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 I     First Year    NO. 3
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VANCOUVER, B.C;THURSDAY. FEBRUARY 27, 1919
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-AND OTHER THINGS
By E. T. KINGSLEY
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RECONSTRUCTION IS A VERY
popular word these days. It is
Mouthed with great frequency by
statesmen big and statesmen small;
"reconstruction" committees and organizations galore are springing up
throughout the land; preachers preach
about it ""and platform acrobats
unctiously orate of the splendid possibilities behind it that will no doubt
blossom in due course, but about all
the satisfaction to be derived as yet
from all this talk may be found in the
tacit admission made by its sponsors
and advocates that there is a necessity
for it. That is an admission that would,
have been unthinkable five years ago.
. *    *    * "
v In the opinion of the noisy gang
now so lustily prating about "reconstruction," everything was all right up
to the breaking out of. the war, but
for some inscrutable reason they have
evidently changed their minds. Something has happened that, has altered
their view of things and imprei_e8
upon them the necessity of what they
term "reconstruction." Just what that
something is is difficult to determine.
iP yk     *
Things are now just the same as they
were before the war, only .more so.
Being more so it should be apparent
that nothing in the shape Of "reeon*
struction" will save this civilization
that has already been plunged over
the precipice of its own^festruction.
And besides that there is no logical
reason why it should be saved. It is a
slave civilization at best and it has not
yet been recorded in history that any
civilization or empire based upon that
infamy ever was saved from eventually
dying by its own hand. Babylon, Carthage, Egypt, Greece, Rome all travelled
the same route and met the same fate.
The present empire of rule and robbery differs from its equally worthy
predecessors only in the fact of being
.w greater territorial extent and correspondingly more terrible in its brutality and infamy.
* *    *.
What plan has yet been suggested
by our disciples of **reconstruction"
that would in any manner alter the relationship existing between employer
and employee, capitalist and laborer,
master and tilave f What has yet been
offered that will do .away with, or in
any degree lessen the power of the
master to rob and torture the slave f
Can any "reconstruction" be suggested
that will tend to remove from the
slaves the stigma of being property
and the ignominy of being compelled
to produce wealth for nothing for their
ownersf
��� *    *
The fact is that all this pretence of
"reconstruction" is pure buncombe.*
It is right in line with that startling
innovation, the establishment of government employment offices for the
purpose, of aiding slaves to find jobs
that do not exist. And aU such reform
and "reconstruction" schemes are
equally as silly and futile attempts to
stem the rising tide of revolution as
was the memorable attempt of Mrs.
Parti iytpn to sweep back the tide with
her broom.     ���
Within the camp of organized labor"
are to be found some ardent " reconstruct ionists." Doughty champions of
reaction like Gompers loudly proclaim
the necessity of labor obtaining a voice
in the management and conduct of industry. Very pleasing pictures are
shown of typical specimens of the
working tribe, quite appropriately dad
in overalls and dignity, sitting at the
council table along with the capitalist
directors of industry and right.nobly
sharing in the burden and responsibility of successfully skinning slaves
and converting their bides into great
profit and glory for their owners and
wasters. These. pictures are shown as
indicative of ,^h��t is to come under the
olelgirtious dispensation of the "reconstruction" era that lies just ahead of
u>.. All that there is in that sort of
nonsense is' that a few fat billets will
be provided for more of the S. Gompers
type, an ample supply of which the
slave camp of capitalism holds in embryo within its womb ready to come
forth when occasion affords the opportunity for proper sustenance. But wjith
workers upon boards of directors and
other managing bodies of capitalist industry and business, the production of
Wealth for the profit of owners will
continue; the burden of producing the
really essential things of life will still
be thrust upon the shoulders of less
than half of the working class, while
the balance will still be driven in the
production of those things essential
only to the ruling class and the upbuilding and maintenance of its empire, an empire whose grandeur and
magnificence has always been and can
only be written in letters of blood and
whose highest eulogy has been expressed in the awful slaughter of the last
few yearns
*���   *    *
t Pensions for disabled soldiers, homes
and sustenance for cripples, soup kitchens for unemployed.slaves, the inauguration of "public wo!*!" m or^er
to' absorb the out-qf-warks, will undoubtedly be the chief line of "reconstruction," but it''will settle nothing,
it will change nothing. The same old
root cause of all the trouble, the
nisery, the agony, the turmoil, the
strife. the periodical wholesale
s'aughter and devastation will still remain, undisturbed and unimpaired. The
slaves will still be staves and the
masters will still be masters, in spite
of all "reconstruction" that stops short
of revolution: the .<o<*ip'ete sweeping
ftwny of the rigM and pov;��r of ono
man or set of men to rule and rob the
rest of their kind. Though that may
smack of "Bolshevism" it may never-?
theless be true.
The way of the transgressor is in-*
deed hard. The   German   bourgeoisie
failed  to   break  the  rule   of   feudal-,
ism in the revolution of 1848. It did
not subsequently thereto develop sufficient spirit and stamina to go to it
strain and complete the job if possible.1
The result was that Germany remained
politically feudal, alongside of western
neighbors  who  had  become,   both  industrially and politically, capitalist nations. Being thus held politically feudal
and backward, it became certain that
just the very cataclysm of blood and
horror  should   eventually 'ensue  that-
vras pulled off in 1914. .. v!
Our of the feudal ruin resulting from
the war the German bourgeoisie is now
desperately trying to set up that which
ii failed to realize in 1848, viz., a bourgeois state, after the pattern of France,
Britain or the United States. But the
failure of 1848 has so prolonged the
job that a new factor, and a vei��y-_**���'
turning one at that, has developed and
is rudely butting into the ararngements.
* *    *
A revolutionary proletariat haagjjg
peared upon the scene. It seems to be
of such proportions as to seriously
threaten the success of the bourgeois
schemers in completing their revolution against their feudal rulers. This
proletariat has no confidence evidently
m the state that is to belli the hands
of the Scheidemann-Eberts gang. They
have probably drawn inspiration from
observing the felicitious condition of
the workers under the regime of "democratic" states of that type, such as
Britain, France, U. S., etc, and want
none of it. And who can blame theiut
Who among the workers and real
aemocrats of all lands can wish them
anything but success in ousting the
Heheidemann-Eberts government and
setting up the regime of the revolutionary proletariat, as the Russian
workers and peasants have already
done? And lucky indeed is the working e ass of any country that is wise
enough to avoid the experience of
slavery and suffering under a bourgeois reirime of plunder and trade. The
feudal infamy was certainly bad
enough, bnt that of the bourgeois has
all previous infamies in the slavery
line beaten out of sight. Small wonder
that a targe section of the German
working class are e.-erae to allowing
It toJbe forced upon them. All success
to the revolutionary proletariat of the
world, including Germany.
* *    *
It should.not be forgotten that in
1871 the German authorities kindly
placed thdr armies tben on French
soil, at the disposal of tile Versaiflese
Kvernment to aid in crushing the
trisian proletariat Which had risen
against the vicious and incompetent
government of France and established
the Commune of Paris. The German
armies were placed upon"the north aud
cast side of Paris, thus completing the
< ircuravallation of the city, the French
forces holding the south and west sides.
Not only that but the Germans, out
of kindly feelings towards their ruling class cousins thus threatened by
the rebellious Parisian workmen, also
returned   captured   arms   arid   other
munitions that had beep taken from the
defeated French  during the  war of
1870, thereby enabling the  latter to
butcher the rebels. And it was done to
a complete nicety especially appreciated
by not only the French bourgeoisie .but
of all  other christian  lands as  well.
They were butchered almost teaman.
*    *    *        :Srt-
Now take note of >vhat is happening
in Germany during/ these days When
the Spartacans and (other revolutionary
Workmen   are   struggling  against   the
attempt to foist upon the country a
bourgeois republic like the French one.
���IJis. dispatches tell, us  that "#ar��fcal,,
J���^���*** them   (German  authorities) to use German forces to defeat   the   proletariat."   The   German
armies under the armistice are to be
demobilized,    etc.^    but    the    great
"Marshal"   is allowing   them   to   be
used.for the purpose of crushing the
proletariat. He is evidently  returning
the favor extended to the French bourgeois by their German cousins in 1871.
