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MONDAY, JANI.\RY 20. 1,91 9.
FIGHT OR STARVE.
H"1n1dreds of \~n'ge eaierts re d e~ 'i\ng to1 w it'\ (very week, yet
tlihe streets of this oily are li aclt 'ed every day \\iltli ' \\ei(iholut
•jobs. The city is s\,,arniig with unemployed. More mines
are shutting d. own. inislead o.llf ofle illtIti g t r: m ain nt'e leiing
tforced into the army of the woI,-rkless. an arnly which llas
already reached at least Itie iti) im rk ini this catnp alonie.
Thousands are dril'ti1g as of years gr n ' by II other lielhs.
only to li1d thatl wage earniers a're leav'iing these "'gree0n lields
front aflar'" i f searcllh jobsi tholle.lse iselves. Thlle lationdlal sec
retary o';the A. F. of L.. in his desire I shw h e maister class
:a way out. siys ltal by11 M y I liherte will lie "''Iret l lilies" in
every. large ii a i lstrlial center ini the li itel .Slates. A il what
can this systemt.u leri ? Nolhiig!
\VWe said \weeks ago t.. tli . t ' fielte w l uh l ni Iem i 'iploye
army i .lthis.cutmlry by sluring lait would equal in ,ilnhmers
the w\orst ilays of the iine ployi f en ifl tei'rror io f t el e coititV .
We w'ere inistaketi. We went too fir into (tie year. AlIre.,Ily
the systeiil is iagain fl'cedl with its sphiniix iX ithlle. .\lea.'e ly thell
millions are facinig 'real stiavi'ation.
News fronm I . sltonl i inflo'rnis ius tllli thlere are' f',oo viils iil
that city, anil its only the '20IIh f J'aItnllry. \'What will it he
oni the 20th of Fehrutaryv?
Soldiers are comiing hack it aily. (Co~iiing lback iin tiheir leins
Iof tholsands. The imaslers tniy give the first few' jilos to keep
them quiet, but evei.t ll e wlll lie tol in nice words Hll t
there is it profit in hiring I'ior charity. atid then the soldiers tan
:hilnlt \with the rest.
of thousmls during the war. lThey have proven t heir el'
liciency and have noti beeni ii II' f'actieories andu mills long
etnough to agitate aild organize as their brothers., thlercl'fore
*they are considered beltter imaterial for' ex loitatioiln. rlThe
Scapitalist ('luss \\will not fire lth.n r'ir the returniing tmale wage
earner's. (ireaiter lahdtr saving machinlery lhas oeeni installed
fduring the war' atnd certlainly ait higher or'gantiztitttion anl tech
nliique iin Ipri9od 'IctIii; tJuis .iach'incry will not .e dismantledi
anil neither will the organiizatiion efieieuney be iione away with,
imeating, of course. lthat lthere will lbe less neni wailted a ni
before the \'it- to produce ite so te ti nott t of ititlt dilies in
(Hie shape or aniutier.
(O)ther ciiountries havlie aul he s..atie iiilf x of' w\ . ilte ait l
chihlren, the same machinery. ll, same greater organizalltio,
in iiIndusti'ry, tlher'ef'ore they will .' mn ,rt ' prodl i elivi e with less
The world' market will certainly nut dem, ni Inre IhanI
bef'ore the hloodti'esl, bl,(nuse the pllrchasing pl inr ,01' Hite
\\'iage ell'e's hais ''''decreased, il ' decreait'' sed I''eitletiItiuIsly.
The lne imflty l itd testion beforeIi' thle \'it was ,ione I, i l
will it he just noiw?
