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 WESTERN
. OWNED AND CONTROLLED BY THE SOCIALIST PARTY OP CANADA
PUBLISHED IN THE INTERESTS OF THE WORKING CLASS ALONE
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, SATURDAY, MAY 18, 1912
subscription Price Al Ull
I'KK YEAR vliUU
THE LAZY MAN GETS
BEST OF EVERYTHING
Magnificient new home of organized labor, located at the corner of Homer and Dunsmuir Streets, informally opened on International Labor Day, after over two
years of persistent work on the part of the Vancouver Labor Temple Co., Ltd,
FIVE MILLIONS OF
SLAVES SEEKINC WORK
The unemployed of San Francisco,
through a committee, asked Mayor
Rolf, Jr., the reform mayor, who defeated McCarty, lor employment, but
the reform mayor was' helpless' before
the stubborn fact that the committee
represented 50,000 human beings who
were hungry and penniless, and yet
anxious and willing to accept the opportunity to earn the means of life.
The vast majority of the unemployed
of San Francisco were lured from
eastern cities by the glowing promises that appeared In eastern publications and paid for hy an oligarchy
in California that has decreed that
organized labor must be crushed and
destroyed on the Pacific Coast.
In anticipation that the exposition
of 1915 ' would make California the
"promised land" for labor, thousands
of mechanics in every part of America
turned their faces to the West and
wended their way to the Golden State,
only to find themselves recruits in
that growing army of idle men, whose
wan and haggard faces tell stories of
suffering that cannot be described in
words.
Fifty thousand men of bone and
brawn walk the streets of San Francisco with no ray of light behind their
eloud of adversity.
A reform mayor ls powerless to meet
the crisis, and can give no assurance
that the homeless and starving thousands of San Francisco will be furnished employment at any time in the
near future.
But this is not all.
Were San Francisco the only city
in America deluged with unemployed,
the problem might be solved, but every
other city of the nation is beseiged
with men whose hands are chained in
idleness, with but little prospect of
brighter days to come.
Five millions of people in America
are asking for work, but there is no
employment. The problem of the unemployed must be solved, or there will
be some history written that will cause
"predatory wealth" to tremble on its
throne of insolent power. !
Men will not voluntarily die in the
midst of plenty, and hunger sometimes
nerves the arm of a coward to strike a
blow for liberty.—Miners' Magazine.
THE NEW LABOR TEMPLE
The above is a picture of Canada's
finest labor Temple, wherein 8,000
union men meet. It occupies a 75-foot
frontage on Homer and 120 feet on
Dunsmuir and 75 feet on a lone. It is
four stories high* with a foundation for
six. It is entirely fireproof and contains 20 offices, seven stores, five well
lighted basements and eight halls. Un
the top floor there are two large halls
each covering 43x73 feet of floor space,
with a seating capacity of 700.
The meetings of. the Dominion and
Provincial Executives are held here.
Local 69 also has its headquarters
here and E. T. Kingsley, printer of the
Western Clarion and B. C. Federa-
tionist. The cost of the building waB
$270,000. The sharesholders are comprised mostly of wage workers and the
different unions. Shares can still be
obtained at one dollar a share of not
less than five from J H McVety, manager, Labor Temple Company, Vancouver, B. C.
RUSSIA RENT BY
INTERNAL TROUBLES
BE BRITISH, MEN!
RULE BY IDEA8.
While private property ls, the cen>
tral idea of the bourgeois class rule, it
is not conclusive in itself. There happens to be a great many other ideas
no less vicious than that of private
property, which lend support to it without being a party thereof, and it Ib the
inculcating of these ideas that main
tains class rule without constant and
open violence which would undoubted
ly be necessary did they not exist. It
therefore becomes the duty of the
proletarian to single them out; hold
them in contempt, and finally make
them for destruction,—Jeesso Fales in
May International Socialist Review.
At the Washington Titanic enquiry
several seamen testified that a wealthy
Englishman distributed large sums of
money to sailors in one lifeboat and
requested them to hurry away from
the side of the sinking Titanic. In
sworn deposition at Plymouth, Firemen Dllley ' and Hendricksen stated
that Sir Cosmo Duff-Gordon was the
man who ordered them to get away
from the Titanic when the boat to
which they had been assigned had
been lowered. Sir Cosmo said: "Row
away; I am a man ot money." The
men received $25 each.
Bushels of hot air have been blown
away by silly babblers who would try
and make ub believe that a square
deal was handed out to all after the
Titanic struck the iceberg. They tell
us tbat rich and poor were on an
equality ln the face ot death. However let ub Bee.
Of the first-class passengers, 60 per
cent, were saved; of the second-class,
44 per cent, were saved; of the crew,
including, of course, those who had to
man the boats, 22 per cent, were
saved; but of the steerage passengers
only 17 per cent, were saved. The
prostitute press has had a lot to say
about that bigamist Astor and a few
other rich parasites who were lost, but
lt is evident that had they known the
ship waB really going to sink they
would certainly have been saved. The
working class never gets a square deal,
we don't expect it, and we object to
cheap orators trying to show where we
did get a square deal when the facts
show we did not. When we want a
square deal, we will let you know.
LEEDS.
Revolutionary Socialism does not
count capitalist reforms amongst the
achievements. Nothing short of the
complete abolition of the murderous
and exploiting system of capitalism
comes within Its scope.
ST. PETERSBURY, May 3—The
Russian Government is making energetic efforts to get some news from
the Lena goldflelds, fearing that the
entire detachment of troops stationed
tliere have been massacreed by the
workmen In revenge for the killing of
180 and wounding of 300 strikers there
two weelts ago. The goldflelds are
about 1200 miles from Irkutsk, and It
would be impossible to send reinforcements there for another month owing
to the condition of the roads. There
are only 350 regular soldiers there and
more than 10,000 workmen, who have
made threats of vengeance for the
treatment of their comrades. Many of
these men are political convicts who
have been ln the goldflelds since the
rising of seven years ago.
The subject is agitating the Duma,
and all parties who are coming up ln
the national elections this summer are
taking the side of the workmen. The
government ls in a state of distress,
not only because of the fear of a
massacre of the troops, but because
the Lena tragedy has turned the light
on its plans for licking up all dangerous characters before the campaign
was started. Troubles on a great
scale like those which led to the general strike in 1905 are spreading all
over the country.
The government's plan was to arrest secretly all the more active spirits
in the factory colonies around St.
Petersburg and Moscow, and even ln
the more distant districts in northern
Russia just as soon as the winter began to break up. The reason for this
was the government's alleged belief
that the workingmen of the country
were preparing a great uprising to
protest against the attempt by the
Czar and the church to make capital
of the centenary celebrations of the
failure of Napoleon's Moscow campaign.
The police, acting under the orders
of the department of the interior, be
gan to seize committees of the laboring men, who were working to entail
lish a combination of the trades
unions in Russia, and this work Ib
still going on, although not so exten
slvely, the labor men having taken
warning of the Lena Bhooting.
When police agents arrested a committee at Lena a genuine war was precipitated. The local governor placed
the troops at the disposal of the management of the goldflelds, and when a
delegation of the workmen went to
the manager to ask why the committee had been arreBted, they were met
with a hail of bullets. More than 3000
workers had accompanied the delegation, and volley after volley was
poured into the crowd by the troops
The soldiers did not cease firing until
their cartridge pouches were empty.
What has transpired there since then
can only be conjectured.
The Socialist agitator, in bis noble
mission to the world, warning society
of an impending danger, is often confronted by that frequently used interrogation ot "What shall you do with
the lazy man, the man that won't
work?" When we look-away back Into
the early ages of mankind we observe man slowly developing from one
epoch to another, with Increased
methods of substitution he develops
the idea of family, the idea of government and with that splendid Idea
of alleviating the painful operation ot
work he crawled forth from the higher
stages of barbarism and created the
lazy man, the man that wont work.
With superior cunning and the "most
tiger-like action the primitive chanticleer bound and subdued hand and
foot to the Inevitable task of providing for the conqueror. The ancient
lazy man arrayed in all the power and
glory of a Messiah spurned at the very
idea of the man that did work, the man
that hoisted him upon his blazoned
chariot and wheeled him through the
whirlwind of centuries. All men are
created equal was preached to the
world by the Saviour and because bf
the inequality he whipped the money
mongers and the lazy men out of the
temple. Visions of horror haunted the
patrician craving sensualists night and
day after their murderous assault upon
the ancient workers, the weeping of
the motherless and fatherless children,
naked and bleeding, unlockd the door
of compassion and with all the pride
of repentance Pliny built the primary
charitable Institution to protect the
little ones, an institution that is copied
to the very highest degree by the modern capitalist and used as a relief bureau for the man that wants to work
and cant get work. Little does the Interrogator know that not a wheel ofj™ struggle,
industry can move today, not a home I
in Canada can be illuminated by oil, |
THE MINERS' STRIKE
AND THE WAY OUT
The Dismal Failure of Syndicalism in England Means
the Workers Must Use the Ballot
The miners' strike ls over.   After a..   One thing is certain, and that Is that
few weeks' "holiday" the black dla-1 the army and navy must be for us and
mond slaves have returned to work
like whipped curs," in a sadder and [favored taking in the soldiers (and I
wiser frame of mind. Syndicalism
has had its trial and signally failed.
Capitalism has won out again and another quack remedy has been sent to
the wall.
Just like an ignorant sufferer from
some bodily ill, the miners and workers ln general are always after a cheap
cure and then get an overdose of medicine which makes matters worse.
Poor miners! Are they? No, not a
bit! But weak, ignorant miners. If
the person who was sick had got some
medical aid from a person who understood the disease, then a cure would
or could be effected if it was possible
at all. The same applies 'to the miners and other slaves.
A correct diagnosis is essential in
both cases, and a study and knowledge
of the makeup of the organism, whether it be the human or social organism,
is of the greatest Importance if a curs
must be effected.
Take a doctor. Would he be worth
his salt if he did not study physiology?
Certainly not. The same can be said
about the syndicalists. Some of them
do not get wise in the least. Their
leaders will say that these commodity
Btruggles are part and parcel of the
class war. What arrant nonesense of
hypocrisy! 'The industrial syndicalists
are supopsed to organize on a class
baBis. They have certain forms to fill
up and an answer is required as to
! whether the applicant believes In the
At the Bame time the
syndicalists are taking part In the
commodity struggles and the applicant
not against us.   It the industrialists
without paying tribute to the lazy man. i , ,,.,,.
t nil- ■       i.   i .u .   i       , 'Of membership, looking only on the
Little does he know that almost every
home in the United States on being
illumed, let It be gas, electric, or oil,
begins to contribute to the coffers of
the wealthy idler. If J. D. Rockefeller dies tomorrow his daughter wlll inherit 350 tons of gold without performing any function at all whatever. The
newborn babe of the worker, brought
Into the world with nothing but its
hands, may at an Immature age have
to strain its little muscles in order to
live and still further add to the accumulations of this female heiress,
whether she be an Imbecile, lunatic or
idiot. The position of the lazy man in
the ranks of the proletariat is not to
be envied. The system that creates the
wealthy idler, created that much despised degraded and rejected lowly
mortal. That deep, deep abyss excavated by the wealthy Idler, engulfing
the small competitor is now crying out
for the remnant, leaving no choice but
the ranks of those that have bore the
burden of the world. We can see the
trembling, grasping hand stretched
forth ln despair, we see the fierce,
glaring eyes starting back in horror
at the sight of the competitive ship
slowly and gently gliding away, leaving a great, wide sea that can never,
surface of things, mistakes the commodity struggle as part of the class
struggle. Ask them what they mean
by the class struggle and they will run
away.
