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THE BUTTE WATER COMPANY.
As an example of the beneficent attitude assumed by our
corporations toward lthe public, it may be of iinterest to Bulle
tin readers to know that in tIhe case of the Rutte Water (ein
pany, a corporation which rolls up profits for a group of men
including John I). Ryan, Con F. Kelley and Admiral Eugene
Carroll, to say nothing of two other New York capitalists, that
company is dodging taxes oim more than $5,000,)00, represent
ing a part of the value of the comnpany.
Investigation by the Bulletin has brought to light the fact
that the actual valuation of the Buttte \Vater company, as giv
en by the company itself in its report to the state public serv
ice commission, is $6,089,311.05. As contrasted with this
huge sum, it is of interest to note that, occcording to figures on
file in the office of the county assessor, Ithe assessed valuation
of the Butte Water company for taxation purposes is given as
$2,74 1, 190.
But the company is not even paying taxes on that amouit.
As a matter of fact the amount in which the companiy, which
daily derives a profit from every citizen in l.ltlte and vicinity,
will pay taxes this year is onily $987.i45.
According to the report filed wilh the public service com
mission, which gives lire company's own figures l'ri thle year
ended June 30, 1918, the value of thie plant and property of the
company was given as $5,9217.1(;7.67. The actual cash on
hand was shown to e $.45,8fi(i.5. The value of the material
and supplies on hand was given as $ (101,858.58. while the
value of miscellaneious equipmeen was given as "$1 4.i1 7.85.
That report is undmoibledly fair and really represents the
actual value of' the comºpallly. It. was as high as it is Ibeca se
of the fact that it is on those figures that the clnlmpa ny's rates
to consumers are fixed by tihe public service commission. But
the amount reported to the counly assessor and on which the
company w\'ill pay taxes on. alout 46 per clnt was only $2.7;ri- .
S00. makiing the actual amollllt on wtmhicll the company will pay
iaxes, according Ito the assessor's office. $987. i.45.
Now the poiint of the matter is this: The cenmpalny is conl
\icted onl its own figures tof dodlging taxes onl $5,101,866.05.
Since it is only through taxes that the people of' the city get any
return from thie company, it appears Iuhat the ilutte Water com
painy should he forced i'i' mtoay its just share of taxes. or failing
that. tile colmpanylm's rIles to consumlllllers should he 'It dlown
No one objects to tIhe Ihitte \Water conpalny. or any other
iorporation making a fair profit on the ainmunt invested. [But.
the public will not stalnd f'or a system whereby the Buttoe Water
Sompainy is pernmilted to charge its consumers exi,rhitanlt rates
for service andl then. aim t .op ofl that, dodge taxation o inuore
thaln .$5,a a(-.000 of its a tuatl valuation.
THE FIUME AFFAIR.
The affair of Finmiie is giviig- studentls of worlid politics a
great deal of amusement. The .Adrialic city, it will be rememi
Iered. spr'anig inito ne\wspaper ,'prominence when eiPresident
Wilson staged his little onme-act idrnama over the claims of litaly
to ihat Iport in order,'e. some sa tl, to divert the miinds ,of ipeople
l'ronm tie greater theflts whichl te more powierul iimemb ers oa'
the peace conference were at that imioiielit coInsunnuatiig.
lie that as it may, the incidemnt is typical of the base and sior
did artifices called diplonmae', to rid the world oif vwhic.h so
many lives were sacrificed it, vain ii, for while the dead are no
more, ldiptlomacy flourishes like the green hay tree, has indeed
taken on new life. Or will tihe attempt to smother tile ugly
features of the affair in a welter of' false antd misleading press
dispatches lead anywhere. diplomacy not\witlhstandilng ft'r
while the adventuire is \'written up inl time daily newspapers as "'a
beautiful romance." because. forsoo,,,h. thai q cmprialist-crazed
rhymster Gabriel Il'A1nulmlzin is tlie chief' attraction, the baldl
facts remain and the tactics and purpose of the Finiume affair
are as well uinderstood as they are oldda- vicious.
