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OWNED AND CONTROLLED BY THE SOCIALIST PARTY OF CANADA
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PUBLISHED IN THE INTERESTS OF THE WORKING C
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NUMBER 687
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 1912
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EXPLOITATION OF LABOR
T*he Manner in Which the Producer Is Robbed of His
Product Under the Wage System.
Thus far are we arrived that we
see* in society two classes, one of
which exploits the other of wealth
that it has produced.
This exploitation is accomplished in
the society of today—the capitalist society by means of the wage-system,
which is the cleverest piece of flimflam ever perpetrated on the producers, in that, while lt, to all appearances, frees the slave, that Is, makes
of his person no longer a commodity,
a thing to be bought and sold, It in
reality reduces him to a condition of
yet mote degrading servitude by making a commodity of his labor-power, his
very life-energy, thus compelling him
to peddle himself piecemeal from master to master in order that he may
exist.
As this making of labor-power a
commodity is the very essence of the
wage-system, it is necesary to enquire
somewhat closely into the nature of
wealth under its aspect as
Commodities.
There are various ways in which
a man may acquire the articles he
needs. Of these the commonest under
the present system is by exchange,
that is, by giving something that he
has in exchange for that which he requires. Of course he might make the
things he needs, but individual production is today the exception and social
production the rule, so for all practical
purposes this method can be disregarded. As an alternative he might steal
what he wants but this is the sacred
cal the production of that commodity
must be curtailed or must cease till
the proper level ls attained. The normal tendency of commodities is to exchange at their exchange value, that is,
the labor which is embodied in them.
Now, as we have seen, under the
present system the only method pf acquiring the commodities one needs is
by giving something In exchange for
them. This is well enough if you have
something to give, but it so happens
that the vast majority have nothing
tangible to exchange. Their sole assee
is their power to labor. They must,
therefore, either go without the things
they need or else sell their labor power.   Usually they do a little of both.
Labor being thus reduced to a commodity exchanges according to the
laws governing the exchange of commodities generally. Its exchange value
is the labor that it takes to produce it,
that is, the labor embodied in those
things which go to make up the laborer's living, according to the prevalent
standai<d of living. In favored localities the price of labor-power, wages,
may fluctuate temporarily somewhat
above its exchange value, but this circumstance attracts to that locality
sellers of labor-power, laborers, with
the inevitable result of a fall to the
normal exchange value. In highly "civilized" localities, where tliere is overpopulation and an unemployed problem, the exchange value of labor power
has a constant downward tendency.
Owing to the oversupply of labor power, the price falls  below thc exchange
and closely guarded privilege ot the ex- valu6|  consequently  the  standard  of
plolters, and the practice of the art by i living jB iowered and we have a new
anyone not licensed so to do leadeth to
the house that is hard to get out of.
Therefore, the method of exchange
ls deservedly the most popular and
an article that is produced for exchange Is a commodity.
Primitive man barters one commodity for another; civilized man sells his
commodity and buys the one he needs.
Actually there Is little difference. He
exchanges the commodity for money
which is based upon gold, itBelf a commodity, and then exchanges the gold
for the commodity he wishes to acquire. So really he is exchanging commodity for commodity. Therefore, for
convenience, the intervention of money
in the transaction will, lor the present
be ignored.
In the exchange of two commodities
the flrst thing to bo determined is the
basis upon which the exchange is to
be made, tlM** *f>, the comparr.ttv-i values of the t«to commodities. If the
•two co-muod.uea are alike, of coni'Stj
there is no difficulty, as they can be
excha*.;e.l we ght for weight or measure for me-irure: !>•■ i. there is generall-'
no object to be served by exchanging
commodities that are alike. Who
would want to exchang-- oatmeal for
oatmeal? But if It came to exchanging oaln'eai toy a new kilt, the trouble wiuM commence. Manifestly exchange by weight or measure would
not  serve,  and  the
and lower exchange value for labor-
power, below which the price is again
forced, and so in a beautiful step ladder of descent highly gratifying to
the employer. It is by no means necessary that the laborer should receive
even the actual necessities of life, as In
the "great centres of civilization" thousands of workers are actually starving
to death at work.
This, then, ls the wage-system. The
result of It is this: We have seen
seen that wealth is the product of
labor-power applied to raw materials,
The labor-power having been sold belongs no longer to the laborer, but becomes the property of the purchaser,
the employer. In consequence the
wealth produced by the application of
that labor-power Is also the property
of the employer. In this manner the
wage-system robs the producer of all
right or title to his product.
The laborer, having sold his labor-
power delivers the goods by applying
it by working for his master. To the
products of his labor he has no claim.
He has received the market price for
his labor-power and that is all that is
coming to him. He has literally sold
his brlthright for a mess of liottage.
EVOLUTION, REVOLUTION, REBELLION,  VIOLENCE.
The process of social transformation as well as—under various names
—those of every transformation in
living organisms are evolution—revolution—rebellion—individual violence.
A mineral or vegetable or animal
species may pass through, during the
cycle of its existence, these four processes.
A long as the structure and the
volume of the centre of crystallisation
the germ, or the embryo, increase
gradually, we have a gradual and continuous process of evolution, which
must be followed at a definite stage by
a process of revolution more or less
prolonged, represented, for example,
by the eparation of the crystal from
the mineral mass which surrounds lt,
or by certain revolutionary or vegetable and animal life, as, for example,
the moment of sexual reproduction;
there may also be a period of rebellion, that is to say, of organized personal violence, a frequent and well
verified phenomenon among those
species of animals which live in societies; there may also be instances of
isolated personal violence, as in the
struggles to obtain food or for the
possession of the females between animals of the same species.
These same processes also occur in
the human world. By evolution must
be understood the transformation that
takes place day by day, which is almost unnoticed, but continuous and
inevitable; by revolution, the critical
and decisive period, more or less prolonged, of an evolution that 4tas reached its concluding phase; by rebellion,
the partially collective violence which
breaks out, upon the occasion of some
particular circumstance, at a definite
place and time; and by individual violence, the action of one individual
against one or several others, which
JEWfeLS OF  OUR   MA8TER8.
Gems valued at a quarter of a billion dollars are owned by the society
lords and ladles of New York. One
multimillionaire's wife has a "5340,000
necklace, a $140,000 stomacher and a
$45,000 tiara. Another has a $600,000
pearl necklace, each strand of which
cost $100,000. Still another has a
necklace of black pearls that represent $175,000. A diamond chain, seven
and a half feet long, and once owned
by Catherine of Russia, flgureB ln the
list compiled by an authority. The
widow of a railroad king has a fifteen-
strand diamond and pearl necklace valued at $160,000.
All this is in a city of sweatshops
with a nightly bread-line and thousands of men, women and children
who stifle and starve in summer and
shiver and starve in winter.
The heart of the thinker pulses bitterly looking on this condition and his
lips cry out: "How long, O Lord, how
long?"
The Trades and Labor Council of
Vancouver wishes to see some ACTION on .the political field and is putting it up to the Socialist party to take
some and offering its support, not
of an individual, but of the party. Now
is the chance for those who wish to do
something—arm chair critics and
stove-warming philosophers, take no
notice.
may be the effect of a fanatical passion or of criminal instincts or the
manifestation of a lack of mental
equilibrium—and which Identifies itself with religious or political ideas
most in vogue at; the moment.
It must be remembered In the flrst
place, that while revolution and evolution are normal functions of social
physiology, rebellion and Individual
violence are symptoms of social pathology."—Enrico Ferri, page. 139, Socialism and Modern Science.
THE LITTLE BUSINESS MAN
Several inquiries have been made by
secretaries   of   Locals,    for    account
books suitable for S. P. Locals.   The
two  commodities I Committee  does   not  keep  any   such
mentioned have nothing material in
com ii n which could be used as a
basis ol i tmpurison. But luckily they
have In common an abstraction.
We have seen that there enter into
the make-up of articles two things,
raw material and labor. This, then,
gives the common component of all
commodities. However varied and unlike may be the raw materials entering Into the composition of any given
commodities, labor they all have in
common, and on the basis of labor they
can be compared and exchanged. The
amount of labor contained in the kilt
would determine how much oatmeal
should be given In exchange for it.
Commodities, then, exchange with
one another according to the amount
of labor necessarily contained in each.
This is known aa their
Exchange Value.
Under individual production a man
would be foolish to give for an article
he wished to acquire more labor than
it would take him to make lt. It would
pay him better to make lt himself.
Under social production, however,
greater complexity prevails, but nevertheless the same result is attained automatically. Wherever, by reason of
Its scarcity, a commodity exchanges
for more than Its exchange value, large
quantities of that particular commodity are shipped Into that place to take
advantage of the increased profit. This
often resultB in an oversupply, In
which case down goes the price ot tbe
commodity till it is exchanging at less
than Its actual value. When this superabundance Is general instead of lo-
bnoks in stock as it Is considered better to spend whatever funds are available In organization, than lo tie them
up in stock.
*   *    *
The following suggestion may, however, prove of use to the secretaries.
Keep a roll book. Starting on the left-
hand edge of page two, enter the
names of the members in alphabetical
order. Leave room between those beginning with each letter for the names
of new members. To the right of the
names rule thirteen lines, about a
quarter of an Inch apart, up and down
pages two and three. Between these
lines, at the top of the page, write the
months of the year. You will then
have opposite the name of each member twelve spaces, corresponding to
the twelve months. Whenever a membra pays dues put the amount paid
each month opposite his name under
the month he is paying for. It is then
always easy to ascertain how many
members you have in good standing.
Thus, if you wished to know how many
are in good standing now, you would
merely have to put your ruler down
on the line between February and
March. All members having payments
credited to them to the right of the
ruler would be in good standing.
No. Percy, one meeting a week,
however large, and practically no
other systematic work, is not a good
showing by a Local In a large city.
It you have anything to say or any
accusation to make, say Or make lt
openly.
The lot of the little business man,
like that of Gilbert & Sullivan's po-
llceman.is not a happy one, and he
ls by no means well-beloved. The
consumer looks on him as his natural
enemy, one who pilfers his purse and
robs his stomach by charging too
much for his victuals and clothes.
Which, like most of the consumer's
ideas, is baseless error. Mostly, the
small trailer is regarded as a capitalist, which is almost slanderous, and
also he so regards himself, which is
ludicrous. Were he paid a salary equal
to the income he derives from "his"
business, he would immediately appear In his true role as a slave and
not a pampered one at that. But as
it is he is a sort of hermaphrodite, a
slave in the guise of a master.
The production of a commodity being incomplete till it reaches the consumer, here, over the counter of the
retailer, it receives its final touches.
So the little retailer figures in as
merely one of the vast number of cogs
in the capitalist's machinery of wealth"
production,
It Is curious to note that at the two
ends of the process of production of
most foodstuffs and of many other
commodities, we find two groups of individuals In very similar clrcum
stances, the small farmer ut one end |
and the small retailer at the other.