The Industrials unions are as important as the ordinary trades organizations. They are only a bunch of
commodity struggle™ trying to raise
the wages of one small bunch of slaves
at the expense of the rest. Further, If
all normal wages tn one country increased the real wages would not be
greater and might possibly be less.
Wages that count are food, clohting,
and shelter. 8o long as labor power
is a commodity, it Ib useless as a class
remedy to try to raise wages. It Ib
against all economic laws and economic laws are always right and correct because they are stronger than a
small bunch of kickers. The only Intelligent remedy is political action
through the ballot box. The struggle
is and must be a political struggle.
All class struggles are political.
Now what is all the clash about?
If not for "better wages," then what
is it for? The answer is simple, because we can put "our hands on the
cause." The cause is slavery, and the
slave-owners are the capitalist class
never again  be navigated.    The  pa-i„. ,   ,, .    ,
..   ,. ,    .  .. „    , They are capitalists because they live
theti?  appeal of the  small    farmer,  .,,.., ... .
,   , ,   ,     , ,    ..   ,    by exploitation, and the reason why
manufacturer and storekeeper In their I   ' ...        ,  -T.
, ,      . ... .... they exploit us, is because they own
dying hourB meet the ear of the re-  .. ,       , . ,    .,        ,, .
.   .     . .       ... I the means of wealth production which
lormer,    but     humanities     progress . . .    ,        .
., we must have access to In order to
can never be stayed. The resting of
mankind Ib not yet, and Socialists havo
no deBire to return to the ways of forefathers. Socialists are asking for public control of all utilities that are necessary to sustain human life. Socialists
live. This economic power ls really
political because it is based on class
ownership. From this it will be easy
to see that the capitalists exploit us
and thrive because the>-_ own the
moans of wealth production.    There-
are pleading for an advanced stage ol! „ ,      .
,,,,,. .     , _    . „ ,  I fore If we are to stop exploitation, wo
civilization and when    Socialism    is . . •      •  .. .      ,        ...
,. , ,„ .        . .,. .   .  must deprive the master class of them,
realised a system will be established: „, .    .    ..      , .        ,      „, ..,
..This is the class   struggle.    Nothing
more or nothing less.   It ia simply the
believe they do), then the time will
come when it would be a menace to
capitalism.    At that   time capitalist
right and justice would step in and •
few more slaves would be sent to "that
heavenly1 home afar" and a few more
to prison.   The point is that industrial
action always recalls on the workers.
However hard they strike, they cannot better their conditions, because lt
is Impossible so long   as  they    are
slaves and so.long as their labor power
is a commodity.  The only people who
can give anything to the workers are
the masters themselves, because they
have the power and tne means.   They
give out with grudging hands a few
little petty reforms, not because they
love us, but because   they   have to.
The reason why they have to, is because  we are of so much value to
them.    We have some socially necessary labor embodied in the make-up
of our physical    frame, and    consequently they house ub a little better,
or feed us a little better at times so
that those values shall be preserved
for their subsequent benefit.   There la
a physical limit to every slave's capacity to labor, and that limit must be
observed by the capitalist class.   That
is why we get our eight-hour day and
other like reforms.   We don't get them
through a brotherly feeling    on the
part of the masters    or because the
slaveB revolt.   Oh no, it ls simply because the master recognizes that labor
power can   deteriorate.    Material   Interests rule every time, in every case,
and    in    every    person.    Whether it
sounds bad or not it makes no difference, for it is the trWth.    You cannot
refute  it.    A  Socialist is  a  Socialist
because Socialism helps him.    He is
not out for the rest or mankind, but
for himself.   The capitalist knows his
own material interests very well, and
he knows that there is no sentiment
in business.   He' is not scared ot the
trades unionists or the syndicalists because he holds the trump card overy
time.    Now and again he gives them
a good hard blow to wake them up,
but he never strikes to kill, because
he lias uses for them and perhaps if
these unions were out of the way the
slaves would flock to the right remedy.   The capitalist class have a use
for these old Institutions, and what
they need they always preserve.   That
is why they preserve labor power.
To sum up, we can say that so far
as the emancipation of the workers
from wage slavery is concerned, i the
trades organizations, and the pure industrial union syndicalism, alongside
with all so-called reform parties and
brotherly love institutions, are Impotent and useless. The only remedy is
political action through the ballot
box. The worst scab of all iB the scab
at the ballot box, because his power
he hands over to the enemy. Every
ruling class that has been, seized the
power nfter the workers had suffered
all the bloodshed and privations. The
workara have been the tools and fools
for everybody. When will it cease?
That is the pregnant question, and the
answer, "When the workers get wise
and give over being fooled by the master's hirelings." This will mean no
more Blavery, but liberty after thousands und thousands of years.
that will give every person of proper
,age an opportunity to work, the
wealthy lazy man included.
GEO. PATON.
NAVY
Local Vancouver 69 has changed its
meeting night to every Friday, 8 p. m
BADLY    NEED8    8AILORS
FOR 8HIP6.
The government wants 4,500 men
for the navy and marine corpB. The
problem ls to get them. Never before
in the history of this branch of Uncle
Sana's service has there been such a
scarcity of men especially sailors.
The situation has really become
alarming to the militarists, and ln the
event of war or any trouble which
would require the services of several
fleets, there are not enough men In
the service at present to man much
more than half the vessls. This Is
apparent from the fact that clghteon
or more of the big sea fighters are tied
up at League Uland Navy Yard, Philadelphia, with only skeleton crews.
T. M.
attempt to capture the mineB, railroads, factories and land. The masters, tisliin" every art and device to
hold them, come into conflict with the
slave class.   Hence the struggle.
The next question Is: "What methods will we employ?" Shall we or
ganize industrially or ns a pure pol,itl
cal party? Surely the latter Ib the
best method. It Ib the only way that
we can unite with Identical almB. You
can have scabs Inside the union as easy
as you can outside. The union barrier makes no difference, and in regard to the union that takcB nil the
slaves In, I would say that competition
for jobs would be every bit a's fierce,
although all had joined the union.
And then there ls the army and navy.
What can the Industrialist do with
these? Is he going to exclude them?
It lie does, then he Is like the excavator who has no pick or spade. He
cannot prdduce any good results.
Morse, the "Ice king" and wholesale
bank grafter, was sentenced to serve
fifteen years. He stayed In a little
while anJ got awful sick. It was predicted that he wouldn't live but a few
days, and he was promptly released.
He Ib now doing a rushing business
and living in ease, while thousand" of
poor offenders are punished to the full
extent of the law.
local Vancouver
Propaganda
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8ATURDAY, MAY 18, 1912.
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8ATURDAY, MAY 18, 1912.
A ROUND OF PLEASURE.
One of the most pleasing features of
'this sordid age lies in the pronounced
determination ot a multitude of human animals to squeeze a little joy out
of life, no matter how great the misery
and discomfort entailed in Its realization. Of course, anything like real joy
of living is scarce to be thought of
under the present system of slavery or
any other slave system, as a matter of
fact. Still, the noble efforts put forth
hy slaves, of both high and low degree,
to cash a cheque, however small, upon
the bank of p leasure, are efforts laudable In tbe extreme and the returns,
meagre though they are, afford the
only glimpse of heaven the slave will
probably ever get, either here or ln
the hereafter.
Fortunately for everyone concerned
it does not require either great effort
or expense to amuse the slaves. They
are the most easily satisfied creatures,
both as to physical comfort and mental recreation, in all the category of
animal .kind. With housing, in some
cases even approaching the dignity and
pretensions of a decent dog kennel, a
modest quantity of hand-me-down trash
as raiment, corned beef and cabbage
on week days and liver and bacon on
Sundays as a solace to his "Innards,"
a few slops of beer and a moving picture show for relaxation and amusement and a capitalist dally paper to
afford him mental pabulum, the slave
Is ln full blossom as the only genuinely contented ass that ever aimlessly
meandered down the thorny pike of
time. With s^ug satisfaction at his
happy lot, life seems to him a continual round of pleasure, a sort of perpetual "Joy ride," as it were.
And it costs his masters such an insignificant sum that great Ib their joy
thereat. Because of the slave's happy
condition of contentment the master's
seat upon his servile back Is rendered
secure, his heart is attuned to the
heavenly harmony of "brotherly
love" and his visage anointed as with
the oil of gladness.
For all the joy of life garnered by
the slave on his own behalf, his master reaps fh kind a thousand fold. That
meek submission that is the chief characteristic of the slave is the source of
a satisfaction in the breast of his master and tormentor that cannot be measured ln words. Woe to the master
when the Blave shakes off the apathy
of ages, stand erect as a man and
strikes for that freedom tbat can alone
bring peace and plenty to the earth
and make life worth living.
and by means of a small mechanical
contrivance known as a mailer, each
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'preceding the.subscriber's name on the
address slip appears the number of
the paper with which his, subscription
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will expire with next week's issue, and
so on.
This address slip Is virtually a receipt for money paid. When a sub. Is
renewed the number of weeks for
which renewal is made is added to the
number previously appearing upon the
address slip. This is an acknowledgement to the subscriber of the receipt
of his money and its application to the
purpose intended.
No subscriber need ask this office
when his sub. expires. All he needs
do is observe the number on his address slip and compare it with the
number of the paper to which it is attached. He can thus determine how
many issues are still coming to him
and act accordingly. Each week the
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off. No paper goes into the mail unless paid for in advance, except in the
case of bundle orders to Locale and
dealers where other arrangements
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ed by some one who has* come here
-during a term of tiard luck seeking a
dollar at menial labor.
Here only the large and Btrong and
healthy are ever selected. The weak,
the small, the deformed, and the anaemic are.rejected. Tliere Is no bickering about wages. The applicant asks
no questions; when pay-day comes he
accepts the wage thatys given him.
He may consider it small, but if he has
worked here before he says nothing.
Perhaps he senses, while not fully
understanding, that his labor is a commodity; that the power of hiB arm and
the skill of his hand are bought and
sold on the market like pig-iron, chew-
large and strong enough to do a pro
diglous amount of work without growing tired?" If the man that happens'
to be fortunate enough to be selected,
raises any objection or complaints
about the wages he is to receive the
boas wastes no time in argument. He
looks over the crowd of applicants
again and selects one who is willing
to work and ask no questions.
As long as the wages system maintains, just that long will men be bought
and sold; just that long will man be a
commodity; a chattel; a thing: subject
to the fluctuations of the labor market. As long as the'wages system
continues, that long will  the worker
ing gum or edibles. A publisher of be without any chance of taking his
bibles, when making a price on his' place aB an equal membar of the hu-
product, considers the cost of paper,' man family.