The answer given I.y ,x-I'Pesidelll Tnl'l. Ile Iman who so
h oles the holtslhev'ili. 1fi a tuestiol of whal a m ,a .. shatt ll f o wf illh
out 'oodil. shelter or' a j.if, 'was lte satve as they are givivng the
uniemplohyed t.iday. lie ainsw'trdl " ,iod knitwis." ' A. i what
other can lih capitalist .class it' s.,.stlen reply? They hI tve i.
refer you Il heavenly sphlere-. f'or Ihere is n0 breal l'or yon
And lih c'old wiulter is y'et l set iin thl1 alreatIly one' is bl ing
The 'cost l It' living is soariing , til( soaring.
Individuall l coinn dl ilies mtay filuctt ale f o'r f i I'"ew dlays. IlIt
in general upw .rd nti i.nl\ua'ui thi n iecessilies if' life are
they face ,ositive -t.ia valtill.
Surely tli(i fitlure lttiks black flr, the \vorkiig Illass iiiil .ss
they rise It the ( ,lasi ,nI a d Iii i ,t \\ ' i r ,it,' \\'weI .
Anti the master class 'Ire ýellin intut Ilhe sltro ,,it' losilin
side the galie alre lIt s' \\hl w\\ill. Unless they i'e litloroiughily
c.ns.iouS of thlll'ir i l\.t lsiti n,l. hle ernaiine' Illse 1ric', t,, ll'
com mdnin ity lai i,.' , er. A id till,,(, fill the insidc .i 1h - .eirn
speeded u111) l tli tlle ull'(( d.er Imuac inellil' is legi'illllilng t) lti ll' ,
yesterday. Maly w\\ere killedl. The h'rry.-il sys.t..Im iS agaitli
showing its eeth. Wlhut is to le lonei
They t,.l uo .. \,k.ers dllriig the l \al tI w r'k lie days
every w eek or Ihey \vounld ithI m, \\ y .,º1u inl .iail. 'T'hey shrieked1
"WVork or light !' \Anld iiw Ihhey have dlriven yI i.. hll lie
streets so they ,'in get the 1trie I. hey waii .i'r the tiller t lt u
buy your labolr piowet' at I lieir figti.te.
Wlhat are yoi g.i1g' to, tlo ?
Are you going to lay dotwitn iitd let the mtster tlit'ss lkickl you
absolutely to death:? Are yiou gilug to knieel \\liilst yuiir
v'oileii andl children hunuige'?
Workers of Butte. the uilelulllitl lt'uesl(ittlt is nit only iofl'
this camp, it is one facinig the inasters .tid hIe \(trkers all
over the coutry.antld is onLe that 'ates( the w\\rl. 'l'hereol',re
we again wish to drive home Ilhat ita l 'g its Ilithe caplitalist sys
tern lasts this scourge of hlinitgelr llidl want Iann'l t hle so.lvedl.
Before the war there must ha\ve beeni at least L.OlH),I(IlU) i,iut
of work in this coulltry alone. What will it h' ill a ew tutollli s
The great questions are facing you again. Will youa it ast
you did in the past? It is up to you. But we arll youll that if
you tSou'iI. ii-itll r[eeive theinost brutal handling thalt ev\er your
class did inl its history.
L.r.B.C.Th L . ..id. - dutt .. i. ILtll i h lhe ll'. We
Union Stock Holders in the
Butte Daily Bulletin
UNITED MINE WORKERS OF AMERICA-Locals: Sand Coulee
Stocket, Roundup, Lehigh, KIleine
FEDERAL LABOR UNION-L.vingstun.
MACHINISTS' UNION-Great Falls, Butte, Livingston.
MACHINISTS' HEIdPERS' UNION-Great Falls, Butte. /
CEREAL WORKERS-Great Falls. "
TYI'OGRAPHICAL UNION-Butte. . .
BLACKSMITHS' UNION-Butte. ... . I
ELECTRICIANS' UNION-Livingston, Butte. .
BAKERS' JUNION-Great Falls. "
SHOE WORKERS-Great Falls. " ,' Ij,:
PLASTERERS' UNION-Great Falls. '
RAILWAY CAR REPIAIRIR8S-Lvlngston. I
BREWERY WORKERS' UNION--Butte.
