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VANCOUVER, B, C.; THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 1919
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THE
falling
officialdom is
with fury,
tical and ecoi
like wildfire
jnd Rumblings Along.Social Horizon That Presage
ort of Peace That the Immediate Future Has in Store
0 class world is swiftly
to chaos.   Ruling   class
rapidly becoming insane
ial thought along poli-
>mic lines is spreading
ong the enslaved of the
earth and the profit mongering brigands
of all lands are quaking with terror at
the prospecta>rising before their affrighted eyeC The slaves, the vast
majority of whom still hare no vision
beyond the narrow limits of the wage
system, are becoming each day more
restless and djkatisfied and are beginning to tuia tl^ateningly at their chains
and the aeeomt revolution is afforded
and fertile soil in which
oH that has been tilled,
the planting by the
e terrorism of ten
slavery uid the mul-
heapeo ie slaves
lass  rule   and  robbery,
ing upon the heels of the
vastation resulting from
ruling class spasm of fury
a well prepa
to propagate;
and fertilized
my
by   ages
Swiftly foil-
wreck
the blo<
over recorded in history, comes an era
fraUghSj|th grave danger .to rulers,
'their infaVous rule and its institutions,
-SJLpera that is destined to, bring that
>ule to a*n end and strike from the limbs
of slaves the chains that have been their
seourgflfever since civilization was born
ajtd the first of their kind shackled.
(   ���.Jr     *   *   *
Frottf
quarter comes accounts
le. Strikes follow each other
succession.    No part of the
world appears to be immune,
���ds of tue most impossible nature
by strikers, with an abandon
ranee that presages ill for the
class, although   it  finds  itself
ely unable to grant them. De-
being constantly made upon
jmentsand employing ^OReerttr
that are as impossible to meet as would
Be �� demand that the earth be made
to trim the other Way upon its axis.
By tjus process the enslaved workers
are Slowly but surely learning the lesson, that they are now getting and have
always gotten all that slsvery could give
thein> Their wages have always been
i just what they were entitled to under
the yoke of alavery, that is barely sufficient upon the average to keep them in
a condition physically and mentally to
corttinrie working. That they have always-received. It is but necessary to
inquire into their physical and mental
condition at present to corroborate the
statement.  They are even yet strong
enough physically to work and weak
enough mentally to have tio better sense
than to look,, upon a job as the very
seventh heaven of delight. But the jobs
are becoming harder to get There are
j&l nearly enough to go around. The
consequence is that the stipend to be
_>*totted to slaves, under the euphonious
jfitatoe of wages, inevitably lessens, just
Pj^fbiV as the prices of other things
��r lessen in a falling mapket. The condi
tion of the slaves becomes more and
more'intolerable as it becomes more and
mure impossible for the masters to employ them all and more and more impossible to allot them the larger wages
they perhaps formerly received. And
that these are impossibilities is plain to
any one who will take the trouble.to
enquire, into the well known facts governing capitalist production and the
exchange of its products in the markets
of.'the world.
*    *���    *
The big strike at Seattle seems to be
over, at least as far as the unions that
went out in sympathy with the shipyard workers are concerned. But what
a fury of impotent rage and frantic
asininity the cheap and vulgar tools of
the ruling class were thrown into while
riking slaves of Seattle
ntertained, and let us hope
instructed, by such a lavish display of
police and military threatening and Ole
If arisen buffoonery, as was staged for
their especial  benefit during  the last
week. Never before  did  the  truthful
capitalist    press    indulge    in    more
grotesque lying and frightful headlines
than during those eventful , days. City
officials from the opera bouffe mayor up,
and the dirty sheets from the slums of
capitalist iniquity, outvied each other in
shouting " I.W.W., Bolsheviki, radicals,
revolutionists" and such-like   cries of
"wolf! wolf 1" when there was actually
no wolf at all. Every squawk that was
emitted from the dirty throsftts of these
pimps and panderers of the ruling class,
proclaimed from the   housetops   as it
were, the real fear that lurks in the
cowardly   bargain-hunting   hearts   of
their owners, rulers and masters; the1
fear of an  awakened  an^ intelligent
working class that will bring their long
rtfigfiPof blood and terror to an'and.
And that is all the fear that haunts
them. Strikes for wages and all that
that implies can be dealt with by the
powers of repression that constitute all
there is or ever  wss to   ruling  class
states. Between those powers and the
inexorable though unwritten laws of;
the market, the rulers know full well
that they have the slaves at their mercy,
but should the slaves as a class rise in
revolution against their rule and robbery, a different story would be told.
The rulers are perfectly justified in their
fears. Their insane fury is easily understandable.   That they  make   imposing
display of their military power and tools
and that they will use those instruments
to make the. gutters of their cities run
red with the blood of their rebellious
.��!aves, is quite to be, expected. It is and
bus always been upon those forces that
rulers and tyrants have   depended to
n ake good their rule and bulwark their
tyrannies and brutalities. That is the
enly means whereby slavery can be
maintained and the glorious regime of
exploitation, trade and commerce perpetuated. Arid millions of the slaves of
the earth are becoming wise to that fact
end the Ole Hansons and similar reckless ignorantins in the service of the
ruling class are rapidly spreading the
education.
,...* ��� * '* ��� ���
All of the infamous orders-in-council,
wax time' election acts, espionage acts,
censorship regulations, conscription acts,
orders banning literature, infringements'
upon free speech and similar reactionary
tyrannies forced upon the people by
their rulers in these alleged democratic
countries, under the specious pretence
of war necessity, are still in force. Alleged draft evaders are still being
chased and persecuted, public meetings
are being broken, up and speakers arrested and imprisoned, literature is
bting seized and labor and socialist
headquarters raided and.in many oases
furniture and archives destroyed or carried off. In some of these countries at
least the prisons are still full of conscientious objectors to human butchery
end other political prisoners, and more
are being daily added to their number
although the war is supposed to be' over
and the atrocious "Hun" no longer a
menace to "democracy and peace."
Gruesome tales filter through of the
awful tortures still inflicted upon imprisoned I. W.W. and other ajlege,d offenders against the established tyrannies of "law and order,'* in such ruling
class educational institutions as the federal penitentiary at Leavenworth, Kansas, and elsewhere. The military is everywhere more and more in evidence than
in the days when German militarism
terrorized the world and the brutal
"autocracy of the Hun" threatened the
very life of western "democracy" and
the complete destruction of its beneficent civilization. Wicked Germaif militarism has been destroyed or at least
placed hors dtf combat, but the power
of oppression and repression Was never
so brutally exercised in these so-called
democratic lands as "at present. Never
was democracy more completely
crucified and denied than rjght now
upon this western continent. Never was
t
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IEDEEATED LABOR PARTY
FIRST ANNUAL CONVENTION
THE fir^t annual ponventiqn of
the Federated Labor ���Party
will be held in Vancouver on
Thursday, March 31.
Secretary Trotter is sending out
the official "call" to B. C. locals
this week. /
The basis of representation is
two delegates for the first 100
membership and one for each additional 100 or fraction thereof.
Geo.F. Stirling has been commissioned by the F. L. P. provincial executive to conduct a month's
organization work in the Okaria-
gan district.
autocracy more impudently seated ia ���
the saddle in Germany during the days
of the kaiser, than in Canada and the
United States today. But even such
silting upon the safety valve will avail
nothing, for the unrest, discontent,
rebellion, even the disposition to revolu��
tion, is continually increasing and I*
tremendously accelerated by such conduct upon the part of the* authorities.
In due time there will be an explosion
and the fools who sit upon the safety
valve will receive a jolt. The old order
of slavery and war is doomed to go.
Its bloody work has cursed the world
altogether too long. The result of its
long regime of torture has culminated
in what is practically world chaos. There
is no signs of peace along the social
horison, nor is there promise of peace
until the old order and all it stands for
lestreyed. Universal bankruptey confronts all capitalist nations of the earth,
a bankruptcy that is not confined to
financial matters, but includes moral
and intellectual as, well. Even the'fore-,
n ost ruling class statesmen stand like
Mbbering idiots and senile babblers in
the midst of the ruins of their own mak- ,
ing, utterly impotent to even suggest
Means of bringing order out of chaos,
and confusion that their slave civilization has at last brought to the world.
Repression is their only resort. Violence
and bloodshed is all they have to offer
the slaves who cry out against tha
miseries thrust upon them.
* * *
But in all this world welter of vulgar
brutality and ruling elass fury at the
approach of the inevitable, there is at
least one bright spot and that is Russia.
There the workers and peasants have
risen against the age-long tyrannies and
Irutalities forced upon them by conscienceless rulers and their allied ruffians of the military and police, and
assumed complete eontrol and command
ever their own lives and fortunes hy
throwing their erstwhile masters and
heJf-appointed governing authorities into
the discard of obnoxious things no
longer to be tolerated. And there reigns
a true democracy, not a bastard imago
such as so loudly touted as the real
thing by the rulers and masters of (his
western world. The workers and
ireasahts of Russia are working out
their own economic salvation against the
opposition of all the ruling class world
and in spite of aU the hypocritical and
preposterous pretences to the contrary
notwithstanding, that we are spewed
broadcast throughout all lands by the
lying agents and avenues of falsehood
and misinformation that draw their sustenance and support from the plunder
taken from the slaves of this civilization by their rulers and masters. In
*pite of all the noisy lying about the
chaotic conditions existing in Russia and
the "awful atrocities" being perpetrated by the much feared arid hated
(Continued on Fas* Four) PAGE TWO
THE   LABOR   STAR
THURSDAY.
.February  13,   m��
*"
Interpretation of the World Situation
By B. T. KINGSLEY /
(This Conclude* a Series of Articles Which Will Be Reproduced In Pamidueo Form at   an  Kariy Date���Editor Star).
THE SUPREME ILLUSION
THE   LAST   century   and-  a* half   baa
marked far greater strides in the evolution of human slavery than witnessed
by all of tbe- preceding centuries since tbat,
delect.i I.le conception Occam* th* con.er���� n-i
.Of the so-called social etructure, With the Invention  of  the steam  engine, tbe  spinning
and weaving machinery, etc., during tbe latter half of tbe eighteenth century, a vista
of illimitable possibilities was opened to the
flighted vision of the slave master* of. the
world, and the realization of an empire of
power and magnificence beyond their wildest
dreams announced Its swift  approach.    Instead of then* previous petty and narrow empires, confined to more or lea* circumscribed
limits, the whole earth was to be speedily
laid at their feet and every   human   being
tbeeron compelled to pay them tribute. The
means of accomplishing this had been discovered. The magic key that was to unlock
the most gigantic treasure cheat ot all time
bad bee* found. The mean* whereby an eVer
increasing number of slaves   could   be released from the production of essential things
of life and turned to the upbuilding of such
a tuling claw empire a* the world neper saw
before; an empire embellished with pyramids   of   human   achievement , alongside   of
which the stone pile* of ancient Egypt would
appear   like   unto   the   mud bouses- of   little
children   in   comparison;   an   empire   that
would bring misery and degradation to th*
uttermost parts of the earth and eventually
spread   pestilence,   death   and   destruction
broadcast by the bloody hand of war, upon
a scale of magnificence and prodigality such
a* the world had never known before. And
the splendid possibilities opened to the ruling clasg of the world by the fortunate dls-
jttvery of how to harness the forces of nature
tc do the bidding of slave masters and rulers
has been taken advantage of to the utmost.
The mightiest and most potent, slavery the
world has ever known ha* been brought to
Its grand culmination in the most prodigal
display of blood spilling and human slaughter
Imaginable.  In war as well a* In industry
the factory process I* complete and at least
in the noble art of human butchery and devastation it must be acknowledged that the
nachine  has  brought about  a  tremendous
eccnomy over tha clumsy and primitive tooia
pad methods of the slav* civilisation of long
>go. And no doubt this splendid development
taa* brought great   joy   to the   rulers   and
masters ot all lands. The slaves also appear
to t*ke quit* kindly to the improved method
of killing each other. -ni.. '
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There Is no more food produced now per
Inhabitant of the globe than there wa* before a mechanical device was introduced Into
th* processes of agriculture. It is doubtful
It la more than doubtful, if any leas human
labor is required to produce the food, clothing and shelter requisite for the comfort and
veil-being of all, than was th* case before
machinery waa invented. In fact it Is a mat-
tei capable of proof that In so far as the
actually essential things of life are concerned
there ha* a* yet been no method discovered
whereby they can be mare easily obtained
" by the producer* thereof, than by th* simple
and so-called primitive tools snd methods in
vogue 800 years ago. As a matter of .fact it
bas never cost the wealth producers of the
earth so dearly in labor to feed, clothe and
shelter themselves a* It does' now. Never did
i�� require so many day's labor per year upon^
th* part of a workman to provide himself
and family with bread as now; never did ft
cost him so much labor to cloth* hi* family
as now; never did he have to work harder
and longer in order to make a living than in
these glorious days when it is alleged that
the productive power of labor bas been tremendously increased, because of the Introduction of power driven machinery into the
productive processes. ���     s '
*     *     *
It would seem that the first thing that
should occur to us would be, that, given a
civilisation based upon the enslavement of
the producers, nothing could be introduced
Into such a civilisation and incorporated Into
;u very being, unless It in some manner conserved and furthered the basic principle of
that civilisation. Civilisation spells human
sjavcry. The period known as the civilised
period is that which began with tbe introduction of human slavery and has continued
down.to the present There bas been nothing
devised by man and Incorporated Into this
civilisation thst did not directly conserve the
Interests and requirements of the ruling class.