It would be interesting to know how
much  farther  the  French  general  is
going in aiding his erstwhile enemies
in putting their slaves right.
*-   *   :*.
All of this "enemy" business that
so much noise is made about, vanishes
into thin, exceedingly thin air once a
common danger rises in the offing of
class rule and class robbery. Once s
class interest is threatened by the
workers, erstwhile deadly enemies within the ranks of the ruling class rush
to arms together in common defense of
the common right to rule and rob.
*    *   '#   .
It might be well to note that ths
hymn of hate is no longer sung against
tiie kaiser by those deadly enemies of
his known ss the entente allies and ths
V. S. The Bolsheviki and the Spartacans have now the centre of the stage
and the kaiser has been pushed -to the
wings. He is practically forgotten. His
reign of terror in Belgium and else-
v here has been made to look like thirty
cents by the Bolsheviki "reign of-terror*
In Russia and which threatens to sweep,
the earth. Fame is indeed fleeting. The
1 aiser must feel sore at thus being
iclegated to the background by hitherto unheard of terrorists. He who waa
once a master terrorist is now forgotten. Novices and amateurs have nor
become past masters of the art Bat
the bourgeoisie is still on top-in most
countries and labor skinning, and its
aftermath of trade, commerce and
glory still prevails. Glory be! .
n
tAGE TWO
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THE    L
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THE GREAT ATROCITY.
WEIRD. TALES are joyfully told
by ts^tminently truthful press
of this great democratic land about the
terrible atrocities perpetrated upon all
and sundry vjbo perchance incur the displeasure of the Soviet government of
Russia. Blood-curdling stories are related, evidently by agents of the dethroned monarchists, ousted land barons
(mostly German junkers), generals
without armies, a bargain-counter bourgeoisie and similar tattered remnants of
the brutal reign of thcTzars; of how the
wicked Bolsheviki kill, maim, cripple,
destroy and devastate. Hie manner in
which thev^ plunder and torture the poor
peasants is something damnable, according to our faithful chroniclers. If we
are to believe even one-half of what we
are told, this wicked Bolsheviki must be
kept extremely busy murdering "intellectuals" and "plundering peasants." .It
is to be expected that land barons dispossessed of land, monarchists without
a monarchy, generals deprived of armies
��� and bourgeoisie without slaves to skin,
would shout "atrocity" alt in solemn
Concert and wail lugubriously about a
"reign of terror," for what could be
more atrocious or better calculated to
strike terror to their dirty souls than
such a rude downfall from their previous high estate? The stripping of the
land barons of Russia of their land may
perhaps be considered the greatest atrocity yet perpetrated by the widely-
cursed Bolsheviki.. The following excerpt from the "Fundamental Law of
Socialization of the Land," that went
into effect in Russia in September, 1918,
quite clearly depicts the terrible nature
of the "atrocity," not only as perpetrated upon the honest and kindly
land barons, but also tends to confirm
the tales so truthfully told by the. press
about the awful atrocities perpetrated
upon the poor peasants by the wicked
Bolsheviki. It is here reprinted from the
Nation, of January 25.
DIVISION I.
General Provisions
Article "1. All property rights in the
land, treasures of the earth, forests, and
fundamental natural resources within
the boundaries,of the Russian Federated
Soviet Republic are abolished.
Article 2. The land passes over to the
use of the entire laboring population
without any compensation, open or
secret, to the former owners.
Article 3. The right to use the land
belongs to those who till it by their
own labor, with the exception of special cases covered by this decree.
Article 4. The right to use the land
cannot be limited by sex, religion, nationality, or foreign citizenship.
Article 5. The sub-surface deposits',
tile forests, waters, and fundamental
natural resources are at the disposition
(according to their character) of the
country, provincial, regional, and Federal Soviet powers and*1 are under the
control of the latter. The method of
disposition and utilization of the subsurface deposits, waters, and fundamental natural resources will be dealt with
by a special decree.
Article 6. All private live stock and
inventoried property of non-laboring
homesteads pass over without indemnification to the disposition (in accordance
with their character) of the land departments of the country, provincial, regional, and Federal Soviets.
Article 7. All homestead constructions mentioned in Article 6, as well as
all agricultural appurtenances, pass over
to the disposition (in accordance with
their character) of the county, provincial, regional, and Federal Soviets without indemnification.
, Article 8. All persons who are unable to work and-who will be deprived
of all means of subsistence by force of
the decree socializing all binds, forests,
inventoried property, etc., may receive a
pension (for a lifetime or until die person becomes of age), upon the certification of the local courts and the land departments of the Soviet power, such as
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THURSDAY.
.Fooruarr  IT. lilt
The time* is ripe,   is   rotten-ripe,   for
[Then let it come; I have no dread of
what
Is called for by the instinct of man*
kind;
Nor think I that God's world will fall
apart,
Because we tear a parchment more or
leas.
���Lowell.
������at��� _���
I'll niver go down again to see
sojers off to th' war. But you'll see
me at th' depot with a brass band
whin th' men that causes war starts
f'r th' scene hr carnage.���Mr. Dooley.
a soldier receives, until such time as the
decree for the insurance of the incapacitated is issued.
Article 9. The apportionment of
lands of agricultural value among the
laboring people is under the jurisdiction
of the Volostnoi (several ^villages),
county, provincial, . main, ana Federal
land departments of the Soviets in accordance with their character.
Article 10. The surplus lands are
under the/supervision, in every republic,
of the land departments of the main
and Federal Soviets.
Article 11. The land departments of
the local and central Soviets are thus
entrusted with the equitable apportionment of the land among the working
agricultural population, and with the
productive utilization of the natural resources. They also have the following
duties; v
(a) Creating favorable conditions for
the development of the productive forces
of the country by increasng the fertility
of the land, improving agricultural technique, and, finally, raising the standard
of agricultural knowledge among the
laboring population.
(b) Creating a surplus fund of lands
of agricultural value.
(c) Developing various branches of
agricultural industry, such as gardening,
cattle-breeding, dairying, etc.
Id) Accelerating the transition from
the old unproductive system of field cultivation to the new productive one
(under various climates), by_a proper
distribution of the laboring population in
various parts of the country.
\t)   Developing collective homesteads
in agriculture (in preference to individual homesteads) as the most profitable^
system of saving labor and material, with
a view.to passing on to Socialism.
Article 12? The apportionment of
land among the laboring'population is to
be carried on on the basis of each one's
ability to till it and in accordance with
local conditions, so that the production
and consumpton. standard may not compel some peasants to work beyond their
Strength; and at the same time it should
E ive them sufficient means of subsistence.
Article 13. Personal labor is the general and fundamental source of the right
to use die land< for agricultural purposes. In addition, the organs of the
Soviet power, with a view to raising the
agricultural standard (by organizing
model farms or experimental fields), are
permitted to borrow from the. surplus
land fund (formerly belonging - to the
Crown, monasteries, ministers, or landowners) certain plots and to work them
by labor paid by the state,. Such labor
is subject to the general rules of workmen's control.
Article 14. All citizens engaged in
agricultural work are to be insured at
the expense of the state against old
age, sickness or injuries which incapacitate them.
Article 15. All incapacitated agriculturists and the members of their families
who are unable to work are to be cared
for by die organs of the Soviet power.
Article 16.. Every agricultural homestead is to be insured against fire, epidemics among cattle, poor crops, dry
weather, hail, etc., by means of mutual
Soviet insurance:
Article  17.   Surplus profits, obtained
on account of the natural fertility of the
(Continue* oa Pas* Throo)
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PAGE THREE
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RUSSIA TO BRITAIN
A ,copy of a leaflet, printed in
English, dropped over British lines
at Verst 461, Vologda Front, by
Bolshevik aeroplane. Like leaflets
are also printed in French, Italian,
Russian, and even Japanese.
IN order to obtain the consent of the
workers of Britain to the unwarranted act of sggression against pa,
your government gives the following
as their reason for landing troops in
our country:
1. Thst they have come to stamp out
tnarehy and restore order.