HOD CARRIERS' UNION-Livingston and Butte.
STREET CAR MEN'S UNION-Butte.
BARBERS' UNION-Butte. .t
IMETA I MINE WORKERS' UNION (Independent)-Butte.
PRINTING PRESSMEN'S UNION-Butte. - I
MAILERS' UNION-Butte. 7
STEREOTYPERS AND ELECTROTYI'ERS' UNION-RMtte. .f
BRIDGE AND STRUCTURAL IRON WORKERS-BUTTE.
BROT-IEIIRHO()I) IB)Ii blMAKERS AND HELPERS-Butte
STEAM ANI) OPERATING ENGINEERS-Great Falls.
AND TIHOUSANDS OF INDIVIDUALS IN BUTTE AND MONTANA
'Tlle Miulana I;mlllo,\ yelrs' assi~ , iatill Jhails ('silhl lished a bih -
I 'ill ill t ihe ity 'l ' Ilcle ln a l'l' II'iChe `ii iUnllll Jllati nl'l" Ifl' the
ii\ lmaliers. A letter, so thlie prless says. lhas bi een sei nt Io all
the illelliers ill' hle legis..llllre. exetlliniig the "hliCartiest 'elici
Itii is iiiil .) lli('ralllll tli ns"': illl tlaelme'iig th ie abuiitl their
ilil(grIily. w isloi1 il l senllse id, f'ail'lit.ess.'
Slteaikilig 'i I1o te Silver l)\\ ,iirich. \\e catiil asslle the
\lont.ilIiai It'llllytlers " iissuciittittlt Ihat they have al all itl sense
oiI' 'fairne inll t 111 li ller l' electiOlls.
Ili this leller Ihey are told thati "ho state" (which mliealls
hIle A. . M '. CIo.) "looks l'air( e ll willi 'otilll iltlile y" Iloli
tiheir tlitil v iies wit it he ass ralli ce ti ilt t eliy "will I.e I't lll d
flllfillii ti l I t lt lg'et Iby te 1 tl l te(til(' the stj lle s \telt'iare, il tot
( i'n u4111''g',e. I'f. l(ete an1 d l)1p ol('e t ilivid ail cl'lrts alll(llg coIln
liii you get t liha les Mir. \ rllki illn Ili ll ?
lies ld it over agnllii : t "l su e t l. it _ti t , 'sler i i ld protl ct indi
vidual e fti ri along c n il le tive liliitintles.."
aiel it 1im g? I isliilrl lite s, hl? You g( i ll "it li(vidla1llyI
hI sell vltr labor iawetl', a ai.s ii rtIitt.lin it d (ntl blacklist
gs l[lie nlit n iliet) d ) hty t i l )l)ler llciill iie s that haie ,usti
been di n, ii i iay illi " timtlivi[ltial eturit" isy f'ori i ,ng ll iinter
unlilmi l combination Iu maiiiniiii he selling price oif copper.
li ihl it s te lssiblte I ti thet ilito l itn I lili yers' ssl a cithilli t
is ln i he gIri a n tl see thiii soiuei t' lthe legislators flilfill. som e
pledges that were liuale o t "nlopeily in the pulic view"?
.\ll \tae ttIli e.lslitlers i are il ssllied it hetalty. .welcolie itt tle
,llie which is Il.o te at T3 l eill han tk ti tlilirng (dotfl t 'or
gel ithe ltu el ) wlt e l they tuil have heori t" stle
\lnlillila Eliilployers' iissucinti nli in dis("ulssilg,: .utiy in. tsi. 1res
"likely I,) ofTfec t the el' liola ii c liel iliul .st'ridil ll' . h (li i t .