The farmer passes the articles he produces into the hands of great capital and from those hands the retailer
receives them. Like the farmer the
retailer not only works himself but
has often his wife and children helping him. Like the farmer he hires help
to a certain extent, exploits his employees, and passes up the proceeds
of exploitation to the master cuass.
Like the farmer, his ownership in his
buiness is the whip that drives him to,
greater exertions, that is, makes him a ,
more efficient, productive and easily
exploited slave, than he would be on
a purely wage basis.
Herein lies the secret of the persistence of small businesses, as of
small,farms, in face of the constant
tendency towards concentration. The
small business .man, laboring under
the delusion that the business ls his,
will rustle up trade, worry and scheme
more, and do it for less, than he
would as a salaried manager. Furthermore, he will also furnish a part of
the capital necessary for his own exploitation, which adds not a little to
the convenience of his masters, besides adding greatly to the humor of
the situation. Starting with a few
hundred or a few thousand dollars,
as the case may be, he procures credit
to Beveral times that amount and imagines that be ls doing business on
the borrowed capital of the kind-heart
ed wholesaler and the obliging bank,
whereas he has in reality lent them
his pile to help them exploit him.
Once launched upon his giddy career
aB an independent business man,
no pirate that ever sailed the main
could match him in the unscrupulousness and consciencelessncss of his
methods. He will skin his girls down
to a prostitution-compelling wage and
whittle his male clerks to a soup bone.
He will joyously cut his competitor's
throat and take the iast cent off the
widow and orphan, thanking his gods
the while for collecting it. And then
his payments, his interest and the necessity for expansion will force him to
pass up to his masters the proceeds
of his nefarious trade, and lucky Indeed is he if he retains sufficient to
support that superior dame, his wife,
in the manner to which she apes to
become acctiBtomed.
Truly a caricature of a capitalist is
'he. Petty ln his transactions; petty
In his ideas; petty in his outlook;
petty in his virtues; petty in his very
vices. Often a pillar of his church or
chapel, his deeds must keep, the recording angel's department working
overtime, Generally a member of "fra-
teranl" societies, fraternity in his relations with his fellows would be
equivalent to financial suicide.
Arrogating to himself a superior social Btatus to the wage slave, he fawnB
servilely upon his "betters'' and seeks
to Imitate, In the manner of all true
toadies, their manner of living, of
dress, and even of speech. Frequently
he robs his belly to decorate his back,
and in a forced straining after culture
exposes his Ignorance.
Of all the victims of capitalism
surely he Ib the most to be pitied and
despised. The proletariat hard-driven
and sweated, stands at least upon the
threshold of a better day. For the
small trader the sun ls setting, and
the prospect becoming ever gloomier.'
The huge departmental storea and I
mail order businesses are cutting the
ground from under his feet even ln
more remote localities, and the quondam victim, the consumer, is developing a happy knack of running hiB
credit with the local merchant and
sending his cash to Timothy Eaton
and elsewhere. His commercial ability
promises soon to have a new opportunity for Its exercise, in the sale of
his labor-power cheek by jowl with
the proletarian he despises.
And this consummation ls to be
greatly to our advantage, fellow slaveB
we are told. These petty bourgeois,
forced into our ranks, are to furniBh
the revolutionary proletariat with
brains!    Ye gods forfend!
THE DOCILE WAGE-SLAVE
The Only Really "Good Thing" That Ever Came
Down the Turnpike of Time.
It is about time that all nonense
was laid aside in regard to that interesting, though usualy stupid animal, who drags out a dull and monotonous existence working for wages.
The monotony of his existence is only
broken by the occasional loss of his
job, which, as a rule, causes him to
hop around lively in order to flnd another before he starves to death.
In polite language this worthy spec
iment is commonly dubbed a wage-
earner. He is flatteringly referred to
as the "honest workingman" and he is
lauded ts the skies during campaign
times as the "bone and sinew" of the
land. Though he does not realize it
all of this flattery and smooth talk is
ladled out to him for the purpose of
keeping him in ignorance of the fact
that he ls the only really "good thing"
on earth. Being such it stands the
entire bunch of confidence operators
wno make a respectable living by taking advantage of such "good things" as
blow along, to use all means at command to keep this particular "good
thing" in blissful Ignorance of his status, lest he humps his back and spoils
the game.
To pat the wage-slave on the back
and refer to him as as a wage-earner,
an honest workingman, a "bone and
sinew," though in many cases he is
little else, is merely to "gold brick"
the stupid donkey out of his fat. The
size of It is that he Ib a slave pure and
unadulterated. He is the legitimate
successor to the feudal serf and chattel
slave of olden times. He belongs to
no specific master except temporarily.
He belongs permanently to the ruling
clasa, the capitalist class. By its
ownership and control of the earth's
resources and the machinery of produ-
cton the capitalists have a ring in the
nose of every wage-slave on earth.
They can thus command the services
of these slaves whenever they so desire and that is all that could ever be
said of any feudal lord or chattel-slave
master of old.
To speak of the wage-slave as a
wage-earner is a joke so transparent
that nothing short of the thick-headed
slave himself could fail to see through
It. Of course he earns his wages, I.e.,
speaking of him as a class. If he did
not how in the world would he ever get
wages? Even the verleBt human donkey know-B that wages are paid in the
products of labor, i:e., food, clothing,
shelter, etc., that has been produced by
labor. If these wage-slaves did not
produce these things, or their equivalent in other commodities, it is dead
certain they would soon be minus
wages and everything else. Not only
do they earn their wages, and are
therefore wage-earners, but they earn
all the wealth that is sucked up by the
conglomeration of leeches, sapsuckers
and parasiies that constitutes tho ruling class and its retainers, lliinkios
and other genus homo attachment!.
Their wages is what they earn und get.
The balance of the wealth produced is
what they earn but do not get. The
latter represents what It costs the
wage-slave to be a real "good thing."
An honest slave Is an impossibility, whether he be of the wage-slave
variety or not. If he Is honest from the
masterB' standpoint he surrenders the
last drop of juice In IiIh bones without
a murmur nnd refrains from appropriating to his own use a farthing or
a crumb without that muster's permission. But by so doing be Is dishonest to himself, because he is robbing
himself of his life force for the benefit
of one who is an enemy of the working
class and a curBe to human kind. The
nearest approach to honesty that can
be made by a slave Is to ao Bhirk In
labor as to leave the(master In possession of as little profit as possible from
his work.
The wage-slave is a ''good thing"
only so long as he remains docile,
obetfient and submissive. It is then
that the confidence game can be worked to a finish and the last penny of
profit gotten out of it. Therefore it
behooves every participant in the plunder to do his utmost to keep this "good
thing" In a frame .of mind conducive
to its thorough and complete exploitation. That is what "good things" at*
tor, evidently, and sinful Indeed is he
who would Dy In the face of providence
by doing aught to spoil them.
At any rate the wage-slave is the
corner stone of capitalist production.
Out of his slavish sweat Ib coined the
boasted wealth of capitalist civilization. The misery and suffering; the
poverty and distress; the sorrow and
degradation;   the broken  homes, the
blasted hopes and the crushed ambitions of the workers ls the price they
pay for allowing the means of production to be held as the property of the
capitalist class and, as a consequence,
the huge volume of wealth they produce turned into the coffers of that
class.
Awakened to an understanding of hla
status In capitalist civilization;
aroused to a consciousness of the Iniquities practiced upon himself and
his class, and the means whereby these
are made possible, the wage-slave becomes the salt of the earth, the evangel of a new order, the herald of an upheaval that will remove the incubua
of capitalist property from the stage
ot human activity and usher in an era
when the means of production shall be
subservient to labor and no longer the
means of its enslavement.
All honor to the wage-slave, the
heir to the slavery of sixty centuries. In every part of the earth he la bestirring himself. The embers of revolt smolder in the ranks of his
class, some day to be fanned into the
fierce flames of revolution by the repressive measures brought to bear
upon him to hold him in subjection to
still further exploitation and misery.
In that day will the proletariat—the
wage-slave class—write history, although perchance it be in letters ot
blood and with an Iron pen.
MINER  SHOT  DEAD  IN  CABIN
CREEK STRIKE.
Killed   by   Militia—Several   Wounded
and Many Arrested.
Charleston, W. Va., Sept. 8.—The
first fatality since martial law was declared In the Paint Creek and Cabin
Creek mining regions last Tuesday
occurr-ed-near -Oakley, on Cabin Creek,
today.
Almost needless to say, the victim is
a workingman. He is Samuel Alt-
man, one of the striking miners, and
he was killed in an "encounter" with
the milita. It is significant that not
a single militiaman was even slightly
injured in the "encounter," while, besides the killing of Altman, several
other miners were Injured and a great
many were arrested.
Altman is said to have met his
death in thc following manner: He
was leaving the scene of the presence
of the soldiers when he was called
upon to halt. When the command
was not complied with promptly
enough to pleuse the guardsmen, a
shot was fired and the miner dropped
in his tracks.
It is believed that no weapon was
found upon Altman, and from all that
can be learned it appears as though
the killing was absolutely unprovoked and unwarranted. Some reports would have it appear that the
miners have for some (lays past been
fractious, Confirmation for these
rumors cannot be had, and it Is
strongly Intimated In many quarters
thai their purpose Ih to lend justification to the deed of the guardsmen who
killed   Altman.
The story to the effect tltat Altman
was a sacrifice lo either the carelessness or the blood lust of the militia
ami that the killing did not occur in
self-defense Seems to be borne out by
the fact thut the strikers havo been
consistently reported to be conciliatory
to thc soldlerH, their difficulties existing principally with the mine guards.
Tho death of Altman at Ihe hands of
the militia haB aroused tho striking miners, who declare, upon the
statements of eyewitncsBeB, that their
comrade was murdered.
The strained relations, it is said,
will be used by the state to send more
troops to the strike zone to further intimidate the miners. Already additional troops have arrived in the strike
region.—New York Call.
When a party member's soul soarB
above the distribution of literature
and other spade work, that member
ls too much ln tbe clouds to be any
UBe to the revolutionary movement.
Lots of workingmen used to lay off
during the winter In Canada but they
are not doing it any more as they
have to lay off too much during the
summer and by the time the winter
rolls around they have only the chain
gang to look forward to. When there
are enough of you put wise, you will
be able to lay off any time.
When a cap is worn, it usualy fits. PAGE TWO
THE WESTERN CLARION VANCOUVER. BRITISH COLUMBIA.
SATURDAY,   SEPTEMBER   28,   1912.
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SATURDAY,   SEPTEMBER   28,   1912,
SAMSON'S STRENGTH.