A8 TO COPY.
This office extends an invitation to
comrades and friends to contribute
matter for the columns of the Western
Clarion. We prefer that such .contributions be original matter as far as
possible. If it becomes necessary, or
in the judgment of this office advisable, to reproduce matter from other
publications, our exchanges and the
party literature enables us to obtain
all the copy required.
Let it be distinctly understood, however, that we do not undertake to
publish anything ana everything that
may be Bent in. We are frequently
in receipt of stuff that is not suitable.
In other cases matter of undoubted
merit comes to ub in such shape as to
make it imperative that it be rewritten
ln order to be made presentable. This
we decline to do.    We have had  so
printing, binding and distribution.
Tne cost of mining and smelting determines the price of pig-iron and the
chewing gum manufacturer estimates
the cost of the raw material ln determining the price of a penny stick of
chewing gum.
With labor the process is the same.
The raw material out ol which labor-
power is produced is food, clothing and
shelter. In order for the workingman
to renew his energy from day to day
he must have these three things. Dead
men do no work and therefore do not
produce profits; so it follows that one
The only hope for the worklng-claBB
lies in the abolition of the wages system. This is the aim of Socialism.—
International Soicalist Review.
Socialism demands that improved
machinery be made to.benefit all of
the race who are willing to help operate it.
BELFORD
CONDEMNS
PERDITION.
ALL    TO
Forced by the activities against him
of the local Socialists to explain his
who employs the worker must supply i recent statement In his parish paper,
him with wages sufficient to buy foodj the Nativity Mentor, to the effect that
clothing and shelter. j the  Socialist  was  the  "mad  dog  of
, .. .   , ...        „ society,"  and  that he  ought  to  "be
Labor, being a commodity, sells on    „        ,    ...      .   „ . „ ...   „       . ,
l silenced with a bullet,   the Rev. John
| L. Belford, of the Cnurch of the Na-
i tivlty,   ln   Brooklyn,    spoke    Sunday
the market for about what it costs to
produce it. What a horse or mule gets
in the way of food is not determined
by the amount of work he does, but
by the necessity of keeping him alive.
In Oriental cvountries a workingman
can live on a bowl of rice, eat with a
stick and sleep in a knot-hole. His
wages average perhaps twelve cents a
day.
In England the average    wage
about six dollars a week and we find
that it costs approximately six dollars
night from the pulpit of the Church
of St. Peter and Paul, Wythe Avenue,
near Sotuh Second Street, Brooklyn,
at the invitation of the Long Island
District of the Knights of Columbus.
The lecture had  been  quite extensively  advertised  and  this,  in     con-
| junction with the fact that the rever-
"8  end gentleman and the Socialists have
figured quite prominently in the Brooklyn courts and  newspapers as a result
a week for a workingman to live In 0( Belford's incitement to shoot a So
England. c|aIlst wltn tne Bame,unhesitancy thai
If bread,  meat and  potatoes  were  one  would   dls,)atch  a  frothing  aog
to drop ln price, wages would go down
in consequence.   Were clothing cheaper,   wages   would   be   lower.    When
house rent is reduced to ten cents a
little to do for the past eight years at; month, the wages of the workers will
A8 TO 8UBS.
this end of the line in order to keep the
paper going that we have contracted
such a robust antipathy to physical
exertion that we do not feel quite
equal to the task of shaking it off.
To those who have hitherto thrown,
or may hereafter throw, a fit because
their productions do not appear forthwith in the Clarion, we would advise
patience and fortitude. Perchance the
matter offered was, in the judgment of
this office, not worth publishing. Although we lay no claim to infallibility,
still that judgment goes just at present. Then again, if matter does not
appear at once this does not imply that
it has been rejected. It might occur
even to the dullwitted that more matter might come to the offlce of a paper than could be immediately used
and consequently some of it would
have to be held over to a later date.
SVe know from personal experience
that talent and genius often fall to
receive proper recognition. Such experience is painful, extremely painful.
We can vouch for this. We who thus
suffer may solace ourselves with the
reflection that If we "shuffle off this
mortal coil" ere having our names
emblazoned upon the scroll of fame, lt
will be due, not to our own lack of
merit, but to the stupidity of our contemporaries which prevented them
from recognizing a good thing when
it happened along.
Another word to those who, ln high
dudgeon, demand the return of their
manuscript. Postage. Don't forget
that.
We are frequently favored with requests from subscribers that we notify them when their subscription Js
about' to expire, so thnt they may renew In time to avoid missing any issues. Occasionally we are in receipt
of a generous roaBt because such notification has not been given and tne
subscriber finds his paper stopped.
We fully realize that the ayerage
person Ib like unto the dweller In Missouri, 1. e., has to be shown. We have
therefore, always used the simplest
method in keeping account with our
subscribers, so simple, ln fact, that it
seems almost incredible that any one
could be found who Would fail to understand It. And besides it is a method
-whereby each subscriber Is continually
Informed as to when his subscription
•will I expire. As it seems there are
persons on the mall list who fall to
understand it, we will once more explain the'matter, sincerely hoping that
I it will be unnecessary to go to the expense of personal Interviews and verbal-explanation.
Each issue of the Western Clarion Is
nlimbered, the numbers running consecutively. This number will be
found at top of first column ,page one.
This issue ls No. 668. Near the top of
column one, page two, wlll be found a
standing notice to subscribers, which
in this Issue reads as follows:
"669.—Watch the label on your paper. If this number Is on it, your subscription explreB next Issue."
Now as to this label. Each week
a complete mall list up to date ls
printed.    This  list  is cut Into Btrlps
THE PRICE OF  LABOR.
By Samuel W. Hall.
For more than an hour a group of
men had been forming. They were
gesticulating anil talking loudly, but
an expectant hush came over them as
a man, walking rapidly, came from
among the buildings that lined either
side of the drive-way. He had a hard
and unsympathetic face and he glanced
searchlngly over the group   of three
fall to a point where they will still not
be able to save anything.
Where the cost of living is low,
wages are low, because wages are determined by what it costs to live. If
a workingman happens to be getting
two dollars a day when it only costs
$1.75 to live it will not be long until
some fellow in greater need or with a
lower standard of living wlll offer to
do the same job for -1.75 and will get
the job.
In the western portion of the United States the cost of living is about
twenty-five per cent higher than in
the east, and it is also true that in
the west wages are about twenty-fivA
per cent higher.
If for any reason the price of bread
should soar to a dollar a loaf or house
rent be increased to a thousand dollars a minute, wages would have to
be raised to cover tho increased cost
of living, to keep the workers alive.
With workerB dead or incapacitated,
tho owners would have no source of
profit, so they increase wages when
compelled by necessity.
We see, therefore, that whether
wages are high or low has nothing to
do with which political party is in
power or whether we have high tariffs
or free trade. So long as there are
men out of work, labor will be bought
and sold on the market in the same
way aB tea-kettles, candy or carpets,
When a man buys any commodity he
pays no more for it than he Is compelled, whether he is buying labor at
the Hamomnd Packing Company or
buying the Hamniond Packing Com
pany's ham and leaf lard.
The principle Is' not altered because
of the fact that skilled labor receives
higher wages than unskilled. Skilled
labor requires training and education
and these form a part of the cost of
living. In the case of the skilled laborer the employer must pay for as
much education as Is required for ef-
fiency. Where the cost of living Is
two dollars a day, these laborers receive from three to ten dollars a day
hundred applicants for a Job.   The eye' ln accordance with the' cost of their have been in when he Wrote Ms in-
of the Beeker was practiced and deter-' training or apprenticeship.
mined and it was evident that he
would not be influenced through sentiment to select any but the particular
'type of man he wanted.
Any  morning at  the  gate  of  the
! Hammond Packing Company, Chicago,
one may observe tho above proceedings. One having authority, and exhibiting a consciousness of lt, comes from
the main building, walks rapidly to the
time-keepers' shanty, picks out a man
from among five or six hundred, has
the time-keeper give him a number and
hurriedly leads the man away.
gregate at the packing house gate
every week-day morning looking for
that elusive job. They come from all
parts of Europe and they speak a varied language. Among them are Russians, Poles, Bohemians, English,
French, Germans, Italians and Greeks;
::irge men, small men, fat men, loan
men and all ayes from sixteen to Blxty.
At some limo during a month every
rade, craft or profession Is represent-
' Under the wages Bystem the worker
Is not regarded as a man. He Is a
commodity and his emotions, aspirations or feelings are not considered.
The thing of prime importance is how
much does it cost to live. If the day
should ever come when the working
people would learn td rive on grass,
their wages will be reduced according
iy, by the competition of 'workers foir
Jobs.   '        '
The man that employes the worker
ls not concerned about your nationality,     religion or politics.    He cares
All sorts and conditions of men'coil?-nothing about your need, your aspira
tions, your hopes or your ideals. He
wants his work done so that lt will
bring a profit to him. If a mule or a
monkey or a machine would do it as
well and as cheapely he would as readily employ them. Whether you are a
human being or not Is of small consequence. The buyer of labor at the
gate ot the Hammond Packing Company wants to know only one thing
and  that  is,
brought an audience to the Church of
SS. Peter and Paul that taxed its full
capacity. A regiment of cadets occupied a large portion of the church.
Father Belford began his talk, which
continued for more than an hour and
a half, by citing as an argument
against Socialism and Socialists the
fact that Karl Marx was a Jew. This
was the opening shot in' his fusllade
and was evidently calculated to deal
a death blow to- the SoclaliBt philosophy.
The hope of the Socialists, he said,
is the misery of the masses. Their
strength depends upon how widespread
Is the starvation and want of the many.
They thrive on their degradation. He
omitted to explain how It is that the
misery of the masses is constantly on
the increase.
Haywood and Victor Berger came in
for a portion of the Irate reverend's
onslaught. Haywood, he announcer],
did not believe in law, had been once
a prisoner, and that, although he was
acquitted of the crime with which he
was charged, there are a great many
who are convinced of his guilt. This
was another of the best shots in his
anti-Socialist arsenal.
Victor Berger was next selected as
Belford's target. He Bald that the Socialist Congressman had once stated
that every man ought to be prepared
to back up his ballot with his rifle.
'The ticcleslastic said that he could not
understand how the other Congressmen Would permit a' man to remain
among them who had made such a
recommendation. Victor Berger ought
to be kicked ont of the House of Representatives by the other members, Belford told his hearers.
Referring to the Call, Belford said
that it had been misnamed; that lt
should'Have been'called the Claw.    •
Another crashing blow was next administered. How can the Socialists answer the fact that both Karl Marx's
daughters had committed suicide?
There Is something ln this, insisted
Belford.