W henever the A lllaiill I' llll)l r"yei rs a.ssn i i can look 'or
\\'iil'l w\ illi ,(- i illlnl eio i y lil)(ml the a t ivi. ies o (' le ofgislative
bI dy it is time Iit' Ihe workers tI look wiish .rilsliiibl.' INoeOl
v llr eye (oll he o nes who l'reqlilu t r lom 37 t[ilion bans:
biiliing and see ho w many i iii (them Ii t as itf they t-roughti the
W 1 \ 'kt''s were ally 1)lll .1 "O li'the stale.'
LIEBKNECHT'S MURDER AND THE WHINER.
W hen\ t he Ille IolHly (,all \\wts rep'o led excutp e d becettuse of hris
'olllt''er re''volltilill'a. elivities. i big wai\\ ll we\\'llt liup ill lthe
.pill sl li'pess. They deplored the de iath o Ih t kild 'ilruler."
llit( ".'; i- ' till i uil," as ille' c'i lled hin. Liig diitf ria]ls wce_,
\irille i n h is li, fe. Iill ii s llm e ll' the lig lilltalist ldailies we
1wer. I'reat ' Ill hilli it it iel('ilre sh il ingi this little dlesll l
lalllilg hliet'itre Itle gu1i is , Ilio e soi.li'e s.
The I~toal \\hiner i til its ( ilusinsl . of t)ouse. werI e l il ll g
gi11g ill their eXiprssi(it;1) it' grief at the loss at lilne of their
IM. The hulheviki vwere give aii extra detlinuniatioi iandi
I ed l ill and bilsledlil ll (11 M nllgel styl;e.
.\Iltl li rl\v ( i' ines il t 'he . l l i illntdel' of ' liill Lie k.i Ilie t allid
liot lliix.'lu iilmlb -. h\\-lli a, dlil't'Oferel e ill Ih 'eir allitido! The
\V-hiiiier t li'liis'es wvilli silence. The i'usiii sltals th1e f its
vi illi ithe tlnie io .4jlo . The mil ilurderers of the I'i 1i ' lhumaity"'s
-'reilest ilatl ioiil(est i ',llere i ll de ( lou lced, n t event mn til'i lloned.
IThere is . reasnil . Tthese s , ouuhli iecees iil' lhe capitalist
.liiss Ietell h, e trle s oil of etlittl. The z(iar \wiis one of theirl
u\vii. the kaiser is 1tl' thle same kith and kini. The despotic
liinniaotl's, the I laishurgs, or the house ot r alohclizollern have
l nioikiig altra.l 14i II ' (r lthese allous legal itlan lerers, atild
\\hen it eillies iLwlvollm the relnt issue they (elilun.l help but showl
ltheir . rii e unllt l llre.
I.ihil;ikte.ll la Llixe untii rg were fit' the veri flow ili Ger
sntlillyV whilo soil up maul fltght against the designt s o the junk
tr . wh il ide t oi' il Iheir W iis ul, lan their ile miil slaughtler.
Thile , lil" nel i.\liw l suffered in outle.h that the g'uti of the ,jlu .k
ertl -it'hullt Itll shoit idown the sons i' the worklic s ill' Amieria.
.\Itl Yetl nil ltil these real lighters ' or idet.n.ilo y get ' routl
thi. Iiltig 'heelts is slecret .ijoy it Ilteir death.
litl ill ss lli tii n iii i er ainty itm y of the big lying instil i
lioiins halive etn I'rced li print the truth ait the dictattion of the
w lhti,'s. (i liim"tii ttland Itlissi i o ire oil twiv t utlitries. W e
will w\viit all01 see.
