BC Historical Newspapers

BC Historical Newspapers Logo

BC Historical Newspapers

The Labor Star Mar 6, 1919

Item Metadata

Download

Media
laborstar-1.0082067.pdf
Metadata
JSON: laborstar-1.0082067.json
JSON-LD: laborstar-1.0082067-ld.json
RDF/XML (Pretty): laborstar-1.0082067-rdf.xml
RDF/JSON: laborstar-1.0082067-rdf.json
Turtle: laborstar-1.0082067-turtle.txt
N-Triples: laborstar-1.0082067-rdf-ntriples.txt
Original Record: laborstar-1.0082067-source.json
Full Text
laborstar-1.0082067-fulltext.txt
Citation
laborstar-1.0082067.ris

Full Text

 p-"
-S_iPSSm_____Hi
First Tear    No. 6
VANCOUVER,   B.   C.,. THURSDAY, ArARCli 6, 1919
to seadl* Q�� By mall   fa SIbsm ���_��
���'*> par mw   ^SS^j^le* tlV''
���a
With the Hounds"
-o
By E. T. KINGSLEY
THAT movement of manufacturers
snd dealers in the basic commodity from which all other commodities spring, i.e., the commodity
li.bor power, like all other merchandising movements, breeds an officialdom tbat instinctively manifests a
more or less sympathetic concern in
the doings and activities of other
movements of like character. And it
is quite to be expected that there
should be a sort of affinity between
trading fraternities that at least would
express itself during normal times,
when no extraordinary circumstances
had arisen to disturb the trading fam-
iiy life. At times there occurs trouble
in the otherwise happy family of eajd-
____������_���__���i���mB ^mm__���s
Perchance
gather in friendly concourse and draw
Inspiration each from all and all from
each? From such feasts of reason and
flow of soul great good may come in
the way of establishing permanent,
���pleasing and profound 'harmony between the profit-hungry skinners and
the oftentimes grub-hungry ones who,
are skinned. .
ft    ft    ft
Local celebrities in the labor world
are no less prone to shed their effulgence upon gatherings of capitalist
pirates or grace their banquet boards
v.ith 'their illuminating presence, than
are the higher-ups in the "collective
bargaining" business, which is but another name for wholesaling and retail-
ip��m   tb^JMJsjttBJ-
______-_-_-_m___^H__C___m________i
fare too meagre.   On the other hand
the capitalist may deem it too plentiful and rather tending to induce gout
or - fatty   degeneration   of  the   soul
amongst the laborers.    A family row
results and the ordinary peaceful and
Orderly family life!lis often violently
disturbed. In the heat of passion either
one or the other brother, either capital
or labor, may refuse to listen to the
voice of reason and confer with the
other for the purpose of settling the
dispute and restoring harmony.    But
after awhile the feud burns itself out
snd  the  quarrelling  brothers become
reconciled.    They  are  once more  on
friendly terms.   At least they are no
longer in  open  hostility.    Then  the
"labor leader" once more appears in
the limelight of capital ist^jfavor.    He
is called upon to address meetings of
the Board of Trade, Chamber of Commerce,    Manufacturers'     Association,
Rotary Clubs and other similar organizations for spiritual uplift by way of
the, trade route to earthly glory.   He
becomes  a  great  man  again  in  the
happy family of the exploiter snd ths
exploited, the ruler snd the ruled, the
robber and the robbed, the master and
i be slave.   Everything is lovely until
the next row breaks out, and the same
old tale has to be retold,
ft    *    ���
There is nothing at all out of place
in our "labor leaden" getting their
shins under the banquet board of Rotary clubs, manufacturers' associations,
and similar worthy institutions of like
character.   What could be more appropriate ,    and     well     calculated     to
strengthen the bonds of fraternity and
goodfellowship between trading organisations than that their respective officials and members  should  meet   to-
close affiliation of traders in _..-
lerent lines. Trading in the commodity,
labor power, is no less noble and uplifting than trading in the other commodities that come forth as .a result of
its consumption.    As labor power is
the commodity that functions as the
raw material from which all other commodities  are  manufactured  it  would
appear that the organisations of manufacturers of that particular raw material or commodity should be among
the most highly-honored and honorable
in the land.    Such being the case it
seems rather  grotesque that the  officials   of   the   organisations   of   eom-
l-iodity    manufacturers    and    dealers,
whose  merchandise  is  in   reality  the
parent of all other commodities, should
always be the ones to be patronized
to the extent of being asked to grace
the meetings of the dealers in inferior
commodities  with  their august  presence.   But such is the case, although
it would appear far more appropriate
nnd fitting if the "collective bargaining"   organizations   were   to  do   the
patronising, by inviting 'their capitalist
brethren to ait at their feet.
*  ,'il_ 'ft    "
How the mouths of local talent in
the fine art of appeasing the capitalist
t*ast  by  gracing his banquet board
vith  their noble presence and soothing* his sordid soul with tuneful piffle
played upon the harmony string, must
water when they read of the splen-
d?d opportunities afforded the higher-
ups in their business, who are allowed
to sit at the feet of the great at the
capital  of the  nation  and  profusely
annoiht them with the unctuous bull-
con primarily intended to act aa a so-
I purine to the wage animal, but found
equally pleasing and somnolent to the
least thst devours him. . The  presi
dent  of the  Trades and Labor Congress���which,  by  the way  is  a subcommittee of Sam Gompers of "Washington, p.C.���was recently the "guest
of honor at the manufacturers' dinger " at Montreal.   His name is Thomas
Moore, but in the headlines, announcing
the  epoch-making   event  he   is   affectionately referred to as "Tom."    The
Montreal Daily Star- rapturously proclaims that  "capital   and   labor   are
more friendly," the proclamation being
induced  evidently by  "Tom's" presence at the festive board.   "A splendid spirit of friendship and appreeia-
t ion was in evidence.''   The stunt was
pulled off at the*"Ritz-Carlton."   This
hostelry is not a cheap joint whose
tronage   is   in   manner  confined  to
~~Emmmaaama~
[ered,  however,  as eminently  calcic
lated to afford the necessary inspira-'
tion  to  enable  duly qualified  "labor
leaders" to speak eloquently and convincingly rf the hopes and aspirations
of those who neither est   nor  sleep
there, and also to set forth, in a man-
near not. at all  offensive to brother
Capital, the proper means to induce
brother Labor to sit up straight and
1 c��p his nose wiped, without forcing
unnecessary expense upon Ids always-
���v.ell-behaved and loving brother. And
"Tom" accepted the inspiration and
spake as none could were they not inspired.    He "thought it was an indication of a more friendly attitude between labor and capital in Canada today when he, the head of trade unionism in Canada, was the guest of honor
ftt a banquet of an association which
v as supposed to be the strongest opponent   of   trades   unionism."     What
else "he" could think under the ehv
cv.mstances of the "banquet" and himself as the "guest of honor," is not
Altogether clear.    But the "head of
trade  unionism  in  Canada". hastened
to assure the misguided members of
the Canadian Manufacturers' Association, whose "guest of honor" he was,
t.iat "in opposing trades unionism too
strongly, the association and other kindred bodies of employers are  really
j hurting themselves in the eyes of the
workers, who have reason to look upon,
their trade union as the court which
gives them justice if they are ill-treated."    Of course "the Workers"  are,
as is always the ease, greatly disturbed
lest  the  employers  do  something  te
"really .hurt   themselves."    That   is
about the only thing that workers ever
lay awake nights wonyrag over.   As
for themselves, if they are "ill-treated" their trade union win give them
"justice." It's a wander the assembled
banqueters didn't either throw up or
hurst their buttons with laughter.
ft * *���
"The speaker made a powerful appeal for the association to back up
the unions in their fight against bone-
dry temperance legislation, and asserted that those who were the strongest
advocates of such a measure were ths
��� .   J- ' -���
ones who preached Bolshevism and
social revolution." And there should
have been uproarous applause, j No
doubt there was. The assembled: employers Were also told "that the
enemies of organised society were the
\ery ones who sought to stir up friction between employer and employee,
::nd sometimes in the
Mm tonight, had suffered  (just think
of   it.���Ed.)    from   the   mistakes   of
rniotis led by such agitators, but that
the responsible trades unionist was the
capitalist's strongest bulwark, if only
a friendly co-operation was extended
to him, since the trade unionist and,
indeed, the worker fully realized that
the downfall of the capitalist and the
cessation of the work in the factory
spelled his own idleness and possible
starvation."   The balance of Moore's
twsddlej   as  far as  reported  in  the
daily press, was of the same dull and
innocuous  type.    Pleading  for  better
housing  for  the  workers, for  unemployment insurance which would keep
the  temporarily-discarded  slave   from
completely starving to death, the doing
I away with child labor, liberating married  female slaves from industry, so
that  they  could   stsy   at  home  snd
mind their kids, and 8 sickening mess
of similar nleatings for mercy at the
hands of the gang assembled thereat,
constituted the balance of the intellectual menu provided by the "guest of
honor."    When he got through with
his piffle there was "great cheering,"
nil of which mav be either taken as
an  expression-of hearty accord  with
the   aforesaid  piffle,   or  extreme   joy
Wc.��use   he  had   finished.    The  next
sneaker was a legal sharp who spn?;e
eloquently  and convincingly about a
new. "Insolvency Act."   We are justified, however, in feeling sure, that it
was in no Way intended as a reference
to either the intellectual solvency or
insolvency, as the case may be, of the
