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Published in the Interests of the Working Class Alone
Vancouver, British Colombia. Saturday. October 27. 1906
ere the Socialist Party Differs From Other Political
Parties—Address by Hugh 0. Pentecost at Brooklyn
Labor Lyceum. Reported for the New York Worker.
Ih Socialist part*/ differs from all! this country the opportunity to win
tlu-r  political   parties  in  that   it   is: complete opportunity has been gain-
ropotcd Of and appeal* to tout one I eel.    1 mean the ballot box.   The bal-
up  to the  working-
, m the ceeimnunity, namely, class- j lot box puts  it
, .n-ciiiu*   workingmen.      A    class-1 man.     Nobody can  save    you    but
n.nM-ioiis workingman differs from an yourselves.       The Socialist party is
iimarv -workingman in that hc p<«*   •   ■    ■
indeed, a revolutionary party, but it
tea thc consciousness or the nundj is in it an appeal to arm*.     It is an
,,l  a  workingman.     lie  knows  that (appeal to brains, to manhood, to••etf«
help It is not an appeal to thc capitalist to be merciful, nor to the charity organization workers, nor to the
Society for the prevention of cruelty
to 'Animals, nor to any agency or
power outside of the worlongman
himself. It is not even an appeal to
God. Kven if (}od could do anything He appears to belong to the
other side. It is an appeal to ■workingmen to seize the opportunity that
is open to them to save themselves.
People who remain slaves willingly
deserve to be slave.. So long as
district   leaders   of
working people arc the only useful
and necesary people and, therefore,
that  sll other classes   cumber    the
•■round and should disappear.
lie desire* to eboliah class daatipt-
i,i us !>y abolishing all classes but
, in-, namely, hi* own. He knows
i!ii.t he belongs to the only class to
which everybody can hefcrhg, the only
class that can maintain itself.
Everybody cannot be kings, emperors, czar*, or president*. Emy-
Im.ly cannot be rulers. Everybody
i annul be coupon-cutters, interest-takers, rent-collectors, gamblers, thieves
or tramps. All these useless people
riijinri- an immense workingclass to
rapport them, cither in or cut of pn-
- m. Hut everybody can belong to
lhe working-class, fcr they can support inemMjIves.
Class-conscious working people arc
those who do not believe that it is
their eluty or the will of God that
they should aupport anybody but
themselves. They believe that if a
nun will not work neither shall -he
iii. whether hc be a bondholder or
a tramp. They believe tluit it i* not
necessary that they should be ruled
by a different class, whose only ob-
ii it in ruling them «» to keep them m
ignorance and poverty for thc bene*
M ,A their rulers.
Ihey do not believe that they
• imild make three hats for the plca-
urt ol *-cing other people wear them.
I hey believe that they should receive
in the form of wages, an equivalent
not of one-tbird of what tbey produce, but of all, and that by transforming this present government of
tlie useful class by the useless clas*.
Ihi* jutsent geivernment of respec-
t ibl* and fully exposed criminals into
a greal co-operative c'liimonwealih
ih« y can nel themselves eif the burden
thai ii'iw threatens to crush but their
manhood and rise to the lUftore. ol
■• nun and weunen, and tlie-y know
t i.i the Socialist party is the only
political party thai offers them this
opportunity. The clasa-COnaciou* voter votes thc Socialist ticket.
'1 he woraingrnan wlio as devoid of
rlass-consciousnesa believes that he
ii too ignorant to manage lus own
-.(fairs and gratefully offers himself
In be ruled by superior beings. He
believe* himself incapable ot taking
rare of himself and thanks God for
.in employer who will graciously permit him to work fcr barely enough
to keep htm out t»f the potter's held
for a few years, lie is afraid that
S<H ialism will take away his freedom
to sell himself in thc cheapest market.
He if afraid that Socialism will
break up his home, consisting of two
. r three roesmg in a stinking tenement house, plastered with consumption germs, in wnich two or three ot
hi* children die before they are five
ye-,ir» old. And so hc votes the Republican ticket Ik-cumsc they tell him
that hi* wages would bc lower if it
were not for the protective tariff, and
if Gjcd had not placed -the factories
if God had not placed the factories,
mines and railroads into that hands of
christian gentlemen. Or he votes
the Democratic tacket because there
■was once upon a time a man by the
name of Thomas Jefferson. Or he
votes with the Independence League
because Mr, Hearst promises them a
trolly ride to Coney Island for five
centa instead of ten.
In either ease tucy vote that pro
•»-rty is more sacred than human life,
ihat the earth belongs to a few. that
all the tools belong to those who nc-
ver use them, that public highways
nre private property, that the only
function of the workingman is to
create wealth for parasites to enjoy.
In either case they vote against
tbelr own class—against themselves,
tlieir wives and children. They vote
their wives into factories, their children into mineR, mills and shops, many
of thoir daughter* into houses 01
■prosrtitution. Is is too hard to call
them traitor*, through ignorance, to
their class and to the human race?
They vote for a continuance of the
present barbarism and against the
true civilization, the dawn of which
will bc the co-operative commonwealth promised by Socialism.
It is objected to Socialism by those
who find the difference between John
1). Rockefeller and Happy Hooligan
so interesting, that Socialism would
make all men equal and that nil property would be equally divided. This
'» not true. Socialists do, indeed,
believe that under the co-operative
■(•mimotmes.hh there would be no
aijch pathetic difference between individual* as wc see now, but tne only
c<|Ui»l»ty that Socialists advocate is
equality of opportunity. We claim
'hat with all means of production
and distribution—land, machinery,
stores, railroads, etc.—collectively
owned, every man would have the opportunity to do his host and make
the most of himself. This opportunity ifor all has yet to be won, but in
Scene—Rear end of S. F. and Oakland ferry boat.
Time—0:30 a. m.
First—Large Fat Parasite (slightly
onto his job, having taken post graduate course in a livery stable and
learned some  horse sense).
Second—Large, Fat and exceedingly well groomed Parasite (Bond
Broker Who does hi* political thinking with his feet).
Third—Nearby small group of
workingmen, that is, useful men, not
10 well groomed.
First L, F. P.—Good morning.
Second L. F. P.—-Good morning.
Isn't this a horrible state of affairs
in San Francisco? Plumbers *fb a
day, carpenters ft to $6 a day, bricklayers & a day—I call it a bloody
First L. F. P,—Let us move away
from that group of men and talk it
Second L. F. P.—Why need we
move away from them to discuss it?
First L. F. P.—Just this—-those
men look to belong the working class;
that is, the useful class, and they are
each day engaged in faithfully digging up our dinners for us, as neither
<>f us do any digging, and yet have
the dinners.     And  as  dinners  only
capitalist parties j come by digging, it naturally follows
can control the votes of workingmen; that men |ikf that group are doing
by brass bands, fireworks, promises of j the digging for «s. "Now, that being
jobs in the street cleaning depart- [ the indisputable fact, it behooves you
ment, and chowder parties, such wor- j and 1 to sing mighty low in their
kingmen deserve to bc the husbands i bearing, lest they come to feel the
of bedraggled wive* and the fathers weight of our useless carcasses on
of rickety children. If workingmen! their backs and—horror of honors—
cannot think rheir way out of their; proceed to shake us cf?--when, tcr-
present condition, then they are hor-, rible to contemplate, we would have
ses and are fit for nothing but a har-; to do our owifMmner digging. Now
nes*. lf they can think but will not,' I have known you for some years and
then they are mules and must remain) have never known you to perform
not only the draught animals but the; any useful labor. So if these ill-
laughing stock of the world. ! smellers will sleep on as in the past,
But 1 bebevc they e an think and j we can afford to keep very mum in
will think, and hence I -cheve that i their presence. 4
the  common   saying   that   Socialism.     Second    L.  F.   P.—(with    bulging
eyes)—I believe you are one of them
blanked Socialists,
First  L,  F,  P.—Well, it is only a
Socialist  who  is  able  to  sec   things
as they are.
Second L. F, P.—Well, you and I
will never live to see it.
will come, but not for a thousand
years, is false. I myself expect to
live to see a Sooinlist President of the
United States, and over the eastern
lulls the morning of the cooperative,
First L. F. P.—That will depend on
how loud we shoot our mouths in
hearing of the useful class.
Second L. F. P. moves away in
great disgust, much to the amusement of the First L. F. P.. and the
group of useful men are still digging
their dinners for them.—S. Miller in
Socialist Voice.
Isn't it a remarkable fact that with
at the improvement in railroading,
tbe railroad fare between New York
aad Chicago has been reduced only
two dollars in twenty years? On the
old roads it hasn't been reduced a
penny.—The Public. Nothing remarkable) about it at all. If the owners do not sec fit to reduce rhe fare,
whose business i* it anyway? We
have noticed that those who are always complaining about the excessive charges of otbers are tbe last
ones to reduce the price of their own
goods unless they have to.
With hundreds of coal miners on
strike at the miners of the Crow's Nest
Coal Company, in British Columbia, a
big strike of the building trades at
Calgary and Winnipeg, and another
involving all of fbe longshoremen of
Port Arthur and Fort William, Ontario, it looks as though the working-
men cannot stand tht overwhelming
ride of prosperity now sweeping over
the Dominion without losing their
heads. Such a sudden acquisition of
iortune has evidently unbalanced them
all t|ie tame "Swiftwater Bill or "Coal
Oil Johnny."
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Agatnat Franchise! Bestrlctfana.
Com. J. C. Watters of Victoria introduced the following resolution at
the recent session of the Dominion
Trades and Labor Congress:
"Whereas the working people of
Canada are, by reason of the deposit
required from nominees for federal.
provincial and municipal offices, unduly hampered in the exercise of (heir
franchise and in taking advantage of
the electoral system at_ present in
force: Be it resolved that this Congress demand the repeal of such laws
whether federal, provincial or municipal.''
Without debate it was adopted.
Beats  War   in   Dangers  and  With
Poorer Rations.
Employment by  the  Illinois Steel  PrifKC   KropOtkin   GrV_S tO titt   London   D_*_*y   ChTOOk-C   8
Company  is  a  more  dangerous  ser-1 .. , _ ._■__• *-* e _________
Harrowing Account of Ruling Class ferocity Against
trice than that of a soldier when his
Country is at war, is thc conclusion
reached by Deputy Building Commissioner Andrew S. Hughes after spending a day at the South GfetCagc plant,
lt has been charged that an aver*
The Heroic Maria Spiridonova.