If it could In any manner be utilised to relieve . the .slavery imposed upon those over
. whom rule was exercised, it could not; and
moat certainly would not be tolerated. No
Improvement of the tools whereby clave*
have produced wealth waa ever yet devised
pad adopted, if the slightest benefit could
, possibly accrue to the staves thereby. All there
ii to evolution Is growth and development
to a higher form of life, for that which is
wilder consideration. The industrial evolution
*�����* revolution���that has occurred since
plavery was born, has been put a part of the
evolution.of that slavery from its primitive
beginnings to Its present highly perfected
state.
**.'*'
In regard to the essential thing* of life
there ia a limit beyond which production
cannot go without incurring an expense and
v,aste that soon reaches prohibitive proportions. For instance in the matter of food, the
amount grown in one year is only calculated
to last until the following year'* crop comes
in. To produce sufficient in one season to last
for several years would only result in loss
through deterioration and the expense and
risk attendant upon storing and caring for
such stocks. The greater the quantity thus
stored up tor future requirements, the greater
the added cost entailed. The ultimate of economy lies in providing a quantity that Is safely
sufficient to carry over until the next crop
comes In. The same rule holds good in regard to clothing, housing, and In fact **fl
ether of the essential things of, life. The
world's yearly output of these essential things
of life is never above the requirements of
the population for a similar period. As far*
as the "accumulation of wealth" is concerned
it at least does hot Include the essential
things of life, for no such accumulation is at
all possible. It may be classed along with
ail other similar fables, such, for Instance,
as tbat equally absurd yarn about getting
rich through saving. To sum it up the production of each year Is used up within a corresponding period, ti,.        *
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When it come* to the production, however,
of those things that measure the wealth and
magnificence of the ruling class, It Is a different story. To this sort of production there
jh no limit except the capacity of its army
of slaves. And the increasing of the capacity, or power, of slaves to produce ruling
class requirements, is the sole function of the
gigantic power driven machinery of industry
that has been conjured forth by th* capitalist successors of the feudal lords of old.
In the ancient chattel slave days it required
the labor of a hundred captive Jews for 20
years to build a single pyramid upon the
bank* of the Nile for their brutal rulers. Tbe
slaves of these days, armed with the mechanical contrivances that have been designed
for the purpose of exploitation, can turn out
far greater pyramid* in endless profusion, almost in the twinkling of an eye. But one
glance at the myriad "of cities, great cities
and cities small, with their miles upon miles
of street* lined with shops, warehouses, fa<:
torle*, mills, foundries, banks, sky scraper
oft-ce buildings, spirit j a1 dopt siiops, brain,
embalming institutions, bawdy houses, prisons, barracks, reformatories, court houses,
street railways, telephone*, water works,
Fewers, scavenger carts, and all that is lm-
p:ied therein and connected therewith, an!
it least some idea may be gained of the
magnitude of labor that 1* expended in these
day* building pyramids that are no less useful nor more ornamental than the pyramids
brilt by the slaves of ancient Egypt. For let
It be known to all men that nothing is done
in these great cities, these pestholes of hump n alavery, that aids . in any manner in
bringing forth the essential things of life.
Not a thing is done in these cities that lessen*
the burden of toil upon the slaves either of
city or country, but on the contrary these
are entirely builded at the expense ot those
slaves and they conserve no other purpose
than that of rulers and master*. True |Q is
that cities were builded before the age of
machinery arrived, but the building of them
v.aa ah infinitely slower process. They were
built by skives who had not yet been armed
with highly developed and powerful tools
devised in the Interest of their masters aad
especially designed to multiply the productivity of their labor. Now these great cities
spring up like "a mushroom in tbe night"
Such mighty achievements were never known
until down within the last century or so, but
all of these great achievements are great to
the ruling class alone. To the slaves tbe
building and maintenance of them Is but a
long drawn out agony, a veritable nightmare
of horror. There is no great city that Is not
a reeking cesspool of moral degradation and
\ ice. They poison and pollute th* social at-,
rtoap'here, so that not even, the most remote'
districts escape the, evil results. Then- very
existence ia unthinkable except as a part of
the phenomena of human slavery.
*     *     *
that of taking away from the producers that
which" they produce, and never under any
circumstances returning anything to them
unless it be something that is Imperatively
necessary so that they can produce still further quantities Of wealth to be despoiled of.
Whether a car or ship Is loaded or otherwise
always determines which way it is going. If
loaded it is going away from the slaves who
produced that with which it is loaded; if
empty it is always returning for another load.
Another thing might be mentioned that
should ^hrow at least, some light upon the
niotive that prompted the Introduction Of
railways and ships into this civilisation that
many look Upon as something delightfully
grand and uplifting. All transportation
schemes and enterprises originate in the
cities. The cities produce practically nothing
that tbe country (ftstrlcts rieed or can use,
Tbe country, however, does .produce what
the ruling class of the city must have, not
only for It* own sustenance but for the sus-
t 'nance of the slaves Upon Whom it depends
for the rearing and maintaining of it* enj-
p.re of plunder and maglflCence. pity workers
nlmost In their entirety are engaged in ruling class service other than the production
ot the essential things of life. All such prod-
-
a school boy ought not fail to understand it.
For butane* th* U. 6. government Is authority for th* statement that there was mined
hi that country last year nearly seven hundred million tons of coal. Now If that means
anything it is that about seven ton* per head
of population was mined during the year,,
or close to thirty-five ton* per family. At
least half, and probably more than half, of
the people or that country never use a pound
of coal in their lives. And it Is a safe presumption that the balance  do not   use  an
overage of thirty-five tons hi each decade,
and eveh they who do use coal for fuel purposes only do *o   becaue*  they   are  principally cooped up in cities and compelled to>
do so. At any rate we will be safe in assuming that thirty-five ton* per family, counting all the families in the land., hi not used
up In a whole generation. And. what i*, more
not one-half ot that amount could be used
up for really essential purposes. Th* fact of
it is that nearly all of that huge production
of coal us used solely for ruling class purposes and not for any purpose that ia essential to the comfort and welfare of the* producer* of wealth. It is used for the upbuilding and upkeep ot the ruling class establish*
ment of pomp, magnificence and power. Th*
most of that coal production, as well oa an
the  rest of the  nonessential  production   of'
action Is purely parasitical. Just as the rul- l capitalism, during the last four year* haa
hug class Is parasitical so is all of that vast
bunch of slaves in its service, who In no man-
rer Sid in the production of the essential
things of life. The slaves of the country districts, they who produce all of the agricultural products, the grain, meat, fruit, vegetables, wool, flax, cotton, leather, building
material, ores, etc., that constitute the *a**n*
tip.l things, are compelled to feed the whole
lot. And that they get nothing for it goes
without saying. As they produce all the food
they surely cannot be paid In food, and every,
body know* that they dtTTRit get paid in sky
scrapers and other city buildings, in railways, rolling mills, canals, battleships, submarines, or any other ruling class junk. As
the seat of ruling class power Is in the cities
and the cities produce nothing in the way of
food, etc., it should be easily seen that there
la every reason why all kind* ot scheme*
should spring up In th* city that would be
calculated to bring the products of the country within reach of the city dwellers. Whenever any scheme Is sprung it is a sate rule Xo
follow, before Investing in or approving of
it, to find out from whence.it originates. It
it Is a city scheme let the denizen* of the
country districts look out that they do not
get stung. The reader may have noticed that
All kinds of schemes of "reconstruction" and
adjustment are now being touted In the cities.
We may rest assured that whatever may be
suggested will not be calculated to militate
?gainst those Interest* that are Invariably
centered in the cities.
The transportation system, the ramifications of which reach even to the uttermost
part* of the earth, afford* another striking
illustration of the part that machinery plays
in the world wide gam* of plundering slaves
and rearing a* empire of ruling class magnificence out of that plunder Tbe puleeor every
slave in the land beats the quicker at the
sight of a train loaded with rich products of
our time rushing with the speed of lightning
across the land, or of a mighty ship plowing
the sea* rich freighted with ware* and merchandise ot trade. And it never occur* to any
one of them that the sole purpose of railways aad ships, the sole purpose of th* entire world transportation system in fact, is
The tonnage of freight handled by the
transportation companies runs up into billions of tons,- per mile, per annum. The usual
method of calculating this tonnage Is to reduce It to terms of ton miles, l.e., the numbers of tone hauled one mile. The railway and
inland water tonnage for 1918 in the U. S.
amounted to 400.350,000,000 tons moved
one mile. This would be approximately
4,000 tons per head of the.'. population
or 2*. 600 tons per family. In other
words .the tonnage per family would
be nearly equal to the hauling of one ton
around the earth at the equator. And ao
argument ia necessary to prove that the
average family could not legitimately require
that enormous amount of haulage In a generation let alone a year. Can anyone abort
of a very simple-minded person. Imagine
for a moment that such an enormous
airount of tonnage could possibly arise
from any legitimate requirements of a
people who can only get their sustenance
from cultivating the soil and utilizing Its
products? Thi* enormous tonnage could have
nothing to do with the actual requirements
"of a free people It could only appear as a
part of the process of exploiting slave* and
making away with the plunder It Is entirely
incidental to the exploitation of slaves and
the "trade and commerce" which results
therefrom. It might be well to note that the
term "trade and commerce" is the polite and
conventional way of signifying the'getting
away with th* swag.
���     w*
The enormous significance of this ruling
class production���the production of things
that are nonessential to the wealth producers,
themselves���Is little realised by the average
person, including even those who poae as authorities upon the matter of- economics. And.
there are none so Ignorant as the professional economists of the ruling class. But
in all of the statistic* of wealth production
furnished by and through the official channels of ruling class government*, there run*
a perfectly plain story of the magnitude of
th* robbery perpetrated upon the' wealth
producer* under the present regime of gigantic industrial production. And-the story is so
plainly written that it would seem that even
l-een utilised for the glorious purpose ot
staging the most gorgeous display- ot ruling
class ferocity and blood lust that the world
ever saw, and Incidentally ' the grandest
wholesale slaughter of slaves yet recorded
la history.
The same authority asserts that the production of Iron in the United States for the
same  year period   was  seventy-five   million
tons.    This, would  be approximately three-
fourths of a ton for every head of population, or about four and a half tons per family.    It would be next to Impossible for   a
family to use up one ton of iron in a whole
generation If it were used only for really essential .purposes, that is for such tools and
utensil* as would be required to equip and
conduct  the  family  establishment  and   it*
necessary   operations.     Yet   this   enormous
emount of iron  was produced in one year
and. presumably, it Was mostly used for the
eminently laudable purpose of, making tha
uorld  safe for ruling class'democracy   by
Killing several million slaves and other animals.    Neither the amount of coal or iron
mentioned could have been' produced in that
length of time had it not been for the machinery that bas been brought into existence
to serve the interest ot the elass that rules
and robs, and the highest efficiency of which
Is exemplified In war; slaughter and devastation.    In times of peace���only there are
no such times under class rule, and what to
mora there can be none���practically all of
this, huge production of coal, iron, copper,
Oil, lumber, chemicals and a thousand other
things that contribute to ruling class power
and glory; are lavishly poured out for the
enlargement  of the empire  of trade,  commerce and finance, and in preparing for war.
In time.of war, which I* practically all of
the time, a tremendously large part of it
*;oes into the upbuilding of armies,  navies
t>.nd all that that implies, ss against the day
when freedom and ��� democracy shall  be imperilled at the hands of wicked autocracy
And other evil shapes.    And now it has so
become that even the noble art of slaughter
la no longer a hand process as of old.   The
nrt of human butchery has been, so brought
to a high efficiency that it Is carried on almost exclusively by machinery.   Being really and  truly a ruling class enterprise it la
indeed meet and proper that it should keep
abreast  of,  or even   ahead   of,   all   other
branches or ruling class Industry.   There is
every reason why It should become the moat
highly developed and powerful part of the
great  factory  system,  a  distinction   that   It
has long since gained, for war, glorious war.