Fiume 'was forbiddeni the Italian imperialists because peo
ple were beginniiing to wonder what had becomne of self-detler
inination, and also because the Italian dream of' the Adriatic
as an Italian lake was not altlgether pleasantl to the palate ,of
those other friends of oppressed peoples, Britain and France,
because sea ports are i, I he natfure of things, exits and en
trances, for the ebb and flow Iof world trade and should be hield
.The Italiani clhamlliois o1' fl''eedlom and tlemocracy nalturally
tesented this anal, of couirse, finding the accinomplishinmet ,Im
their patriotic aimis inoit iassible to, came at tlhriogh the rec' g
niized chauimiels, took anotlher well-trieid methid. Seemingly
relinquishing their claims at Paris. tlIhey set iii moti)on the ma
chinery of which the preseit situatiotu is the tintlcme, withl
how much assistance from the rest ,ft' tlhe "demnco'atrs"' of' tih
peace table, history w'ill record.
This may seem far-fetched, hut by ill the evidence of' thd
past there is the best of reasons for assuming that such is in
deed the case. The method of attack, the flaccid andl semi
warm surprise of the senior partniers iu thile peace pan't and
above all, the direction of the adl\ventule by that darling of tlh
exploiters, D)'Annunzio, all point tim the inevitable conclusini
that the stale deviltries of the new diplomacy lire here at wo\\-'rk
The pages of history, ancient and recent, teem with similam
cases. Centuries ago, when Red Bess of blessed memory ann
undiscovered morals, ruled England's destiny, the trictk wa
old. lHer ships were plowing the Spanish main raising the vert
SUnion Stock Holders in they
BUTTE DAILY BULLETIA
UNITED MINE WORKERS OF AMERICA-Locals: Sand Coulee,
Stocket, Roundup, Lehigh, Klein, Washoe, Red Lodge, Smith
FEDERAL LABOR UNION-Livingston, Great Falls.
MACHINISTS' UNION-Great Falls, Butte, Livingston, Seattle.
CEREAL WORKERS-Great Falls.
BLACKSMITHS' UNION-Butte, Miles City, Seattle.
ELECTRICIANS' UNION-Livingston, Deer Lodge, Butte, Anaconda,
BAKERS UNION-Great Falls.
SHOE WORKERS-Great Falls.
PLASTERERS' UNION-Great Falls.
RAILWAY CAR REPAIRERS-Livingston, Miles City.
BREWERY WORKERS' UNION-Butte.
HOD CARRIERS' UNION-Butte, Bozeman, Helena, Seattle.
STREET CAR MEN'S UNION-Butte, Portland.
METAL MINE WORKERS' UNION OF AMERICA,
PRINTING PRESSMEN'S UNION-Butte.
STEREOTYPERS AND ELECTROTYPERS' UNION-Butte.
BRIDGE AND STRUCTURAL IRON WORKERS-Butte.
BROTHERHOOD BOILERMAKERS AND HELPERS-Butte, and
STEAM AND OPERATING ENGINEERS-Great Falle.
BUTCHERS' UNION-Great Falls.
SINTERNATIONAL MOLDERS' UNION, LOCAL NO. 276-Butte.
LAUNDRY WORKERS' UNION-Butte, Seattle.
PLUMBERS' UNION-Butte, Seattle.
BROTHERHOOD RAILWAY CAR MEN OF AMERICA, LOCAL NO
TRADES AND LABOR COUNCIL-Miles City.
BROTHERHOOD RAILWAY CAR MEN OF AMERICA, COPPER
LODGE NO. 430-Butte.
BUTTE FOUNDRY WORKERS UNION-Butte.
PAINTERS' UNION-Butte, Seattle.
CARPENTERS' UNION NO. 1335-Seattle.
TAILORS' PROTECTIVE ASSOCIATION-Butte, Portland.
