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Published in the Interests of the Working Class Alone.
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Vancouver, British Columbia, Saturday, December 1, 1906
•mbaerltHlcrn Price
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[n,p|oyees>f the British Columbia Copper Company Quit
Work to Cnforce Their Demands—as a Result of Negotiations the Company Caves in and the Incident Closes.
■mother of those struggles that are
.„ inevitable consequence of the ir-
LettibU conflict of interest be-
I1;,, Capital and Wage-slave has
*tcn out at Greenwood, B. C. The
' -tf-r ,,( thr British Columbia Cop-
smelter oi the British
„r -.'ompany, Limited, is tied up, the
in n having refuted to longer submit
,'. the exactions of the management
n its greed, to twell thc stream of
irofit flowing into the company's cof-
, m, .it the expense of their life-blocd.
. uiiiicccssary to recount thc
• M.nis leading up to this revolt upon
he part of the men. To do so would
ic merely to repeat that which al*
vvaya occurs in such cases, exactions
and encroachment* upon thc part of
the cempany until thc pressure be-
comes intoleralbc to thc men and the
strike is resorted to in the desperate
effort to retain at least living condi-
tiont for thcmtclvcs and those dc-
pendent upon them. The history ol
events leading up to any one of these
affairs is thc hittory of them all. lt
might safely be stereotyped and kept
m readiness for use in any newspa-
; ■ r office whenever one of these af-
fairt occurt.
Die following statement from thc
men, which we clip from the Greenwood Ledge, givet > clear under-
-...mlmg of their grievances against
lhe company. It will have a familiar sound to many a wage-slave who
I as met with .«-rm!ar treatment ;it the
hnnd* cf employing concerns into
whotc merciless grip he has fallen.
•    «    •    e    <-    -e    e
Statement of the Men.
1. In May when agreement wat
entered into the c.arge wheelers and
cok« wheelers presented no grievan-i
i -.  therefore  these  positions    were i
I i mMdercd at that time, and had !
no place in the agreement.
2. In job* not  specified  the  committee said they could not arrange for
t  >.calc of  wages, as they    did    net |
know   what  the duties in  connection!
therewith would be.     Mr. McAllister'
..iid:     "Thi*  company  will  do    the
fair   thing  and   will   pay     the    same
wages as other smelters."    This has
t,"t lieen done as thc following will
!i 11 m],^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^*^*^m9****
to go down in defeat in the present
struggle, let them have at least the
satisfaction of electing a representative of the working class to the Provincial parliament, before relinquishing the struggle. By so doing they
can deal to the B. C. Copper Company, and kindred piratical gangs, a
more deadly blow than by all the
wage struggles that ever occurred.
The more completely iht houses of
parliament are filled with representatives ol laobr, the more impossible
will jt ebcoine for capitalist pirates
to perpetrate their impositions and
exaction* upon the workers, and the
nearer the day when master and slave
shall bc no more. When Labor shall
be matter of its product. When La-
bcr shall bc Free.
The following from "The Ledge,"
written just before the strike, is trite
and to tlie point. It is especially
recommended to thc strikers as excellent  advice to follow:
"If it is to be a strike, it will probably be a long and bitter one, provided there is not a change of management.     Any  talking    should    be
done    in    the    union    rooms    only.
Neither the street nor the saloon is
thc place for expressions of opinion as
to how  the  strike  is  or  should    be
conducted.     The   executive   committee should do any talking that is done
outside the union rooms.    Remember
that a strike cannot be won by booze
except   it   remains     in   the     bottles.
Keep away from the company's property.     The   farther thc  better.      At
any time some foolish or vicious person may, through  folly or to injure
llle  union, do damage  to  property."
The  following  communications  relating to thc arranging of a confer
ence   between   officials  of  thc   B.   C.
Copper Company and its employees,
that it  is hoped will arrive at a set-
tlemene of the strike  at that point,
has been forwarded to us by the Grcen-
WOOfJ   Miners'  Union  for  publication.
According to the press dispatches of
November 28. the outlook for a settlement was favorable.
Greenwood, o. C, Nov 2t, 1906.
Robert Matin-son, Esq.
Financial Secretary, Greenwood Mi-
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^     ners" Union, Greenwood,B. C.
Loaders' helpers receive  at Grand      iJcar sjr _Referring to your com-
Forkt $3.00 per day; here they    arc , miction ,,f the 20th inst. with en-
i-ml $270 _     j closures we  would   say  that   wc  are
In   Grand   Forks   the   head   loader ! a)wayS ready to meet our employees
els $.115; here $3.00
presentation came from our suggestion.
We would therefore, say that we
are willing to meet with the following
representation on or before next
Tuesday, Nov. 27, to discusss matters
upon the lines of our letter of Nov.
21st; namely, Mr. D. McMillan. Mr.
U. V. Richards, Mr. J. Erwin, Mr. D.
Sullivan, Mr. Earnest Mills, Mr. Geo
R Naden.
Yours very truly.
The   British   Columbia   Copper   Co.
Ltd., J. E. McAllister, Manager.
Greenwood, B. C, Nov.25, 1906.
Mr. J. E. McAllister,
Dear Sir.—Your letter of Nov 24th
has been received and discussed by
our union at regular meeting and
I have been directed tc write you as
That the Groenwoood Miners' Union has unanimously elected a committee, who are satisfactory to your
employees and who are ready to
meet with you or representatives of
the B. C. C. Co., at any time and
place that may be convenient.
Therefore we are unable to entertain the idea of permitting your company the privilege of naming committees to act for us, thus depriving the
employees of your company of a just
privilege to which they are in all fairness entitled.
In appointing the committee to
meet you we have selected men who
have aknowlcdge of the work, wages,
and conditions, as well as men who
have the respect of the community,
the unanimous consent of your employees, and will assure the most
courteous troaement to your company
and all concerned.
Trustinng that in view of the foregoing,  you  will   see  your way  clear
to treat with such committee,
to treat with such committee, we remain, respectfully yours,
Just before going to press tbe following dispatch was received, which
tells its own story:
Greenwood, B. C.
Nov. 29th, 1906.
Western Clarion, Vancouver, B. C.
Strike settled.    Union won.
A state, therefore, which is ruled
by the idea of the working class, will
no longer be driven, at ail states
hitherto have been driven, unconsciously and against their will by the
nature of things, and the force of
circumstances, but it will make this
moral nature of the state and it* missions, with perfect clearness of vision and complete consciousness.
Nothing U more calculated to impress upon a clas* a worthy and nroral
character than the consciousness that
it is destined to become the ruling
class, that it is called upon to raise
the principle of its class to the principle of thc cnti, e age, to convert its
idea into the leading idea of the whole
of society, and thus Ho form this society by impressing upon it its own
The high and world-wide honor of
this destiny must occupy all your
thoughts. Neither the load of the oppressed, nor the idle dissipation of the
thoughtless, nor even the harmless
frivolity of the insignificant, is henceforth becoming to you. You are the
rock on which the church of the present is to be built.
It is the lofty moral earnestness of
this thought which must with devour
ing exclusiveness possess your spirits,
fill your minds, and shape your
whole lives, so as to make them con
formable to it, and always related to
h. It is the moral greatness of this
thought which must never leave you,
but must be present to your heart in
your workshops during the hours of
labor, in your leasure hours, during
your walks, at your meetings, and
even when you stretch your limbs to
rest upon your hard couches, it is this
thought which must fill and occupy
your minds till they lose themselves
in dreams.—Lassalle, The Working-
man's Programme.
Running Comment on the Functions and Unittatiofis of the
Trade Union Movement and the Inefficiency of the Gom-
perian Political Policy to Cope With Capitalism.
Last weeek, I endeavored to out-'
line the functions and limitations of
the trades union and concluded by
pointing out that whilst it was evidence of class antagonism, it was no
part of the conscious class struggle,
which is, of necessity, political, thai
is, it becomes political by virtue of
the fact that it involves the whole
working class.
Retracing the su.jj-.-ct for a moment
and viewing it from the standpoint of
experience we find at the weekly or
monfmy meeting of the typical union,
that the full session is occupied with
matters of interest strictly pertaining to the membership, and time,
sometimes too scanty to do full justice to these. Politics to such assemblies is an intrusion and as foreign as
religion. The objects to be attained
and the ends served, are economic
and industrial, at most, social, but
not political. Projected on their legitimate lines unionism and socialism would never, of necessity, meet.
Nor does federation, in either cognate industries, or a conglomerate
whole, change the position, and it
is doubtful if the federating principle
much strengthens the well organized
discernment of the men of thc A. F.
of L.
This result and final test is in conformity with the socialist idea, viz.,
tbat trades unions, whilst useful in
themselves for u.**>r specific purposes,
do not furnish a common ground for
united action outside of themselves,
and especially for political activity.
The statement or suspicion that socialists are opposed to or in any way
antagonistic to unionism is not true
or well founded, more, it is the reverse or truth.    Socialists, more than
others, recognize the fact    that   we
cannot today,-get outside of the capitalist system} that the worker is com
plementory to the capitalist and together  thev  constitute    the   system.
They recognize the imperative necessity of the workers making the best
terms possible for themselves, and in
the way most efficient in their   own
judgment.    It may be that a recruit
in the devotee stage, in the first blush
of his enthusiasm, may make crude or
extreme   statements   reflecting     on
unionism, but these must not stand
as representing the attitude    of the
Socialist Party.
Neither is it true that the socialist
is indifferent    to the    struggles    of
t^ar^xteS o^zatTon. PTo unionists or would cultivate an aloof-
point out the limitations of trades
unionism, federated cr otherwise, docs
not, however, fall within the scope of
my subject. These-will reveal themselves to the unionist in due course
and be met with the best policy his
interests and injenuity demand and
Things may be mixed without being
so   as   to  form  a  new
Mourmcn on feed floor get $315
n Grand Forks; here they get $300.
Slag men. Grand Forks. $3.60; here
power    house,    Grand   I-orks,
$90,000,000 will bc disbursed in New
York during December on dividend
account, by the various big corporations. This will no doubt be good
news to the working plugs. Quite
a bunch of them can spend a season
in Europe on that ninety million.
Hurrah for "free labor" and "prosperity."
The big railroads are now preparing to take over all of the subsidiary
companies, such as refrigerator, sleep-   compounded
ing-car and express    lines.      These   substance with distinctive properties.
^^^^^ operate   under   Federation mixes, but does net com-
—...„a ..nirvnicm into anything new 01
subsidiary companies
contract with the railroads. When
present contracts expire they will not
be renewed. All of which is in line
with more efficient service and greater economy in operation. It is pleasing to note haw excellently capitalist
development is getting things in
readiness for thc hand of the proletariat in thc hour of its political triumph. It is commendable and praiseworthy in the extreme.
or their representatives, who are
likewise our employees, to discus.*
their requests, and will give such requests careful consideration and re
dress any just grievances.
^^^^^^^^^^^^^BBBStsTaa^s^sarjraaaBa 1     We   have           agreement   with   our
*'<*): here $150.     After agreeing to   c,„  ,        s fl,r „       ,otl fA threc       r
the   fair   thing,   the   smelter   lore *-       ■a**B"*a"*eB"*Baw"eBwa"».i.__ » „.«».