illustrious  "head  of trades  unionism
in Canada."
���     *     *
If there is *�� worker in Canada or
|elsewhere, either a member of a. trade
(Continued  on  Page Five) "*��������
���I
PAGE TWO
THE   LABOR   STAB
Thursday.  .March 6, 1919
THE EDUCATOR AND HIS    '
"TOOLS OP PRODUCTION"
[By J. S. Woodsworth]
.1
The manual worker has often been
so intent on bis own particular problems that he has failed to recognfce
that other groups are faced with problems similar to his own.
��� If distribution is in reality a pari
of production as many economic theorists are driven to hold, then the "business men" are in reality producers.
In any case the small business men of
today are as much victims of the ays-
l.em as are the industrial workers. They
hink they are independent but as in
fie ease of the farmers, their independence does not go very far. They are
in the grip of wholesale men and bankers who limit their "profits" \o about
what on the average, will induce them
or someone else to keep open their
doors. The small business man must
work through an organization controlled by others.
So the doctor is no longer independent. He comes under the laws of our
association whose operations are rigidly
controlled by law. He must take certain classes of his patients to the hospital���the hospital with its expensive
equipment is under the control of the
same group that controls all other in-
', stitutions. The surgeon is generally
-classed as a "brain-worker"; he might
rather be considered as the most skilled of all hand workers. At one time
his " tools'' were very simple���eon-
fined to instruments for blood-letting
Today his "tools" include X-ray machines and the whole elaborate equipment of a modern hospital. He like the
manual worker can no longer own his
tooui. Woe to" the doctor that attempts
to buck the system I
It is much the same with our educators. In our English-speaking countries we have had three leading educational institutions. The schools and
universities, the pulpit, and the press.
Up till a hundred years ago the schools
were private and the universities under
what might be called private control.
A pedagogue was free to sell his services direct to some patron or to organize a little school of his own. Today our boasted school system has become pretty much a part of our industrial system���and almost as mechanical. We have still a semblance of
democracy in our system of electing
trustees, but after all the trustees have
little control of our policy. Theirs is
the privilege of raising funds. The "department"���like other government departments��� is under the control of the
powers that be. It decides the course
of study, licenses the teachers, and
passes judgment upon their work. If
the teacher wants a "job" he must
go to the big factory���the school, in
the management of which he has no
voice. As much as the manual worker
whose children he instructs he is
separated from his "tools ef production. '' The teacher of university standing is even a worse plight. He can no
longer as in the days of ancient Greece
gather 8 few disciples about him. He
can no longer as in the middle ages
enter a fellowship of scholars supported by some "foundation" under the
management of scholars. He must go
cap in hand to the big university supported by the millions of the state or
the big industrial magnates. The policy
of the institution is determined not by
scholars, but by "successful business
men." As in the case of the doctor,
woe to the professor that dares buck
the system!
For generations the pulpit has been
one of tile most influential educational
forces. Again and again H has exempted to break from state control. In this
country, though free from the state, it
Is largely dominated by the commercial
interests that dominate the rest of our
social institutions. The organised
church seeks to maintain the biggest
monopoly that exists in this country���
"WE WANT THE EARTH"
We want the earth to call our own;
We want the earth to dig and sow,
To reap the harvest we have grown,
And ail the joy yf living know.
We want for all our women-kind
*   A. home withitj a garden fair, /
With peace and joy and well-content
And, happy children playing there.
.:������������**
We want no kings or wanton knaves
To loaf in idleness and vice,
While workers sink to paupers' graves
And pay a life's toil for the price.
We want an end of cant and creed,
Of epaulet and nodding plume,
Of honors given for bloody deeds
That fill a thousand   homes,   with
gloom.
We want an end, for once and all.
The business creed of sordid gain
That makes a thousand workers thrall
Like links and fetters on a chain. .
We've bought our freedom out of war,
We've paid in blood and   toil   and
sweat
As there is God, so is this law���
"Who dies to live has paid his debt."
If you must idle years of time,
This land is not for you���
The peace bells ring your funeral chime
Unless you work as others do.
A task for each, a task for alt;
A share in sorrows as in mirth.
Our all is in the sentence small:
"We want the earth; we want the"
earth."
���E. Whittaker, in Maoriland Worker.
the exclusive use of one day in seven.
Suppose a man feels that he has some
gieat truth to give to the people. If
he wishes a pulpit he must seek admission to a great ecclesiastical organization���where probably he will be less
free and independent than a "hand"
in a modern industrial plant. Let him,
in despair, try to work independently.
He attempts to preach on the street.
He will probably be arrested. He attempts to rent a theatre. In many cities,
the theatres are not permitted to open
on Sundays���the only free day���or
not during the hours of church service
���'the most suitable time. If he utters
anything out of harmony with existing ethical or theological or social beliefs, he has the whole might of the
organized church hurled against him.
As easily might a local butcher successfully complete with Pat Burns or a
weaver with a great textile factory.
The press which is itself a child of
the industrial revolution has been fighting a losing battle against the system
which seems best summed Up in the
word capitalism. The press���whether
tbe daily newspaper, the magazine, or
the successful "best seller"���is in-
ereasingly coming under the control of
the big interests. The modern newspaper with its far-reaching news service and elaborate plant is a very
expensive proposition. \ It must .depend
upon its advertising tor finances. Who
controls the advertising! Then the
newspaper is so potent an instrument
for influencing public opinion that it
would pay certain interests" to run it
at a loss. Who subsidizes the news>-
papers? Thus the writer must like
Others go to the big print factory to
obtain work. He can no longer publish
an independent daily. Like his brother
proletarians he is divorced from his
tools of production.
The educators are beginning to feel
this. To use the conventional phrase
of the Socialist, they are becoming
"class-conscious." After all the work-
ing class movement is only a part of a
greater movement that is is wide sa
society itself. It is for us who are in
the labor movement to be quick to
recognize Allied movements in other
groups.
 i���*_ ,	
���������Order a bundle of Stars���iS cents
per copy���for sale, or distribution in
your locality. V
The Liberator
A Journal of Revolutionary Progress
Editors, Max Eastman
Crystal Eastman
Associate Editor, Floyd Dell
Business Manager, Margaret Lane
Contributing Editors:
Cornelia Barns, Howard Brubaker, K.
R. Chamberlain, Eugene V. Dabs, Hugo
Gellert, Arturo Giovannitti, Charles T.
Hallinan, Helen Keller, Robert Minor,
Boardman Robinson, Maurice Sterne,
Alexander Trachtenberg, Louis Unter-
meyer, Clive Weed, Art Young.
Published monthly and copyright
1919, by the
LIBERATOR PUBLISHING CO..
34 Union Square, East    NEW YORK
Yearly subscription $2.00 (outside the U.
S. $2.50).   Single copies 20c.   Rates on
bundle orders   and to newsdealers on
application.
Application for   entry   as second-class
matter at the postoffice at New York
City pending.
The Federated Labor Party is organised for
the purpose of securing industrial legislation
and the collet live ownership and democratic
operation of the means of wealth production.
The Federated Labor Party
APPLICATION FOE MEMBEBSHIP
The undersigned endorses and subscribes to the furtherance of
the declared objects of the Party.
Name	
Occupation  .rr��....
Address,	
 ..Phone No.
Together with Membership Fee of One Dollar, hand in, or
mail to the Secretary, Room 510, Dominion Bldg., Vancouver,
B. C, and obtain Membership Cord and official receipt.
A GOOD LIVE NEWSBOY
an
SELLING THE STAR���
and more than thai on Sunday Evening
ONE OR TWO MORS WANTED
Apply at 330 p.m., Suite 510 Dominion Building
(Star street sales are running over 2,000), X      ��� * * *       I
. # :
Thursday.
..March 6, 1919
 ��� aim.       ���      mi. II m>asm_mms^ismWm��|W|
THE    LABOR   STAR
PAGE THREE
TRUTH NOT GIVEN OUT
Keddie Presents Revolting Russia in a
New Light. Large Audience Listen
Eagerly to Description of Conditions These.
Presenting down-trodden, war-ridden, revolting Russia, in a.new light,
Frank Keddie, of Scotland, was
listened to with rapt attention by a
large audience in the Friends' Meeting House last evening, Many prominent citizens were present, including
clergymen and sociological workers.
Mr. Keddie has been ht Russia dur-
ing two revolutions and clearly defined
the aims and aspirations of these people
whom he declared were only asking
for the right to live in freedom and
happiness. He showed that although illiterate, they were a liberty loving,
democratic people, who revolted in
order to rule themselves and not remain under the heel of the land proprietors, whom he declared to be deS-
POU.       . = :
The system of land tenure, he Raid,
ww very trying, few peasants being
able to buy land, while the landed
proprietors owned as much as two million acres of land, which often were
not cultivated. He said that about
ninety-flve per cent of the population
belonged to the" peasantry, while five
per cent ruled the country. That such
a rule had hot been a progressive one,
and that no thought had been given
to the education and uplifting of the
masses, was brought out, culture and
comfort being only for the chosen few.
