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No Community of Interests Between the Masters of
Machinery and the Slaves Who Lubricate Its
Wheels With Their Sweat and Blood.
Did you ever realize that everything
we have of comfort or of culture comes
from the labor of hand or brain?
The heritage of the ages is brought
to us by labor alone. Without labor,
which be buys, the man of millions
would be helpless as a shipwrecked
.sailor on a lonely rock ln the midst of
a limitless sea.
The worker pays for everything from
the cradle to the grave, not only for
himself, but for all the parasite host
which vampire-like fatten on his stolen blood.
Figure it out for yourself. Try to
think of something which makes for
your comfort or for the improvement
of your mind which can be produced
or secured without labor.
Cover the Held of art, of music, of
science, Invention, mechanics, architecture, of agriculture, engineering or
navigation—all are made possible and
perfected by labor. Capital, of itself,
contributes nothing. It is the magic
wand of human labor with which the
spirit of progress has conjured the
miracles of all time.
You will see, if you wlll but think,
that every dividend declared by the
corporations, every cent of Interest
paid to the money trust, every coupon
clipped from the perforated edge of
every bond, every cent which Is expended, either for necessity or luxury,
comes finally from the sweat and blood
of the working class.
From this conclusion there Is no
escape. If you don't want to prove
It to yourself follow the lead of the
platitudinous priests, preachers and
politicians,and don't think about lt at
The worker is tne real master ot life
and to him belong by right the choicest fruits of all creation. But what
does he receive? Just what the master decrees his labor is worth in dollars and cents. This the master determines by shrewdly calculating just
\ how much of the product is required
to enable the worker to maintain and
reproduce himself. Indeed, with the
Increased productiveness of machinery
and the consequent chronic flooding
of the market, so abundant has become
the supply of labor that the master has
ceased paying the man enough to cover the cost of living. Having no need
for tho labor masters may let the man
die of starvation. Figures furnished
by the masters' own government prove
this assertion.
Did you ever ask yourself just where
and when the master's Interest ln the
man begins and ends. If the Interests
of capital and labor are identical why
does the master take no thought for
the man before he becomes a laborer? |
Is the man any less a member of the(
working class before or after his days
of labor are ended? But the master
knows not the man, nor careB to know, I
until he can squeeze a profit from his:
toll. Just so far are the Interests of i
capital and labor identical. I
Does the industrial master stand
waiting anxiously for news, as the
workers of tomorrow are brought forth
ln pain and anguish by the mothers of
today? Does the master help the toller pay the doctor or the nurse or any
part of that staggering burden of expense which is attendant upon the ar-
i rival of the new child of toil. Does
the master even know the mother
needs a doctor or a nurse? How did
the men of Lawrence pay the doctor
or the nurse on $6.00 per week? How
do they pay even after they have received their magnificent Increase of
ten per cent ln their wages?
Does the master ever grant the toiler
a few days' leave from the shop, the
' mill or mine that, he may be with the
1 mother for a few precious hours after
her return from the awesome valley of
pain and mystery?
Does the master ever grant the
mother a few priceless weeks of freedom from the thralldom of the machine that she may enjoy the privilege
of nurBing her child, that lt grow lusty
and strong, that lt may learn to know
,its mother first of all?
Does the master even concern himself regarding clothing for the new cltl-
|ZeB, or the food which he must eat?
Does the master ever give a thought
to the education or training to Ue given the child?
What folly!    You say.    Of course.
The master concerns himself with
the worker only when the day arrives
which brings him to the gates of the
factory or the mouth ot the mine. And
his interest continues just so long as
he is able to extract from the labor of
the toller a profit
Comes the day when the strength
of the worker is spent. His eye has
become dull. His hand has lost its
cunning.   His feet have begun to drag.
Upon this day the master notices
the worker for the last time. A word
to the boss is sufficient, the old worker ls told to go and despite his pleading his place Ib filled from the clamoring throng at the gate. Another
wornout machine is cast upon the in
dustrial scrap heap.
The master does all this simply because he owns the means whereby the
man must earn his bread. Of course
the man does not have to work If the
terms offered do not appeal to him.
He is blessed with that greatest of
tbe master's beneflclent gifts—freedom of contract. He is perfectly free
—to starve and watch his family
If an awakened reason leads the
toiler to become discontented with his
lot, leads him to organized effort to
Improve his condition, either through
political action or by means of his
economic organization, he Ib cursed
and reviled as a disturber, an agitator, "an undesirable citizen."
It Is remembered, however, that all
the saviours of earth's tolling multitudes were always undesirable citizens
In their day.
Verily, the salvation of this republic
is in the hands of its "undesirable citizens." May their kind be multiplied
among us.    Charles Reece Fenlmore
The Strong shall carry the Weak,
and no man step from the line.—"An
Imperial Rescript"  (Kipling).
One striking lesson to be seen during the great industrial upheavals that
are in progress in all lands nowadays
is the fact that if the workers of the
world are to make more rapid strides
In organization, with a view to eventually being in a position to carry the:
weak, in the shape of their worn-out, j
aged, Infirm or maimed brothers and
sisters, they must soon dispense with
the all too prevalent notion that even
they, the great all-powerful slumbering
giants who produce everything can
depute or delegate any of their business to any people (even those who
are alleged to belong to the classes
of the workers). All efforts of would-
be class martyrs (at so much per) only
nullify the good work of organization.
No time like the present to read the
lessons of now. Coal strike, railways
strike, and, lastly, the revelation, the
dockers' strike and Tillett's prayer.
What a tribute to the intelligence
of the master class that they have
long ago known that so long as the
affairs of thousands of workers are
controlled by a few of the workers
(Indefinitely), they (the capitalists)
need only concentrate their operations
on the few, and they do it to such an
extent that we have had launched as
an Invective againat our common enemy (in our name) Ben Tillett's prayer.
Hibernating giants, awake! No prayer
(even Tillett's) wlll ever have any effect on the class-armored reason of
your oppressors. Fight for the control
of workers' organizations by workers,
and democracy in the manegement of
them. Rome was at its very highest
state of development when the consuls
were only permitted a short tenure
of office. The most effective fighting
organizations of your class today .only
permit a short tenure of office in the
most responsible and important positions in their power. But Insist that
all such positions shall be reasonably
accessible to all of its members, and
thereby try to Insure a supply of
trained men for such positions and
their responsibility. Oh, no, my dogmatic and professional martyr friend.
Such an Idea would not make every
member of an army a general.
It would only qualify and train every
last member of the army to be able to
accept and properly fulfill the important and responsible position of a general should the need of a trained general ever arise.
And I am inclined to think the needs
of the workers of the world now is
trained men and more of 'em.—W. D.
li,, in Melbourne Socialist.
The philosophy of despair is perhaps
one of the greatest obstacles that we
have to contend with in our effort to
unburden ourselves of the superstition and ignorance that the master
class and its representatives have
loaded us with for thousands of years.
With the exception of the scientific
Socialist members of our class we are
troubled with Various degrees of despair. For instance, union men despair of the union because they find
that union men steal from each other,
and when they quit the union they flnd
tbat non-union men also steal from
each other. So they despair of the
workers ever emancipating themselves
from capitalist tyranny. The Scientflc
Socialist knows that petty stealing
among the workers is due to the fact
that this social system is founded upon stealing. The capitalist class steals
from the working class everything
that it produces. But the capitalists
also steal from each other in dividing
the spoils, and in that sense they are
enemies to each other. But as a class
they have a common Interest, namely,
to continue to steal from the working
class. According to their own figures
they return to the working class in the
shape of wages about one-fifth of
what they steal, so that any stealing
the workers do among themselves
must at best be very petty, as compared with the amount that the capitalist class steals from the working
elass. In so far as the workers do Indulge In petty stealing from each other
they are in that sense enemies. But
they, too, have a class Interest in common, namely, to overthrow the syBtem
that is based on stealing. The Scientific Socialist is amuBed at the petty
stealing of the workers from each
other, and the larger stealing of the
capitalists from each other, and does
not despair because of it. The only
stealing worthy of serious consideration is the ever-increasing robbery of
the working claBS ln the field of production, for that is the force that is
digging the grave for the rule-of capital with its wage-slavery and production for profit, which is but a polite
name for theft.
The remedy for the nightmare of
despair that weighs so heavily upon
discouraged wage-plugs lies in education along working class lines. Once
they become wise to the robbery that
is practised upon their class In the industrial field, and that such robbery
is made possible because of working
"Socialism will destroy ambition,"
cry the hirelings of the master class.
Whose ambition? The ambitions of
the working class? It is to laugh!
Let us hope that Socialism Will destroy the vain ambitions of the workers
by removing the cause.
The ambition of the average worker
Is to have a job and hang on to lt, because that is the only method he has
of holding his place in this vale of
All brands of ambition spring from
the same root, namely the desire to
obtain an easy living. The ambition
of the majority is to get a better job
than they already hold; that ls, they
want to get more money for less work.
Every one seems to have a dislike
for work, and an ambition to get away
from it.
Some workers have a peculiar
method of satisfying their ambition to
get away from work. They spend
time and money in training themselves
for a so-called higher position. This is
another brand of ambition, and it is
this brand that the plutes howl about
being destroyed. They want to see the
workers devoting their time to becoming more skilful, because a skilful
worker is more productive and therefore produces more profits.
Yes, Socialism will destroy the peculiar brand of ambition from which
the workers now suffer. It will give
them economic freedom, and they will
no longer be compelled to devote their
entire lives to maintaining their existence.
When the machines of production
are collectively owned by the workers,
then will they be enabled to devote
their ambition to other things than
scratching the earth for an easy living. Then shall we see science, art,
music, literature, etc., advance, with
the impelling force of true ambition
behind. W. H. STEEN.
class ignorance the erstwhile despairing plugs become optimistic philosophers busily engaged in dispelling that
ignorance and thus clearing the way
for a civilization containing at least a
semblance of decency. Their despair
gives way to a flood of humor once
they realize the absurdity of a vast
multitude of workers being held in
subjection and servitude by a mere
handful of capitalist lickspittles,
apologists, tinhorn politicians and
cut-throats. That is all it amounts to
anyway. C. M. O'BRIEN.
Charleston, W. Va., Sept. 3.—The
rule of the brutal mine guards and
the Baldwin guards was suspended,
at least temporarily, today when Governor William E. Glasscock proclaimed
martial law ln the Paint Creek and
Cabin Creek mining districts.
The sending back of four additional
militia companies is a serious blow
to the mine companies' thugs who
have been awaiting the opportunity of
opening up a campaign of murder and
The governor has long withheld the
proclamation of martial law, although
he prepared lt more than a month ago.
He sought to abate the tense feeling
existing between the miners and the
thugs, who know that they can hold
their jobs only so long as there ls
trouble or semblance of trouble, by
calling upon them to disarm.