In the days of our youth, away back
on the Illinois farmstead, we were
wont to regale our mental apparatus
by the studious perusal of such literary treasures as came within the family reach, either by purchase, gift or
Inheritance. Those acquired by purchase consisted principally of copies
of the county paper, the yearly subscription being paid in cabbage and
other farm truck; those obtained by
gift were Ayer's and Hostetter's almanacs and the Inherited possessions
were confined chiefly to a polyglot
Bible.   From the flrst we used to draw
cloud and fog of winter months, his
benificent power wuold be lessened,
his weakness felt by all things. After
the passing of the winter months and
his rays had once more manifested his
power, his locks would thus have
grown again. Whether sun god or
pure myth, the seat of his power lay
in his rays or hair.
Capital is the Samson of today, the
strong man in civilization's circus.
What feats of strength this giant displays! Does he so wlll it, a continent
ls spanned by lines of steel and the
plunder of a continent is whisked
away to place of safety, upon the
wings ot steel and steam. Chasms are
bridged, mountains tunnelled, oceans
ferried, distance annihilated and time
abbreviated at his command. His mandate has covered the earth with prisons and penitentiaries, insane asylums
and hospitals, almshouses and pauper's hovels, barracks and "bull
pens" and a horde of ruffianly police,
detectives, jailors, wardens, magistrates, bailiffs, sheriffs, soldiers, gov-
NO  CHANGE   IN   POLICY.
If there are any persons in British
Columbia or elsewhere who have feared that the death of that past master
of the art of religious burlesque, "General Booth," would result in any change
of policy upon the part of the "Salvation Army," their fearB may be set at
rest. "General" Bramwell Booth, who
has succeeded to the chieftancy of the
burlesquers, has cabled from London
saying that the "Army will start at
once to float the 'widow scheme.'"
It Beems that the "General" has discovered something like one hundred
and seventeen thousand "widows" and
two hundred thousand "persons" in
the old country that constitute excellent material for export to Canadian shores in the name of Jesus.
The chief excellence that attaches to
these "widows" and "persons" is, no
doubt, the rich profit that may be
gathered into the Booth  "war-chest"
through this traffic in human flesh. It
ernors  and  other hounds in human hM been notlce(J th&t ^ Booth zea,
shape, to enforce his decree and
spread poverty, vice, crime, prostitution, misery, deopair and moral pestilence throughout the length and
breadth of the earth in order that his
brutal rule may continue and his baneful sway be perpetuated.
And while this precious rule continues and its moral pestilence rots the
heart out of modern society, a gang
of pimps and •apologists offer up unctuous prayer and fulsome excuse to the
supposed ruler of the universe in justification of its existence and for a prolongation of its lease of life.
This modern Samson, capital, rules
the world and walks roughshod over
every worthy human ambition, virtue
or attribute.    Its sole mission is to
rich storeB of local information relating to those multifarious activities pe- : rule" and rob, in order that its devo-
cullar to a pastoral existence; from the ,'teeB may wax richer and more power.
second astronomical lore and medical fu]_ whUe ,ts victlms become poorer
knowledge, and from the last a fund
of satisfying humor, as well as a thorough understanding of the mystical
and unknowable, that promises to last
us for the rest of our life.
How the story of creation used to
appeal to our youthful fancy, being
such a lucid and convincing explanation of a ponderous problem that we
had little or no interest in solving anyway, and then again the story of the
ark and its momentous voyage under
command of the most successful navigator of his time, the escapade of
Jonah in the more or less narrow confines of the whale's belly, Joshua commanding the sun and moon to stand
Btlll so that he could butcher a few
more of his enemies before nightfall,
Moses hocuspocusing the Red sea into
standing on edge ln order to let him-
self and followers pass without getting their feet wet and cold withal;
these and many other simple tales so
Impressed us with the overwhelming
virtue of truth in story telling that we
have since been able to read Munchausen yarns only with pain and never venture to voice an untruth where
lurks the remotest possibility of detection.
Of all the true tales in this, our inheritance, thoBe that most forcibly
appealed to us in consequence of their
simplicity, and, therefore, apparent
truthfulness, were the tales of Samson, the strong man of the ancient
circus. And his strength was no
greater than his cunning as was clearly demonstrated ly his foxy joke upon
the Philistines, when he caught 3,000
foxes—or was it 300?—at any rate it
matters not, for the difference between the catching of 300 or 3,000
would be, to Samson, merely that ot a
few moments of activity at the most.
The catching of these foxes and tying
them together by their tails, with
firebrands between each two tails, and
turning them into those Philistines'
cornfields, though nothing particularly marvelous for Samson to do. was
really a clever trick lo play upon the
rascally owners of the cornfield.
Our greatest admiral Ion for Samson, however, came In consequence Of
his feats of strength. To Blay a multitude of his enemies wllh the Jawbone of an ass, was cerlttlnly going
some, as even Canada's military genius, Sam Hughes, would no doubt admit, and the pulling down of the pillars of the temple was a fitting climax to his career as the champion
Btrong man of all history.
lt will be remembered that Samson's strength lay In the hirsute covering to his occiput. When the female
barber cut his hair he found himself
also shorn of his strength and this he
regained only with the re-growth of his
hirsute adornment. His enemies having discovered the secret of his
Btrength and Induced the female ton-
soriallst to remove his locks, took advantage of his weakened condition to
perpetrate upon him actB of brutality
that would have mude the police of
Vancouver turn green with envy. So
long as his locks remained uncut, however, he was too much for the whole
bunch of ruffians.
It Is rather more than likely that
this Samson yarn is a relic of the
olden  time  when  our illustrious  an-
and more helpless. Its creed is robbery and its decalogue a series of legal
shackles upon the limbs of its slaves.
Where lies the power of this modern Samson? What can be done to
strip him of that power and reduce
him to the condition of helplessness
into which the biblical strong one
found himself as his locks were
shorn?   Let us see.
The working class produces all of
the material things that enter into
the life of modern civilization. The
palace of the master and the hovel of
the slave; the gaudy and expensive
raiment of the rich and the coarse and
shoddy covering of the poor; the costly food upon the table of Dives and
the miserable crumbs that fall to Lazarus, all of these are the products of
labor and of labor alone.
Not only does labor feed, clothe and
shelter both master and slave, the
former bountifully, the latter scantily,
but also from the ranks of the workers, the slaves, are recruited all of
the forces necessary to maintain the
respective status of master, fat and
arrogant, and slave, mean, lean and
meek. Workers build gaols and penitentiaries and inhabit them. Out of
the ranks of the workers are found
the necessary thugs, police, detectives and other ruffians to throw the
balance into these bastiles of capital
and forfend their escape therefrom.
Workers build insane asylums and
hospitals and go bughouse or cripple
themselves that they may have Inmates.
Workers erect barracks and "bull
pens" and garrison the former so that
a force Is always available to fill
the latter with any of their number that should too loudly cry
out for relief from the miseries, of
their Blavery.
WorkerB make clubs to be used upon
their own cranltims; bayonets to be
shoved through their own inwards,
and bulletB to be shot through their
own fool carcasses, and then wield
the club, puBh the bayonet and work
the gun.
These nnd many more are the fool
Ihlngs done by slaves. Without this
the master class would be absolutely
helpless. The master class could not
maintain Its mastery. Only by such
folly can human slavery be maintained.
The answer then to the query:
"Where lies the power of this modern
Samson—Capital?" is easy. It lieB
solely ln the ignorance of the slaves.
Were this Ignorance removed this
power would be as'completely gone as
was that of the biblical hero when his
locks were shorn.
Clubs can neither, be made nor
wielded, bayonets can neither be manufactured or pushed, guns and bullets
can neither be produced or used, gaols
can neither be builded or inhabited,
and the same is true of all other Implements and paraphernalia of class
rule und tyranny, were It not for the
Insufferable ignorance of the victims
of such rule and tyranny—the workers themselves. The working class not
only furnish the victlmB, but the Ignorant and brutal ruffians to carry on the
murderous game.
The sole strength of Capital lies in
A  NEW  DEPARTURE.
cestors were sun worshipers. Sam-'the Ignorance of Its slaves. By push-
son was probably a Bun god and the ing forward the education of ourselves
strength he manifested was due to and our class, we are shearing Capl-
the power of his rays,  which  might tal of its strength even as Delilah did
easily be likened to human hair. With
h«ad uncovered, that is, with IiIb rays
falling   upon  the  earth,  his   tremen
unto Samson of old.
Watch the number on your address
aliel und con
living thing.   With rays cut off by the '0f this iBsue.
dous  power  would  be felt  by  every label and compare lt with the Number
in the salvation of souls has, at no
stage of the game, been more pronounced than the Booth keenness of
scent for simoleons for the Booth exchequer. In fact many Impious ones
have dared to suggest the latter as
by far the most striking characteristic
of the Booth character.
At any rate, General Bramwell Is to
steer the ship of salvation along the
old and well tried course. The worldwide traffic in human flesh and blood
is to be continued and, presumably,
Increased to still greater and more
profitable proportions for the further
glorification of Jesus and profit of the
"General."
Once In something less than a coon's
age, some human nondescript raises
to high heaven most woeful howls because some insignificant worm of the
duBt, perchance a Socialist worm at
that, attacks religion, but surely the
combined efforts of all who ever possessed the temerity to attack that ancient uncertainty have .never accomplished so much towards holding it up
to ridicule and contempt as this burlesque business of the Booths and
their "Salvation Army." A huge commercial concern with its tentacles
reaching to the uttermost parts of the
earth, cold-blooded and merciless in
its exploitations of human degradation and misery, that the material possessions of a callous and conscienceless old hyprocrite and his successors
may be swollen to ever greater proportions, and all of this under pretence of being in the name and under
the sanction of he who "had not where
to lay his head," while living and in
his death suffered the agony of crucifixion for having lifted hiB voice ln
behalf of the poor and down-trodden
as against their rulers and oppressors.
All of this he did "without money and
without price." No rulers and rich
ruffians praised him to the skies for
his notile efforts along salvation lines
He was reviled and vilified by the tyrants and oppressors of his time, and
suffered the ignominious death at
their hands. But now the Booth burlesquers are lauded to the skies. Every church of Christendom approves
of their application of the Redeemer's
name to the rankest and coarsest
scheme of commercialism that was
ever worked with the pauper and the
down-and-out as its stock-in-trade.
Every capitalist pirate on earth approves of the scheme, because lt ls
akin to his own, and its salvation
humbug tends to hold the slave in
leash for the skinning process.
That a huge and world-wide traffic
in the human flotsam and jetsam of
the slave market can be carried on in
the name of religion, is such a rip-
roaring farce as to reduce the entire
religious hoax to a burlesque and strip
from its few remaining devotees the
last shred of reverence for and fealty
to It. The working of the Salvation
Army and other similar "bum" schemes
ln the name of Jesus Is either a profanation of that sacred name or a denial of Its sacred character. It Is a
burlesque of religion and a travesty
of decency.
This liooth bunch of vaudeville artists and burlesquers should be known
for what they are, merely commercial
rag pickers In the purlieus of Christian civilization and Its slave market.
