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COME CLEAN, MR. MAYOR.
UUVIJs; UJjAN, Mtn. mIA X UV .
Closer supervision by the city authorities of affairs at fithle city
curb market seems to be greatly needed. As matters at the
market stanud now. while the prices, it is true, are as a getneral
rule cheaper than those charged ill the stores generally, it ap
pears that the institutlion has beenl delivered into the hands of
the bunch of co(tsciclnceless comnlnissionll menl, who. thlrough
their age Ils at the market stalls, are apparently tryinlg in every
way possible to discredit the market.
This morning, it. is reportetd, a framer from Whitehall ar
rived at the market with a quantity of' ipotatoes whiclh he of'
fered to consumers at 10 pounds I'or a quarter, or $2.50 per
sack, delivered anywhere inl town. Immediately, it is stated.
some of thie market men who have a large supply of potatoes
stored in one of the buildings. declared their intention of of
fering their spuds at $2 per hundred ii' the buyers carried them
away, with the announced initen tion of 'breaking that
Since the market is kniown to be overrun with agents of the
commission houses, it is to be assumed that the owners of the
potatoes in question are such agents. And such tactics as they
attempted should not be countenanced foir one minute ill the
people's market. If Mayor Stodden is really as earliest in pro
moting the success of tlhe market as he ould have us believe.
the licenses of the men ill question will be revoked at once and
they forbidden to sell at the market.
The market was established primarily to combat the profi
leering commnission men and their allied big retailers. Because
of the fact that farmers generally had in but little garden crops
this year. of necessity the stalls were thrown open to anyone
who offered to sell produce at reasonable rates. Prices natur
ally dropped and one of the principall aims was accomplished.
But the fact remains that the principal reason for the establish
ment of the market was not to furlnish the commission men
of the city or their agenlts a cihance to sell their stuff without
the ordinary expense of ]nmainlainingll a store, and not to Iem
porarily only reduce living costs, 11ut ill order to furnish a place
where the Ifarmerls themselves--. the prodlucers--coulld come
and deal direct with the consumers, tihus permanently assuring
the people of reasonable prices. And l'or this reason, it' for
noiie other. the farmers must be protected if we expect to have
any of them bring inl their prodece next year.
Charges have already beein made and, it is asserted, can Ibe
substantiated, that aunoig the stutiis being staged by the com
mission maen to break the imarkel is a system of discriminatory
prices. It is stated that the big stores up town--all of whom
are allied iin one way or anollher with ithe .ecomnnission houses
ire enabled to buy their stuinl''f fromn the cuimmission houses at
prices w\hich permit Ihemi to sell slt'i' lo\wer' than tlie smaller
groceries must pay at wholesale. Thiis, of course, is a palpable
attempt to wreck the mnarket.
Oie p)i'rominent profiteer yesterday c.ut the lprice otf bread to
8 cents per loaf'. alter recently telling the public that he could a
not sell it at less than 12 1/ cents per' loaf witllhoullt stadiilil a
loss. The soiame imerchalt, wliho, in his Io si-tioi, uis roodl admiin
istrator dcuing the war, established ai corner il sugau to his
evidenit profit. has been n.oted for hisi prac.lice ofi temp'rarLily
underselling compietitors, only4 to again raise hi s 1rices to exor- I
bitaia t figures al'ter the oplpoSitio n hIi d vanished.
The nrayoI', as well as ihe profliteers, m aiy a \\ell learn no\\
that the city market so far has shown the people that thli exor
lbitant plices they were for'ced to pay ilut to . month or so lago
were unjust adii practicatlly (onstituted ribbery. Anld lie pIeo
ple of the city, the house\wives especially, \\ill brook ii) acts by
either the city officials or the om('llllissio ielinli anid oLther plrot'
iteering baby-robbersl tha will \w'reck their marl'ket.
Incidentally. it iiimay be rlliarked that now since tlie qilestioii
of' thle popularity of a pIublic market has beeni establlished, his
ho10o10 had belte'r cJle 1111 ofI his r'ecetlhi letharg and 11 likie c'
forts to float the bondil issue voted last year for 1ia permlanelint
ipublic market. The c urb market, while ai liake-shift. has conl
(lusively demionstrated the falsity of tlie alllegationis mailde by
mliany, including, of cou'rse, the bably-riobbters, hat the peoplle
of BuJtte wantled ino) chealp prices; tat they would nlot carry
their own purchliases homeii anid that they pIrefe.'rried to olrder
fronm a store over the phone illstead of walking to mIuarket with
Butte walts a perimanent publlic limarket. It voted autlhorli
zation to issue bonds, anid it woull like to see its nalyor' and1
council get busy.
