Part of a November 6, 1917 New York Times article (on the left) reveals the interest the Government had in "Killing the Wrong Men" and its author, the Secretary of the Denver branch of the People’s Council. (The full article is available in the NY Times archive under the title “Spy Suspect Taken From a Transport.”) The article contains reports of a suspected saboteur and of a smuggler before describing Ben Salmon’s spy activities as “agitation for an immediate peace.” (Note that the article quotes the paragraph from the circular captioned: “Ours is the land of tyranny and injustice.” This is a subheading on the second page of “Killing the Wrong Men.”) Further details of the Government investigation are found in the files of the Bureau of Investigation (BOI), predecessor of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Copies of the Bureau files related to Ben Salmon can be found on the Pamphlets page.
... Mr. Ben J. Salmon was recently called to the office of U. S. Attorney Tedrow respecting the circulating as well as the issuing of the above referred to pamphlet "Killing the Wrong Men", and as the result of that conference with Mr. Salmon, U. S. Attorney Tedrow today handed me the following communication dated Denver, Colo., Nov. 5, 1917:
Hon. H. B. Tedrow
U.S. Dist. Attorney
Dear Mr. Tedrow:
I have just destroyed five-thousand copies of
enclosed circular "Killing the Wrong Men". The
janitor in this building is witness to this fact.
I shall see to it that nothing more of this nature is
written or circulated by me.
I feel that the distribution of these circulars
would not be beneficial to America's cause at this time
and I will not be used to aid any propaganda of anti-
I am as much a pacifist as I ever was, but
incline to believe that I can do more good for the
cause by not giving any aid to professed "patriots"
who are seeking to get myself and others into trouble.
Hoping this will be satisfactory,
Very truly yours,
(Signed) Ben J. Salmon.