It is not true. - Your-government and
the French government are themselves
responsible for what disorder there is
in Russia. Ever since the Revolution
the agents of the French and British
governments hsve been conspiring with
the counter-revolutionaries, giving them
moral encouragement and financial assistance for the purpose of undermining the power of our Workman's government and to bring about its downfall. Your government and the^JFreneh
government are co-operating with the
Czeeho-Slovaks, who have blocked the
access to our food* supplies. ��� The serious food shortage in our country is
aggravating the disorganization. If
there ia disorder your governments are
responsible for it. Remember when a
capitalist government enters a coun-
try where there has been a revolution
for the purpose of restoring "order,"
it always means that they intend to
. < rush the Revolution. That is what
the German government did in Poland,
in the Ukraine, in the Baltic provinces,
and in Finland. That is what your
government wants to do. in Russia.
They do not want to restore order.
They want to restore the Tzar.
2. That they have come to help the
Russian people.
In the first place is it helping to
bring war amongst a people already
exhausted by .wart We do not want
war.    We want peace.    We want to
be left alone to consolidate the gains
of our Revolution, to reorganize our
social and economic life in sueh a manner to secure to the workers the pro-
duets of'their labor. Your government is not helping to do this. It has
sent you here to prevent our doi^g it.
Your government is co-operating with
the Czeeho-Slovaks, who are suppressing the workers wherever'they go. In
Samara the workers obtained an eight-
hour day. It has been abolished. All
working-class organizations, trades
unions, and sueh like are suppressed.
Wherever the Czeeho-Slovaks go they
suppress our workmen's councils, and
establish in their stead an i oligarchy
of speculators, capitalists, and ex-Tsar
officers. Your government will use you
to do the same in north and central
Russia. If your government wanted
to help the Russian) people it would
recognize the Soviet government of the
workers and peasants and assist us to
reorganize our railways and industries.
We, in fact, invited your government
to enter into business relations with
us that would have been to our mutual advantage. But your government
made no reply. Not���your government
does not" want to help the Russian
people. It is helping to fasten the
yoke of capitalism and Tzarism on
them again.
3. That the Allied invasion of Russia is welcomed by the Russian people.
It is not true. Who is welcoming
your landing? A few starving peasants, whom your government bribed
with promises of food. These poor
people are not glad to see you. They
are: only eager for the food they hope
you will bring. Who else Is wal^orii-
ing youf The ex-landlords of Russia,
who are expecting you to restore to
them the land, forests, and mines
which are now the property of the
v hole Russian people.- The capitalists,
vhO want you to overthrow Our workmen's government and compel us to
become their wage slaves again. The
Tchinovniks,   the   ex-officials   of   the
���mmmaMm_lm---_-_-S
Tzarist government, who want you to
restore to them their soft jobs, to re-
same their old game Of bribery and
corruption for which Russia in the
past was notorious. Yes, this crowd,
with their hangers-on, are very pleased
to see you here. They wilf flatter you
end make a fuss of you; all ths while
they have a supreme contempt for you,
for you are only working men whom
they are using as their tools. The Russian commander at your head, General
Gurko, is a reactionary of the worst
description. He was arrested by Kerensky for his monarchist propaganda.
The agents of your government helped
him to escape. His only object in joining you is to restore the Tzar.
Comrades t Do not put your trust1
in this reactionary gang, Do not permit yourselves to be used as tbe tools
of the enemies of liberty. Never let
English workers permitted themselves
U be used to crush the Russian Revo*
lution.
Fellow workers! Be loyal to your
the shameful thing be said that the
class and refuse to do the dirty work
of your masters.
(Signed) Lenin, President of the
Council of People's Commisary.
(Signed) Tchitcherine, People's Commissary for Foreign Affairs,
WOODROW GETS A
The following letter speaks for itself. It is'pleasing to note that there
is a working-class democracy in Britain, that is at least alive and evidently feared by the powers that be.
Happily, however, there is nothing
like th_t in Canada:
"Woodrow Wilson,
"President, U. S. A.
"Sir: You are here in Europe to negotiate a 'Democratic Peace' as a
Democrat If so, I wish you* to prove
your -sincerity by releasing , Tom
Mponey, Billings, Debs, Haywood, and
all the others at present in prison as. a
consequence of their fighht for working-class  democracy since  the  United
States participated in the war.
. "The-working-class democracy of
Britain forced the cabinet to release
ine from Peterhead prison, where I
was undergoing a five years' sentence
nder D. 0. R. A. v ���
"I therefore write you as an ease
to my conscience and a repayment to
the world's working-class democracy
to release my above-mentioned friends
and comrades. <+������{
The Clyde workers will send me as
one of their delegates to the coming
peace conference, and there, inside or
outside-the conference hall, I shall
challenge your U. S. A. delegates if
my friends are not released.
"After that I shall tour America
uhtil yon do justice to the real American champions of democracy.
"Yours in deadly earnest,
(Signed). "JOHN McLEAN.    '
"42 AnidJiQuse Road, Newlands,
Glasgow, Scotland."
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THE  GREAT ATROCITY
(Continued from Pass Two)
land or on account of its location near
markets, are to be turned over for the
benefit of social  needs to the  organs
bf the Soviet power.   ��.
Article 18. The trade in agricultural
machinery and in seeds is monopolized
by the organs of the Soviet power.
Article 19. The grain trade, internal
i'S well as export, is to be a state
monopoly.
In view of the awful atrocities alleged to haye been1 perpetrated against
the land barons of Russia, Article 8 of
the above decument makes quite interesting readng. Not even the most brutal
baron of the brutal bunch is to be deprived of sustenance. That is indeed
most atrocious. The balance of the
I .and Act deals with details incident to
its practical application, and the complete protection of the workers against
all exploitation. It is the great atrocity. No wonder the dispossessed land
herons cry lustily for "intervention."
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THE STATUS OF THE WORKER
THAT snuffy, old reactionary, S.
Gompers, chief mogul of the
American Federation of Labor, loudly
and emphatically asseverates that
"labor is not a commodity." Considering who that pompous worthy is it
would be little short of sheer impudence to dispute the great man's dictum. Still it would be a relief to the
mind of the doubting Thomas, if the
erudite head of the great collectively-
bargaining concern would suecintly
set forth just what he and his aggregation of talent is bargaining about,
anyhow. , It would appear that if
there is bargaining going on it must
inevitably be over something in the
shape of a commodity, i.e. something
for sale. One could scarce conceive
of men bargaining over anything else.
Can any other thing be bought and
sold except property in some form or
other? And is it not true that such
property offered for sale and over
which men bargain and haggle in the
market, is a commodity 1 Of.what
else does the category of commodities
consist, of than such articles or pieces
of property? Is there a labor market?
If so what is bought and sold in such
market if it be not the worker's power
to labor? It may be technically correct to assert that "labor is not a commodity," f$r labor is in reality the
delivery of the commodity "labor
power'* that the worker has contract*
ed to deliver to the purchaser thereof.
He agrees to work eight hours for a
certain sum. That is, he sells his labor
power for eight hours and it does not
alter the fact by saying that he is
hired for that period of time. It is all
the same, anyway. The delivery of
the commodity sold, his labor power,
constitutes the labor he experiences.
It is the penalty he pays for being a
slave.
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But if Mr. Gompers is more or less
mixed up in regard to the status of
the worker many other-people are not.
For instance, there is Sir Alfred Yarrow, head of the great shipbuilding
company on the Clyde. A most interesting interview with this big capitalist was recently run in ths daily
press. While the big shipbuilder, (by
proxy, of course) makes numerous admissions regarding the family affairs
of the present ruling class that it were
better to be "kept secret, he is laboring under no delusions as to the status
of the working man under the existing dispensation of things material and
mundane. He blurts out the fact that
"Britain, is financially crippled by the
war." He should not have given this
away, for to spread sueh reports
around hi not calculated to make it
any easier for the victim of impending bankruptcy to weather the storm.