,ned to pay the powerhouse men off
at $3.00. This the men would not accept, and finally compelled the company to pay $350, or 10 cents less
per day than at Grand Forks
Instead of paying all powerhouse
men $3.50 at agreed upon, one of the
men wa* paid off this wee., at $3 P«
day. or $15 Ics* per month than management agreed to pay.
3. In case furnace "froze," men
were to receive $300 for 8 hours tn
clearing   it   out.      Last   furnace   dug
»t at rate of $270, or 30 cents per
day less than agreement. This work
requires a new pair of shoes each
day, and it can easily 1"* s<*<*n h,>w
much there is to thc good to men
even at $3 per day.
4. During construction some nun
received $3 instead of $270 on heavy
work, but carpenters' helpers received
•f.'-o instead of $300; masons' helpers $270 instead of $3 S» Tbf* latter
amount paid by contractor*.
5. Il was understood at time Of
.o-r-emt-m that feed floor men should
receive *ame wages a* i* paid for the
•ante work in Grand Fork* but are
Ining paid 30 cents less per day.
At thc meeting of thc Greenwood
Miner*' Union on Monday, November 19, it wa* decided that a permanent wage tcalc thould be demanded, and the company was given until
the following Wednesday to agree to
such a scale or bank or draw their
fires. As the company refused to
comply, the men went out on strike.
The Ledge says, "Low wages ami
a general policy of cheapness, has
been in vogue at this smelter lor
some time. That such has been possible rather teems to give the lie to
the, of late, often repeated assertion
that there is a terrible scarcity of laobr in Britith Columbia.
Now that the men are out, they
should stubbornly hold together in
support of their demands. Workers
of other places should stay away
from the scene of trouble, and thus
:>"»<t*t the striker* in bringing tne
Greenwood compnny t« c«.»'..^. Adovc
everything else, the wOVi*er. involved
in the strike should remain in the locality. An election is to come on
soon and they should refrain from
leaving, at least until they have exercised their right* of franch.se for the
purpose of preventing their brutal
and conscienceless masters from still
further fortifying their position as
slave drivers by electing a member
to the Provincial House {"•o"1.'"""""
wood riding.    If, perchance, they arc
which has still more than two years
10 run, covering their rates of pay
and conditions of service.
We recognize, however, the present
business conditions, and we are    willing to ueal liberally with our employees, and will pay as high wages as any
d  for  similar  service  in  the   Pro-
An Address Delivered in the Socialist Hall
at Chilliwack, B. C, by Or. W. J. Curry.
pound unionism into anything new or
more efficient; this, because it does
not remove,, or even modify, the
widely differing claims, and even antagonisms, that are included within
its pale. In open conflict with capital, craft autonomy is the policy that1
has ueen forced upon the leaders, and
is no doubt the best and in strict
keeping with the principles on which
labor is organized. Only within the
limits of an individual union do men
stand on a common plane or have a
common interest. Men are not organized as workers having a common
interest with all laborers in the community, but as specialists with special
and limited interests. Ihey must
tight in companies or batallions, but
never as an army on the industrial,
or, as it is called, the economic field.
The acrobatic performances of Mr.
Gompers and his executive in maintaining even the semblance of cohesion in the masses under his nominal
command, are, I think, proof enough
ness. Such aid as socialist organizations can supply are generally forthcoming in a time of real trouble.
To me, after some study of the subject and many years of observation, it
seems clear that in the absence of
any organic connection or community of definite aim, tbat attempts to
mix must result in confusion and loss
of efficiency to both.
A man may, and 1 would suggest,
ought to be a good unionist and socialist, this is the best kind cf a
workingman. But he cannot function
in both capacities at the same time.
To "join the union of your craft and
the political party of your class" is a
good formula.
The Socialist Party wants the unionist, to the union it has no claim
and for it, would have no use.
The above is written in the light
of the present time and the future is
forecasted tentatively. Should the
evolution of things indicate in the future, or even near future, a modification of attitude, well and good. So
long as the clear demands of the Socialist Party are kept in view, it is
for the unionist to choose his own
—i 0	
Deputy Meslier, the famous physician, tays consumption can only_ be
eraticated by a social revolution.
in    a
of my contention as to the indust-      "We Frenchmen,"   he asserts in
rial   department,  and  if  more   were  stirring paper, "bury   300,000   TO-fcg
^^ ■      -*■••       * —   men an(j Women annually to allow a
el,  that  in
vincc   ^^^^^^^^^
On this account wc tec,
justice to this Company, that during
and discussion of rates and conditions, the employees should return
to their posts until thc outcome cf
such discussion is known.
In view of the foregoing conditions,
wc are unable to deal with your organization as such.
Yours very truly,
The British Columbia Copper Co. Ltd.
J. E. McAllister, Manager.'
Greenwood,  B.   C.  Nov.  23,  1906.
Mr. J.  E,  McAllister.
Manager, B. C. Copper Co.
Oreenwood, B, C.
Dear Sir.—-Wc herewith beg to acknowledge receipt of your communication of Nov. 21 st, 1906, and in reply would state that we are pleased
ro note that you, on behalf of your
Company, arc willing to concede sonic
portion ot the demands of out Union
by complying with thc wages paid in
certain departments of other Companies.
We have appointed thc following
committee to confer with you or representatives of thc B. C. Copper Co.,
if you are of the opinion that such
would facilitate settlement.
Wc are unable to see our way clear
to appoint a committee wholly of
your employees en account of discriminations that have been shown
by your Company against representa-
who have acted in behalf of
5 and members of our
tive* ^^^^^^
your employees
R. A. Mathicson, Frank Steel, T. J.
Gould, R. Rawlittson, Earnest   Mills.
Yours Respectfully
R. A. MATHFjISON, Fin.-Sec.
Nov. 24th, 1906
Mr..R. A. Matlteis-.,.),
Greetrwoond Miner:' Urt-
Chairman, Comrades and Friends:
Our subject this evening in its complete sense is great enough to fill the
whole horizon of thought.
Ignorance keeps us bowed in fear,
with our faces in the dust. Knowledge bids its stand erect, while reason
tells us there can be nothing in heaven or earth too sacred to investigate,
lt has often occurred to me that
wc owe a debt of gratitude to that
talkative old serpent who advised our
first parents to eat of the fruit of the
tree of knowledge. Had they not
obeyed, they would doubtless have
still been in that perfect condition of
undity and ignorance and we would
not be here.
A week ago our subject was "Finance under Socialism," and in order
to point out the essential difference
between plutocratic and social democratic finance, it was necessary to examine to some extent the financial institutions of today. 1 showed that
they, like all other capitalistic institutions, were based on the ignorance
and credulity of the matset, and that
the greater part of the money out at
interest ha* no metallic basis; that
its creation is simply one of the modern miracles of finance made through
those tools by which laws arc manufactured and enforced.
It was shown that the Bank of
England had, through its powers over
legislation, been able to issue notes to
the extent of seventy-five million dollars more than its capital, and that in
the "sweet land cf liberty," according
to last year's report of the U„ S.
treasury department, the law-making
instruments have been worked to sticjt
extent that was there a concerted
that all their sorrows and sufferings
were due to this exploitation, within
thirty days a flood of revolt would
■sweep capitalism off the earth, and
probably some members of the ruling
class would accompany their system,
and this is why we find pulpit and
press, platforms and legislatures,
courts and police, working overtime
to obscure and obstruct the rising
tide of social revolution.
The defenders of capitalism,
through their refusal to come out and
debate the subject of Socialism with
the pulbic as a jury, are convicting
themselves of base hypocricy and it
is a proof that the thing they defend
will not bear investigation and that
they know it.
What can we say of those who
pose as the intellectual and spiritual
lights of the world, who from their
coward's castles are using the weapons of falsehood and slander but who
will not allow their opponent* a
chance to defend themselves?
We can only pity those women of
thc street who arc forced by this
thing called civilization to sell an animal function in order to live What
shall we say of those individuals who
are deliberately prostituting their intellectual powers to perpetuate wage-
slavery, and the curses which are its
inevitable fruits?
It was asked many years ago if
men could gather grapes of thorns,
or figs of thistles, and I will ask you
now how you can expect a society
based on legalized robbery of the
working class, to have an educational
system other than false?
..   department! 	
needed, his truly pitiable attempt to
cross the Rubicon and become politician-in-chief for his struggling army,
would suffice for the most exacting.
In this, the only glint cf wisdom revealed consists in the fact that he
refrains from compiling a political
platform for his following. He thus
escapes the odium of comparison
with his friends in the capitalist parties, and to an extern with the platform of he Socialist party.    Pick the
lUl 111   Ul    UV    .j^jw... ,	
best you can out of the motley job-
lot!   they   are   of   divers  color*   and
Fin. Sec y
ion, Greenwood, »■   -■
be^har^rcclwed and its aa,
^"Sfunablc to understand your
reference    regarding
letter of  Novem-
gains representatives who have act-
id in behalf of our employee* bttrt
a    comment in this respect would be
avoided if the personnel of any    re-
an v~.  —
run on all the abnkt of thc U. S. they
would have to face a deficit of over
nine billion dollars and could only
pay ten cents on the dollar in geld.
Now, it is owing to education, or
rather to the systematic suppression
of facts, that financial and other capitalistic institutions endure, and so we
find that ignorance alone enslaves,
and this is why Socialism first of ali
is an educational force.
It may truly be said that society at
this stage of industrial evolution is
but capitalized ignorance, for if it
were possible to suddenly enlighten
the workers as to the extent they
were being robbed and to force into their consciousness the knowledge
True educaion is for freedom, for
equal opportunities for all What we
have today is for class rule and special  privileges, for  economic  slavery.
The defenders of capitalism tell us
that our social evils are not the pro-1 thought   to   have
ducts of society but because of wilful      '•*     ■ ■':- -*'"*■
perversity of individuals.     We know
that this is untrue.    That social evils
of today are the inevitable products
of  the capitalistic    and    competitive
wage system and that when individuals are "bad" it is because of the bad
conditions under  which  their  ancestors existed.    The prevailing idea of
"free will" is one of the creations of
the ruling classes by which the bur
den of responsibility   is lifted    •'""■
IU,;      it,.;      *-.~
shapes, but of one uniform quality, so'
far as the working class is concerned.
You may, however, find a Democratic
pants here, out at the knees a bit with
praying  for  favors;  there,  a Republican umbrella or overshoes, none too
good, perhaps, and which  the party
can well afford to bestow on "faithful friends."    Or.perchance, you may
find in this wonderful pile of political
junk   lying    loose    throughout    the
length  and  breadth of    thc    United
States,   a   Populist   knobstick,   much
Worn with honest and energetic beat*
ing on the hard and scaly hides  of
that wonderful team Rep' and Dcm"
that still draw the political band waggon of thc  state.     This stick, now
laid aside, has lost some ol its lacquer, but it was honestly made.     It
failed of its purpose because  of  its
light weight, it could not reach   the
plexus of  the  animals, or  rather, cf
the system on which they feed.