The miners were willing to abide by
the order of the governor, but finding
that the thugs were increasing Instead
of decreasing their store of ammunition and preparing to murder them, refused to place themselves in the dangerous position of being unprepared
and refused to accede to the executive's proclamation.
When the miners sought by civil
processes to have the guards removed
from within the mining companies
properties, they failed.
It ls the first time since the days of
the Civil War that martial law has
been proclaimed in West Virginia. A
court martial, composed of National
Guard officers, has been appointed and
will try all cases, both civil and military.
Much Ammunition Captured.
One of the first acts on the part of
the militia was a raid on the mining
companies' colleries, resulting ln the
capture of 15,000 rounds of ammunition, two Colt machine guns, several
hundred  rifles  and  police  clubs.
'At the railroad station two cases of
guns, consigned to the mining companies, were also confiscated by the
militia, after the boxes were broken
open by the miners.
At Paint Creek Junction the troops
Queries and Observations Suggested By the Indifference of the Workingman to the Reasons for His
PeripateticExistence and Sordid Misery.
arrested five armed men. Two of them
were mine guards, one a mine operator and two were miners.
Miles of the Cabin Creek branch of
the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad have
been torn up and repair men are at
work under the guns of the mlltia.
The territory embraced in the proclamation is mountainous. It ls about
twenty miles long, extending from the
Kanawaha River to the Fayette County line, and about eight miles in width.
It Includes all the territory between
Paint and Cabin Creeks and extends a
mile on each side of either stream.
At least fifty mine operations are
Included in the territory.
Reign of Terror Since April.
Since last April a reign of terror,
organized by the mine guards, haB
prevailed here, marked by many
clashes betwen mine thugs and striking miners. Several men on both
sides have been killed and wounded.
The Issuance of the proclamation
has caused renewed activity on the
part of the troops, and patrols have
been marching through the strike
zone, posting the order of the governor.
All persons are called upon to lay
down their arms, under penalty of punishment at the hands of the troops.
Shortly after Issuing the proclamation, the governor said:
"I have finally decided to quiet the
situation, and issued a proclamation
calling all. persons to lay down their
arms in the hope that both sides In
this struggle would obey lt ln the spirit
In which it was Issued, but this was
not done, and I have determined to
take this drastic step to promptly and
effectively stamp out all lawlessness
ln this section. I hope the significance
of martial law wlll be appreciated."
Lieut. Col. George S. Wallace of
Huntington, was made advocate of the
court martial, which consists of six
members The military commission
consists ot seven members.
All communication with points along
Cabin Creek and Paint Creek is cut
olf.—New York Call.
Can> it be possible that up to the
present day of your life you have never
found anything wrong with the arrangement of society to which you
belong; ol which you call yourself a
member? Has lt never occurred to
you, that there are many struggling
in vain for mere, existence, hampered
by some unknown force, at least unknown to you? Did you ever stop to
think, how and why it came to be,
that some wallowed ln wealth, comfort and joy, while others, consisting
of the majority, have hardly enough to
live on? Do you mean to say that you
bave never tried to locate the reason
of your poverty, and the compulsion
with which you toll daily for long
hours? No, friend, you cannot convince me of that, for I am fully aware
of the fact that every human being
in a normal state of mind must at some
time or other come to such deductions.
You have many a time been puzzled
when confronted by those riddles, but
most of them you answered with a
shrug of your shoulders, "I suppose lt
must be so, as it has always been so,
and shall always remain so."
The education you received in your
youth pointed towards this most easy
way of solving problems hard to crack,
namely, by believing in them. Hence,
the bump of credulity on the back of
your skull has reached a far higher
development than the one of reason.
Instead of drawing logical conclusions,
tracing the why's and wherefore's you
have depended on "faith." You have
been tricked by a set of tricksters and
you applauded and confirmed their
statements by encouraging them in
their conjuring art. The ones that see
to the education of such as you, have
seen that it was far from their Interest
to initiate you into the real "workings" of their game, so they merely let
you have a smack of knowledge, like
reading, writing and arithmetic, and
for the rest fill you with sentimental
trash writetn by a sickly lot of dreamers, on the grandeur of patriotism, on
tbe qualities of certain kings or queens
and different other ruling heads. They
omit to inform you that "civilization"
as we have it today, is the culmination
of a long series of troubles and miseries felt through the past ages by long-
forgotten, never mentioned masses.
Yes, masses of the working class, who
in their gross stupidity gave all the
wealth they produced away to the ruling class, a small minority, who had
all the means to threaten them into
subjection. But In order to exploit
them for so many thousands of years
the ruling classes had to resort to the
most colossal lies an tricks, to the most
outrageous crimes. As assistance they
always had the church which can only
exist as long as slavery and exploitation exist. The church told the stupid
workers of the good that awaits the
contented in heaven and the punishment for those In hell. Thereby, they
were able to shape the rude minds of
the workers to become servile, to believe ln everlasting poverty, and to
look upon their rulers aB their superiors. At school they never toll you
that those oppressed masses were the
ones that fought the battles, explored
the continents, fought the elements
and the savage, built the cities; in
short, that they were the only factors
in the making of the present world
You are now in the same position as
those stupid ones of old. You help produce all wealth and as remuneration
you receive as much as they did, a
bare existence, while those that praise
your contentment and endurance live a
life of ease and leisure by depriving
you of all that you produce over and
above what Is necessary for you to retain tn order to live.
We will assume you are unmarried
and about thirty years of age. Many
summers ago you left your home, If
you may call that poor, dilapidated
dwelling in tbat dark, narrow street a
home, where you passed a miserable
youth and crossed the ocean to improve your condition. You can still
remember the sad face of your poor
mother when she bade you her last
good-bye. You still recollect her haggard, pale features, worn out by worry and grief. You know how hard she
fought to keep tho "wolf" away from
the door. How, year after year collectors came for payments on furniture
and groceries, clothing, etc. It has
always been a strenuous fight to keep
afloat.  When you left your young bos
om was filled with hope and good resolutions. You would work, work hard,
be thrifty and at some time surprise
your mother with a nice round sum to
esse her hard conditions, to turn her
life into a garden of roses.
You were young then and strong
and so expected to pluck fortune from
the tree. But, alas, what disappointment did you meet with. One resolution after another broke down, your
hopes were shattered like houses ot
cards. Your mother perhaps died since
then ln tbe same squallld conditions as
she lived without ever having tasted
s life worth living. And you, my
friend, after struggling for years in
this land of promise, this Canaan of
the working class, you are as bad off
today as the day you landed on it's
shores. You drift along' from day to
day, fulfilling your functions mechanically without recreation or comfort,
without family or friends, for although
you oftentimes had intentions of marrying the girl you loved, your economic condition forbade you such a step.
Just think of it. The dastardly economic arrangement of present society
goes as far as to step in between you
and your wish to act like a man, to
fulfill your mission on earth, to live
with the woman your' heart should select, as man and wife. But now what
will the result be? Are you determined to go on like this the rest of your
days without seriously thinking over
the reasons therefor, or are you man
enough to search for the real reason
of your shattered hopes? We Socialists have tbe facts in our hands, and If
your mind has not altogether lost Its
power of conception, we should easily
be able to convince you that the only
true remedy for those rotten conditions Ib the overthrow of the present
system. We ask you to help us. We
need your aid. Can we count on you?
May we call you a comrade
Universal suffrage Is tbe gauge of
the maturity of the working class. It
can and will never be anything else but
that in the modern State. But that is
sufficient. On the day when the thermometer of universal suffrage reaches
its boiling point among the laborers
they, aB well as the capitalists, will
know what to do.
The State, then, did not exist from
all eternity. There have been societies without it that had no Idea of any
State or public power. At a certain
stage of economic development, which
was of necessity accompanied by a
division of society into clauses, the
State became the inevitable result of
this division. We are now rapidly
approaching a titage of evolution in
production In which the existence of
classes has not only ceased to be a necessity, but becomes a positive fetter
on production. Hence these classes
must fall as Inevitably as they once
arose. The State muBt Irrevocably
fall with them. The society that Ib to
reorganize production of tbe basis of a
Tree and equal association of the producers will transfer the machinery of
State where it will then belong—Into
the museum of antiquities by the side
of the spinning wheel and the bronze
axe.—From Engel's "Origin of the
Organization and education must, be
the line of activity of the S. P. of C.
this winter.
The Rev. J. Wesley Hill, a paid
anti-SoclaliBt who Is electioneering In
the States, stated at a meeting in
Sbelbyville, Ind., that Socialists
should be shot or electrocuted. What
a beautiful message of love from the
reverend gentleman! If only the angels were supplied with tho modern
implements of murder we might have
met our fate long ago.
Sixty miners are reported to have
been killed In a mine explosion In
France through firedamp. Junst fancy
how an old age pension will eliminate
the uncertainty of a living for minors.
Apparently the miners aro eliminated
years before the pension Ib due. No,
It's not old age pensions that we
want; it's the democratic management of Industry by the workers and
the full product of our toll. . • ■' ' ■•'"■*  " ■.'.
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Many a time and oft we have
chuckled with inward satisfaction
when the garrulous platform philosopher, "intoxicated with the exuberance of his own verbosity," gave utterance to truths that were so palpably
untrue that the critic who is always
nosing around to uncover the ldiosyn-
cracies and shortcomings of others
rose up and swatted him ln a manner
he so richly deserved for bis loquacious mendacity. And then again have
we bubbled over with joy as Borne
scribe, either editorial or "maverick,"
has been held up to scorn by our
critic -because said scribe had failed
to completely hide his monumental Ignorance 'neath tbe garb of ponderous
verbiage and phraseology.
While thus hugely enjoying the discomfiture of other false pretenders in
the realm of knowledge we have been
buoyed up by a sublime faith in our
own good luck to escape immolation
upon the altar of adverse criticism.
- But a too reckless skating upon thin
ice ls apt to result ln a cold douche.
A long streak of good fortune in escaping the harpoon of our friend, the
keen critic, caused us to fancy we
were immune to his attacks. This
reckless Indifference to danger, however, in time resulted in our undoing,
and now we are in a peck of trouble.
Not long since we run a clipping
from the People, the official organ of
the S. L. P., referring to a certain
flag-kissing episode down in California in which members of the Chicago
I. W. W. played a subordinate part.
In this clipping the Chicago brand of
I. W. W. was referred to as "the bum-
mery" and its members as "bums."
As by the adoption of Its war song,
"I am- a bum," etc., this "economic
organization" had so christened Itself
and its members, presumably the People used these terms purely in a respectful sense and without any sarcastic intent, much as we patriotic
British objects refer to a Duke as
"his grace," no matter if he be as old,
wizened, dried up, wrinkled and devoid of grace as an Egyptian mummy.