Is the crowning achievement of the  ruling
class regime, an achievement beyond which
it cannot go.    It I* th* supreme attainment,
and  to   hear  the  disciples,   the  lickspittles,
the apologists, the pimps, the defenders and
th* hypocrites of ruling class blood-lust and
ferocity prate about "last wars" and "war
to end war" ia enough to make a male laugh,
let alone a horse.   A slave civilisation Inevitably  breeds war,  for the enslavement  of
one man or set ot men by another or others,
Is In itself an act of��war.    It Is a war ot
masters   against   slaves,    and    no   matter
whether such a civilisation  exists for, one
tear or ten thousand-it must Inevitably express  Itself In  continuous  turmoil,   trouble
and conflict.    There can be no peace.    Liberty cannot exist.    Democracy can be nothing but a joke.
*     *     *
For the twelve months ending, with June.
Ill*, the agrlculturtou of th* United State*
turned into the market $22,200.0��0.000/ of
farm products. This is according to the
U. St Official Bulletin. This vast sum constitute*  the amount  tbe farmers sre *up-
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posed to have receive* for the gram, fruit,
vegetables, wool, cotton, flax, beef, pork,
mutton, poultry, butter, cheese, milk, and all
other foodstuffs and essentials they produced
and sold. In fact what they thus turned
in represented aU tbe food, as wall as the
raw materials for the clothing produced
within the IT. 8. Now. anyone who knowa
anything about farm life, in that or; probably any other country, knows full well tbat
the great majority of the farmer* raise
practically all their own food, aad in many
localities at least make a part of their clothing, and that all they thus consume does
pot appear to the market figures. Therefore, whatever that amount might be it does
not appear in the9 figures given by the U. &
government as quoted above. The more than
twenty-two billions they turned into the
market was outside of what they themselves
consumed out of their year's product. Th*
same V. 6. government states that during the
year referred to, there was shipped to Europe 'foodstuffs to completely and fully ration
65,000,000 people and to afford cereal ration* for .23,000,000 more. Now let us. see
what happened.
���    *     *     *
During the year hi question between two
and three million slaves under thirty years
of age were conscripted for cannon food,
apt because either they or their class had
received any injury at other bands than those
of their masters, but. because their respective masters i either had a grievance against
some other national band of brigands or saw
��n opportunity to turn a profitable trick
uyon some other of th* precious members
of the delectable fraternity of slave masters
and slave skinners. The conscripting of
these millions of young men could not have
added anything to tbe percentage of-American sovereigns engaged in agricultural pursuits. Rather it might well have lessened
that percentage. Not knowing, however,
just what that percentage may have been,
it will at least be within the mark to assume that one-half of the population of
that country is engaged In agricultural pursuits. Thia being ao then we have a situation something as follows: One-half of the
population, after having produced at least
their own food, turned into the, market a
quantity of farm products .equivalent to $220
per head of population in the country, or
approximately $1,200 per family. Out of
thia vast amount of food and at least the
raw materials for clothing, etc. all ot the
people of the U. S. were fed, clothed, etc,
and then enough wa* left to fully ration
f.5,000.000 and cereal ration 21.000,000 more.
resides feeding themselves, the** agricultural workers fed the ether half of the population of the country and mil lions* of Europeans besides. Christ with his "loaves and
fishes" stunt never had anything on them.
'..**������*
And what did these agricultural workers
get (or all this? The answer hi easy. They
got nothing. That la all that exploited people
over get for what they do. There la. a very
simple reason for this. The producer* of
wealth produce all there is wherewith anything like payment can be made. As this
wealth is taken from them it does not require a set of baby's building blocks to clearly demonstrate that they can receive no payment, for ihere Is nothing to* pay with. There
being nothing wherewith to make payment
it stand* to reason that if the wealth Is
taken from those who bring It forth by their
labor, it can only be taken for nothing. In
the olden time it used to be taken away by
the persuasive Influence of the club. Now
It is taken away by the persuasive influence
Of * promise to pay that which is impossible
of payment, because there is nothing on
earth nor in the water* under the earth
wherewith to make payment
A* ha* already been said there is no more
of the essential things ot lite produced now.
according to the population, than wa* the
case 500 or a thousand years ago. There
ho* been very little if any improvement hi
tae method of production of these essential
tnittgs. But there has" been a. very decided
improvement in the method of production
I ot the ruling class things of > empire aad
power. The simple and easily acquired
hand tool* "of freedom, have been transformed Into the powerful, complicated and
costly machinery ef a highly developed human alavery. and the task of producing the
essential things of life ha* gradually been
forced upon a decreased percentage of the
copulation by compelling them to work all
ot their time wheve then* primitive and free
forebears did not work at. all, while another
ever increasing percentage of the population has beep turned to the production of
purely ruling class things, things neither essential or of any use whatever to the wealth
producer*, but out of which an empire of
vulgar magnificence and unbridled power has
accrued to the rulers and masters of slave*
The tools of tree men did pot and could not
serve the interests or. satisfy the ambitions
of ruler* and masters. The mighty industrial machinery of the ruling class, that has
so greatly multiplied the productive power
of slave* in the production ot ruling class
requirements, can no more conserve the hi-"
tereats of tree men and satisfy then- requh-e-
r-.ents. than could the simple tools of freedom satisfy their masters and rulers.
'��� ' ���* * *
As the great industrial mechanism of tbe
ruling cues has been developed it has gradually drawn the one-time free agricultural-
Uts into its fatal net. Just ss rapidly a*
they were led to Imagine that the machine
for reaping grain, for threshing grain, for
planting .seed and for, cultivating the field
waa designed tor their benefit * and they
adopted it, just so rapidly were they enmeshed in the gigantic web of slave production of wealth, upon the masters' plan, aad
all of their one-time' liberty was lost. Production for use gave way to production for
profit and that profit was always the profit
of th* masters of the great dominant industrial mechanism of the day. Step by step
the diversified agriculture ot tfje-olden time
has hugely given way to tl*��\roductlon of
some special crop, under the fatal lure that
riches might be accumulated more speedily
by that route than by any other. The less
the variety of products raised by the agriculturist the' more doe* he become compelled to purchase from the market, and
once in the clutch of that method of getting
the things he needs must have or perish,
the more completely Is he at the mercy of
the ruthless master* of exploitation and rapine. The* more completely ia he enslaved.
/ *     *      *
When one comes'to realise that-from a
very few acre* of decent soil and with but
a few simple and easily acquired tool* practically allot the essential things of life can
be obtained without the expenditure of one-
half the labor now required by the city and
country laborer, it become*'difficult to account for the fatal Illusion) that possesses
tbe mind* of men, that the great machinery
of production ot thia slave age marks a tremendous advance over the days of our forefathers and their primitive methods and
tools. And yet the fact stare* ua In the face
that the worker now, whether in the country or dty, la compelled to work all the time
in order to make hi* living. If the boasted
mechanical achievements of the last century
and a half measure any degree of human
progress and the producers now have to work
all of the time to make a living, how long
must the worker of the olden time have been
compelled to work In order to live? The
fact of it is that, he never did work until he
was enslaved. The word "work" wa* not
invented until the slave was shackled and
then it became necessary to invent some
term to describe his state of beautitude.
Slave*, either biped or quadruped, work.
Free animals never work. Man la an ani-
n-afc and probably the most stupid of the
Id
*'* *     *     *
That machinery has lightened the labor
of man Is the great illusion. It has been the
means of perfecting his enslavement and
bringing it to its supreme culmination. It
need not be Inferred from this that no
machine could be devised that could serve
the purpose of tree men. Machines may be .
of auch a simple character as to be easily
made and operated by a single person and
enable him to gain by their use. But the
great machines that have been called into
being by the master class to conserve Its interests and enlarge Its power, cannot be utilised by wealth producers* to secure their
freedom and perpetuate it, for the simple
reason that such machinery practically In
its entirety is designed for and used only in
producing that which Is- absolutely useful
to a ruling class only. It may be readily
seen tbat if 75,000,000 tons of Iron were produced by the people of a* given country, and
by no stretch of the Imagination could such
an enormous quantity be . used up for any
< raential purpose, by that people, that all of
it above what should be legitimately required must be used on behalf of the useless
class, the ruling class. Now It so happens
that 75,000,000 tons of iron, produced in the
U- 8. last year, as has already been, mentioned, would. be equivalent to about four-
and-a-half tons per family in the country.
As it would require no more than one ton
of wheat to bread th* average family tor
a year. It would seem an absurdity that four-
and-a-half tons of Iron would be required
to satisfy tbe family needs In that line for
the same period. Try as we may to explain
it away we are still forced to the conclusion
that at least a very large part ot. that stupendous Iron production must be charged
\�� tbe account of the ruling class. The disposal of at least 74,000.000- tons of that output could scarce be accounted for In any
othsr manner. And the same is true of all
other lines of production outside of that of
toed, clothing, shelter and the few other
essential things of llfe._.
* * w
If thia useless production could be eat out
and the production of the necessary things of
life be distributed, as it should be, among
aU the people, so that all should once more
produce their own living, the day of human
freedom would have returned. The long
dark night of ���'work" would have ended.
Bit the great illusion that machinery ha*
improved the condition of man, or that it ia
easier to get a living by means of this huge,
complicated and enormously costly and
cumbersome mechanism than by the simpler.
teas costly, and lee* cumbersome tool* and
methods of the freedom of long ago;' must
first be removed from the minds of men.  It
is painful to note that this fatal illusion ia
yet 'a* firmly fixed in Ike mind* of those who
call themselves Socialists and rate aa the
most advanced thinkers of our time; as it
is in the mind of the dullest wage slave that
ever affirmed his freedom by bawling for a
job.
CHANGE THE OWNERSHIP
THE STOCK phrase dealing with- the
ownership of the modern machinery
of production indulged in by tbe average alleged Socialist ia "change the ownership ao that all- may enjoy the benefits of
the machine." Of course this change of
ownership Is to be from the capitalists to
i he people ss a whole Now that all sounds
fairly good, but wit] It make any difference
who owns and controls and operates an Industrial machine that ha* been built from
the ground up to conserve the interests of
a band of brigands? If ao how? If the purpose for which a certain part of thia boasted
industrial mechanism has been designed and
created has been to bring forth 75,000,000
tons of iron per annum, all but one million
tons of which is to be used solely tor ruling
cl&ss purposes, what sort of a change of ownership will b* required to turn the entire output to the i purposes of the new owners, the
"people," who having dumped their rulers
are how busily engaged in "running the iron
business?" Aa tbe iron output has previously
been used chiefly for the purpose of building
railways, factories, bridges, ships of war and
ships of trade, cannon, rifles, bombs, shells,
prisoner's cages, skyscrappera, funnels and
a multitude of similar junk useful to the
ruling class only, what things other than
those already mentioned are the new owner*
going to turn out for the benefit of themselves and tbeir heirs ana assign* forever
after? If the new owners come Into possession of a coal producing mechanism with a
A* to final payment, however, there seems
no- the slightest, doubt, and because of thia
there is probably no word ��� in the language
ot men that hath a more satisfying sound
than that very word "payment."
��� *   a **
One of the greatest discoveries ever mad*
by man is that of how to pay for things whan
filer* I* nothing on earth wherewith to make
| payment,  and at the earn*  time make tha
recipient of such payment actually believe
fthat payment has been rendered. Thia baa
happily been provided for by the invention
and use of what ia termed money. The story
of money is a tale of one of the most Interesting and widely prevalent superstitions
that has ever fastened itself upon the mind
of men.
. ',   ���'.���*   .*'"   *	
rifling class enterprises, to what .purpose are
the new owners going to turn this sizeable
output of black diamonds? And so we might
ask in regard to each and every part of thia
essentially ruling class industrialism. ��� Of
course it will be said by some that "we are
going to establish production for use," aad
thst will settle it Will it? If production
for use should call for only one million tons
of Iron where ruling class requirements had
colled for 75,000,000, then It would mean
the abandonment of that mighty machine of
iron and steel production and the substituting therefore of a number of tar smaller
units of production ao situated as to make
it possible to distribute the product by means
of some simpler and less costly method of
transportation, for let it be known that the
huge transportation system of today Is part
and parcel of that mighty mechanism of exploitation that turns out 75,000,000 tons of
iron bete, 700,000.000 tons of coal there,
arc a multifarious assortment of ruling class
requirements otherwise In similar huge and
expensive quantities. Either the Industrial
establishment of capitalism remain* Intact
and continues to serve the purpose for which
it has been designed and created, or it goes
down and out,,no matter whether It changes
ownership or not.
w     *     *
The only sort of things that can be produced, upon a gigantic scale and by the Use
of machinery Is that which Is being produced
today. And that production implies a ruling
class at the top and a slave at the bottom.
It means powerful exploiters In the "saddle
of authority and miserably exploited and
tortured working animals eking out a narrow existence under the .lash of necessity.