With such polyglot outfit and armament ior his retainers, with
a bishop's mitre gleaming on
his right hand, a millionaire's,
bland rotundity on his left, and with
the assuring presence of a civic federation banked behinu, General Gompers gives the word—"Forward! on to
the Legislature! In some respects
it's a bad lot; it promise*, and did not
perform; as    peaceful    citizens    we
few hundred industrial barons to accumulate fortunes that benefit no
one, not even the accumulators. Just
so long as the rich can retain power,
just so long the Minotaurus of consumption will devour the poor and
weak. Against these breeders of
consumption and death there is but
one remedy—Revolution. The fabric
of society must be destroyed and renewed, lest consumption kill 350,000
people next year, and 400,000 the
year after.
"Ninety per cent, of all consumptives die of organic weakness; they
must die; there is no help nor medicine for them. If society wants to
stamp out consumption it must stamp
out poor quarters; it must raze all tenements; it must lay low 75 per cent,
of houses for rent. It's the inviron-
ment that kills people now-a-days —
the rich and the powerful brew the
deadly poions and wield the knives.
"When I was a student, thc favorite
seat of consumption was at the top of
the left lung. In consequence of
the emigration of thc provincial poor
to the big cities, in consequence of
insufficient nourishment and too much
care, in consequence, particularly, cf
poisonous wines and liquors, the seat
of consumption has shifted in late
years and its progress is the more rapid. It begins now-a-days in the right
tide of the body and works_ like _ a
tledge hammer to undermine the constitution of the afflicted.
"As the principal criminals, I accuse the industrial barvns that poison families by wholesale by alcohol,
and by unhygienic food. They do it
in all countries."—Solidaritat.
(Continued on P«g« three.)
..mp,  achieved   our  ends
without this display of our power, but
we are betrayed by the professed
"friends of labor." Your equipment
will last you until the next convention: be vatliant, Forward! let the
Earth tremble—especially around
Washington, D. C," ^^^^^^~
Political electicistn, Gompcrism, the
American  Federation up-to-date.
That the earth did not tremble, at
least not much: that the response fe
this spectacular appeal is in strict
keeping with its worth and character
is testimony to the good sense and
The bourgeoisie has stripped of its
halo every -occupation hitherto honored  and  looked   up  to  with   reverent
awe.    It has converted the physician,
the lawyer, the priest, the poet,   the
man of science,  into its paid    wage-
The bourgeoisie has torn away from
[ the  family  its   sentimental  veil   and
has reduced the family relation to a
mere     money   relation.—Communist
It is the easiest thing in the world
to become rich. All you need to do
is work for wages and save your
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local condition* are fhe rnott favorable.    Not long since -it was at New
York that the pus was flowing from
the ulcer opened up by the insurance
exposure*. Later on Packingtown
and the meat industry scandals afforded an outlet for copious quantities of the poison. The Pittsburg
case is merely one of local irritation
and inflamation a shade above the
normal. Nothing alarming about it.
A few police club poultices will quiet
the inflamation and drive the poison
back into the system for the tme being. Later on it will break out, perhaps somewhere else, into something
more violent than a pimple or a few
This Pittsburg ebullition    amounts
to nothing.    It is the rule of capital
that is "a carnival of crime"' par ex
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Saturday, December 1, 1906.
In frantic headlines the papers of
Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, proclaim to
the world that a perfect carnival of
crime is on in that city and its vicinity. "A Wave of Crime and Death
Sweeps the Counry," Red Mist of
Crime Envelops the Greater Pittsburg District," are typical headlines
appearing in the press of that locality
from day to day. This particular
frenzy bordering upon the hysterical
has been caused by the fact that a
somewhat increased number cf robberies and burglaries have occurred,
and rather more than the usual number of citizens been murdered during
the past month.
Still there is nothing to get excited
about, nor is it of enough consequence to justify anything in the nature of hysteria or frenzy. That
which is occurring in Pittsburg is cf
like kidney with that which is at the
same time occurring throughout the
domain of capitalist production.
Wherever the flag of capital floats
there exists a carnival of crime;
continuous performance that never
stops so long as there remain* a drop
cf juice to be sucked from thc quivering flesh of the victims that are offered for sacrifice upon its accursed altar of profit. Capital spells crime.
In itself it is the modern expression
of human slavery. Human slavery
is the Alma Mater of all the lesser
crimes, from cold-blooded murder
tiovtti to stealing crusts from a scav
enger's cart. From her prolific
womb issues forth every type of
criminal from the sneak thief to the
"captain of industry. At her breast
is nursed the meanest, most contemptible, conscienceless, unscrupulous,
vulgar and obscene civilization that
has ever cursed the earth since time
began. Under that civilization every
form of vice, crime and degeneracy
conceivable by man flourishes like
"a green bay tree." Ample evidence,
of the truth of this can be found by
reading the accounts of the world's
doings as recorded in the daily press.
That congested industrial center*
like Pittsburg are veritable plague
spots of crime is by no meant surprising, lt is in aucn centers that
capital is enabled to mott ruthlessly
exploit its victimt and surround them
with a moral atmosphere so completely poisoned as to inture tbe
ready development of so-called criminal tendenciet, a development that it
still further hattened by the tention
and strain of a narrow and uncertain
existence. To these centers flock
the multitude of human harpies and
buzzardt that hover like flesh flies
around a carcass, resorting to every
device known to cunning or crime to
hold their own in the struggle over
the spoilt resulting from the robbery
of enslaved labor. That an epidemic
of crime should come from such a
mess need surprise no one. Such
conditions are inevitable crime breeders, at they in turn are bred by the
parent crime of capitalism itself.
The finger of scorn need not _. be
pointed at Pittsburg, however. Ulcers
do not break out simultaneously on
all parts of the human body though
disease may be firmly planted in the
system. They make their appearance at those parts where local conditions are thc most favorable. Same
with the social ulcers that break forth
aa surface indications of the slavery
poison flowing in the veins of capi-
talitt civilization. Thete surface indications break out at points where
Capitalists arc a suspicious lot, Like
all criminals, tney are ever on the
alert to protect themselves against
the onslaught of those who would
bring their criminal practices to an
end. Their nostrils, rendered ex-'
ceeding keen through long practice in
sniffing, enables them to scent danger oftentimes at extremely long
range. Through their press and from
the platform they have accused the
Socialists of expecting to usher in
the millenium. The very thought of
the advent of that thousand years
mentioned in the twentieth chapter of
Revelations, during which "holiness is
to be triumphant throughout the
world," is enough to throw any capitalist worthy of the profession into
the "jim-jams." Capitalism being
merely a gold brick swindle, a low
down sneak thief game, would mighty
soon wither in an atmosphlere of holiness, unless, perchance, such "holiness" was of thc particular brand in
vogue to-day.
The Socialists, however, disclaim all
"intention of ushering in any millen
ium, either with or without "holiness" trimmings. As the capitalists
themselves are born liars, it is beyond
reason to expect them to place any
particular confidence in the Socialists
assertion regarding this millenium
matter. They will still have their
suspicions. Their craven hearts will
continue to palpitate with fear. They
will shy at the approach of every
old millenium, either holy or profane.
Fortunately, however, from the
capitalist standpoint, the millenial
designs of the Socialists have been
temporarily thwarted, or perhaps
more properly speaking, indefinitely
postponed. An enormous increase in
wages has been voluntarily made by
such gigantic and well known eleemosynary institutions as the Pennsylvania Railroad, and the Standard
Oil Company. The paternal Amalgamated Copper Company and the benevolent United States Steel Corporation are credited with similar intentions. In fact a perfect epidemic of
philanthropic solicitude for the welfare of the humble toiler in the vineyard of capitalism, seems to be
spreading among those noble souls
whom an all-wise Providence has appointed to act as his shepherd and
guide in regard to temporal things.
The increase in fodder given to its
employees by the Pennsylvania Railroad is said to actually amount to an
average of $6 per month. True thit
sounds incredible. It is almost beyond belief. If it be true, then indeed is "truth stranger than fiction."
and the country editor's account of
the size of the cabbage raised by farmer Smith becomes a more thrilling
tale than Jules Verne's "Trip to the
Moon," or a patent medicine circular.
Six dollars per month, $72 per year.
Just think of it. This tudden rise of
165,000 employees, from frugal living
and the simple life to the affluence
meaaured by $6 per month, it something phenomenal in the world's history. Individuals, it is true, have become suddenly rich, but never before
has such a large body of men been
at once lifted from penury to affluence.
Henceforth the Pennsylvania employee will ride to and from his work
in an automobile with liveried attendants. Engineer, fireman, brakeman
and switchman will perform their duties clad in broadcloth and with shirt-
front immaculate. They will wear
kid gloves. "Jerry" on the track will
drive spikes in a top hat and "swallow-tail'' coat. The haughty housewife, clad in silk and satin, with bejewelled hand, will imperiously wave
the impudent millenium peddler from
the estate, while a $700 bulldog will
follow menacingly at his heels to emphasize his going.
In reference to these wage-increases, the Literary Digest notes that
"among the reasons brought forward
by the press for this remarkable tendency on the part of corporations to
ad**anee wage-rates volantirily »r* the
Increased cost of living, the prosperity of the industry corporations, and
their desire to checkmate the growing tide of antagonism revealed during the recent political campaign." If
the papers have been guihy of giving away the true reasons for these
wage advances they should be severely reprimanded. The increased co«t
of living has nothing to do with it,
and should be left out of the account.
The main thing is to impress upon
the wage-slave thc fact of an increase
of wages and that this has been made
voluntarilv by the employers. Under
no circumstances should his attention
be called to anvthing that might tend
to offset or nullify the raise. If anything is to be accomplished to "checkmate the growing tide of antagonism
revealed during the recent campaign,"
ft i* of the utmost importance that
the wage-plug be not allowed to study
the wrong side of the shield. The
trouble, however, is that he is getting
wise to the capitalist game. He is
not so easily fooled as of yore. He
is doing a little thinking for himself.
Noting that this wage-increase has
been thrown him in the hope that it
would quiet him. he is more than likely to accentuate bis demands in the
expectation of forcing a greater in
crease in the future. The more sops
thrown to an awakened working class
the more its appetite is whetted.
While these astute corporations
may for the time being solace themselves with the thought that they are
postponing something tc the far distant future, they will soon realize that
their efforts are as futile as were
old Mother Partington's when she
tried to "sweep back the tide with a
The vicissitudes of the wage slave's
life are sufficient to keep him at all
times in a state of activity. Hc has
to keep busy in order to maintain his
existence. Like the proverbial wea
sel he must be ever wakeful in order
that the opportunities of to-day may
not slip away, and he may bc able
to attain a foothold for thc morrow.
Sometimes his wages, expressed in
dollars and cents, may rise. Again
they may fall. ...lichever way they
go, for some mysterious reason, he
seldom more than plays even as the
result of a season's struggle. Even
under the most favorable circumstances he finds himself in po*,se*->ion of
but little to tide him over a period
of adverity arising from lack of em
ployment, whether such comes to him
through physical incapacity or a lack
of demand for his services.
One of the most noticeable characteristics cf the wage slave i* his unassuming modesty. In his own opinion he is the most inconsequential
t'uss on earth. He very rarely forces
himself into the limelight of publicity, preferring rather to remain in the
dim background, while the brainy one*
of the genius homo occupy thc cen
ter of the stage in the farce-comedy of
modern civilization. He has great
reverence for brains, especially if they
are in juxtaposition to a brassy
countenance, faultless apparel and a
resonant tongue.