Under the new system instituted by
the Bolsheviki each citizen is granted
five acres of land. Rich and poor share
alike. Each man, regardless of class,
is required to work Ins own plot, as
no One is allowed to hire help. It is
thought, Mr. Keddie said, that in time
education and culture will be the outgrowth of the new system. Mr. Keddie
gave a complete resume of the history
ot Russia during the war. He told of
-Ti
the work done by himself and others,
clothing, feeding, and providing work
for the refugees, while the country was
in a tumult. He spoke of the terrible
shortage of wheat in 1916 and 1917.
The great need of libraries and how
er.ger people were for books and learning was also mentioned by the speaker.
Following the lecture Mr. Keddie
called for ��questions. Several were
asked, including one as to whether it
was true that the Bolsheviki were killing off alPfhe intellectuals and professionals. This he declared to be untrue.
1 The story of the twenty decrees on
marriages which has been spread broadcast in the Allied countries, he declared
to be a fabrication. He also declared
that the truth had not been given to
the American people as to conditions
abroad.
He contended that the Allied troops
should be withdrawn from Russia and
tbe people left to govern themselves.
That the American boys are being
made Bolshevik, he declared, through
their desire to come home, and yet
being unable to. ��� Trenton "State
Gazette," Feb. 21^ 1919.
Why cannot the workers enjoy the
wealth they are producing! Because
they are producing it for those who
hire and pay them. They must produce
for themselves if they wish to enjoy
vhat they produce, and they cannot
do so as long as the means of production are in the hands of other people.
*     *     ���
Labor cannot longer be regarded as a
Commodity, which, like rubber and
wheat, can be stored on the shelf^or
in the bin in slack season for times
of greater demand. Working men and
women are living souls���hungry in
times of famine as in times of plenty���
and they come to realize that they
are souls, and not merchandise, and
must be treated accordingly.
LIBERTY LOST AND LAMENTED
We have often warned our legislators that they were going too tar
We have from time to time issued the
r-.ost solemn remonstrances against
the autocratic and irresponsible en-
eroaehments upon civil liberty committed by our officeholders, prophesying the inevitable revulsion and the
emergence of the spirit of 70. Now it
has come. The hoarse cry of revolt, the
rebel yell, is sounding all over the
hind. We hear it in the business districts, in the labor unions, in the clubs.
The raucous score Of the Carmagnole
has its libretto new-written in the editorials of metropolitan dailies. Capital
oud labor, arm in arm with the idle
and erstwhile filthy rich���their little
superficial1 differences forgotten, their
musual asperities mitigated, and their
vivacities subdued���are standing' at
last in a noble and resolute solidarity
in defence of the constitutional principle of liberty.
flow patient they nave hitherto been
���so much more patient, ,.we admit in
contrition, than we ourselves! They too
have beheld, as we have, a series of
infringements upon minor rights guaranteed to citizens under this principle,
and have exhibited in general a calm
tolerance and in some cases a spirit
that might superficially pass almost for
acquiescence. They have seen freedom
of speech abolished with freedom of
press, freedom, of assembly, freedom
of petition, freedom of movement; they
have seen the authority of conscience
overridden and its devotees undergoing
cruel and unusual punishment. Yet
jBueh was their patriotism, such was
their'sense of the unique and desperate
situation in which civilization found
itself placed, that they were able by
a great effort to stifle the instinct of
repugnance which had been bred in
thent by alj the cumulative force of
our glorious traditions; and they
looked on and gave no sign.
But.  endurance   has   its   limits   and
they have now been reached. It might
have been thought that our officeholders would exercise appreciation of
this extraordinary loyalty and find
some way to avoid laying the last
straw, on the camel's breaking back. **.
but such is not the way of officeholders ; autocracy ever itches to extend its jurisdiction. And now the re?
volt has come, precisely as we knew
(>t some point, it was bound to come:
No, say these devoted Snd overburdened spirits, you may take away
our right to speak, to publish, to assemble, to go about, to petition, to*,
obey our conscience���c'est la guerre.
But we hope werknow when it is time
to put down our foot, and that time
has certainly come when wiv government on earth undertakes to tell us
that we can't take a drio!:.
All hail, harassed and heroic con-
tii'uators of the spirit of Boston harbor | Any previous derelictions from
full support of the sacred principles
Oi liberty we fully and freely forgive.
Nay.* we are even prepared, to confess that we may have judged too
harshly in making any suggestion of
American apostasy from those principles, This new rally to the flag of
freedom we welcome as conclusive evidence that we are not degenerate sons
ot noble sires, and we reject with scorn
the suggestion that this magnificent
outburst can be actuated by any motive save devotion to the principles^
of freedom for which heroes have suffered, hied, and died. It remains only
for jevery true American to pledge to
tile "cause his life, his fortune, and his
sacred honof. ~Then, at least, all our
liberties will again be safe. --The
Nation.
. _���*_-_-, _
There is never a worker jailed, bu't
a M-orker builds the prison���There is
never a worker shot, but a worker fires
.the gin).
A Weekly Chronicle and Interpretation of Local, National and
International Current Events
From the Workers'
Vtetopoint
IN BUNDLE ORDERS
(
To Sell
or Distribute
for
Educational
issued Every  Thursday by  The
Star Publishing Company
R. P. PETTIPIECE... .Manager    s
E. T. KINGSLEY  .Editor    ���>
Office: Suite 510 Dominion Eldg.
S
BY MAIL PER ISSUE
4c
I
SINGLE COPIES
5c
Telephone Seymour 493,3
E. T. Kingsley, Editor
Address all communications to
THE LABOR STAR
Suite 510 Dominion Building
VANCOUVER, B. C.
���_��� I
7
. ������������ "*.'���>
* *i
P"
/
PAGE FOUR
THE   LABOR   STAR
Thttrsday. .'. .March 6, 1919
A    Ihroalrle    aad    laterprrtatlaa    mf
Katlaaal aail  Ialrrnatloaal  Carres t  Kvrata
i  rasa*   the   War-era'   Vlear�������-t
Immme* *5*rry Thanutay ay Tfc* Star Pafcllxa lafc
\ ^ Company
R. PAR&. PETTIPIECB  ..   . JM*n-S*r
E. T. KINOS-ET^     .   Editor
Onkf." Suite  818  Dominion   Building
Telephone  Seymour  4888
In bundla On
order*    OC
Br mall
par Imu��
4c
Shurle p-A
caale* t)C
NO. 7
���If thU number la on your address
label your subscription expires
with next issue.   Renew promptly.
Vancouver,  Thursday,  March 6, 1919
HOW TO COLLECT MONEY
OF COURSE every one knows that
'' kaiser Bill," or ex-kaiser if
you please, is the miserable criminal
solely responsible for the war. There is
little doubt about that. And it was
really some war. As far as thst goes
the kaiser pulled off a big show, about
the biggest and most gorgeous on
record. It was certainly some grand
performance'. No suspicion has as yet
arisen^that any of the' Entente Allies
that were pulled into this wsr, were in
the least actuated by sordid motives.
^They never wanted to fight anyway,
for they had long since discovered an
easier route to the money. They
would much rather do business with
other people than to fight them. And
who can blame them? Who, forsooth,
would be so foolish as to insist upon
holding people up at the muzzle of a
revolver upon the highway, when more
money and far easier could be gotten
ly the three-csrd-monte route? Perish
the thought that either Britain, France,
Italy, United States, or any the rest
of them ever were prompted by other
motive than the "preservation of liberty, democracy and civilization" from
destruction at the hands of wicked
"Prussian autocracy." It may he true
thst some snd perhaps all of these
high-minded Allies did have a few
guns and perhaps a little powder and
. shot, but these wero kept forthe purpose of shooting rabbits and other
similar ferocious beasts at home,
rather than for destroying civilization
and incidentally frightening their
neighbors out of their wits.
��� * '���.,*.
The "peace congress" that is how
in session for the purpose of re-establishing justice throughout a 'terribly
disturbed worlcC seems to be getting
along fine in its most noble work. It
has been in session for something like
two months, and in that short time
has cleared away much of the fog and
confusion that has clouded the public
mind aa to what the war was about
j anyway and what sort of peace and
justice the victors are capable of bringing to a world surfeited with the blood
And gore of the last four-and-a-half
years. It seems from current news despatches that the peace congress has
concluded that the Germans should st
)east pay a moderate sum for having
pulled off the glorious show without
permission- of the rest of the performers. As the kaiser, and through
Mm the Germans, got all the notoriety
and lame, out of the affair, it does
not seem unreasonable to expect that
they should at4east pay for the advertising. After carefully going over
the accounts, the "peace congress" has
decided that the modest sum of ��24,-
000,000,000 will about square the bill.
As this would be approximately, equivalent  to  $120,000,000,000  it may  be
icadily seen what a mere bagatelle it
R   This trifling sum is to be paid to
the Allies and their friends and it
i.-.ay be assumed by some captious snd
cantankerous   individuals   that   these
Allies are not quite so disinterested in
regard to grossly material things while
lighting the late wsr ss they made believe.  We do not believe that any such
inference  is  warranted,  however.    It
way be all right for saints to ignore
the jeers snd taunts of the wicked;
it   may  even  be  quite  commendable
that when swatted upon one cheek by
belligerent sinners they should turn the
other for a smash there also, but when
it comes down to the evil, the wicked,
the sinful ones destroying the property of the saints, we are inclined to
draw the line.   We feel they should
