Mudcat Café message #660139 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #44499   Message #660139
Posted By: MAG
28-Feb-02 - 03:55 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Nevada Jane (Utah Phillips)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: & story behind Nevada Jane, please
What happened to Big Bill was that he got framed on a murder charge and the I.W.W put all of its energies into saving his life -- which they did, but pretty much sapped the organization's energy -- which is usually considered the government's point in the whole thing. He spent years in jail. Funny things happen to people when they are desperate. I don't remember that, though it's been years since I did any reading on the Wobs, but Bill wasn't bailed; he was jailed.