In the meanwhile, too, it would be highly ailvisable for
Mayor Stodden to forget politics and iutioiiality in the matter
of the appointment of a mlarket nmaster arid in tlie adminlistra
tion of the market and place a maniL, )or' a womanii---why not?
-ill charge who will work for the interests of the conlsumlelrs
and not of the profiteers.
Presumably, President Wilson, foiled in his efforts to force
the league of nations coveniiant down the people's throats, has
reverted to the vractice made perfect by our profiteers and
war grafters of howling "pro-German!'" against anyone who
does not agree with him.
The president's declaration that "'pro-Germanism" was
again "raising its head in this country' comes with little coln
THE BUTTE DAILY BULLJSTII
sistency when contrasted with other statements in his same
speeches in which lie assures us that. "Germanismi' is dead,
killed by himself, Clemenceau, Lloyd George, and, presumably,
Wilson's speech-making tour in defense of the internation
al bankers' league of nations, is doomed to failure. Despite
the chief executive's frantic assertions that the league cov
enant will absolutely prevent wars in the future, the people
know better. The day when the public took the statements of
their political Moses as gospel truth has passed. Now, in mat
ters of public moment, the people have the habit of looking
things up for themselves, and in line with that policy, they have
examined the league of nations covenant and see in it, instead
of the universal and permanent panacea for world disturb
anc.es, a powerful emetic which will keep the peoples of the
world perpetually holding their tummies and "enjoying" in
The league of nations plan is what it appears on its face to
any one of average intelligence who takes the trouble to read
carefully its numerous clauses; namely, an offensive and de
fensive alliance of the world's bankers to enfore the collection
of their usurious credits; in other words, an international col
lection agency in which force of arms instead of diplomatic
persuasion will be used to further humble the smaller powers
atnd place them at the mercy of the larger.
Wilson, by the way, is now learning at first hand really what
hIe people of the country think of him and his policies. Instead
of the great throngs which greeted him on former tours, he is
being met by mere handfuls of people, who usually greet him
I with coolness, and display by their acts that it is not interest in
what he may think of the league of nations that brings them
out, but merely curiosity to personally look at the world's most
I discredited ruler.
WVilsoi's lour partakes of the nature of an exalted carnival
trip, with Voodrow himself occupying the pit that in a lesser
aggregation would be occupied by Jo Jo, the Dog-Faced Man.
MARK TWAIN ON WAR. L
(Taken fromi "Tile Mysterious Stranger," written in
1875. This book. which is philosophical rather than
humorous, was not published until after his death.)
"Look at you in war-what mutton you are, and how ridic
"In war? lHow?"
"'There has never been a just one, never an honorable one- a
on the part. of the instigator of the war. I can see a million b
yaurs ahead. and this rule will never change in so many as half h
a dozen instances. The loud little handful--as usual-will ft
shout for the war. The pulpit will-warily and cautiously- -
object---at first; the great, big, dull bulk of the nation will rub U
its sleepy eyes and try to make out why there should be a war; a
and will say. earnestly and indignantly, 'It is unjust and dishon- b
orable, and there is no necessity for it!'
"Then the halndful will shout louder. A few fair men on the a
other side will argue and reason against the war with speech f,
and pen, and at first will have a hearing and be applauded; but t
it will not last long; those others will outshout them, and pres
ently the anti-war audiences will thin out and lose popularity. t'
Before long you will see this curious thing: The speakers t
stonied from the platform, and free speech strangled by hordes °
of furious men who in their secret hearts are still one with
those stoned speakers-as earlier- ---but do not dare to say so. v
And now the whole tnationt-pulpit and all---will take up the t
war cry, and shout itself hoarse, and mob any honest man who u
venutires to open his mouth; and presently such mouths will f
cease to open.
"Next the statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting the blame
upon the nation that is attacked. and every man will be glad of c
those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study f
Ihlem, and refuse to examine any refultation of them; and thuus
he will by and by conviuce himself that the war is just, and
will thatnk God for the tbetter sleep he enjoys after this process
of grot eslque self-deception."