We do it in respectful acknowledgment of the virtue and validity of his
have attempted to belittle certain shining lights in the I. W. W. firmament,
and hnm'e'rods other Sins of omission
and commission have been fixed upon
us,i either by open charge or by inference. We rio longer chuckle with satisfaction at the spectacle of bombastic
ignorance^)illoried by the searchlight
of criticism. There Is no humor in
the situation from our present uncomfortable standpoint.
To those temperamentally nervous
ones who are thrown into a criticising
sweat every time some insignificant
gabster or pencil-pusher takes a crack
at their pet hobbles we-would advise
patience towards the weak and erring
ones. Also a persistent application of
reason to the perplexing problems of
life might tend to ameliorate their own
crotchety condition.
If we "misrepresent industrial union-
Ism," and that particular philosophy
suffers -In consequence, it is either a
well-deserved tribute to our power
and importance in the great scheme
of things or a particularly instructive
commentary upon the virility of that
particular brand of economic dope.
Our critics can take either horn of the
dilemma they choose.
The fact of the matter is that we
have nothing against industrial union
ism. It is just as good as any other
kind. It is just as capable of determining wage rates and arranging satisfactory conditions of employment as
any other kind of unionism. It differs
from any other unionism that we ever
ran across only in the fact of embracing within its membership workers
who were formerly, in a measure, divided by craft lines—lines that have
been broken down by the development
of capitalist industry. As craft lines
have been wiped out by the advent of
machine production, the tendency of
which Is to transfer skill from the human to the mechanical factor, thus
reducing the workers to the level of
common labor, the labor organizations
have been growing together by affiliation through trade councils, state and
provincial federation, national and international councils and federations,
always approaching more and more
closely to what is termed the line of
industrial unionism. But even though
that development may in time be complete, and one "big union" result, the
relations between masters and slaves
will not have been altered. The merciless conditions springing from an
overstocked labor market wlll still prevail. The more perfect becomes capitalist development the larger the -surplus of labor In the market, therefor?
the more hopeless any permanent betterment of conditions becomes within
the capitalist system.
Perhaps by that time workers may
realize that something beyond a mere
struggle for wages is requisite to free
labor from the miseries of its existence. Perchance the slogan may then
be changed from "Higher wages and
better conditions" to "Down with the
wage system." Mayhap the workers
by that time will become sufficiently
wise to use their aggregated powers
to conquer the capitalist state and
spike its guns, as far as their being
used as a means of enforcing the enslavement of labor and its exploitation
at the hands of a ruling class is concerned.
In the meantime critics, either hatch-
Take heed in time lest your precious, unbosom yourself to some Bympa;
productions, the children pf.your agon- thetic soul, be kind enough to go to
Izing mental travail, meet with un-!the devil with it, where you willr-o
timely oblivion within the,capacious doubt be warmly and sympathetically
cuufines of the waste basket. welcomed,
! True, there are two sides to a sheet We hope, dear old,scribe lrrepressi-
of paper. Both sides are made to be ble, that we shall continue to receive
written on when circumstances war- your contributions. May you accept
rant. Circumstances do not always: the fatherly advice herein tendered,
warrant, however. If you are doing with due consideration for the over-
secret work, for instance, such as ripe conceit and ludicrous idiosyncra-
writlng sloppy stuff to Borne female cles of the ancient mariner upon the
person who has hypnotized you Into I sea of trouble who offers it. And may
suitable plastic mood, write on both! your tribe so increase that scissors
sides of the paper, then write cross- j and paste-pot may be banished from
wise, cornerwise and any otherwise,! the Clarion sanctum and the' light of
and do so freely, yes, even with sheer original wisdom from your pen blaze
abandon, assured of the fact that the forth triumphantly upon a grateful hu-
Socialist   P*tvrty  Directi-pry"
Socialist Party of Canada, meets second and fourth Monday. Secretary,
Wm, Watts, Labor Temple, Dunsmulr
St., Vancouver, B.C.
Executive Committee,  Socialist Party
•   of   Canada,   meets   second   and   fourth
Mondays   In   month   at  Labor  Temple,
Dunsmulr St., Wm. Watts, Secretary.
Socialist Party of Canada, meets every alternate Tuesday, at 429 Eighth
Ave. fcnst. Burt E. Anderson, Secretary, Box 647,  Calgary.
ECUTIVE, a. F. of c, Invites all comrades residing In Saskatchewan to
communicate with them on organlza-
o-.0-n<-JnStters Address D. McMillan,
£22 Stadacona Street Wast, Moose Jaw
S. P.-..of G.i—Business" meeting every
first Sunday of the moitth and propaganda meeting every third Sunday.
Koom open to everybody at 612 Cor-
, dova Street East. 2 p. m. Secretary,
' P. Anderson, Burnet, B, C.
LOCAL  VANCOUVEB,   B.    C.,    NOL~«,
Finnish. Meets every second and
Fourth Thursdays In the month at 21S
Hastings St. East. Ovia Lind, Secretary.
Business meeting every Tuesday evening at Headquarters, 213 Hastings St.
East, H. Kahlm, Secretary.
sloppily addressed one will make it
all out. In fact, as a matter of safety
lt ts better to make such productions
as unintelligible to sane persons as
possible, in case a jury should ever
be called upon to scrutinize your
work with a view of assessing damages for affections lacerated.
But when writing for publication—
which same in the case foregoing you
were not—write on one side of the
paper only. This Is -a sort of a standing rule among printers and publishers. It has been so long followed by
the publishing *" fraternity that compositors no longer look for copy on
the reverse side of a sheet.   They set
manity through the Clarion colmuns.
This is an age of organization. They
who have the most perfect organizations—all other things being equal—
will sure win in the modern struggles
including the class struggle. If there
is anyone thing that the Socialist
movement needs more than another it
is organization. There are many who
always proclaim themselves Socialists
—some of them fairly well Informed
—who offer the most petty, cheap excuses for not belonging to the organiz
ed movement. Why they proclaim
the first page of copy they discover' themselves Socialists is beyond my
and   proceed  to  the  next  sheet,  en-. ken.   After they have paid their dues
claims and pretensions.
For this clipping we were hauled ' lng or full-fledged, may rest assured
over the coals by a keen critic real- that these columns will not be open to
dent somewhere up in the Crow's Nest personal rag-chewing.   If anything ap-
region.   We were accused of insulting pears that stirs their dudgeon they
tbe working class  by   calling them may solace themselves as best they
"bums," etc.   We had been "slinging may.   That is the way we are ln the
mud." We were adjudged guilty^ of
numerous criminal acts, or at least
Intentions, and emphatically Informed
that the action of the San Diego I. W.
W. and its allies in arranging the preliminaries leading up to the flag-
kissing episode was much more commendable than that of certain persons
who had sense enough to keep their
own precious carcasses out of the way
of club and bludgeon during the police
carnival of riot and brutality in this
city last winter.
In' thus being called to account for
the sins of the "People" we feel something like a vicarious sacrifice.
Against this we feel inclined to protest. In clipping trpm Its columns we
were actuated by tho purest of motives. We did so merely to fill up a
six-inch hole in a Clarion column. We
shall take this experience as a warning against clipping from sheets of
feckless and dangerous character.
After this we will confine our clipping
to the War Cry.
When we can no longer refrain from
"mud-slinging" we wlll sling it at the
devil, for what In hell would he care?
By coming down to more recent
times we find ourself In still more
serious trouble. Some serious reflections upon I. W. W. tactics and philosophy, if anarchy or even semi-anarchy
can be said to have either, has called
down upon us what is evidently intended to be scathing criticism from
two keen critics, one on this side and
habit of doing, with eminent satisfaction to all concerned.
If a cause can be injured because
of ai v misrepresentation or sarcastic
attack lt is too weak a thing for anyone to pin his faith to. If any Individual becomes besmirched because
of the mud-slinging of others lt Ib
doubtless due to the affinity existing
between target and substance thrown.
Though would-be critics take on a
hectic flush of Indignation, even upon
the slightest provocation, It will not
particularly alter the final result.
We hope to survive the peck of
troubles that our reckless indifference
to the tender epidermis of critical
persons haa brought upon us.
This office receives a generous
number of communications, disquisitions, treatises, articles and other orthographical contraptions for insertion in the columns of the Western
Clarion. For these creations all and
sundry we are heartily thankful. We
appreciate all efforts, however humble, to Bpread the new economic gospel among the harried slaves who
flounder ln the miasmatic swamps
and bogs of capitalist exploitation.
He who contributes his best towards
spreading the light that will dispel the
fog and gloom and disclose the pathway   to  freedom's   heights  and   her
pleasant vales beyond, Is entitled to
one on the United States side of the the gratitude and respect of every
boundary line. It is somewhat flatter- j slave of the present and freemtin of
fng to our vanity to know that our
modest mutterings have thus become
subject to international criticism, as it
According to our critics we have
vilified the I. W. W.; we have misrepresented "industrial unionism;" we
tireiy oblivious of having overlooked
anything. While the leaving out of
an occasional page of copy does not
in every instance detract from the
value of an article It often leads the
author to feel that his matter has
been unduly blue-pencilled.
Do not write too fine a hand, nor
crowd your lines. Write as plainly
as possible. Make your articles as
{short as possible, with due consideration to a plain and clear statement
of your facts and argument. Keep
your feet on earth by avoiding bombast and big words. Short sentences
and language used ln everyday life
will more readily convey your meaning to readers or listeners than windy
phrase and ponderous jaw-breakers.
Don't be bashful about consulting
a dictionary. There are lots of people
besides wage-plugs that can not even
spell their own names with any absolute assurance of perfect success.
Even the editor of this paper, who is
—the most of his time, at least—next
to Noah Webster, the most eminent
orthographer up to the present time,
is frequently compelled to consult
Webster's Unabridged in order to find
assurance that the worthy old dictionary maker knew how to spell the
most simple words correctly. It is but
fair to acknowledge that, as a rule,
old Noah knew what he was spelling
about. So, irrepressible scribe, get a
Webster's and follow lt ln spelling.
Any errors due to Webster we will
cheerfully correct without charge.
Now, as to your literary style, oh
irrepressible. In some cases it might
be worse and in others it might be
better. With the exercise of a little
more care In the preparation of your
articles you will be able to eliminate
much that is perhaps crude and awkward In your present untrained
method of expressing yourself In writing. Few there are, however well
trained in literary work, who wield
a sufficiently facile pen to enable
them to produce copy for publication,
even upon the most commonplace subjects, without carefully revising their
original copy in order to eliminate
such crudities as may have crept In
and at the moment escaped detection.