Dealers in human flesh. Exporters
and Importers of slaves, from such
points as have an over-supply to such
parts of the earth as they may be required to beat down the wageB of
those slaves already upon the ground.
And for those and sundry similar services not only doth great praise accrue to these bunco steerers and hypocrites, but much lucre in recompense
for worthy work well done.
We shall welcome a shipment of
"widows," as it is well known that
Canada Is yet suffering from a shortage In the simply In spite of the up-
to-date killing capacity of "our" Industries. If we can't make as many widows as we need, let us be thankful
that we can be supplied through the
agency of the house of Booth. Only
let us be rid of the hypocritical pretence that this sort of thing Is done
with the connivance of Christ, or for
his sake*. That is the only change In
policy we could reasonably suggest.
Though our modest requeBt be refused,
we shall give hearty welcome to the
widows." As to "persona" wo have a
plenty already.
Beginning with No. 690 a Serial by
Com. Gribble will appear In the Clarion. We can promise our readers
there will be no sickly twaddle In this
serial, as they may understand by
Gribble's writings which have appeared in the Clarion for lo! these many
moons.
All the characters will be drawn
from real life, and all the events will
be actual ones.
It Is not generally known that Gribble has done considerable story-writing for the general press, supporting
himself in that way during a considerable portion of the time he has been
engaged in propaganda for the Party.
We have seen these stories and can
guarantee that, the writer is fully qualified to write fiction in as interesting a
way as he is able to write on economics in an understandable way. As this
serial is being written with thc desire
of increasing the circulation ot the
Clarion, as the writer will be overtaxing himself in writing it, as he will
be constantly engaged in speaking
while doing so, it is up to the comrades to do their part by sending in as
many subs as possible before the serial starts, especially as Gribble,
though paid a good price for the stories and rhymes he has written for
the general press, will certainly not
get a cent for this one. Owing to the
splendid support the Clarion, like all
other Socialist papers, gets, it has
nothnig to pay with.
The shortage of navy recruits for
murder ships is getting so serious that
he American Government will have
to get women to take the place of the
men. The shortage at present is
5,634—and   growing.
How obliging the white man can be
to the boss is shown in a recent strike
of some Hindoo teamsters not far
from Vancouver who went out for
more wages, their places were Immediately filled by white men. who received three dollars a day for a few
days, after which the bosses let them
out and the Hindoos in at the old
wages.   Beautiful, isn't it?
Sing a song of good times,
Belly full of pie,
Wage-plugs are all happy,
Labor's goose hangs high.
When the good times vanish,
Different tune we hum.
Some plugs get their pie cut down,
The rest go on the bum.
"The mission of the Socialist party
of Canada is not to further the efforts
of the commodity labor power to obtain better prices or itself but to realize the aspirations of enslaved labor
to break the galling chains of wage
servitude, and stand forth free."
We still have some leaflets on hand.
These leaflets were printed for the
purpose of starting some of the slaves
thinking. They cannot do that if
they are allowed to stick in this office. Why not jump in and distribute
a few around your burg? They will
cost you 20 cents a hundred. We
have numbers 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12,
13 and 14 In stock.
I
Socialist   Party   Directory
DOMINION  EXECUTIVE   COMMITTEE
Socialist Party of Canada, meets second and fourth Monday. Secretary,
Wm. Watts, Labor Temple, Dunsmulr
St., Vancouver, B.C.
BRITISH      COLUMBIA      PROVINCIAL
Executive committee. Socialist Party
of Canada, meets second and fourth
Mondays In month at Labor Temple,
Dunsmulr St., Wm. Watts, Secretary.
ALBERTA   PBOVINCIAL   EXECUTIVE
Socialist Patty of Canada,  meets every alternate Tuesday,  at 429 Eighth
Ave.   East.     Burt  E.  Anderson,  Secre-
 tary. Box 647, Calgary.	
SASKATCHEWAN PBOVINCIAL EXECUTIVE, s. P. of 0., invites all comrades residing In Saskatchewan to
communicate with them on organization matters Address D. McMillan,
822 Stadacona Street West, Moose Jaw,
Sask.
MANITOBA PBOVINCIAL EXECUTIVB
Committee: Notice—This card is inserted for the purpose of getting
•YOU" Interested In the Socialist
movement. SOCIALISTS are always
members of the Party; so If vou are
desirous of becoming a member, or
wish to get any information, write thc
Beoretary, J. D. Houston, 493 Furby
St..   Winnipeg.
MARITIME PBOVINCIAL EXECUTIVB
Committee, Socialist Party of Canada
meets every second and fourth Sundays In the Cape Breton offlce of the
Party, Commercial Street, Gluce Bay,
M. S. Dan Cochrane, Secretary, nn,
491, Glace Bay, N. S.
LOCAL VANCOUVEB, No. 6978. P. of O.
Headquarters, Labor Temple, Dunsmuir street. Business meeting on flrst
of every month at S p.m. Secretary,
P. Lefeaux, Labor Temple, Vancouver,
LOCAL    FBBNIE,   S.   P.   of   C,    BOLD
"elds educational meetings in the
Miners Union Hall everv Sunday at
i:30. Business meeting first Monday
in each month, 7:30 p. m. Economic
floss, every Sunday afternoon at 2:30.
H. Wllmer, secretary, Box 380.
LOCAL BOS8LAND, NO. 36, 8. P. of C,
meets in Miners' Hall every Sunday at
7:30 p.m.    E. Campbell, Organizer.
Will Jones,  Secretary,   Box  125
Finnish  branch   meets in   Finlanders'
Hall Sundays at 7:30 p.m.    A. Sebble,
Secretary, Box 54, Rossland, B.C.
LOOAL   MICHEL,  B.   C,   NO.   16,   8.   P,
of CL, holds, propaganda meetings
every Sunday afternt-on at 2:30 p.m. Tn
Crahan's Hall. A hearty Invitation ls
extended to all wage slaves within
reach of us to attend our meetings.
Business meetings are held the ftrsi'
and third Sundays of each month al
10:8« a.m. in the same hall. Partv
organizers take notice. T. W. Brown,
Secretary.
LOCAL  NELSON,   8.   P.   of  C,  MEETS
every Friday evening at 8- pm., In
Miners' Hall, Nelson, B. C. I. A. Austin. Secretary
LOCAL   BEVELBTOXE,   B.   C,    NO.    7,
S. P. of C. Business meetings at Socialist headquarters fourth Thursdays
of each month. B. F. Gayman, Secretary
VANCOUVEB LETTISH LOCAL No. 68.
S. P. of C.—Business meeting every
first Sunday of the month and propaganda meeting every third Sunday.
Room open to everybody at 512 Cordova Street East, 2 p. m. Secretary,
P.  Anderson,  Barnet, B. C.
0.,    BO.    46,
LOCAL  VANCOUVEB,   B.    0.,    BO.
Finnish.      Meets    every    second
Fourth Thursdays in the month at 213
Hastings St.  East.    Ovia Llnd, Secretary.
LOCAL VANCOUVEB No 1, 8. P. of C	
Business meeting every Tuesday evening at Headquarters, 213 Hastings St.
East,  H. Itahlm, Secretury.
LOOAL     COLEMAN,     ALTA.,     NO.     ».
Miners' Hull aud Opera House. Propaganda meetings at 8 p.m. on the flrst
and third Sundays of the month. Business meetings on Thursday evenings
following propaganda meetings at I.
Organizer, T. Steele, Coleman, Alta.;
Secretary, Jas. Glcndennlng, Box IS,
Coleman, Alta. Visitors may recelvo
Information any day at Miners' Hall
Secretary. Wm. Graham, Box 03, Coleman, Alta.
LOCAL  EDMONTON,   ALTA., NO.  1,   8.
P. of C. Headquarters 622 First Bt.
Business and propaganda meetings
every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. sharp.
Our reading room Is open to the public free, from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. dally.
Secretary, J. A. S. Smith, 022 First St.;
Organizer,  W.   StephenBnn.
LOCAL  CALGARY, ALTA.,  NO. 4,  8. P.
of C.—Business   meeting every Saturday evening at 8 o'clock at the headquarters,   134   Ninth   Ave.   West.
S.  K.   Read,  Secretary.
LOCAL BEOINA NO. 6, BAB*C., ,
every Sunday, Trades Hall, 8 p.m.
Business meeting, second Friday. •
p.m. Trades Hall. W. B. Bird, Gen.
Del.,  Secretary.
LOCAL LETHBRIDGE,  ALTA., NO.  IB,
S. P. of C. Meets flrst and third Sua-
days In the month, at 4 p.m., la
Miners' Hall. Secretary, Chas. Paa-
cock,   Box   1983
LOCAL MOOSEJAW, BASK., No. I, B. T.
OP C.—Propaganda meetings evary
Sunday, 7:30 p. m., in tne Trades Hall.
Feonomlc Class every Sunday, t p.m.
W. McAllister, Secretary, Box B87. A.
Stewart organizer.
LOCAL No. 1, WINNIPEG?, MANITOBA,
S. P. of C—Headquarters, Labor Temple. Business meeting every Saturday, 8 p.m. Propaganda meeting every
Sunday at 8 o'clock in the Dreamland
Theatre, Main St. Secretary, J.
O'Brien,  Room 12,  530 Main St.
LOOAL SANDON, B. C, NO. 36. 8. P. OP
C. Meets every Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
in the Sandon Miners' Unlor Hall.
Communications to be addressed
Drawer K. Sandon, B. C.
LOCAL VICTORIA NO. 2, 8. P. of C—
Headquarters and reading room 575
Yates St. Business meeting everv
Tuesday, 8 p.m. Propaganda meeting overy Saturday, 8 p.m., corner of
Yates  and  Langley.
LOCAL SOUTH POBT OBOBOE, B.C..
No. 61, meets every Friday night al
8 p.m. ln Public Library Room. John
Mclnnis, Secretary; Andrew Allen,
Organizer.
LOCAL   CUMBERLAND NO. 70 B. P. of C.
Business meeting every Sunday, 10:30
a.m. Economic Class held twice each
Thursday, 10:30 a.m. (for afternoon
shift), 8 p.m. (for morning shift). Propaganda meeting every Sunday 3 p.m.
Headquarters: Socialist Hall, opposite
post offlce. Financial Secretary Thomas Cnrney, Corresponding Secretary,
Joseph Naylor.
LOCAL   OTTAWA,   NO   8,   B.   P.   OP   O.
Open nir meetings during summer
months, corner McKenzie Avenue and
Ridenu Street. Business meetings,
flrst Sundav in month In the Labor
Hall, 219 Bank Street, at 8:00 p.m.
Secretary. Sam Sturgoss Horwith, 16
Ivy Avenue N.E., Ottawa.    Phone 277.