Prince Kropotkin, in a stirring ar-
agc e»f one man is cither killed or tide in the Daily Chronicle, gives fur-
maimed each day 111 the South Chi-;lhcr dcUi|s cf thc crue, outr_gc on
tago rolling mills. j   ,       ..%»,«•••_ _
•War is hell, but the steel mills are *nc »lrl Marla Spiridonova, who sur-
worse," thc deputy commissioner said' vived untold tortures at the hands of
the other elay. Every laborer who< tbe military only to be sent to the
works there carries his life in hi*: siberian ,-•_„_ Last year the pro-
hands. A soldiers danger on a . _. . *..«..,•.,- ...
battlefield is no greater than the dan-l vincc *• Tambtiv w« suffering ter-
gcr from tram oars, locomotives,, ribly from famine. Where people die
overhead cranes and other devices in, oi starvation there are sure to be
the Illinois Steel Company, plant.       agrarian disorders. To suppress these
"For thc soldier there is a rest be-! the Vice-Governor Lubhenovsky went
twecn battles, but thc men in South! through Tambov and began te) shoot
Chicago are on thc firing line all the! the peasants wholesale. As he was
time. And besides having to dodge returning freim one of his murderous
trams and locomotives and cranes as expeditions, anel was passing with his
a soldier dodges bullets, thc workmen escort through the Bonscglebsk sta%
arc always in danger of slipping into tion, Maria Spiridonova shot him. **>he
pots and cauldrons and puddles of tried to shoot herself, but a blow d.s-
molten metal,    lt is as though a sol-! armed her, and she fell to the ground
Terrible blows from the butt-ends of
dier were lighting a battle upon a
field that had been mined by an enemy.
The officers realize the danger to
the men. They have a regular ambulance iorps, not juet an ambulance,
but trained and ever-ready men to
carry e*ot the injured from the
works. And they have a hospital
with two wards and thirty-six beds.
Twenty-four of them wore occupied
when I was at thc plant."
Mr. Hughes said he did not know
what the city could do to lessen the
danger to the employees, unless it
should shut down thc plant.
"Nothing less would bc adequate,"
he said, "ami I suppose the men
know the risks they take when they
go to work there. I have recommended that railings be put around
various cauldrons and also thc enlargement of platforms that they
might have *t better opportunity to
escape an overflow of molten metal.
There are plenty of warning signs
about the place, but they arc all in
Knglish. and I think there should bc
others in languages tlie men understand. . .
"Tbe man who went around with
mc took mc up to a handsome dining
room that toked like thc College Inn
with its misaion finishing and furniture.
"Who eats here?' I asked.
"'De clerks, boss,' answered the
colored attendant.
"'Pretty  fthe/ I  said.
"'Huh,' he said, 'jes lemmc show
yon a real ilin'n' room,' and hc took
mc into about the finest one I'd ever
'• 'Who is this for?' I asked.
" 'Why, dc otlisahs,' he replied.
"•Well,' I satd, 'the men who do
all thc work and who pay for all this
must have a fine place, too. Show
mc where they cat.
"'All right, boss, saul the attendant, and hc called me over to the
window and pointed.
" 'Dc men,' he saul, 'cats down
alongside dc-m railroad tracks. —
Chicago Socialist.
rifles were rained upon her.    A Cos
sack officer  seized  her by  the  hair
and dragged her on to the platform,
and then she lost consciousness under
a shower of blows.
When she recovered site was "examined" by the police officer'Zhanoff
and the Cossack officer Abrameff.
They tortured her from 1 to 11.
"With a kick' qf his foot," Miss Spiridonova wrote to her mother, "Zbanoff
flung me into a corner of the room
where thc Cossack officer received
me. Stepping on my back he would
stand on it awhile, and then he would
fling me back to Zhanoff, who would
tread with his boot on my neck. All
my clothes were stripped from roe,
and it was ordered that no fire should
bc in the room.
"Swearing horribly, tney were beat-
in<» me, quite naked, with a piece of
nagaika (a long leather whip, with a
piece of lead at the end), Zhanoff
saying, 'Now, miss, make us an inflammatory speech!' I could see nothing wiDh my right eye; thc right part
of my face was all bruised. They
would press it and say, 'That  pains
upon that half-lifeless body. But
still she found strength to resist.
On March 24 Maria Spiridonova
was brought before a military court
at Tambov. Her defence was undertaken by a Cossack officer, Capt. Fib-
monoff, who made an impassioned
speech asking for the acquittal of the
girl-martyr, and by the barrister, M.
Teslenko, who has communicated to
the newspaper Russ what took place
in the court.
Nobody was admitted to the trial
except two barristers, the two counsel, the mother of tbe accused, and
one of her sisters. The mother
broke down as soon as the trial began and had to leave the court. Miss
Spiridonova produced a deep and favorable impression upon the judges.
Speaking of the motives which induced her to shcot Luzhenovsky, she
"Wlhen I heard of all the horrors
which he had committed (for 40 days
he was martyrizing the peasants on
a 'punitive' expedition) I fek as if
my heart was going to break, lt was
a shame to live when all that was going on. But when 1 saw the peasant
who had gone made after the torture to which he had been subjected
—when I saw the mother, whose
daughter had thrown herself into the
river after what the Cossacks had
done with her, then I said to myself,
'I shall kill that man. I will die for
that, but no power in hell shall bc
able to prevent me."
About the tortures which had been
inflicted on her in prison by AbramotT and Zbanoff, Miss Spiridonova
said: "The roost unbearable pain was
when they tore off with their fingers
pieces of thc broken skin." She was
seized with a terrible emotion when
she asked permission to tell in private to her counsel and to the attorney something which they must promise on their honor not to ruakc public before her death.
Then came the most terrible part
yen, my  dear!     Well, tell us, then,  of tbe sitting—the deposition of the
who were your comrades.'"   She told
them she was a revolutionary Socialist from Tambov, and they   became
"They pulled my hair out, one hair
after the other, asking, 'Wlhere arc
the other revolutionists?' They burnt
my body with their cigarettes, saying.
'Cry, you beast!' The trod upon my
naked feet with their boots, using obscene words and shouting, 'Cry, you
 1 We have made whole villages bellow like so many bulls, and
this girl will not utter a sound. But
wc shall make thee cry. We shaJl
give thee up for tbe night to thc Cossacks.' "
i\nd then they took her to Tambov
in the train. Looking at her martyred face, the Cossacks became silent
and gloomy, but t/he officers made
them sing wild, obscene songs. . .
Then they took her to another compartment to commit the last outrage
examining magistrate concerning the
state in which Miss Spiridonova was
brought before him, and, still worse
than that, the detailed report of the
prison surgeon, Dr. Finck, as to the
wounds with which the body of the
pri was covered—the loss of her
sigbt  and hearing.
"You can kill me, you can invent
terrible sufferings for me," saiel Maria
Spiridonova, as her last word, "but
you cannot add anything to what I
have borne."
The court conucmned her to be
hanged; but redeeming circumstances
were admitted, and she was sent to
Prince Kropotkin adds that Russia
was stirred to its very depths by thc
story of this outraged girl, all classes
expressed their indignation, and the
peasants of Tambov, freed from the
tyranny of Luzhenovsky, prayed for
''Martyr Mary."
*rsr_a*r" si.oo
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'" '   *•"•■■ a—**«-—_i i*_i__i_
Russian Reaction Still Busy in the Persecution of the
Bravest and Best of Freedoms SoWters---A_s_-a*an
Working Class Clearing the way for Labor Emancipation.
News has just come that Comrades
Parvus and Leo Deutsch have been
sent to Siberia. They have not only
been sentenced to Siberia, but to the
little village of Turuschausk, having
less than 200 inhabitants, and located
in thc extreme northern province, on
the very edge of thc Polar Circle.
Th) Berlin Vorwarts, in commenting
on these two men says: "The name
of Deutsch rivals that of Parvus in
the esteem and trust of the German
comrades. He is a memorial of one
of the darkest pages of German history. In the year 1IW4 he was made
the sacrifice of Bismark's service of
love for bis Russian neighbor.
Deutsch had escaped from the imprisonment of the Czar and sought asylum in Switzerland. When in the
above year he ventured to visit Germany he was arrested in Freiburg
and transported to Russia. So it i^
that the name of Deutsch is connected with the inhumanity which brings
the blush of shame into every honor-
loving German. For sixteen years,
as he has told us in his book, 'Sixteen Years in Siberia,' Deutsch endured the horrors of Siberia, yet they
could not break the spirit of this
youthful revolutionost. In toot
Deutsch fled from Siberia and reached
once more a protecting asylum in
Europe. But no sooner had the news
of the Russian revolution reached him
than he, fearlessly obeying only his
duty, hastened over the borders,—
there where the prison cell threatened,—and threw himself into the
ranks of the fighters; and now at
fifty-one years of age he goes once
more over the same road of tears,
which he travelled at the age of
"Just as we unite with the name of
Deutsch the remembrance of those
sixteen fearful years during which he
was offered up by the German government as a prey to Russia, so Parvus is united to us with the memory
of the years of labor in common. Hc
belonged to us. We may proudly
say that the German Social Democracy offered him a field for his work
when the reaction in Russia made the
activity of Socialist publicists and
theoreticians impossible. But all the
German Social Democracy gave Comrade Parvus he has returned with usurious interest. He placed at their
service a brilliant pen and deep knowledge, together with tireless hours of
work; all this until he was called to
practical work, until the revolution
called. In the stormy days of October, he went to St. Petersburg and
fought in those bloody days in which
the czar was at last forced to take
the first steps toward constitutional
government and the catting pi the
douma. For a short time in the
spring days of the first freedom of
the press, he edited the young socialist paper in St. Peterswurg, The Nat-
scblo. ihen rose the waves of the
counter-revolution, broke over him
and -carried him away into the prison-
cell, and now on to Siberia.
"AH honor to the brave and true!
Deutsch and Parvus, these two names
will be written together in the golden
book of Social Democracy and will
lead thousands upon thousands to
Sacrificial activity."
The attitude of the Australian socialists is shown in the following extract from an editorial from the Socialist of Melbourne:
"As Socialists, we cannot support
opponents of Socialism, no matter
what fine fellows they may be in other directions; and it is no secret that
in the ranns of labor are some who
have no knowledge of socialist principles, and therefore no appreciation
therefor. Such persons must never
expect to get the backing of Socialists, but we must, on the other hand,
sensibly and generously allow for
past environment and not forget that
many are actively engaged in fighting with the proletariat in The Great
Class War, who have no clear intellectual grasp of the science of industrial and social economics.