But when it comes down, to setting
forth the status of labor Sir Yarrow
makes no mistake. He says that
ench young Britain costs the country
$200 to raise to manhood. If we send
s horse out of the country, we expect
some monetary return, but before the
war we were sending  actually  $20,-
000,000 worth of wealth-producing
manhood to the United States each
year without compensation of any
kind." Now there you have it in language plain enough for the veriest
boob to understand. The working
people of Britain are just like horses
and other domestic animals, inasmuch
as it cost the country a certain sum
of money to raise them to "manhood,"
which in this case means to wage-
siaveryhood. And then just like horses
and mules if they escape the confines
of the duly-provided pasture and be-
\ond the reach of recapture, the money
loss that results is indeed serious.
Twenty million dollars per year of such
loss is no small item, especially to a
country that is already "financially
crippled," according to Sir Yarrow.
No wonder he loudly complains about
dt. But if that gentleman's explanation ia worthy of credence then the
status of the workingmen as property,
iu every sense of the word, is so clearly established that it would almost
seem ss though the astute Mr. Gompers
mightlbe able to grasp it. If the
status of the workingman is the same
as that of the horse and horse-power
is well known to be a commodity that
is bought and sold in the market the
same as all other commodities, it would
appear that so astute and profound
an economist as the aforesaid Gompers
person ought to be able to comprehend
the outstanding fact.
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But that is all there is to the status
of the wealth producers under the
glorious regime of class rule and robbery. They are just property, that's
all. They are as indisputably owned,
body, boots and breeches, as were their
chattel slave and feudal serf predecessors. Only they are not now owned
as property by individual masters, as
was the case with their predecessors,
but they are owned as ��� a class by the
ruling class. Individual members of
the ruling class having use for one or
niore of the slave class, merelyjMike
a selection of such animated articles
as they wish out of Oie common jackpot of human property, and having
used these packages of labor power,
upon the instalment plan as it were,
until their needs are satisfied, they return them to the highways and byways
leading unto the labor market again
where they tamely await the pleasure
of some other master who may be
pleased to use them some more. It
is all very simple and easy to understand, unless the cranium of the investigator be made of material no less
permeable to reason than reinforced
concrete. Slaves are property and
what is Still mpre to the point they
constitute all there, is- Or ever was to
property that could bring to its owner
or owners' revenue, a something gotten
without effort upon the part of those
owners. They constitute all there is
on earth that is bought) and sold in
the'taarketr-all that is measured in
terms of trade, commerce and exchange, for whatever is so measured
has been produced and exchange value,
given to it by the labor of these slaves
alone. Behind every stock, bond, deed,
mortgage, loan and debenture or other
evidence of property ownership, stands
the slaves of civilization to make good
the values therein supposed to rest.
The status of the slaves as property
is clear and unmistakable. Sir Alfred
YarroW knows all about it.
PRODUCING TOO MUCH JOjKE
AVERY LARGE PART of the
humor, spontaneous and excruciating, that waa wont to spring full
'fledged from the Wilsonian administration at Washington, as Juno sprang
from the brain of Jove, has been lost
to the world since the versatile McAdoo resigned from his numerous posts
therein snd took to the lightsome task
of shystering for some film producing
firm for the measly stipend of $100,000
per annum. But still we are not un
mindful of the fact that the McAdoo
person is in a sense endowed with
immortality, or at least bis compelling
though perhaps unconscious humor is
so endowed, because much of it is so
profound and ribcracking that it will
pjeasantly linger in the funny bone of
luinanity as long as tune lasts, unless,
of course, it is in the meantime forgotten. McAdoo was always great on
making speeches while attending to
his arduous duties Director Generalling
the railways and cracking financial
jokes on behalf of the treasury. And
his speeches were usually not only full
of jokes but were real jokes themselves.
McAdoo, however, is no joke. He was
and wa. believe stil 1 is the son-in-1 aw
of the only Wilson himself, the patentee of the famous safety first device
for world democracy. While he still
held down the tough job of an all
round Pooh Bah for the Wilson administration he found time to write
some very humorous letters.! Under
date of Dec. 11, 1918, he wrote Senator E. D. Smith, Chairman of the
Senate Committee on Interstate Commerce, regarding railway matters.
Among other interesting things he said,
"Upon the efficiency of the transportation machine in America depends
in great measure the future prosperity
of the nation. Involved in this prosperity is the extension of our foreign
trade, We produce so much more than
we consume that markets must be
found for that surplus.'*
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Of course everyone knows who McAdoo . means when he uses the pronoun
"we." When "we produce more than
we consume" he means that the class
in the nation to which he belongs does
the producing. Just what amount a
Director General of railways, an administration Pooh Bah, or a shyster
for a film corporation, would, could or
should produce, is not stated in the
communication, but may readily be
imagined by any one who has observed
their performances. But if "we" means
McAdoo and Ids class, it is not easy
to see of what use the working people
ere in the scheme of things. It is easy
to understand that it is impossible for
the ruling elass and its attorneys
and other flunkies to consume all Hat
there is produced, bt)t it might occur
to some of us that if the workers had
liSif a chance :t0 give it a try out they
would make such a hole in the pile
as to make it hardly worth while to
ship the balance away to foreign lands.
But as all production is carried on by
the workers alone and as all that is
produced belongs to the class that constitutes McAdoo's "we" the necessity
Of transportation efficiency equal to the
task of taking that production away
from the worker who brings it forth,
lest they wickedly, feloniously and with
malice aforethought, unlawfully consume the "surplus, "v may be seen by
anyone not blind. In fact that is just
what railways and other transportation systems and methods have been
primarily designed for. Presumably
McAdoo knew that when he was writing the joke in question. And it must
have been intended for a joke for surely
Senator Smith could not be fooled into
taking it in any other manner. At least
senators ought to know what railways,
etc., are for. If they don't certainly the
rest of us do.
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But to lay all jokes aside for a moment, can it be possible that any sane
person can be so dull as to believe
that foreign trade is now or ever was
necessary in order to dispose of any
surplus thst might accrue because the
people of any country produced more
than they consumed oa eould consume?
Is it possible thst any one can be found
who is so impervious to the shafts of
humor thst he could not see the joke
iu any such s proposition as that? We
are told that foreign trade is carried
on for the purpose of disposing of thst
which "we ' produce snd cannot consume. Now if "we" produce let us
say a million dollars worth of stuff
more than "we" consume, and ship it
away to foreign markets, what do
"we" get in exchange therefor? The
people of other lands can only pur- |
chase, as a rule, by making payment
in things they have produced, like our- j
selves, in excess of what they consume,
if the things "we" send abroad because "we" have produced more than
"we" consume, are paid for by shipping to us the surplus acquired by the
people of other lands in the same manner, will McAdoo or some other joke
fiend please rise and explain how our
surplus is disposed of or even lessened
by such a process? If "we" have a
surplus of one million dollars worth of
wealth thst "we" cannot consume and
that is exchanged for a million dollars
vorth that the people of some other
land has produced and cannot consume,
have "we" not just aa great a surplus
���if stuff that "we" canr.it consume a*
before? If not why not? If "we" produce more.than 'fwe" consume, in
what other manner can such be gotten
rid of or avoided then by cutting down
production to actual requirements? The ,
size of it is thst all this trade, commerce and business is not carried ou
upon what is wilfully produced by the
real producers above the amount requisite to satisfy their needs. It is carried on with that which is taken from
the producers by force for the simple
reason that those producers are slaves,
ruled snd robbed as slaves always were
by their overlords and masters. Even
a cow would have better sense than to
gather more grass than she could con- '
sume. Even she would have far better
sense than to believe that the only way
she could lessen the embarrassment of
a surplus would be to send it to some
other cow in Patagonia for instance,
and take a similar jag of surplus in
return from her Patagonian cones- *
pondent. But even a muley cow is not
so great a joke as McAdoo and bull
con artists in general of the House of
Fat, the house of "we." And the best
part of the McAdoo joke is that his
communication to the senator was
printed holus bolus in our esteemed
contemporary, the Railroad Worker, of
February 1919, with evident approval
of the wisdom contained therein, or
at least without cracking a smile over
the grotesque McAddooian philosophy
of buncombe. But this joke about "we"
produce more than we consume," and
are compelled to trade the surplus off
for an equal surplus in order to get rid
of the surplus, is indeed rich; especially
when coupled with rather startling
fuct that the "we" of other lands with
whom "we" trade are at the same tis*
getting rid of their surplus by means
of the selfsame trade. It beats killing
two birds with one stone, this getting
rid of two surplus quantities of wealth
by one and the same swap or trade.