be compelled to pay the damage.   In
the esse in point we feel that the Allies
will have repudiated the lofty sentiments and noble purposes that really
actuated them in the gallant spiritual
struggle against the sinister and sordid
forces of the  gross  materialism  they
so courageously and soulfullv gripped,
unless they enforce  payment  in  full
down to the last farthing that can be
gotten out of the wicked sinners who
would have conquered the world for
pelf T\
--"���*%,)        *    *    *
But some will be led away with the
delusion that it will he impossible for
the Germans to pay the sum in question.    Late* information  clears  away
r!1 doubt of the ability of Germany to
psy in full.   It is, far easier, than most
people suppose.   It is so easy in fact
that it will not be at all surprising if
the method of paying debts outlined
in   the  following  dispatch  should  be
generally adopted: ���.,."";
NEW YORK, Feb. 28���EcOno-
mists attached to the Paris peace
congress have discovered a method
of exacting an immediate indemnity from Germany by compelling ���
the German government to*fk>at a
bond issue in the Allied countries.
This is a new departfiro in war
payments. It presents the paradox
of the Allies paying to themselves
the indemnity owing them by Germany. Nevertheless, the proposal
can be effectively worked out and
is probably the only means whereby the immediate necessities of the
victorious nations can be fastened
upon the shoulders of the German
' people. ���   '
By this novel experiment in
national financing, if the United
States share of the first indemnity
were s billion dollars, the German fc
government would offer a billion
dollars of bonds for sale in the
American market. The bonds would
bear a high rate of interest���perhaps 6 per cent. They would be
guaranteed in the final analysis by
the ultimate ability of all the
Allies to prevent Germany from
repudiating her debts.
* * w
After reading the above dispatch the
reader can no longer plead ignorance
of all there is to modern finance. The
Germans can only pay by borrowing.
That is the only way that any one can
pay, for that is all there is to that
which is termed payment The things
produced by enslaved workers may be
seized and sold, but they can never
1 e paid for. There is nothing wherewith to make payment, because the
workers produce all the value there
h. The things, no matter what they
a��e, are sooner or later consumed.
Tbat is the end of them, but the fig-
tires of credit called into being in
oider to "pay" for them remain for-
oyer upon the books unless removed
by repudiation. And there is no other
way in which they can be removed.
AH nations are now virtually bankrupt, because of the enormous magnitude of the accumulation of these
figures of debt against the future, and
which cannot be paid no matter how
much may be produced by the workers
of the world. And, no more striking
exemplification of the asininity of
modern finance and its financiers could
be wished than the information contained in the despatch quoted. Confirmation of Such colossal ignorance can
be found in copious volume in any
issue of any financial journal in the
land, and no financier opens his mouth
en financial matters without furnishing still further evidence that the
v or king plug is not the only ignoramus
in town. The idea that any debt could
be paid by the debtor borrowing from
the creditor the money wherewith to
make payment, could originate only in
the cranium of a creature whom to
term an ass would be to offer a gross
insult to a certain quadruped better
qualified for hearing than speaking in
his own defense. But at any rate the
wisdom of the "peace congress" evidently points out to creditors who hold
doubtful-bills 'a means whereby their
collection may be made certain and
easy. And what a devil of a fix the
world would be in were it not for
Statesmen, financiers snd similar wise
fcuys, anyhow.
_____ * ��     .��� i
THE GREATEST ATROCITY OF ALL
WHEN IT COMES to the possession of a vivid imagination the
ablest writers of impossible fiction
never had anything on the fiction, artists who function as alleged news correspondents for the capitalist press.
They csn write more impossible falsehoods and repeat them more times,
after everybody has discovered their
falsity, than any previous chesp liars
that ever drew the breath of life. But
v.hile they lie persistently about things
that are happening in the world, and
in so doing conserve the interests snd
purposes of their masters, from whose
hands they as gratefully receive their
"pieces of silver" as did their distinguished prototype Judas, they occasionally blurt out a fact or two that
it were better^ to not have uncovered,
and would not have been were they
half as wise as they are untruthful. Of
course these liars are at their best
when picturing the shortcomings of the
slaves of modern civilization during
periods of tranquility and their awful
atrocities during tbe days of rebellion
or revolutionary uprising against their
kind snd gentle rulers snd masters.
They shine gloriously during these days
of working class revolt and turmoil,
that are unfortunately following upon
the heels of the profound peace, order,
tranquility, spirituality and beatitude
that was brought   to an abrupt   and
painful ending with the signing of the
���'armistice.'' The revolutionary working elass of eastern Europe, and more
especially that of Russia, affords a
theme for their debate that brings to
full flower all the possibilities for
bloodcurdling fiction that are wrapped
up within their miserable sOuls.
. ���- * it
Falsehood is indulged in only where
i he truth will not conserve the purpose and end in view. No good and
worthy cause can be bolstered up and
defended by it. The entire establishment and purpose of the ruling class
of this, snd of all previous ages, rests
pud has always rested upon the fundamental crime from which all lesser
crimes have followed, the crime of human slavery. Ruling class civilisation
relies solely upon falsehood and deceit
to maintain its sway. Falsehood and de-
eeption become the sole stock-in-trade
of the "statesmen," spokesmen, apologists, and defenders of the ruling elass
snd its criminal civilization. Lying becomes a fine art. Proficiency in befooling the multitude, and thus keeping
the easy marks that constitute it in
ignorant submission to the conscienceless exactions of the rulers snd ruffians
of the land, is considered statesmanship
of s high order. To those who attain
to extraordinary proficiency in the art
Of hypocrisy and falsehood great honors
are given. Base slaves by the million
vociferously proclaim their great worth
while living, and when colossal hypocrites snd falsifiers "shuffle off the
mortal coil" a vast multitude of ignorant and befooled human cattle do
reverence to the exalted remains by
such moans and groans as to lead the
unsuspicious stranger to believe them
-fflicted with s real bellyache. But as
they lied without rest while living it
is hardly to be expected that defunct
statesmen can rest without lying after,
they are deed. Let us hope so anyhow.
A few days since one of the hired
liars of the   capitalist   press,   one of
these   "special   correspondents,"   so-
called, and they no doubt are specialists in their line, made a very bad
break. After diligently recounting tike
threadbare old lies about the Bolsheviki and the terrible conditions they
had brought to Russia; how her cities
had been ruined and   her   best   men
killed; how "women had been nationalized" and the "higher classes from
the age of 6 up been exterminate-,"
and how this reflected "an orgy of
ignorance, brutality and cruelty" that
was something damnable, our profound
Ilnr fell down and, unwittingly perhaps, gave hint of the greatest "atrocity" among the terribly long list of
atrocities to be charged to the "ignorant and atrocious" workers and peasants of Russia. It seems that conditions are no better on the Siberian aids
of the Ural mountains than they are
on the Russian, although the Siberian
side is "policed by Allied troops" In
ppite of the presence of these spiritually minded snd even altruistic de- .
fenders of the true faith of a "world
safe for democracy," the peasants, by
far the largest element in the population, have in ths troubled period gradually broken away from the state idea
and drifted into the communal system.   Serenely  contemptuous   of   the
������lash between the Bolsheviki and bourgeoisie, the peasant in his village mskes
(Continued on Pass Firs) '"II       	
^��_^^m_m^m��amamm
BS���maama
-���
MPPPPIPP
..I .  lIVippiNii
',.'^'#-^-'r
Thursday..........March 6, 1919
.   '.'   '-',
���      ' ��� ���
'   THE   LABOR   STAB
n      =
PAGE FIVE
,,    ,���,.���'   " ,__a
(Continued from Page Four)
his own clothing and produces his
cwn food and lets the world wag as it
will." And now listen to this: "Conditions in these villages now would
make the angels weep/ for there ignorance, brutality and sordid debauchery
are flourishing to a degree hitherto
unknown even in Russian villages."
* "* 'a
So the peasants are producing their
own food and clothing, and therefore,
not purchasing them from the bourgeoisie. If the peasants are so doing,
tiien it logically follows that the bourgeoisie are no longer privileged to first
steal the food and other things from
them in order to have this stuff to sell
back to those who produced it It is
easy to see why "conditions in these
villages now would make the angels
weep," that is,''of course, if they are
bourgeois angels, snd undoubtedly the
vast majority oi them are in view of
/lie tremendously large numbers of the
precious bourgeoisie that have been
sent to heaven by the wicked Bolsheviki, according to press reports But
the atrocity of the peasants in "prd-
ducing their own food and clothing."
That is the crowning atrocity of slit is an "atrocity" that if persisted
in and made general/will put the entire bourgeoisie regime of exploitation,
trade and commerce on the shelf of
history m discsrded things. It will
make it no longer possible for masters
and slaves to exist upon the earth,
those two noxious things whose presence has resulted in a civilization that
never was anything above the moral,
intellectual and spiritual level of s
stinking" nuisance. The production of