Not to allow for and properly appreciate this fact would mean that
we should soon become doctrinaire,
exclusive, pedantic, and narrow, and
therefore should soon become comparatively useless and perhaps even
mischievous. Therefore, whilst wc
must ever hold up the ideal of Class-
Conscious, International, Revolutionary Socialism, we must rejoice when
we see men break away from the support of the orthodox parties, whether
called Liberal or Tory, Fret-trade or
Protcctionost, Democratic or Republican, and resolve that henceforth
they will unite as Labor men and
take their stand against the Capitalist parties.
This is the first stage in tne War
cf the Classes as regards the attitude
of thc masses, and those who thus
sever themselves from the old orders
are in a fair way to receive and make-
use of sound economic knowledge.
For Socialists tc antagonize this
section by denouncing them because
they do not yet clearly see what is
meant by the economic interpretation
of history, or are unable to discern
the differences between the Socialism
of our French Comrades, Jean Alle-
mane and Jean-Leon Jaures, or our
German stalwarts, Bebel and Bernstein, would show our unfitness to
educate and organize to great and
glorious Socialist victories, the mass
of the people."
Those who tell us that Australia
has solved the unemployed problem
may be somewhat shocked by the following headline taken from The Socialist of Melbourne: "Five Thousand .Male Wage Workers out of Employment in Melbourne.—Thirteen
Thousand out of Work in "Victoria.
Three Thousand Women Wage Workers in Enforced Idleness,—Two
Hundred Thousand Existing Below
the Poverty line."—International Socialist Review.
The organization work of the German socialist movement is controlled
by 16 provincial secretaries. The
larger towns maintain local secretaries. The whole business is in a perfect state of order and discipline. The
total number of manifestoes, pamphlets, and circulars distributed during
the past year was 1,875,000. All of
the party papers except three are
dailies. The party has a training
school for editors and propagandists.
Every worker bas charge of a certain number of houses, distributes
the manifestoes and literature regularly, works for the party press and
the branch organization, and learns
to know each inhabitant in his circle
personally. The Oerman Social-
Democrats outstrip the socialist parties of all other lands in the perfection of party organization.
In the year ending July 30, 1906,
the total sentences of imprisonment
inflicted upon members of the party
amounted to sixty-sax years, one
month and four weeks, and two years
and four months detention in houses
of correction, together with over
$5,000 in fines. Under the influence
of thc heroic struggle of Russia for
freedom, the agitation for an extension of the franchise has been vigorously renewed in Germany, and to
this action is attributed the greater
cruelty of the sentences recently inflicted. At Dresden, at Brcslan, at
Leipzic, and at Erfurt, editors were
imprisoned in batches; and in the
first named town the authorities revenged themselves upon a great franchise demonstration by sentencing 27
oi the demonstrators to a total of
27 years' solitary confinement.
The Anti-Socialist Crusade.
The increasing dread felt by the
bourgeoisie at the spread of socialism
is indicated by the founding of a
"Royal Union against Social Democracy," which now sends its officials
into every election contest, spreads
broadcast its pamphlets, and bandies
the "mud-spout" vigorously. Nevertheless, the party has managed to
retain its seats at all by-elections this
year, and has gained a new one at
Altena-Iserlohn. The executive
warns the members, however, that the
combination of all non-socialist voters against the party will grow stronger in the future, and the propaganda
nust be pushed forward so as to se*-
cure a majority in every election on
the first ballot. There is little hope
of success at the second ballots, as
the enemy is closing his ranks against
The hrst result of the heavy onslaught of the bourgeois parties is a
reduction, or at least a standing-still
of the party's voting strength. Strong
advance is reported only in Essen
and in Hagen. both largely Roman
Catholic, but highly industrial centers
of Rhincland. The greatest falling
off was in thc Polish district, K#t-
towitz and Tarnowitz, and in the districts of Chemnitz and Darmstadt; in
the two latter places thc executive
attribute the loss of votes to the miserable quarrels which have been going on for some years in thc party in
In the Reichstag.
Thc part of the report dealing with
thc work of thc party in the Reichstag concludes with these words:
"The session of the past year has not
brought the working class one single
step forward in the domain of social
politics; but the burden of additional
taxation, together with the import
tariff of 1902, and the commercial
treaties concluded in the former sitting, must press Weavily upon the
standard of living of the German
workers."—Labor  Leader,
Our California comrades seem to
be suffering from a severe attack of
the "debate fever. Tliry want to debate with everybody that comes in
sight. What there is to debate about
between them and the candidates of
the other political parties the Lord
only knows, and he keeps it mum.
Thc comrade! will exercise better
judgment if they go on with their
propaganda utterly regardless of thc
other fellow. The development of an
appetite for debate is about the first
, crious symptom of freakishncss anyway. Down on the street corner it
is termed "rag-chewing."
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Saturday, October 27, 1906.
Residents of British Columbia from
various walks of life arc at present
considerably disturbed ever the influx
of natives of British india into the
province. The workingmen scent
danger to their interests as wage-
earners through the introduction of
a type of labor which, through no
fault of its own, may be taken advantage cf and compelled to work
for a smaller w_ge than that which
has hitherto prevailed. Property
owners, more especially of the small
fry variety, are much alarmed around
Vancouver for fear that large num-J
bers of these Hindus may be gathered into the city during the coming
winter and become a public charge
owing to their destitute condition. It
quite naturally causes these patriotic
property owners to sweat blood at thc
thought of having to dig up a few
pennies for the relief of their destitute fellow-subjects should such a
contingency arise. Upon behalf of
this frightened property owning and
tax-paying contingent, the mayor of
this city recently made a grand stand
play by sending a few policemen to
the C. P. R. wharf to prevent the
landing of a shipload of these dark-
skinned goods that this enterprising
corporation had brought over from
Hong Kong. This attempt to step
the importation was quite as successful as old Mother Partington's famous effort to "sweep back the tide
with a broom."
Of course, the various interests
which object to the influx are unanimous that it ought to be stopped.
They are as one in looking to the
government for relief. A bleating
lamb about to be devoured by hungry
jackals might, with as much reason,
look to an equally hungry lion for
■As far as the interests of any section of the property-owning class of
this country is threatened by this invasion, we are in no manner concerned. We shall, however, insist upon
looking into the matter from the
standpoint of that portion of the
community that depends upon its labor for its living, more strictly speaking the wage-earning class.
It cannot well be denied that labor
conditions have, during recent months
been somewhat better in this province
than was formerly the case. For reasons not necessary to explain at this
moment, there has been a somewhat
increased activity in industrial lines.
This has tended to absorb, to at least
a considerable extent, thc surplus labor in the market, and has consequently favorably affected the status
of labor both as to wages and condi-i
tions of employment. Although this I
tendency has by no means  been sol
nmnr\,ittfi.A   ia   *.-.   #s..^»l^.«J   *l__    —   I
the cheapest market.     Capital owes
allegiance to neither country or flag.
It is devoid of national pride, prejudice or honor, however loudly its
spokesmen may prate of these alleged virtues. It knows only profit lt
is loyal to nothing else. To obtain
the maximum of prout, and it can be
content with nothing short of this,
it must purchase its labor in the
cheapest market available. In so doing, it is no more in duty bound to
heed the pitiful squeals of the workers who may suffer in consequence
than is the hungry lion to heed the
piteous bleating of the Iamb he is
about to devour.
Capitalist interests of this province
demand a cheaper grade of labor than
that which is now upon the spot. In
response to some popular clamor that
was supposed at the time to possess
political value barriers have been allowed by the powers that be to be
erected against Chinese labor. Now
that the emergency has become press
ing these capitalist interests are
reaching out to another part of Asiatic territory for the supply of cheaper labor so sadly needed to bring the
white laborer to his senses, and to
capital its full pound of flesh. And
capital has a perfect right to do this
for capital rules.
From interviews with English-
speaking Hindus, it is learned that a
systematic swindle is practiced upon
the natives of India to induce them
to come to these shores. They are
told that every workingman in British Columbia gets at least six dollars per day as wages. This sum
seems quite fabulous to the poor devil
who has enjoyed the benefits of British rule in India so long that there
is little juice left in his bones and
no fat upon his ribs. .He naturally
jumps at the chance to make his fortune in the land of fabulous wages.
As he has no money with which to
make the journey, kind fate comes to
liis assitance in the snape of some
one who generously loans him one
hundred dollars provided he will put
up security to the amount of double
that sum. This he succeeds in doing by hypothecating his Indian belongings. For the loan cf one hundred dollars hc is to pay the trifling
sum of six dollars per month as interest. This, of course, appears to
him as a mere bagatelle inasmuch as
he is going to a land where wages
are at least six dollars per day. Thc
C. P. R., with commendable self-sacrifice, transports him from Hong
Kong to Vancouver, for $49.50. Whatever may be left of has one hundred
dollars he is speedily relieved of by
the hungry cockroaches of the local
business world, who eKe out a precarious existence by gathering thu
crumbs that are left after the big
corporations have hogged the pudding.
Our Hindu is not long ,iere until
he awakens to the fact that he has
been cruelly swindled, but he cannot
for the life of him determine who did
the job. He cannot put his finger upon the concern or concerns that profited by the trick. His prospective
six dollars per day dwindles down to
two. He goes up to the Revelstoke
district to reap the two dollars, and
lo and behold, it has shrunk to a dollar and a half. He hoofs it back
to Vancouver only to meet with a
repetition of his first experience.
For low-down, contemptible swindling, that practiced upon tliese unfortunate natives of  Inma cannot  well
be beaten.    The interests responsible
for it, and which profit by it, are located right here in the Province and
Dominion.    They are entrenched    in
every provincial capital and in Ottawa, entrenched there Oy the franchise
of the  class  against   whose  interest |
the importation of this cheap Asiatic
labor is aimed, the working ""ilass of
Canada.    The dirty, sneaking swindle
perpetrated  upon these    unfortunate
Hindus in order that they might be
-used to beat  down the standard  of
laving of the Canadian workmen, and
thus   enlarge  the   profits  of   capital,
will be repeated upon   the    working
class without scruple and at every opportunity so long as thc workers arc
the presnt time. A Scrutiny of column one, page three, 01 each issue
will disclose the amounts on hand
and coming in each week, and to
speak the truth, the showing during
recent weeks 'has not been such as to
reflect credit upon the comrades and
others supposedly interested in the
movement. There is a vast work to
be done that requires something more
than apathy and indifference to accomplish. We expect our Executives
to accomplish results, lt is up to
each one of us to do what we can to
see that they are put in possession of
the means to carry out our expectation. It is the heighth of folly to
leave the matter of raising funds to
the moment of a campaign or other
emergency. Regular contributions
of even email sums by indivduals will
■speedily aggregate a sum that would
enable an Executive Committee to
push forward much needed work iu
the way of routing speakers and issuing and distributing literature, etc.