li Ile li the thinigs lt i ltine nli dtl lby the aildvu iitis lof retutiri
ini iiilenld'i I1) private operalion, is the fail that the coon
nties seemed iler g.'ver.ineut toperaition \\ill be made tilhe
baisis lfor vast issues 1i' watereil stock. Neally- all the stock: olt
whichl Itie g.verntietl glluarateeId (,iilings wh\"tI it look the
irults ov\,er \\tia; water. Shippers will have to pad dividends oil
tie tie\\ w.ittlr unil1 whei wve tially like ilthe ruads over the
\alet will hiive to be paid f'r ili full. Ili ,blurt. there is iu
\aiiv il' ie"ltpili g the i 'paymeni t for (ie sill ' pilltting the inter
ests 1 il liin titiers- aid special privilege btelie that of the
Thile I4 itltral Federaitetd uioii of New YIork ily has declared
I'r Ia liabor liit V. Ther i Chicago Federatiiin i(t Labor has taken
simiiiilar notiion, and the Illinois State Fedorali,'1 oft Labor has
api)l-ovedl the formation of a labor party. iBut little Sammy
Sliinolpers. M. M. Donohue and his followvers ile opposed to anlly
r thing thuit d(loes not meet the approval of the nemploying iiiter
ests. lHecetlyt in New York Gompers declareld he was op
S)osed to tny such movement. So is Johlt Mclito J 1L " A
O. K. STORE'S, 24 EAST PARK STREET,
After all the other stores have had their sales, now comes the O. K. Store with a
clean sweep sale--a true economy sale- a sale worth while attending.
''ThIe whole yeas we sell goo.d, lonedt merIchandise .halier tlhan anIy ,ll1er stor. e in
the c(ity, ud \\l ,('I 1; ii month of Jainuiry atrives we mark (Itt. Inca ' and ilys w,'earig
appiarel lowu er-- so l im that we do Ii l cool. ider thIe 'eosl. 'The (º. K. Store always sells
for less. anl aalways (lid.
1.5 s il ..............---------- -------.................---- 94c $0(.50 lrles., or ork', slln ............... $4.95
$2.5) sweaterl' --l $--------------$1.45 $0.() ldress ior work slhoes, .............. $3.95
75c l ies .......... -- ..---- ......--.- - - .............-2--.-- - c .-$). ) -ess !r, \\-'-vrk shoes $............... 3.45
- . $i..; dretl ss ,- r work shoesi ..'-.- "----$2.95
$2.5)) latl etl shirls--------- $1.39 $i.. buys' high tops. , sizes t2 o 51/4,
$1.00,) heavy work glove 59c ,onl· . -----------------c ......$3.45
$1.)0) heavy ~rk mils - 49c $;3.50 hoys' high lips, sizes : Io 2' $2.95
$1.25 heavy rihliedl cutlýi shirs a N $3.00 hys' hea'vy scho('l l shoes -....... $1.95
dtl wes ...----------------- ----- 94c $3.00 i(hild', s c ( lf'ets- ..i..... ......... .-$2.35
20 heavy coll sx. 2 airs 25c $3.O hil' dress sh es... .............. $2.25
250 pairs of ladies' "Walk-Over $295
Shoes," broken sizes, $6 and $7 values, ..
250 pairs men's high tops in $2.45
broken sizes, on sale for only . . .
Tihese ar, e nll y a I'r of1 the Ial hlain.r . \ s have Ml hand, ,nii seeing is Ieli 'ving-
Collr e iml see 1')ri yu rllsIell'. 1,.,. it lth le 'tae 111'11ll l,(Ilosts ' ior u .
ATTEND THE GIGANTIC CLEAN SWEEP SALE AT THE
O. K. STORE
Established for More Than 4 East Park St. WM. BRINIG,
20 Years. Manager.
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Butte, Mont., Jan. "18, 1919.
Editor Bulletin: I noticed in the
address to the Rotary club by MIr.