When off duty, his corporeal substance encased in a $0 hand-me-
down suit and with a 5-cent cigar be
tween hi* teeth, he cuts no particu
lar slouch of a figure as hc pcrambu
lates the street or gazes at tilings in
the shop windows, that he cannot purchase with the two nkkles he has in
his pocket. At the approach of
bourgeois corpulency, with a red nose
and immaculate shirt-front, however,
his usual modesty asserts itself and
he shrinks into the shadows, and becomes once mere the ptiassuming
beast of burden that feels uncomfortable with the load even temporarily
off his back.
One possession thc wage slave has
that none have yet been able to take
from him, and that i* hit gullibility.
Although it ha* been worn threadbare
by long and hard usage, it is still
serviceable, and he cling* tenaci-cusjy
to it. It is a mighty good thing for
the rulers of all lands, along with
their host of hangers-on, bo-otters,
apologists, cutthroats, thugs, ruffians
and confidence operators, that hi*
gullibility still retains its elasticity
and consequent usability. Were it
otherwise the whole unsufferable gang
would find thcmtelvet in thc ditch.
The wage slave, and hi* congener,
fhe working farmer, carry upon their
backs the entire burden of capitalist
civilization. The difference between
the position of the small farmer, who
owns hi* own land and tool*, and
that of thc outright wage slave it
tbat of appearance only. This ariset
from the fact that the farmer is still
masked within the fold* of the antenatal envelope of uie wage slave.
That envelope ia the ownership by
himself of his meant of labor. When
their la
That 1*
to do for
he loses that he become* » »•••
slave pure and simple. In tpi<# ot
the fact of his ownership ot hit own
means of employment the farmer's recompense for his labor is but cqu va-
ent to wage* anyhow. In either
case the slavery is absolute and complete. Both wage slave and farmer
arc compelled to surrender
bor-power to the capitalists
all that any slave ever had
his master. That is all there is to
So hing as the gullibility of the
slave is sufficiently robust to allow
of his being repeatedly led into the
potttioal camp of capital, his continued
economic bondage is assured.
The wage slave is a most interesting specimen. He is -an amusing
cuss. He is short on gall, but long
on work. Everybody works him. He
is a good thing.
The function of thc dairy cow is to
turn thc minimum amount of feed in-
H. M. Hyndmea In Johnsons Encyclopedia.
Socialism i* a contcious endeavor to
tubstitute organized co-operation lor
existence in place of the present anarchical competition for existence, or
the system O? .social organization calculated to bring this about hTis
definition, though it gives, perhaps,
adequate expression to the actve and
practical side of Socialism, leave* out
of account altogether its theoretical
basis. FTom this point of view, Socialism is an attempt to lay the foundation of a real science of sociology,
which shall enable mankind, by thcr-
ottghly understanding their past and
present, to comprehend, and thu*.
within limits, to control the movement and development of their own
society in thc near future. Const
quentfy Socialism in its wide sense
is not, a* is still commonly thought,
a mere aspiration for a better state of
society, still less only a terie* of proposals to mitigate the evil* arising
from the present »ocial arrangement*.
Modern scientific Socialism essays
to give an intelligible explanation of
the growth of human society and to
l*w*efdwy, Dltethbat t   la*
—^*———»**^——1 * lw**ej
to the maximum amount of   milk for, ^ ^ ^ ^ fa(.,1 glejJ in  ,he  *ong
her owner.       The    function  of  the | course of  development from the  tn
■wage slave is to turn the minimum   stittttion of private property, through
amount of grub into the maximum
amount of surplus value for hit employer. An undue amount of meat
on thc cow's bones, or fat on the
wage slave's rib* is an unnecessary
was'e. ««_—
A wealthy New York woman recently refused an offer of $750,000 for
a small plot of ground adjoining her
residence, preferring to retain it a* a
playground for her little "Trixic." At
first glance this would appear to be a
noteworthy display of maternal affection in these days of dull, sordid and
callou* materialism. A* the gpod
dame is a spinster and little "Trixie"
is just plain dog, the affection must
spring from other causes. Perhaps
from compatibility of temper and
similarity of taste*. A sort of intellectual affinity as it were.
Mrs. Hetty Green, who is »aid to
be the richest female financier m the
world says: "the nation (United
State*) is on thc verge of a political upheaval that may end in retro
lution, if legislator* do not hearken
to the voice of thc people in their
demands for thc curbing of thc money
power." Legislator* will no doubt
"hearken" now that the old woman
has called their attention to the dan
gcr of not doing to. As thc ancient
dame is about one of the biggett mon
ey sharks in existence, she might be
able to give excellent advice as to
how to do the "curbing" act so as to
make it both effective and lasting
As her reputation as a philanthropic
old bat is world-wide, thc would, no
doubt, bc willing to sacrifice much
(advice)  in *c  glorious  a  cause.
An exchange says: "Most trees
have moss on their trunks, and it
grows thickest towards the north. A
traveller who has any idea of the direction of hi* objective can easily
find it by taking notice of the posi
tion cf thc trees." In thc prairie dis
tricts the most growt thickctt on thc
Liberal or Conservative farmer's back
This, however, afford* no guide to
the traveller, unless he be a dealer in
capitalist gold bricks.
One hundred and fifty million dollars is to be divided among thc stockholders of the orcat Northern Railway at a result of the recent huge
ore transaction! with the United
States Steel Corporation. 'Tit thus
that "thrift and induttry receive their
reward and thc "wages of abstinence
are paid.
John D. Rockefeller tay* lhat by
gift* and charity in variou* directions
he is now laying up treasures for
himself in heaven. Ihis thould be a
warning to "Independent'' refiner* and
other small fry .buiincas people to
steer clear of the place. Their
mundane experience should teach
them that they can gather neither
pleasure or profit from any territory
covered by John D.'s pipe line*.
It is feared that the fabulous
wages now being voluntarily paid to
their employee* by the great employing concerns of the United Slates
will destroy among American youth
the incentive ,to become capitalists.
o ■       —-
The graft revelation* being made in
connection with the administration
of labor Mayor Schmitz of San Fran
citco thowt that hit famous "Labor
Party" did the best it could, but the
members being somewhat new at thc
butincss they inadvertently violated
the ethics of graft by being to ccartc
in their work as to be caught with
the goods. Their blunders thould
be a warning to other fake "labor
parties" against assuming the reins
of office without firtt having mattered
the science of capitalist political economy. It is the only way to work the
graft without danger of either falling
into ill-repute or into jail.
chattel slavery, serfdom and wage
dom, Was inevitable, so the next alep
from capitalism to Socialism it al«o
The object which Socialistt have in
view is that this, thc final transformation, should be made consciously
hy an organized, educated, and intelligent people, instead of unconsciously, and therefore tempestuously, by
groups of discontented, embittered
and ignorant workers Agitation
against the injustice of thc present
system of production, therefore, i*
only valuable M far at it educitf*
men and women to appreciate the tendency of the time, and lead* ihem to
organize for thc attainment of the
definite end which the evolution ««f
economic forms ha* made ready
Whether thc great change will be
brought peaceably or forcibly ha* no
bearing upon Socuhtm in itself, but
depends upon the stage of development which hat been reached in cat!'
civilized country, and thc attitude
which the dominant clas* may adopt
in relation to the demand* which the
economic situation impel* the producing class to make	
With the establishment of national
and eventually fif intcrnatn-iui Socialism, mankind resume* the defni te
control of the means and tn*trmncnu
of production and truster* rhcni hetice-
f.-rward for all time instead of being
mastered by Ihem.   By such eo-opet.
alive Industry whOK power over nature it increased uy each frcsn invention and discovery, a carapace of re-
pres>im is lifted ft'tn the facultte* of
each individual, and wealth betng
made ai plentiful at water by light,
wholesome labor, all freely contribute
to increase their own happiness J*
well as that of their lel'ow*. Human nature attunir* a new and higher
character in a society in which thc
surroundings arc such that life i«
not, as today, a constant struggle
against the pressure of want and the
temptations of misery, Instead of
the personal, ititrv-spcclivc. individual ethic is the fsOeial, altruistit, broad
ethic in wh»-li thc duty toward society
necessarily involves the highest duty
toward a man's telf. Woman, relicv-
ed of economic and social Mtbugation,
will assume her place as the social
equal of man.
So far, therefore, from individual
initiative and perianal freedom in the
highest *ense being limited and stunted, human beings will have the opportunity for attaining to a level oi
physical, moral and mental development tttch as the world ha* never
seen. Thc golden age of society it,
indeed, not in the past, but in ihe future.
There is a good dctcription of the
life led by most wive* of thc present
dav in a little book entitled 'Marginal Notes to the Book of Life," by
Gerhard von Amyntor. 'ine author
remarks, among other things, in the
Chapter on "Fatal liiiat-brtc*":
"It is not the great misfortune*
which spare none, such a* the lo** of
her husband, the moral ruin of a beloved child, »evere illnet*. the failure
of a cherished plan, that undermine
Ihe strength and frethnett of a houte-
wtfe, but  the  little daily care*  that
cat out bone and marrow	
How many millions, of good housc-
mothert have cooked ant' terubbed
away their vital energy, their ro»y
cheeks and roguith dimple* in the
tervice of household caret, till they
become wrinkled, broken-down, dried-
up mummies. The everlasting question, "What thai! we have for dinner today?" the perpetual necestity
of sweeping and beating and brushing and dusting is a constantly falling drop, that slowly but Mircly wears
out body and mind. The kitchen fire
1* thc place where thc taddcit debtor
and creditor accounts are drawn up,
where the most depressing reflection* are made on thc rising price of
food and thc growing difficulty of
obtaining the neccttary mean* oi
purcha»e. At the flaming altar on
whioh thc j'.p pot boils, youth and
candor, beauty and good humor, are
offered up in sacrifice, aud who recognize* in the ag*-d, decrepit, hollow-eyed cook the once blooming,
high-spirited, chattcly ocqucttith
bride in her myrtle crown?