food, elotMiig'and other essential things
of life by the workers only for their.
Own use, means freedom for the human
family. Freedom from exploitation, and
that is all the freedom worth while.
But what an "atrocity" to be perpetrated upon the soulful bourgeoisie.
Jfust how, the production <t their own
food, clothing, etc., could result in
plunging the peasants into a greater
41 ignorance, brutality and sordid ��Uk
bauehery, than that previously provided for them by the monarchists and
bourgeoisie of Russia, is not altogether
Clear. Can It be that if a peasant raises
his own food, and *makes his own
clothes snd other necessary things, that
he will thereby lose the wisdom he
previously possessed, become brutal
where he was formerly kind and decent, and sink into drunkenness where
be was formerly-sober and well behaved f That sort Of a yarn will hardly
go down. The "awful atrocities" witnessed by the eminently truthful correspondent must have thrown him tnto
a mental strabismus He is seeing things
upside down. Or more likely that is
the way he is paid to see them. But the
action of the peasants is certainly
"atrocious." It is the worst on record-
 *	
omu_ATON is or peril
ACCORDING to press accounts
Lloyd George hss been recently
addressing the joint committee of em*
plovers and employees. This commit-
tee, it seems, was appointed or constituted by a'something termed an
'industrial parliament." The premier
said: "Civilization, unless we try to
save it, may be precipitated and shattered to atoms. It ean only be saved
by the triumph of justice and fair
play to all classes."   He did not ex
plain thst if "civilization" be threatened with being "shattered to atoms"
from, just what direction the threat is
coming. As nearly as we esn learn
tbe only threat yet made looking in
the direction of vuch a shattering Is
a hat might be termed the threat of
dying by its own hand. It certainly
las received some severe jolts and
shocks during the last four or .firs
most glorious years, but not a blow
has been struck at that civilization by
other than its own hand. That brilliant spectacle of blood and slaughter
so joyfully staged by the ruling elsss
of the earth was of such gigantic magnitude and marked with such splendid efficiency, that it is almost a marvel that there is anything left of the
delectable civilization that reached its
supreme achievement in that magnificent butchery. And to tell the truth
about it the civilization responsible for
tbe climacteric spasm of suieidal madness, or rather that reached its climax
and realized its supreme attainment in
that spasm of self-destruction, is apparently doomed, no matter how diligently the Lloyd Georges of the world
may "try to save it." It does not require a particularly searching scrutiny
of the Morld situation to corroborate
tie statement.
What is the civilization that Lloyd
George says will be "shattered to,
atoms"! It is the civilization built
upon human slavery.   It is the cjyL
land
li-iition that for tbe last ten
years has rested upon that criminal
foundation; a foundation that could
���need nothing but war, ever increasing
in magnitude, until event uVIy the fury
rri/Rs -rtorm'Would be so terrlfisr as to
wreck the entire criminal establishment. The last outburst of ruling-
class fury���that ruling-class family row
that broke out in Europe.in 1914 and
is not yet ended���has all but put the
finishing touch to that age-long curse
snd crime thst has made of the earth
a bell snd a shambles ever sines the
first slave was shackled and the re-
prime of rule and robbery established.
The advent of slavery snd the beginning of what is termed the civilized
period are identical. Civilization and
slavery mean the same thing. They
are but two different names for the
same crime. The development or the
evolution of civilization from its birth
down to the present time is but the
h����tory of the development or evolution of human slavery from Its primitive beginnings to its present powerful
and murderously-efficient state. It has
reached its climax, and that climax
hr.s most convincingly expressed itself
in the history and happenings of the
last four years. Therein was registered
���he highest attainment- of which it is
capable. From now on there will be
but chaos and collapse until the vulgar edifice/ of ruling-class empire shall
have fallen to complete ruin. And all
hell���aided and abetted by all the
eminent statesmen and other blinjk and
hypocritical henchmen of tile ruttng
class���cannot save it from itA fate.
#'���*���.���*���.
There are reasons for this. Ths discovery of how to harness the forces
of nature to do the bidding of masters
and thereby greatly speed up the ex-
ploitation and torture of their slaves,
though it enabled the masters to realize ��n empire far greater hi power
and splendor than they ever dreamed
of before, nevertheless so hastened the
attainment of all that is possible under
a slave civilization, that it has brought
that civilization to the precipice of its
own ruin.
* * *
Lloyd George is undoubtedly correct
when he admits that "civilization may
be shattered to atoms." The art of
.skinning slaves snd creating a ruling-
class empire of vulgarity and brutal
magnificence has bean brought to its
completion under its benifieent sway.
Its mechanism of industry so-called,
has been developed to a degree that
makes it no longer possible to use it
either for Open warfare or a peace
which at the best is little less deadly
and destructive than war itself.
Masters can remain masters only so
long as they esn employ or feed their
slaves. They can no longer do either.
The ruling-class mechanism of industry practically applies only to the production of things esserftial to the ruling elsss itself, snd absolutely nonessential to the welfare and comfort
ef the slaves, the producers of all
wealth. And these alleged instruments
ox industry cannot be made to conserve the interests of the producers of
wealth, for the very simple reason
that they cannot be used hi the production of food, clothing, shelter and
the other essential things of life, ex-
cept for a ruling-class market. Almost
in its entirety the industrial mechanism
of capitalism Is usable only for the
production of further capital, so-
called, and it can be used under no
other dispensation or for any other
purpose. As the magnitude of this
so-called capital is now so great that
all reasonably promising avenues for
investment are pretty* thoroughly covered, it is no longer possible to continue
the operation of ruling-class industry
t>> the extent requisite to keep all the
slaves employed and consequently
tame and docile. Hence the swelling
tide of revolution in all lands. Civilization is indeed in "serious peril."
In fact the peril is not only serious but
deadly. In other words ,slavery is
swiftly approaching its end. And no
vender Lloyd George and similar attorneys and watchdogs for the ruling
elsss sre affrighted thereat. No wonder they are doing all they can to
"try to Save it."
 ! _*_,���������	
THE REAL ISSUE IN BRITAIN
Premier Lloyd George was a few
weekh ago elected by the peop'.e of
Great Britain to hang the kaiser and
secure indemnities from Germany. He
descended from the lofty plane of
British statesmanship to that of an
ordinary political demagogue in securing his power, and as a result the
great problems of the nation were put
into the background. But these problems would not stay whero Lloyd
George put them; they will not even
-salt until the kaiser is hanged; they
r.re clamoring even now for immediate
settlement, and the premier has been
forced to leave the peace conference
in France to another kind of peace
conference in- England This is the
usual result of stampede elections. The
men who were ignominiously defeated
bj Lloyd George's cheap election ery
sre the Only logical leaders in the
present industrial crisis. The real issue in Britain is industrial democracy,
end this will be opposed by a Tory
cabinet.���Calgary Non-Partiaan.
HUNTING WITH THE  HOUNDS'
(Continued from Page One)
union or not, who does hot know that
he and his class are slaves, he is by
no means well enough informed to be
safely allowed out of sight of a jail
or an insane asylum. If he knows
that he and his elaas are slaves, he
niil then, be fully aware of the fact
that there is no common ground between his class and the ruling or
master class. He will recognise ths
truth of Moore's assertion snd as- ,
(���uranee that the "intelligent trade
unionist," of the type of Moore, and
who can doubt that he is himself tils
type,that he refers to ss "intelligent,"
is "the capitalist's strongest bul- *
wsrkf" If there was anything at all
dangerous in the' type of "intelligent
t rade unionist "like Moore, that was
In any manner dangerous to the master
clr.ss, dues any sane man think that
they would* ."be received as "guests of
honor" by any association, or aggre-,
gation of exploit in g, brigands ~or-.com- _
mcrcial bandits on earth' There is
nothing, snd there esn be nothing, but
deadly enmity between masters and
slaves, unless the slaves have lost all
trace of manhood and become ss vert*
table cringing cm-s to lick the boots
of their tyrannical and brutal overlords. It is evidently the mission of
the Moores snd such creatures to keep
the rank and file of their unions in
leash for the employers and masters.
If thst be not their mission and purpose then their actions and words
belie their professions of faith to those
whom they are supposed to represent.
In the first place no organization of
labor, if it be genuine, can consort
witii masters' and employers' organizations without stultifying itself. No
man who is known to be true to the
working class and immune to ths
blandishments of the employers, will
ever get any invitations to officiate as
"guests of honor", at their gatherings. .And no man who is really loyal
snd faithful to the cause of labor in
its struggle to break the chains of
bondage to rulers snd masters, will
ever so fsr forget his manhood as to
have anything to do with these associations snd organizations of the ruling class, except to fight them to the
finish and fight them in the open. When
saves or their representatives officially
break bread with the rulers and rob-
Vers of labor, and pour the oil of gladness upon the raw nerves of those