LOOAL OLACE BAT, No. 1 OP MABI-
TIME—Headquarters in Rukasln
Block. Commercial St. Open every
evening. Business and propaganda
meeting at headquarters every Thursday at 8 p. m. Alfred Nash, secretary,
Box 158; Harold G. Ross, organizer,
Box  505.
LOCAL    SIDNEY    MINES    NO.    7,    of
Nova Scotia.—Business and propa-
gunda meetings every second Monday
at 7:30 In the S. O. B. T. Hall back
of Town Hall. Wil'iam Allen, Secretary, Box 344.
UKRAINIAN SOCIALIST FEDERATION of the S. P. of CL, ls organized
for the purpose of educating tho
Ukralnean workers to the revolutionary principles of this party. Tht
Ukranian Federation publish their own
weekly organ, "Nova Hromada" (New
Society), at 443 Kinistino Ave., Edmonton. Alta. English comrades desiring information re the Federation,
write to J. Benuk, Fin. Secretary.
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10 1-2 Yearlies -
20 Quarterlies -
Rockefeller and Morgan are lined
tin in a fight for the loaning to China
cf $50,000,000. When enough Blaves
who are producing those millions get.
wla> it won't be ne-iessary for the
John D's and the Pierponts to scrap
over who shall get the opportunity to
exploit labor because the workers will
have put an end to exploitation.
I don't care a d , no, a blessing,
If society is an organism or not. What
seems Important to me is that, the capitalists have the goods and wc have to
get enough on our side to take the
goods from them.
The Executive did quite right in the
case of Parker Williams. No deliberate
breach of the party pledge, whether
due to weakness or to treachery, can
be overlooked. Mistakes are excusable, but not conscious double dealing, however good the Intentions.
Generally speaking, it Is the people
who don't work themselves, who are
alarmed about other people not working, under Socialism.
Under Socialism, the factory will
no doubt be immensely Improved, but
hardly to the extent that It will become as lt now Is, a summer resort
for the people who work ln lt.
Forty Bibles per minute ls said to
be the output of the Oxford Press ln
England, and these Bibles go to the
heathen of all lands on the globe.
The cartridges that follow them up,
however, are turned out at the rate
of 400 a minute. And yet the heathen
isn't grateful, though all his wants
are attended to before he is even
asked what they are.
Our oW friend Laurier Ib out on the
stump again. We have got to put a
man ln the field to* cover the same
ground as our old friend. What are
you doing to help this scheme along?
morallslngof all the ages.
PLATFORM
Socialist Party of Canada
We, the Socialist Party of Canada, In convention assembled, affirm
our allegiance to and support of the principles and programme of the
revolutionary working class.
I,abor produces all wealth, and to the producers lt should belong.
The present economic system is based upon capitalist ownership of
the means of production, consequently all the products ot labor belong
to the capitalist class. The capitalist Is therefore master; the worker
a slave.
So long as the capitalist class remains In possession of the reins
of government all the powers of the State will be used to protect and
defend their property rights in the means of wealth production and
their control of the product of labor.
The capitalist system gives to the capitalist an ever-swelling
stream of profits, and to the worker an ever-Increasing measure of
misery and degredation.
The interest of the working class lies in the direction of setting
Itself free from capitalist exploitation by the abolition of the wage
system, under which Is cloaked the robbery of the working class at the
point of production. To accomplish this necessitates the transformation of capitalist property In the means of wealth production into collective or working-class property.
The irrepressible conflict of Interests between the capitalist and
the worker is rapidly culminating In a struggle for possession of the
reins of government—the capitalist to hold, the worker to secure lt
by political action.   This is the class struggle.
Therefore, we call upon all workers to organize under the banner
of the Socialist Party of Canada, with the object of conquering the
public powers for the purpose of setting up and enforcing the economic
programme of the working class, as follows:
1. The' transformation, as rapidly as possible, of capitalist property In the means of wealth production (natural resources, factories,
mills, railroads, etc.) Into the collective property of the working class.
2. The democratic organization and management of Industry by
the workera.
3. The establishment, as speedily as possible, of production for
UBe Instead of production for profit.
The Socialist Party when In office shall always and everywhere
until the present system Is abolished, make the answer to this question Its guiding rule of conduct: Will this legislation advance the
Interests of the working class and aid the workers ln their class struggle against capitalism? If lt will, the Socialist Party Is for lt; If It
wlll not, the Socialist Party Is absolutely opposed to lt.
In accordance with this principle the Socialist Party pledges Itself
to conduct all the public affairs placed ln Its hands ln such a manner
as to promote the Interests of the working class alone.
"KuRt
8£ST JN B.C.
fK.'
a.R^ SATURDAY,   SEPTEMBER   28,   1912.
THE WESTERN CLARION, VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA.
PAGETHREE
DOMINION EXECUTIVE
COMMITTEE  MEETING.
OVER THE LINE
September 23, 1912.
Present: Comrades Klngsley, Mengel, Anderson, Kavanaugh (chairman),
and the secretary.
Minutes of previous meeting read
and approved.
Application of J. T. Dempster, of
Clayton, B. C, as member at large.
Accepted.
Correspondence from S. K. Read,
secretary of Local Calgary, ordered
filed.
Correspondence from the secretary
of Local Montreal re-organizing in that
district.   Secretary Instructed to reply.
Adjourned.
W. WATTS, Secretary.
BRITISH COLUMBIA
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE.
read
Wil-
Meeting September 23, 1912.
Present: Comrades Kingsley, Mendel, Anderson, Gribble, Kavanaugh
(chairman), and the secretary.
Minutes  of previous  meeting
and approved.
Correspondence  from  Parker
Hams ordered filed.
Bills for Clarion ordered paid.
Comrade Fitzgerald was appointed
organizer for the purpose of organizing on Vancouver Island, where a
strike of the miners is now in progress.
Comrade Gribble volunteered his
services for a week on the Island as
organizer.   His offer was acepted.
Adjourned.
W. WATTS, Secretary.
Comrade George Howell, late of
Calgary, drops in with five dollars for
the organizing fund.
Comrade A. G. McCallum, of Ottawa,
sends in another five spot for the
Clarion maintenance fund.
'
Comrade H. Norman, of New Westminster, B. C, fires two dollars Into
the organizing fund.
Comrade Hugh Mitchell, of Britannia Beach, B. C, Bends in one dollar
for the fund that needs It most. We
have put It ln the Clarion maintenance.
Comrade Editor:
Having been over in the state of
Washington for some months past
perhaps a few remarks as to my experiences while there would not be out of
place.
I should like to say in the flrst place
that I found the comrades there a very
comradely crowd.
1 Betved out the straight goodB
everywhere I went asd they like it. I
found very few among the party members ln favor of having any reform's
on the party platform, but, as they
say, the Eastern majority retains
them there, and as they In the West
do not wish to add one more to the
i numerous divisions in the working
(class- movement, they Ignore them.
Among all the speakers I heard, I
never heard one advocate of reforms.
One of their speakers, Comrade Decker, In knowledge of economics and
ability to expound them, Is equal to
the best the S. P. of C. has to show.
But the rank and file of the party—
they are workers, almost to a man,
and woman. Perhaps this is because
economic conditions are worse and the
driving force ls greater than In Canada.
I was a great deal among the farmers and the Impression I received in
Canada—that the farmers will yet be
the backbone of the movement, was
strengthened by my experience in the
U. S.
Now, I don't want to take up more
space, so will close by saying I was
treated well over there, that my dope
suited them down to the ground, but
my Bpeaklng gear going wrong, I had
to take a rest, but am going back again
In a week or so, as I recken to be in
fit condition by then.
Yours in Revolt,
WILFRID GRIBBLE.
HOW THEY COME
SHARPEN YOUR SWORD.
The  Dean  of  Newcastle  in   His War
^^^^^^^ Newcastle ,^^^^^^^
Paint.
Canadian cadets have visited New-
and there   has been   a large
There is a little better showing this
week ln the sub hustling line, but you
have got to do better yet if we are castle,
to survive. 'amount of slobber by capitalistic (?)
Seeing that the Locals are now pre-   ...        ...    „„       ,    „ _ ,.   ..
.        , . .   ■ „ "v.,,  defenders of the "Hempire.   Both the
paring for winter propaganda, It will
be easier to get subs.   Now, then, the j Church and the Chamber of Commerce
best way to get subs is to get a bunch j were well represented.   The repreBent-
of sub cards from ua and peddle them, alve of the Church was especially ful-
Make an organized effort to get subs some in his eulogies of the whole ca-
and make It possible for the continued det system of teaching to murder In
publication of the only revolutionary the defense of the empire. In his re-
paper on the American continent.       ] marks, the Dean told the cadets that
Here are a few of the old standbys. one of Australia's greatest assets was
When are you going to take a hand? her coal, and they (the Canadian ca-
M. Llghtstone, Montreal, Que  8 dets) would very soon learn that one
C. M. O'llilen, organizer  7 j of the things  Australia  would  have
D. McLeish, Castor, Alta  5 to consider was, "How are the coal-
W. H. Anderson, Dewberry, Alta.
L. R. Mclnnis, Sandon, B. C	
fields of Aust-alia going to be defended?"   Apparently this dignitary is of
Comrade H. J. B. Harper, of Hardy
Bay, B. CL, sends in for a bunch of
sub cards and drops one dollar and
twenty-live cents into the Clarion
maintenance fund.
Better to do anything than to do
nothing—you will at least learn by
experience or failure, and get somewhere; the do-nothing merely stagnates and gets nowhere.
SUB-HUSTLERS (?) AND OTHERS—TAKE NOTICE.
W. B. Bird, Regina, Sask  4 ' the opinion that the rest of the nations,
J.  Watson, Winnipeg,  Man  3 or geographical collections of people,
H. J. B. Harper, Hardy Bay, B. C... 3 j are dying to lay hands upon our coal
S. Rodgers, Reglna, Sask  2 J deposits.   This is nonsense!   The ver-
W. Davenport, Brantford, Ont  2' lest piffle, and coming from such an
W. Clunie, Montreal, Que  2 educated luminary as the Dean, is sur-
E. Simpson, Victoria, B. C  2 j prising.   Nature, or God, as you will,
Local  Toronto   -.  2 j provided those Btores of coal and pre-
S. K. Read, Calgary, Alta  2 served the same deep in the bowels of
Jas. Cartwright, E. Wellington, B. C. 2; the earth, our coal beds being Jn very
P. J. Hunt, Fiske, Sask  2 j fact,  indeed,  bottled    up    suishlne.
Singles , Neither man, or the labor of man, had
W. Breeze, Winnipeg, Man.; W. K. j any,hand In storing up the great mass
Bryce, Demaine,  Sask.;   H.  Mitchell,|0f wealth represented In the coal of
Britannia Beach, B.  C.;  A. Manson,! this planet.   But until labor is used in
Nelson, B. C;   Jos.  Naylor, Cumber-! winning coal from the almost Inacces-
land, B. C; A. Whyte, Beaver,Mines,| Sible positions lt ls just as worthless
Alta.; A. Stewart, Moose Jaw, Sask.; j a8 the mud-banks In our navigable rlv-
A. Paterson, N. Battleford, Sask.; J. A. ers,   ^an found a use for coal, conse-
Moon, N. Battleford, Sask; B. Nelson, quently; man discovered a method of
city; F. Halton, city. extracting coal from Mother Earth;
Bundles and when won found means to use It
Local Calgary, 100;  Local Toronto,  -0  the  best  advantage   for   society.