Some of you will note that parts of
your articles or contributions have
in some cases been rewritten ln this
office. This ia something we very
much dislike to do. In some cases lt
must be done, or the article consigned
to the waste basket. We fully realize
the difficulties under which the average workingman has labored, even ln
the gathering of the most elementary
schooling. As to education, the only
education (hat is of any real value to
either himself, his fellows or society
as a whole that comes to him comes
only through the school ot experience
—the bitter, hard experience of everyday life in the struggle for existence.
When from that school perchance he
has gleaned facts that he feels would
prove of value to others of his kind if
presented to them, and by reason of
his lack of what the world terms
schooling be finds It difficult and
awkward to adequately present those
facts, it would seem to us to be quite
the proper thing for those who
have acquired that which he lacks to
step In and help give expression to
"lis message. That is why we have at
times endeavored to facilitate bis
work by shaping his matter up, per
haps, a little more presentably.
A word further, scribe irrepressible. If you have any particular screw
in your mentality that Ib loose, please
do not bother us with it. If, for instance, you have an overmastering
grouch against religion, one, as is
often the case, so pronounced  as to
the future. And whether that best be
much or little, Buch of lt as comes by
way of this office is most thankfully
received, and as far as possible will
he applied to the purpose intended.
But oh, irrepressible scribe, give
ear, we pray thee, to our string of
mroiooi   rnnuostfl. nnd   slmnle   withal
to the fraternal societies, the union,
the insurance and some of them to
religious bodies, If they have anything
left by a great deal of coaxing and
persuading they may subscribe for a
Socialist paper or book, and if the importance of some article in the paper
or part of the book is constantly Impressed upon them by some live comrade, they may be Induced to read It,
but to get them to study lt requires
an Immense amount of persuasion.
If, after all the meetings of the other
bodies have been attended, and tbe
duties of all the various committees
have been performed, lt is sometimes
possible to Induce them to attend a
Socialist meeting. If the speaker happens to be one of note, then there Ib
little need of persuasion. They are,
for the time being, active comrades.
They pay anywhere from one to fifty
dollars initiation fees to get into the
unions and fraternal societies, and
then from one to five dollars per month
dues,* besides fines and assessments,
whereas to join the Socialist Party the
Initiation fees are usually nil. Some
places 25 or 50 cents, never more than
one dollar, and dues from 10 to 50
cents per month, usually 25 cents. Assessments are as rare as noted speakers, and never more than 50 cents.
This same element will unhesitatingly state that "the Socialist movement
Is the Only Hope of the Wage-slaves.
That It Is the most important movement on earth; that organization is
the all-Important thing."
'But if you ask to see their membership card then the shuffling begins.
They try to blame It on the secretary
or they Bay the Local has not been
holding regular meetings, etc., but
they pay their dues to these other organizations whether they hold regular
meetings or not. Meetings are only a
part of organization. A Socialist who
is worthy of the name will—unless in
extreme cases of poverty—have a paid-'
up membership card. Such a comrade
will not expect the secretary to persuade, and chase him up, but will find
the secretary either ln person or* by
communication, and will assist him in
every possible way ln performing the
duties of that office. One old comrade
showed me a number of membership
cards with stamps showing dues he
hod paid for a number of years. I
asked why he kept them. He said, "I
wouldn't part with them for anything.
They are about all I have to leave my
children so they will know that their
father fought against his slavery and
for their freedom." If there are only
five Socialists ln a community they
should have a dues-paying organization and hold regular meetings at least
once a month. But anyhow, comrades,
let's have organization of some sort.
If there is no chance for a Local organization apply to headquarters for a
card as members-at large and pay your
dues regularly. Do not stop at that.
Get some party literature and spread
it around aB a means of enlightening
your fellows and enlisting their services likewise in the army of emancipation. C. M. O'BRIEN.
Committee: Notlee-ffhls card is ln-
"vAii" f?r. the, PurPOB"* of getting
YOU" Interested ln the Socialist
movement. SOCIALISTS are always
members of the Party; so If you are
desirous of becoming a member, or
wish to get any Information, write the
l^ffjary, J. D. Houston, 493 Furby
St.. Winnipeg.
Committee, Socialist Party of Canada
SSSft ov.1ry a*****-*"-* and fourth Sun^
days In the Cape Breton offlce of the
Party. Corhmerclal Street, Olace Bay*
ii, an, D*"V, Cocjuane. Secretary, no*
491, Olace Bay, N, s.
"J?****? v**?OOWT*tS», *WO. 69, I T. ot 0
Headquarters, Room 206 Labor Temole*
Dunsmulr Street. Businiss meeting
%£& Friday In the month at f piS
Reading room open every day.    Social.
n„ fla.1d   =Bbor. papers of a» countries
- on ■»<*■•    Secretary, s. Lefeaux.
X'?^t\L rF**7*' ,*■ p- °* O., HOLB
ii?i„ds ed"<*atlo-ml meetings In the
M'nors Union Hall every Bunday at
J'30- Business meeting flrst Monday
In each month, 7:30 p. m. Economic
class every Sunday afternoon at 2™0
H. Wllmer, secretary, Box 380,
LOOAL     COLEMAN,     ALTA.,     NO.     I.
- Miners' Hall and Opera House. Propaganda meetings at 8 p.m. on the flrat
and third Sundays of the month. Business meetings on Thursday evenings
following propaganda meetings at I.
Organizer, T. Steele, Coleman. Alta.;
Secretary, Jas. Olendennlng, Box U,
Coleman, Alta, Visitors may receive
Information any day at Miners' Hall
Secretary, Wm. Graham, Box 63, Coleman, Alta.
P. of C. Headquarters 622 First Bt
Business and propaganda meetings
every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. sharp.
Our reading room ls open to the public free, from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. dally.
Secretary, J. A. S. Smith, 622 First St.;
Organizer, W.  Stephenson.
of C.—Business meeting every Saturday evening at 8 o'clock at the headquarters.  429  Eighth   Ave.   East, between  Third and Fourth streets,
S.  K.  Read, Secretary.
every Sunday, Trades Hall, I p.m.
Business meeting, second Friday, I
P.m. Trades Hall. W. B. Bird, Gen..
Del., Secretary.
The should-be loyal (?) foreign-
speaking residents of Vancouver were
asked to take part in the celebrations
to be indulged in on the arrival to
this prosperous Terminal City .of his
royal nibs, the Dook of Connaught.
The Germans, Italians, Japanese and
Chinese accepted the invitation and
forthwith got busy to decorate the
streets. But our friends the Hindoos,
remembering how they have been
treated in India by the tools of the
British government, also realizing the
treatment they have received at the
hands of the Canadian government,
everlastingly keep that somewhat an-v fatly refused to spend one cent or
dent uncertainty  uppermost in  your .any. time  ln  the  celebration  of  the
arrival of the royal personage and
his flunkeyB. Good boys, we shall
soon have more of your kind.
mind, please do not -nhallstlcally photograph your grouch tor reproduction
In the Clarion > columns. If you can
not refrain from feeding fat your
grudge agnlnst religion, whether holy
Of otherwise, and feel lhat you must
local bomland, no. asnTpToflT
T^n",, ™ M,Ser;2.' H«L' *V"****** Sunday at-
wiii PiV^*    Ei Camp*"-". Organizer.
i-iL"1J?n'r-' Secretary, Box 126.
HniV «h,»Vnch . I?e.eis ln   ^Inlanders'
Hall SuBdays at 7:38 p.m.    A. Sebble
Secretary, Box 54, Rossland, Be
LOOAL MXOUL, B. C, NO. 10, ■ T
ot C, holds propaganda meetings
every Sunday afternoon at *:S0 p m fn
SSSS1!! •?»"' .iA h°"ty invitation ii
!f:S!!de*i to f" ""**■• ■l»v«» within
reach of us  to  attend our meetlnge.
?»ii'Xi**nS'ttAn*!' *i* hel<> the *"t
?nr.«tnlr'1 s,unday« of each month at
lO.'ld am. In the aame hall. Party
organiiers take notice. T. W. Brown
Secretary. '
LOCAL  NELSON,   «.   J*.  ,-  0
every .Friday   evening  at   »   p,m.,   lit
Miners' Hall, Nelson, B. C.   I. A. kut-
tin, Secretary.
LOOAL   BIVBLBTOKB,  B.   O,    NO.    7
B; ?r ."i c: Bualnaai meetings at Socialist headquarters fourth Thursdays
of each month. B. F. Oayman, Secretary.
S. P. of C. Meets flrst and third •ua-
days 4n the month, at 4 p.m., la
Miners' Hall. Secretary, Chas. Peacock, Box 1983
OF O.—Propaganda meetings every
Sunday, 7:30 p. m., in tne Trades Hall
Economic Class everv Sunday, t a.m.
W. McAllister, Secretary, Box 687. A..
Stewart organizer.
S. P. of C.—Headquarters, Labor Temple. Business meeting every Saturday, 8 p.m. Propaganda meeting every
Sunday at 8 o'clock In the Dreamland)
Theatre, Main St. Secretary, J.
O'Brien, Room 12, 630 Main St.
LOCAL SANDON, B. O., NO. 38. S. *. O*
p. Meets every Tuesday at 7:JO p.rh,
ln the Sandon Miners' Unlor Hall
Communications to be addressed
Drawer K, Sandon. B. C.
Headquarters and reading room 576
Yates. St. Business meeting every
Tuesday, 8 p.m. Propaganda meeting every Saturday, 8 p.m., corner of
Yates and Langley
No. 61, meets every Friday night at
8 P.m. in Public Library Room. John
Mclnnis, Secretary; Andrew Allen,
Business meeting every Sunday, 10:30
a.m. Economic Class-held twice each
Thursday, 10:30 a.m. (for afternoon
shift), 8 p.m. (for morning shift). Propaganda meeting every Sunday 3 p.m.
Headquarters. Socialist Hall, opposite
post office. Financial Secretary Thomas Carney, Corresponding Secretary,
Joseph Naylor.
LOOAL  OTTAWA,  NO   8,   S.  T.  Ol*   O.
Open air meetings during summer-
months, corner McKenzie Avenue and
Rldeau Street. Business meetings,
flrst Sunday in month In the Labor
Hall, 219 Bank Street, at 8:00 p.m.
Secretary, Sam Sturgess Horwlth, 1»-
Ivy Avenue N.E., Ottawa.    Phone 877.
TIME—Headquarters ln Rukasln
Block, Commercial St. Open every
evening. Business and propaganda
meeting at headquarters every Thursday at 8 p. m. Alfred Nash, secretary,
Box 168; Harold O, Ross, organizer.
Box 505.
MINNS   NO.   7,    or
and    propa-
Nova     Scotia.—Business
ganda meetings every second Monday
at 7:30 in the S. O.  B. T. Hall back
of Town Hall.    Wil'lam Allen, Secretary, Box 344.
