Oct. 8, 1909: Free Speech Won!

I.W.W. ORATORS MAY SPEAK IN STREETS OF MISSOULA

(Special Dispatch to the Miner.)

Missoula, Oct. 8—At a special meeting of the city council tonight the decision was reached to permit the members of the I.W.W. to make public addresses anywhere on the street so long as they did not interfere with regular traffic or pedestrianism. The crowds assembled early but interest in the oratory waned rapidly and before 9 o’clock the assemblage adjourned to the warmer and more comfortable quarters in their hall. Orders have been issued to the police to refrain from any attempt to prevent the orators of the I.W.W. from addressing the crowds and the truce seemed to be a most effective means of campaign.

–Butte Miner, Oct. 9, 1909

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