25;   Local  Brantford,  20;  A. G.  Mc- Tnen smart (?) individuals, realizing
Callum,   Ottawa,   20;   W.   McCallum,  wnat a power coal was to become'in
Ottawa, 25;   Bixby's Book Store, St. the ec0nomy of the world, schemed
Catherine, 5. I 80 that they and theirs alone would
Comrade C. M. O'Brien tops the list j derive the most pecuniary benefit from
for the largest amount of subs; W. B.
Bird comes next and L. R. Mclnnis, of
Sandon, third. Now, then, boost her
up good next week.
"MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING'
Such a magnificent response has been made to our last
offer of 50 cents worth of literature free with each one. dollar
sub received that we can no longer continue such prodigality.
We have received about 50 subs in response to that offer. We
are overwhelmed with gratitude in consequence. Thanks.
That offer expires September 16.
Hero is another. We are sure it will meet with an equally
hearty response.
To the person sending in to this office, between September
16th nnd November 1st, 1912, the largest list of yearly subscriptions (or the equivalent in three months and six months
subs), we will give a copy of "WebsterV International Dictionary." This is the very latest edition, containing 2700
pages, and is the most complete dictionary of the English
language extant. The publishers' net price is $12.00. It will
be delivered to the winner, direct from the publishing house
of G and C. Merriam Co., Springfield, Mass., all charges prepaid.
To the person sending in to this office, between September
16th and November 1st, 1912, the second largest list of yearly
subscriptions (or the equivalent in three months and six
months subs.), we will give a complete edition of Capital by
Karl Marx, 3 volumes, charges prepaid.
To the person sending in to this office between September
16th and November 1st, 1912, the third largest list of yearly
subscriptions (or the equivalent in three months and six
months subs.), we will give a bound volume of the Western
Clarion for the year 1910, delivering same to the winner,
charges prepaid.
Wc shall immediately proceed to enlarge our business staff
in order to expeditiously handle the increased sub. list that
will undoubtedly result from this offer. From our knowledge
of the zeal with which thc average man will push the circulation of publications that neither belong to himself or his
organization, and his utter indifference to tho success of those
that do, we feel justified in anticipating an increase of the
sub. list of the Western Clarion by at least 15 or 20, as a result
of the above offer. If we are too optimistic we hope to be
excused upon the ground that one optimist is less of a nuisance to tolerate at any time than half a dozen pessimists.
PAMPHLETS for
THE MILLION
FIRST ISSUE OF 120,000 COPIES NOW READY
1. WHY I LEFT THE CHURCH.
By Joseph McCabe. 48 pp. and colored cover, with portrait.
2. WHY AM I AN AGNOSTIC ?
By Col. K. G. Ingersoll. 24 pp. and colored cover, with portrait.
3. CHRISTIANITY'S DEBT TO EARLIER RE
LIGIONS.
By P. Vivian. 64 pp. and colored cover, with portrait.
4. HOW TO REFORM MANKIND.
By Col. R. G. Ingersoll. 24 pp. and colored cover, with portrait.
5. MYTH OR HISTORY IN THE OLD TESTA-
MENT ?
By Samuel Laing. 48 pp. and colored cover, with portrait.
6. LIBERTY OF MAN, WOMAN AND CHILD.
By Col. R. G. Ingersoll. 48 pp. and colored with portrait. -
The Set of Six Pamphlets Post Free for 25 Cents
The People's Bookstore
152  Cordova   Street   West
Vancouver, B.C.
1 have been reminded strongly of
these lines of Shakespeare'these last
few days.
Having lately come from across the
line, where if knowledge of economics
is not up to the Canadian standard,
knowledge of spade work ls, tt was like
coming into a new world to find myself among a bunch of philosophers
whose chief delight appeared to be to
seize hold of some phrase used by
another comrade and analyze It, dl-
sect it, tear it limb from limb as it
were for the sole purpose of showing
off their superior knowledge.
Hot arguments on every side as to
whether society was an organism and
if so, how could there be t class struggle inside it, etc.," and such like silly,
useless hairsplitting, were rife.
Any mention of a speaker's name
from outside, or of the doings of the
S. P. of the States called forth superior
smiles or harsh remarks as to their
fitness to accomplish anything.
Now, as an outsider, I want to say
this, regardless of whether I am sci
entitle or not, I would rather work with I c]aBa.
comrades as I have been doing, who
are willing to turn out at six in the
morning and cover a city with literature, whose great differences and
discussions are on TACTICS and
methods of attacking our enemy, the
master class, than stagnate ln an atmosphere of philosophic dry rot.
I would rather be in a party that
tries to do things, than in a mob ot
would-be critics j who accomplish
nothing, unless the amount of words
they waste on each other be accpunted
as steps on the road to Socialism.
The trouble sems to me, somewhat
like that of the small boy who had
been accustomed to seeing the baseball game through a knot hole ln the
fence, and when treated one day to
a seat on the bleachers, cried and asked
to be allowed to go back to his knothole.
So lt appears to me at all events,
that a section of the S. P. of C. have
been so busy looking through its own
little peephole that it entirely overlook the fact that it is only a small
part in a great world movement of the
working class towards emancipation.
Revolutions never were yet won by theorists or spittoon philosophers, but by
the great earnest army of men and
women who worked silently, but always and ever striving towards the
goal.
Our goal is the social revolution and,
thank goodness, the vast majority of us
at any -rate, are more determined on
getting there than on disscusing how
we got to where we are, and where and
how and what we are, anyway.
There Is hope for the future, but not
among the rag chewers.
Yours for a change,
FRED S. FAULKNER.
Another useless parasite in the form
of the Duke of Connaught visited Vancouver last week. As usual, a bunch
of slaves could be seen almost licking)
the boots of His Nibs. Some of you
may have objections to us calling him
a useless parasite; if so, we will satisfy you by saying that he is a useful
member to the capitalist class, which
is correct, as he is used by that class
to encourage flag worship and loyalty
to capitalist institutions.
the ownership of the coal supplies
stored by Nature. And they were successful.
Now, the people of the world collectively cannot burn a single pound
of coal without permission of the
owning coal barons. It is ln the defence of this usurped right—the right
legalized by the land robbers of the
days gone by and still held by the
same robber class. This robber class
being small In numbers, when compared with the dispossessed class,
were naturally afraid that the people
would turn on them and take their
own back again. Then there was enrolled from the ranks ot the dispossessed class a body of retainers, or
fighting men, who defended the interests of the land robbers, who promised them an easy, lazy life. The
world progressed without the aid of
this owning class, but its members
were always quick to reap any advantage to themselves, and to defend
themselves with the aid of their hired
mercenaries. As time went on the
hired mercenaries became a burden
upon their employers, and as the owning class, which had usurped the power to make the laws at the time they
seized the land, made it obligatory
upon the country to support and main-
i tain the late retainers of the robber
and thus formed a standing
army.
This standing army was definitely
used ln supporting the usurped rights
of the dispossessed class. But education expanded. The Ignorance of
the dispossessed, viz., the working
class, was gradually dispersed. And
now we are not so ready to defend
the stolen property of the owning
class against ourselves. .
So now a scheme has been evolved
to compel the children of the working class to undergo military training to enable the owning class to
still retain for a longer period their
plunder. And the Canadian cadets
are a few of the children of a geographically situated people trained to
defend "their" country against other
geographically situated people. But
the fact of the matter Is, the real object, for training working class children ls to defend the property of tho
capitalist class against their parents.
This property-robbery of the people
has always been upheld by thc church,
therefore, it is not surprising that the
Dean of Newcastle spoke aB he did.
being a representative of the capitalist class.
Another statement from the Dean
was to the effect that Australia was
learning, and Canada was learning
even faster than Australia, "That
the prosperity and strength did not
He on the football Held or the racecourse." How true he spoke in the
latter connection. But did he mean
it? Probably the Dean forgot, or
else overreached himself. But the
Dean must surely have meant the
prosperity of the owning class,
which Is made more secure when
built upon the Ignorance of the
People; a condition of affairs always
supported by the church. It was
not the prosperity of the people that
troubled the Dean, but the prosperity of the class on which he lives as
a parasite. Further, according to
His Deanshlp, "Swords have got to
be put to the grindstone, and be
kept sharp, and "No man would be
worthy of the name who would hesitate to draw a sword or lire a gun
in defence of those he loved." Yet
the Dean ls a CHRISTIAN! He nol
doubt    preaches    about
Father and a Crucified Son every
week, and in his other public actions
and words practically states that he
knows much better than the God he
preaches about. Is lt not stated ln
the Book upon which the Dean liases
his religious teachings, that "Thou
shalt not kill"? But, forsooth! the
Dean says: "We are not men unless
we kill," and keep ln physical efficiency and good order with that end
in view. Again, is it not stated in
that self-same authority used by the
Dean, "He that llveth by the sword
shall perish by the sword"? Yet he
himself declares that our sons should
train for these things—and lt matters little whether they go to eternal
damnation or not, so long as "His
Ecclesiastical Majesty" and his
friends are comfortable here and
now.
The Dean of Newcastle Is hereby
advised that the Australians will
eventually defend Australia, not
against fancied enemies, but against
the real enemy of the working-class,
the class represented by the Dean
and the Chamber of Commerce.
And as the education of the people
advances, as it will do despite the
efforts of these of the privileged
class, to hinder and side track. The
world's masses are unrestful now,
and are seeking that knowledge
which means power, a knowledge
and power when obtained which will
not be used unjustly as has been
taught and practised by the church,
but in the direction as spoken by
that Jesus whom the church worships: "He that will not work
neither shall he eat" Socialism is
advancing — and It behooves the
enemies of the working-class to put
their house in order and "render
unto Caesar the things that are
Caesar's," and unto the workers the
things that are the workers'—which
is all that labor produces.—The People, Sydney, N. S. W.
IN  THE  DRY-DOCK..
A PLEA8ING  PROSPECT.
Human society today in all civilized
states is armed with powers of wealth
production such as were never
dreamed of a century ago. To produce
sufficient of the material thingB of life
to provide for the comfortable existence of man today is a matter of the
expenditure of such an insignificant
amount of labor as to be scarce worth
mentioning. If the powers of production were to be used to their limit such
a volume of would would result that
the markets of the world would be
deulged with it and human society actually smother in its own products. And
yet in the face of all this, Industry is
paralyzed, factories are closed or running with reduced force and millions
of men are without employment and
know not which way to turn for relief
from their miseries. Poverty and distress are upon every hand and actual
starvation is a thing by no means unknown in the congested districts where
these conditions are most acute.