"lhe ancientt regarded the hearth
a* tacred, and placed their idolt ami
guardian deitict beside it; let our
hearth, too, be »a«rcd on whkh Ihe
duteous German hoiuewife slowly
diet a sacrificial death to make thc
house comfortable, to tpread thc table anu keep the family well,"
That it all the comfort which the
bourgeois world ha* to offer the unhappy victims of the prctent order of
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duct into a means wln*ril»V -^ ,;,,,
man can purchnse him. '" grille laborer belong* tc ''''', ||«
he has told himself to ' ".', *,r01i*rM
economical bondage is | ri0l]i*
about nnd concealed by '• l' • „•.
tale of himtclf. by hit chani** j»  ,,,.
ter, and by the osclllnti
market price of labor-p
Capitalist production
f mPm?
der it* aspect of a com ni
ncctcd process, of a pro*"1
duction, produces not (>»•■  ,  . ;tn-
ttiea, not only surplus-"-'-' ;" •  .(.,»>
to produce* and repro*'"""   .^ the
talitt relation;  on Ine    i"       e.\r
capitalist, on the other t <
borer.-—Marx -
I * *£
IIP *j*
These columns have been  plac*>4 at
he disposal of tho Party.  S«cretarlf;«
* i.oculs are requested to    take ad-
antage of them In. at Interval*, rs-
iitlng conditions ln  their  respective
iilltle*.   Communications under this
.', 1 should be addressed to the   l)n-
nlon or Provincial Secretaries.    *Lo-
al secretarlss nro further requested to
to thete columns  for  unnouii-'**-
lent* from the Executive Committee*.
y thia  meana the business   of    thc
niy will be facilitated and the Do-
lnlon    and      Provincial    secretailes
lleved  of a  Utile of tbe  Increasing
it lien of correspondence.
o 1	
T°,al     $121.00
Comrades Burns, McKenzie, Petty
piece,   Pritchard,  Stebbings  and  Ste
appointed   a   Provincial   Cam-
wisiMm olamof.   va»ootjtir. jgtrnig wWlumbu.
order to afford comrades an
sy access to standard works on
L-i ilittn, the committee hat decided
lay in a stock of literature. The
lowing are on hand and will be
it post-paid to any address at
Ince* quoted. Two-cent ttampt
he accepted for sums not excecd-
ig js cents:
lhe Origin of ths Family, (F.
Engsls)   60
he   Social   Revolution (Karl
Ruutsky)  SO
'he World's Revolutions (Ern-
e*t  I iit.rmann)   SO
h* Socialists,   who   they are
und  what    they    stand for,
.I.hn Spargo)  f .50:
i he i .vwrwtion of Man (Bolachs)    .SO j
Modern     Koctallsm    (Chas. H.
Grand Porks, B. C.
Nov. 27th, 1906.
D. J. McKenzie, Vancouver, 13. C.
My Dear Bro. and Comrade: Long
ere this, 1 guess yen have been wondering what wc were doing re our
charter for I....,,!.
Hut we truly mean business from
now on, and arc starting out full ol
determination to spread the gospel
and educate all the people hereabouts
to their economic needs. Especially
now, with a provincial election in
view ni the near future.
Enclosed please find charter application form with 20 names on it, also
the necessary fee of ?5 and the first
month's dues of 10c. each; total $2.
$7 in all. Awaiting your reply, yours
for ihe  Revolution,
sa    Struggles
Ymir. B. C.
Nov. iiHth, .1906
Provincial Secretary.
Dear Comrade:     Enclosed find ap-
| plication   for  charter  for  a   Socialist
> '' - •■• •• ■- - 25| Party Local in Ymir, also P. O. order for $5 for charter fee, etc. We
have  a membership of 25 and expect
in    America.
\. M. Simons)  10
he   Communist    Manifesto,
Karl  Marx    10 cent*
ocialism,  Utopian snd  Sci-
rntific,   Marx  &  Eni*el».. .10 centt
.'age,   Labor   and   Capital.
Karl Marx  5 centt
he Mission of the Working Class.
thus.   Vail            .OS
. >m and Farmers, A. M.
Simons 5 cents
Other works procured to order.
Vtdrt*** ths Literature Agent, Box
l'i, Vancouver, Ii. C.
•Ml tut ion*,    per doten   $ .85
lM*anbersh|p cards, each  01
|.\    hcatton blanks   (with pint*
■nrrn)  per  100  36
Ihe committee being a  ttockhold-
r  in    the    co-operative    publithing
tut of Chat. Ken ti Co, can pro
nc literature for the locals at cost.
Campaign fund receipt books    are
•v ready and will be furnished    to
rait at 10 cents each.
The following amounts received up
n-vioutly  acknowledged $134.80
11   l.tirrough          250
White        2.50
to have 50 by next meeting.
Meeting nights to bc first and th;rd
Saturday 111 each month. If you wish
rest of names let mc know. Please
give me all thc pointers you can and
let me kn<-w if f5 is enough.
Your* fratcrna'ly,
W. B. MclSAAC, Sec.
(Continued from Page One.)
their shoulders and added to the other
burdens of their slaves.
A true education can only proceed
from a just order of society and the
basis of that education wculd bc a
study of man in his relations. It
ffould illuminatev what wc have today
Class education is necessarily based
OO faith in authority, not on reason,
because reason is democratic, lt has
been well *aid that colleges are places
where diamonds are dimmed and pebbles polished. They are places where
brains are used to a great extent as
phonographic cylinders. They arc to
take records, whereas they should be
U plants iu a fertile garden, which
with tunthine and flowers blossom
with beauty and a free individuality.
Much of our so-called education
deals especially with dead  languages
Iud Other subjects which should real
ly be left with our intellectual corp-
$lJ<-.Ko   *c>,  instead of  being OSed lo  stirpify
 ' the brain cf youth.      Probably next
1 to suppression, the drversion of at-
tention fr mi live issues is the function of our schools and colleges and
at the same time they form that gulf
fixed between the heaven of thc rc-
through      cash,    and   the
H hat been decided by the Provincial
Executive to build up a central fund, .
to be used in f-enerallv atsistlng in the 1 «^£d ,hro ,, to;i, ,nd poverty
oming campaign and more «YfU."',mr education like all class rule in-
or the purpose of pnnt.ng and dittn- J"»  autncratic.    The  cloak
hutmj campaign literature. stituuotu  is  a"u"'•"' • ,       .   ,
All comrades wishing to collect , won. l.v the ma Iter s ■ch tt el slaves
for this lund should tl once apply and feudal serfs f.Ua-itI few change,
to the provincial tecretary for a re- the shoulders of piu oe ac , ant »
ceipt book. No effort should be; dav the Socialist finds tha rebellion
«pued in building up this fund. against the powers ordained by Mam-
The following amounts received up   mon will Ih- Kowted upon ********
to date: j savagely   as   were  the  rebels  of  old
  1 when the self-appointed agents of Je-
I'rcviously   acknowledged    $.W5"  hovah were the chief economic pow-
M   Ilalllday      -,'*1  its and the sole dispensers and sup-
 Iprcuen of knowledge.
Total  $4150 "
(.Continued   next  week),
I   rward all contributions to
i» id Secretary.
 o —
Regular busincit meeting Monday,
Nov 20. Com. Stemnngs in the chair,
Minutes of previous meeting read
»'id approved; J. McVety admitted to
Warrants authorised for the following sums:
K'nt   Oddfellows  Hall    $ 3-SO
Rent, Headquarters     10*00
''leaning Headquarter*        5<-
literature   Agent        ,0°
Por McGrady'a Meeting.
McGrady*i expenses    $85.00
City   Halll      ><'«■
Advertising  H 5°
I'rogmtn Committee, reported on
Mc.Grady's meeting.
I M'cnditure*    $03SQ
1'n-cipl*     $80.50
llalaites  $i7-«>
Headquarter* Decorating Committee
Receipts  $12.20
1 '■•"pcntliturct      ■'•7°
Balance        S°
The Platform and Constitution as
amended in convention was adopted
hy a vote of 33 to 2.
Program Committee instructed to
engage the Grand Theatre for Com.
Knigsley's nuetitig next Sunday. Com,
1'riU'hard appointed chairman for the
said meeting,
CnHesrtinn Sunday   ' S00
McGrady's meeting receipts .. 80.50
Contributions to assessment ... 33*50
literature sales     * °°
A small island in the ocean wos inhabited l>v two men; the first, a lord,
who pretended ovrnersWp of the island and the other a peasant, who wa*
earnestly working tins tract of land.
•It is I who am supporting you, uttered' the proud lord to the peasant.
The latter, a narrow-minded man, who
we, working as hard as a buffalo
from dawn to twilight, eating only
bad corn, flour, and raw onions, and
cultivating vegetables, wines and
fruits, and providing chickens and
meat for the lord, gratefully answered, while taking off his hat and wiping the perspiration from his brow.
"You are right, my lord; how could
I live if you were not here?
But it occurred talrt thc lord died
What happened to the peasant then?
TWJ country worker, alone on the
small island, soon began to understand, not without great surprise, that
he could cat bread and meat and drink
wine that were previously consumed
by his lord. He worked less and ate
better. Then he oceanic convinced
that it was he who was supporing and
feeding Ins lord, while he had always
thought that it wiis his master wbo
was supporting him, and striking his
hand against his forehead, hc exclaimed, "How foolish I was!"
We wage-earners, who arc giving
thc belt of our work to our masters,
when we understand tnat wc arc giving all we produce to a class of
parasiites, that we are supporting our
masters instead of they supporting
us wc will do just like that peasant
on the small island—we will work less
and live better.—Emancipation.
St. John's, Nfld., Nor. 18.
... ■_ 93 Gower Street
W c-stern Clarion, Vancouver, B. C.
Comrades: The first Socialist Local in New foundland wa* formed a
few weeks ago in this city. We have
ten comrades. At the last regular
meeting the secretary was requested
to write the Clarion notifying it of
the formation of same. It wa's thought
that by doing so its appearance in the
Clarion would arrest the attention of
some comrades who may be coming
to Newfoundland to spend a vacation
or on business and who could render
us some help in popularizing the
movement by giving us a lecture or in
any otber way.
It was also thought that as we arc
all wage workers and our knowledge
of Socialism limited and particularly
our means, that by making you
acquainted of same, you would render us help he it ever so small. I
am sure it would be greatly appreciated by the comraues here and who
would be greatly encouraged to extend the influence of that grand ideal,
the liberation of tlie working class
and thc ushering in of the Brotherhood of Man.
Yours for its success,
Corresponding Secretary.
The officers of thc local are as follows:
Financial and Corresponding Secretary—Geo. P. Grimes.
Recording Secretary — George Vv*.
Treasurer—John Stowe.
Organizer—Robert E. Scott.
Introducer—J. Kirkland.
The simple fact that the birth of a
hitman being, the image of God, as
religious people say, is in so many
cases regarded as of very much less
importance than that of a domestic
animal, proves thc degraded condition in which we live. And here again,
it is chiefly the female sex that suffers. In many respects there is little difference between our ideas and
those of ancient and modern barbarians. The barbarians put their superfluous girls to death, and most girls
were superfluous, in times When wars
of extermination were the order of the
day. We are too civilized to kill our
daughters, ut we mostly treat them
as pariahs in society and in the family. Man, as the stronger, drives
them back everywhere in the struggle
for existence, and when, nevertheless, thc instinct of self-preservation
forces them to compete, they only too
often meet the hate and persecution of
the more powerful sex, which fears
their competition. In this respect
all trades and professions are alike.
When short-sighted workmen seek to
forbid the employment of women altogether—the demand was made, for
instance, in 1877 at the Congress of
French Workingmen, but rejected by
a large majority—their narrow-mindedness is excusable, for tbey support
their demands by pointing to the undeniable fact that the increasing employment of female labor is entirely
destroying the family life of the
workmen, and that a consequent degeneration of the race is inevitable.
Hut prohibition is impossible. Hundreds at\d thousands erf women are
compelled to seek work in factories
and in many otner branches in order
to keep soul and body together. Even
married women arc forced to take
part in the competitive struggle, to
supplement the earnings of thc husband, who is more often than not unable to support the family alone. —
 0 1	
The signs upon the social horizon
portcntious of the coming of a new
order of society are becoming so
pronounced that even an occasional
preacher is enabled to correctly interpret them. The following clipped
from thc news dispatches is a case in
London, Nov. 10—At the Baptist
Union Assembly of Great Britain and
Ireland, held at Huddersfield, the
president of the assembly, the Rev.