TION of the S. P. of C, Is organized
for the purpose of educating the
Ukrainean workers to the revolutionary principles of this party. The
Ukranlan Federation publish their owa
weekly organ, "Nova Hromada" (New
Society), at 443 Klnistino Ave., Edmonton. Alta. English comrades desiring Information re the Federation,
write to .1. Senuk, Fin. Secretary.
5 Yearlies - - - $3.75
10 1-2 Yearlies - - 4.00
20 Quarterlies -  -   4.00
Socialist Party of Canada
We, the Socialist Party of Canada, in convention assembled, affirm
our allegiance to and support of the principles and programme of the
revolutionary working class.
Labor produces all wealth, and to the producers lt should belong.
The present economic system is based upon capitalist ownership of
the means of production, consequently all the products of labor belong
to the capitalist class. The capitalist Is therefore master; the worker
a slave.
So long as the capitalist class remains in possession of the relm
of government all the powers of the State wlll be used to protect and
defend their property rights in the means ot wealth production and
their control of the product of labor. *
The capitalist system gives to the capitalist an ever-swelling
stream of profits, and to the worker an ever-Increasing measure of
misery and degredation.
The Interest of the working class lies in the direction ot setting
itself free from capitalist exploitation by the abolition of the wage
system, under which ls cloaked the robbery of the working class at the
point of production. To accomplish this necessitates the transformation of capitalist property in the means of wealth production into collective or working-class property.
. The Irrepressible conflict of interests between the capitalist and
the worker 1b rapidly culminating ln a struggle for possession of the
reins of government—the capitalist to hold, the worker to secure lt
by political action.   This ls the class struggle.
Therefore, we call upon all workers to organize under the banner
of the Socialist Party of Canada, with the object of conquering the
public powers for the purpose ot setting up and enforcing the economic
programme of the working class, as follows:
1. The transformation, as rapidly as possible, of capitalist property in the means ot wealth production (natural resources, factories,
mills, railroads, etc.) into the collective property of the working class.
2. The democratic organization and management ot Industry by
the worker*?.
3. The establishment, as speedily as possible, of production-tor
use Instead ot production tor profit
The Socialist Party when in office shall always and everywhere
until the present system is abolished, make the answer to this question its guiding rule of conduct: Will this legislation advance the
Interests of the working class and aid the workers ln their class struggle against capitalism? It lt will, the Socialist Party ls for it; if lt
will not, the Socialist Party ls absolutely opposed to lt.
In accordance with this principle the Socialist Party pledges itself
to conduct all the public affairs placed ln Its hands in such a manner
as to promote the interests of the working class alone.
No workingman can thoroughly understand modern society and not be a
•^ ST JN B.C.
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September 9. 1912.
Present: Comrades KingBley, Karme,
Anderson, Mengel (Chairman), and the
MlnuteB of previous meeting read
and approved.
The following correspondence read
and the Secretary instructed to reply
Prom J. W. Bailey, Nakusp, B. C,
with application for charter signed by
fourteen Comrades of that town. The
application was approved and referred
to Dominion Executive Committee.
From Local Vancouver 45, letter
guaranteeing two dollars a month to
Organizing' Fund.
Frpm Parker Williams re his joining
the S. D. P.    ■
From Comrade O'Brien stating that
he will be pleased to take up organizing work In B. C. from the first of
From Vancouver Lettish Local re
the actions of the D. E. C. was referred to that committee.
The following communication was
received from Parker Williams, M.
L. A.:
"Ladysmith, B. C., Aug. 17,1912.
"W. Watts, Esq., Secretary Executive
Committee S. P. of C:
"Comrade: Yours of the 14th to
hand. Replying to your inquiry as to
reports ln Cotton's Weekly, I beg to
offer the following particulars: On or
■ about November 8, 1911, a quorum, or
one short of a quorum, ot Local Ladysmlth, S. P. of C, met, and without
any previous notice or attempt to notify absent members passed a motion
to witdraw from the §. P. of C. On
this particular night an unusually
heavy snowfall occurred. The writer,
who was Secretary of the Local at the
time, believed himself fortunate that,
as far as he knew, there was no occasion for his journeying the five miles
into town.
"On the 26th of the same month—
the first opportunity—the writer withdrew from the Local, and apparently
shortly afterward the Local 'withdrew'
from existence.
"In February of the present year,
when an election became visible, several Comrades who had not been Identified with the old Local commenced
to canvass the situation, looking to the
formation of a Local, bo that a candidate could be placed ln the field. To
these men I suggested that they take
up the work, and that both I and the
Comrades whom I believed responsible tor the Irregular meeting in November keep distinctly clear of it, my
idea being that, having been defrauded
of my right to a word or vote on the
so-called withdrawal from the S. P. of
C„ I wished to get in on the open
ground with an antl-S. P. of C. friend
and fight it out as to what party the'
new Local should join.
"About three weeks before the date
of the election I was asked to attend
a joint meeting of Finn and new Local, at which I Was, informed that I
had been selected as parliamentary
candidate at a late meeting on the previous evening. Evidently my anti-
S. P. of C. friend had already been at
work, for it seemed to have been decided what the new Local was going
to hitch up to, and It waB Intimated
that I was expected to join it. In reply to this I stated that I had been a
member ot the S. P. of C. from Its Inception and that I intended to continue
so long as there was any S. P. of C.
When lt developed that this did not
upset matters at all I suggested that
it the Local saw no Inconsistency ln
the position, I would, for the purpose
of keeping in touch with the local
Comrades, be glad to become a member of their Local. This seemed to
have been satisfactory, for every member of both Locals did one man's
share in fighting to a successful finish
one of the dirtiest, most unscrupulous
campaigns that B. C. Toryism could
put up.
."In accordance with the foregoing
I applied and was accepted as a member of Ladysmith English Local early
In May.
"Recently the newly formed Executive of the S. D. P., which is located
with Nanalmo as headquarters, has
issued peremptory orders tbat I proceed
to work along lines therein laid down,
their contention being that joining
Ladysmlth Local places me under their
control, but as I do not see lt that
way I am enjoying a faint substitute
for the emotions of a large employer
when he positively refuses to 'recognize' a trades union committee.
"My position, then, as I see it ls
that of being subject to the Executive
Committee of the Socialist party of
Canada, with at the same time the
obligation to fit in with the requirements of two (S.D.E.) Locals at Ladysmlth. The latter are fully competent to direct my valuable antics
throughout Newcastle district. Elsewhere I will either be on my own responsibility or- under the direction of
the Executive of the S. P. of C.
With apologies, yours truly,
It was unanimously decided that as]
Parker Williams Jjas by his own confession, become a; member of another
political party he has by that act cancelled his membership in the S. P. of
C, and the Dominion Executive Committee Is requested to strike his name
from the membership roll, and notify
all Comrades and Locals of such can-
cellatlon^also that Parker Williams be
notified of this.decision.
The Secretary was Instructed to get
everything In shape for the organization work to be carried on In this Province next month.
Financial report as follows:
Balance on hand August 1... $ 92.73
t-ocal Vancouver No. 1, stamps....   5.00
Local Silver Cre,ek,, stamps    2.00
Local Nakusp, stamps    2.00
Local Nakusp, charter and
supplies  !."*..[..:    5.0Q
'   $106.73
Expenditures' '
Postage stamps $   .40
Stamps, charter and supplies.
from D, E. C.    5.75
Secretary's salary for July    7.50
$ 13.65
Balance on hand $ 93.08
Adjourned. W. WATTS,
September 9, 1912.
Present: Comrades Kingsley, Karme,
Anderson, Mengel (Chairman), and
the Secretary.
Minutes of previous meeting read and
Correspondence read from the following:
From Comrade W. K. Bryce re the
forming'of a Local in Demalne, Sask.
Application and instructions forwarded
to the Comrade.
From N. D. Thuckuk; of Canmore,
Alta., re the forming of a Local ln
that district. Instructions sent to the
From Comrades Andrew Manson,
Nelson, B. C.; J. Cuthburtson, Greenwood, B. C; J. Bone, Clayton, B. C,
and H. J. B. Harper, of Hardy Bay, B.
C, for colection cards for Organizing
From Charlie O'Brien re the organizing ln Alberta and British Columbia.
From B. C. P. E. C. re its action in
regard to Parker Williams, requesting
the D. E. C. to have the name of Parker Williams struck from Its membership roll. All Comrades and Locals are
notified to the effect that Parker Williams is no longer a member of the S.
P. of C. His card as a member-at-
large is hereby cancelled.
From Vancouver Lettish Local re
the actions of the D. E. C. in certain
matters. The committee decided that
it took the only action it could possibly take, and the letter was filed.
Application for charter of the S. P.
ot C, signed by fourteen Comrades of
Nakusp, B. C, approved and charter
Financial report as follows:
Balance on hand August 1 $ 28.15
Local Maple Coulee, Sask.,
buttons      3.00
Local Glace Bay, buttons      4.00
Organizing Fund       10.00
Alberta Executive, stamps
and supplies    10.00
Maritime Executive, stamps    10.00
Dues, N. -D. Thuchuk       1.25
Dues, C. C. Wellerman      2.60
Local Montreal, stamps      5.00
Dues, J. Cartwright      1.50
B. C. Executive, stamps and
supplies       5.75
Literature, Etc  49.86
Literature from C. H. Kerr
and S. P. G. B...„. t   7.60
Postage, Express, Etc    12.15
Printing Supplies     20.75
Secretary's Wages      7.50
Clarion Deficit     52.35
Balance on hand $ 30.65
Adjourned.' W. WATTS,
Comrade James Allison, of Nanaimo, sends in one dollar to the Organizing Fund.    Who's another?
The Lettish branch of Local Medicine Hat sends in two dollars to the
Clarion Maintenance Fund.
Comrade J. Powe, of Deloralne,
Manitoba, sends ln one dollar to the
Organizing Fund. Have YOU responded yet?
Comrade J. S„ of Winlpeg, smartens
things up by sending in fifty cents
for the Organizers' Fund. Every little bit helps, you bet.
Local Vancouver 45 (Finnish)
guarantees two dollars a month to^the
Organizing Fund.
Has anybody approached you with
a card for the collection of organizing funds? If not, It's a sign that one
is wanted In your district. Can we
! send you one?
We got a fairly good sub lis_t this
week, but better results can be obtained if a feW more of you would dig
in. What's the matter with getting
some sub cards? We will send you ten
three-month sub cards for two dollars;
ten half-yearlies for four dollars, or
five yearlies for three seventy-five.
You will notice the Clarion deficit
for August in the Dominion Executive
Committee's report. That must not
occur again, because we want some
funds to get out some new literature
with and if the Clarion is going to eat
up all the funds we will never be able
to Increase the finances of the Locals
by the introduction of new pamphlets.