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AN   INTERNATIONAL   MADHOUSE
SOME MONTHS have elapsed since
the signing of the armistice. The
dogs of war are supposed to be in
leash and the dove of peace is expected
in again hover over the scene. Alleged
statesmen of mighty calibre have been
for some time foregathered at the victor's banquet board, presumably for
the purpose of refurbishing ths dove's
plumage and renovating the dove cote
that have been hadly ruffled and befouled by the ruling class family row
of the last four and a half years. Sometimes this gathering at Paris is jocularly termed a /'Peace Congress," but
captious critics who claim to have
peeked through the keyhole assert that
the performance thereat bears a much
more striking resemblance to a eon-
clave of pickpockets, porch climbers,
bandits snd burglars assembled for the
profound purpose of dividing the loot
snd spportioning the plunder, then it
does to a show having anything to do
with' "peace" unless It is to demonstrate its utter impossibility. While no
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ski of governments during the past has
been   more   loudly   condemned   snd
raucously  execrated by the  disciples
of hypocrisy and deceit whose mission
has been torstir up so much fog and
confusion about the cause of the recent
bloodletting that   the   common   herd;
would be unable to arrive at any clear
understanding of that cause, than the
sin of "secret diplomacy^" it is worthy
of note that no greater secrecy could
be thrown about the deliberations of
this alleged "peace congress" if it was
actually a   gathering   of   bandits   to
divide the plunder or lay plans for a
future raid.
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Even supposing that the "peace
congress" does in due time conclude
its deliberations and a peace is signed,
.have we any assurance that peace will
prevail? Is there anything In the world
situation today that makes peace at
all possible? From every quarter comes
tales of increasing unrest and discontent among the working people. It becomes each day more and more impossible for the masters to find employment for their slaves, and without employment there can be neither quiet or
content. Ruling class industry in its
very highest development baa been emphatically demonstrated during, the last
four years. The mightiest production
of ruling class essentials the world ever
saw took place during that time. Never
before upon such a grand scale was
the function of class rule so clearly
demonstrated; never was ruling class
efficiency and the superlative excellence
of its industrial and governing mechanism so convincingly expressed av during that glorious period. No sueh
stupendous slaughter snd devastation
was ever pulled off before; never was
there s more complete justification of
class rule staged in all human history;
never were the splendid possibilities
of hnmsn slaughter by the machine
method more magnificently exemplified;
never was there such a striking comparison drawn between the productive
power and: "kultur" of the primitive
and barbaric past and that of christian
civilization. But this grand triumph of
ruling class industrialism and its
methods, registers the beginning of the
end of class rule and class robbery.
The huge mechanism of ruling class
industry, the eventual and ultimate
purpose of which has been so magnificently disclosed during the years just
passed, can no longer be made to function as the mechanism of peaceful industry. The whole fabric of industrialism is falling to pieces. Made and
finally perfected for the sole purpose
of slaughter and devastation, once the
all ruling elass "aspirations" has been
attained in the complete triumph of
capitalist civilization over its feudal
forebear from whose loins it sprung,
the mechanism breaks down. That
which has been created purely for the
ptlrpose of war, slaughter and devastation cannot be used as the foundation
for an edifice of peace. In spite of the
fact that some hundreds of miliums of
slaves were turned from the production of the really essential things of
life and their every energy expended
In killing, maiming and destroying
upon a scale hitherto undreamed of,
! there has yet been sufficient of thoee
essential things produced to satisfy all
reasonable demands. And now thst the
slaughter has at least momentarily
ceased snd the machinery thereof is
no longer kept going full tilt, the ruling class world is thrown into s veritable jimjams of turmoil, strife snd
revolutionary action growing out of
the inability of rulers and masters to
tvrn their enginery of slaughter and
rapine to the requirements of peace.
Evidently the industrial mechanism so-
called that has been devised and designed to promote slaughter, devastation and waste, cannot be turned to
the production of the essential things
of life and the inauguration of an era
of peace, plenty and fraternity. War,
bloody and destructive war, is the high,
est achievement of which ruling elass
civilization is apparently capable. In
world wide war the ruling class attains its final goal. Its supreire mission
has been realized in the last four years.
Senile decay swiftly follows and its
civilization becomes an international
madhouse. Can one arrive at any other
conclusion after taking careful survey
Of the world situation as it Is today?
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Editorial Notes
A Bulkley Valley pre-emptor recently
suicided by shooting himself upon the
doorstep of his own cabin. This should
be taken as a warning to returned
heroes to think at least twice before
falling for any B. C. land settlement
schemes that might be suggested to
them.
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One celebrated captain of industry
in Great Britain is quoted as approving of shorter hours of labor and better
pay, provided the workers will properly
reciprocate by working enough faster
to make up the loss that would otherwise be suffered by the employer. That
is reasonable enough to be sure.
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When the sheriff attempted to read
the riot act at Glasgow during the
recent strike, he wss immediately convinced of the error of his ways by a
well directed blow from a bottle, thrown
presumably by some striker. A baton
charge was then made by the police
upon the crowd. About 90 civilians
were beaten up and nineteen policemen
were laid out. This was not in Russia,
nor yet in Germany. Make a note of
that.
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Is there a rumor afloat that there
will soon be a collapse of tbat thing
called a government at Victoria? Some
people consider it more of a joke than
anything else. It seems, however, that
llonesf John and his minstrels are incapable of dealing with the very simple
problems arising out of the felicitious
conditions, they have inherited from the
Bowser regime. It might as well be laid
to Bowser as anything else, unless it
might be the kaiser or the Bolsheviki.
So maybe there will be an election
soon.
If one man or set of men are compelled to work for another or others
for nothing, what are they but slaves?
Is that not all that there ever was, is
or can be to human slavery? If the
wages of such laborers are paid out of
the products of their own labor, and
such payment stilPleaves a surplus in
huge task of the last few years ��|the hands of their employers, masters,
finished, once the grand culmination off^,^ wM)er$> 0P whatever we may
be pleased to call them, is that not
equivalent to working for nothing? If
not why not? And is that not a fair
description of the conditions and circumstances under which the workers
of all lands are now existing?
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"Kaiser Bill Hohensollern" could
not have been sueh a bsd one after
all, judging from the speed with which
he has been forgotten. His name is no
longer mentioned by his late inveterate
enemies. And report hath It thst there
is s well beaten path from where he
now is to where he used to be, that
is being daily trod by his faithful
friends who long to have him reinstated upon the throne that he so long
and fittingly graced. And still we hear
no kick thst the "democratic" governmental of western Europe. Can it be
thst they would much prefer thst he
be reseated upon Ms now busted throne
than    that    the    Spartacans   should
triumph f
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If it be true thst less than one-half
of the working force of the earth is
engaged in producing all of the essential things of life, such as food, clothing, shelter, etc., snd the other half
is engaged in producing only the
things thst are essential only to rulers
end robbers, will some kind soul please
inform us what "reconstruction" can
really reconstruct that does not strike
a death blow at ruling class industryf
If ruling class industry has thrust the
burden of producing all of the essential things of life* for si), upon the
shoulders of say one-half of the working peOple and driven the balance to
the,production of useless and nonessential things, how can matters be rectified without, completely upsetting ruling' class industry and wiping out that
useless and brutal class?
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It requires at least some talent and
not a little memory to enable one to
lie consistently and well. In many respects at least same of the hired liars
of the daily press are lacking in proper
equipment. It is a real wonder how
they ever get the money for what
they do. In one of the dispatches run
upon the front page of a local daily
liar recently a lurid account was given
of the horrors prevalent in Moscow.