CUTTING B 0TH WAYS.
uticetlntent of the co-operative milk prolducers in the vicin
ity of' Clevelatnd is anothller illustration of thle use of the Sher
mani anti-trust law to fight the people rather than the trusts,
and anothler evidence that co-olperation is not protected in the
United States. The Chicago milk produllcers and the \\'win
Cilties mnilk producers are likewise udler fire for the offense
of creating a selling agency.
r'lThese in(lictiiioets and others like Ilhem have two real pur
poses: The politicians want to keep labor from joining with
the farmers by Iholding Ilie farmer ulp as a profiteer and they
want to discou rage if not crush fanemer co-operation through
Ihe heavy expense of defending these suits. And the suits are
carried on by the state with taxes raised in large part from
Manl who have followed ftarmer organization history \\'ill
recall how the politicians tried to hreak the Equity treasury
in North lakolta with fake suits. Perthaps they can recall many
other illustrations, for the woods of the past are full of them.
Aml labor is no\v getting the samte kind of medicine. The
anti-trust law's and our courts are being used to exhaust their
treasuries. There was the Danbury Hatters' case, for instance,
which Io.k itnot only the treasury but the homes of working
people and which was ackniowledged as a great wrong later by
congriess. Now the John Deere Plow company of Moline, I11.,
(part of the harvester trustl) is suing the machinists' union for
$4,000,000 for conspiracy to unionize its factories, change
hours and working co|nditiolns, as well as breaking contracts
by i|ndividual employes--iin other wo\\rds, the great crime of
organizing. Several otlier corporatio tios are fighting organtized
labor with the same kind of suits.
The politicians make these moves against both classes of
KENNEDY TRUE FOR ONCE.
.Through a typographical error in setting the type fromu a
copy of the speech delivered at tihe Montana Press Association
conivetition at Great Falls last week by the notorious J. M. Ken
ne(tdy. a printer on the Standard unwittingly caused Kennedy
apparently to tell the truth for once.
1t thIe arlicle quotinig the speech as printed in this morn
ing s Standard the copy reads. "I lie in type.' The fact that
the original copy read "a lie in type.' does not change the tfact
1 that the phruse as erroneously set by the printer and printed in
the Standard is the truth.
s League or no league. allother autocral abdicates March' 4.
NOW GIT OR ILL
LO(K YA 80TH
L WI1TH THE EDITORS 1
WOBBLIES PROVED THEY
WERE FINE FIRE FICHTERS
The charge has been made covertly
and openly that the I. W. W. are
burning down the western forests.
The newspapers representing capital
have been insistent that the forest
fires which have raged this summer 1
were due to the destructive activities t
of the membership of the One Big I
It is unreasonable to suppose that t
any sane man or reasonably sane t
body of men would deliberately de- a
stroy their means of making a live-!a
lihood, but that is the charge made t
against the I. W. W.
The Forum is not in any way in- t
formed as to the conditions surround
ing the fire fighting forces during
this summer. During the year 1917
we were in touch with the situation t
to some extent.
During the summer of 1917, the
U. S. forest reserve office sent out
of Spokane over 1,500 members of 1
the I. W. W. to fight forest fires.
The government agencies in this city
were perfectly aware that those men
were I. W. W., but they did not hesi
tate to seek their assistance in sup
pressing these fires.
The records will prove that this
fire fighting force was declared to
be the most efficient and successful
in handling the situation in the his
tory of the northwest, much more so
than has been the case with the fire
fighting crews this season, which will
tend to show the fallacy of the state
ments that the I. W. W. are seeking
to destroy their principal means of
securing employment and eke out an
4 existence in the future as in the past.
It is gradually soaking into they
minds of the big financial controlled a
newspapers that the attempted coer- 1
cion of Russia by international capi- 1
tal is not likely to redound to the
benefit of these same interests. 1
Recently the Pioneer Press of St.
Paul, which is the property of the
Hill interests, unburdened itself of a
I plea for more conciliatory and sane
treatment of the Russian situation.
This newspaper stated that the ef
forts being put forth by France, Brit
aiu, and America to coerce the Rus
sians would result in driving these
people into the arms of Germany, in-I
F dustrially and in a military way.