Either the slaves will rise, seize the reins
ot power, take charge of the capitalist machine of exploitation ''and murder, and dismantle it piece by piece and at$n> by step,
sloughing off that which. Is no longer essential and turning the workers hitherto employed In useless ruling class production to
the production of their own essential things,
or the whole establishment will soon be in
collapse and all will go down In one common
ruin. There must be' an ultimate beyond
which human alavery cannot go. Then It must
perish. There are many signs upon the social
horizon tbat Indicate the end is close at hand.
'The earnest form of exchange of which
we have any knowledge consisted of tha
direct barter of one thing for another, but
as trade spread its tentacles over an ever
widening field It became more and mora
impossible for the owner of a given commodity who wished to acquire some other
specific commodity in exchange therefor, to
find an owner of the desired commodity who
would be agreeable to such an exchange.
It then became necessary to select soma
specific commodity to function as a sort of
go-between in the -matter of the exchange
of commodities, a commodity that'would be
of universal acceptance for that particular
purpose. Many different commodities have
been used at different time* and hi different
countries, but gold Has' long since becom*
the universally accepted commodity for th*
purpose of exchange. All other commodities
are now compared to gold in order.to translate then* exchange value into the monetary
terms with which the various governments
of the earth have endowed that particular
metal. In Canada and the United State*
th* term "dollar" 1* applied.   A dollar con-
a     ���*���>      a.*- a ... WWiWH *0     S�� |/f* S S V U. ��*.     UUII��I       VW
^Eft"*^ 'i,��*'ati��ra.P*r ***"**��� fl �������� ��* ��** *"*** ot ����ld nine-tenths fine;
I*., nine parts pure gold and one part alloy.
The value in exchange of all commodities
bought    and  sold  In  the market are  first
translated into this money term of "dollars"
and traction* thereof, and exchanges are
then made upon that baste. The amount of
enslaved labor equipped with the modern
appliances for efficiently exploiting slaves,
that is embodied in tbe production of any'
given commodity, as compared to the amount
of enslaved labor, similarly equipped, ra*
quired to produce 25.8 grains of gold, deter'
mines the exchange value of said commodity
expressed in terms of money. If the amount
of enslaved labor required to produce the
commodity in question waa the same a* that
required to produce the amount of gold contained in one dollar, the exchange value of
such commodity would be rated at one dollar. If more enslaved1 labor waa required to
produce the aforesaid commodity than the
gold, its exchange value would be more than
one dollar, and If leas was required its exchange value would be expressed in aom*
fraction of a dollar. ���    ��
"',<��� '      *    * "V*
The production ot the metal, gold, at ho
time constitutes In value more than an in-
flnitesmal portion of the total /commodity
values produced. Such being tbe case no
argument is necessary to clearly show the
utter impossibility of gold being capable of
being usea as a means/of payment. If a
million dollar*'-worth of commodities were
produced and sold, Including say/$50,000 in
gold, it is manifestly apparent that the gold
could not pay tor" what had been produced
and sold. And it should not be forgotten
that the gold Is produced by the same enslaved labor that produces the other
commodities.    In Itself the gold Is but one
\ commodity in aa extended list of commodities. AH the function it ever did play, or
play* yet, in trade, commerce and exchange,
ia as a generally accepted means of determining the relative exchange values of commodities. Itself among the number. Every
time the exchange value of a commodity is
translated Into terms of gold, at the same
t>me the exchange value ot gold it translated
into th* terms of that commodity. For > instance, if a barrel of flour is quoted In th*
market a* worth $10, it Is equivalent to
quoting that amount of gold aa worth one
barrel ot flour.
j *���-.*    *     .���
The  products of labor enter the market
���_-__B_aBB_B_aB_VMS-ni.     in  endless   procession  as  commodities  for
F THERE is a greater pleasure hi life   sale end they continue to loiter of wander;
than   can   be   found   In   buying  thing*    ftbout ��� commodities until some purchaser
cheao   It m*. aallin- ta.�� t��� -��.- ��.��.     wu   th#m   ^^   ^   ���,���,<����   by   i^qUirlng
poasesstoh for the purpose of consuming
them. In the market there ta a perfect babel
of buying and selling, every one trying to
buy cheap and sell dear. There is haggling
and.trickery and cheating and swindling
and every other sinful-thing Imaginable, but
there Is no honesty. Ia tact the market If
no place for an honest man. Above the
gates of the world market place should be
writ large the words "Abandon honesty, all
y* who enter here:" The reason of It Is not
far to. seek. In the first place good*, mer-
 . chandlse,   commodities    can   not enter  the
them for more than he paid aad thereby turn. L*},Br}(tt except they are first produced, and
-����. ��.��.-�� -~n-~ �����*--��i���   ��� ������.- ��� | j^ ^ produced by labor.    And It requires
a peculiar type of labor to bring forth commodities, thing* for sale In a world market.
Tt require* an enslaved, an exploited labor,
to do It    The market, the trad* and com-
(Continued on Pag* Five)
THE FINANCIAL PROBLEM
F THERE is a greater pleasure in life
than can be found In buying things
cheap, it is in setting them, for more than
they cost. It i* especially pleasant and soothing to the bourgeois soul, for it i* the only
way that has ever yet been discovered to
i.-ct something for nothing and do It honestly.
For Instance If the labor power of a slave
fat bought for a dollar per day and the product of that labor power is sold for two
dollars, the enterprising purchaser of labor
power has cleared a dollar through his business sagacity, the slave has' been paid for
what he did, no one else has been wronged.
Then again our enterprising trader may purchase other goods than labor power and sell
mora honest dollar* or pennies, a* the
may be. Probably the most iterestlng and
satisfactory feature of all of this buying,
snd selling is that everything, apparently.
1*'either paid for oa the spot, or arrangements mutually satisfactory are made whereby payment 'will  be  forthcoming  later  on. ���m^m
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IKE MEW BYMH OP HATE
WE HAVE all heard of the
"hymn of hate" invented by
the Germans as an expression of their
J/npotent spleen against their especial
enemies, the English. It was the most
childishly silly attempt to stir the
baser passions of the German people,
and thereby make it possible to drive
them to still further atrocities against
those who had evidently put a vexatious sprag in front of the kaiser's
war chariot. The effort fell flat, as
such ridiculous and childish performances should, snd the silly affair has
been by now well nigh forgotten. No
worthy cause was ever aided by such
execrable means ss that of appealing
to the baser passions and meaner instincts of human kind. It has always
been the practice of the criminal and
vulgar elements in human society to
instigate quarrels between different
sections of the nations or peoples of
the earth, whenever such differences
and quarrels could promise to bring
grist to the mill of the sinister interests
involved. Too often have alleged religious differences, political differences
and prejudices of nationality been used
to stir up strife and contention among
the unthinking horde, while unclean
and baneful interests got away with
their plunder under cover of the fog
and confusion they had deliberately
sttirred up. Another attempt is now
being made to stir the base passions
thst are peculiar to certain stages of
human ignorance, and throw this
dominion into an internecine infamy
in order that the vulgar and brutal
interests that rule and rob Canada may
evade the keeping of the promise made
by their government to those who were
��� sent forth to do the bloody work of
, the ruling class in Europe.
1 - * . Ji-   * .
The new hymn of hate is not of
German origin. It is Canadian born.
It is  being sung by every criminal
- snd vulgar supporter and agent of the
present regime snd every rogue who
, has chestnuts in the fire which he
hopes to pull out while the row is on.
This precious hymn of hate is directed
at what is termed the "alien enemy"
within the Dominion. This of course
means every person horn in Germany,
Austria-Hungary, Bulgaria, Turkey and
not to forget the "Bolsheviki,"
whether born in Russia or any other
vn-British land. Not that these "enemy
aliens" are. real enemies or that they
have taken part in any enemy activities
during the late scrap, but they are
to be made the goat for the sins of
the precious rulers of this much-be-
muded Dominion who find themselves
unable to furnish the employment they
so lavishly promised the soldiers upon
their return from the battlefields of
Europe. That there are some hundreds
of thousands of these alleged "enemy
aliens" in Canada is well known. That
they have been induced to come here
by the very interests that are now
cheerfully prepared to sacrifice them
> to the vengeance of a riotous mob of
their own incitement, is also well
known. That they have as a rule come
here in perfect good faith and have
made good in every way that constitutes seemly conduct snd profitable
behaviour, according to the curriculum duly made and provided by the
ruling class itself, Is beyond question.
But that they are to be sacrificed to
the mercy of the mob, in order that
jobs may be furnished to the returned
men who have saved the4 country for
the masters and owners of all jobs,
and whose supply of jobs fails far
short of the immediate requirements
through' nosaiault of the job chasers
themselves, is painfully apparent. In
ether words a ruling class thst is and
has always been intellectually bank>
nipt, and which is now bankrupt in
every other imaginable way, is evidently inciting those whom it has outraged by the making of promises which
it cannot keep, and probably never
intended to keep, to vent their spleen
upon innocent working people who
have never done them any harm, but
unfortunately for themselves happen
to have been born upon the wrong
side of an imaginary line drawn by
the ruling class itself. That such incitement is both brutal and cowardly
goes without saying, and whether it
be incited by the government and the
interests whose supine tool that government is, or is pulled off by an irresponsible mob of massed ignorance
rnd cowardice, like unto the mob that
pelted the gentle Nazarene with rocks
and filth as he toiled up Calvary
neath the burden of his cross, matters
not, for in either case it will be an
infsmy that has not to our knowledge
been duplicated in the history of German autocracy. And then perhaps it
v ill prove a trap deftly laid by designing rogues to afford excuse for
using such drastic measures, against
the mob thus incited to unlawful practices, as to relieve both the pension
fond and the over-crowded labor market. There are many things in the
philosophy of ruling class rascality that
��s not always apparent to the un-
sophlseated observer.
*' *, * .
The threat now pending of a crusade
of brutality against "aliens" who happen to be born in the wrong* place,
according to the dictum of the ruling
class incited mob, is a direct threat
against the entire working class. The
organized labor forces of this Dominion
whether organised in unions oi politics! movements, should take up the
challenge at ones and let it be known
tiiat any attack upon so-called "alien
enemies" will be considered as an attack upon the organised labor forees
of the country. If there are any persons in Canada, ei'her workers or exploiters, who have been guilty of offense deserving of the cowardly penalty of being excluded from, or more
' properly , speaking driven from the
country, let no such penalty be imposed except as a result of a fair and
open trial and clearly established guilt.
We have heard a lot about "British
fair play," but the brutal and cowardly
suggestion tbat any person should be
driven from the country without some
clearly established reason warranting
such expulsion, is equivalent to the
placing of all pretence of "fair play"
in the long category of blatant hypocrisies that are peculiarly British. We
have been fed full of "Hun" atrocities.
We have got a fairly ample supply
of atrocities to the credit of this Dominion already. There are several, hundred thousand alleged human beluga
in Canada that could be far better
spared than the so-called "alien enemies" in question- At least the
"aliens" pay their own way through
life, but there is an army of^jruling
class and exploiting ruffians and bargain counter rogues that never yet
nissed a meal or paid a cent. The
"alien enemies'* have never, yet been
accused of either resorting to mob
rule and riot or of stooping so low
as to incite others to do so. They are
I evidently too decent for that sort of
uplift work, and too devoid of
cowardice to indulge in i��. And if mob
rule and the .cowardly brutality of
which it is the legitimate expression
is to become the moral and ethical
code of Canadian civilization, it will
soon become necessary to enforce any
deportations, for every decent person
will be only too glad to deport himself. When mob rule becomes the order
of the day, the civilisation of which
it is an expression has about reached
its end. Its obsequies will speedily follow. It is up to the workers to at
once call a halt upon this threatened
resort to mob violence, for no other
Kpart of present civilisation has either
the power jor the decency to do it.
Let the pr*4ent Canadian hymn of hate
meet with the same fate as that of the
"Hun". Let it be thrown into the discard and none longer be so vulgar as
to attune their cowardly souls to its
inhuman notes.
*������: * ������.
At the time of the armistice the
Bethlehem Steel Corporation of the
United States employed 135,000 workers in its operations. Since the armistice 15,000 have been discharged. It is
not a matter of record that even the
greatest slave masters of ancient times
ever had such an enormous number
of slaves as that It is stated in history
that tbe building of the Egyptian pyramids required the labor of- 100,000
captive dews for 20 years, but the
135,000 captives of the Bethlehem Corporation built a pyramid of guns,
shells, ammunition .and similar ruling
class precious things totalling $500,-
000,000 worth during the year 1918.