There ls no use in blinding our eyes
to the fact that things are going from
bad to worse. From every quarter
comes undisputable evidence that, as
bad as conditions have been for the
past six months, they are becoming intensified each day. The future is dark
with foreboding of such a catacylsm of
disaster that capitalist civilization will
crumble to ruins. Even now it Is rocking upon its foundation like a doomed
building in the teeth of a gale that it
cannot withstand. Even if capitalist
production does weather the present
storm it is safe to assert that no living man will ever see it again restored
to that condition of activity and virilty
experienced during the past ten years.
The powers of production have become
too great to admit of the product being disposed of even in a world's market. Proof of this ls found in the present world-wide Industrial depression
and stagnation. If the product could
be disposed of there would not. be an
idle workingman In Christendom. Every factory would be running night
nnd day. Every capitalist mug would
be adorned with a seraphic smile along
side of which a clown's grin would appear like the ploiiBly sombre frown of
a Scotch Presbyterian church deacon,
In comparison.
Everything must grow or die. Capital ls no exception to tho rule. Capitalist production cannot continue unless capital can expand. Its purpose
is the augmentation of capital. This
implies that additional marketB, I.e.,
additional fields into which it may expand, must always be available. When
such fields are no longer available the jig is up. Death must inev-
ably follow. This, however, does not
Imply that its death need be sudden,
like that of a packing house slave
dropped Into a vat of boiling lard. It
will begin to decay. It will Bmell bad In
spots. It will becomo irritable and
savage just like an old dog, who, becoming blind with age, snaps and
snarls at every one who points a linger at him.
It docs not require much of a prophet to Bee that capltlist production
is nearing its end. It can non longer
be carried on except by fits and
starts. Just now lt is afflicted with
the rickets. A little later on It will
be chronic St. Vitus dance. Still later
on the obBequlefl.   Glory be.
In the meantime the proletariat must
suffer untold miseries and hardships.
Loving Everything must be out of joint and
By BENJAMIN P. JENNINGS.
The big tramp steamer rests In the
drydock while the painters busily
scrape and paint her rusty sides. Down
in the semi-gloom under the ship's
bottom confusion seems to reign; the
air resounds with the deafening rattle
of pneumantic riveting hammers and
the discordant shouts of men. The
new steel plates which are to replace
the old ones previously taken off are
rapidly being placed in position and
the job is nearing completion.
To the casual observer this would
seem to be a "rush job," but to we
"roughnecks" of the repair gaing lt Is-
nothing unusual. All repair jobs are
carried on with the same speed because every day a ship remains in dock
for repairs means a loss In profits to
her owners; even now, ln their estimation her deep-laden hull should be
plowing the waters of distant seas
bound for the foreign market—the god-
pf the capitalist.
Steadily, with the aid of my gang
partner, I 'drive home the red hot rivets which make the steel plates part
and parcel of the ship's structure. We
have worked overtime until midnight
for the last five nights, but as the job
Is nearly finished it is our hope that
tonight we will be excused. This hope
is soon blasted; the form of the boss
riveter emerges from the gloom and
his voice bawls in my ear:
"Your gang works tonight! Orders
from the office."
I nod my head dumbly and he passes
on. I break the news to my partner and
note the lines of pain in his face as
he thinks of the sick wife at home and
longs to he with her. To me it means
another night lost from my study of
Socialism, another opportunity to
spread the gospel of industrial freedom gone. We continue our labor and
as I guide the hammer while it mashes
the red-hot steel, I reflect that thus
shall we of the social revolution, deliver our smashing blows,until the system of capitalism totters on its foundation; thus shall we rivet together,
piece by piece, the structure of the
Co-operative Commonwealth until the
workers of the world receive that
greatest of all luxuries—leisure time;
time in which to get acquinted with
art, music, Bcience and the betfter
things ot life; time to really live Instead of existing, the despised and
abject creatures of a dominant class.
Inwardly I rage against my servitude which prevents me from taking
the active part I would like to take in
the fight for working class freedom,
but as I think of my millions of comrades in every land and clime, ready
and eager to work for the cause, a
wave of exultation possesses me; the
thundering roar of the hammer which
I guide seems to change into a wild
and joyous song of victory and I am
ut peace once more. ^Ba
Comrade Gribble is having a number of his rhymes published. Look up
his ad in this -week's Clarion and
send in for some, they are of the best
2,000 miners are on strike on Vancouver Island.   Comrades Gribble and
Fitzgerald are going over there to help
put the miners in shape for the com--
plete licking of the mine owners.
What about advertising your propaganda campaign? We are able to
supply you with dodgers at the rate
of one dollar and fifty cents per thousand, carriage paid. Four different
kinds.
There used to be a time when the
worker would take a vacation during
the summer, but he is afraid to now
because there are so many good men
running around looking for jobs that
he might not get the loan of his job
again.
j "There nre 7,500,000 workers In
IEngland whose wages are sometimes
us low aB ils. lid., and never higher
I than 27s. 3d. per week. In London
'alone there nre 2,000,000 people living iih families, ihe total earnings of
each family being less ihan Bl per
jweek. While wages have practically
remained stationary during the past
ten years, the cost of living has materially Increased."
The Liberal parly ot llritlsh Columbia is no more. The legislature
consists of Socialists and Conservatives. Comrade O'llilen was the first
to make an inroad into the Alberta
legislature anil in that province the
Conservatives aro almost off the map.
Now, then, a little more pick and
shovel work all along the lino nnd we
will have thc capitalist party and the
workers ' parly lined up for battle in
a straight fight all over the Dominion.
Where peace and decency should dwell
there will be turmoil and strife, riot
and bloodshed. Bloated affluence
will automobile the boulevards while
guant poverty skulks in alleys, A few
million more wage-slaves of various
ages and sexes will be ground into
profit. A few million more women will
be driven o lives of shame. Here and
there a bunch of discarded slaves with
empty bellies and beads with nothing
in them word-, mentioning, will have
national anthems flayed upon their
caputs with policemen's clubs. Take
it all around It Is a pleasing prospect. PAGE FOUR
THE WESTERN CLARION, VANCOUVER. BRITISH COLUMBIA.
SATURDAY,   SEPTEMBER  28,   1912.
BOOTH AND  BUNCOMBE.
I suppose you have had enough of
the life and death    doings    and    ex- 	
ploits  of  the  "late"  General   Booth. I she go to work in a factory is that
and get better money as a consequence. Let me be frank and say
that invariably the reply of a prostitute to the question of-why doesn't
His death was quite a sensation,
though it lias been both desired and
expected tor quite a time. The death
was   heralded   by   some   hideous and
she can earn more in one hour as a
prostitute than she could get In a
week in the factory, shop Or mill. It
is because of economic conditions that
contemptible obituary notices, moBtj women become prostitutes, and no
papers giving the written history of'other. The S. A. statistics show it,
his life to a certain extent, this being j for out of 2214 women interviewed
contributed by members af the staff]only 18 left the streets for "honest"
of Lite Salvation Army, who bargained labor. Whether any went back again
for the payment before the demise of Is not Btated. As effective has been
the general. Yet to all that was con-!1"6'1" other work In their varied di-
tribulcd  anent  General   Booth,   none ■ reetlon-t, I do not see how slavish sub-
A  CHEERING  SIGN
has been teaching the worker to look
to heaven for relief and whilst in that
position the capitalist can all the more | Most farmers are sadly lacking in
readily despoil him. If emancipation ! the knowledge of political econmy, alls to be the lot of the worker, it is j though they are groping about on the
not to Gods and Ghosts he must look, J political field trying to find a way out
not to humbugs of the type of Booth, j of their economic bondage, which is
but to realize that anything he needs I an excellent sign,
he must do himself. The emancipa- j The wage workers have not got that
tion of the working class must be the j far yet, which is proven by the ab-
work of the working class Itself. God | normal amount of strikes and up-
can't help you. If you don't do it heavals in the economic field of late,
yourselves, well—God help you. 'Farmers cannot very well go on
MOSES BARITZ. i Btrike because they bring their labor
 .,  I power to market ln a congealed form,
Buch as hay, wheat, oats, beef, butter,
'etc., and they are so well trained that
rather than let these products go to
THE   ONLY   ENEMY.
Hy Wilfrid  Gribble.
— i- —-.   ,    . ,      "  "      „ '     ""*..,     L"  in a somewhat disgusted way at the
and    left   and   exposed   the    entire :S- A- is aoinS ln the religious line Is | ot knowleclge or clarity, or both,
scheme as being vulgar commercial-|t0 l'er-*jlst ln tellln8 the l)eople that i	
.]sm. [it is better to have a hell on earth
Already a "life" of the general has 'because we wlU nave a hel1 ot a time
been issued In ''book form" by one of in neaven- „.,„..=,,»..,.. «. ........ ■.«».,  "=■= m.^ne,
the greatest book  publishers   in  the |    Though the S. A. have been unsuc-' about, but the majority but exhibited
world, Messrs. Nelson & Son.   In that; cessful in the religious line is a mere
book a review is taken of the "Social i Incident compared to the huge work
Work of   the   Salvation   Army"   andi11 na8 done ns "Emigration Agents."
generally displayed.	
A very few showed, if not a perfect
(perfection is relative), yet a clear
conception of what they were talking
though the writer is a government
-official acting as "Director of th/-
" Labor Exchanges" in England, he certainly slates thc army like hell The
way the Salvation Army has been
brought up and organized shows it
to be a remarkable accomplishment
The religious side has apparently
heen the basis. But that has proven
its most insidious trickery. Under
the cloak of "Come to Jesus" mon-
gery, the "game of delusion and deception has been practiced not only
here and in Canada, but in most countries in the world. From some countries it has been banished, or not permitted to get a hold, because of Its
transparent hypocrisy. It developed
from God, Jesus & Co. unlimited, to
its present, condition of a strictly limited commercial concern. Though we
hear a lot about the sacrifice of the
gentle Nazarene, it is simply a
guard to secure immunity from
■an attack upon its sweating and exploiting functions. The motto ''Blood
and Fire" could be well replaced by
the famous "De 1' audace, encore 1'
audace, et tonjours 1' audace." Truthfully it may be said that the army's
audacity is only excelled by its cool
hypocrisy.
Let us just examine its effect and
ideas of and upon society.
General Booth, like other social re-
"l'ormers, found that London was hell
with the lid off. People were overcrowded, in thousands of cases families living in one room, which I may
say, has not yet appreciably de-
• creased, but rather is increasing.
Booth came to the conclusion that
England was overcrowded He found
that people were dying from starvation. He saw that thousands had no
beds to go to in London. He knew
that perhaps many more were without
clothes. In all, that destitution is the
common lot of the proletariat. He
Btruck upon an idea; that of colonies.