McIntosh that this gentleman fears
this community is bordering on a
revolution. He says you can feel it
in the air, and that he does not ap
prove of such a thing, because what
ever wrongs the people are suffering
from, there is relief in our laws and
the ballot box. This last relief is
especially insulting to thinking peo
ple. What relief can be expected
from a ballot box already padded
before the first voter arrives to cast
his vote? Citizens of this commun
ity are being deprived of their right
to ballot year in and year out, and
as soon as the attorney general -f
this state undertakes to restore this
privilege to our outraged commun
ity, the company's press derides his
efforts and tries to belittle him in
the eyes of the people he is trying
to help instead of assisting him to
establish a safe and clean election
in this important part of a great
state. An editor of this same com
pany paper was recently overheard
to say in the presence of a number
of people that things were "put over"
in Butte that would not be tolerated
in any other city on the face of the
globe. He knew what he was talk
ing about, because he does more than
his share of the "putting over" by
placing before his readers every
morning the kind of dope he special
If Mr. McIntosh is ashamed to ad
mit he comes from Butte, when vis
iting other parts of the state, he has
no adtvantag over any other citizen
from the mining city, whether it ibe
as a delegate to a convention of labor
or woman's clubs, and this shamne is
not because they carnnot suippress
the only labor or people's paper inr
Iutte, for this shame ihs existed for
years before the Bulletin was ever
heard of. It is the shame of rotten
politics tolerateld bv itn" .i', -I
jority who feel themselves Lelplest
against a gang ot rottenll 1ill..a
who "put over" whatever they
choose, to the degradation of the
freedom for which our fathers and
our sons have given their very lives
Why does the kept press refrain
from mentioning the fact and explain
how it happens that there was regis
tered from the court house precinct
alone 25 people who gave the court
house as their place of residence, and
several of them voted at the last
election though the court house is
not anyone's legal residence except
ing perhaps the sheriff's family? It
is significant that there is always a
voting place in the rotunda of the
court house which makes it very con
venient for fictitious registrants to
vote there. The judges of election
are not expected to know personally
every voter in a precinct. Why does
the kept press fail to call attention
to the fact that prominent citizens
quoted as voting "irregular," some
holding elective positions, have no
record of their right to citizenship
on file in the court house other than
lost papers: Many women merr,^'i
name and in a precinct other than /
the one they lived in. Whly not men
tion the nlaimes of men dead, as long
ago as 12 years, who "voted" at tile
last Olection; lmen who left Bulltte
seven years ago and have not re- 12
turned; men who were killed in the
mines years ago; the vacant lots; I
the empty houses; nen whose name t
or address could not be found by tile
investigators, instead of deriding the e
attorney general's efforts to clean I
all this up. This is not a republican
investigation-it is demanded by all -
decent citizens of this community as i
the first step in the prevention of
bloodshed to olitain1 the right of at
clean ballot to the end that the peo
p1le decide who to senll to represent i
them in our state legislature that
we might no longer suffer shalme
1when we mention our home town
while visiting other parts of the state.
Why do the people of this com
munity patronize a press that so per
verts the truth daily when if all re
fused to pay subscriptions to it un
less it published the truth, they
would soon get what they want, be
cause newspapers thrive on readers.
If the working people of this co1m
inunity each contributed one dollar
a month .to their own paper, tihe
Bullotin, they would build up a pa
per that could afford to ipublish what
they want-the truth-instead of
trying to get it from the "hMiner."
A BULLETIN BOOSTER.
AS TO THE C'AIRPENTEIRS.
Editor Bulletin: I see that the
patriotic carpenters. I mean the Nip
per bunch, laid down and quit. Did
we expect anything else? Why, that
is the bunch that all last sumnmer
pricked up their ears when the call
would go from the hall to the Sixth
Floor for assistance, then to the hill
constrluction bosses: "Get your men
down to the hall Thursday evenings
The construction bosses went back
at the same pay when they asked for
a .-aise last August. That contract
system would not let them be con
sidered and the same men are now
walking the streets getting paid for
the patriotic stand.
Don't you know that it pays to he
patriotic? Nice, fat jobs for fat peo
ple await somle people. See where
you can find thlem working at thei
big addition on Quartz street.
Don't worry about starting aI new
union. *The dose that a few of us
old hill carpenters got, and are now
gettin, all last summer will be a
reaction in that hall hereafter.
Wait! le'tter times next summer;
the grass will be long and my plredic
tion is we will have the nippers'
jobs. A CARPENTER.