He^hen resorted to the tried and
true and called the Socialists adulterers add'free lovers. "■  '■'■
'During his lecture. Belford ap-'
approached a mood such as he must
cltement to murder in the Nativity
Mentor, for he Completed hie tirade
With the'ttlminaUOfl'TO hell with the
Socialists." He did not* expatiate
whether the?'were to be sent-to hell'
'by bbinlf "silenced by a Bullet"'•:
a •'"nrt'd dog" Or whether tbey werie ten
go by way of a ''legal execution."--'
New York Call,
Have you wrote to the Provincial
executive telling them that you will
guarantee a small sum to the organizing fund yetf       ■'   '   '
Are you on the voters' list?   If not,
you had better get busy and get on
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UO.r.INIOH   BX£OVTIT£   COMMIT'!'.-;*:
. Socialist Party of Canada, . uTeet-t sec-
oncl and -fourth Monday. Secretary,
K. T. Klngsley, Labor Temple, Duna-
inuir St.,  Vancouver, B. C.
BBITISH     COLUMBIA     PROVINCIAL
Executive Committee, Socialist Party
uf Canada, meets second und fourth
.Mondays In month at Labor Temple,
Munimulr St. E. T. Kingsley, Secretary;	
-LBEBTA   PBOVINCIAL   EXECUTIVE
Socialist Party of Canada, meets every alternate Tuesday, at 429 Eighth
Ave. East. Burt E. Anderson, Secre-
tui'v.   Hox C47. Calgary.
SASKATCHEWAN PBOVINCIAL EXECUTIVE, S. F. of 0„ Invites all comrades residing in Saskatchewan to
communicate with them on organization matters Address D. McMillan,
222 Studucona Street West, Moose Jaw
Sask.
Vo.«t,OUVEB LETTISH LOOAL Ho. 68.
b. J-". or, c.—Business meeting every
llrst Sunday of the month and propaganda meeting every third Sunday,
i-ree word lor every body, at 512 Cordova, Street East, 2 p. in. Secretary,
Ad Kreekls.
LOOAL  VANCOUVEB,   B.    C,    MO.    48,
Finnish. Meets every second and
fourth Thursdays. In the month ai 22S7
Main Street,    secretar;', Wn*. Mynttl
LOCAL VANCOUVEB No 1, S. P. of C—
Hu.-lii.'ss meeting every Tuesday evening at Headquarters, 218 Hastings St,
East. J. A. Maedonald, secretary, 1724
Alberni St.
MANITOBA PBOVINCIAL EXECUTIVE
Committee: Notice—This card Is Inserted for the purpose of getting
"YOU" Interested In the Socialist
movement. SOCIALISTS are always
members of the Party; no It you are
desirous of becoming a member, or
wish to get any information, write the
Secretary, J. D. Houston, 493 Furby
.St..  Winnipeg.
MABXTIKB PBOVINCIAL EXB0UTT7B
Committee, Socialist Party of Canada,
meets every second and fourth Sundays in the Cape Breton office of the
Party, Commercial Street, Olace nay,
X. **■,. D»n_ Cochrane, Secretary, »nx
491, Place Bay, N. s.
LOCAL VANCOUVEB, NO. 68, 8. P. of O.
Headquarters, Room 206 Labor Temple,
Dunsmulr Street. Business meeting
every Friday ln the month at 8 pm
Reading room open every day. Socialist and Labor papers of all countries
on die,    Secretary, S. Lefeaux.
LOCAL OBEEmrobo, M. O., NO. »,
S. P. or C, meets every Sunday evening at Miners' Union Hall. Oreenwood.
Visiting Comrades Invited to call. C.
Prlmerlle, Secretary.
LOCAL" TSTMLB~BTT7o~t ~aT~MO*M»
holds educational meetings ln the
Miners Union Hall every Sunday at
7:30. Business meeting flrst Mondav
in each month, 7:30 p. m. Economic
class every Sunday afternoon at 230.
H. Wtlmer, secretary, Box 380.
LOOAL BOBSLAND   VO. 85, B. T. of "ft.
meets In Miners' hall every Sunday at
7:30 p.m. E. Campbell. Secretary, P.O.
Box «74. Rossland Finnish Branch
meets ln ('inlanders' Hall, Sundays at
7:30 p.m. A. Sebble, Secretary, P.O
Box-64, Rossland.
LOCAL   aQCKIL,  B.  ft,  NO.   16,   B.   P.
ot. C:, holds propaganda meetings
every Sunday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. In
Crahan's Hall. A hearty Invitation Is
extended to all wage slaves' within
reach of us to attend our meetings.
Business meetings are held the tlrs,'
and third Sundays of each month at
10:30 am. ln the same hall. Party
organizers take notice. A. S. Julian.
Secretary.
LOCAL" NILSON,   8.  T.  Ot  ft,  MEETS
every Friday evening at s p.m.. in
Miners' Hall, Nelson, B. C. I, A. Austin,  Secretary.
LOCAL VEBNON, NO. 38, B. P. OP O	
Meets every Tuesday at 8 p. m., in
L. O. L. Hull, Tronson St. \V. H. Gil-
inour. Secretary. T
LOCAL   SEVELSTOKE,   B. "ft,    NO.    7,
S. P. of C. Business meetings at Socialist headquarters fourth Thursdays
of each month. B. F. Gayman, Secretary 	
loqal SAMDOM, fib.,no. 38V'sT>. or
C." Aleuts every Tuesday at 7:30 p.m,
in ttie Sandon Miners* Unior Hall,
Communications to be addressed
Drawer K, Sandon, B. C.
LOCAL VICTORIA NO. 2, S. P. of ft—
Headquarters and reading room, 1319
Government St., Room 2, over Colin
ter's gun .store. Business meeting every Tuesday, 8 p.m. Propaganda meeting every Sunday, 8 p.m., at Crystal
Theatre.
LOOAL SOUTH POBT OBOBOB, B.C..
No. 61, meets every Friday night at
s p.m. ln Public Library Room. John
Mclnnls. Secretary; Andrew Allen.
Organiser.	
LOCAL  CUMBERLAND NO. 70 B. P. of ft
Business meettng every Sunday, 10:31)
a.m. Economic Class held twice eacli
Thursday, 10:30 a.m. (for afternoon
shift), 8 p.m. (for morning shift). Propaganda meeting evorv Sunday 3. p.m.
Headquarters: Socialist Hall, opposite
post oHloe. Financial Secretary Thomas Carney, Corresponding Secretary,
.loseph  Navlor.	
LOOAL     COLEMAN,     ALTA., " NO.     8.
Miners' Hall and Opera Hon .e. Propaganda meetings at 8 p.m. on the flrat
and third Sundays of the month. Business meetings on Tliursduy evenings
following propaganda meetings at I.
Organizer, T. Steele, Coleman, Alta.;
Secretary, Jas. Olendennlng, Box M
Coleman, Alta. Visitors may receive
Information any day at Miners' Hall
from Com. W. Graham, Secretary of
U. M. W. of A.
LOOAL  EDMONTON,  ALTA., NO.  1,  B.
P. ot C. Headquarters 622 First-St.
Buelness and propaganda meetings
every Thursday at f:30 p.m. than.
Our reading room Is.epen to the public free, from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. dally
1 Secretary, A. Farmilo, 622 First Bt •
Organiser, W. Stephenson;
LOOAL OALOABT, ALTA., NO. 4,  B. P.
of C.—Business meeting every Saturday evening at 8 o'clock at the headquarters.  429  Eighth   Ave.   Eaat,  between Third end Fourth streets.
A. S. Julian, Secretary
LOOAL BBOINA VO. t, BASIC, MBBTB
every. Sunday, Trades Hall, I p.m.
Bualneas -meeting, second Friday, I
p.m., Trades Hall. B. Simmons, secretary. 1909 Garnet St., P.O. Box 1046.
LOCAL BBANSON, KAN    NO. 7, B. P.
of C. Headquarters, No. 10 Nation
Block, r.ossar Ave. Propaganda meeting, Sunday at 8 p.m.; business meeting, second and fourth Mondays at I
p.m.; economic class, Friday at I p.m.
Secretary, T. Me'llalleu, 144 Third St.,
Brandon, Man.
LOCAL
LETHBBIDOB
ALTA.. NO. IS.
S. P.
of C.    Meets flrst and third
Bits-
days
In tho month,
rs'   Hall.     Secre
at    4    p.m
,    la
Mine
ary,   Chas.
Pea-
cock,
Box  1983
LOOAL MOOSEJAW, BASK., N». 1, B. T
OT C.—Propaganda meetings everi
Sunday, 7:30 p. in., In tne Trades Hall.
Economic Class every Sunday, S p.m.
D. McMillan, Sec. Treas., South Hill
P. O.. Sask.; A. Stewart, Organiser,
South Hill P. 0., Sask. All slaves wsl-
come.
LOOAL No. 1, WINNIPEG-, MANITOBA,
B. P. OP ft—Headquarters .28 Vi Mala
Street, Winnipeg, room 2. next Dreamland Theatre. Business meeting every
Sunday morning, at 11; economic claaa
Wednesdays, at 8 p. m. Secretary's
addre s, 270 Young Street. Propaganda meeting every Sunday evening
ln Dreamland Tlieatre, Matn'Street, at
8   o'clock.     Discussion   Invited.
LOCAL   OTTAWA,   NO   8,   B.   P.   OP   O.
Open air meetings during summer
months, corner McKenzie Avenue and
Itklenu Street. Business meetings,
llrst Sundav in month In the Labor
Hall, 219 Bunk Sfreet, ut 8:00 p.m..
Secretary, Sam Sturgess Horwlth, It?
Ivy Avenue N.E.. Ottawa.    Phone 277.
LOCAL OLACE BAT, No. 1  OP  MABI-
TXMS—Headquarters ln Rukasln
Block, Commercial St. Open every
evening. Business and propaganda
meeting at headquarters every Thursday at 8 p, in. Alfred Nash, secretary,
Box 168; Harold G. Ross, organizer.
Box 505.
LOOAL    BIDiTBY    MINES    NO.    7,    Of
Nova Scotia.—Business and propaganda meetings every second Monday
at 7:30 ln the S. O. B. T. Hall back
of Town Hall. Wll'lam Allen, Secretary. Box 344.
UKRAINIAN SOCIALIST PEDBBA-
TION of the S. P. of C, Is organised
for the purpose of v. educating the
Ukralnean workera to the revolutionary principles of this party. The
Ukranlan Federation publish their own
weekly organ. "Nova Hromada" (New
Society), at 443 Kinlstlno Ave., Edmonton, Alta. English comrades desiring information re the Federation,
write to .1. Senuk, Fin. Secretary.
PLATFORM
Socialist Party of Canada
We, the Socialist Party of Canada, in convention assembled, affirm
our allegience to and support of the principles and program of the re-
'■clutionary working class.       ' )'
Labor produces all wealth, and to the producers it should belong.
The" present economic system is based upon capitalist ownership of the
means of production, consequently all the products of labor belong to
the capitalist class. The capitalist is therefore master; the worker »
slave.    ■ '
So long as ths capitalist class remains in possession of the reins of
government all the powers of the State will be used to protect slid
defend their property rights in the means of wealth production and
their control of the product of labor. ' ■•" *n- ■   "■ ■•
The capitalist system gives to the capitalist an ever-swelling stream
of profits, and to the worker an ever-increasing measure of misery and
degradation. "' '" '■ '
The interest of the working class lies in the direction of setting
itself free from capitalist exploitation by the abolition of tha wage
system, under which is cloaked the robbery of the working class at tha
point of production. To accomplish this necessitates the transformation
of capitalist property in the meant of wealth production into collective
or working-class property
,.   ..      .. ,.	