F. B. Meyer, reviewed the sign* of
the times.
There was no need, he said, to
argue that human society was pasting through one of the greatett revolutions of history. It was a remark
able fact that thc movement was not
identified with the leadership of any
one man. It was a movement of
the people. Government by party
was becoming more difticult. Men
were becoming imbued with the idea
of social unity.
Collectivism was looking over the
shoulder of Individualism; competition was being set aside by co-operation; the spirit of social service was
asserting itself on all sides, and while
the people of the smart set were
driveling their lives away in self-
indulgence and extravagance, a new
world was coming into being in
which they at the one end and the
trade classes at the other end would
find no place.
The church that was needed today
must bear a swift witness against the
palmists of Regent street and thc
extravagance of Mayfair; against the
midnight orgies of Ficadilly and the
perpetual sacrifice of young lives
Judging from the editorial convulsions of the Seattle dailies, concerning the Socialists there in fhe municipal and school trustee campaign, another "Decline of Socialism"—vide
'the paper that prints the facts" —
and other things — is imminent.
Sam Gompers was re-elected as
president of the American Federation
of Labor at the convention of that
body recently held at Minneapolis,
Minn. This will be the unctuous Samuel's twenty-fift/h term of office. The
name of the organization should be
changed to the American Federation
of Gompers.
To change the foulest of filth into
the sweetest of food — that is the
ever-present miracle which the plant
performs.—Toronto Weekly Sun. Certainly. But what's the use of recalling those exposures at Packingtown?
We are trying to forget them.
A story is told of the peasant* in a
Russian village that when the taxes
did not seem satisfactory to the local
officials they would put the entire
population inside a stockade, and
give them whips with which they
were ordered to beat one another.
When at last they fell down with exhaustion, they finally agree to pay the
extra burden.
One year a revolutionist was cast
into the stockade, and as the whip
fell upon his back he'cried cut: "If
we do not whip ourselves, who will
whip us?" All dropped their whips
and there was a fall off in thc tax
receipts that year.
MORAL: Anybody that needs to
be told the moral would not know
enough to stop whipping himself. —
I       AGENTS WANTED       1
Some who started early are now selling teu 9
copies a day; and it pays from fifty to eighty cents X
a copy
Send to   us for circulars and wholesale §
The book is now ready for delivery.
BOX 2064
E. Wellington, B. C. Nov. is, 1006.
Editor Western Clarion:
Please acknowledge through the
columns of the Clarion the following
contributions to the Campaign Fund.
Previously  acknowledged    $53-50
Nov.   14," No.   16       1.00
"   20, No. 17       2SO
"   26, No. id      1.50
"   26, No. 19      1.00
Total ?S9-5°
At the trial of members    of   the
Council of Workmen's Delegates during   October in St.  Petersburg,    M.
Krustaleff,  their president, asked to
be allowed to address the court on
the  aims  of  the  body.     Permission
being granted, M. Krustaleff rose and
spoke for two hours without interruption.    Tbe trial, hc said, was not that
of the committee of the council but I
of 200,000 workmen    of  St. Peters- j
burg whom  it  represented  and  who
had striven for political and economic 1
reforms  by pacific  means.     It    was)
the government that had caused   the
revolution,  and  it  was    the  government that should bc brought to trial.
The   workmen   had  been     forced  to
revolution,  and  in    revolution    they
would continue.
60   YEARS'
Trade Manna
Copyrights Ac.
Anyone scnrllng > sketrh and dwerlptIon mar
..sickly aim-tain our opin-on Ita* whether an
Inrrntlon Is *ir<.t>aMy pntentabUjCotnamnlea.
Inrantmn Is probably pat«M^>*C<'
tinnastrietlyoiiilldaiiilal. HMDBOM t	
seut free. Oldest siiency for socDrinar patania.
Patents taken thro-Kb Mann a Co. ra*
UpecUxinottct. without ctni-ae, in tba
R. I. P.
Sad indeed was the fate of that attenuated band of would-be political
adventurers who recently tet out to
explore this province in quett of
fame and fortune. Under the leadership of an Australian Moses who
was unfamiliar with the political topography of thc region, they fell into
a political prospect hole that never
■showed a color. To add to the discomforts of their predicament and
render their rescue impossible, the
Vancouver World "cast in its lot with
them."   No flowers.
Notice is hereby given that after
60 days we intend to apply to the
Chief Commissioner of Land and
Works for a special license to cut
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
east 80 chains, thence north 80 chains,
thence west 80 chains, thence south
80 chains.
No. 2—Commencing at the N. W-
Cor. of Sec. 14, Township 14, thence!
east   80   chains,    thence    south   80
chains, thence west 80 chains, thence
north 80 chains.
No. 3.—Commencing at the N. E.
Cor. of Sec. 15, Township 14, thence
west 80 chains, thence south 80
chains, thence east 80 chains, thence
north 80 chains.
No. 4.—Commencing at the S. E.
Cor. of Sec. 22, Township 14, thence
north I160 chains, thence west 40
chains, thence south 160 chains,
thence east 40 chains.
No. 5.—Commencing at the 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 Sec. 25, Township 14.
thence east 80 chains, thence south
80 chains, thence west 80 chains,
thence north 80 chains.
No.  7.—Commencing   near   the  S.
W. Cor. Sec. 36, Township 14, thence
north  80    chains,    thence    east  80 j
chains, thence south 80 chains, thence
west 80 chains.
No. 8—Commencing at post half
a mile south of the 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 the S. W. Cor. of No. 8.
thence south 80 chains, thence cast
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 IS, thence 160 chains
west, thence 40 chains south, tljence
160 chains east, thence 40 chains
No. 11—-Commencing at a post near
the N. E. Cor. of No. 10 thence west
160 chains, thence North 40 chains,
thence east 160 chains, thence south
40 chains, to point of commence
Dated Sept. 26, 1006.
jvtuu si'.*, tec, wuMfw mnamanyam. —* amma
Scientific American.
A handsomely Illustrated weakly. Ijuweat «tr-
ralatlon of any M-l-M-tlBe Journal. Terma. SS a
year: fear rao-itr-i, U. Bold by all newsdaaleta.
by buying this
reliable, honest*
high grade seat*.
ing machine.
National Sewing Machine Co*
Hudson't Bay Company, Agenti.
United Hatters of North America
When you are buying a FUR HAT gee to it
that the Genuine Union Label is sewed in it. It
a retailer has loose labels in his possession and
offers to put one in a hat for you, do not patronize
him. Loose labels in retail stores are counterfeits.
The genuine Union Label is perforated on four
edges, exactly the same as a postage stamp. Counterfeits ar* some times perforated on three edges,
and some times only on two. John B. Stetson Co.,
of Philadelphia, la a non-union concern.
JOHN A. MOFFaTT, President, Orange, N. J.
MARTIN LAW LOB, Secretary, 11 Waverljr Plnoa,
Kern Tork.
G. A. OKRLL, Manager
Bread and Cakes delivered to any
part of the City. You can always
depend upon our bread. Try it.
37 Pandora St        Victoria, B. C
"Wt SoBOR tat affilnasa 67 Maniiracturers.
"Ftafineera aud othera who realire the advisabl'-
ity ot having their Patent business liunnoi.-t-.--l
by Experts. Preliminary advice free. Charges
moderate. Onr Inventor's Adviser jent upon
reoneat, Marion & Marlou, New York 1,1'eOl-l*-,
Montreal; aud wa.hluutou, U.C, V.S.A,
Do you know wa sell from 10 to 36
cents .cheaper than our co*-apeUt*ars.
rOJS ' Jt.   CBAlTft's'
71 Csvatiatst Itrtst, Vklsrta. I. C
MiHlactirtr ol
Ns. • Ctalrs ll.
110 3 CIGAR
what the Party ls dolnjc on the Pacific
Coast  ot  the  United States.
528 Telegraph Ave.,
Oakland, California.
"For the Socialist Party and By the
Socialist Party."
Ton wr-eka, ten cents; one year, BO eta.
For the
Having been authorized by
the publishers of the Western
Clarion to receive subs at the
regular rate—$1.00 per year
and apply one ball ol all money
received to the Central Campaign Fund, you are earnestly
requested to assist in swelling
this fund by sending your subs
direct to me. Either renewals
or new subs, to be taken for a
period of not less than one year.
Yours for a generous Campaign Fund which means a
vigorous campaign.
0. 6. McKENZIE,
Prov. Secy.
Box 836, Vancouver, B. C.
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9 EdlWd by B. P* PKTnPIECE. to -**«.. «" «.^pnn*^ »«" «•»•      ««
CONGRATULATIONSr I Roj. 2__  Vancouver. B. C
Nov. jSth, 1906.
SaVs    Com.  James    Simpson. Vice- j Editor of Western Clarion:
Labor  Congress.-The   Campaign  "jr N w   R ^ fc6_tg—
Some ol the Beauties of State Capitalism Respectfully Recommended
to the Consideration of Shallow
Pates Who Mistake it for Social-
in die Cent-Belt.
TORONTO, Nov. 18—Permit mc
to extend to the British Columbia |
comrades of the Socialist Party my
heartfelt congratulations in, their
splendid achievement for Socialism at
the recent convention called by the
c-hairman of thc British Columbia Executive of the Trades and Labor Congress of Canada.
The clear-cut declaration lor the
abolition of the wage system and the
notice of discharge to the unnecessary capitalist class reflects credit
upon the intelligence of the wage-
workers of British Columbia and, 1
hope, the death-knell of the mixed-
pickle brand of labor politics has been
The stand taken by the trades
unionists of British Columbia and the
immense growth of the Socialist vote
in the United States at the recent
elections are satisfactory indications
of the growing solidarity of the wage-
Even the labor press is adopting
the tactics of the capitalist press in
its effort to impede the growth of Socialism. Gross misrepresentation,
wilful deception and in some cases unscrupulous lying is being resorted to
in an effort to build up a labor party
at the expense of thc Socialist Party.
The reports of the deliberations of
the Trades and Labor Congress of
Canada in the capitalist press of
Victoria were reproduced in the Winnipeg Voice and were accepted by a
large number of labor papers as being correct. Of course the Socialists
were misrepresented by the Victoria
papers and some of the labor papers
were only too glad to ape the defenders of the capitalist system.
It is a healthy sign to see the rapid development of the Socialist press.
The rank and file of the organized
labor movement are beginning to
think for themselves and despite the
combined efforts of the capitalist
press and some of our alleged labor
papers, the leaven of Socialism is
It is amusing to a Socialist in the
East to see hew enthusiastically the
old party organs arc supporting the
labor party that has been foisted up<~Ui
British Columbia. It is not difficult
to see thc significance of this enthusiasm. The capitalist press would
have merited the everlasting thanks
of capitalist exploiters if they could
divide the wage-working forces on
the political field.
This is clearly the game they are
playing, and a few short-sighted labor men are their ready, if unconscious, tools.