It should not bc necessary to call the
attention of any individual who is in
tercsted in thc movement to his duty
in the premises. As workers Wc
must stand the cost of carrying on
the campaign for emancipation. It
should be forthcoming without either
prodding or solicitation.
,                   ,    ... ,,               1 weak enough to give their political
pronounced as to overload the wage-1            , A   "__        __ .        _ ,.
...                        ,        , .    ,     I support to the parties of capitalism.
earner with an amount of wealth that I—                        £***5_*" t*_t
he can with aiffkulty dispose of, it
has been quite sufficient to cause the
heartstrings of employers to bc torn
with anguish. Bitter, indeed, has
been the wail that has gone forth in
consequence of this awful condition.
However heart-rending it may be
from the' employers' standpoint, the
interests of labor demand that these
conditions should not only continue,
but be aggravated to the utmost possible limit. Therefore, the wage-
earners can have no desire to witness
the advent of additional labor into
the province from any country on
Ine industries of this country, as
of all ethers, function as capital, i.e.,
means of exploiting labor. Capital,
therefore, itsles, and it is the prerogative of capital to obtain its labor in
The interests of the working class
can never oe secure until the workers, through their own political movement, the Socialist Party, assume control of the state and direct its powers
in behalf of the dass that produce-
all the wealth. Until that is done wc
will have Hindu invasions and all
other kinds that may suit the interests and further the profits of capital.
It would be well for every Clarion
reader who is at all interested in
pushing forward the work of propaganda and organization <to take particular notice of the fact that thc
Provincial and Dominion executives'
"Funds" for this purpose are not
growing to any appreciable extent at
Events as they are occurring in the
Unite. States during the present campaign afford a most cheering indication of the rapidity with which trie-
workers are awakening to an intelligent and active interest in the economic and political problems that arc
up to the working class for solution
An earnest, energetic and widespread
activity is manifested all over the
country in pushing "forward the revolutionary program of labor, and thousands of workingmen are being shaken loose from their old party moorings and turned into active factors
inl the struggle for emancipation from
the wage-bonds of capital. Staid,
conservative and hidebound old party
journals are being forced to acknowl-
euge the soundness o. thc "socialist
position, and labor organizations galore that have hitherto held aloof
from it are of their own volition
falling into line as staunch supporters
of the Socialist program.
The position of the old parties, Republican and Democratic, is one of
halting hupotency. They have neither issue or policy upon which to make
an appeal to the electorate. Tbey
have nothing further to offer that fits
in with the line of human progress
and would tend to advance civilization towards higher and loftier achievements. Their position is most
aptly illustrated by the Republican
slogan of "stand pat," which in itself
is a confession of inability to move-
forward to any solution of the prob
lems pressing upon human society for
solution and threatening its very existence unless solved.
The efforts put forth by thc authorities in various parts e.-f thc country
to put a stop to Socialist agitation
and propaganda by a resort to arbitrary and high-handed methods of
persecution and annoyance, such as
the arrest of speakers and breaking
up of meetings, is open confession
that ithe powers that bc arc at the,
end of their tether and have nothing
further to offer that is of vital interest to human kind, and can win the
support and allegiance of the well-
intentioned citizens. The resort to
repressive measures stamps the boasted "Great Republic" as cast in thc
same mold as the rusty and repulsive
ianonarohies of European countries.
Overwhelming evidence is found
upon every hand to indicate thc breaking up of flic old political move
merits of capitalism. They arc disintegrating, falling to pieces, for the
reason that they no longer have any
vital issue, or live principle to hold
them together and marshal their battalions for the fray. They consequently become easy prey for thei
sturdy and virile political movement
of labor that springs irom the economic aspirations of an enslaved
working class, "thirsting for emancipation from the galling yoke of wagc-
bondage and exploitation.
The signs of the times all point to
the rapid approach of thc end of-ap-
italist rule and robbery.     The econ-j
wmic pressure brought to bear upon
the wealth producers under its baneful sway is becoming well-night   intolerable.    Thc awful conditions   of
moral filth, corruption and rottenness
into whicn it is engulfing human society are becoming    patent    to   all
thinking men.     lhe  rule of capital
has reached the point where it has
become a "stench in the nostrils of
decency,"  a  thing  repulsive   beyond
description   and   unspeakably   repugnant to every moral and ethical conception worthy    of   the name.    Of
still more  vital interest  is  the fact
that human society can no longer live,
and thrive, and grow under its pois
onous influence. To the useful portion ol human society, the means of
existence were never more insecure.
To millions of workers their tenure
of employment, like the sword of
Damocles, hangs by the merest
thread. Their lives at the best are
merely terms of long drawn out pri
vat'oiis and uncertainty. They are
forever shadowed by want or the fear
of want, and countless thousands of
them are engulfed by conditions that
arc of necessity fatal to every noble
aspiration and lofty impulse that finds
its abiding place in human breast
Thc portion of the workers under
capitalist rule is slavery pure, simple
and unadulterated by even the saving
qualities that attached to chattel slavery or feudalism. The portion of the
capitalists is tbat of masters, to wai
low like fat hogs in their own filth
while they wield supreme economic-
power over their slaves with the ferocity and callousness characteristic of
the savage beast of thc jungle.
But the slaves arc awakening. They
are manifesting a disposition to free
themselves from the miseries heaped
upon them under the rule of capital
by assuming on behalf of society us a
whole, control and administration of
the means of production, so that all
members of society may have access
to them for the purpose of providing
themselves with thc necessaries and
comforts of life without bending thc
knee to a master or submitting to his
All signs point to the speedy accomplishment of this purpose. The
signs of the times arc good.
Economic organization, i. e, thc
organization of wealth production, is
effected in the field of inelustry. The
machinery of industry is the great
organizer. Thc struggle for ownership and control of that economic organization takes place in the legislative and executive chambers of the
land. He or they who would stand
master of organized wealth production, and thereby bc in a position to
reap its benefits, must have the organized powers ofa the state at his
back to protect and defend him in his
position of mastery. Without this
all is lost. Let the working people
make a note of this and act accordingly.
The Russian government recently
purchased -a carload of revolver! in
Germany and ordered thc same shipped to Warsaw, Poland. Upon their
arrival an artillery officer, with a
squad of soldiers under his comman,|,
presented tbe bill of lading, etc., took
possession of thc consignment and
removed it from the railway premises. It was subsequently discovered that thc artillery officer and his
squad were revolutionists tn disguise.
Strange -to say thc revolvers have not
yet reached thc government arsenal.
The function of capital is to ex
ploit labor. By its ownership of the
means of production upon which the
workers must depend for their living,
this function is carried out. Thc
workers are compelled to accept thc
market price of their labor-power as
a commodity. Tlie product of their
fabor belongs to the capitalists. The
difference between thc market price
of their labor-power and the market
price of the products they bring forth
represent', thc amount of plunder taken from them under the rule of capi
A PINK TEA NlOHTliAR-      |j-#ww^
[Union  Directory
weeeTusyHett;**,, ,„f> J
A local divine has been discussing
Socialism from his pulpit for thc past
few Sum ays. As is usually thc case,
he is a Socialist himself, but not of
thc same brand as that taught in hit
immediate locality. After giving for
a Sunday or two a very fair presentation of the principles of Socialist, hc
uses the following Sunday to do the
wet blanket aot, no doubt in order to
cover his retreat in case such a move
becomes necessary to hold his job.
J. Ramsey MacponabJt member 01
the British Parliament, irho recently
did this province the honor of passing through it on his way to Australia, has been heard from re his
size-up of the Socialist movement
hereabouts. Writing to the editor
of the "Labor Leader' of London,
England, J. Ramsay says: "They (B.
C. Socialists) are grinding away at
their cold aggressive academic formulae about "class war," "economic
determinism," "a class conscious proletariat," and everyone who does not
agree with them is a fakir or a scoundrel of some degree or other. Many
members of the Socialist party fully
appreciate the folly of all this, and
would bc only too glad to respond to
a more intelligent lead, but at the
moment nobody seems to be able lv
stand out against the existing daraa-
inating -fatcion."
As J. R. attended no meetings of
the Socialist party while in B. C_ and
could have had practically no opportunity to judge of the quality of its
propaganda from personal observation, he must have gotten hia information at teconu band. It is well
known that thc movement in this province has made more effective onslaught upon the political defenses
of capitalism than hat been made in
any state or province on this continent, inspite of the fact that the
Socialist party of Canada is barely
four years old. In fact British Columbia Socialists may well challenge
J. R. and hit ilk to point out the
country on earth, outside of this province, where the Socialists have succeeded in electing any of their parliamentary candidates the first time
their ticket was in the field at a general election. That this achievement
of B. C. Socialists it due to their superlative wisdom, no sane person
would assert. The industrial conditions and social makeup of the province have, no doubt, been favorable.
The very fact, however, that this
noteworthy achievement has been attained, and the men elected as a result of this "cold, aggressive, academic formulae, etc.." have passed unscathed through three settkint of thc
local house, where they were made,
the target of tbe -fiercest and most unscrupulous political attack in Ihe history eif the province, affords ample
proof that the program of the Socialist party oi Canada it sound and ils
propaganda and tactict correct.
Every Vancouver Comrade will at
once recognize where /. Ramsey got
the iaformation, whieh enabled him
to arrive at such wise conclusions re
garding the movement in Canada. At
a private house with a small coterie
of congenial but mentally bilious1
souls, J. R. got tuck a jag of pink
tea and punk talet, that it threw him
into a nightmare. In bit delirium he
saw horrid thing* of hideous shape.
The capitalists of British Columbia
have been seeing thc same things for
a number of years. Like J. Ramsey
and hit pink tea Iriendt, they are alto
greatly disturbed thereat.
Austin Lewis, Socialist candidate
for governor of California, <» putting
up an energetic fight on behalf of the
cause of labor. He reports a larger
attendance at the meetings and a
more general interest and enthusiasm
than ever before known in thc stale.
An immense increase may lie looked
for in the vote of California at thc
coming elections.
to place s 1
newt-,    n*. rctsrl, 1 •,!•>»,*■*,
Phoenia Miners' Union u5
W. P. M. Meet. ""'?; >*
evening at 7.30 o'clock i„ u^
haM. V. imgnm. prtatekpt^ ■
Ptaknrd. aeereUrv
c "rydon.jfcj.