Think It over and act in the same way
as those mentioned below:
H. G. Ross, Glace Bay, N. S 24
A. H. Grewar, St. Catherines, Ont....l3
M. Llghtstone, Montreal, Que 11
W. Atkinson, Victoria, B. C  6
J. K. Mergler, Calgary, Alta  6
L. R. Mclnnls, Sandon,.B. C  3
J. Watson, Winnipeg, Man  3
Job. Naylor, Cumberland, B. C  2
B. Campbell, South Vancouver, B.C... 2
C. M. O'Brien, Organizer  2
J. J. Zender, Edmonton, Alta  2
W. E. Cocks, Reglna, Sask  2
Ed. Fulcher, Brandon, Man  2
Local  Toronto, Ont  2
L. Store, Vancouver, B. C  2
W. Gribble, Washington, TJ.S.A  2
A. R. Meek, Glenwood, B. C; W. Alexander, Barons, Alta.; G. O. Vennes-
land, Granum, Alta.! A. Sather, Hastings Coulee, Alta.; D. A. McLean, Calgary; J. Buchan, Calgary; A. F. Cobb,
Youngstown, Alta.; J. Sexsmlth, Edmonton; M. Wayman, Port Arthur,
Ont; G. I. Warren, Victoria; W. H. K.
Robinson, Wellington, N. Z.; J. C.
Burgess, City; N. F. Byrnell, City;
C. Steen, City.
Local Red Reer, Alta., 10.
J. W., Winnipeg—"Ab sellers of labor
power, they (workers) combine In
trade unions, making an effort to support one another in enhancing the
price of their commodity. But they
struggle against one another. A victory for one is a defeat for another."
Owing to the fact of a surplus of labor
in the market the workers are forced
into competition with each other for
jobs, in spite of their agreements relating to wages. With more workers
than there are jobs some must meet
with defeat in the struggle for employment. The victors get the jobs.
The defeated remain out until their
necessities force them to find Jobs, at
no matter what cost to principle and
pledge. As they succeed by accepting
a lesser wage, or in other ways violating their obligations to the unions,
they become victors in turn, and the
fojmer job-holders meet with defeat.
This is inevitable in an overstocked
labor market, and that ls the chronic
condition of the market throughout the
world today. Can you figure It out
any other way?
'-THE WOflKErtS IN HIS*r*QjR**|.
\ — 	
(10th instalment.)
My aim ln this talk has been to
convince you of one thing: that the
owners have always been the masters
and the enjoyers, that the dispossessed have always been the slaves and
the sufferers.
Once the mass of the workers realize this single fact classes will cease
to be. When they realize that in order
to enjoy, in order to be free from uncertainty, care and^misery, they must
own the tools they work with, they
will own those tools.
They will let nothing stand in their
way. All the master-class taught Ideas
ot right and wrong will lose their effect before the realization of their own
material interests.
As it is impossible to go back to
the Individual ownership of the tool,
the workers will be forced to go on
to social ownership, which Is but one
step ahead. Society has evolved from
individual production to social production, ownership from Individual to
class ownership. The next stage Is social ownership, which we must go on
But the capitalists, efficient instruments in the hands of economic forces
in bringing about class ownership, are
useless to carry lt a step farther. Their
material Interests render them utterly
unfit to be used as agents to bring
about a change now.
They, like earlier ruling classes,
want things to remain as they are,
and things will remain largely as they
are as long as the capitalists are ln
control of the power to make the
rules—laws—of society. The working
class Is the only class which can act
to bring about a better order of society
and to social ownership of the means
of production is the only way to travel.
Fix your minds on that—ownership.
Let nothing deceive you to the effect that anything elBe really matters.
You have but so much energy to use,
Use it in convincing the workers of the
need of the workers' owning. The end
of class rule, will come when enough
of them know this, and with the end
of class rule social strife will cease to
be. But we will not dream of that
time, but realize that classes are now
and while classes are, class war will
be, and make up our minds to fight
energetically on the side ot our class
in that, war, hoping to end the class
war by means ot the class war in our
time, and if not, at least getting the
joy of the fight.
There are many things I have been
unable to speak of concerning the long
period Of history I have dealt with tonight. There are the Crusades, read
them up. Read it all up, and think,
think, think over it.
We Socialists are out to tell you
what we know. Socialism is not a
thing to be believed. People do not
believe in Socialism. They either know
Socialism or they do not know it.
Some may know more and others
less, but lt is a matter of knowledge
and not of belief.
Speaking of the Socialist movement,
we know it is now .stronger than ever
before, and we know it is ever growing stronger; we know the working
class ls ever becoming more class consciously intelligent, we know the So-
H. H. S., Newcastle, N. B— The warrant for publishing the leaflet in question, or any other matter, as official,	
lies in the answer to this query: "Is' ciallst movement ls the only growing
the matter so published, true?" If the movement on earth today, and we
answer be yes, that Is all the warrant > know it will become strong enough to
necessary.   It may be that the subject j do away with the last form of slavery
matter may jar the prejudices and preconceived notions of some reader, but
even so that is additional proof of the
soundness of judgment that prompted
Its official publication.
ln the not far distant future.
The Socialist movement is not the
first movement of rebellious slaves,
though the latest and greatest.
Ages ago slaves of manly spirit re-
Such a magnificent response has been made to our last
offer of 50 cents worth of literature free with each one dollar
sub received that we can no longer continue such prodigality.
We have received about 50 subs in response to that offer. We
are overwhelmed with gratitude in consequence. Thanks.
That offer expires September 16.
Here is another. We are sure it will meet with an equally
hearty response.
To the person sending in to this office, between September
16th and November 1st, 1912, the largest list of yearly subscriptions (or the equivalent in three months and six months
subs), we will give a copy of "Webster's International Dictionary." This is the very latest edition, containing ^2700
pages, and is the most complete dictionary of the English
language extant. The publishers' net price is $12.00. It will
be delivered to the winner, direct from the publishing house
of O and C. Merriam Co., Springfield, Mass., all charges prepaid.
To the person sending in to this office, between September
16th and November 1st, 1912, the second largest list of yearly
subscriptions (or the equivalent in three months and six
months subs.), we will give a complete edition of Capital by
Karl Marx, 3 volumes, charges prepaid.
To the person sending in to this office between September
16th and November 1st, 1912, the third largest list of yearly
subscriptions (or the equivalent in three months and six
months subs.), we will give a bound volume of the Western
Clarion for the year 1910, delivering same to the winner,
charges prepaid.
' We shall immediately proceed to enlarge our business staff
in order to expeditiously handle the increased sub. list that
will undoubtedly result from this offer. From our knowledge
of the zeal with which the average man will push the circulation of" publications that neither belong to himself or his
organization, and his utter indifference to the success of those
that do, we feel justified in anticipating an increase of the
sub. list of the Western Clarion by at least 15 or 20, aa a result
of the above offer. If we are too optimistic we hope to be
excused upon the ground that one optimist is less of a nuisance to tolerate at any time than half a dozen pessimists.
sented slavery and rebelled against it.
Probably there were rebellions of
Which there is no record- in history,
even perhaps against the masters of
slave empires of which there ls left
no trace. We wlll, doubtlessly, never
know who and where ihe first slaves
revolted against their masters, but we
do know that that first revolt brought
the spirit of liberty into existence,
and we do know that it has lived in
the ever recurring struggles made for
freedom by the rebellious slaves right
down the ages.
Though ruling class historians have
endeavored to conceal the facts aB
much as possible, we have records of
numerous slave rebellions, all ot which
in an immediate sense, failed, though
some of them achieved a considerable
measure of temporary success.
The reason for these failures cannot
be gone into fully now, but I will
point out this fact: that all past revolts of the workers have been sectional in Character.
Take the revolts against the master
class of Rome—the slaves would revolt in one part of its empire and the
whole power of the empire would be
concentrated there and eventually put
the revolt down, then in another, and
the process would be repeated.
The same under the feudal system
in cases too numerous to fully mention, but for instance the French Jacquerie, the German serfs, and the English under Wat Tyler and Jack Cade.
Notice all these past revolts were sectional In character; they could not be
anything else in that day, social evolution had not reached that point where
it was possible for the workers ofthe
world to see that they must make common cause, and If they could have seen
this the means of communication were
not good enough In those days for
them to arrange for common action.
But they are now, and we are taking
common action, and the ruling class
is up against the real thing at last—
a world-wide working' class in revolt,
ever adding recruits to its army by educating the workers to their class interests, and in measurable distance ot
complete and final victory.
Though the past revolts I have mentioned failed In their time, they
did not really fail, for they let);
to the slave of the generations
which were to follow, a legacy
of resentment and an example of devotion which has been a growing inspiration to all who have hoped and
are hoping and striving for tbe better
thingB which they and we knew and
know are coming and hope are coming
soon. The master class of today as
in the past are doing their utmost to
remain ln the saddle. They are trying
to smother the ever growing resentment and to destroy the ever growing spirit of liberty, even as former
master classes have done.
Given the power, they would do, as
the masters of the past have done,
they would torture, maim and slay
half the workers to keep the other
half down.
They are doing so today to the limit
of their power, and what they will do
in the future In order to remain the
master class we do not know, but I
want to warn you they wlll have no
scruples against doing anything which
will conserve their InteresU and to advise you to prepare yourselves in
every way.
Biit whatever they do, and whatever
shall come In the interval, we know
that the end Ib sure.
The spirit of liberty Is more widely
spread today than ever before. It will
be more widely spread to-morrow, and
by-and-bye will have inspired enough
to make liberty a fact rather than a
name. They have tried to kill that
spirit In the past and have failed.
They are trying to kill it today and
are falling.
They have tried to drown It In the
blood of its champions, but that blood
has- renewed Its strength.
They have tried to destroy It ln
the fires In which they consumed a
countless number who gave their lives
In Kb service, but It rose, Phoenix-like,
from those funeral pyres on even
stronger wings, and today it Ib Inspiring the workers of all lands to make
common cause, to fight for a common
liberty, and to go forward to a common victory In the end.
"For though they caught their noble
prey within their hangman's sordid
And though their captive waB led forth
beneath their city's rampart wall,
And though the grass grows o'er her
green,  where at   the   morning's
early red,
The    peasant    girl    brings    funeral
wreaths—I tell you still she is not
"Oh, no! the song the tyrants hear Is
not of sorrow or dismay,
Tis triumph aong, victorious song—
the pean ot the future's day;
The   future—distant now no more—
her prophet voice is sounding free,
As it is said a God once spoke: 'I was
I am, and I wlll be free.'"