The dispatch was dated from Warsaw,
Poland. It evidently originated in Vancouver. At least one might so judge
from the reading of it. After picturing
ths terrible scarcity of food, fuel and
other necessaries of life, the novelist
naively states that "flower shops and
hairdressers do a fine business, about
thirty of these places being open. There
being no food, fuel, etc., to purchase,
the monied class (Bolsheviki) evidently
finds s satisfactory substitute by wearing flowers and having their whiskers
trimmed. Of these flower shops and4
hairdressing establishments our novelist says: "Leon Trotsky, the Bolshevik
minister of war and marine, who ia
fustidious and has a special lady manicurist, patronizes them." Now as Trotsky has a wife and three children and.
draws a salary of 900 rubles per month
���about equivalent to $100���it is. quite
easy to understand what large sums
he must have wherewith to squander
on such atrocities as posies and having
his toe nails trimmed. Query: Does the
atrocity novelist of the daily in question really earn his money and if so
how much more than a penny a line
should a good liar command?
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Property should be sacred. It must
not be destroyed No person should be
iu any manner disturbed in the enjoyment of his property. Most certainly
not. We can all agree to that. But
what is property? The only test of
property in the commercial sense is
that it will bring to its owner a
revenue, that is something for nothing.
Unless it can do that it will not be
rated as an investment. It will have no
standing in the market. Now it happens that none of the things that are
generally termed property, such as
band, buildings, factories, warehouses,
railways, steamships and such stuff
cannot and does not bring any revenue
to the owners thereof. But through
the ownership of such things the owners are enabled to coinmancL.the services of working people, the producers
of all wealth, and out of which alone
can revenue be paid. Thus while it
appears that sueh things do actually
bring a revenue to the owners, the fact
is that all such revenue accrues from
the labor of those workers whom the
owners are able to command, in wealth
production because they control the
land, buildings, machinery, etc., whisk
the workers must have access to if
they are to live at all. It may thus
be seen that the workers constitute
the sole revenue producing power and
therefore constitute all there is to
property in the commercial sense. All
property value as measured in terms
of the market and exchange, consists
of the wealth producing power of such
labor as the owners of such property
value may be able to command. Consequently all that is bought and sold
in the markets of the world, whether
MORS ABOUT BOLSHEVIKS
Just as we were becoming accustomed
if not resigned to tales from Russia of
terror and sudden death, of the dictatorship of tfce proletariat, the suppression of the bourgeoisie, and the collapse
of industry, of mob rule and the brigandage of the Red Guard, we are suddenly
obliged to adjust our minds to new an<|
more startling charges. The New York
World, a ournal not generally in the
habit of lending its columns to the propagation of anarchism, has published a
series of cable dispatches from Berlin,
written by Robert Minor, well-known
in New York-radical circles as a young
man of frankly anarchist sympathies.
Robert Minor is ust out of Russia with
the latest Bolshevist outrages on the
tip of his pen. The Bolsheviki have
not kill off the bourgeoisie, it appears.
On the contrary, members of the middle
class are serving under the Soviet Government as directors and managers of
j the leading industries, which are publicly owned. Worse yet, the Soviets
have begun to function as sober organs
of government, and disorder has well-
nigh disappeared. "The initiative," re-,
ports Mr. Minor, "which used to be
exercised in the streets, has been transferred back to governmental halls. Disorder has practically ceased within the
acknowledged urisdiction of the government. When the red flags wave in Moscow all is harmonious and official and
well-policed." The members of the Red
army, according to Mr. Minor, are submitting to discipline with an unaccountable willingness. The officers, drawn
not only from the former upper class,
but from the "Chicago and New York
sweat-shops" as well, are generally respected, and obeyed, When the Bolshevist army, singing the Internationale,
swung into Minsk, "the working classes
rose to meet the invader with open
arms." Mr. Minor cannot understand
it. It is easy to appreciate that an honest anarchist might well be irritated by
a disciplined, integrated government;
but what is the rest of the world going
to make of this last bit of anti-Bolshevik propaganda. ...
The estates of Count Karolyi were
reputed to be the second in value in
Hungary, surpassed only by those of
Prince Esterhazy and worth thirty
million dollars. He has now announced
the distribution of this vast property
in conformity with the law recently
passed in Hungarian Assembly. When
he was here in 1914 he said: "I will not
give my estates to the Magyar people
because I want the Magyar people to
come and take them away. I won't
give them to my people and I won't
bribe them. The land rightfully belongs to them-���when they awaken to
this, they will go and seize it, and as
far as Tarn concerned thev are entirely
'yelcome."���The Nation.
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in the shape of real estate, buildings,
or other commodities, possess value
solely by virtue of that which has
been placed within it by ths enslaved
workers. And all workers ere enslaved.
As slaves they are the property of ths
ruling class of their respective lends.
And they constitute all that ever did
or'ean bring to the owners something
for. nothing. Certainly property should
be sacred, thst is from ths owners
standpoint. And .that is the gospel thst
has always been taught the slaves of
the earth by their owners, rulers and
masters. Ana Why not? m  -    \, . -
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Recently there has been much printed in the public press and much spoken
on public platforms in praise of our
soldier boys; we have been told in
eloquent speeches and burning paragraphs of their valorous deeds on those
, far-away battlefields of Europe; we
have. been reminded time after time
of those rows of wooden crosses which
mark the last resting places of our
. immortal dead who gave up all and
life itself for their country and for
w. ,'
From the pulpit; from the political
platform; from the advertising snd
editorial columns of the public press;
in. magazine and story-book; on the
ears snd in the street; by our own
home firesides: in prose and verse: ill
sentences made painfully eloquent by
pauses for sob and scalding tears, we
httve heard many, many times of the
deeds of those brave brothers and sons
of ours, of their suffering and their
agony;'of their wounds and of their
deaths and���all for us.
And God knows , that all. that has
been said and written expresses only
a small part of what they really have
done and suffered for us.
Only those silent, returned men.
whose eyes have the expression that
the revelation of great things gives,
know, what they have done for us,
;and they cannot tell us for words are
useless to express .abnormal feelings
and they will not tell us for to the
noble it/is shame to speak of sacrifice.
Let us try and realize what they
have done for us and put it into a
plain man's/ words that plain and honest  minds  may  understand.
Mr..'. Whits'of.'government financial
fame was here in Vancouver but a
abort time ago. and he said thst our
soldier boys had helped to save Canada
from' the Hun.
Nothing could be truer than that.
Without, the heroic efforts of the sol
diers of the empiret>anada today would
be a province of Hunland. Now, let
us see. what that means, having always
in our minds the experiences of Belgium and the portions of other countries over-run by the atavistic Prussians acting under the orders of their
mad rulers.
First imagine the effect such a catastrophe would have meant to the 8,000,-
000 inhabitants of our country���to the
millions of matrons and maidens snd
the free-born Canadian men. Picture
it for yourselves. It is an easy task
in the light of the happenings in Belgium, France, Serbia and Armenia.
Now take a bird's-eyS view of our
beloved land���those millions upon millions of square miles, composed of undulating prairies, snow-clad mountain
ranges, green and opulent valleys, rolling rivers and rushing streams, all
swept by winds of heaven unsurpassed
in their purity and invigorating properties by any on the earth.- Think of
the capital���capital produced by the
toil and sweat of generations of British working men���in our railways,
banks, mines, factories, stores, insurance and other gigantic corporations,
forms and private homesteads and
think of all of it at the disposal of
the despoiling Hun and his Comrade
the unspeakable Turk.
Think again of the unimaginable
wealth still stored up in our soil, in
our forests, in our rocks and in our
waters, awaiting but the labor of man
in the time to come to be produced
for the benefit of the whole human
race and think of it again under the
control of the inhuman and selfish Hun
and his satellites.
You are aware how those wild brutes
of Germany acted whiley they were
attempting to accomplish their design
oi conquering their neighbors; now
imagine how they would have acted had
they succeeded and those neighbors
had fallen helpless into their clutches.
Our capitalistic  orators,  politicians,
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len and other
by a system
parsons and all the other wise men of
Canada have told us again and again
that our soldiers have saved all this
for us and nothing that they have ever
told us lis nearer to the truth of God
than that.
I take upon myself^ here and now,
to say to the government and public
of Canada that the monstrously inadequate pensions and casual "jobs," provided for our soldiers, the benches
placed in odd places,Smut the streets;
the eloquent tributes ip /them in the
capitalistic press; a few,cigarettes and
buna distributed wf
our beautiful society wi
trifling charities obtaii
of street corner begging WILL' NOT
DO.