He wrote a work called "Darkest
England." The great man said in
1890. that "Emigration was the only
remedy for the social evil." His
scheme was to first open a "shelter"
where those who had "fallen' could
get some food and clothing, rest and
a belly full of nonsense about Jesus.
From there they were to go to a farm
colony, where they get more* Jesus
plus what a potato and a turnip was.
After that they were to be sent to the
colonies where they would be -'laying
the foundations, per chance, of another empire to swell to vast proportions ln later times."
According to Mr. W. H. Beverldge,
who is the writer of the "Social Work
of the Salvation Army," the work of
tho Salvation Army has been unavailing for "Iho morass of squalor shows
no visible dent." The reviewer of
the work in the "Daily Dispatch,"
August 29, says that "Crime and pauperism maintain their general level."
( think It has Increased, but figures
not at hand to support it today. M.
B.)
"Drinking has increased, but the
drunkard abounds. Though the array
shelters are full, the casual wards
are more crowded than ever."
To give an Idea of the ineffectiveness of the Salvation Army's "social
and rescue" work here's a quotation
from their own statistical reports,
which Is printed as follows:
Midnight  Work   (Piccadilly)
"Number of girls  spoken to  on
the streets    3,706
Number of lstervlews   with   girls
at Picadllly headquarters   2,214
Number of girls sent to  Salvation Army homes      18
Though so many were approached
yet about 1,500 refused to waste time
•with the army. Of those who consented to "be interviewed, 2,214, only
18 were sent to homes, showing one
of two things, that the Salvation
Army cannot convince the prostitutes
of their sincerity and divinely inspired work or else the prostitutes
make a better thing and have a better
time by hawking their wares. It is
well known and a peculiar commentary on the social conditions under
capitalism that most girls are prostitutes because they are not such slaves
Booth asked for money to send workers out to the Colonies in 1903. He
got no less than $227,815, and of that
only $1000 was spent in passages to
Canada. But note that the money
was subscribed to SEND people out,
yet the S. A. saw to it that the sums
advanced, were REPAID. In 1906 the
sum of $282,000 was, subscribed for
the same purpose, but only $900 was
spent In "sendlsg" people to Canada.
In 1904 the amount spent In "sending"
people to Canada was just below $1000
but the expenses of the Emigration
department for that year was $6,300.
But soon the S. A. became agents
for all lines for any place in the world.
They saw how profitable the business
was and actually chartered ships to
send boat loads to Canada (not of human derelicts whose work for elevation they were paid for) but people
who paid their own fares and were no
doubt regaled with pork, potatoes,
plum pudding and prayers on Sunday.
It was the boast of the S. A. that when
the "S. S. Kensington went to Canada
in April, 1906, that there wasn't a
prison case, not even a farm colony
one, on board."
You see the primary object was
making profits out of business, snd not
makisg prophets out of believers. In
fact they realized they had been making prophets at a loss, and by losing
the prophets they gained profits, all
of which went to the pockets of "General" Booth. For you must realize
that no balance sheet has yet been
issued of the accounts of the Salvation
Army.   Perhaps they are afraid.
Each Salvation Army Citadel has
been a booking office for Canada and
Australia.
Their activities lay more ln the direction of Canada because of1 the bonus the governments have given them
there. Of that you are already aware.
Its idle and lying attitude on its concern for Immigrants in Canada can be
best referred to those who surround
you in Canada. The S. A. have as
little regard for the wellbelng of its
dupes in Canada as I have for the
cow from whose body my yesterday's
dinner came. The C. P. R. and
G. T. R. and now also the C. N. R.
have had the S. A. as the recruiting
sergeant for the army of wage slaves
they have mustered under their banner in Canada.
The development of Canada and the
increase of profits was to be made by
an increase in the population. This
was soon attended to by the S- A.
The latter deliberately deceived asd
deluded thousa-nds of people who went
forth from England with the blessing
of God. Even while there was wailing
nnd shrieking because of unemployment in Canada, the S. A. persisted In
carrying on its lying propaganda ln
order to still further flood the unemployed market there. That the S. A.
has produced some clever Immigration agents Is seen by the selection of
one of Its Commissioners as Special
Agent for the C. N. R. some time
back.
The S. A. Is only possible under
capitalism. The very means that gave
It life will be the means of killing It.
It has taught more submission to King
Capital than devotion to the God they
prate about. The S. A.'s association
with Canada has been of short duration, but it has brought sorrow and^
misery to hundreds of Its dupes. '/','
The S. A., Instead of building up a
religious organization, has turned Into
a sweating machine of the worst description. Instead of devotion to a
God they sacrifice men and women in
blood to the capitalists. As such, it
deserves the uttermost contempt of
the Socialist. Its lying propositions,
and Its continual .hypocrisy will soon
make for Its breakdown. It dare not
reply to criticism levelled at it.
Well has It been said that "Religion
only produces hypocrisy and liars." If
there are superlatives to the words
hypocrites and liars, for a certainty
the S. A. stand supreme in that respect. The only reason I can tender
for the succesB of the S. A. and "General" Booth ls because lt has suited
the capitalist class. The latter has
assisted because of its delusive character. It has taught the workers to
pray, whilst the capitalist preys.   It
wus so line as the attack upon  tho ' mission to nny God, Ghost or other ^—_______^_^^_^__^^_^_^^^^^_
Salvation Army In the "Saturday Re!]mythical beings can elevate a man,' The °"ler nlgnt ' attended a dls-: waste they will dump them on the
view." Conservative as that sheet is .an<1 thls JesuB business is about ''"aslon ilt wnlch the subject was: Ij market at any price, and another
It trounced Booth a»d his army right I'1 a""3-1  out-    The  greatest work the' "Tlle Class Struggle," and was amused | thing, have they not got notes to meet,
mxammAXwXwXwXwXwBam ,  n„ „ .„„„,-,.- ,-!«„,„„■„,, ...„„ «. "*» I interest on mortgages to pay and lots
of other channels to turn the little
money they do get into, so that they
will be able to hold the property they
own, which is private property, (please
mark, I say private property).
Most farmers think that they own
capitalist property. For instance, a
farmer once said to me that he did
not think he could be a Socialist as he
owned some capitalist property and
he understood the Socialists were going to take it and make it the collective property of the working class. I
told him that what he said was true,
but I said, "Tell me what property
you own," and he said, "I own a homestead, a team of oren asd sundry
farming implements.' Then I asked
him if he worked on the land with the
aid of these-tools or did he hire men to
do the work while he lived on the proceeds and did nothing. This answer
was: "I work darn hard myself and
only get a bare existence out of it."
"Well,' I said, "You don't own capitalist property at all. What you own is
private property. ".
Capitalist property Is owned by
those who certainly do not work it and
perhaps never saw it and it is worked
by those who do not own it. It is an
historic fact,that the owners of property (slaves included) always got surplus values out of their slaves because
they were powerful enough to take it
away from them and that power always came from the State and the
master class will always get surplus
values as long as they retain that power. It then naturally follows that if
the workers are going to retain for
their own use the wealth they create
they will have to .wrest the power of
the State from the master class and
use it for their own benefit. That is
| why I say it is a good sign that the
farmers are groping around on the political field for they then may run
across some socialist who will put
them wise. Let us hope that the so-
called socialist will be posted on scientific socialism. I think evry socialist
Bhould be up and doing while we have
a little food left for I have not much
faith in a starving proletariat bringing
in the co-operative commonwealth.
Some people say that we are rather
harsh In calling the capitalist a parasite. Those who make such a remark
are not scientific. Everything in nature which does not fulfill a function
becomes parasitic and withers away
and so it is with the present system.
When anyone ceases to do a socially
necessary service (when they are
able) they become parasitic, and will
remain so until a united proletariat
forces them off their backs and insists that they do a useful service or
starve, for there is no wealth without
labor.
C. W. SPRINGFORD.
a foggy state of mind that was pitiable.    '
Some seemed to think that lack of
knowledge of the subject and lack of
clarity of expression could be covered up by an air of profundity.
For instance, one "genius" gave
forth the following gem of wisdom,
with a great air of finality: "Some
think the struggle between these two
classes is a part of the class struggle.    It is not."
JuBt fancy! A struggle between two
classes is not a class struggle.
But this screed is not- about the
much debated subject of the class
struggle, though it has a bearing
on it.
Let us briefly review thingB as they
are.
This Is a world of plenty.   All the
human race are not receiving plenty.
Why?
Because there are classes in society. Why are there classes in society? How is it that human beings,
organically the same, are yet divided
into classes?
It is only possible to divide the
human race into classes—on property
lines—the class which owns, ruleB,
robs, idles and enjoys, and the class
which does not own, and in consequence, is ruled, robbed, and forced
to work and suffer for the class which
does own.
Stating the obvious, eh? But is it
so obvious when one sees bo many
who profess to be clear on the matter
merely "chewing the rag" about it,
merely gathering day after day, week
after week, splitting hairs, chopping
logic (7), running down those who are
trying to do something for the move
ment, either by speaking, writing, or,
If unable to do either of these things,
doing a little spade work, such as
distributing literature, etc.
Those members of the working
class to whom it is obvious that there
are classes in society, to whom the
significance of classes is obvious, and
who realize their own interest for
good or ill is with their class, and
have the manly or womanly spirit to
resent, will glut their resentment in
the only way posible, and that is by
using every means within their power
to educate their fellow workers to
their class Interests.
This will nob be accomplished by
splitting hairs sixteen times, or by
arguing the point about the fourth
dimension, but by pointing out and
connecting up the Bimple facts of life
cf the past and present and showing
the workers the significance of those
facts.
,  Life is short and time is precious.
We cannot know everything.   We cannot even know much, so it is impor-
Itant that we know that which is of
the greatest importance, to know that
well and to tell it plainly.
"To know the most important facts,
And  show our knowledge  by our
acts."
Now a few more simple facts.   The
capitalist clasB is UP.   The working
class Is DOWN.    The capitalists are
few.    The workers are many.
The capitalist class is potentially
weak, but actually strong. The working class ls potentially strong, but
actually weak.
Why this great contradiction?
Oh, It's easy! THE IGNORANCE
OF THE WORKERS TO THEIR
CLASS INTERESTS IS TH"E
STRENGTH OF THE CAPITALIST
CLASS.
That Ignorance ls expressed in many
ways. It is expressed in the generally
mental attitude of our class. It Is expressed in the readiness and even
eagerness of so many of our clasB to
swell about In a silly, gaudy, military
uniform. And it ts expressed ln the
unreadiness of so many members of
the Socialist Party to do some active
work in the movement. I say right
here that any member of the Socialist
Party who takes no active part In the
movement, other than "arguing the
point," either does not know what the'
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The working class is superior to
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Oh, the poor capitalists!
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