 .j.,^,,—.,;v,i,,   ..,, . r-
not mean-that we must hate the mem- •
bers of the other class.. yfe.do not
mean class hatred. Tbe capitalist class
and the working class are both victims
of the system; so one is to blame no,
more than the other for the misery
and degradation that is in existence
today. What the Socialist means by
class consciousness is the realizing by
the workers th'at there are two classes
only In society—a working class and
an idle class. One class—-the working
class—produces the wealth of the
world. Another class—the capitalist
class—lives off the products of the
working class und does no useful work
in the production of those products.
Now then, to be class conscious is to,
realize tbat the working class Is the:
only useful and necessary class in society. That the capitalist class as a
class lives off the sweat and blood ot*
the workers and performing no useful!
function in society, are not necessary
for the promotion of the well being of
Despite the great counter-attraction-
in the form of a monster picnic by the
A. F. of L„ and numerous excursions
the Debs meeting proved to be the
greatest demonstration of workers
ever witnessed in this city.
The day opened with a cold drizzling:
rain, which continued almost till noon,,
effectually putting the open-air attractions out of commission, while lt.
cleared long enough to permit of conducting our parade in safety; .and then
a veritable rainstorm broke loose.
The vast Auditorium filled up rapidly, and when Debs was escorted to
the platform to the strains of tne familiar "Marseillaise" seven thousand!
people rose to greet him.
In the course ot a two-hour address-
he flayed the pseudo-Socialist ''bull
con" party to a fine brown, not forgetting Taft and Wilson, finally concluding with an eloquent plea for woman suffrage.
Not the least feature of this meeting-
was the fact that we cleared a matter
of more than $500, which enabled us to
clear our deficit and leave a handsome
balance for the campaign.
Yours in revolt,
Portland, Oregon.
Fin.  Sec. local  Portland..  ,
We Socialists are always speaking
of being class conscious, and also
claim that a working man cannot be
a Socialist unless he is class conscious. By being class conscious we do
The enormous increase of gold pro-
duction in recent years, world-wide as
it is, is one of the most remarkable
phenomena of our times. All ItB significance, however, does not seem to
have been appreciated, it Is just this
increase that haB been responsible for
the so-called rising prices of the last
few years. So vast has been the increase in the production of gold that
it has more than offset even the "labor-
saving" of modern machinery ln the
production of other commodities, and
consequently they have appeared to
rise In value ln comparison with gold.
Even after the panic of 1907 they did
not fall appreciably, owing to the fact
that, under monopolistic production,
the price of most of them closely approximated their exchange values,
which is, after all, In the main the
most profitable price to the capitalist
Previous to 1907 wages also ''rose,"
but their rise was, on the average,
10 per cent, or more, less than tbe rise-
in other prices. So that the worker
was actually worfie off In the matter
of the things the wages would buy.
Since 1907 the Increase ln unemployment has been taken advantage of by
the employers to cut wages heavily,
notably in the cotton and steel industries.
The prices of most commodities
other than labor power are now again
"picking up," and as, under the incentive of the vast profits to be reaped
therefrom, the promised Increase in
the production of gold Is hound to materialize, we may expect to see prices
continue to go soaring.
Wages have followed upward very
slowly In thc past, and in the future
tbey will follow more slowly still; for
unemployment has now become practically a worldwide phenomenon.
There Is not a land under the domain
of capltallstm In which tho voice of
the unemployed is not now heard.
The unsettled and undeveloped regions have been developed practically
to the limit of profitableness, and this
vent through which a superabundance
of unemployed could be ejected has
"become to a great extent clogged up.
So that the worker's sole means of
subsistence, his commodity labor
power, will Inevitably become more
and more a drug upon the market.
The outlook for the worker'ls, therefore, exceedingly black, but the eventual outlook for the capitalist is even
more unpromising. Time after time society has been shaken to its foundations by Industrial crises due to an
overproduction of commodities. But
the 'impending crisis promses to shatter, their edifice completely. Tho
great god Profit Is driving his votaries
to their iloom, to be overwhelmed In a
deluge of gold, a flood from which
there will be no escape but in the Ark
of tho Commonwealth.
Organize, agitate, educate. "PAGE FOUR
The American (i.e. Yankees) are a
■wonderfful lot of people. There are
two, however, who are even more so
*tthan the rest. Those gentlemen are
.^Messrs. Oscar Hammerstein and Joseph Fels. The former an operatic im-
H>resario, the latter a proprietor of a
certain kind of soap, or as others
Knight say, a soap manufacturer, which
8s not true, for its the wage-slaves who
anake it and not the person who takes
(the profit.   More of him later.
Mr. Hammerstein last November,
-opened the London Opera House to
^present opera in the interests of ART.
?It was to be "Art for Art's Sake," so
lhe said. Nevertheless, after two seasons of 20 weeks and 13 weeks, he had
Host over $225,000 on his venture. That
he an owner of the things he had produced ln common with his fellow
The element here in Lancashire is
far more advanced intellectually than
in any of the agricultural countries or
in London. The musical Influence has
a satisfying effect on a wage-slave
and he thinks his lot a happy one at
times. Bnt you speak to him about
opera and his inability to enjoy it
to the full, and see his eyes sparkle
with almost envious delight. He realizes that out of his product and its
sale, does the opportunity present itself for his master to go to London
or Manchester during the season. He
will soon take note and act. To
many that 1 know the opera season
ls the delight of their lives. But
j they cannot go to London. What ls
I wanted  Is  that the    music,    drama,
f3ome of his productions were remark-, ,,   ,
ably realistic ls true, but then, as he|?'*era in a" i,s MI,et!tB Bhould be
said, the Londoner was "operatlcally
•uneducated." On each occasion that I
■visited the opera I could swea? that
mot one Englishman or woman round
me knew a tenth of what the Italian
and Frenchman knew. Besides, the
productions were mainly French and
Italian, and the ponderous German element did not patronize tbe London
"Opera House; they went to Covent
"Garden, where the season is more
•German than anything else. After all
(the production of opera and its success
:in London depends solely upon the
'likes and dislikes of "society." The
Duke of this and the Duchess of that
take boxes because it the THE thing
In the season. All opera in London,
particularly, is produced to suit the
palate (however ignorant and debased
'that may be) of people who do not
.understand what opera is. Let a visitor who has neven been to Covent
"Garden on a "big" night take note of
what happens; let him (or her) see
■when an act is over, what transpires.
JNearly all the "class" (or better, the
parasites and paramours of the exploiter) are excitably engaged in scanning the faces of the rest of the house.
Xorgnettes and opera glasses are fo-
"cused so as to see who and who is not
ipresent. To be brief, the opera house
■tthere in Bow Street is as essential
Ho the lives of its inane supporters as
is the police court opposite. The opera
bouse Alls in an hour or two at nights
■and makes it possible for the Times
and Morning Post to say who was
*here and what they were wearing. If
:a visit is made after to some fashionable restaurant, one can note with
-some joy the similarity that exists
.between this and the famous banquets
-;glven in Rome prior to its downfall.
The blaze and brillance in the opera
bouse is only excelled by the brazen-
ness of its rich frequenters..
Mr. Hammerstein, clever as he was,
■stalled to get that'degenerate element
con his side. The result is that Ham-
-merstein gives up the idea of another
season here. For which thank goodness, for now we will not hear such
whining and bewailing as we had at
the end of last season.
He did not understand that opera
"here has not been a growth and part
■of the life of the people as lt Is in,
-say, Germany and Belgium, or even
iltaly or France.
There, It is part of the artistic life
<of the people. In London lt is still
•different, as different as it is to the
Provinces. Here in Manchester we
are considered.the centre of the musical world in England. If not Manchester  then  certainly  the  "county"
free to be enjoyed by all. The present system however totally destroys
that opportunity which, were the
working class sensible enough, they
would  have.
The question of art on every side
is an economic question. The more
wealthy an individual the greater the
opportunity in partaking of it. The
class who today spend their shillings
and sixpences to see some operatic
production, would be prepared to give
their best to the society or organization that gave them a chance of revelling in it. But the only chance of
realizing the highest pinnacle of art
is by abolishing the basis by which
the workers are prevented attaining
it. That basis Is economic. From it
comes a reflex. Our minds and
thoughts are generated by lt. With
the collapse of the private ownership
In the means of production the workers will come into their own. Operatic
artists will sing because they are
best fitted for it, and not because
Hammerstein or even Neil Forsyth
offer them fabulouB sums of money
for their services. Their services
would be given In return for that permitted them by the rest of workers
in Society. It would put an end then
to the debasing immorality, so frequently associated with the opera
house when a new artist wants a
chance of appearing before the pub-
l'V or when some girl wants a place
In the chorus. The breakdown of
capitalism simply means for those Interested in art, an everlasting opportunity to enjoy and revel In. It to
their heart's content.
But happy though I am In my mind
as to the next stage in society, lt
can only be reached by a constant
plodding and persistent propaganda,
backed up by determination to see
things change in our time. There is
a good time coming but it will come
the sooner, by the rapidly increasing
knowledge and intelligence of the
workers. Given the time and opportunity and profit making in opera, like
in all other undertakings at present,
will be a thing of the past and Hammerstein and company not even a memory.
Comrade C. M. O'Brien is to be at the disposal of this committee for organization work beginning about October- 1st. The
committee wishes to make such arrangements as will best enable
him to thoroughly co-ver the ground and do effective work. Such
arrangements can only be made through assistance rendered by
comrades and friends along such routes as may be determined
upon. In many of the smaller places no Locals of the S. P. of C.
exist. In order to arrange for meetings at such places it is necessary
that the organizer be put in communication with some one who
can render assistance by securing a meeting place, putting up posters
announcing meetings, or in other ways aiding the work.
Each and every one of you who can and will aid in any manner
in carrying out this work is requested to notify the committee by
writing to this office. Once in touch with you the organizer will
notify you when lie will be in your locality and you can render
him valuable assistance in carrying out his work.
If you are interested in seeing I lie work of education and organization pushed forward, let us hear from you. By co-operative
effort much can be done to hasten the coming of Labor's freedom
from capitalist bondage.
Let this committee hear from you.   Let us be up and doing.
S. P. OF C.
WM. WATTS, Secretary.
Labor Temple, Vancouver, B.C.
Just a claw at the end of a great
long arm, reaching out from Wall
street—just an unseen, silent claw,
poisoned, alone, an outcast—that is the
secret service operation.
Wall street, entrenched, removed by
limitless wealth from want, sheltered
from  harm by   massive   volumes of
•ot Lancashire. Take mill towns like laws, values these claws but little.