That old Egyptian slavery was evidently lacking in efficiency as compared to that of this enlightened age
of freedom and democracy. Slavery has
indeed made great progress since the
days of the Pharoahs. The slaves are
now so powerful, due to being armed
with gigantic mechanical instruments
of exploitation, that they can turn
stone piles, like those upon the banks
of the Nile, "while you wait." And it
is s pleasure to record that they are
just about as tame and spiritless now
as they were 3,000 years ago. Even
then they went on strike against making bricks without straw, and they
still strike for equally weighty reasons.
Thus do they mark progress.
The "kaisers" are not all in Holland.
* *    *   -.,
Having fought for democracy, where
is it?
*.*..*.
Capitalism knows no national lines.
Why should labor?
* a    *
By the way,1 who brought the
^aliens" and Orientals to this country?
* *    *
The ruling class, the world over, is
working overtime digging its own grave.
* *    *
Can the-man who double-crosses his
friends expect to avoid being double-
crossed?
*... *    *
Skulking in the background is the
same "enemy" of the working class in
every country.
* *    *
Keep your eye on the lsbor official
Mho is out for a soft government job.
1 here IS a reason.
���    w    *    *
Why should any man or woman,
ready and willing to work, be deprived
of the opportunity?
* *    *
A "general strike" on election day
would accomplish more in One day
than'by the old method in one year.
^T": *   *   *
The accredited "representatives" of
labor are generally elected by wage-
workers. Others don't wait to be elected.
* *    *
Uncle Sam succeeded in buying up
during war time, most of the A.F. of L.
officials by placing them on the payroll
There is.plenty, of food, clothing and
vealth of every description in the
world. What the workers need is access to it.
v *    * '  *'
Peter Wright, a British ruling elass
propagandist, has been with us. Yes
indeed. He kept fitting company for hit
kind while in Canada.
* *    *
As even a "reform" government the
Farris-Oliver aggregation at Victoria ia
tie most colossal failure on record-
It is too dead to skin.
* *   *
The Union government may probably
solve the unemployed problem by ap-
1'ointing additional commissions''royal'*
and otherwise, to "investigate," etc.,
ete��-
* *    * ���
As soon ss a labor "leader" enjoys
the confidence of old-party politicians
it is* about time for the membership to
take a hand, under the head of election
of officers.
* *    *
Labor "leaders" the world over are
finding it more difficult each day to
serve two masters. The membership
has decided to take a hand in its own
stewardship. '
Ontario bankers and business men
have decided it would be all right to
deport "aliens," but prefer that they
he compelled to leave their money behind���preferably on deposit.
* *    *
The press censorship has been lifted!
in Canada���at least in Vancouver. The
workers did it themselves, despite th*
"leaders" who were considered "safe"
by the military and governmental authorities.
* a   *
What do you mean���"the listening
post?" Simply this: There is no guarantee of privacy on B. C. Telephone Co.
"etool-pidgeons" know, and report, any
conversation deemed necessary in the
conduct of their business.
'*���*���*���.
When one comes to think, of it, it
could hardly be expected of Aid. Shelly
I o advocate the establishment of a municipal bakery. Nor Aid. Kirk to be in
favor of municipal laundries. Like the
fleas on the dog���that's the way they
make .their living.
 ���������* , **>;':;���
PLASHES AND RUMBLINGS ALONG
THE SOCIAL HORIZON
(Continued from Page One)
 : '-��� 1 .' ";������''���,���:��� - -
"Bolsheviki", that is spread broadcast
throughout the land, there is more than
sufficient evidence leaking through to
warrant the assertion that in Russia today there is less of disorder, violence,
and brutality to be found than in any
other country of the earth. Internal unrest, strikes, inhibitions against free
speech, and a free press, police brutality,
military terrorism and the many similar
blessings with which we are so familiar
are not in evidence there, under "Bolsheviki" rule, under the "dictatorship
of the proletariat." The only evidence
of the blessed civilisation that we enjoy
and of which we are so eminently proud
that is to be found in Russia now is
at those points where thst glorious civilization is upheld by the bayonets of
Canada, the United States and their
soulful allies. Were it not for the armed
cut-throats of other countries now in
Russia there would be no disorder and
violence there. The remnants of the old
and murderous regime of the czars
would hav> long since either* have become reconciled to the new order, the
order of the proletariat, an order of
peace, decency and brotherhood, or have
absconded to some other land where
they eould still fraternize with others of
their ilk whom the workers pf those
lands are still simple enough to tolerate
as rulers, robbers and all around
nuisances. But even a* it is Russia is
the only really bright spot upon the map. ,',J. Ml,
THURSDAY......February   IS.   If It
Interpretation of the
World Situation
(Continued from Pag* Three)
ti*erce ot the World 1* but th* means whereby the master* of slaves realise on the
plunder they take from thoee staves, by
tiansmutlng it into an ever extending empire
of pomp and power throughout tbe earth.
Without trade arid commerce to spread
their plunder aad convert It into continually
Increasing means and power Of further exploitation, even to the uttermost part* of
the earth, this capitalist civilisation whose
boasted grandeur is based solely upon the
plunder of slaves, would collapse like a
house of cards. ' . ���
..,*.*.*
If tha workers, the slave* of modern in-
duatriallam and of th* Bold and forest, produce all the wealth that is poured into the
market* of the world, it is manifestly im-
pcssible that the producers, the enslaved
wcikere, can receive any payment therefor.
-As they produce all exchange value and it
to taken from them, it must be taken without payment, there being nothing outside
of what they produce wherewith to make
such payment. As there ia nothing wherewith to make any payment to the producers
of all wealth, by the same token I* there
ncthing wherewith the trading fraternity,
whose delectable function it Is to dispose of
tbe plunder, can render payment one to another when transferring this wealth from
hand to hand aad disposing of it. Aa there
ia nothing to pay for th* wealth produced
in the first place, there can be nothing with
which to make any payment whatsoever at
any subsequent Urn*. The plain fact to that
���love* produce wealth for their master* for
ncthing, and th* trade and commerce of
those masters to the means whereby that
wealth to turned to ruling class purpose*,
either by being eaten up, worn out, shot
away, or turned Into additional capital for
the purpose of extending the empire of
exploitation and torture more completely
over the earth.
, *     *     *
Under'the earlier forms of slavery the
slaves were shackled and driven under the
tosh without any other pretense than that
ot the power to do ao. It has been left for
this last stage of alave civilisation to cover
up its loathsome tracks of rule aad robbery
under tbe lying and hypocritical pretense
of payment. The slaves are taught to believe that they are paid for their misery,
and the world of trade, commerce, finance,
diplomacy aad government seems to be as
completely deluded as tbe slave* themselves.
Either.that or our statesmen, business magnates, big and little, financiers, professors,
preachers, and all that rag-tag and bobtail
intellectual horde that boosts for the ruling
class and defends Its crimes, are the veriest
liars and hypocrite* that ever went unhung.
All tbe pretenses of ruling class civilisation
are false, but^none more completely so than
the pretense that anything in the nature of
wealth produced by labor Is. ever paid for
except by the sweat and misery of the enslaved workers who bring it forth. This
bloody war that has been on for th* tost
four years has been paid for in full by those
who fought It and those whose labor brought
forth the wherewith to carry on its glorious
work. Millions died upon th* battlefield
and million* more have been crippled for
life. '-> Other millions worked themselves to
tie bone in order to keep up tbe murderous
game. And still other counties* million*
have been starved and trampled under foot
without mercy by the ravaging host of heroic
souls bent upon murder and devastation at
the behest of conscienceless ruler* and military rufflana. Aad half th* world or more
has been and la still being swept by pestilence, taking deadly toll for tbe iniquities of
-ruffianly ruler* and their bloody regfjne.
Pay for the war? The bUl has already been
paid In full In the misery, th* agony, th*
suffering, the death and devastation that has
already been Inflicted upon tbe sons and
daughters of men. aad ft will be paid again
and again by the agonies yet to come to the
counties* crippled victims of the awful holo-
caut and the endless train of evil* that will
long follow In its bloody and devastating
wtke. And that to all the payment that can
ever be mad*.
* * *
Outside of the very limited amount of
socalled metal money la existence all money
to merely an unredeemable promise to pay.
Metal money such as gold, silver, copper,
etc., carries the commodity value of the
metal of which It to made, but even this
exchange value la na case function* a* payment It to merely an equivalent in exchange
fot some other commodity. In spite of all
the efforts of ruler* and their financial
sharps to endow gold and silver with supernatural and mysterious powers, they still
remain ta the category of simple and ordinary commodities, Just Ilk* Iron, flour, leather
or any other. Paper money to nothing bat
a promise to pay, that can never, be redeemed. No matter how many times it may
change hands in the procesae* ot exchange
It at ill remains a* persistently . unredeemable as before, aad continues serenely upon
tt* way a* an    Immortal falsehood.    The
*
?,HE   LABOR   STAR
PAG* FIVE
3
reason that payment can not be mad* and
the. promise made good, to the same as tbat
which first called it into being. Thereto
nothing and there can be nothing wherewith
payment can be made. Paper money carries
no commodity value in exchange, for It costs
next to nothing to produce It, One* issued
it remains forever as a demand against such
products as th* slaves of ruling das* production may bring forth, to the amount
Indicated by the figure* upoa its face. It
functions as a perpetual order upon th*
ruling claass warehouse, trie contents of
which are as perpetually replenished, for
nothing,' by the toil and sweat of the enslaved producers of all wealth. It has been
wisely ordained by the benign providence
tnat presides over the destinies of the grand
game of exploiting slaves and building vulgar
and grandiloquent empire* out of the plunder, that only sufficient money (orders on
the warehouse) shall be allotted to the
���lave* to enable them to lift therefrom Just
enough food, ate, to keep them��� in reasonably good working condition, upon tte same
principle that a horse, ass or ox to allowed
only the amount necessary to enable them
to efficiently draw the plow or cart. The
mule is also treated la tha same Judicious
and commendable manner.'
*"���   *    *
This immortal falsehood called money,
this accumulation of promises to pay that
can never be kept, thia flimflam and subterfuge well calculated to camouflage the coarse
and ruffianly art of ruling and robbing slaves
with a semblance ot decency and freedom,
constitutes the sa -rosanct capital of the
w�� rid. Issued by authority Of tbe masters
cf the slave* and the warehouse, as rapidly
as It to Issued aad sent forth upon its pretended mission of "payment" it returns with
equal npidlty to tbe source from'whence ;t
came, even a* a "dog returns to bis vomit,"
ther* to be recorded to the.credit of It* individual owners, the industrial, commercial
and financial brigands and pirates who stand
supreme master* of the slav* camp of ruling
class civilization. All bonds, stocks,, deeds,
debentures, loans, investments, and other
paper evidences of socalled property ownership belong in ta* same category aa paper
money. They are all in th* nature of orders
upon the production of the future, that can
never be met and can only be gotten rid of
by,complete repudiation.
*     *     *
The alleged payment of a note, bond or
any other form' of debt, pays nothing. It
merely transfers an order upon the future
from one person or persons to another or
others, The debt still remains unpaid. The
older upon the future stIU pursues the "even
tenor of its way'' a* aa Immortal flimflam.