The irrepressible conflict of interests between the capitalist and
the worker is rapidly culminating ina atruggla for possession et tha
reins of government—ths* capitalist to hold* the worker to secure it hy
political action, i This is tha class struggle. ...
Therefore, we call upon aU workers to organise under tha banner
of the Socialist Party of Canada with the object of conquering tha
public powers for the purpose of setting up and enforcing the economic
program of the working class, aa follows: >■•   <- --"•
i. The transformation, as rapidly aa possible, of capitalist property
in the means of wealth production (natural reaources; fat-tor.es, mills,
railroads, etc.) into the collective property of the working ehUs. Mow
)        .'/•Vt'i        'V> ■     S* ''■',        ''"'.1     "'"      '   i'lfl     • VI        ■'!      I-~       --,    If
2. The democratic organization and management of industry by
tha workers. -"-'   •'- '"'"       "' '<;T-' ■"   ' :"   --■    '-
Z. Tha at'ablishmant, aa speedily as possible, of production fer
use instead of production for profit.
Tha Socialist Party when in office shall always and everywhere
until the present system is abolished, make tha answer to this question
ita guiding rule of conduct: Will this legislation advance tha interests
of .the working class and aid the workerf in their class struggle against
capitalism? If it will, the Socialist Party is for it; tt it will not, the
Socialist Part yie absolutely opposed to it.
In accordance with this principle the Socialist Party pledges itself
to conduct all th public affairs placed in its hands in such a manner
as to promote the interests of the working class alone.   . .
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SATURDAY, MAY 18, 1912.
THE WESTERN CLARION1. VANCOUVER,^BRITISH COLUMBIA.
RAGETHREE
DOMINION   EXECUTIVE -COM-
. MITTEE.
FOR  YCUR  LIBRARY.
Meeting of May 13, 1912.
Present: McVety, Mengel, Karme,
Anderson and the Secretary.
Karme In the chair.
I Minutes of prevlouB    meeting read
and approved.
CommVnication read from Secretary
of Alberta Executive Committee referring to organizing work of Comrade
Alf. Budden, also the matter of Local
Bellevue (Finnish), having returned
its charter.
Applications for charters were received from Langley, B. C, through
the B. C. Provincial Executive, and
from Kingman, Alta., through the Alberta Executive Committee. ' The applications were approved and charters
ordered issued.
Financial report for month of April
was rendered as follows:
Balance April  1 $199.35
Receipts April 1   138.75
 $338.10
Expenditures  66.38
Balance April 30      $271.72
The report was received and warrant covering the    month's disburse
ments ordered drawn.
Adjourned.
E. T. KINGSLEY,
Secretary.
WANTED
At Ymir General Hospital a duly
qualified Physician and Surgeon to take charge June 1,
1912. For further information
write W. B. Mclsaae, Secretary, P. O. Box 506, Ymir, B.C.
. Here ie a chance for some Locals
10 show what, they can do-in the Bub.
hustling line besides, getting out of
the cellar. I. have In my possession
the two volumes of "The Ancient
Lowly," by C. OBborne Ward (complete. These I will present postage
paid" to whichever of the following
Locals that succeeds ih coming nearest to No. 1 from now until the 30th
of June next.    Every  week there is
published in this paper a list of Locals        .    or„anl„era, fund    There vouve
and their standing in regards to the  to the organizer*  fund.   There you ve
HERE  AND THERE.
By Watts.
Seven undesirables of Langley, B. C,
have signed an application for a charter in the S. P. of C.
,   .   .
I will give twenty-five cents a week
number of subs, going to each, No. 1
being the highest and 20 the lowest.
These two volumes will make a fine
addition to your library or you can
sell' them for $2.00 each or $4.00 for
both.! Now who gets them? The
Locals entitled to compete are: New
Westminster, B. C,; • Cumberland,
B.C.; Nelson/ B. C.i South : Fort
George, B. C; Silverton, B. C; N.
Battleford, Sask.; Ottawa, Ont.; Reglna, Sask.; Glace Bay, N. S.; South
Hill, Sask.
Note;—Every   sub.   you   send   in
counts on this one.—Leeds.
If you get a bunch of leaflets, it is
an Invitation to distribute tbem In
your town and then send for more,
PROVINCIAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE.
Meeting of May 13, 1912.
Present: McVety, Mengel, Karme,
Anderson and the Secretary.
Karme in the chair.
Minutes of previous meeting read
and approved.
An application for a charter was received from A. R. Meek and others of
Glenwood, B. C. The application was
approved and referred to the Dominion
Executive Committee, the new local
to be known as Local l^angley No. 73.
A communication from Mynitti, Recording Secretary of Local Vancouver
45 (Finnish) was read showing that
a small minority had tried to turn
the local over to the Canadian Socialist Federation, but had failed in the
attempt. The malcontent's having decided, the Secretary wbb Instructed to
advise the loyal comrades to continue
the local and make demand upon the
seceders for any property of the local
that might still be in their possession.
As no reply to the •committee's ultimatum to Local Vancouver No. 1 in
reference to the organization of a
branch in North Vancouver, the matter was ordered referred to the Do-I
HOW THEY COME
It tells Its own story
W. Gribble, Cumberland, B.C.	
F. Bedford, So. Vancouver, B.C...
Ijocal St. Catherines, Ont     4
Thos. Gilmour, Mllden, Sask     3
A. E. Tipper, City     2
Singles.
W. Dingle, Edmonds, B.C.; A. Os-
terburg, New Westminster; John
Kelly, LadyBmith, B. C; Parker Williams, Ladysmith, B. C; Nels C. Nelson, Quatsino Lighthouse, B. C.i M.
Llghtstone, City; F. Tipping, Calgary;
Wm. McQuold, Edmonton; A. Farmilo,
Edmonton; C. E. Scharff, Millet, Alta.;
Viola Wood, Mountain House, Alta.;
Wm. Koelling, New Michel, B. C.i A.
Stewart, Moose Jaw; H. Baker, Winnipeg; It. Baron, Winnipeg; Wm.
Craig, Brandon; Alex Lyon, Toronto;
R. Hellingher, Montreal, Que.; H. E.
Noakes, Victoria, B. C.i Wm. Marshall,
City; Sydney A. Lewis, Naroma, N.
S. W.
^ Bundles.
Alf. Johnson, Silver Creek, B. C, 5;
Alex. Taylor, To'ronto, 10; T. Carroll,
Westboro, Ont., 10; E. C. Oldham,
Westboro, Ont., 10; A. G. McCallum,
Ottawa, Ont., 15; Sam Horwith, Hull,
Que., 15; Chas. B. Taylor, Sydney
Mines, N. S., 10.
South Hill.  Saskatchewan, gets on
the list again.   Cumberland goes forward    one.    North    Battleford    goes
ahead also.
This is how they stand:—
minion Executive Committee meeting j Vancouver, B. C     1
to be held on May 27, for final action. Winnipeg, Man     2
Financial report for month of April Calgary,  Alberta	
said it, now do it.
• «   •
A. S. Julian has been appointed secretary of Calgary local ln place of
F. Tipping, resigned.
'.«"'••
The I. W. W. agitation in San Diego
is reported to have been broken and
all I. W. W. men have been driven but
of the city.
• •   »
"Many a poor slave who gets a bare
living wage is afraid he wilt have to
divide his slave's wage with some one
else under Socialism."
'        .   .   .
Over one hundred thousand adult
workers on British railways are in receipt of less than a sovereign per
week.
THE   ISSUE.
Confiscation or restitution—
what does it matter what yon
call it?   Call it what you like.
"A rose by any other name
would smell as sweet." What
do we, the Revolutionists, care
what it is called?
The simple, material fact
that we bave to take it away
from them. Take it away, whether it'B right or wrong from their
standpoint. Might is right, in
the only way anything can be
made right—by the power to
make It right.
Oh, stop your nonsense about
"the ethics of Socialism are identical with the ethics of Christianity."
What do we rebels care about
abstract ethics, we can't eat
them, drink them, clothe ourselves- with them, house ourselves with them, or amuse ourselves with them.
We want the goods!
Understand? We want the
beef! We want our share of
the best cuts! We want the good
houses. We want bathrooms ln
them. We want pianos. We want
billiard tables,, we all want
good clothes, we want the best
of everything for us and ours,
and we don't want to work any
harder than is necessary to get
these things.
That's what we want!
•We're not   greedy—we   only
FREE to every
^-SOCIALIST
Every socialist in the world should aet FREE
this thrilling story of the "Ball and Tyler Rebellion"
—an uprising of the people against the nobles and
cburch in mediaeval England. Not one in a million has
ever seen this rare document w*hich is merely one of
thousands of wonderful' 'original documents'' in the
Library of Original Sources
which ALL socialists can get on an easy, co-operativb
?lan. This marvelous library is an eye-opener—it gives
he TRUTH that for ages capitalist Influence has Kept
from the people to keep them under subjection. Here yeu
see the gradual rise of the people thru 7,000 years, from.
slavery, serfdom, feudalism on to capitalism, all of which
shows you as plainly as a cross-roads guide board how the I
Socialist Republic is developing out of the present system.
Shows How the Socialist Republic is Coming
Gives—for thejSref rim-—the real facts bthind the ordinary,'
surface events which you read of in Histories — the rock-bottom facts
red-hot from those daring men in all ages who had the courage to tell the'
TRUTH even though they lost their Bves for it —and you know how   ■
many of tbem did.  This daring work is ■"sssssfcUl
Published Expressly for Socialists
and other progressive people who do their own thinking-. All socialist
n, editors and organisers use It and urge every Comma, to get it at
once. Socialists in the United States and Canada are using-more of this
The "dissolving" of the steel trust
has begun and as the  Standard  Oil
trust and the tobacco trust have been
"dissolved'  we  shall  soon  be happy  want all we produce,
now. There is only one way to get
*'.-.*.. * all we produce and that is to
A Provincial  bye-election  ls to be  own what we produce with—the
held in Edmonton on the 27th of May.  means of production.
Local  Edmonton  No.  1,  S.  P. of 0.,
have nominated Com. J. R. Knight as
candidate to contest the seat.
was rendered as follows:
Balance April 1..    $179.55
Receipts April 1     25.70
Expenditures
-•{205.25
118.35
Balance April 30  $ 86.90
The report was received and warrant covering   the month's disbursements ordered drawn.
Adjourned.
E. T. KINGSLEY,
Secretary.
ALBERTA     PROVINCIAL     EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE.
Meeting of the Executive, held May
7,1912; Comrades Danby, Read, Burge
and the Secretary being present.
Correspondence read and dealt with
from Dominion Executive Committee,
Wm. Watts, Thomas Hooker, A. W.
Love and Locals Medicine Hat, Markervllle and Red Raven.