(Special United Press Wire.)
~Berlin, Jan. 20.--National elec
tions in Germllany Sunday were dollli
h nated by womini, who voted and rae
for office for the first time in the his
tory of the country. In practically
I every district, women were ill a grlalt
m1 ajority over the men.
Reports from various sources indl
t cated that Sunday's voting was It
tended by disturbances in seele.,
parts of Germany, particularly in
Leipzig and Dusseldorf.
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(Special United Press Wire.)
Amsterdam, Jan. 20.--The former
chief of the white Russian soviet
government has proclaimed the
SSmolensk and Minsk districts parts
Sof the Russian soviet government.
Saccording to dispatches. Minsk was
Sincluded in the Ukrainian republic.
p Smolensk adjoins the Moscow prov'
e ince on the west.
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With the Editors ]
It is a bit encouraging to note that
of tihe 500 representatives of the
American people in congress, one. ht
least, has had the courage to ask why
the United States is maintanining
armies in active service in Russia.
Senator Hiram Johnson of California
has put this question. He has intro
duced a resolution calling upon the
state department to explain and clar
ify our government's Russian policy,
and requesting the war department
to give the number and disposition of
our troops in Russia, and what opera
tions they are engaged in.
It. is to be hoped that the whole
Russian situation will thus bhe
dragged into the sunlight. Senator
Johnson will meet with determined
opposition. from powerful interests
of international imperialism, which
are planning to divide up Russia and
exploit the fragments for their pri
vate profit. tie will face a bitter war
fare' on the part of the reactionist
Russian emigres the big land holders
and capitalists now gathered in
Washington, and in every European
capital, who seek to re-establish a
crushing tyranny over the Russian
peoplle with the aid of foreign bay
onets. He will be attacked in the
press, the pulpit, the university
stadium. If lie is a weakling, he will
succumb to these attacks, and the
black fog will again envelop Rus
sia. If he is a fighter, and will force
the foreign relations committee to
conduct a thorough investagation,
the American people will, beyond a
doubt, experience a startling reversal
of opinion about Soviet Russia.
There are available no lack of un
biased American witnesses who can
testify that the leaders of the Soviet
government are 'not a handful of
Gcjman-led madmen and fanatical
terrorists. These witnesses, though
they will probably not agree with the
Soviet program, surely will pay trib
ute to its high idealism. Such avail
able witnesses are numerous Amer
ican corroespondents who have lived
in Soviet Russia, and who have no
axes to grind, and the members of
the American Red Cross mission to
Russia. There is, particulraly, Col.
Raymond Robins of the mission, whio
was in closest touch with the Soviet
government for many months. The
late Theodore Roosevelt confirmed
the fact that Colonel Robins thought
the Soviet government worthy of re:
ognition and urged recognition in his
official report. But neither Colonel
Robins nor any of his colleagues, nor
any of the unbiased newspaper corre
spondents, is quoted in our newspa
pers which catch up so eagerly col
umns of drivel from every czarist ad
venturer who come to our shores.
It is high time we had the truth
about Russia. Unless we get the
truth, and the whole truth, very soon,
we lmay find ourselves involved in
an alien adventure which will bring
upon us nothing but dishonor, and
which mliay wnIl turn the coining of
peace into a mockery.-N. Y. Call.
Paris. Jan. 20.-The national con
ference of workers in the chemical
powder mills, recently held in Paris.
went on record against the proposal
raised in many quarters to close the
munition -plints erected by the gov
ernment at great cost, and to sell
them to private companies for- indus
trial purposes. The cOnference
points out that experts have testifitel
that these plants can easily be turned
over into government-owned chem
ical fertilizer plants, or into dye
works, or into establishments for the
manufacture of other articles nowv
imported from foreign countries. It
demands the appointment of a mixed
commission of parliamentarians and
represensatives of the labor utilons
I for immediate investigation ofand