robbers, the nerves thst inevitably run
down into their pockets,' there is no
danger of the condition of the slave
<���'ass Hieing improved in the least. "No
man can serve two masters." He can
hot "run with the here snd hunt with
the hounds." And he who ss s "labor
leader" attempts to do it should not
be flattered by being considered an
object of suspicion.   His guilt Is *too
apparent.   So much for Moors.
*
Talk about the devil rebuking sin. -
Sir Sam S-Hughes is in s elass by himself.   How about that pretty stenog.
Mho palled down a $50,000 rake-off f
* *    *
Profits are what the workers earn
but fail to take home with them when
"time" is called.
* *    *     i
What is it that those British statesmen" inoeulate "our" public men with
when they get them overseas? .
PAGE SIX
THE    LABOR   STAR
Thursday.
Partn's Pertinent Paragraphs
If it wasn't for the rebel workman
who declares that he wants nothing
less than the full product of his labor
the poor simp of a "conservative"
trade unionist would be still working
a  twelve-hour  day  for   about  $1.10.
* a    *
Did you ever notice,that as soon
ss the "agitator" convinces sufficient
of his fellow workmen to go after
an incresse in wages or shorter hours
that his "sane and conservative" associates of the work-room are the first
~to extend their mit on pay day?
V. * *������������ ���
. if the huge sums thst now go to
employers in the form of profits were
added to the workmen's "wages" there
would be little difficulty in shortening
the workday hours and making provision for everybody to participate in
useful labor.
* *    *
Profits are the price the workers
have paid for the privilege '* of earning their own wages. *
w, ��� * ' *
A great deal, of the railroad transportation system in Canada has been
nationalized. The remaining portion,
including the C.P.R., should be added.
The more "government ownership,"
the easier will be the worker's task
when they decHe to own the government
* *    *
Pat Burns et ��1 has organized in
Canada and made it all ready for collective ownership. That is, as soon as
the electors are ready to do their part.
* *  .* /
So long as there is profit in bootlegging there will be boot-legging. If
the distilleries and breweries were
owned and operated as collective property, and the product sold at cost,
under proper supervision, there would
lie no need for "prohibition."
It will take something more drastic
than the prosecution of a few-Jobs on
''public works" to meet the unemployment prevalent throughout Canada.
* *    *
The only legal and logical way to
control industry is to own it. The
easiest way to Own it is to "acquire"
it by legislative enactment
/    *     it    * -,-
Why work about two hours a day
for yourself while earning your own
v ages���and all the rest of the' day for
the boss? The latter being the price
you pay for the former.
* ���*"'��� *���
Organize and make ready for election day, with the conquest of the lawmaking powers as an objective.
*". *    *   '.
The fishing industry of British Columbia should belong to British Columbia, not to a* trust It should be
operated for us; and not for the sole
purpose of making a rich corporation
riches.
* *    *
Alberta farmers are selling their butter in the Antipodes markets. New
Zealand butter in plenty is marketed
in British Columbia. The transportation octupus gets the cream.
*'    *    *'.
When    it   comes   to   stool*pigeons,
secret police and spying,   Germany at
her worst, had very little on the system being builded up in Canada.
."������'*���  ���" '
Let the workers of Canada keep pace
with the workers of the old land! We'll
have to hurry.   .
*    *    *
Are the workers going to permit the
political prisoners to rot in the jails
of Canada? >
'���*':'"*, ���*.
Remember there are thousands, of
political prisoners right here in Canada
���not Russia. Demand their immediate
release.
....March. 6, 1919
Every worker in Canada should demand the immediate cessation of government by -o-ders-in-couneil. We are
about "fed. up" with that brand of
knltur.
a      *      * ;,'_..
Ia__the establishment of a Royal
Northwest Mounted Police force in
Canada the first instalment of the democracy we were fighting for? Or is
it just, a plain everyday transfer of
Hun kultur and kaiserlsm?
Just fancy the writers of orders-in-
founcil in Canada squawking about a
"proletarian dictatorship!"
*    *    *
Hands off Russia!
*'"���' '*     *.
Withdraw the troops and leave the
Russians alone to work out their own
destiny in their own way. - /
���    '     *    *'    *
, Until the workers elect their own
representatives to legislative houses, to
write and enforce their own laws, they
have no legitimate kick coming if the
lawyers and other hired help of the
ruling class soak them good and plenty.
Its the price .of political stupidity.
'-���'','..*'��� * *
A disfranchised working class will
ultimately prove a real menace to the
135 new millionaires created in Canada through four years of war profiteering.^
. C   -*.    *
The "alien enemy" in Canada is to
be disfranchised for twenty years. Inasmuch as these "aliens" constitute
about' one-third of the entire population, it means the ruling class need
h.ive no fear of this portion of the
working class on election day���the day
that makes all ruling classes possible.
*     *    *
The socialist believes in "dividing
up"���the hours of labor.
  - ��
Worse Than Old Southern Plantation
"Memorandum of agreement made
between * * * of the first part; and
Wilson Limited, (a' Vancouver firm,
don't forget���Ed. Star) of the second
part. The party of the first part hereby
agrees to enterthe employ of the party
of the second part as * * * at a wage of
* * * dollars per week. And it is hereby agreed, and understood that the party
of the first part shall be, liable to dismissal at any time, without notice and
without cause. And it is hereby further
agreed and understood that all the
terms of hiring above referred to are
included in this agreement; and that
Wilson Limited will not he responsible
fbr any oral statements made to said
party of the first part by any person
acting for them in connection with said
hiring. Dated at Vancouver, this ��� day
of ��� 191--. Witness:���"
 -* H-
Before the workers of the world can
enjoy the fruits of their labor they
jnust collectively own the  tools they
work with.
a    ���*    ���
People are not hungry . because of
any scarcity of foodstuffs in the world.
It is because the big corporations���who
own the earth-~-have the "visible supply" under lock and key.
* *     it
The Honest John bunch of medio-
craties at Victoria have "solved" the
'company town" problem! After while
one will be permitted to stand on a
pubHc street within their confines. Ttat
the aforesaid companies still own the
plantations���and jobs.
* *    *    .
Democracy is government by public
discussion; discussion, therefore, is the
voice of democracy. When you suppress
discussion, you gag liberty and throttle
democracy. These facts are understood
by wise men, among Capitalists and
workers alike.
Every F. LP.
Local in
British
Should Mak
a Special
e
ate
l
I ml/
Comrades: The first convention of
the Federated Labor Party will be. held
at headquarters, 510 Dominion Building, Vancouver, beginning at 10 a. m.
Thursday, March 20. \
It is now twelve months since the
Party" was ^launched t at an informal
gathering following the 1918 convention
of the British Columbia Federation of
Labor. '
* During the past year the success
which has attended the organization of
the Party throughout the province now
warrants the holding of a provincial
convention to determine immediate and
future policies in accordance with the
general desire of the membership of the
various branches.
Representatives will be on a basis of
two delegates for the first two hundred
members of a branch Snd one for. each
additional hundred or a majority fraction thereof.'Branches will make arrangements for transportation of their
delegates^
As the B. C. Federation of .Labor convenes at Calgary on March 10, to be
followed by a Western Conference in
the same city, the holding of the F. L.
P..convention Match 20 may assist some
branches to secure representation.
Forward to the Provincial Secretary
the names of delegates as early as possible.
E., T. KING9LEY,
President.
R. H. NEELANDS,
Vice-President..
MlSS H. GUTTERIDGE,
Treasurer.
W. R. TROTTER,
Secretary. ���-".J>   ��� ....,   .-.
*_<__
,'.l��-\.
0
Thursday.
....March 6, 1919
THE
A LAY SERMON
[Nemesis]
TEXT:   Thy kingdom come;;       '
Thy will be done on earth as
f,   it is in heaven.
, My Dear Brethren: I am not a parson and therefore you will understand
that I am somewhat handicapped in my
work of addressing you on such a sub;
ject. You see, not being a wearer of the
cloth, I am riot in ethereal, wireless
. communication with headquarters and'
so cannot address you in the confident
and positive manner of the professional
clesic and therefore you may. find my
discourse somewhat unorthodox. I
trust, however, that it may not appear
to your minds to be illogical.
"Thy kingdom come."
How many millions of pious capitalists and poor working people have,
during the last week, sent that prayer to
high heaven's gate in earnest or hypocritical supplication it would indeed be
difficult to say, and how many times
since the year 1 A.D. this same prayer
has been breathed against that granite
gate who can tell? v
It would be interesting also to be able
to visualize the pictures in the minds
of these people as that prayer left their
lips: "Thy kingdom come!"
Probably the poor distressed capitalist
would have a vision of a world of unnumbered and unlimited rich markets
with   a   superabundance   of   contented
slaves and profits /oiling in, in a perennial stream like the current of the Fra-
ser river, and the poor working man
might humbly with much longing and
many sighs wish for a   world   where
"jobs" were nof^sorhard to   get   and
wages were more adequate to meet the
charges of the plundering profiteers, and
their wives less anxious and weary and
their children fatter and better clothed.
Thy kingdom come.
Ay! it has ascended from the lips of
men billions and billions and billions of
times and let us see what "has" come.
You arc of the world and ^osrknow
