of the opinion that this will be the fiercest struggle in which we have yet engaged. It will be a fight to the end, and our organization will either achieve a great triumph or it will be completely annihilated. Personally I am not quite satisfied with the outlook, as the movement for a strike is strongly antagonized by the officers of the lower District, and of course the success of the strike depends entirely upon all working in
harmony and unison.
I think , Mother, that it would be advisable for you not to exert yourself as much as you are doing, and you should take a rest now and then, so as to recuperate your strength. We cannot expect to do all the work ourselves, or see it done even in our lives, and I hope that you will not destroy your health and usefulness in the labor movement by over exertion.
With love and best wishes, I am
President U.M.W.of A.