J. Edward Bird,    A
Geo. K. MeCros^
Human, •oucmnu, mj*
Tal. aa*. p.o. n,,, «aa.
a_4 HaeUaga tit. . . V. „.„•,»
Socialist Director;
Party of
Of th., fsseUHj
ahoulu  rus t ar)
91.00 |«r movA
CotaNtMa Preitin, ui i;.*-^
Commit!-.. Hoctfillat p„rt» ot Ca».
aula.    Meet* every allernata Tnat-
t**- _*_ 9.* Mc.Ken.ir, Sc
J9ox h*6, Vancouver, l!   <_'
amneaMve Cummin**, w
cUUat Party or e_i..i:, *,**
•very alternate Tu.-e>i«j.. j. q,
Morgan. Secretary, t,- Barman
JMreet, Vancouver. 11. c.
Local Vi
Wo. 1, K p. of Cm-
Husliiess. ma-tinga net)
Monday e-senlng at ).<-.u).|Uart*n,
lngleetde Block. Ill CareUt hum.
(room 1, eecond door) -'national meetings every Sunday att
P. tn, t_ Sullivan If nil. Cordon
Frederic Perrr. s«cmi*r,
Vancouver. n. C
g* W. ot C.—went second and fourth TaeeCUra, socUiu
Headquai terra, is:, w Quees street
WeOt r. Dal*. _e*ererUr> U Htni*/
Street. Jewish Brani '■■■;,■ »:*• mrj
BeaAuy night. aam« ha::
Local Winnipeg, 8. P. of C. meats
every first and third Sunday in m
Voice office building, 21 1 Rupert
ave, at to jo am J
Secretary, 22b Princess
Winnipeg, Man.
Local Nelson. S. P. of C    M
ety  Friday evening at .-<
Miner*,' Union Hall,  .'.
A. W   Harrod. Organizer
11 i)
A Trained Nurse Must be a
Graduate from some well es-
UbfcrWd hospital, for par-
ticutars write to
W. & MclSAAC
Sec Ymir General Hospital
Box 506 Ymir, B. C
Comrade    Osborne,  the    Socialist
candidate   for  governor  of  Georgia
who was recently imprisoned in the
city stockade of Atlanta for the heinous crime of street-speaking, ig now
in Colorado.    He had no sooner arrived at Denver than his criminal proclivities asserted themselves and getting a soap-box he proceeded to do
things on a street corner.    He was
promptly arrested by the blue-coated
preservers of the peace and guardians
of   thc   law,   God   save   tbe   mark.
Though stone blind, "Jim" is a dan
gerous  character,   so dangerous    in
fact, as to throw the authorities  of
two states into a cold sweat, merely
by his presence.    M he had his eyesight, it is safe to say that capitalist
civilization would be frightened into
a catfit.
While goody-goody folk are deploring thc awful sacrifice of children in
the factory-hells and sweat-shops of
capitalism, tbey forget to tell us how
to put a stop to it wtihout first killing the beast.
The Moyer-Haywcod-Pettibone ha-
beas corpus case hat been argued before the Supreme Court of the United States. There it, however, no
danger of decision being handed down
before the election next month. Al-
■••'ii»h i,,. worrm* icnjrt in e*ur«
tion ig an august body, it is poaecttcd
of the same low-down cunning at the
cheapest police court this side of Satan's bailiwick.
The publication of an  Italian So-
_/__* wi-kly na» ■*-.•»• •- Calumet,
tSSt Sf.SE*is Mme* "u **
The Swedish Socirrlitt Party has
over twenty thousand dues-paying
■members in Stockholm alone; five
<laily newspapers end fifteen representatives in Parliament.
The wages received by the working
•man is not payment for what he does.
It it merely the market price of hit
labor power as a conunudity, which
is quite a different thing. If he got
paid for wfhat he did the master class
would starve to death unless they
went to work along useful and productive line*.
Varmus  mouthpieces of high fin-J
maMorbodmg tbat both great noli-
**=■! Parties will make the next presidential campaign on platforms of an-
tagonism to capital and neighborll-
ness to Socialism. Thev point to the
most conspicuous act of the last congress to the anti-trust activities of
-_L? , 'nilrtra--on* *ofi to the presidents latest utterances at proof that
the party under hi*   leadi t h-<
abandoned its traditional attitude al
conserving businrns intercvi*
As a matter of fact, the- railnat1
rate-bill and the truM (.r luoai
arc. for the protection t capital
Nothing could be more anti Socialistic than their motive. Thc 1 m* oi
the Socialist position, ever since Karl
-Marx announced it, has been 1 ial l|«
big capitalists would iwallov* thc little ones, tbat thc "middle cla** wohM
disappear, leaving society c inipoii*-
of great capitalist!! and wagi rarnrn,
When the latter, by virtue of mi!"'-"**
numerical superiority, would 1 ilmly
appropriate the state.
The Ruzvltean measures havi been
solely by way of chccktitK 'he *'*-1
lowing process.     The    motive   lu-
been  to protect   the  little   > ipital -'
from the great,   to    eonacrvi   »niaB
"middle class" business— who h 1 c f
bate-giving  railroads  and   thc  i"'-1-
that uted cut-throat methods ul i"1"
petition were actually destroyuiK it •
rate that made Marx look like a pf"
We suppose there is no particular
harm in high finance hurling in I"'1
anathemas, "socialiatic" and "academ-
ic," at whomsoever it pleases. I'"'
the plain fact it that President
Ruzvlt ig the champion of capital p"r
excellence. He is doing Ins best '"
save it from those forces which, l»)
concentrating it in a few hands, m"«ij
lead to its destruction. Capital can-
not bc saved finally unless some considerable portion of the electorate h»s
an interesting in saving it.—Saturday
Evening Post.
C. M. I. U. Local No. .,57. Vancou*
ver, B. C, will hold its second ann'**"
"Blue Label" Masquerade Ball " •'>
en' Hall, Pender St., on the evening
of Nov. 30th, 1906.    The local cignr-
makers are putting forth every effort
to make this affair an even K"':lU'r
success  than  the  one  of  laM  )*••>■
Brassfield's orchestrn will  be  in   >'
tendance, and an enjoyable time i  :iS
tured to all who attend    Admission
by invitations received at the  H. .-
Renovatory, 58 Cordova St     Admu-
tion:    Gents, $1.00;  ladies, 50c "'"
eluding supper. tioMi tebokt %m
... ^-.-i-,■•--.•--•    _,,  ■,__'*•,_ r  ' liiaaiilaiiaeai
The-ae columns have been placed at
the disposal of the Party. Secretaries
,,f Locate are requested to take ad-
vantage of them In. at Intervals, re-
peirtlng conditions In their respective
localities. Communications under this
head should be addreeeed to the Dominion or Provincial Secretaries. Local hi-i.-i etarles are further requested to
look to theao columns for announce-
nients from the Executive Coinmltteet.
By this means the business or the
Party will be facilitated and the Dominion and Provincial secretaries
i.|i(-ved of a little of the Increaalng
i. inie-n of correspondence.
The following amounts received up
tn date:
Previously   Acknowledged   ...$120.00
1 ille-itirn at Kossland      8.00
1 -.lleclion at Revelstoke      5.00
Total Ilu-O
It has been decided by tbe Provincial
Executive to build up a central fund
to be used in generally assisting in the
coming campaign and mora especially
for the purpose of printing and distributing campaign literature.
All comrades wishing to collect
(or this fund should at once apply
to the provincial secretary for a receipt book. No effort should be
spared in building up this fund.
The following amounts received up
to date:
previously acknowledged $ 16.00
11 Robelu
Peter Anderson
- nn Simonsen
Niels Hansen ..
Knud Hansen .
.Nils C. Nelscn
1 ot;i|
Ue-i*ular business (meeting, Monday,
Ocl   22, tejo6.—Comrade  Mtill in the
■ hair.
Minutes of  previous meeting read
and approved.
Warrants were  ordered  drawn   for
■  following amounts:
K.iu,  Sullivan  Hall   $.'.56
< leaning headquarters 50
WAGE SYSTEM,     ^^^^^_
To Contend that a raise in wages
by one bunch of workingmen is gain
ed at the absolute expense of the balance of t'he worker* is probably incorrect, since commodities always sell
at "all the traflic will bear"
111 any
Hut granting that an isolated raise
in wagtl means a lessening of profits, the* fact still remains that one set
"f men can only secure better terms
of wage-Servitude because the other
men keep off the job.
The trades union does not fix the
price arbitrarily at which its members
will sell labor-power. On the contrary, it does the tame as any other
trust; it limits as best it can thc available- number of men selling specific
brands of labor power, ami to thc extent tbat this can be accomplished is
the tuecOSS or failure of a trades union determined.
The unwritten law of supply and
demand cannot be set a#de; but
where a combination can be so formed that it hat the power to limit production, the price can be more correctly regulated and estimated,
though, even then prices **ml| fluctuate in conformity te existing conditions.
A trades union is composed of
poor material to make a trust out of;
its members have stomachs which demand food, hence it is wt-H-nigh impossible to withdraw the sale of its
SOOanodity from the market for any
appreciable length of time.
And a union is ne stronger than
its   hungriest   link.
lt has been argueii by many workers who should know better, that were
all thc workers to unite in one industrial union, wages could be raised till
there would be no profits left; hence
tbe workers would be receiving the
full product  of  their tt il. .
Unfortunately the employing clas-.-"
es already own thc various commodity trusts, backed by the power of thc
.•tate, and by mutual agreement can
at any tunic limit the production uf.
say, lumber by shutting down their
mills and turning thc wage slaves
And what power in top of the earth
can prevent thc price of lumber going
up  under  such  circumstances?
So that if the workers could enforce
a $10 a day wage K_ie<kllc they would
.-till bc relatively ii" uetter on.
As a matter of fact there is no solution of the labor problem witlun thc
limits of thc wage system—upon
which capitalism is founded.
Then    why    should    the    workers
organizations canont go beyond dealing with issues within the premises of
The emancipation and industrial
freedom of the workers lies outside
the wage-system and capitalism.
The political expression of such a
revolutionary program is the Socialist party.
The issue is plain.
The workers themselves must make
the decision.
To choose the former only means
prolonging the agony of wags-slavery
with all its attendant evils.
The latter c-hoice must ultimately
be made by the working class.
Why not make it now?
iii City Hall    on
1   lure
( "iiuniniication     fre>m     Comrade
ti-.irns was received tendering his rc-
- gnation as  organizer  of  thc   local.
1 ue  resignation    was    accepted  anil
Comrade  Melachlan  was elected as
liis successive in office.
Comrade Lambert    was   appointed
Iiairman for Sunday evening. Oct. 28.
Financial Report.