The socalled payment of a note or bond, or
an} other obligation always set* up other
obligations in its place so tbat tbe result
upon the sum total of the world debt, capital, investment or money, whichever you
prefer to call it, remain* nil. Cheque* drawn
upon bank* merely transfer evidence of debt
from one account to another. A, draws a
cheque In favor of Z. In payment for merchandise, let us say. Upon presentation of
the cheque at the bank the amount called
foi is charged to A. and credited to the
account of Z. The bank now owe* Z, what
it formerly owed A. There is neither more
nor less wealth In existence than before and
the total debt of the world remains unchanged. AU financial transactions ar* of
the same character, no matter whether they
arc carried out by the exchange of cheques,
currency or other means of financial
Jugglery. Th* raising of the huge "Victory"
and "Liberty" loans, even If it be granted
tbat either victory or liberty could be yoked
up wl'th a pawnshop device, neither increased
cr decreased the sum total of th* world's
debt. What the governments borrowed wa*
debt already In existence; promises to pay
that could never be met. These figures,
either upon bank note* held by individual*
or upon bank ledger* to the credit of individuals, were transferred to government
account. Instead of the banks then owing
the individuals who purchased the bonds,.,
the governments owed such persona. Where
tbe banks were formerly debtors to depositors and note holders, the government*
aoaaumed the obligation and the bank* were
released. The world's debt had not been
either Increased nor lessened. The govern-
.ment* at once proceeds to turn toon* the
brave array of figures representing debt
that can never be paid, by making payments
for supplies in the shape of war material*,
cannon food, etc.. and, lo and behold! these
brave figure* representing wealth that ha*
been wrung from slave* without reoompense
or reward, march solemnly back via the
channel* of exchange and one* more perch
with "grave aad stern decorum" in orderly
columa upon the aam* old roost from which
they were seat forth to do battle for "victory" and "liberty," via, tbe pages of the
bank ledger*. . Tbe debt of the world to
neither more nor less than before. Not an
order upon the future toil and sweat or
tlaves has been cancelled. The magnitude
of the impoealbl* I* in statu quo.- The
greatest loans in all history have been successfully "floated" by the eminent financiers
whom divine providence hath appointed to
finance us and the sacred cause of "victory"
and "liberty" has tha* been happily ada-
vunced. as far at least a* it is possible to do
so by mean* of "bond*." The term "floated"
to need advisedly, for We are not unmindful
of the fact that it is only those thing* thai
happen to be properly ballasted with specific
gravity, that can be "floated" at all. The
trade of financing being so very simple and
so much more easily learned than half-soling
shoes or pressing pants, it to a matter of
wonder why so many keen aad intellectuaUy
capable men persist In learning and follow-
ig those intricate and difficult trades, ln\
preference to the comparative sinecure of
merely shuffling figures upon scraps of paper
and bank book*. And then too, the half-
soler of shoes might, through an unlucky
slip of hto knife, eat hto thumb and thus
incapacitate himself for a considerable
period, or the pants-prees'er might spoil his
customers' breeches with too hot aa * toon,
thereby causing at least some material loss,
but the financier, the juggler of figures,
might so mess up the whole lot' that they
could never be again properly rearranged
and sorted out, and not a penny of material
Has would occur, not even as much as a cut
thumb would result    '
*   * '.*:
If the total capital ta the world at a given
time amounted to let us aay $1,000,000,SO��,
and tbe result of th* exploitation of the
���lave* durlag th* next twelve month* increased that capital to tl.500.ooo.000, that
increment would represent what Marx has
termed "surplus value." The following year
would register a *till farther increase, for
It .la an axiom that "capital" must bring to
its owners a profit or it can not continue to
function, and th* world would thus be left
In a terrible plight. At toast that to -what
we are told by those who are supposed to
know all about it, and who are we that dare
dispute Itr Now as all money, bonds, stocks,
debentures, mortgages, investments, titles of
Ownership and paper evidences of property
constituting what to termed capital, happen
to all be merely evidences of debt held
against the future, and debt that can never
be liquidated, aa ha* already been shown,
aid aa all of thto heretofore mysterious ruling class Junk steadily increase* each year
in volume, It may readily be seen that the
great problem forcing Itself upon the so-
called financial world, to not hew to provide
"capital" sufficient to meet all" requirements,
but bow to prevent the complete bankruptcy
of thto slave civilization, through the accumulation of such an overwhelming mass of
this debt (capital) that ultimately the hoax
of Its pretended value will expos* itself to
even the dullest slave that ever worshipped
at the shrine of hto masters. And that
accumulation' of debt can not be stopped or
even checked, for the more highly developed
becomes the art of skinning slaves and converting their hides Into "surplus value," the
more rapid become* the augmentation of
capital; the. greater in magnitude become*
the total of the world'* debt. Kvery dollar
of capital, of debt expressed by the paper
fl-mflams already enumerated, represent*
wealth that has been wrung from the exploitation of slaves In the past without recom-*
pei.se or reward. The volume of it now ta
existence, great though it be, measures but
a tithe of that which has been squeezed from
the slave* of the past, for each dollar, each
lying promise, repeats over and over again'
tr-o process of relieving slaves of their labor
power and products, without the rude necessity of first hitting the mover the head with
a dab. The sum total of this debt, which
even great statesmen like Lloyd George and
Woodrow Wilson often refer to as "our
notional wealth," is the sum of the accumulated 'Surplus value" that ruling class cunning ana brutality has realized from the
wine press of slavery, since the mailed fist
and the Jackboot of feudalism gave way to
the hypocrisy of "democracy" and the lie of
payment. And the sum grow* greater each
year with a regularity that to, figuratively
speaking, i terrifying to the financiers of the
world. , And it is nothing but figures.
Figures on bankbooks, bonds, stocks, currency, and such artifices and subterfuges
that pas* for real wealth, In the mind* of
those who know no better, the statesmen,
diplomats, financiers and wise guys generally.    There are schoolboy* not above th*
age or
that a promise to pay a bushel of wheat, is
not a bushel of wheat, and more especially
If the wheat has aot even been planted yet
Rut there are millions of adults running
around loose who" haven't sense enough to
know that a promise to pay, when there
never,was anything, to nothing now, and can
never be anything to pay with, is not payment but a d������d lie There are millions,
wbo believe that figure* representing huge
amounts of weaalth that have been taken
from slaves ta the past, wtihout ao much as
by your leave, and that ha* long since been
consumed and forgotten, are really wealth.
Some there ar* who * fancy that oae who
accumulates those figures to any considerable extent ta guilty of accumulating wealth.
But the truth to that If all thoee figure* were
wiped off the slate, and could never be resurrected, there would be Just a* mtfch wealth
In existence as before. The whple thing to
a swindle, a hoax, a grotesque farce, a
clumsy camouflage, that has long done good
service ta blinding the slave to his slavery
-and deluding him Into a lusty* belief In hto
own freedom. While It to the frailest yoke
e\er put upon the necks of staves, the pretense of freedom arid the lie of payment has
done, and to still doing, better service to
holding them in docility to the torture chamber .sad shambles of exploitation, than aay
previous method known to the owner* and
ruler* of human chattels.
Tbe financial problem to Indeed some
problem when you. once begin to understand
It The world's wealth, measured in figure*
o? debt to rapidly becoming so great that
even the greatest financiers are puzzled to
know how to longer successfully administer
it Everybody must admit tfiat they have
dene an excellent Job so far, bat It may be
easily possible that it will prove to be be-
yend eve* tbe ablest financial brains to n��*he
such an enormous mass of figures represent-
teg nothing but a materiafdmposaiblUty, forever continue' to so comport themselves as ,
net to disclose the fact that there to nothing
behind theni but nothing, and that even the
realizable value of that is of most doubtful
certainty, for no one can ��� look tar enough
Ii to the future to accurately determine what
nothing will be worth then. At any rate It
is some financial problem for those brainy
financiers of the world whose mission in life
U to demonstrate how a ruling class can get
everything for nothing, pay everybody for
everything they either do or s*U when there
is nothing to pay with, and at th* same time
amass hundreds of billions of dollars of
wealth although all that to produced Is consumed sa fast as brought Into being. Also
hoar nations, either singly or collectively,
can get rich by accumulating figures of what
dees not exist because It has all been consumed, and If *o why are not all of the
nations lately engaged In the "Fatherhood
of God and Brotherhood of Man" row, actually far richer now than they were before
that christian love feast broke loose? They
sorely never had so much figurative wealth
before, but they will fatter on, no doubt A
great problem, that financial one. The more
it to probed Into the greater it become*.
That is, th* greater Joke It becomes, but the
stove to the butt of the Joke. There Is little
doubt about that
������- ! -r-* i ,
After having lost 9,000,000 tons of
shipping through the enemy use of
submarines Greet Britain is now in
favor of placing an international ban
upon the future use of that delightfully efficient instrument of high class
civilization. Perhaps she does not relish
the literal application of the dictum
that "they who live by the sword shall
perish by the sword." And yet it is
not exactly clear why the submarine
should be discriminated against and
the same fate be not administered to
the remaining instruments of ruling
class brutality, slaughter and destruction. Of course Britain can no longer
pose as custodian and defender of the
"freedom of the seas" unless the
deadly sub is banned. She will lose
Iter proud title of "mistress of the
seas," for the use of the submarine
during the late unpleasantness has
clearly demonstrated the power of that
christian weapon of offence and defence to sweep the seas of all surface
craft. But the plain fact is that there
will be neither freedom of the seas
nor freedom upon the land until the
ruling crass snd all of its tools and
instruments of slavery, devastation and.
murder have been put under the ban
by the intelligent action of an
awakened and revolutionary working
class.
* ;.'*    *
"Six weeks ago the British relaxed
import regulations on a long list of
commodities. Following this came an
awakening to the fact that there was
no money to pay for them, and that
buying must be stopped unless a loan
from this government (U. S.) was
forthcoming. If England can get credits
the movement of cotton will be accelerated." The above from Boston
News Bureau, a leading financial
journal, need not necessarily be taken
as an indication that even the greatest
financial nations of the earth have been
forced to the very brink of complete
end irretrievable, bankruptcy by the
events of the past snd their grand
(till-!ination of the last four years., If
individuals, however, were compelled
to borrow in order to longer exist
nn<J there was no one from whom to
borrow that was not also broke, it
eertainly would be a situation not altogether calculated to breed a spirit
of robust optimism. It would be,, too-
powerfully suggestive of universal
bankruptcy. But if capitalist civilization itself affords a never ending procession of evidences ^Of swiftly approaching bankruptcy, who shall be
justly blamed for harboring serious
loubts as to its continued stability and
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By N. LENIN
Moscow, August 20, 1918.
Comrades: A Russian Bolshevik who
participated in the Revolution of 1905
and for many years afterwards lived
in your country has' offered to transmit this letter to you. I have grasped
this opportunity joyfully for the revol-,
ution&ry proletariat of America���insofar as it is the enemy of American
imperialism���is destined to perform an
important task at this time.
The history of modern���'civilized
America opens with one of those really
revolutionary wan of liberation of
which there have been so, few compared with the enormous number of
wars of conquest that were caused*
like the present imperialistic war, by
squabbles among kings, landholders,
and capitalists over the division of ill-
gotten lands-aud profits. It was a war
of the American people against the
English who despoiled America of its
resources and held in colonial subjection, just as their "civilized" descendants are draining the life-blood of
hundreds of millions of human beings
in India, EgypJ and all corners and
ends of the world to keep them in
subjection. >
Since that war 150 years have passed.
Bourgeois civilization has born' its most
most luxuriant fruit. By developing
the productive forces of organized
human labor, by utilising machines
and all the wonders of technique
America has taken the first place
among free and civilized nations. But
at the same time America, like a fe��
other nations, has become characteristic for the depth of tha abyss that
divide a handful of brutal millionaires
Mho are stagnating in a mire of luxury, and millions of laboring starving
men and women who are always staring want in the face.
Four years of imperialistic slaughter
have left their trace. Irrefutably and
clearly events have shown to the people
that both imperialistic groups, the English aa well as the German, have been
playing false. The four years of War
have shown in their effects the great
law of capitalism in all wars; that he
who is richest and mightiest profits
the most, takes the greatest share of
the spoils while he who is weakest is
exploited, martyred, oppressed and out-
raped to the utmost.
In the number of its colonial possessions, English imperialism has always been more powerful, than any
of the other countries. England has
lost not a span of its "acquired"
land. On the other hand it has acquired
control of all German colonies in
Africa, has occupied Mesopotamia and
Palestine. V
German imperialism was stronger
because of the wonderful organization
and ruthless discipline of "its" armies,
but so far as colonies are concerned
is much weaker than its opponent. It
has now lost all of its colonies, but has
robbed hslf of Europe and throttled
most of the small countries and weaker
peoples. What a high conception of
"liberation" on either sMe! How well
. they have defended their fatherlands,
these "gentlemen" of both groups, the
Anglo-French and the German capitalists together with their lackeys, .the
Social-Patriots. ���
American plutocrats are wealthier
than those of any other country partly
Lecause they are geographically mere
I favorably "��� situated. They "have made
the greatest profits. They have made
all, even the weakest countries, their
debtors. They \ have amassed gigantic
fortunes during the war. And every
dollar is stained with the blood that
was shed by millions of murdered and
crippled men, shed in the high, honorable'and'-holy war of freedom.
Had the Anglo-French and Ameri
can .bourgeoisie accepted the Soviet
invitation to participate in peace negotiations at Brest-Litovsk, instead of
leaving Russia to the mercy of brutal
Germany a just peace without annexations* and indemnities, a peace based
upon complete equality could have
been forced upon Germany, end millions of lives might have been saved.
Because they hoped to re-establish the
eastern front by once more drawing
us into the whirlpool of warfare, they
refused to attend' peace negotiations
and gave Germany a free hand to cram
its shameful tonus down the throat of
the Russian people. It lay in the power
of the Allied countries to make the
l^-esty-Iiitovsk; negotiations the forrutt-
ner of a general peace. It ill becomes
them to throw the blame for the Russo-
German peace upon our shoulders!
The workers of the whole world, in
whatever country they may live, rejoice with* us and sympathize with us,
applaud us for having burst the iron
ring of imperialistic agreements and
treaties, for having dreaded no sacrifice, however great, to free ourselves,
for having established ourselves as a
Socialist republic, even so rent asunder
{���lid plundered by German imperialists,
for having raised the banner of peace,
the banner of Socialism over the world.