The financial "report read by the
Secretary as follows:
Receipts.
Balance on hand last meeting..$26.91
IJbcal Medicine Hat, due stamps
an daupplies    2.00
Local Markervllle, due stamps..   3.00
Local Calgary, buttons and stationery  .;.   ....;..    3.00
$34.91
Expenditures.
D. 0. C. for letterheads....$8.50
Stationery      .35
•  T*
85
Victoria, B. C  4
Toronto, Ont      5
Edmonton, Alta     6
Fernie, B.C     7
Cumberland, B. C     8
Brandon, Man ,-     9
Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan 10
Montreal,   Quebec 11
New Westminster, B. C  12
North Battleford, Sask  13
Nelson, B. C  14
Sllverton, B. C  15
South Fort George, B. C 16
Ottawa, Ont.  17
Glace Bay, Nova Scotia 18
South Hill, Sask  19
Brantford,   Ontario 20
Send ln for mailing list and rustle
up the expiring subs.
Balance on hand  ..$26.06
BURTB.ANDHB80N,
Secretary Alberta   Provincial   Executive Committee.
LESSONS FROM SAN DIEGOr'
I
Ban Diego may congratulate herself
on being the instrument by which two
' socially Valuable bits of education have
■been giveh 'to the world:" 'First the
world has come to know the* extremes
to which   ah Overbearing'   despotism
will go in Its efforts to crush labor,
and  second, it is being demonstrated
' that, under certain conditions, revolutionary and conservative branches of
the labor movement will line up together1 solidly and unitedly.—Hartwell
il. Shipley in the May International'
Socialist Review.
WHO ARE WORKER87
All persons who make, distribute or
actively manage tbe products of modern civilization are workers. To this
great army should be added all those
who teach or care for others. All are
workerB and should be Socialists.
Tbey should be willing that all workers should receive the full social value
of their toil.   And this is Socialism.
Call it selfishness, if you will, but.
intelligent selfishness teaches us that
we cannot get the full social value of
our individual toil unless we assure
the same to all workers. For this
reason we have organized the.Sociallst
party and have entered the political
field.
The greatest enemy of Socialism today, is a false hope, taught *by pulpit,
press and public school, that we can
collect and. store up some of the value
created by the toll of others. This
ability to collect, from others and to
keep what we collect is termed success.
Whenever anyone owns too much,
many own too little. Such success' is
unworthy pi, the highest type of wdm-
andbood and manhood.
The organized workers themselves
will soon end the era of capitalism.
 WANTED
We are in need of several copies
of No.' 626 of the i Western
. Clarion, so as to complete our
sets of bound volumes. We
will give one year's subscription to the Clarion 'for' any
single copies of that number
sent to us. Remember the
number—626.
No leaflets were sent out last week
on account of not being able to get
them printed. When the Socialist
party is able to have Its own printing
outfit lt may be possible to get things
out on time.   Nuff said.
• •   »
Leonard Oleson, a Socialist, has had
his citizenship papers cancelled in Se
attle on the ground that he committed
a fraud when he swore that he was attached to the principles of the Constitution of the United States.
• •   *
A big coal Btrike seems inevitable in
the states. The miners have refused
to abide by the concessions made by
their leaders. The state militia and police are out in several districts and
things are looking bad.
«   •   •
Winnipeg authorities apparently
mean to keep all I. W. W. men out
of that city, as a news item states
that as soon as a C. N. R. striker landed ln Winnipeg he was arrested and
received a sentence of two months.
* *   * .—
In the financial news column of a
daily paper it states—Hogs today,
2,000 less than last year. That must
mean that there are 2,000 less capitalists today than last year. How the
working class does grow!
* *   •
Two thousand men and boys are on
strike at Scranton, Pennsylvania. The
state troops and police are on the
scene and clashes between the police
and miners are taking place every day.
Two miners have been killed and also
a' boy, several others Wounded and several men and women arrested.
work than of all others combined.
Ste of this red-hot stuff.
The Socialist Victories
in Milwaukee. Schenectady. Berkeley, Pasadena and
other cities were won because the comrades there have been
studying all sides ot economics and government—or to
put it In plain words—Socialism.  Then when the election fights were on tbey were able to show tbe rest of
the people lust what Socialism is and tbe reason for
it. lien will vote right, you know, when they know
what right is They have not been satisfied with
the government of greed, privilege and plunder—they have been merely kept in the dark
but now when the comrades open their
eyes, they VOTE RIGHT.
Are You Prepared
To Do Your Part?
The Salvation Army has made an
application for assistance in establishing a home for "down and outs" in
Calgary. Why the necessity for. a
"home" ln such a prosperous city as
Calgary? By some slip or other the
Calgary Albertan admits they need
one .all right.
It gives us much pleasure to advertise the fact tbat the government
training Ship is badly ln need of boys,
only one being on It at present.' If
you want your son to become a target
for some other fool's bullet send him
along to Vancouver and we will gladly
escort him to the ship.
The sum of $35,000,000 is in the
hands of the British government waiting to be claimed by the rightful owners.—News Item.1"
The sum of $999,000,000,000,000,000,-
000 ls in the hands of international
capitalists waiting to be claimed, by
the producers of the same.
Once more the capitalists' papers
are talking of the bright outlook for
the farmers of this country. Eighty
per cent, of the crop sown, plenty ot
moisture, and with the continuation of
fine weather and plenty of. "hands"
there will be a good harvest—for me
capitalists. Hence the application of
so many farmers for membership ln
the S. P. ot C.
There's something doing ln the Mexican revolution these days. Some 15,-
000 men are engaged in the conflict,
but it is hard to say Just now which
side ls getting the best.of it. The
government troops are reported to
have poisoned all the wells from which
the rebels get their water. The United
States government look as though
lt intends to take a hand in it.
We can't buy them, we
couldn't scrape up enough money
from the whole of the working
class to pay a millionth part
of their value.
Of course we have already
paid for these thii-gs by the real
price that has to be paid for the
production of all wealth—the labor tbat produced that wealth.
But we won't make a strong
point of that!
It isn't a strong point, anyway,
to advance to our masters. The only
argument they understand is power.
We can demonstrate that labor produces all wealth, we can prove it conclusively, but that is no argument to
them.
So long as they have the power to
remain in possession of the means of
production, tbey will remain in possession; demonstration will have no effect; force Is the only method of making them "fork over."
The only way we can develop enough
force, enough power, if you like that
word better, is to educate our class.
Their Ignorance is the capitalists' power, and their ignorance alone. How
shall we educate them? By telling
them that "Jesus Christ was a Socialist, God himself is a Socialist," as the
Rev. J. Madison Hicks (what a mouthful) did? By telling them that "the
Messiah would come riding on the ass
of economics," as the Rev. J. Stitt
Wilson, B. A., N. G., C. O. D., etc., (another mouthful) did? Not by a d—
blessed sight! These wolves, or rather
foxes, in sheep's clothing, are merely,
knowingly or unknowingly, deceiving
the workers. Take it or leave it, fellow workers, your justification is your
need; take it or leave it, your right is
your power. There is no need of your
showing bow a Roman Catholic can
be a Socialist. Teach the worker the
material facts of life and he will soon
have no use for the Catholic Church—
the greatest trust In the world—or any
of the rest of them.    .
Don't try to reconcile irreconcilable
things. Don't try to mix oil and water.
Stick to the facts. First learn the
facts, learn their significance, then
pass on what you have learned to your
fellow workers in the best way you
know how. Have faith In yourself,
have faith in your class, and In its mis
sion to free Itself. Be very careful of
accepting recruits from the henchmen
of the Capitalist class, such as lawyers
and parsons, at their face value.
"The ministers are flocking to Socialism," so Cotton's Weekly informs
us. Why didn't they come when the
movement was weak. That's easy. No
pickings! "Where'er you spread the
honey the buzzing flies wlll crowd,"
said Macauley. .The movement is
stronfc now, but there is a large half-
'effucated element lu it that can be
worked by fine words and sentimental
'twaddle.'
'Dott't you, my comrade, be one of
those who are worked this way.
"' Realize it is a question of facts, realize lt is a question of educating the
working class to their material, their
class interest; realize it ls a matter,
not bf reconciliation with existing superstitions, but of getting enough ot
our class to realize the facts we realize; that it Is not a matter of prayer,
but bf getting enough of the job by
wrenching the means of production
from the present owners, without apology, explanation or excuse.
The issue is: Shall the capitalist continue to own or shall we abolish class
ownership?
The only real argument on this, as
every other question ls POWER.
THAT'S ALL.
"GINGER" GOODWIN,
The old capitalist papers and
politicians are beginning to takenotlco
-they aro setting Kcamf lhe hardest
liokemust be struck NOW. Arewaprepared to helpT Berser, Spargo. warren.
Slmonfl.Londoir, Wuyland.Ony lord, Un-
..-..   'ton
to help? Berser, Spargo.Warren.
 w.Londoir, Wuyland.Qny lord, Untermann. Irvine, Lewis —ALL leaders
saythe best preparation jroacanmakels
to read the Library ot Original Sources
"greatest work extant for soclalista."
If you want to help — and we
""id today for*
--    Tyler" stor.    .
out how yoa eaa set a whole library of
Knew yoa do—send today for the wonderful "Ball and Tyler" story and And
the same kind on the easiest oo-opei
tlve plan ia the world.   BUT only I—
Introductory edition will be distributed
bo too late, as tho large edition is going
like hot cakes.
TOM MANN'S OPEN  LETTER.
'      Six Months for This. **
Men!    Comrades!    Brothers!
You are tn the army!
So are we. You, in the army of Destruction. We, ln the Industrial, or
army of Construction.
We work at mine, mill, forge, factory or dock, etc., producing and transporting all the goods, clothing, stuffs
etc., which make it possible for people
to live.
You are working   men's sons.
When we go on strike to better our
lot, which is the lot also of your fathers, mothers, brothers and sisters,
you are called upon by your officers
to murder us.
Don't do it!
THE GOOD OLD U.S. A.
Western Clarion:
Sir,—Find enclosed some verses that
I wrote to a friend ot mine in Michigan, in answer to a letter from him,
wanting to know when I was coming
back to the good old U. S. A. I send
them to you, thinking that perhaps you
can use them or any part of them.
Respectfully yours,
ADOLPH MEI.I.B.MA,
Talk not to me of U, S. A.,
It will not stand the test.
You can not make a living
Unless you go out west.
If you have a wife and family,
You'll have to feed.tbem hay,
But even that Is hard to set
YbTf know how It happens. Always      In the good old U. S. A.
has happened. |
We stand out as long as we can. You may be strong and   healthy,
Then one of our (and your) irrespon-'    y0Ur ambition be the best,
sible brothers, goaded by the Bight and  They'll work you late anil early,
thought  of  his  and  hiB  loved  one's ^    And that without a rest-
misery and hunger, commits a crime if they see tbat you are willing,
on property. Immediately you are or-     They'll work you night and day,
dered  to  murder ub, as  you  did  at And then you've earned twelve shill-
Mltcbellstown,  at    Featherstone,    at -ngt
Belfast. |    in the good old U. 8. A.