Now comes the New York World
with the following statement:
'Lord Salisbury's famous remark
that Great Britain backed the wrong
1 horse in the Crimea at once suggests
itself in connection with the reports
that Kolchak's army is in bad straits
and that the whole movement threat
ens to collapse.
"One thing is to be said in praise I
of the allied policy toward Russia.
It has been consistent. No diplo
matic mistake that could have been
e made has been overlooked, and no
p diplomatic blunder has been omitted.
From the beginning of the Russian
revolution the allies have managed
i to work against themselves with an
effectiveness that is almost super
human, and if Kolchak now proves
to be a broken reed the record of
well-meaning failure will remain un
l marred."-Spokane Forum.
IISGTuSTED)- BUSTS SUITCASE.
S Thursday a man hired out at some
Why War With Mcxico?
A War With Our Sister Republic Is Almost Here and America
Do you know:
1. That a meeting was recently
held in the Bankers' club, New York
city, between representatives of the
oil interests in Mexico and a leading
religious organization, to map out
the campaign of spiritual uplift for
our boys in the inevitable war with
2. That a host of translators and
legal experts are at work in New
York city now to figure out a method
by which certain enormous oil and
gas properties may nominally be
held by native dummy-directors to
conform with Mexican law, but the
real control resides in Wall street,
3. That for the last six mhonths
higher officials of the American ar
I employemnt office in Butte for a job 11
with a Milwaukee extra gang. The v
employment office sent him to Cob
den. He arrived at Cobden only to v
find that nio extra gang was there, a
so he started out walking westward, a
carrying a heavy suitcase. He had f
nothing to eat that day except a cup
of coffee for breakfast, and the trip }
on foot proved to be a weary one. J
He arrived with his suitcase in Su
perior late at night, and inquiry re- E
vealed that the extra gang he was
looking for was about 40 miles far- f
ther west. He gave his suitcase a
long contemptuous look, then he sud
denly seized it, and hurled it onto
the railroad track. Not satisfied with
this, he followed up and banged it
against the rail until he busted it,
and then went away, leaving the con- J
tents on the track.
Miss Early, the operator, who saw
the performance, thought the man
was crazy,and phoned the sheriff.
The man was still further disgusted I
when taken to the jail, and refused t
jto eat. Investigation proved him to I
be rational, and his explanation
about the suitcase, namely, that 10
miles was far enough to carry the
blankety-blank, was taken at face
value. Sheriff LaCombe got into
communication with the railroad of
ficials, and a pass was secured for
the man to the place where the ex
tra gang was working.-Mineral
Which nation can exhibit the most i
spoils? Great Britain has not only,
accordingto our Irish friends, recov
ered her lost American colonies,
whose president she has recently
hailed as a "great Englishman," and
whose generals, headed by Sir John
J. Pershing, she has received into an
order of knighthood, but she has also
acquired vast spoils in Africa. She
has dined off the president's fourteen
scraps of paper, having gobbled up
several little would-be self-determin
ates; has, with Mr. Wilson's aid,
- handed a slice of China to Japan, im
posed economic slavery upon her
North Sea rivals, and returned the
freedom of the seas to the limbo of
dreary writers on international law.
She has acquired Arabia and Per
sia, has had the American democracy
a seal the doom of Egyptian self-deter
mination, and has made an economic
mendicant of Italy by giving her coal
only when she sits up and begs. She
has secured about all the objects of
e her secret treaties, enlisted American
credit in the work of redeeming with
the sword her czarist Russian bonds,
d has disarmed Germany while increas
ing her own armaments, and has,
t some good critics frankly say, im
g posed upon the world that hegemony
for which Germany has lusted.
She may even have obtained a
league of nations to maintain her in
her newly expanded colonial empire
secure from secession or rebellion.
e But have we Americans not got some
L. Ispoils, some moral booty from the
- war? One of our official purposes
i in going to war was to ensure the
o freedom of the seas. This laudable
I. object does not get even honorable
n mention in the treaty or in the
d league. Our new treaty here follows
n the fashion set by the treaty of Paris
in 1812 in never mentioning the mat
s ters which had precipitated the war.
)f President Wilson did not evensalve
a- the Americans with a felicitous
phrase. General Haig is right. It is
a grand thing to be an Englishman
these days and read the imperialistic
e balance sheet!-The Nation.
my have been drawing up plans for
a Mexican campaign by the United
States troops? The correspondent
of the "New York Times" in Coblenz.