but you sometimes   forget,   especially
when Gotji has given you   a   "steady
Job" and so I will draw your attention
once more to what has come.
We see the wide world over congregations of human beings living in the
poisoned atmosphere of great cities
which, of course, is a contradiction of
the natural laws which govern us.
Semi-darkness reigns in the polluted
alleyways. The wretched dwellings are
overcrowded and disease in' all its revolting forms takes an ever-increasing
toll4 of the unfortunate denizens. Bodily pain, mental anxiety, work-weariness and strife are the chief experiences,
of their miserable lives.
Women and children toil the hours of
the semi-daylight through, in revolting
and insanitary dens of industry from
which all the decencies of life are excluded and where their nervous systems are shattered beyond repair and
each year those nervous wrecks supplement the long lists of the insane.
Prostitution with its inevitable foul
diseases add to the horrors of those
wasted lives.
In contrast to this dismal picture we
see a smaller portion of humanity leading contended and selfish lives with a
plethora of life's ^necessities at their
command. Thus on the one side semi-
starvation, misery, emaciation and discontent: on the other gluttory, extravagance and smug complacency
LABOR
P
STAR
Ml- 1SL-I II ��� �� i I
whole revolting business grows in proportion. ,
The old standards of honor and justice���mere catch words at the best of
times, have entirely gone and cheating
and robbery have become the recognized means' to the selfish ends.
The earth is overflowing with treasures and commodities and unemployment and want are growing to an unprecedented extent and the tortures of
Tantalus' are being enacted as a world
drama.     '     ���
The statute books are filled with
laws made originally for the good of
humanity but the carrying of them out
has developed into a travesty. Law is
a luxury only for the rich: the poor
have to submit to indignities and injustices for the scandalous charges of
* the law are far beyond the spheres of
their meagre earnings.
War, plotted and planned for the aggrandizement of the rulers of the earth,
has filled the world with hopeless cripples and millions upon millions more
sleep in unhallowed and premature
graves and their festering corpses have
impregnated the word's* atmosphere
with a terrible and nameless pestilence
which is now raging in every land and
has claimed more innocent victims than
the war itself. Our prisons and dungeons,, those relics of the age of sav-
ajJCy, are overflowing with criminals,
created by an '/autocracy in the form of
"orders-in-council." while their brothers
.and sons were fighting and dying on
the bloody fields of Europe to overthrow that same autocracy. The rapid
increase of insanity, venereal diseases
and tuberculosis is causing despair to
fill the hearts of every human being
who is not, like the savages or profiteering,, obsessed by the unnatural ajid
debasing ambition of mere money-grabbing.
Discontent is general the wide world
over and strikes and revolutions are
breaking out in many lands, the preliminary tokens that herald a world
eruption.
In regard to all this rot and ruin: this
starvation and gluttory: this slaughter
and mutilation, this insanity and disease: this robbery and exploitation: this
world in moral ruin, the churches are
dumh and only tlje weary and old world
platitudes come droning and drowsing
from their pulpits. Their religions are
not free but are state-controlled and the
captains of God have crept into the
camps of Mammon.
They remember their God in their
jvordy platitudes but their feet tramp
ever the roads that lead to the Golden
Call". ^
My dear brethren, has it not been inscribed on the holy tablet? of stone,
"Thou shalt not kill," and yet, when
have you heard a captain of the church
raise his voice in protest against the
killing and maiming of those millions oi
unoffending toys or against the use of
bayonets and machine gun�� turned on
defenceless strikers demanding a t:��fle
more of the iota! whkh they ha e
created by their life-blood and sweat
Think of all these things ye fat, complacent dames and pompous gentlemen,
ye pulpit droners and all ye scribes _nd
Pharisees when next ye mumble up to
heaven's gate   those   pregnant words:
"Thy kingdom come/
"Thy will be done on earth as it is in
heaven."
My dear brethren, nearly two thousand vears ago Christ was born into the
Greed and selfishness,, my brethren^ [ **fhi and He came with an idea which
ultimately is- destined to regenerate
wretched humanity and make, the world
a safe and lit dwelling-place for it. This
idea was, work for others and by so
doing find true happiness and make
yorr own heaven upon the earth. With
this end in view He taught us to say,
"Thy will be done," and for this terrible
sedition the capitalist, savages of His
day nailed Him to a cross on which he
died after hours of unimaginable agony.
We have progressed since those ter-
=4
PAGE SEVEN
i     '.I-, ,.,.-,,. I.S
rible times, my brethren, for today they
would mercifully have shot him to
pieces with their machine-guns.
Then the whole Christian world, my'
dear brothers and sisters, began to repeat "Thy kingdom con. ." and diligently and faithfully have they kept it
up to this day, ar��d I have tried to show
you what has come.
That granite gate has flung back
their prayers century after century and,
iny brethren, I am going to tell you
why.
Our prayers are useless, mere meaningless sounds and foolish mouthing unless we do something at the same time
to make those prayers effective.
In that last sentence, onXye self-
servers of the churches, < ye nave the
whole secret of that two thousand years
of your rejected prayers.
My dear brethren, yet another man
wa.- :>orn into the world and he also had
an idea which arose directly out of the
great idea of the crucified Christ.
His name was Karl Marx, and he saw
that the misery of the world was caused
by the unjust, and un-Christian social
svstem which had grown out of the
darkness, ignorance and^saVagery of the
past and was preventing men from
.knowing aught but bodily strife and
soul-weariness and was treating all the
sin and sorrow, darkness and despair of
our modern world.
Now the great idea of Karl Marx
was, in as few words as I can put It,
that the evil and robbery of the profit
system should be abolished and that
men should work and produce for the
>good of all, so that as a man toiled he
.would know that the commodities he
was engaged in producing would go to
benefit his fellows, well knowing also
that at the same time his fellows were
working to produce something that
would benefit himself: in other words
he would know that he was producing
for use am not for profit.
Krrl sa-v, that such a system would
drive from rue world nearly all the ills
by which it is afflicted today. War
would disappear for the great cause of
war would be no more.
Asylums and prisons and courts of
law would remain as mere relics of the
dismal past. Strife would vanish altogether. Disease and pain, anxietv and
weariness would shrink to a minimum
whilst man's mentality would grow
ever to its maxhnum: and Karl, like
Christ, suffered at the hands of the
capitalists of his day. He was driven
fain place to place like a thing unclean
and bis reward was the martyr's crown
and in the time to come the acknowledgment of posterity/that, he it was
who stood at the cross-roads and pointed out to man the way to civilization.
Bnt, my brethren, surely Karl's
vision of a regenerated world comes
very near to the kingdom which has yet
to come and for which we so continuously pray. It is time, don't you think,
that in addition to our prayers,, "Thy
kingdom come," we began to act, to do
something, to bring about so desirable
a change���to free ourselves from
slavery and let Christ enter into his
arc the great social forces at work today and the devil rules the world. Strife
is the keynote of the world's activities
���strife between nations and strife between individuals. The struggle for a
bare existence grows fiercer as each
year rolls away and the fittest, that is,
the craftiest and most unprincipled,
grow rich and powerful at the expense
of their fellows and discontent grows
greater each day that flies and the desire and determination to change the
kingdom. Awake, ye brain sluggards,
and think and think and think. Christ
and Kari have given you the material
for thought and there is no longer any
excuse for your mental slumber.
Awake! for the reveille has sounded
and the fight has begun for the kingdom which has not come.
"Thy kingdom come!" Amen and
amen.
_���i _#_. 1���
The Star specializes in bundle orders,
to be placed on sals at public meetings by various labor organizations.
Order a bundle today���3, cents per
copy.
Organize public meetings snd sell
literature^-then organize for election
day!        *
Address all communications to The
Labor Star, Suits 510 Dominion Building, Vancouver, B. C.
Labor
t -
MEETINGS FOR NEXT
SUNDAY EVENING
/  .
VANCOUVER BRANCH
ROYAL THEATRE
8 p.m. Sharp
Speaker. < E. T.  King-ley
Pianist ..I.Julian  Haywood
School for children and adults,
2:30 p.m., at 641 Granville street.
NORTH VANCOUVER
K. of P. HALL
;    - 3 p.m.
Speaker.���. .Chas. Lestor
NEW WESTMINSTER
COLUMBIA THEATRE
8 pjn.
Speaker R. P. Pettipieoe
VICTORIA
K. of P. (Labor) HALL
8 pan.
Speaker.
\
...Miss Outteridge
NANAIMO
DOMINION HALL
8 p.m.
(Local Speaker)
OFFICERS OF
BRITISH COLUMBIA
BRANCHE8
OF THE   ���
FEDERATED LABOR FARTT
are requested to send THE STAB
announcements and reports of
all meetings held, including
educational public meetings, organisation work; and such other
news items ss will he of interest
to sll Western Canada wage-
workers. T
wF*
-PAGE EIGHT
THE   LABOiTSTAR
Thursday......... March 6, 1919
_���
TRQM.
Tall- 1HP AUFDS
. i i ^"^
The Alien View
Editor Labor Star: Wonderful  it is to see the spouting
Soing on in the newspapers of
anada    and    United    States,
about "justice, liberty, international law," etc.    In Paris the
delegates of many nations are
in conference to frame new and
better laws on the same subjects.    But  how  are  the  old
international   laws  obeyed   on*j
this North American continent
now, not to 'mention when the]
war was going on? Every right
	