Don't you know that when you ate
out of the colors and become a "clvy'
again, you like us, may be on strike,
So, boys, if you must stay tbere.
Be sure and don't get wed,
and you, like us, be liable to be mur- ^ —.„ fmd )t tQ your   8orrow
dered by other soldiers?
Boys' don't do it!
'Thou shalt not kill," says the Book.
Dont forget that!
It does not say, "I'nless you have a
uniform on.'
No! Murder is murder, whether
committed in the heat of an^er on ono
who has wronged a loved one or by
pipe-clayed  Tommies with rifles.
Boys' don't do it!
Act the man! 'Act the brother! Act
the human being!
Property can be replaced. Human
life, never!
The idle rich class, who own and
order you about, own and order us
about also. They and' their friends own
the land and means or life of Britain
You don't. " "We don't.
When' we kick Aey order you to
murder.
When you kick you get courtmar-
tialed and cells.
Your fight Is our fight. Instead of
fighting against each other', we should
be fighting with each "other.
Out of pur loins, 'our' lives, our
homes you come.
Don't disgrace your parents, your
class, by being the willing tools any
longer of the master-class.
You, like us, are of the same class.
When we rise, you rise; when we fall,
even by your bullets, ye fall also.
England, with its fertile valleys and
dells Its mineral resources,. ItB sea harvests, is the heritage of ages to ua.
You. no doubt, joined the army out
of poverty.
We work long hours for small wages
at hard work because of our poverty.
Apd both your poverty and ourB arisen
from the fact that Britain, with its resources, belongs to only a few people.
These few, owning Britain, own our
jobs. Owning our jobs, they own our
very lives.   Comrades, have we called
That a family must be fed.
Wben once you get the halter one
You'll find you've got no   say.
It's work and   starve or thirty days
In the good old U. S. A.
If you could eat protection,
Patriotism, and such rot,
If you can live on promises,
Oh, happy is your lot.
But don't Bay you're diBsattstled
With whatever they may pay,
Or they'll call you an anarchist
In the good old 11. 8  A.
The rich may pile the dollars up,
In millions by the Bcore,
Bnt ash them for a bite to eat,    '
And they'll kick you from their door.
1'nlcFs you've got a boodle
In the yojtc .you'll' have to stay
Don't look for any justice,
' In the good old If. S. A.
You may starve from youth to manhood,
And   from manhood to old age;
Vou may work till you ate hoary,
Your earnings they pillage.
Vou may labor all your'lifetime,
Till you arc old and gray,
And then go to the poorhouse,
In the good old U*. 8. A.
I
Your children can not help you,
Their conditions are the same.
They cannot make both ends meet,
They play the same old game.
There Is not any holp for you,
In the poorhouse you will stay,
Till they cart you off to potters field,
In the good old II. 8. A.
In vain? Think thlngH out, and refuse any longer to murder your kindred. Help us to win Imck Britain for
the British and the world for the workers! *"> PAGE FOUR
THE WESTERN CLARION, VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA.
8ATURDAY, MAY 18, 1912.
THE FARMER'S POSITION
T. Edwin Smith.
A man once said to me:
"I am something of a Socialist myself, but I am this much of a capitalist
—I hove my homestead over here, and
I have worked pretty hard for it, too,
and now 1 want to keep it. You say
the agencies of production should be
made the property of lhe entire society, and you admit that land iB one
of those agencies, ho to be consistent
you would have to take my farm away
from me and make it the common
property of the entire working population."
Tbis man had the notion that is
common among the farmers throughout the country, and one of the hardest things I find to combat is the idea
that he has in his head that he is a
landed proprietor, and that his little
farm is in danger of being taken away
from him.
WHY NOT A CANADIAN SOCIALIST
HOLIDAY CAMP?
power. Therefore his place in the
struggle is in the ranks of the wage
slaves.
The coal miner has seen the same
thing happen in his caBe, and he can
see that he ls simply a slave. Thirty
years ago the average production of
coal per man in the mines per day
was 2.3 tons of coal, and the miner
got a living and enough besides to
raise a slave to take his place. In 1910
tho average per man per day was 4.7
tons or twice what it was thirty years
ago. Yet the miner of today, in spite
as much coal in the same time, gets a
bare living, the same as he did before.
Up to ten years ago the weavers in:
the cotton mills used the old style'
looms and one girl watching over four;
or five of them could do her share of
the production of five hundred yards of j
cloth. Today with the use of the improved Northrop looms, one girl can!
tend twenty-four looms and five thou-
As a  matter of fact the ordinary j san(,  yards  of cloth  pas8ea through
farmer who owns his own land (andjhpr ,)and,     Her productive capacity
the mortgage) and does his own work, hag increagct- ten times, yet her wages
is not a property owner at all.    His j nave relnaIned stationary.   She gets a
bare living for her work.   She got the
sair.e when she only .produced a tenth
title deed to his quarter section of
land is not a certificate of a bit of this
earth, it is merely a title to a steady
job as long as he can stay with lt.
He does not have to hunt for a job
"but he has a hard job getting any
money for his year's work. It is true
he can keep his neighbor off his little
patch of ground and prevent his neigh-
bir using his tools without bis consent, but this does not remove him
from the ranks of the workers.
He has a place in which to work,
and he can not be forced off except
by process of law. The miner has as
much. The miner has his room in
which to work aud as long as he
works steadily and hard he can not
be dispossessed. The miner can be deprived of the privilege of working In
his own particular room if he absents
himself two days or more without
leave. If the homesteader absents
himself without leave for more than
six months he la crowded out of his
place of working and another man is
given the place. If the miner is not
working as hard as the boss thinks he
ought, he can be kicked out and Another man put in the room.    If the
as much.
Some may say that these other
workers were using another man's
machines, but the farmer uses his own.
The farmer, it is true, calls his tools
his own, but every day brings forth
proof that he merely rents them. He
buys on long terms and as a general
thing his implements are worn out by
the time he has them-paid for. He
pays rent at a rate determined by the
master for whom he is working. The
coal miner going Into one of the Alberta mines is charged up for his tools,
and if he stays long enough in the
mine he pays for the very picks the
boss lets him use.
Looking at It from any point we
choose, we find that the wage worker
and the farm worker are in exactly
the same condition. Each takes a
part in the production of all things.
Neither produces anything solely by
his own efforts. Each gets in return for
his year's work enough of his product
to enable him to go on producing, but
neither gets in wages nor prices for
of his labor.
farmer does not work hard enough to > Srain' the ful1 pr0d"(:,t   ,        ,..,. „„.,.
This being the case, the farmer s only
salvation Is to join the wage worker
on the political field and take human
gage, the notes at the hank and a few'blood, flesh and brains off the market.
produce as much as his bosses think
he ought, he'is put out too. If he
can not make enough to pay his mort-
VANCOUVER'S  PROSPERITY.
other things, he is dispossessed and
another man gets his job. In one case '
the miner is put out by order of an
Individual acting under orders made by j The following is a clipping from the
someone over them both. In the case j correspondence column of the World.
of the farmer he is put out by a group I Al)parently he has been a g00Q siave
acting under orders made by some one f and proud of u Now he ,a appeailng
above them, too. Neither the miner ■ to hls maaterB| wh0| tindlng business
nor the farmer have anything to say , so rotten> have -ormed a progressive
about the conditions under which they. club to boost buslnes8. He lB not a
may be compelled to look for another j laborer.    0h, no, could not think of
job.
It is true the farmer is not paid directly for his work as at so much per
day. He is a piece worker, and as
such is paid by the bushel, just as the
miner ls paid by the ton. The farmer
thinks he sells wheat when he sells
his labor power, and ls merely paid
for the bushels that go through his
hands. The coal miner is paid by the
ton, but no one would say that a miner
sells coal. He sells his labor power
and ie paid for the tons that go
through his hands. The weaver in the
cotton mills is paid by the yard, but
she does not sell cotton cloth.    She
such a come down, and apparently
thinks he is too old. It's so Bad, you
know, but he thanks God he can work
if the bosses will give him some. We
would suggest that Hon. Mr. McBride
give him a job as a party heeler:
Give Him a Chance.
Editor World—I was present last
night at the smoker of the Progress
Club, where, in addition to the 1,000
members already enrolled, over 500
joined their ranks at a moment's notice, which shows the great prosperity of the city of Vancouver.
Now, I appeal to these 1,500 business
Camping at the Socialist Camp at
Caister-on-Sea, near Yarmouth, is one
of my happiest English memories. It
was a joyous experience. I feel like
throwing my hat in the air at the very
thought of it. Imagine being able to
think and feel and say and do exactly what one wanted for a- couple ot
weeks at the mere cost of making a
gallant bid for the same.
The fragrance of many flowers waft
ed into the country lane and the/Red
Flag flying; such were my first impressions of the camp.
The next morning I left my tent and
turned up in the dining-room, and
sought out the vegetarians' table.
The vegetarians seemed to fancy
they were the people! They did think
they were "advanced." Talk about
class distinctions! I found myself
among a crowd who gave vent to dismal groans when a strong whiff of kip-
plrs announced the breakfast fare for
the "corpse eaters." And when one
unfortunate lady (a recent convert)
cast longing eyes in the direction of
the delicacy, all the table began to vivaciously recount a catalogue of horrors anent the catching and killing of
the same, which one gentleman with
an abnormally solemn face, finished up
by: "And they pull their tails off one
by one!"
As that merry .breakfast proceeded
and the waiters bustled up and down
waiting upon their friends, with such
an air of good comradeship, and Mi.
Dodd's kind presence moved among
it all, and the calls and counter calls
went up, decidedly, I though, I had
come to the right place.
When certain ladles and gentlemen
began to bustle about after breakfast,
and, busy themselves with the washing up, I began to understand the inner meaning of an ear-piercing bugle
blast and a loud yell for "Committee"
that smote my ears at 7 a.'m.
. To the uninitiated it must be explained that every camper goes on
"Committee" once a week and gives a
hand lu the light work of the camp,
such as setting tables, arranging flowers, washing dishes, preparing vegetables, cleaning knives, and so on. It
was one of the principles of the camp,
and a very wholesome one. Most of
the campers did it willingly. Work
was such a lot of fun at camp. For
one thing, there wasn't too much of it!
For another thing it was so happy to
be working to make our friends comfortable when there was no degradation attached. We could all stop any
time we wanted to, if we were willing
to face the freely expressed opinion ot
the campers concerning "shirkers."
Besides one somehow made friends
more quickly on "Committee." I have
seen a happy group shelling peas on
the lawn at Calster, and animatedly
ranging through every topic under the
sun.
But the whole camp hummed with
life. The tennis players, the cricket
players (making appropriate remarks),
children shouting with delight on a
see-saw, people strolling off to bathe,
a gentleman (a city doctor) explain- aglned the revolution was already upon
evoked. Some of the passersby enjoyed lt as much as we did, others
could not sufficiently express their
frigid disdain. But the ordinary common or garden holiday maker, having
a stodgy holiday, looked after us with
positive hunger.