Germany, asserts that the army of
occupation has been spending the
last six months perfecting- plans for
the war with Mexico. He also states
that it will be a war conducted with
all the latest implements of destruc
tion and carried out on the 1919
model of warfare.
4. That the British government
has already taken over title to the
oil ho'dings of its nationals in Mex
ico, and has thus perfected an im
portant step toward an Anglo-Amer
ican alliance to exploit our sister
5. That the most powerful bank
ing groups in the world, headed by
J. P. Morgan & Co., of New York,
and including British and French
bankers, besides other Amrelcan
firms, have organized -themselves to
protect the "rights of foreign in
vestors in Mexico?
6. That a satisfactory "meeting"
was held between the oil magnatea
and the state department on July 7,
as a result of which Wall street con
fidently expects early action to
"stabilize" Mexico? (See "New
York Times," financial section, for
7. That during the months of
April and May. Mexico City was the
meeting place for trade ambassadors
from all parts of the world? These
included manufacturers, bankers,
and engineers from the United States
and Canada. from Great Britain,
France, Spain, Italy, Holland, Den
mark, Norway, Argentina, from Cen
tral And South America, and from
Japan and China. These men were
seeking orders and opportunities for
r investment and were finding both.
I American chamber of commerce
bodies are placing branches in Mex
1 ico with agents to map out the coun
I try with a view of exploiting her un
limited resources and robbing the
1 Mexican People of their rich heritage.
8. That the "New York Times"
on July 9, declared: "The statement
was made to the New York Times
correspondent by a. person who is
usually well informed that President
r Wilson would soon appear before
congress and make an address on the
Mexican problem, dealing with the
matter along the lines of the McKin
lev message to congress which led to
intervention in Cuba?
9. That "'Restore Law and Or
- der" will be the slogan of our war
with Mexico, just as "Making the
y World Safe for Democracy" was our
1 government's slogan for fighting the
n Germans? Says the "New York
n Times"--"A canvas of the situation
o seems to indicate that American in
e tervention in Mexico; not for the
ni purpose of interfering with the sov
p ereign right of Mexicans to govern
themselves, but to protect the lives
1, and rights of foreigners in Mexico,
and to restore law and order, may be
r only a matter of months, if not
if 10. That Mexican oil stock ad
i. vertisements are now appearing with
alarming regularity on the financial
y pages of New York dailies? Also that
,- engineering firms are advertising
ic their services for surveying Mexican
ie 11. That the "Society for the
If Protection of American Rights in
n Mexico," controlled by the Anaconda
h Copper company, the J. P." Morgan
s, & Co., and other large corporations
s- are looking up the widows and or
p, phans of Mexican border irregulari
1- ties with a view of producing them in
iy Washington as "exhibits" for con
gress? Have you ever heard of the
a Anaconda Copper company, produc
In ing the victims of mining conditions
re in Butte, Mont,,.or the deportation
n. victims of Bisb;e,Ariz., before con
le gress withi a "viewu,to, demanding
ie "Justice" 'for'the'miners?
es Shall Americas youth be sacrificed
ie to satisfy the greed of a combination
le of foreign exploiters?
le Will not American citizenry pro
le test against this brazen plot to stami
vs pede people into as shameful a war
is as was ever planned?
t- . The war can yet be averted if
r. America wakes up!
ve These truths must be spread be
us fore the American people at once.
is Funds are urgently needed for this
in purpose. Send contribution for the
ic educational campaign to the People's
Print, 138 W. 13th Street, New York
0O . . . .--.u
I PEACE! I
Ended is the goalless quest.
The victors and the vanquished rest.
The victims sleep; their crosses stud
The Russian snow and Flanders
Sound by sound, the noises die.
Low hang the clouds o'er earth and
A shudder passes through the pines.
A screech owl from the ivy whines.
Debts to ashes. Dreams to dust.
The curtain falls. The cannon rust.
O'er Eden and o'er Babylon,
The soft white sands creep on and
Nottingham.-Obtaining 8 cents
by "a gross swindle on a fellow
worker" cost two miners $50 apiece
in files in an unusual charge here.
They were- convicted of washing tubs
filled by other workers.