of foreigners has been violated.
By arrogant and arbitrary
orders-in-council all international laws have been declared
null and void. As, for instance,
the nationalities- of the old Russian empire, now all independent, have been forced to sign
a petition���according to inter,
national law, they had a right
to demand���to be deported to
the lands of their nativity.
Having no representatives
here, not even the Russians, the
aforesaid   nationalities  had  to
ONE OF THE FINEST TONICS
Good for Health Improves the Appetite
CHEAP PRODUCTION
Everyone knows that cheap goods can only be produced by
using cheap materials and employing cheap labor.
.      ���   %';;   ������'��� ���    '"
CASCADE   BEER
i�� produced  from  the  highest  grade  materials  procurable���
Cascade is a UNION product from start* to finish.
f    *
VANCOUVER BREWERIES LIMITED
OUT THIS OUT AND MAIL WITH ENCLOSURE
%:
 -���J910
The Labor Star
S10 Dominion Building
Vancouver, B. C. *
  ��� ���*�� , -, ,'...'"./
Enclosed find %���. .for which send me..
of The Star at the rate of 4 cents per issue.
iName. _...,.i���..i ,11m n -iiiimm  ���.���.m... i......	
.Issues
Address -_
_.......>..........���..,.���>.
TERMINAL
PUBLISHERS
HIGH-GRADE
JOB PRINTING
TYPE  FOR
THE   TRADE
PUBLISHERS OF
WEEKLIES '        HM
MONTHLIES
PERIODICALS
TELEPHONE FAIRMONT 203
319 Broadway East
take the case in their own hands.
What the so-called Russian consul here, C. Ragosine, is babbling
in the Daily Province has no
weight because he does not represent even Russia���which the
Russians have duly told him
���and with the. other states he
has nothing whatsoever to do.
According to the laws of Caned-, a foreigner who has been
here three years can not be de
ported. Knowing this we still
are willing to be deported, not
only to save ourselves from star
vat ion. but also to ease the situation for the returning soldiers.
The soldiers seem to have forgotten thst we kept on produc
ing while they fought, but never
mind thst. As I said, we are
willing to go, because tens of
thousands of us have tried to
get out and failed.
The great Italian poet, Dante
Alighieri, said that there was a
writing on the gates of hell: "He
who enters here must* leave all
hope behind him." So it has
been for most of the immigrants
who entered this continent.
There is nothing more to say
but we will be happy when wc
can breathe freely the air of
liberty, in' our native countries;
among free men and equals.
With utmost pleasure we will
leave this country, with 0 its
shirkers and workers, io stew in
their own juice of arrogance,
hypocrisy and injustice. As a
roan so wet h, he also ��� reaps.
JOHN  PAASONEN.
��� ( Finlander)
��� 2435 Parker street. City.
THE INTERVENTIONISTS
Throughout last summer there
was a good logical, if a bad
moral, reason why the American
press should have given acres
and acres of white paper to the
misrepresentation of Russian conditions. We were. about to* intervene, or were actually intervening, and nobody could say
how far intervention might go.
In obedience to the principle,
My country, right or wrong; and
if she is wrong, let not us her
sons acknowledge it, a great
many Americans, not in any way
connected with the paid interventionist propaganda, made a
duty out of blackening Russia
What is the use of doing that
now, when it has^b^enj officially
agreed upon, among the Allied
governments, to withdraw from
Archangel as soon as the spring
opens the Arctic seas? Intervention was a folly; it is now a
dead folly, whether the senate
committee and the press are willing to see it or not. Even the
French have begun to see that if
they wish to exert any influence
upon the future development of
Russia they will have to drop
their extreme views. The British are busily knitting friendly
relations with the Russian people
If we do not take care, we, who
set out to be the truest and most
disinterested of the friends of
Russia, will find ourselves in the
end hated by the Russians as
their most designing and implac*
able foe.-^-The New Republic.
_ a*���, ,
The Great War Veterans'Association in Vancouver is rapidly
developing into a sort of Bowser political soup-kitchen, arid
no longer represents the returned
men.
* it it
FJavelle is only a product of
0 rotten and dying .social system, based upon the . political
ignorance of the working elaasr'
10 Per Cent. Off to All Soldiers and Their Families
Crown and Bridgework
���the form of dental work which replaces your defective teeth with exact replicas of ths original-
using as - the foundation for the work the roots of
the natural teeth���the work becomes an integral
part of the dental arch
I specialise in this form of work���call aad 1st me explain my methods and show you illustrations of my work.
DR. BRETT ANDERSON
PHONE  SEYMOUR   3331 CROWN  AND   BRIDGE
'    i SPECIALIST
Victory    Bonds    taken    In    ss- i
change-far dent.i work. 60_  Hastings  Street West
X-Ray     Films     taken ���10-year
guarantee  given.
COR. SEYMOUR STREET
Office Open Tuesday and Friday Evenings Until 8:00 o'clock
Union Blue Label
Cigars
ElDoro-EISidelo
McLEOD, NOLAN & CO.
Makers
LONDON, ONT.
These Cigars are made from the highest
grades of Imported Tobacco grown, and
are made under the most sanitary conditions in a strictly union factory.
Any honest connoisseur of tobacco will
tell you that they are the Cigar of Cigars.
For Sals Everywhere
If   your   dealer   hasn't   sot   them,   write
D. J. ELMER, 3118 Alberta St.,  Vancouver
T
The Star will specialise In bundle
orders, to be placed on sale at public meetings by various labor organisation*. '.' Order a bundle today
-t cents per copy.
The business office, and editorial
sanctum of~Editor Klngsley, is now
located at Suite 610 Dominion
Building, corner Hastings and Cam-
Me streets.    Sey. 4833.
Address all communications to
The Labor 8tar, Suite 510 Dominion
Building. Vancouver, B. C.
Organise public meetings and sell
literature���then orgalnse for election day!
DR. W. J. GURRY
., DBWTIsT
Salts ssi Psartalea Bids.
B. C.
>J
Perry ��& Dolk
. Labor Temple
.    TAILORS
FOR THS BEST IN CLOTHES
The Actino Optical Institute, Ltd.
IS NOW SITUATED AT
50243 ORPHEUM BLDO., Granville Street
HAVING REMOVED FROM BIRK8* BUILDING
f In order to allow Dr. Jordan more tints to devote to literary and
scientific work, the direction of the Institute is now in the hands
of Dr. Arthur Plercy, F.B.M.C., London, Eng., who has for soma
time been studying Dr. Jordan'* method*.
f Patients desiring the personal attention of Dr. Jordan must make
special appointment.
I The following works, by A. McKay Jordan, can be obtained at tha
above address:
Actino-Ocular Therapeutics .price $ .60
The Book of Ths One Law ........Price    2.80
(Postpaid)
Others in process of preparation.

Cite

Citation Scheme:

        

Citations by CSL (citeproc-js)

Usage Statistics

Share

Embed

Customize your widget with the following options, then copy and paste the code below into the HTML of your page to embed this item in your website.
                        
                            <div id="ubcOpenCollectionsWidgetDisplay">
                            <script id="ubcOpenCollectionsWidget"
                            src="{[{embed.src}]}"
                            data-item="{[{embed.item}]}"
                            data-collection="{[{embed.collection}]}"
                            data-metadata="{[{embed.showMetadata}]}"
                            data-width="{[{embed.width}]}"
                            async >
                            </script>
                            </div>
                        
                    
IIIF logo Our image viewer uses the IIIF 2.0 standard. To load this item in other compatible viewers, use this url:
https://iiif.library.ubc.ca/presentation/cdm.laborstar.1-0082067/manifest

Comment

Related Items