What wonder that we are hated by the
capitalist class the world over. But
this hatred of imperialism and the
sympathy of the class-conscious workers of all countries give us assurance
ef the righteousness of our cause.
He is no Socialist who cannot understand that one cannot and must not
hesitate to bring even that greatest
of sacrifice, the sacrifice of territory,
thst one must be ready to accept even
military defeat at the hands of imperialism in the interests of victory
over the bourgeoisie, in the interests
of a transfer of power to the working
class. For the sake of "their" cause,
that is for, the conquest of world-
power, the imperialists of England
and Germany have not hesitated to
ruin a whole row of nations, from
Felgium and Servia to Palestine and
Mesopotamia. Shall we then hesitate
to act in the name of the liberation
of the workers from the yoke of capitalism, in the name of a general honorable peace; shall we wait until
we can find 8 way that entails no
sacrifice; shall we be afraid to begin
the fight until an easy victory is assured; shall we place the integrity and
safety of this"fatherland" created
by the bourgeoisie over the interests
t.f the international socialist .revolution? ..;< ,
We have been attacked for coming
to terms with German militarism. Is
there no difference between a pact
entered upon by Socialists and a bourgeoisie (native or foreign) against the
working class, against labor, and an
agreement that is made between a
vorking class that has overthrown its
own bourgeoisie and a bourgoisTe of
one side against a bourgeoisie of another nationality for the protection of
the proletariat? Shall we not exploit
the antagonism that exists between
the various groups ofjhe bourgeoisie.
In reality every European understands
this difference, and the American
people, as I will presently show, have
had a. very similar experience in its
own history. There, are agreements
and agreements, fagots et fagots, as
Iho Frenchman says. *
When the robber-barons of German
imperialism threw their armies into
defenseless, demobilized Russia in February 1918* when Russia had staked
its hopes upon the international solidarity of the proletariat before "the
international revolution had completely ripened, I did not hesitate for
a moment to come to certain agree
ments with. French monarchists. The
French Captain Sadoul, who sympathized in words with the Bolsheviki
vhile in deeds he Was the, faithful
servant of French imperialism, brought
the French officer de Lubersac to me.
"I am a monarchist. My only purpose
is the overthrow of Germany," de
Lubersac declared to me. "That is
self understood (eels va sans dire),"
I replied. But this by on means prevented me from coming to an understanding -with de Lubersac concerning services that French experts in.
explosives were ready to render in
order to hold up' the German advance
by the destruction of railroad lines.
This is an example of the kind of
ag/efment' that every class-conscious
worker must be ready to adopt, an
agreement in the interest of Socialism.
We shook hands with the French monarchists although we knew that each
one of us would rather have seen the
other hang. But temporarily our interests were identical. To throw back
the rapacious advancing German army
Ave made use of the equally greedy in*
terests Of their opponents, thereby serving the interests of the Bussian and
the .international   socialist   revolution.
In this way we furthered the cause
of the working class of Russia and of
other countries; in this way* we
strengthened the proletariat and weakened th** bourgeoisie of the world by
making use of the usual and absolutely
legal practke.-of, manoeuvring, shift-
. ing wro waiting for the moment the
rapidly growing proletarian revolution
in the more highly developed nations
had ripened.
Long ago the American people used
these tactics to the advantage of its
revolution. Whan America waged its
great war of liberation against the
English oppressors, it likewise entered
into negotiations with other oppressors,
with the French and the Spaniards
who at tbat time owned a considerable
portion of what is now the United
States. In its desperate struggle for
freedom the American people made
' agreements" with one group of oppressors against the other for the purpose of weakening all oppressors and
strengthening those who were struggling against tyranny. The American
people utilized the antagonism that existed between the English and the
Tiench, at times even fighting side by
side with the armies of one group of
oppressors, the French and the Spanish
against the others, the English. Thus
it vanquished first the English and
then freed itself (partly by purchase)
from the dangerous proximity of the
French  and Spanish possessions.
The great Russian revolutionist
Tchernychewski once said: Political
activity is* not as smooth as the pavement of the Nexski Prospect. He is no
revolutionist who would have the revolution of the proletariat only under
the "condition" . that it proceed
snoothly and in an orderly manner,
that guarantees against defeat be given
beforehand, that the revolution go forward along the broad, free, straight
path to victory, that there shall not
be here and there the heaviest sacrifices, that we shall not have to lie in
waiLJn beseiged fortresses, shall not
bavento climb up along the narrowest
path,, fop most impassible, winding,
dangerous mountain reads; He fa no
revolutionist, he has not yet freed himself from the pendant ry of bourgeois
intellectualism, he will fall back, again
snd again, info the camp of the counter-revolutionary bourgeoisie.
They are little more than imitators
of the bourgeoisie, these gentlemen
v.ho delight in holding up to us the
"chaos" of revolution, the "destruction" of industry, the unemployment,
tbe Jack of food. Can there be anything
more hypocritical than such accusations from people who greeted and
supported the imperialistic war and
i.iade t> common cause with Kerensky
when he continued the war? Is not
this imperialistic war the cause of all
our misfortune? The revolution that
was born by the war must necessarily
go on through the terrible difficulties
and sufferings that war created,
through this heritage of destruction
and reactionary mass murder. To accuse us of "destruction" of industries
and "terror" is hypocrisy or clumsy
pedantry, shows an incapability of
undemanding the most elemental fundamentals of the raging, climatic force
of the elass struggle, called revolution.
In Words our accusers ''reeojgmze'*
this kind of elass struggle, in deeds
they revert again and again to the
niddle class Utopia of "class-harmony"
and the mutual "ihterpendence" of
classes upon one another. In reality
the. class struggle, in revolutionary
times has always inevitably taken on
the form of eivil war, and civil war
is unthinkable without the worst kind
of destruction, without terror and limitations of form of democracy in the
interests of the war. One must be a
sickly sentimentalist not to be able to
see, to understand and appreciate this
necessity. Only the Teheehov type of
, the lifeless "Man in the Box"* can denounce the revolution for this reason
instead of throwing himself into the
fight with the whole vehemence.. and
decision of his soul at a moment when
history demands that the highest problems of humanity be solved by struggle
and war.
.
The best representatives of ' the
American proletariat���those representatives who have repeatedly given expression to their full solidarity with
us, the Bolsheviki, are the expression
of this revolutionary tradition in the
life of the American people. This tradition originated in the war of liberation
against the English in the 18th and
the Civil Wsr in the 19th century.
Industry and commerce in 1870 were
in a much worse position than in 1860.
But where can you find an American
so pendantic, so absolutely idiotic who
wrould deny the revolutionary and progressive significance of the American
Civil War of 1860-1865?
The representatives of the bourgoisie
understand very well that the overthrow of slavery was well worth the
three years of. Civil War, the depth
of destruction, devastation and terror
that were its accompaniment. But these
same gentlemen and the reform socialists who have allowed themselves to
be cowed by the bourgeoisie snd
tremble at the thought of a revolution, cannot, nay will not, see the
necessity snd righteousness of a civil
war in Russia, though it is facing a
fa? greater task, the work of abolishing
capitalist wage slavery and overthrowing the rule of the bourgeoisie.
The Americani working class will not
follow the lead of its bourgeoisie. It
will go with us against the bourgeoisier
The whole history of the American
people gives me this confidence, this
confietion. I recall with pride the
words of one of the best loved leaders
of the American proletariat, Eugene
V. Debs, who said in the "Appeal to
Reason" at the end of 1915, when it
was still a socialist paper, in an article
entitled ''Why Should I Fight?" that
he would rather be shot than vote fsir
war credita7 to support the present
criminal and reactionary wsr, that he
l.nows only one war that Is sanctified
and justified from "the standpoint of
tic proletariat; the war' against the
capitalist class, the war for the liberation of mankind from wage slavery. I
am not surprised that this fearles* man
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of bourgeois democratic and parliamentary prejudices, shake their heads
gravely over our Soviets, lei them deplore the fact that we have no direct
elections. These people have forgotten
nothing, have learned nothing in the
great upheaval of 1914-1918*. ,The com
lunation of the dictatorship of the proletariat with the new democracy of
the proletariat, of civil war with1 the
wildest application of the masses to
political problems, such a combination
cannot be achieved in a day, cannot
oe forced into the battered forms of
formal parliamentary democratism. In
the Soviet republic there arises before
us a new world, the world Of socialism
Such a world cannot be materialized
us if by magic, complete in every detail, as Minerva sprang from Jupiter's
head. '..>."
While the old bourgeoisie democratic
constitutions, for instance, proclaimed
formal equality and the right of free
and the educated, but the real masses/'f-assenTtJlage,   the   constitution   of   the
ihe huge majority of the working class
itself, are building up a new world, are
deciding the most difficult questions of
social organization from out of their
own experience.
Every mistake that is made in this
work,   in  this   honestly  conscientious
co-operation of ten million plain work-
in gmen and peasants in the re-creation
of their entire lives���every such mistake is worth thousands and millions
of "faultless" successes of the exploiting minority, in outwitting and taking
advantage of the laboring masses. For
only  through these mistakes can the
workers and peasants learn to organize
their new existence, to get along without the capitalist class. Only thus will
they be able to blaze their way through
thousands of hindrances to victorious
socialism. .��...
Mistakes  are   being  made   by  our
peasants who,  at  one stroke  in  the
night from October 25 to October 26,
(Russian   Calendar)   1917,   did   sway
with   all  private!  ownership   of  land,
and are now struggling, from month
to, month, under the greatest difficulties,  to  correet  their own   mistakes,
trying to solve in practice the most
difficult problems Of organizing a new
social state, fighting against profiteers
to secure the. possession of the land
for  the   worker   instead   of  for  the
speculator,   to   carry   on   agricultural
{/reduction under a system of commun-
st farming on a large scale/
Mistakes are being made by our
workmen in their revolutionary activity, who, in'a few short months, have
placed practically all of the larger
factories and workers under state
ownership, and are now learning,' from
day to day, under the greatest difficulties, to conduct the management of
entire industries, to reorganize industries already organized, to overcome
the deadly resistance ot laziness snd
middle-class reaction and egotism.
Stone upon* stone they are building the
foundation for a new social community,
the self-discipline of labor, the new
rule of the labor organizations of the
working class over thetej members.
Mistakes, are being/made in their
revolutionary activity/by the Soviets.
which were first elated in 1905 by
the gigantic upheaval of the masses.
The Workmen's and Peasant's Soviets
are a new type of state, a new highest
form of democracy, a particular form
of the dictatorship of the proletariat,
a mode of conducting the business of
the state without the bourgeoisie and
against the bourgeoisie. For the first
time democracy is placed at the service of the masses, of the workers,
and ceases to be a democracy for the
rich, as it is, in the last analysis, hi
ill capitalist, yes, in all democratic
republics. For the first time the masses
of the people, in a nation of hundreds
of millions, are fulfilling the task of
realizing the dictatorship of the proletariat and the semi-proletariat, without which socialism isJ*or to be thought
oi.
Let incurable pedants, crammed full
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was thrown into prison by the^merf-
can bourgeoisie. Let them brutalize
true internationalists, the 4eal representatives of the revolutionary proletariat. The greater the bitterness and
brutality they sow, the nearer is the
day of the victorious proletarian revolution.
We are accused of having brought
devastation upon Russia. Who is it
ttiat makes .these accusations? The
train-bearers of the, bourgeoisie, of
that same bourgeoisie that almost completely destroyed the culture of Eur-
cpe, that has dragged the whole con-
* tmcnt back to barbarism, that has
brought hunger and destruction to the
world. This bourgeoisie now demands
that we find a different basis for our
revolution than N that of destruction,
thet we shall not build it up from
the ruins of war, with human beings
degraded and brutalized by years of
warfare. 0, how human, how just is
this bourgeoisie!
Its servants charge us with the use
of terroristic methods.���Have the English forgotten their 1649, the French
their 1793? Terror was just and justified when it was employed by the
bourgeoisie for its own purposes
against feudal domination. But terror
becomes criminal when workingmen
and poverty stricken peasants dare to
vie it against the bourgeoisie. Terror
was just and justified when it was
used to put one exploiting minority
in the place of another. But terror becomes horrible and criminal when it
is used to abolish all exploiting minorities, when it is employed in the
cause of the actual majority, in the
cause of the proletariat, of the working
class and the poor peasantry.
The bourgeoisie of international imperialism has succeeded in slaughtering 10 millions, in crippling 20 millions in its wsr. Should our war, the
war of the oppressed and the exploited,
against oppressors and exploiters cost
a half or a whole million victims in
all countries, the bourgeoisie would
still maintain that the victims of the
world war died a righteous death, that
those of the civil war sacrificed for a
criminal cause.