When we got home to camp we felt
so lively we demanded a dance, and
danced that night to our heart's content.
The suffragettes made a great deal
of the fun in camp. ThoBe attending
were old-time Socialists and loved the
Party and were unwillingly out of it.
They would have been back double
quick, and given their precious voteB.
They turned the camp upside down
and inside out. Wherever one went
there was one of them "withstanding
Peter to his face." They made even
getting one's meal a matter of difficulty.
I have a vivid mental picture of one
dinner time and MrB. Dodd even,
stirred from her wonted calm, with
the very serving spoon arrested in her
hand, to argue with an "anti," and the
waiters who were suffragettes, joining
ln the fray, and Mr. Dodd coming up
behind to bring the recalcitrant one to
reason, and the dinnerless ones setting
up a great shout for their dinner.
Then a party of irreverent young
men, who delighted to tease the suffragettes, had the brilliant idea of
singing, "Tell Me the Old, Old Story,"
and finishing up with three boos for
"VoteB for Women." To which the
suffragettes, cheerful and irrepressible, chimed in, "Votes for Women!"
They Inveigled pretty nearly the
whole camp into going down into Yarmouth to hear Mrs. Pethwlck Lawrence and Mrs. BraiUford speak.
In the meeting the campers all sat
together in one compact mass and
looked ready for anything. One of
the camp suffragettes confided in me
that It was like being out with a lot
of children. One was uneasy as to
what they would do or say next. They
were chewing over their "adult suffrage' 'theories, and getting ready for
those dreadful "middle-class' women.
Most Socialists seem to dread the
state of mind known as "middle class"
above everything! The middle-class
Socialists, I have observed, hate It
more than any. And if any unfortunate suffragette had that evening exhibited any middle-class airs and
graces, wouldn't she have caught it!
The campers were just tn the mood
to tackle her.
Cne could see them as the meeting went grudgingly, admitting to
themselves that the women had a
stronger need than they had' thought,
but they couldn't get rid of the fixed
idea that Socialism would cure all
woman's ills and what on earth did
she want to vote for? So they were
feeling aggrieved out of it until Mrs.
Lawrence made some diplomatic reference to,the Labor Party. This delighted them and they clapped and
clapped and clapped and other local
comrades In the audience turned round
ln astonishment and delightedly
joined in the clapping. They finished up with three cheers for the labor party, and certain sections in the
audience began to look blue; they im-
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sells her labor power and Instead of j men ln particular, and any other men
being paid by the day she is paid by ln general, to give a fellow who is very I
the piece in order to make her work, "•'"-•■ UP against It a permanent job. I
faster. '    I have been   in     Vancouver   nlnej
Some farmers may think still that j months, and before that I was 22 years j
thoy are sellers of wheat and that their! in the old country, with three flrmsj
struggle is one of commodlty'sellers only, whose excellent references I wlll
like the struggle between rival grocers,! be pleased to show you.
but they can be easily shown that lt j I am not a laborer and therefore can-
Is not so. If a farmer were a seller of i not find a place in that line. I have
•wheat, his reward would he deter- j a large experience ln shipping, for-
mliied by the amount of grain that he warding freight, commission, cotton,
raised. The more his productive ca-, rubber, Insurance, etc.; also I havej
pacity Increased, the more money he | book-keeping, typewriting, cashier and]
■would have for hla year's work. How-' general office work in addition to]
«ver, we see that in spite of the great  which  I  speak  and    write    English
increase in hla productive power that
has taken place in the last sixty years,
the farmer's reward for his year's
work has remained stationary. He
gets hla living and no more. He has
alwaya gotten the same. Our grandfathers sixty years ago could by their
own efforts care for a twenty-acre field
and have as the result of the year's
work perhaps "five hundred bushelB of
grain worth in dollars and centa perhaps two hundred dollars. The farmer of today, with a full complement of
horses and machinery, can care for a
quarter section of land and as the result of his year's work have perhaps
from three to five thousand bushels of
grain worth, say, two or three thousand dollars. The productive capacity
of the farmer has increased about ten
times In the sixty yeara, but his reward Ib the same. He gets his living
and only ln rare cases any more. In
spite of, the fact that he raises ten
times the amount of grain that he did
then, he gets the same for his year's
work. If he were selling grain he
would get ten times as much for his
work. The very fact that his pay Is
the same proveB conclusively that he
is a seller of the   commodity   labor
French, German and Dutch fluently,
having lived In the various countries. I
am sober and industries, as my references show, but, being 42 years of
age, the cry Ib I am too old and I find
It therefore impossible to get a situation.
Thank God I am well and healthy
and am able to do any office work.
I do not want charity but a permanent situation, and for this purpose I
appeal to the gentlemen of Vancouver.
Any information required I will be
pleased to give by applying to the undersigned.      W. A. ROBERTSON,
822 Howe-Street, Vancouver, April 30.
The Victorian government runs a
Btate coal mine on strict profit-making
lines. It drives the miners and sweats
them and robs them just like John
Brown does. The Vic. State mine is a
glaring instance ot state capitalism.
The other day the miners went on
strike ,and the Sydney D. T. declared
that the miners were "striking against
Socialism." Which shows that the D.
T. ought to dip its head In sheep-wash
and have another look at the encyclopedia.
ing to the secretary with a face of
strong distaste, that a city dweller
found it dis concerting to find "little
beetles in his bed," and funniest of all,
one of the tent washstands set out determinedly in the field to allow for
better execution and a father vigorously scrubbing a small boy's neck.
The women at camp, especialy the
married women, seemed happy. It must
have been a relief to be rid of houses
and furniture, and toiling and moiling
and responsibility for a while. There
was also something comical as well as
beautiful in the way the children stuck
to their fathers. One would see a man
patiently going down to bathe with a
little chap contentedly holding on to
his coat tail and chattering away to
him. Pioneer people are sometimes
supposed to forget the joy and romance children bring, bo it was a
pleasure to see them In such a place
and treated with respect.
We spent one day on the Broads and
landed at a farm and had lunch ln an
orchard. After lunch the farmer gave
us free access to his harvest field,
where the ripe grain Btood ln stooks.
It makes me laugh now to think, of
that afternoon. We had sports. Tuga
of war! Vegetarians vs. Meat. Easters.
The women vegetarians and.meat eaters hopped on one foot with excitement and yelled, "Pull! Pull! Pull!"
while the men tugged, and the men
went on even worse when the women's
turn came. The men meat eaters rejoiced In a member who was prodigiously heavy, not to say fat. They
trotted him out with unholy Joy and
the vegetarians said it wasn't fair.  -
And all the gay spirits of the camp
edged each other on to further mischief and everybody surpassed themselves.
To wind up, that section of the
party who walked instead of driving
the four or five miles home from the
Broads, being now absolutely beyond
the reatraints of convention , made
themselves into a band and preceded
by a gallant suffragette, who was a
general favorite at camp, held up every motor car, trap ,or pedestrian to
the cry of "Votes for Women! Hurrah!" They then rejoiced exceedingly
in the various expressions this conduct
them.
After that they felt a bit more satis-
fled. How they bubbled over with
questions at question time! One fuzzy
haired youth with true Socialist skepticism delighted the assembly and the
speaker by rebuking Mrs. Lawrence
for being unable (so he affirmed) to
substantiate her statements.
I only wish I could convey the mischievous ,alert, bright, "young" atmosphere there. One tires of the ordinary world after it.
The English camp was founded by
Mr. and Mrs. Fletcher Dodd as their
contribution to the cause. Their services as organizers were given voluntarily and at the time I attended the
camp had paid Its expenses and was
handing . over a substantial yearly
cheque for propaganda purposes to
the I, L. P. This ls worth noticing,
as those really in the fray know that
funds are neceBsary to overthrow capitalism, and   set up a better order.
Then the camp brought people of
like mind in social touch and heartened them. It was a camp of refuge,
too—possibly the exiled Russian revolutionist who visited it found it so.
One year they dubbed one of the big
tents the "International, as it held
representatives from so many different lands. That ls worth while in an
International movement like Socialism.
The greatest value of the camp,
however, was the scope lt gave, even
in its small fashion, for social experiments. It was interesting to talk
to the founders concerning the practical difficulties of organizing the
camp. To give one small example:
The farmers and other employers ln
the neighborhood were paid more than
the standard wages, while some Of the
workers sneered at Socialism if they
weren't. Certain people also seemed
unable to work satisfactorily in the
camp atmosphere, being used to an
atmosphere of compulsion. It all made
one realize that Socialist schemes
must be national to be satisfactory
and that while initiative and good
feeling are the most precious things
on earth, the people who have lt
stand in need to be protected by good
laws and good organization.
It is all experience.   We get so used
to going on in the same stodgy and
i cut and dried fashion that when ex- j
pertinents of an Ideal nature fall we
, become depressed, not realizing  that
we  have accomplished  something of
value if not what we set out to do. It
j is more than probable that if the rev-j
j olution  comes upon  us  creatures  ot
'. habits and cut and dried procedures,
we should be so discouraged at the un-!
I expected  happenings that we should
I turn devil's advocate and want to re-,
! vert to the old methods to get a little I
j peace.    It's only practice that makes !
i people  fearless  enough  and   capable'
; enough to experiment.
Thus the practical difficulties of organizing such an experiment as the
camp have a distinct social value.
Why not, then, a Canadian camp?
Practically every other body seems organized to welcome lonely strangers
but ours, and the more one travels
about in Canada, the more one cornea
in contact with isolated Soclalista, who
can give no expression to their Socialism, because their whole world Is organized against them.
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THE REAL PROBLEM OF OUR CITY
The first duty of a city is to those
who by their labor built up that city
and who made it what lt Is.
To give to these men and women,
and to the children of theBe men and
women, an opportunity to enjoy the
things created by their labor Ib the
problem which confronts us today.
That is the problem that must be
solved.
lt will be solved aright only by those
whose very lives depend on its proper
solution.
In that fact lies the secret of the
success of the Socialist party ln dealing with city affairs.   •
While the Republican and Democratic parties and all of our so-called
"reform" and "business administration" movements are dominated by
capitalist interest and consequently
are not serving the interests of the
great majority of the people, the Socialist party, in sharp contrast to them,
makes the welfare of the working
masses, who constitute the majority,
the very object of its existence.
Its every candidate is pledged to the
service of the working class; every
measure advocated" by lt is conceived
to help the-working class; and it will
not rest until it has made the working class dominant in all public affairs.—Chicago Daily Socialist.
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brutal and cowardly repression displayed by certain hyena-headed monstrosities called editors towards working-class aglators? Denied the right
to think or act as their conscience
(even a jackal bas one) dictates, they
apparently care not one jot how low
their abject mental debasement may
reduce them. Sold to the "pillars of
capitalism," they, earn their pay by
viper-like stabs against all those who
dare raise a volse against present-day
Inequalities. The human mind can-
conceive of nothing more base than
that of a fellow creature endeavoring
with snakelike ccunning, to pour
venom into the public mind and poison
it against fearlesB souls whose crime
is that they are endeavoring to destroy poverty and all itt attendant
eyils.—Labor Call.

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