Oldham, Bolton, Blackburn there has Out through the country, on the rail-
tut to be a preliminary announcement! roads, on the street car lines, In the
to the effect that so and so's opera
-company wlll perform on a certain
-date for one or two weeks, and instantly, the whole "house" will have
been booked up at least a week or
ten days before the time of production. True It is that the visits are
Tare at most about 3 to 4 weeks in
a year, yet the mill workerB do understand music. Nearly every village has
Its own band and its choir. They
tiave been a growth. The desire for
amusement results from an endeavor
to counteract the evils and monotony
■sot factory life. When a man or woman has been In a mill from 6 a.m.
to 5.30 p.m. with short intervals tor
meals is it any wonder they will
flock to hear an opera? There, in a
-nutshell ls the difference between the
•Londoner and the provincial wage-
vslave. The former has not the associations that the factory worker has.
The proof is clear when tested by the
entries for the Crystal Palace (or
-other) challenge cup competition tor
(brass bands. Up to now not a single
Tendon band has been put in the flrst
class. They are all relegated to the
second and third divisions. How long
it will be before any London braas
band wins the cup goodness only
knows, I don't!
In the mills the girls sing and try
to make the best of their hideous
toll. The proprietor of big works
will provide instruments in order to
bave a good band. If he wants
good soloist he'll advertise and give
the applicant a good job ln order to
Iteep him in the band. So it goes;
the very surroundings make for an
Individual doing something out of the
ordinary rut and common proceedings
•of life. Music then has a charm and
belps to elevate the wage-slave, pointing  how  happy  he  could  be,  were
mills and shops and factories, they
place the claws.
In the sweltering heat of summer,
in the bitter cold of winter, in the
dark night, these claws wait. Wall
street never sees them, never wants
to see them, but lt knows they are
Llze masters of the Czar they direct
their movements. At the silent nod
ot general managers they come and go.
Concealing their own identity, hiding
their motives, shadowing, digging,
prying, known by false names, they
perform their tasks. Even-their own
masters see little of them, care little
for them. Valued only according to
their ability to betray their fellowmen, they learn to care nothing for
themselves. Living for the moment
only, they are reckless, without principle, eager for money and superficial
With the first signs of discontent
the claw, vicious, silent, quick, is sent
in, sunk deep and quick into the body
of labor.   It poisons and kills.
Such is the private detective, the
agency operative—just a treacherous
claw at the end of a long, sinewy arm.
—New York Call.
Colonel Mapp, of the Salvation
Army, says "we must get the children
while they're young to be able to do-
any good for them." Yes, Colonel,
but you'll have to get the parentB as
well, because all intelligent people are
wise to the army game.
You have till the 16th of September
to take advantage of the special dollar sub offer, ln which we give titty
cents' worth of books with every dollar sub.
Stay away from the Grand Trunk
Pacific Railway!   Strike on!
The town of Kentvllle is gaily dressed today. Busy hands, under the superintendence of the fat ond fussy
town council, have raised arches, flags
and bunting. Somebody has done something for his country and is to be feted
and honored accordingly. The expectant town is in attendance, the surround lngt country ls pouring in, the
band, the military, conspicuously placed—they know their parts well.
Yonder comes a farmer, under the
arch by the bridge and up the street,
his sorry turnout, his ambling nag and
rattle-trap rig, the jeers from the
crowd, all proclaim these decorations,
these red-lettered W-E-L-C-Q-M-E-S are
not for him. He's a workingman. His
grizzled face, wrinkled like the oak,
seems framed to withstand buffets
rather than to court welcomes. A
quarter of a century of useful toll did
not bring honors and welcome to him,
nor to the sad-faced woman by his
side. She also works. They were not
for the half-witted chhildren In the
back seat. Nothing for these but toil.
Privation, penury, debt for the working farmer and his family, driving
"Old Dobbin" into town. Drive on and
stand aside.
Honors for whom?
It is six o'clock. The whistles blow,
and the dingy mill and factory send
forth their gangs of workers, bone and
sinew of the Bocial body; wealth producers. Ten hours have they labored,
six davs In the week. The necessaries, the comforts and conveniences of
life are du» to these dirty hands and
weary braius; the arches, the town's
gala attire are not for these. They
are workers and must walk to and
from work.   'Pass on.
Yonder on the railway siding stands
the product of the labor of such men
as these, a magnificent train of seven
cars. The powerful locomotive, the
last word in machine production for
speed, comfort and safety by rail. The
life history of the human race can be
read in the evolution of this giant
tool. This panting monster could tell
a tale of lives given up that this might
be; of years of patient investigation
and experiment; of ages of suffering
in mine, mill, factory, on the farm, and
on the sea; the combined efforts of
the world's workers for how many
thousand years? See! The finished
product! The crew In "spotless livery,
the engineer alert, watchful, his countenance expressive of "a charge to
keep I have, a god to glorify." But
the god he glorifies is not the god of
labor, who alone brought this monumental conveyance into existence.
This humble god is personified by
the massed ranks of laboring men and
women gazing in admiration at their
own product. Humbled Indeed are they
whose handiwork, slowly evolved from
ages of heroic self sacrifice, now
flaunts the gilded coat of arms, the
badge of ownership of one who had no
part ln Its production, this insulting
Inscription "THE DUKE OF CON-
This sacrifice, this luxury, comfort,
speed, this glittering welcome, from
working men—who in a land of plenty,
with difficulty keep from their produce
sufficient to feed themselves—for one
weak old man whose idle life cannot
show one day of labor useful to society
of which he is a part; whose work indeed is using the products of labor and
obeying the behests of dominant capital. For this loving service he ls paid
145,000 a year, almost the yearly wage
of the town now assembled to bow and
kow-tow, to feast and honor, this their
servant, in theory.
And now he comeB. The fat, pirate,
captains of finance, the sleek, rotund
henchmen of capltal-*oily politicians
—are bringing their idol through the
garden of Nova Scotia, in motor cars-
it you please—to connect with his
train and receive the homage, the fealty of the town and of their slaves.
This precious band of commerclpl bandits, whose teet must not tread on
common soil, will walk on these carpets made by loving hands, they wlll
mount this raised platform and graciously compliment working men on the
splendid result of their own foolish
ness in denying themselves comfort
that these useless ones may revel in
Come, let's away. We've seen
enough! Old farmer rattle away to
your Bty. Rickety wagons for you, the
ox team for the farm hands. Mill and
factory workers away; leg It as your
savage ancestors did ages ago before
your united efforts brought trains and
motor cars into existence for the use
of men who do no work. But, "O,
mighty Caesar dost thou He so low?
Are all thy conquests, glories, triumphs, spoils, shrunk to this little
measure?" Mighty labor have you toiled for this end? Have you wrought
well? The giant machinery of production, the result of your united industrial force, is it worthy the sacrifice?
Yes! Then, live, Labor, to enjoy them.
Live to unite your political powers,
and the world Is yours, yours and your
children's, now debased, enslaved, laid
low and weakened by mental and bodily starvation.
Live to be honored; live to be free.
Arise, ye Goths, and glut your ire!
"Workers of the world unite; you have
nothing to lose but your chains. You
have a world to gain."
Break your chains-
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Never was the power of labor to
produce wealth so great as now.
Never was it Buch a simple and easy
matter to provide enough food, clothing, shelter and other needful • things
to satisfy the legitimate requirements
of humankind as at present. Never
was poverty, misery and degradation
more widespread throughout the
world than today. Millions of workmen and their families are even now
at the point of starvation, owing to
lack of employment, or an Insufficient
wage when In employment In spite
of all vociferation to the contrary
these conditions are becoming more
acute and unbearable each day.
Though optimistically inclined persons
eagerly scan the social and industrial
horizon for promises of relief, there is'
none in sight. There is ample evi
dence to warrant the prophecy that |
capitalist society is now floundering in
an industrial depression from which
It can never recover, and that the in-
stinct for self-preservation will compel
the human race to purge Itself of capital and Its baneful rule by the most
sweeping and drastic revolution ever
recorded In history.
The entire world Ib now ruled by
capital. The resources of the earth
|and the machinery of production are
held as the property of a small percentage of the entire population.
These owners constitute what is
termed the capitalist class. By this
ownership the capitalists are in complete command of industry, and its
operations can not be carried on without their consent. Being in tomms'id
of the resources of the earth and the
means of converting those resources
into sustenance for human kind, the
capitalists are in a position to command the services of the workers and
appropriate the wealth they bring forth
by their labor. As the workers must
have access to the means of production ln order to live, they must, perforce, submit to such terms as imposed by the owners, the capitalists.
The only alternative ls starvation.
Although the consent of the owners is necessary in order that the
worker may be able to obtain his sustenance, that consent, generally speaking, can not be arbitrarily given or
withheld. It is determined by circumstances over which the capitalists
themselves have no control. If ne^
markets are available, or old ones capable of further expansion, industry
will be carried on at a lively rate and
many workmen will find employment.
When all available markets, have become fully supplied production must
be siackoned. This entails the discharge of.' workers and the conse-
qrent distress that follows in the
wake of unemployment. The capitalists are as powerless to prevent lt as
the workmen themselves.
American and European capital has
spread its tentacles to the uttermost
parts of the earth.   Every land   has
been invaded by the surplus sweated
from the slaves of British, German,
French and t American capitalists.
These great commercial countries
have developed such enormous productive powers that unless a constantly expanding market abroad can
be obtained these powers can not be
used, and industrial stagnation and decay must ensue. The market abroad
has been worked to the limit. The
Oriental races which have hitherto
absorbed a large volume of the plunder wrung from European and American slaves are now rapidly rising to
modern Industrial stature. Instead of
continuing as heavy purchasers of foreign goods, they are now beginning to
pour their wares into the world's markets in competition with the products
of the slaves of Christian lands. In
this struggle between an Oriental cap-
andrnondyeTAOI aoiAOI aoAONIN aN
italism in command of millions of
docile and tireless slaves, accustomed
to frugal living, and an Occidental capitalism wnose slaves have not been
and can not become used to the same
low standard of living, It requires no
prophet to foresee the result. Under
such circumstances the "fittest to survive" will not be Occidental capitalism.
With foreign markets undergoing
curtailment, and in some cases even
threatening to become totally lost, the
situation in Europe and America becomes each day more acute. The
great commercial countries are already plastered ,with capitalist investments at every available point. The
United States alone has a productive
and carrying power which, if used to
anything like Its full extent, could
supply the reasonable needs of half
the population of the globe, and Britain, France and Germany are not far
behind. This huge power of production can not be used in either of these
countries because the products could
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not be so disposed of as to Increase
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forced Into starvation, ln order that
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a It is up to the capitalists and their
henchmen to figure out a solution for
the difficulty. If they do not figure
lt out, and that right speedily, the
working class will be compelled to
do lt in its own behalf.
It Ib a knotty problem, but lt must
be solved. Its solution wlll^wlpe out
the rule of capital and remove its
baneful sway from the pathway ot
civilizing Influences.
As the problem can only be solved
by the abolition ot capital and its
rule, it is evident that the solution
will not be applied by capitalists and
their henchmen. The problem is too
■knotty for that sort of a bunch.
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