The time has now arrived when we
have to seriously consider and make
up our minds in what manner of way
���we are going,to reward those empire
and wealth saviors���those saviors of
our wives' and daughters' honor; those
saviors of the honor of our race now
and for all time.
Every man of Canada today is faced
by this problem, which we cannot put
on one side or shelve, by appointing
a commission to consider it and let it
pass for ever from our conveniently-
ordered memories. ,.
In this great land which I have in a
feeble way attempted to present to
your imagination there are many billions of acres of. land, enough indeed
to give to each man, woman and child
nearly 300 acres and the greater part
ot this land is fertile and fruitful to
a remarkable degree and the remainder
where the plough will never leave a
furrow is productive of much that adds
to the comforts and necessities of mankind.
And always keep in mind���and you
cannot too often repeat it to yourself
���that our soldier boys have saved all
this and kept it intact and without a
stain.
|W  shall   we  reward  them?    We
never can pay tile debt in full which,
we owe to them.
If a man were to save my life, ray
honor, my wife and child from worse
than bondage snd I were to give him
the whole of my paltry savings to the
last cent, do you think my debt to him
would be settled?
You know it would not and so we
cannot pay the debt in full to our soldier boys and they know it, too.
But reward them we must and handsomely.   Howf
During the wholc-'of the terrible
years when so many of those boys
were sacrificing life -and limb and
eiery physical God-given gift they possessed to put down a long-planned
i/ilitary attempt to take possession
of our planet, there was another element at work in our midst���an element so debased that we can think of
tlem only with shuddering disgust.
I refer to the profiteers���the robbers
of God's poor and the wives and children of those who were protecting
them���the traitors who during; the
crisis and the storm betrayed and
robbed their fellow-beings to their eter-'
rial shame and to the eternal disgrace
Of the governments that permitted
their execrable crime to go unchecked
and unpunished.
Those fiends, man only in shape,
amassed many billions of dollars which;,
ate now in their possession and which
1 suggest should be demanded of them
to help to pay for the carrying out
of the following very modest scheme
to reward the saviors of our lives,
our honor snd our land.
Many of our boys, thank God, will
return to us safe and sound mentally
and physically. To each of them let
us give $5,000, begging them to accept it not as an adequate reward for
their services but merely as a slight
expression of our gratitude and to
prove ..to'them that we appreciate to
the utmost what they have done for.
US,   ���    (Continued on Ps*t Seven)
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WE   record   our gratification  at
learning from the papers that
our old friend Mr. McAdoo has risen in
the world.   From his start as a humble
bureaucrat   at   subsistence   wages or
thereabouts, he has become attorney for
a great moving-picture merger at $100,-
000 per year, according to the morning
dailies; the evening editions raised it to
$200,000, and we confess (envious creatures we are all!) that we did not look
to see what next day's issues gave him.
However, he seems at last in a way to
be prosperous in an honorable employment, and no doubt will go into the
films.  The most rudimentary box-office
sense would insure his doing so, hence
it  were superfluous that  we should
undertake to emphasize a  unanimous
popular demand.   The ex-secretary  is
agile and personable, and unless Wash-1
ington society reporters, lave flattered
him shamefully, he is a dancer of credit
and renown.  The country insists on the
privilege of responding as one man to
the  inspiring  spectacle  of his being
filmed through one of the buck and
wing specialties of his native   south,
supported, say, by Mr. Charles Chaplin
on one side and Mr. Douglas Fairbanks
on the other.  Again, he has had the unusual experience of holding an office for
almost every hour in the day���secretary,
bureau-head, board-head,   commission-
head, sales  manager,  and what not?
What a predestinatory preparation for
the part of "Pooh-Bah" in an adaptation
of the "Mikado" written to order by the
admiring young lions of his staff! Vice-
president Marshall is right.   We confess to a touch of cynicism when we
read the Credo Of Americanism set forth
in his Washington speech the Other day,
but it has yielded wholly to the exhili-
rating influence of our present line of
thought.   Who could complain of our
political system, when it leads straight
to beatification of a whole people   by
opening such cultural opportunities aa
these?
We try not to be carried away by our
enthusiasm, but while we are on the subject, we should like to propose an arrangement of general exchanges, s6m_-
thing like exchange professorships, between or office-holders, whose performances seem to have gone very stale for
lack of a sharper sense of the audience,
and the commercial stage. We have not
worked out the details, but anticipate
no difficulty with them. As a beginning we would suggest that.Mr. Burleson at once exchange with Mr. Joseph
Caw thorn for the remainder of the season. There would not be standing-room
in alt New York.for the crowds that
would go to see Mr. Burleson, and when
we think of the improvement in the
postal service under Mr. Cawthorn. we
predict with confidence that every business interest in the Country would rise
up and call us blessed. Again, let the
senate investigating committee transfer
its activities to the Winter Garden, or-
perhaps make a shift with the Brown
Brothers at the Hippodrome. Congress
would be ever so much wiser, it would
learn ever so much more about essential human nature; and on the other
hand, the theatre-goers would get far
more than their money's worth of sheer,
stark, diverting, and wholly unconscious
humor. And as for the cabinet���why.
fifty years ago Artemus Ward, with
sterling good sense, was urging President Lincoln to fill up his cabinet with
showmen. Showmen are what is need-,
ed���showmen in their several specialties
���and let the cabinet, in their several
specialties, go on tour,- minus Mr. Burleson, who, as we have intimated, is far
too precious to.be wasted on the prov-
'inces.���The Nation.
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DESTINY,  OB  THE ONLY  MEANS
I Nemesis]
As man evolved from uncouth shapes
Through struggle pain and strife,
And slow emergv i frou  mental mists
To sweet self-conscious life,
Two radiant form * watched a'rje by age
Th��t long momento.is birth,
And hailed with joy the crowning gift
That passed from Hesven to Earth. '
And man full-blooded and erect,
And eyes with reason's primal glow,
Gazed on that fresh sun-nurtured earth,
And felt his soul within him grow;
And Love with eyes that warmly glowed
And Freedom tall, serene and fair,
Those forms divine, kept watch and ward
As if some foe was lurking there.
But quick as falls the tropic night
In jungle dense and sheltered vale,'
A shadow sinister and gray
O'ercast the man in mantle pale.
He shrank in cold instinctive dread
That wild things feel  at midnight
drear,
Though warned' by neither sight nor
sound, J
Yet feel some dreadful lurker near.
And Love that shadow saw snd paled
And stood as one in dull despair;
Then bent her head upon her breast,
And breathed to God a fervent-prayer.
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And when at last she raised her head,
Her  radiant ores with  tears  were
filled;
And thus she spoke in accents low
And tones that strangely throbbed
snd thrilled,
"O God! the Man by greed possessed
Now faces pain and woe and strife;
An age-long struggle must be his
Ere he shall grasp the truth of life."
"For greed inspires the deed unjust
. That robs man's brother of his due;
That breeds resentment fierce and deep,
Stirs up the vile and kills the true.
There is one light and one alone
That dunes across those ages dim;
'Tis Love that holds the torch on high
And beacons through the strife to
him."
Not selfish love that torch upholds,
Not inborn love of pulsing life,
Not love that centres round himself,
Not teve for babe nor love for wife���
But greater love, the Christ shall teach
The love that operates from Mind,
Embracing all and seeing all���
'Hie one salvation of mankind.
The love that service gives nor takes,
That seeks at all times to bestow,
Thst pushes others to the top,
And finds true happiness below, >
Though sges roll in selfish strife,
This is the only means to gain
The peace that man instinctive seeks
But seeks through selfish means in
vain.
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Then Freedom spoke, "The words are
true;
Through Love alone shall man attain
To heights sublime���his destined goal,
And east for ever mental pain;
Through Love alone, shall Freedom's
crown,      .
Though   won  by  blood,   be  safely
��     worn;
And when his foe, the demon greed,
.  Beneath  his feet lies  crushed and
torn."