Pf the wage-workers of British Columbia are true to themselves, they
will stand together in support of the
candidates of the Socialist Party at
the coming eleciens.
The capialist press will urge them
to do otherwise because it serves
their interests to do so.
The Western Clarion, however,
knows the game that is being played
by the capitalist press and can expose it to the advantage of the Socialist movement.
The Toronto Local of the Socialist
Party are organizing for an aggressive winter's campaign. At our next
meeting we will nominate candidates
for the municipal elections and expect to increase our vote. In referring to your criticism of the Toronto Local's appointment of a committee to advite me in my work on
the Board of Education, I would like
to hear tettimony to the value of
such a committee. The meetings of
the committee every two weeks have
been the meant of developing valuable ideas in the interests of the wage-
workers of the city and it has been
my privilege from time to time to
introduce measures on the Board of
Education that have been developed
by the conference of Socialist comrades. At first the committee was
inclined to inttruct rather than advise,
but they have not insisted upon taking that position.
Yours for the Revolution,
you the resolutions herewith enclosed
tor publication in your paper.
Yours, etc., '
Fin. See. No. -Mo.
Oft.ce of Second   Assistant    Postmaster    General, Washington—It   is:
deemed essential to the proper admin- j
business that offi
Vancouver Local No. t, S, P. cf C,
is preparing for the coming general
provincial elections. While other IS.
C Locals mav bc just as active, interest will necessarily centre on this
point, since a full ticket of five will
be in the field-to fight and win for
the workers of this Oriental duiivping-
grctjnd. .   ,
At last Monday evening s bumper
business meeting the following central campaign committee was elected: Corns. McKenzie, chairman;
Stephens, treasurer; Pettipiece, secretary; Dajee, Stcbbin-js. Bums and,
This committee will meet at heaU-
quarters every Wednesday evening,
and oftencr if found necessary.
Subcommittees, to do Ward work,
collect funds, distribute campaign literature, etc., will be named, thete in
turn to report to the Central Committee. .    , .
Receipt bocks will be provided for
campaign fund httstlert and there
should be at least $1,000 turned in to
Whereas, it has come to the notice
"The   circulation  or  exchange
commodities creates no value."
How much    would     property
j istrauon of public
' ctr» and emwoweei of this office shall , , .
imainuit.   respectful  official  relation,   the. Treasurer before January-Jist.
with  railroad    companies and    other
carrying companies, as well    as w.th
of Britannia Miners* Union, No. 416. [their superior fkt*t,    lff«H f**
W   F   M    that British Columbia   is I tal clerks must nor* engage    in con-
now receiving a big influx of Hindoos,, troversies with or criticisms of _ra.il-
who arc a verv undesirable class of  road officials involving the admints-
people   for this  country,  a*  are  all   tration of the postal service by fur-
Viatic*  and whereas these people in  ntshing   information  to  the  newspa-
a great'many cases  appear    to    helpers  or   publicly   ducussmfj    or   de
paupers and in their great stress for  nouncing the net* or omrn.ss.ons <•
food have  broken  into houses    and  such omc.als as affecting the postal
whose   husbands  service.      Clerks   violating  this     instruction will bc ,«ubjcct to discipline
frightened   women
were away.
And whereas, aH Asiatics have a
tendency to degenerate and demoralize our white children.
Therefore be it resolved: That this
union does urge the immediate passing of a bill bv the Dominion Legislature at Ottawa which will come into
effect at once, that will stop for
ever thc influx of Asiatics of all kinds
into this country, thus making it possible for Canada to be peopled with
white people, who will develop the resources of the country and keep thc
wealth in the country.
Be it further resolved: That a
copy of these resolutions be forwarded to Sir Wilfrid Laurier at Ottawa
and for publication in "The Miners'
Magazine," "Western Clarion" and
"Slocan Mining Review."
Mount Sicker, B. C.
Nov. 26th, 1906.
Editor Western Clarion:
Jas. H. Hawthornthwaite, M. P. P.,
spoke here yesterday to the citizens
of Mount Sicker on the subject of Socialism. A fairly good crowd for this
camp came to hear "Our Jim," and
gave him'their every attention. This
camp has the usual gang who "can
see nothinir in Socialism," and they
kept still while the meeting wat going on. Perhaps they thought it
would attract some attention towards
themselves if they took a stand opposite the majority.
But in spite of that, fifty-four expectant faces greeted Comrade
Hawthornthwaite when Chairman
Hlorel introduced him. The lecture
started at 1:30 p. m. and lasted fcr two
hours. Every moment of that time
was evidently a treat to the crowd.
After Comrade Hawthornthwaite
came Thos. Hardv. of Nanaimo, who
laid down the law from a strictly
material point of view.
Very few questions were asked the
speakers, but a very generous collection proved that their efforts had not
been in vain. After the meeting a
few of the comrades and the speakers
of the day got together and talked
on avays and means of keeping the
good work going. An attempt will
be made to get another speaker here
at some future date.
On the whole this first attempt of
getting a Socialist speaker tc address
the good people of Mount Sicker has
proved a success, and it is hoped that
more will follow. There is lots to
do in the propaganda line and it is
no more than right that every one
cf those who heard last Sunday's lecture should lend their aid in this matter. Maybe next month will tee a
local of the S. P. of C. doing business here. It is not impossible. So
get in and dig, boys. YOU have to
do it for the other fellow WON'T.
Quite a few ladies were present, so
it is safe to tay that they will lend
a willing hand  towardt  carrying on
the  work of propaganda.
Fraternally yours,
worth, in Vancouver or anywhere
«1se, if all the two-legged wage-slaves
were to skin out and no more came
to take their place?
Nothing, of course!
Why, the capitalist property-owners, for the most part, would starve to
death; they couldn't even provide for
their own personal necessities.
Reduced to its last analysis, then,
the real value of all capitalist property is being packed around in the
hides cf wage-slaves who daily surrender the product of their toil to
the master job-owning class — the
same thing all other preceding slaves
Property, bonds, deeds and
chattels are merely evidence of the
legal right to rule and rob propertyless lauor—(from whence art-l value
Nothing could be more nauseous
than thc homilies on thrift preached
by the economic parasite to the poor
on whom he preys. Here is a choice,
up-to-date fable (from I'The Game of
Life," by /niton Hall), which admirably illustrates the irony of the whole
A bandit used to rob the peasantry,
so that when they began to starve,
they used to appeal to him for charity.
Said the Bandit: "I will give you
nothing; you arc poor because you
are thriftless. If you were industrious and honest," said he (as he
lifted a sheep), "the country would bc
richer (and I could make more). You
waste your goods (so that there is
nt/bhing to steail). My .Associated
Charities inform me that you waste
even the bones of your meat; and
then wc all suffer hard times."
"Hut, sir," replied the Peasants,
"you yourself throw away even the
legs, ami eat nothing but the tender
"I can afford it," said flic Bandit,
Decaitse I do not have to work for
my living; you Lower Classes would
bcitter pray to heaven for prosperity, instead of tretihling me with ymir
preposterous discontent." — Thc
I Worker. ,
and possible removal from the service. All information, criticism or
complaint which clerks or officials
can give from personal knowledge or
obtain from credible sources looking
to the betterment <»f the postal service and the comfort and safety of
their persons while officially employed should be forwarded through their
superior officers in order that prompt
investigation anil proper action may
be taken.
Second  Assistant  Postmaster Gen.
Officials of the United States post-
office department have tak-.ii it upon
themselves to protect grafting railroad conspatags from being exposed
to public view by employees in the
railroad mail service.
On July 23 a mail train was wrecked at Diamond Lake, near Camden,
Wash., in which a mail clerk lost his
During the official investigation Into the cause of the wreck it was
shown "by witnesses that the wreck
was the result of an old, worn out, defective road,bed.
In the face of this evidence Mr.
Kennedy, assistant general superintendent of the Great Northern railroad, wrote to the Spokane Review
that the track at thc scene of thc
wreck was as good at any in the
United States and that all tics have
been renewed since 1901.
Mail Clerk Replies.
William Danaghy, a railway mail
clerk on the Great Northern road, replied to the statement made by Superintendent Kennedy in a letter
printed in the Spokane Review. In
this letter Clerk Danaghy depicted in
c*Iear language the dangerous condition of a great portion of the road
over the 1,500 miles covered by his
"Some of the road,' he wrote, "is
good, but most of it it by far the
poorest track in thc country."
He then described the actual conditions of thc track and declared that
the ties in many places have been in
use for fifteen years and are rotting.
Then he asks, is it necessary for me
to state what has been, and what
reasonably may.be expected to be the
"Over this rotten track train crews
are expected to make the fastest
Why This Suicidal Speed?
Following is the clerk's letter in
"Then why this suicidal speed? Because the schedule calls for it, and
engine driven are expected to make
it. Not only arc they expected to
make it, but they are continually and
eternally "pounded on the back' until
they do make it or go in the ditch.
"Occasionally an engine driver,
through regard for his own and other
human lives, refutes to take such
desperate chances.
"What is the result? He is 'called
up on the carpet' and not very polite-
ly informed that unlett he can make
thc time a man will be found who
will. The m<in has spent the best
years of his life working up to a position which enables him to begin to
clothe and feed his family, and can
not afford to begin life anew. He
becomes desperate.
"He says to himself: 'I will make
the time or die trying.' He tries —
and hig last run, the fireman's last
run, the postal clerk's last run, the
messenger's last run and, incidentally the last ride of a few passengers
ends in Diamond Lake."
Thia Letter Moved Washington.
It was thit letter that rweved the
postal authorities to issue imperative
orders to all employees connected
with the railroad mail service, a copy
of which leads this story.
More Clerks Killed.
Since the Danaghy letter was written several more railroad mail clerks
have been killed in railroad wrecks.
Two of them at Catlin, III., where C.
L. Flower and Edward Harding, mail
clerks, lost their lives.
The Appeal to Reason isued a special edition of that paper in which it
printed all the facts and correspondence rclatitie to this question and
mailed cne to each of the 10000 railroad mail clerks.
When those which were intended
for the mail service men running into
Chicago arrived at the Chicago post-
office they were promptly dumped in
thc corner and no attempt made to
deliver them.—Chicago Socialist.
The election deposit of $500, hall
rent, outside speakers, literature, etc.,
make provision for payment ncces-
tar*. \
A published statement will be made
by the Central Campaign Committee
of every dollar received and expend-
A nomination convention will be
held Monday evening, December 17th,
at headquarters, Ingleside Block
Cambie Street.
 —o mm
Editor Clarion:
Dear Comrade,—! have rsad with
considerable interest tne truthful accounts of the conditions cf Vancou
ver Island workers contributed to
your paper by "Islander" and "Lumberjack." Subsequent)**- there ap
pearcd in the "Ladysmith Ledger" 1
letter signed "J. 11.'' copied from the
Vancouver "World," wherein the
writer attempted to show that the
conditions around »bp mipes were not
as "Islander" descr'tbet them. A* the
"Ledger" has always boasted lhat its
cojumns were open to all matter* of
interest to \he people, 1 took occasion to answer fcJ. HY' letter. As
might have been expected, my letter
did not sec the light. It it possible
that the "Ledger's' people do n< t ht
dude -the workers, though it is 10
them that they have to look for the
paper's support.