But the proletariat, even now, in the
midst of the horrors of war, is learn-,
i"g the great truth that all revolutions
teach, the truth that has been handed
down to us by our best teachers, the
founders- of modern Socialism. From
them we have learned that a successful
revolution is inconceivable unless it
breaks the resistance of the exploiting
class. When the workers and the laboring peasants took hold of the powers
. of state, it became our duty to quell
the resistance of the exploiting class.
We are proud that, we have done it,
that we are doing it. We only regret
tnat we did not do it, at the beginning,
with sufficient firmness and decision.
We realize that the mad resistance
of the bourgeoisie against the socialist
revolution in all countries is unavoidable. "We know too, that with the development of this revolution,, this resistance will grow. But the proletariat
will break down this resistance and
in the course of its struggle against the
bourgeoisie the proletariat will finally
become ripe for victory and power.
Let-tne corrupt bourgeois press
. trumpet every mistake that is made by
our revolution out into the world. We
ere not afraid of our mistakes. The
beginning of the revolution has not
sanctified humanity. It is not to be expected that The working classes who
have been exploited and forcibly held
down by the clutches of want, of ignorance and degradation for centuries
should conduct ita revolution without
mistakes. The dead body of bourgeois
socie'y cannot simply be put into a
coffin and buried. It rots in our midst,
poisons the air we breathe, pollutes
our lives, clings to the new, the fresh,
the living with a thousand thread?
and tendrils of old customs, of death
and decay.
But for every hundred of our mistakes that are heralded into the world
by the bourgeoisie and its sycophants,
there are ten thousand great deeds of
heroism, greater snd more heroic lie
cause they seem so simple and unpretentious, because ��� they take place in
the everyday life of the factory districts or in secluded villages, because
they are the deeds of people who are
not in the habit of proclaiming their
every success to the world, who hove
no opportunity to do so;
��� But even if the contrary were true���
I know, of course, that this is not so���
but even if we had commtited 10,000
mistakes to every 100 Wise and righteous deeds, yes, even then our revolution would be great and invincible.
And it will go down in the history
of the world as unconquerable. For the
first time in the history of the world
not  the minority, not alone the rich
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Soviet republic repudiates the hypocrisy of a formal equality of aU human
beings. When,..the, bourgeoisie republicans overturned' feudal-thrones, they
did not recognize the rules of formal
equality of monarchists. Since we here
aro, concerned with the task of overthrowing the bourgeoisie, only fools
or traitors will insist on the formal
equality of the bourgeoisie. The right
Of free assemblage is not worth an
iota to the workman and to the peasant when all better meeting places-are
in the hands of the bourgeoisie. Our
Soviets have taken over all usable
buildings in the cities and towns out
of the hands of the rich and have
placed them at the disposal of the
workmen and .peasants for meeting and
organization purposes. That is how our
right of assemblage looks��� for the
workers. That is the meaning and content of our Soviet, of our socialist
constitution.    ,       ���
And for this reason we are all firmly
convinced that the Soviet Republic,
whatever misfortune may still lie in
store for it, is unconquerable.
It is unconquerable because every
blow that comes from the powers of
u adly ' raging imperialism, every new
attack by the international bourgeoisie
will ��� bring new, and hitherto unaffected
strata of workingmen and peasants
into the fight, wfiT educate them at
the cost of the greatest sacrifice, making them hard as steel, awakening a
new heroism in the masses .      ?
We know that it may take a long
time before help can conie from you,
comrades,- American Workingmen, for
the development of the revolution in
the different countries proceeds along
various paths, with varying rapidity
(how could jt be otherwise!) We know
fulweil that the outbreak of the European proletarian revolution may take
u any weeks to come, quickly as it is
ripening in these days. We are counting on the inevitability of the international revolution, But that does not
mean that we count upon its coming
at some definite, nearby date. We have
experienced two great revolutions in
cur Own country, that of 1905 and that
of 1917, and we know that revolutions cannot come neither at a> word
ot command nor according to prearranged plans. We know that circumstances .alone have pushed us, the proletariat of Russia, forward, that we
have reached this hew stage in the
social life of the world not because of
our superiority but because of the
peculiarly reactionary 'character of
Russia. But until the outbreak of the
international revolution, revolutions in
individual countries may still meet
vith a number of serious setbacks and
overthrows.
And yet we are certain that we are
invincible, for if humanity will not
emerge from this imperialistic massacre broken in spirit, it will triumph.
Ours was ^he first country to break
the chains of imperialistic warfare.
We broke them* with the greatest sacrifice, but they are broken. We stand
outside of imperialistic duties and considerations, we have raised the banner
of the fight for the complete overthrow of imperialism for the world.
We are in a beleaguered fortress, so
long as no Other international socialist
revolution comes to our assistance with
its armies. But these armies exist, they
are stronger than ours, they grow, they
p��� rive, they become more invincible
the longer imperialism with its brutalities continues. Workingmen the world
over, are breaking with their betrayers,
with/ their (.tampers and their Scheide-
i -anns. Inevitably labor is approaching
communistic Bolshevistic tactics, is preparing for the proletarian revolution
that alone is capable of preserving culture  and  humanity from  destruction.
We are invincible, for invincible is
the Proletarian Revolution.
FARM'S PERTINENT
PARAGRAPHS .
German militarism in any other country and by. any other name is anout the
same. *
* *    *"
The reason most men in British Columbia have acquired land is^-so they
could seJHt,
As-the labor unrest of the world becomes more general what is poor old
Capital going to do for a living?   -��
**�����-''
Business consists of making working
men earn their, own wages and paying
all above that for the privilege.
" *���' *    *
It begins-to look as though all tho
democracy "we" were fighting for has
fell to the lot of Russia and Germany.
,_;; *   *   *
V. S. President Wilson has exercised
more power duringthe past two years
than ever fell to the lot of any king,
czar or kaiser.
* *    ���
There is enough wealth iii this good
old world for all���if only those who*
produced it were not sent home without
it when the whistle blows. ��
'    *   .-w.'"��  '
Are the newly-made millionaires of
Canada getting ready to sadd'e this
country with aU the horrors of militarism? Who said freedom?
���* * *
' .All the values contained in any commodity were placed there by labor. Ail
ine values in any community is contained in the presence of its working
class. |-."
* ���    *
Every organized strike or protest on
the part of the working class is but a
growing pain, this will be followed fly
birth pangs ever coming closer. Then
tht social revolution! Speed the day!
. .   ifr> *    *  '	
The mouriling wives, mothers and
friends of those who fell in Flanders
should take comfort out of the fact
that the war created one hundred and
tl.irtyr-five new millionaires in Canada.
* *    ��
It is simply criminal that any man or
set of men should lie permitted to monopolize foodstuffs and essentials to life.
The profiteer should be made to "give
the kaiser���or the czar: They all belong
in hell.
* *    *
An increasing number of industrial
pirates are occasionally being given an
opportunity to "run their own business." But; somehow or other, when
the slaves forget to respond to the
whistle there isn't any business.       ^
* *    * ****'
The Ottawa military and other kaisers
are a clumsy lot of bunglers. They
couldn't even attempt to forbid free
speech and right of assembly to the
workers without making a mess of it.
The returned soldiers simply refused
to be used as catspaws. That made it
bad-r-for the new kaisers. ���smmpii i   imnmjp
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The Labor Star
510 Dominion Building
Vancouver, B. C.
Enclosed find $ for which send me.���......issues
of The Star at the rate of 4 cents per issue.
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AND TYPESETTERS
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PERIODICALS
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STARETTES
The "kept" daily press is
sure earning its money these
days. The old hog's best days
are numbered. '
How many returned soldiers
are being admitted to the
"closed town"  plantations   of
British Columbia T
';      ���
Some of the sitting lip-loyalists of Vancouver would condescend to employ a woman to
do the Chinaman's work���at
half the money.
There are a whole lot of working men, both in and out of
khaki, who have received what
may prove to be a very useful
training, during the past four
years: s
The corporations of Canada
will have something more than
"strikes" to worry about long
before the peace conference
finishes wrangling over the
spoils.
The Associated Press service
on this continent is poisoned at
the fountain head���by those interested in misrepresenting the
world-wide aims and aspirations
of Labor
If the Vancouver Daily Sun
manages to avoid being "pied"
some of these fine mornings, it
bears- testimony to the ox-like
patience of an aggravated and
maligned working class.
Corporations only employ
''hands" when there is a profit
in it for them to do so. Why not
restore the earth and the fullness thereof to those who* do the
world's work? And then produce wealth for use���not profit?
Worse Than Robbing a Cemetery
In a recent speech on war taxation, published in the United States
Congressional Record, Congressman
Kitchin of North Carolina presented these figures on war profits of
American manufacturers:
. "In the pre-war years I'll, 191*'
and 1913, the average net Income
ot the corporations of this country
were $4,122,000,000. In ISIS It was
$5,310,000,000, an Increase of over
11,000,000,000. After paying their
taxes they had over $1,000,000,000
cl^ar net profit more than the prewar year average. In 191$ they
had $8,766,000,000 of net income,
over $4,500,000,000 more than In the
pre-war years. After paying all
their income faxes and all other
taxes they had clear net over 100
per cent, more than they had during the pre-war period. In 1917.
according to treasury estimates upon
their returns so far'tabulated, the
net income will reach $10,500,000,-
000, about $$,600,000,000 more than
in the pre-war period. After paying all the taxes of that year they
then have oyer 100 per cent., more
than tbe pre-war profits. After paying the taxes levied by this bill, the
income tax oh corporations and excess profits or war profits tax oh
corporations, there will be left to
the corporations over $1,700,900,000
more income and profits than their
pre-war average net income tor
1911, 1912 and  1918."
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HOPELESS
BLUNDERERS
[The Statesmen, Toronto!
The conference of premiers at
Ottawa has: resulted in nothing tangible save the revelation It afforded
to the visitors of the hopeless muddle Into which the Union government has allowed the business of
the country to fall.! Nothing has
been done to meet the problems
arising out of the war. The only
brilliant idea which the Unionist
cabinet conceived was a plan for
unloading pn the provincial governments the responsibility for
meeting the conditions created by
the return ot peace. Needless to
say, the provincial premiers told the
Union cabinet to attend to Its own
business. If the country realised
the hopelessness of the situation at
Ottawa and tha utter Incompetence
of the men on whom devolve the
du$y of averting a grave social and
economic crisis in the country, there
would be an outcry from coast to
coast that would drive tha government to resign. But the government press keeps the public in the
dark.
10 Far tent. Off to all Soldiers aad Their
THERE'S A DIRECT CONNECTION
BETWEEN BAD TEETH AND BAB HEALTH
i .' , !
P VERY physician knows that he Is often called to attend
cases���not only of digestive complaints, but-also mora
acute ailments, both temporary and chronic���the cause of
the trouble being directly or Indirectly due to had teeth.
Times without number have patients who have had attention
given their teeth noticed an Immediate - marked improvement In their physical condition.
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DON'T RUN THE RISK OF IMPAIRING YOUR HEALTH
���SEE  ME���LET MB   EXAMINE   YOUR   TEETH   AND
ADVISE YOU.
DR. BRETT ANDERSON
PHONE  SEYMOUR  3331
Victory    Bonds    taken    in
change for dental work.���
ex-
X-Ray    PHms    taken ��� 19-year
guarantee given.
CROWN  AND   BRIDGE
SPECIALIST
Hastings  Street  West
COR. SEYMOUR STREET
OfBee Open Tuesday and Friday Evenings Until 8:00 o'clock
'��/V
Union Blue Label
*"     Cigars
EIDoro-ElSidelo
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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 Bale Everywhere
If   your   dealer   hasn't   got   them,   write
D. J. ELMER. $118 Alberta St, Vancouver
How comes it that London
daily press despatches can give
so much information on what is
taking place in the wilds -of
Russia and so little of what is
happening in the British empire?
If the 36,000 striking workmen of Seattle had decided to
lay off en masse on election day,
to elect every one of their own
representatives to law-making
positions, think of the possibilities!
DR. W.J. CURRY
DEN Tit T
Vaa*��aver. B. c.
C& Dolk
Labor Temple
TAILORS
FOR THE BEST IN CLOTHES
The Actino Optical Institute, Ltd.
IS NOW 8ITUATED AT
60848 ORPHEUM BLDO., Granville Street
HAVING REMOVED FROM BIRKS* BUILDING
f In order to allow Dr. Jordan more time to devote to literary aad
scientific work, the direction of the Institute is now in the hands
of Dr. Arthur Plercy, F.S.M.C., London, Eng., who has for soma
time been studying Dr. Jordan's methods.
f Patients desiring the personal attention of Dr. Jordan maat make
special appointment
f The following works, by A. McKay Jordai, can be obtained at taa
above address:
Actino-Ocular Therapeutics  .Price $ .69
The Book of The One Law Price   2.00
(Postpaid)
Others In process of preparation.
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