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SEVEN
OUR SOLDIER BOYS
(Continues from P��se 81s)
DENIAL OF FREE SPEECH
There is another cause for unrest in
Canada and that fat the ban by order-
in-council of so-called seditious literature and the right to organize poll-
eal or educational groups to study economics. Free speech is no longer tolerated. We have developed s democracy in Europe but hi doing it we have
built up an autocracy by order-in-
council in Canada. Special policemen
have been appointed to enforce these
orders-in-council    They   were   chiefly
Many of these boys will return
crippled mentally. and physically and
will be unable to compete successfully
in the individual and bestial struggle
for existence which the system under
which we exist involves. There will
be many widows and orphans to be
provided for and we must do it handsomely and I propose that incomes
from $150 a month and upwards be
granted to them���to the incapacitated
soldiers and widows for life, unconditionally as their absolute right which
nothing and no one can take away
during their lifetime; and to the orphans an ' adequate income till they
are of age to enter the ignoble struggle
on their own behalf
I am painfully aware that there are
many among us whose god is gold,
snd whose thoughts snd deeds are governed by sn all-absorbing greed, who
may raise a protest against this scheme
but I insist ihat if it has any weakness
at all, that weakness consists in its
very moderate demands upon the pub-
lie purse considering what Our boys
accomplished for us in the terrible
trenches oi Europe where they saved
our fair land with all its beauty and
wealth; its lovely women Snd proud
men from a fate worse than death
and from a shame that would have tortured to ths end of the ages.
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"At least 50,000 working men and
women were in the hall or trying to
get in. Every one was tremendously
excited. . . . For hours men and women
speakers stood upon the platform telling of the unfair trial of Mooney in
San Francisco. Every now and then
when some fresh injustice was sighted
like the attempt to railroad Alexander
Berk man to the penitentiary, great
shouts of 'for shame' shook the vast
building. ... So crowded was the hall
that the speakers could not descend
the steps of the platform but had to
be carried back and forth over the
lieads of the audience. The meeting
lasted for hours and in that time soldiers and sailors, peasants and factory
workers, discussed in the most intelligent manner the whole history of the
Sin Francis;co affair." In thus writing
of a huge protest meeting held oh behalf of Mooney and against his brutal
incarceration and threatened murder
at the hands of the vicious ruling class
ruffians of the U. S., Louise Bryant
was ndt describing an event that occurred in that great r' democracy," but
one that took place in Russia, the land
of the much-reviled Bolsheviki Nothing of the kind could be pulled off
in the United States, for that country possesses nothing in the shape of a
labor movement worthy of- the name,
nor with a vision beyond that of patriotic slaves supinely serving their
masters, both politically and economically, and whining about the treatment those masters deal out to them
and which they so eminently deserve.
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political appointees and some amusing
incidents have occurred when these
gttiilemen attempted to show Ottawa
that they earned their salary by prose-
outing .orae unfortunate who was unable to keep pace with the orders-in-
council, snd quite unconscious of possessing proluv'tsd litertt-.��e. Any one
who I'Jvocates public ��.a>ership .-**������
be imprisoned; searches were organized for forbidden literature, in fact
8 reign of terror was sttempted in
some districts. Ths proseention of
men hoMing radical vkrws and subscribing to radical publications wars
not confined to foreigners, ss quite s
few Canadian weeklies ware suppressed, There is s large number of
political prisoners in Canadian jails
and ws may expect to hear of an order-
in-eouncil creating a home; a Siberia
for political exiles in northern Alberta.
���From speech in the Alberta legisia-
turer, by Alex. Boss, M. LI
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THURSDAY  .February   27,   ISIS
SPAIN
Interesting news is now leak-
through from Spain. The
ones government recently
dered its resignation.  This,
request of the Ring, was
it hdrawn   until   the   budget
was voted, which must be bene April 1. A series of crises
ve passed, which apparently
v.e had no serious effect on
life  of the  country.  But
y unmistakably mark a stage
the dissolution of the'old
System of ��� government, and this
K hastened by the deter-
effort of the revolution-
irking class to capture
the country. Of course the only
problem is the labor problem.
The* present regime will "go
down unless provision is made
to provide employment snd
better the conditions of the
working class. What is termed
"enlightened opinion" is agreed
that the only thing that can
save Spain from anarchy, is
some suitable program of public works, not an artificial
means of providing employment, but a permanent productive enterprise,, such as railways, irrigation projects and
power development. From an
engineering standpoint Spain
must   be   "civilized,"   which
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means industrialized and the
slaves kept busy. Eager eyes
are cast to Britain, France and
America to advance capital
from this immense resources.
If the government can give
suitable encouragement to foreign enterprise for developing
the tremendous resources of
the country it wOuld not Only
assure itself strong.outside support, but go far towards defeating the "formidable and
sinister campaign now being
organized by the workers,
whose grievances-are deep and
genuine." That the workers are
being powerfully influenced by
the revolutionary trend of
events throughout Europe, goes
without saying.
T The revolution may triumph
in Spain at any moment. All
the efforts of reactionary governments cannot long' hold it
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Farm's Pertinent Paragraphs
The bonehead who talks of
running his own business" in
these days of slave-operated industry is on a par with the
ignoramus who declares lie
pays wages to his employers.
There is no . "business'' unless
the slave is working. And who
the devil would keep-^a-slave,
around who didn't^ earn his,
own wages���and then some?
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Congratulations, Major Burdc,
M.L.A. for Albemi! The more
that B. C. fish trust is stirred
up the "nsnier" the smell.
'"-���"���������' ""':'""it   it   it  "
By legal enactment all .the
natural resources of Canada
have been transferred to political pirates and corporations.
By the same process they can
be restored to those who tase
and need them���as soon as the
workers are ready.
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Quite a number of changes
are being made in the personnel of the Vancouver industrial
labor movement ��� Snd for
Labor's good. ,
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According to biblical love
Christ saved others, but himself could not save. The Allies
are in somewhat the same position. The Russian and German
workmen have secured the democracy. All we have is a
legacy of Hun militarism and
orders-in-council.
ft ft ft
The coal mines of British Col
umbia should be made the property of the state, and coal produced for the use of those who
need it. It might mesn the deportation of s few "alien
enemies," but the country
could worry along without
them.
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It takes an expert to
imitateNature---
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show to better advantage than in dental work.
"WJiat fine-looking teeth you have is a statement
frequently made to persons whose teeth are not entirely natural, their deficiencies having been met by
expert dental work by n;e.
If your teeth need attention, see me���let ms explain
the methods I employ���show you by actual examples
���how perfect in appearance is my finished work.
DR. BRETT ANDERSON
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If the workers wait till the
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slave plantations (company
towns) they will have lived
to see the Peace Conference
reach a conclusion.,
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Returned soldiers need never
be out of employment. They
can spend their time looking
for  the democracy they were
for.
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������������Order a bundle of Stars-
fighting
3
cents per copy^-for~ sale, or
distribution in vour locality.
ft ft ft
Tha Star will specialise In bundle
orders, to be placed on sale at public meetings by various labor organizations. Order a bundle today
���3 cents, per copy.
���    . i
TJhe business office, and editorial
sanctum of Editor Kingsley, Is now
located at Suit* SIS Dominion
Building, corner Hastings and Cam-
hie streets.   Sey. Ot3.
Address all communications -"to
The Labor Star, Suite 610 Dominion
Building, Vancouver. B. C.
Organise public meetings and sell
literature���then organise for election day!
DR. W. J. CURRY
BMg.
C& Dolk
TAILORS
FOR THE BEST IN CLOTHES
'Address all communications to The Labor Star, 510
Dominion  Building,   Vancouver.
The Actino Optical Institute. Ltd.
IS NOW/ SITUATED AT
602-13 ORPHBUM BLDO., Oranvills Street
HAVING REMOVED FROM BIRRS* BUILDING
f In order to allow Dr. Jordan more time to devote to literary and
scientific work, the direction ot (he Institute Is now in the hands
of Dr. Arthur Plercy, FAM.C, London, Eng., who has for soma
time, been studying Dr. Jordan's metiiods.
I Patients desiring the personal attention of Dr. Jordan must make
���pedal appointment.
f The following works, by A. McKay Jordan, can be obtained at tha
��� above address:
AcUno-Ocular Therapeutics  ........Price f .SO
The Book of The One Law   Price   2.08
(Postpaid)
Others in process ot preparation. -

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