The  following  i» the substance of
the letter:
Editor Ledger:
Dear Sir,—Would you-kindly allow
me space in your ccmmtis to express
my opinions regarding a letter sign
ed "J. H" appearing in your last issue as copied from the Vancouver
I do not at a rule take any parti
cular notice of letters written by any
of Jamct  Dunsmuir't  numerous pn
vate detectives, but  this    one   *Jtoa
touch me, and with me, 1 am  ture.
over 75 per cent, cf thc miners    *.n
Ladysmith who have to undergo tin-
daily   agony  of riding  to and   from
their work in those disease-breeders
which "J.  H." is pleased to tall com
fortablc cars.
1 might say the same are now supplied with fires since "Islander*' show
ed the puoitc how Dunsmuir's miners
arc treated.     "J. 11"   never   ha*    i<
ride on these cart.    After reading Ins
letter I undertook the task of seeing
jittst how  these comfortable cars arc
fitted up.     There it  supposed  to be
seoting capacity for 500 men.    That
morning after the jhower of the pre
reding night, I counted dry seats for
82 men, and not one fire was burn
ing.     If  the men want  a lire  they
have to supply and carry over their
own fuel.    There were two stoves for
six cars.    (Thank you, "Islander," on
the approach of an election for four
more stoves.)
It is only grim necessity that compels us to endure such conditions, and to travel tin these
cars and pay an exorbitant
rent in Ladysmith when we
have homes going to rot ait Extcn
sion. James Dunsmuir said: "The
mines are mine; can I not do as 1
please with my own property?" Hc
certainly can. And with hit slave*,
too. From place to place he has
moved us like to many cattle. 1 1
South Wellington to Wellington New
Townsitt. Thence to Extension, Ex
tension to Ladysmith. Soon we will
have to put wheels under our houtet
and move to Nanoote Bay and get
ready for the next move. "J. Jl
says Mr. Dunsmuir hat provided nice
home, for the miners at a rental of
$12 per month, the same to become
our own after a certain time. Yet,
that time it when Extension it about
worked out. In lets than a year there
will bc nothing here but pillar work
and half the pillars will be lost. Then
Dunsmuir will have a nice new town-
site for sale, and we will have hornet
en the old. Can hc not do as he
wills with his own? Yes, always.
When thc workers awaken they will
do what they please with THEIR
OWN. Dunsmuir and his kind won't
have much in the way of property to
bother themselves about.
shooting in nanaimo.
"What is a parasite?" asked a Nanaimo school teacher of a bencliftil
of young ideas under ner tuterage.
"A capitalist," came the prompt reply from one of them. Thc Nanaimo
jungle evidently affords an excellent
field of practice for the young idea
desirious of obtaining proficiency in
C PETERS   *•«''«•■»••.
v.  rt.11.n0   m iim «,!,
Hantl-Ka.'r Boots am* Bhura to order tn
allaty'ea.   Rcpalrinc promptly and neat,
ly done.    Htoek or •tap)*- rrady-made
Shoes always on haud.
MM fssltshailsr Ave.
By Ftraiert Entering   tha   Political
Editor Farm and KatH'h Review:
With regard to farmers' orgnntra-
tiotis, its is difficult to realize what
benefit they will be to thc worker* of
the  nation.
Will they not in the long run defeat
"their own aims? While I am fully
ni sympathy with the tendency of the
times as it manifest* itself in tlltrctt,
discontent and a desire to organize .>ti
all tides with a view to telf protection and preservation, it it mil the
present capitalist system bated <>n tlu-
making of profit and the exploitation
of labor that we must turn uur attcn-
11 ■ it,toward? There-fore, wc mil*, inter the* polftieal f'«'l.l and wrest thc
political and economic power from lhe
drones who now posses* it. It
-reins ridiculous to send delegates fy
beg at the throne of capitalism for
that which it ourt. The same it the
Cast) of making terms wth lhe captains of industry ts to how much t>«*y
are to rot) ut of. No honest and ..aiie
person want* any more than lhe full
value, of hit. Ubor, ii"r will b*. continue to take |«SS 'at at present. If
mt notice the md-i-lna! development
ot the present day. wc will see that,
a nan can produce several timet more
than be can buy. Who li g* ing io
buy the surplus.' Every new ma-
chine and invention rttables the captain*, oi industry to increase Ihe products of (htir platita with It**** '»*
DOT, hence they will tednce thc number of employers, and eunscquciitly
the eOOMtftlofl among lite laboring
ehuses will be keener and waget lower. The abt.ity to consume will be
reatrieted eombiiiitig t*> raits lhe
price of any commodity will necessarily limit its consumption.
What will Alberta's farmers do
with their granartc* full when 110 one
can afford to pay them lhe finfd
price they d«tnaMdf
Don't blame P. Burns und oth--rt-
a. they are only a direct result of
thc social and economic ciiilr.ion
that you yourself have jo long been
an upholder of. But their welfare
only represents your rum, and no man
should admire the object of hit own
ruin '*nles* il be from a feeling of
tli.iiikfulness tot having ..na'.ly had
his eyes onsned. In an •.In><t:a1.
"Farming as a Businc**,.'' etc the lol-
lowin** occurs in the September it-
sue of Farm and Ranch Review:
"Examples arc held up cl men who
have tn.-iih- small fortunes out of products 01 the toil. But the rea*otis
given "it(y show apt , dc oi (lie <«'<
1 beticvf that very few of those cvi-
dciit'y well satisfied onet ctn say
that their prosperity represent* thc
results of their .>wn labor alone, and
if it dott ML lei ihosc wh" did the
work, and whose receipt for tame it
perhaps a bent back finish the sentence. Jn many casts an over-worked and tineduiatifd family of O'-dren
is one pha-*e el u rud mentioned."'
Red Deer, Alta.
—•——-—o 1—
Word has come to this office that
J. If. Cameron, late of Victoria, has
been taking subscriptions for the
Wott-m Clarion at Portland, Oregon,
and vicinity. As no such aubscrip-
tkn* have been turned in to this office by him, it is evident that he has
engaged in such business merely for
the purpose of raising revenue for hit
<>wn ute. AH persons are herd., notified that taij Cameron is not authorized to receive money for any
purpose whatever, on account of the
Western Clarion. The only aurh<.ri
zed travelling agentt of the C'arion
at the present time are Harry &bble.
who looks after the paper't interests
in the interior of the province and
adjacent districts, and A. J. Arnston,
who looks after Vancouver Island and
the city cf Vancouver and vicirwmy.
These comrades are supplied with
subscr ption cards or regular receipt
forms issued by this office Their transactions on behalf of the Clarion will
be honored by thit office. Pay no
money on account of the Western
Clarion to any persons you do not
know unless they can show credentials authorizing them to receive
Annorr rrnuciET.
Hr-tt Otuat liar.        KxctUrnt Itoonttv
Pi*tr*ni Moderate.
P*>*mbtr I. iufl
have unit *, 'mrd
Dear Uncle San
We hav
& ****** d,u,,*.;;u;55J
your s-id«*r mil]     \V.- n"'*:
your wellJtrH,*,,,,,,,.,,;;''*",'
ing your t«*rblc. l,,,.,,, ^
splendid d.ffide„cc :,«,.,„« 'J^*M
frow your neighbor, •■„. ^H,j
ni« the perplexing dtilini|t? ^I
ing to run a ranch *!,,., i,.'/" !rH
fact, we luic b«„',„ * "Jf ■
tnyreahfet, j,* *.„.,, we ^J
rflu'lt uf hired men even -1" '?.,
»» true Christum „ur h ■ fcj
throb in .ynipaih^.,,,,,^,;^!
bleand we could., t. in *v ' '*
your dietres,   r,f,»... ,. ""'h'«'^
». rdrr.11 from
you tuch poor assistance
our power wi«W ., ,, , .'^ • |
lencc to our religious 4,-rul)k T
Christian iraini., J c* *i\
Kind wemde-ics, «n«i,»,. c »j
c^JT^ h7'u' «*''**'^
cent months a largi
dus.     They  arc  our
We Wek<.|in-,J tn,.,,,  >|.1|'
and  sold  them   rati
rcatonable  price      Uur   ,:„' 3
didn't  hare much  ,,,„„.     J1   .jl
work will be p,,*, .:,('k hv.rafcH|
dunng the tie*" .>« .„„...-    £7*i
ImrnJrd  to pr,v,;,   ,.,r -h^V^f
out  of  our  own  tn.   jr« -*,-»
the herring crop ,     .,
the fckle and thr
■i oura.-*.
'    '*'>ut--"*v
I "life -tn, J
»K»m :,»<!, 1,1
ana uie csninMJ v. i.«w:l
hung ripe upm the bu-h ^1
Hearing of y.mr ,1 s;;v„ b I
lack *,t abor, vs« dtUrnitBrd t, ..«.!
go tht sxquifitr p. ■■■•• <*i m-,3
mg to thc temporar, «i!i;, r/Zl
Hindu brethren, m\t tU^A
wrung our  :,*;.-n«   ■,.   , '„ *|
mrtm a chickon .   o-A   t-J
over t«> yau to d-.•:••.* ■■';; 1, ^1
your ranch, .m : ■ .:: ,JSJ. i
from your heart •. ,- r< it.^Jl
ing your vine-far,! , ,ei.;t' jJ
cau-*t the lalxrrr. ..-.• ■   .
Wr   jt.1vc   Irar: . •   yr,ar f**a> 1
berry  crop  •:•:,  >■ ,,    •.-,']
will I'm* V  *,",* ,   j j WJ
Thanksgiv-.il,. tarkry I , .,[*Q]
Hindus hat $-> -     ftA
the   th*   (me   feno ;!s. fel
Th:s wll* no doubt * f»r mam
n;*kmi* the ah-a,*-* ■ -. - r*| M
ry at the Thank . j
Inte. thr*.- Hitvliif »re » b; tstj
111 the 1*-k«. feast in ■ !*.*". ir4 -nil
ti|H.p their pit) ■ 'ttai:
hungry look : .- '-«|
would   took   lhat   ■ -    W|
you lived uni.er I'.r ■: -'; ro* H am
a, they  hav*-       i 1 rdsa
your pirtiiro .,. tisti
nrc-t. you |o*>k tin; '•>■»> ii-w.lj-rraH
•"ho   "billy *|->at'    .. *      '..■>'V'l
tides  tbey   arc pr<it-ab'y
crri'deni end   in* "-Rr sVj
general <>n r.o» ;' ■'> sn8 k [
whrn v*«i g<t thi ■    tta
Wr ssi'l l»   -■ fit *l
you right along, i n< ■    Xett \
man  down  h«rt ti va *tn
immigration   ag- ■ -
take* a »*|tnnt tl :••
are   phystcall)
reach.    There Sl -hp'sh
them coming,     '■'' :;> anil
thnn over to y       ■       r iitiui
sort i«f a Christrnas li
We will tee tnat tl      »rt
with rainc.aiv    ■ ft *]
more <:n  hand *
eunistam-c*.   trill   svi   Ret  tatj
thr  ti, art'ioity.'       '  (>e •''lt;
the tcnijrtat-ori is ki
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