Collection, Sullivan Hall, Sunday,
Oct. 21  $j.8o
Dues   2.7s
meeting    ad-
v. Ex. Due Stamps and war- ' hen    why    thouh
rant book $* It   m**tt   **'*  much   time   in   endeavoring
,. ...............    ... Innui  up organizations   dual  ami
-onr-mttnfcatioo from Seattlete en- otbfewise- to limited in scope and
igemenf of 1. McGrady, It was; power, and sii utterly incapable of
ruled to secure his service** for a  coping with the situation confn nttng
Thursday,, •***-*jr*
' I Why not turn to and devote more
of onr time and attention to a movement which has for its purpose the
overthrow of class rule; the abolition
of thc present accursed system of
production for protit, and robbery of
labor; and also thc removal eif Man
from tne category of commodities—
bought and sold like so much junk? j
Such is the aim and object of the
S'xialist party, the world over.
Te> accomplish such a task necessitates an international effort 011 thc
part ofthc proletariat, separate and
distinct from all parties standing for
the present ownership of property.
-The workers of the world must
organize politically, where possible
for the express purpose of seizing thc
powers  of  state.
This done, the social revolution will
have dawned; and it will be up to
tbeisc elected to do so to devise ways
and   means   for   the   next   step.    To
"The revolt against Chicago canned
meat is a remarkable instance how
out of evil sometimes coinerh good.
I'eor people in the East End of London are being better fed now than
tbey  ever were.
"Grocers who were unable to get
rid of their stores of canned meat
sent them to the East End to be sold
at a reduced price. The majority of
the poor iieople there seldom if ever
read the newspapers, or, if they have
known anything about the scare they
have shown that they do not trouble
about it, for they have been able to
buy up tiiic tabooed canned meat at
about cne-fourth its original price.
"Not a single case of illness has resulted, says this police missionary. In
fact hc says improvement in the appearance of these East End poor is
surely a testimonial to the whole-
someness cf the food they are enjoying. The only matter of concern
is as to whether those people will be
aolc to get more food at such cheap
prices when thc present stock is exhausted." :
The above from a London press
dispatch affords a splendid illustration of how good may come from
c-vil under thc glorious dispensation
of modern business. Meats that
were put up in Chicago under suoh
conditions of tilth as to turn the stomachs of our smug bourgeois citizens, and the good Lord knows that
anything that wculd turn their stomachs must bc mighty rotten, is
sloughed off upon the London poor
wiho had heard nothing of the Chicago revelations. Their ignorance however probably cut but little ice in
the matter as their necessities would
impel them to swallow anything that
came along in the nutritive line no
matter how rotten. That "not a
.single case of illness has result," is
doubtless due to the fact that some
centuries of training in the art of living upon the attenuated end of nothing, under the beneficent reign of
English capitalism, has devele>ped in
thc "London poor" the digestive and
assimilative powers usually attributed
to the goat. This would naturally
render them hnmune against Chicago
canned meats unless they should accidentally ohoke to death upon the
can  it-elf.
To fancy I^nndon's "East End
poor" going about rotund of belly
and wearing a beatific smile as a result of the horrible exposure of Packingtown filth is pleasing indeed. It
is to be hoped that the gTocers who
unloaded their rotten goods on the
"East End poor" at a reduced price
suffered no financial loss by the transaction.
An Eloquent Advocate
of Socialism
Will   Speak at
Vancouver, B. C.
Thursday. November 1,1906
Admission 25 Cents
Doors Open at 7:30 P. M.
Come early in order to secure
■———*■" ' n -       .       in i ——__—»»_»—fm
Some who started early are now selling ten
copies a day; and it pays from fifty to eighty cents
a copy.    Send to   us for circulars and wholesale
prices.   The book is now ready for delivery.
9 w
Report  received and
what particular line eif action will
Tacoma, Wash., Oct. 22, 1906.-So-
:iali«t sentiment i« manifesting itwn
m many way* in this *>tatc. Our
meeting* are large ami enthusiastic,
the people who attend are- very syin*
pathetic, and we arc organising a>
in ver before. .
Thc    executive    committee    issue-*
three charter! today and one ''l'l''1
cation   for  mcmbcrship-at-larKC   ****
The correspondence is increasing
Mi-Hi thc state office, and there are
numerous innuirics as to how to organise  locals.
The unwarranted arrest of •••''
speaker! i» stirring thc worker*, a-
nothing else ever has. 'IV -• '» a
inospect that there will be* a »o»t
vigorou* protest at thc polls. I'***"
m itself is no* desirable, hut one ot
tin- effects will be to arrest the at-
uiition of Uie toilers,
The state executive committee 1*
preparing to keep Emil Herman in
five field continuously. This ci-mm't-
lee' expects to prosecute a more vig*
orotw campaign after the election
than it has done during the campaign
just cloning. The reason for Wus is
found in the fact that thc member-(
ship it more united than for mo-ntli**.
they Bccm to tee the folly of ***v>-1-
ing our cnergie*. W«th a united party and a aolid front, we shall carry
«hc war into the enemy's country.
From election day forward, Organ-
i-ritinn will bc our slogan. The work
of the slate office it to be systematized, and a series of instructive and
helpful .letters will be scut tc all sympathizers whose names and adilrc-cs
can bc obtained. All the Socialist
papers show a commendable desire to
aid in this work.
The comrades in Seattle have proposed to the National Headquarters a
plan by which they hope to keep *"
number of speakers ol nation'" rc-
n-'wn in the field. In thi* effort tlie
slate office will co-opcratc.
say -..„. ^- ._	
then be adopted must, of course, bc
more or less speculative. To lay
plans for thc rising generation would
be rather too ideological and Utopian
But, judging from history, experience and precedents, the course to
be adopted by the victorious workers
will hc siuh as will conform to their
needs and requirements,
The first legislative document will
in all probability be a bill transfonn-
•mg that portion of property functioning as capital (prope'rty used to
rob labor) into the collective property of tlu'-se who do the work-thus
making it possible to produce the necessities of life for use, and give le)
each the full social product of their
Hut this part of the socialist program must bc left to t-hosc who will
be on the job at the time.
Meanwile thc workers of this and
all lother capitalist-dominated portions
of thc world arc still selling their le-
bor-power day by day, at the market
price, in order to eke out a living for
themselves and raise some more
slaves to take their places as cogs
in the wheel of modern industry.
AM kinds and sorts of blind and instinctive cffiirts arc being made by
various lections of thc workers, to
get away from a something thc majority of them have no knowledge
of —capitalist rule.
Just now in Britisn Columbia still
another "independent" labor party is
being   mooted.
A party can be no better than flic
thing it represents; and a man can be
no better than thc party or principle-
he represents.
The present -independent "jar of
mixed pickle-" is supposedly to represent thc trades unoii movement in
British Columbia. The trades union
movement is founded within the limits of trhc wage system and can see
nothing beyond that; if it did so, and
neted accordingly it v
be a trades union.
Thc   political   expression  of
About the most melancholy, forlorn
and miserable object on earth is the
penniless wage-slave without a master. Even the stray dog is justified
in looking upon him with suspicion,
and considering him as an inferior,
for a dog so circumstanced may steal
a bone to appease his hunger without
being branded as a felon and consigned to penal servitude. The only
thing thc impecunious slave without a
master can safely take is a walk seasoned with an occasional lung-full of
Over 50,000 convicts are engaged in
productive labor in 296 penal and reformatory institutions in the United
States. They are indeed fortunate in
thus being assured of food, clothing
and shelter, as well as a liberal allowance of the dignity attached to
useful labor. For their own sake it
is to be hoped tlieir terms arc long
ones. Tlieir present "prosperity'1 is
greatly to be preferred to the uncertainties of existence outside of prison
In lecturing on the Bible, before
the Northwestern Methodist Conference at Lebanon, Ind., Bishop Hamilton declared it to bc "a human document, parts of it to be of a low order
of literature, if not low order of revelation." Part of if, he asserted, had
been "written by adulterers and liars,"
Whether thc Bishop is a Socialist or
not is unknown, as the dispatches are
silent as to his political and economic
Notice is hereby given that after
60 days wc intend to apply to thc
Chief Commissioner of Land and
Works for a special license to tut
and carry away timber from the following described lands in Rupert District:
No. 1—Commencing at the S. W.
Cor. of Sec. 23, Township 14, thence
cast 80 chains, thence north So chains,
thence west 80 chains, thence south
80 chains.
No. 2—Commencing^ at the N. W.
Cor. of Sec. 14, Township 14, thence
cast 80 chains, thence south 80
chains, thence west 80 chains, thence
north 80 chains.
No. 3—Commencing at thc N. E.
Cor. of Sec. 15, Township 14, thence
west 80 chains, thence sout-h 80
chains, thence east 80 chains, thence
north 80 chains.
No. 4.—G>mmencing at the S. E.
Cor. of Sec. 22, Township 14, thence
north 160 chains, thence west 40
chains, thcucc south 160 chains,
thence  cast 40 chains.
No.  5.—Commencing at  thc  N.  E.
Cor. of Sec. 26, Township 14, thence
west   80     chains,     thence     south   80
chains, thence  east 80 chains, thence
north 80 chains.
No. 6—-Commencing at the N. W..
corner of bee. 25, township 14,
thence cast 80 chains, thence south
80 chains, thence west 80 chains,
thence north 80 chains.
No. 7.—Commencing near thc S.
W. Cor. Sec. 36, Township 14, thence
north 80 chains, thence east_ 80
chains, thence south 80 chains, thence
west 80 chains.
No. 8—Commencing at post half
a mile south of thc S. W. Cor. of
Sec. 31, Township 15, thence north
80 chains, thence east 80 chains,
thence south 80 chains, thence west
80 chains.
No. 9.—Commencing at a post
planted at thc S. W. Cor. of No. 8.
thence south 80 chains, thence east
80 chains, thence north 80 chains,
thence west 80 chains.
No. 10—-Commencing at a post
planted near the N. E. Cor. of Sec.
17, Township 15, thence 160 chains
west, thence 40 chains south, thence
160 chains east, thence 40 chains
No it—Commencing at a post near
the N. E. Cor. of No. to thence west
160 chains, thence North 40 chains,
thence cast 160 chains, thence south
40 chains, to point of commence
Dated Sept. 26, 1006.
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offlce from subscribers who tall to get
their papers. In some instances there
are several complaints from the same
locality. As every subscriber's name
and the number of paper with which
his subscription expires are kept continually ln type and the mailing list
printed therefrom each week, after all
corrections, alterations and additions
are made up to date, the frequency of
these complaints Justifies the suspicion that postal employees ar* often
guilty of reprehensible laxity In tbe
performance of their duties, even if
they be guilty of nothing worse.
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who docs not receive hia paper to <
promptly notify this offlce. Missing
copies will be supplied st once and ne-
csssary steps taken to locate the reason for such non-delivery and to avoid
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According to the Stockton (Cal.)
Evening Record, Charles Schuburu
was recently brought to thc Stockton State Hospital for the Insane, a
raving maniac, as a result of reading
thc "Appeal to Reason." The sail
fate of Schuburu should bc taken as
a warning to readers of thc "Record"
not to attempt to break away from
its brand of dope too suddenly.
Thc struggle between the capitalist
class and thc working class in its last
analysis resolves itself into a struggle for control of the powers of the
state. Whichever side is in control
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[news and views
Bdltad by R. P. s^aTTTOtBCE, to whom aU oorraapondenoe for this department ahould he atMreaeed.        9
Though no member of Toronto local has sent any report of-its doings
for about three months, it mustii t be
taken for granted that it has gone by
thc boards. True it is tbat the members ihave not been as active as they
might have, but an effort is now being made to revivify the comrades
and do same effective -work. during
the  winter months.
During the summer little more was
done than hold re*gular fortnightly
business meetings, several eif t'he -Active comrades beim* busy building
houses or shacks in the outlying districts to escape the levies made upon
them by the landlor_. Thc great
event of the summer was a combined
picnic of Finnish, Jewish and English
enrnrades on Aug. 4, ab"tit 500 attending, two thirds nf these being
Policemen Worsted.
Some propaganda was done during
the summer by street speaking, Comrades Gribble and Simpson being the
most active although several others
took their turn on thc box. Thc
Industrial Workers had been interfered with by the police so Organizer
Gribble took up the same corner and
when toM to desist by thc police,
refused to do so and made the officers
crawl before the crowd present. To
get out of their hole, the police <_id
religious meetings, could be held but
Gribble reminded them that the meeting was not a religious meeting, but
a Socialist meeting to discuss working
Class politics. The officers took
Comrade Gribble's name but nothing
has been heard of the matter since.
Another attempt to stop street
meetings occurred in September when
Comrade, Simpson and a Jewish Comrade were speaking on a corner in
"the Ward," the foreign settltment.
A Hebrew property owner telephoned
for the police and a detachment came
up post haste and ordered the crowd
to disperse.
Comrade Simpson told the crowd
that the officers had no authority and
■called on the officers to show why the
meeting should discontinue. After a
few minutes parley the officers retreated with the meeting larger than
before. The speakers' names were
taken, but no prosecutions resulted.
The single taxers -were ordered by
the police to stop their street meetings some months ago and they obeyed instructions. The Industrial Workers had the same experience, but
later on attempted to continue the
meetings, their speaker, Charles
Kemp, being arrested and fined $1.
The case was appealed and _his week
the conviction was sustained, the
jubge saying he did not desire to
hurt the feelings of the magistrate
by reversing his decision, lhe Industrial Workers were hit by the arm
of the law—a political weapon wield-
_el by the capitalist class—but as their
'Moses sneers at the ballot as a useless bit of paper, they -will probably
continue to be blind leaders of the
blind, and delude such workers as
they reach by the sophistry that capital can be dethroned by fighting on
the industrial and ignoring the political field.
Ramsey  McDonald's  Visit
Toronto 4ocaI took wise action just
before the much advertised  Ramsey
McDonald struck this country.    The
question was brought up for discussion as to the policy to be pursued
on the occasion of the visit of this
"celebrated  English  Socialist."  Comrade   Gribble,   Peel,   Thompson   and
Wrigley,  told  of <the compromising
tactics pursued by McDonald and thc
Independent Labor Party and urged
that the local ignore his presence in
Toronto  unless    the    much    touted
"Socialist" proved his comradeship by
looking- up the enly revolutionary political  movement  in  Canada.   Individual comrades were, of course, to act
as  they   deemed  best,   if   McDonald
tried to boost a fake labor party to
delude Toronto   wage-slaves.      This
action was decided upon against thc
protests  of  Comrades   Simpson  and
Taylor, whose lack of knowledge of
the   British   movement caused  them
to  favor asking McDonald to speak
under thc auspices of our local. Some
warm   criticism   was   hurled   at   thc
heads of those wiho "formed their opinion of McDonald before they knew
him,"etc.    Well, McDonald came and
, all we knew of his visit was a news-
I paper interview in which he admitted
.* that he was not a materialist, or a
revolutionary  socialist,  and   his    rc-
" ference to -is visit to Toronto in the
,. "Labor Leader".in which he told of
being Comrade Simpson's guest, and
of his visit to the Labor- Temple.
Coming Municipal Campaign,
About a month ago, Toronto local
appointed  a   speciaj    committee    to
bring in a report on the members of
the local who held property qualification, etc., sufficient to allow them
to stand as  candidates in the  next
municipal elections.     iney    are    to
prepare a ritanifesto and if possible
arrange a list of candidates for every
office  from  mayor to school  board.
The committee have not yet reported
Important action was also taken
by the local adopting a motion that
it be a principle of the party that
whenever a member of the local is
elected to fill an office carrying with
it a salary of over $1,000, that a percentage of the salary should be returned to the party for propaganda
purposes. The salary of the Mayor
of Toronto is $5,000 per year, Board
of Control $2,500, and Aldermen $1,-
000. While it is not expected that
any of these positions will be won by
one of our nominees, the local felt
that the principle should bc adopted
and the percentage decided upon later.
As British Columbia comrades expect to win a number of seats in the
next legislature they might do well
in taking similar action, making «t
a rule that every elected Socialist contribute to thc organization fund, at
least one tenth of their public salary,
cit'her in cash or in time spent in the
field as organizer.
A Provincial Organisation.
Little seems to be doing regarding
a Provincial organization for Ontario,
though it would undoubtedly strengthen the party in Eastern Canada to
have an Ontario Executive Committee, as was pointed out by Comrade-
Stuart, of New Brunswick, in a recent
issue cf thc Glarion. Local Berlin,
recently nominated Toronto as Ontario headquarters and Local Hamilton
sent its endorsation. Port Arthur
held off, however, feeling that they
would have a better chance ot getting
Comrade Kingsley to make an eastern organization trip if they contin
ued sending dues to Vancouver. This
is questionable as with a provincial
committee at work, organization
work would be pushed more aggressively. With about ioo members of
the party in Ontario, the provincial
committee would have about $5
monthly as a starter to push the propaganda. And with an Ontario headquarters, new locals would probably
be enrolled more easily.
Bow many locals must be in existence before a provincial organization can be formed? Can the Clarion answer, or refer us to some section in the constitution covering the
point. And, again, Section 5, Article
4, provides that no provincial officer
shall held any other otfice or position
on committee in the party. No local in Ontario could well live up to
that section as all the active comrades are officers or committee members, lt seems a preposterous provision that no member of the provincial executive could serve on any
[committee for his local. Toronto
local urged an amendment to this
section a year ago. Can any writer
in the Clarion point out the necessity
cf thc clause? If other locals bold
the same opinions as local Toronto
a vote might be taken on an amendment to the constitution.
Another unworkable clause is section 1, article 2. Toronto local exists today in violation of the clause
as there are four provincial and five
Dominion ridings in the city of Toronto. When Toronto local affiliated
with the Dominion organization, this
matter was pointed out but no action has yet been taken.
Section 5, article 7, might also be
made stronger to prevent endorsa-
tiens being given our candidates by
labor councils, temperance lodges,
Max Hayes' Pipe Dream.
The Cleveland ' Citizen," says: "A
Canadian Labor party will be formed
during the coming year under the
direction of the Trades and Labor
Congress. According to promises
made, there will bc no flirtation with
either old party. The Socialist party
has been invited to join and will consider the matter."
The above item is a fair samp'* >•:
thc stuff given tn the Citize-i, edi.ed
by Max Hayes. Not long ago ti*e
same paper told how "labor members," Hawthornthwaite and Williams
had won the eight hour day for B. C.
miners—and the New York Worker
copied the item.
A man is but the creature of hi;
environment and as 'Max Hayes is
paid to hand out dope to the labor
unionists in Cleveland, through the
Citizen, it has evidently become second nature for hime to compromise
his utterances to suit his env: >:i-
men just as Ramsey McDonald .mil
the English labor mis-leaders do.
But Hayes, in making the two statements referred to, was either ignorant
or dishonest, and there is no excuse
for ignorance on ihis part, taking Into
consideration his position in the S i-
cialist Party and as editor of the Citizen and of the labor department n
the Socialist Review. The writer is
forced to the conclusion that .Haye:
like many others, is forced to b;* .' s-
honest to the Socialist Party on account ef his official positions in be
trades-union movement. If the Socialist Party had as many fat jobr,
and delegates trips to offer, th; -incentive to such dishonesty would be
removed. But it hasn't, so wc will
continue to have the straddle the
fence compromisers.
New Organizer Elected.
Toronto local has elected ComriJc
G. Civale organizer, vice W. G. Gribble, resigned. Comrade Civale is an
earnest Italian member, recently
from Buffalo. One new member was
enrolled at the last meeting.
The Anti-Consumption League h:s
been conducting a campaign of education recently inWting promint.it
speakers from different walks of ln'e
to deliver addresses at their nice* n,js.
The president of one of Tonnt.--'".
largest unions was invited to speak
one evening in September and several
Socialists attended, expecting to hear
something good. On entering, they
were handed a leaflet saying "Consumption is not hereditary, but is
caused by bad air, bad food, etc.
This was a good starter and an excellent text for a Socialist address.
Then an attendant gave a magic lan-
M_1m—MM—— "_"***"""*1"-**^»*_.
tern show of scenes in the slums,
showing how poverty was the father
ol the disease. The speaker of the
cveiing, however, proved a disap
pointment, as he devoted his time to
telling how proud he was to belong
to the labor movement which was
doing so much to combat the ill effects of this dread disease. His union, for instance, had a home for consumptives at Colorado Springs and
everything possible was dene for
those who contracted tne     tease, etc.
The "working classes' were mentioned twice during the- address, but
not a word was said regarding Socialism, the Socialist Party or iie>w the
triumph of socialist pninciplcs would
strike at thc cause of the disease,
whereas thc labor unions and other
reform organizations were merely
battling with effects. t\n excellent
opportunity was lost to point out the
impotency of "reform" work and
show clearly how the Socialist party
is thc only movement which has a definite and feasible proposition to do
away with the "bad air and bad food-'
which were admitted to bc thc cause
of tuberculosis.
Regular metings will be 'held hereafter on Tuesday evenings, Comrade
Simpson being billed to speak on
Tuesday, Oct. 16, on his impressions
of  the  Socialist   Movement    111    the
Toronto comrades were interested
the recent Trades Congress at
Victoria, chiefly because of the presence of Comrade Simpson as vice-
president. Thc local was concerned
exclusively in his taking a dear and
uncompromising stand for political
action through the Socialist Party only, and the commendation of his actions in the Clarion of Oct. 6, were,
therefore, read with satisfaction. We
of thc East, however, were amused
at the Victoria writer referring to
Sammy Landers of Hamilton as being "the only man of sufficient prominence' and cleanness of record" to
successfully oppose Simpson for the
presidency. About five w six years
ago, Landers paraded as a converted
Jew an the Salvation Army, then he-
became a "Christian Socialist" and
joined the Hamilton branch of the
Ontario Socialist League. Failing to
be elected as an alderman after nominating himself as a Socialist, hc
became an "independent labor" man
—whatever that may mean—and after
fishing for a nomination in various
places, got one at Berlin. Making
a deal with the Lioerals, he retired
and was next heard of as an apologist
for the discredited Ross government,
quotations from his speeches being
circulated by the Liberals in ridings
where they wanted to catch labor
votes. Having qualified as a recognized party heeler, he rose rapidly in
official trades union circles, and is
now one of thc executive officers e>f
the Garment Workers Union, bidding
fair to soon eclipse thc record of
former Secretary White of that or1
ganization.—-G. W. W.
elected members—Com, Simpson—under an "instruction" ordeal before
each school board meeting. H Com.
Simpson would ask his Local tc produce thoir reasons, precedent or ruling for such action, there would be-aJ
surprise in store  for Toronto Local.'
All this sort of petty dictation and
set rules of action is a positive menace to thc Socialist Party.
To become a member of the Party
a man must declare himself. This
done, it is for thc rank and file to
judge as to thc fitness of fcllow-
menibers to assume the responsibilities of office, lf a man will not cuii-
fjic wishes   of  the  executive  of
Socialist Party of Canada
the partv which has elected him, 2x4
rules and regulations will not force 1
him to do so.
Let party members rally to the
support of men deserving tlieir confidence, and treat with mcnibcrs-jn-eif*
bee as men—not kindergarten students.
lf, on the other hand, members of
the Socialist Party who allow themselves to become standard-bearers, refuse to equip themselves with thc necessary weapons of knowledge, then
tight it out in your business meeting*,
and Ott nomination day.
Let the dissemination of economic
knowledge be the slogan of Socialist
workers everywhere. Leave tinkering with the constitutions, hair-split
ting and other means of wasting energy, to those who are too small to
grasp thc real spiirit of the social revolutions, and probably by the time
the next annual convention conic»
round your delegate will be tiresent
to voice thc* needs and requirements
of your Local, and sec that they are
embodied in the Party constitution.
■ o	
Vie, the Sociallat Party of Canada, ia convention auemh-.-   *
iaup|M««rfthaprlndple..„drrom^  *
For many years back throughout
the province of Ontario the Socialist
movement has, been anything but the
efforts of well-informed working-class
Recently, however, Toronto Local
has apparently grasped the revolutionary program and appears to bc
making progress in its propaganda
Elsewhere in this issue, and on previous occasions, correspondence from
the cent-belt has appeared in The
Clarion, thc trend cf which does not
make for the best interests of thc Socialist  Party.
To put it bluntly, there seems to
be too many constitution meddlers in
Toronto, and too nruoh attention paid
to what Socialists shall do "when
elected," rather than what wc, as
workingman, must do to elect them.
If Comrade Wrigley's statements
arc correct, Toronto Local still exacts a "resignation" from its standard-
bearers. This nonsense was disposed
ef nearly four years ago by an -ft—
nual convention of the Socialist Party. This for the simple reason that
it was found illegal and impracticable. Western Socialists have found
that clean principles, like a mirror,
are reflected in men standing for
"By their works ye shall know
them," is a good motto when nomination day comes. A man cannot be
legisHated into honesty any more than
we could legislate higher wages. If
a Socialist-in-office fails to do his
duty, the Party endorsation can bc
That settles it.
A man might sell himself; he cannot sell his party.
So why such antiquated methods
still  in  Toronto?
An item in Com. Wriglcy's interesting letter this week, though, it
quite the limit. It would appear that
Toronto Local has resolved itself into the Socialist Party of Canada, and
has proceeded to lay down "a principle of the party," etc., re percentages of salariet being "returned" to
the party. *     *
This is all thc more humorous because of the annual convention of the
Party being assembled in Nelson
the same time—the biggest, most representative and best convention ever
held in the history of the movement.
•Another instance of nose-poking on
the part of members who apparently
lack party "constitution" knowledge,
is that Toronto Local puts one of its
Working Class Ingratitude to Members of Ita Class—Condone Murder to Hold Jobs.
Corporation domination seems to
have reached common everyday
"working class" juries at North Vancouver. A lumber company over
there owns a chute, down which shingle bolts are plunged. James Thompson, a teamster, was driving along a
road about too feet from the deathtrap last week, when one of the bolts
jumped thc chute at a bend, hurled
through thc air, struck Thompson
and killed him. And aa the local
daily press says: "Thompson was
found lying dead in the road.
"Net long ago another man was
struck by a shingle bolt that jumped
the chute at the same place, but his
injuries did not prove fatal.
Thc coroner in the Thompson case
wished tiie jury to add a rider that
the company should remedy thc defect in the flume at the point where
tnese accidents have occurred, but
the jury did not do so, and the coroner will write to the company himself about it.
The working class seems to be its
own worst enemy.
Not only docs it vote its means of
living into the hands of profit-mongers, but after doing so, the average
"jury" will crawl like a viper when
a member of its own class has been
murdered in the brutal scramble for
Great and powerful is the rule of
And greater still is the folly and
stupidity of  thc  working class.
(Dolhrs to doughnuts there was
not a wage-earner on that coroner's
jury.-—Editor Clarion.)
Says the local DaMy World editorially: "Socialism has been repudiated
by both thc great political parties in
Great Britain. It is declared to be
impracticable, immoral and impossi
A socialism not "repudiated by both
the great political parties" would be
a mighty inferior article from a wage-
earners' standpoint.
After reading thc above, socialists
throughout Canada will have an altogether better opinion of thc clarifying influences at work in the labor
movement of England.
Shall   you   complain   who   feed   the
world t
Whti e-lerthe and house the
Shall   you   complain   who
world -.
arc   thc
Of what the world may do?
At from this hour
You  use your peiwer,
Thc world must fedlow you.
Thc world's life hangs on your right
Your strong, your skilled, right hand!
You hold  the  whole  world  in  your
Sec to it what you do!
Or dark or light,
Or wrong or right, ^
The world is made by you.
Then rise at you never rose before;
Nor hoped, nor dared before,
And show, at was never shown before,
The power that lies in you!
Stand all as one,
Sec justice done.
Believe and dare and dol
—Charlotte Perkins Oilman.
affirm our allegiance to an_ .-n-w.. «. _.« -pumpics ana pro-rim
of the international revolutionary working claaa, ■ ™*
Labor produces all wealth, and to labor It ahould justly _,
long. To the owners of tba meana of waalth production beio_«
tha product of labor. Tha praaant economic system it based udm
capitallat ownerahip of th* means of waalth production; thcreior*
all the products of labor belong to Uw capitalist class, n,, "
italist ia muter; the worker to slave. v***"
So long aa die Capitalists remain in possession of the reins.
of government all tbe powers of tbe state will be used to protect
and defend their property rights in th* meana of wealth prodi_.
tion and their control of tbe product of labor. ^^
....The capitallat system give* to th* capitalist an ever twellns
stream of profits, and to the worker aa -mr-incveaaing m-isurt
of misery and degradation.
Tbe interest of the working claaa hap tu the directum ot
setting itself free from capttaliet exploitation by the abolition of
the wage system. To accomplish thia aeceeaiutet the trantior
•nation of capitalist property in me meana of wealth production
into collective or working-class property.
The irrepressible conflict of interests aetwaa- the capitsbtt
and the worker ia rapidly culminating la a atruggle lor potnewoa
of the power of government—th* oapttaltot to hold, the wH'stt
to secure it by political action.   Thia to the claaa struggle.
Therefore, we call upon all marker* to organise und-r tht
banner of the Socialist Party of Canada with the object oi conquering the public powers for th* purpo** af aetting up and enforcing the economic program of the working class, at foiiows-
... I...The transformation a* rapidly aa poaaible, oi capittlitt
property in the meana of wealth PMmmmaPh (natural rctourcet,
factories, mille, railroads, etc) lato tha collective property uf tbt
working class.
a. Thorough and democratic organisation and manat-e-.ntnt
of industry by the workers.
3. The establishment, aa speedily a* poaaible, of production
for uae instead of production for profit.
The Socialist Party, whan in otic* shall always and everywhere until the present system to abolished, make thc annrcr to
this question its guiding rule of conduct. .Will this legislation
advance the interests of the working claaa and aid the workert ia
their atruggle against capita-ami*. If h will, the Socialist Party
it for it; if it will aot, the Socialist Party to absolutely opposed to
In accordance with thia principle the Socialist Pany pledget
itself to conduct all the pabbc affairs placed fat Ita hands 11 »..h
a manner as to promote the interests of the working clast alone
I,  THE   UNDERSIGNED,  hereby  apply   for   membership
in    Local    Societal
Party of Canada.
I recognize the clatt struggle between the capitals: lIsm ind
the working datt to be a ttruggle for political taprtrnicy, -.
possession of the r«ns of government, and which nor-* latei
the organization of the workert into a political party distinct
from and opposed to all parties of the capitalist clas.e
lf admitted to membership, I hereby agree to maintain <-• eater into no relation* with any other political  party, and
myself to support by voice, vote and all other legitimatr mrjiss
the ticket and the program of the Socialist Party of Csasd >   rilj
Applicant   Address   	
Occupation    Age    Citizen  	
Admitted to Local      190
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We have a large quantity of
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Stores— 137 and 138 Cordova
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Hardware, Junk and Fun-tare. J
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Single eoples, S
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cents; tt copiea, 11.00; 1»- ♦
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These rates Include* 1
to any part of dms'i >
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PHoaa Modems
A new Socialist weekly, "The Dixie
Worker," has made its appearance in
Memphis, Tcnn. It it a four-page, six
column publication and the initial
issue contains matter of a very -high
Organized labor in Austria counts
about 325,000 members in about one
hundred unions, national and local. A
total of nearly 350,000 copies of Socialist and trades union papers are
published monthly.
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