BOILERMAKERS, SHIPBUILDERS AND HELPERS OF AMERICA
--Tocamo, Seattle, Livingston.
INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF BLACKSMITHS AND HELP
ERS. LOCAL NO. 211-Seattle.
WORKERS', SOLDIERS' AND SAILORS' COUNCIL-Painters' Hall.
BTTILDING LABORERS' UNION-Seattle.
INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BRIDGE AND STRUCTURAl
IRON WORKERS AND PILEDRIVERS' LOCAL NO. 86-Seattle
INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MACHINIST HELPERS-Butte
BROTHERHOOD OF RAILWAY TRAINMEN, NO. 580, BUTTE.
CARPENTERS' LOCAL UNION, NO. 1172Billings, Montana.
TEAMSTERS' UNION-Local 135, Billings, Mont.
AND THOUSANDS OF INDIVIDUALS IN BUTTE AND MONTANA
~IW~·*-·-~·Y--I-IHI (W-n-C ·-II-
devil. La.ying ill wailt for whe corpulent caravans of King Philip
bulg)ing with the piirlder of the Indies, the terrible sea-dogs of
Plebblhe ridge aril Clovelly woult dash out upon them like
lo.nrids at a slothfir hear, and many a Don died in the blue
waters i' lthe Azores, or firound a final resling place in Davy
Jones" locker, heard by Noinhra de I)ios, that English trade
mighl suck new life 'fromrr the tree circulating gold, and pearls
,of India deoiralte tile persons of English court ladies.
Arid ll thire while the English government, which was Queen
liess o' the 'T'ilian loicks, vehemenily swore it was none of her
ldoilng,. that these were tile actiorins of pirates who would cer
lintly lie hrorlught to juistice when they retturned home.
The correspondence between Spain and England at that time
is ,mine long comptlaint n thle part ofl' the former aind all equally
long disclaimer from (lie laller. The qliueeni played her part
well, for while shle thuldrlered at her gentlemen and shook the
halngmmanl's rope in their very faces, they' could not but fail to
notlice the wink it was accomlpanied with, and so proceeded on
(heir joyous if piratical way, with easy minds. There was no
venim in the queenly thrceas--for the piracies were success
ful, failure would have meant quite another thing.
onlillg a little nearer home, who does not recall that. hardy
man who sariled one day from the Golden Gate, his piratical
vessel loIalned to the chains with adventurers and munitions of
war' bent uponl the conquest of lower California. He failed
nmiserably. hºlt there were those at Washington, who watched
his progress with keen interest, waiting to support him if suc
cess crowned his efforts and ready to wash their hands of his
iTheln, nagain, in South Aifrica once, a certaiin Dr. Jameisoni
grthere(i Iogelher' a crew of hired men with the intention of
irnaking a suidden raid upon tire then Boer relpublics, ostensibly
in the interests of the suffering (Outlanders, but, as events
suilsequeritly proved, at the biddinrg of the notorious chartered
comlpany and willh the Ibenevolent well wishing, at least, of the
lr'iltish governmentlclite. Janmeisoni failed. lie met up with a main
nmiied Croi je, vwho look him prisoner. hie and all his host-but
Ilad he succeeded, can ther he e ay doubt of the attitude of
owni\'lilng street? Also the recent destruction of the Hullrga
rian soviet republic at the hands tof lumania w-as all against
thIe wishes of the entente, of course, it was; who would be so
unki +l as to suggest that the threats aiunched against the in
\aders were capable of a double interpretation!
And so iin the present case. D'Arr\m.nlzio, filled with wrath
iprobably a.'simed---at what. Ihe considered the injustices dealt
his beloved Italia, seized Fiumne. If he fails, if pressure enough
is broght andrit he is ejected. what tlhe? Tis only the suppres
sion of a few fools led by anrother' t'fo. WVhat government can
ibe Ilelii responsible for the \agaries t' a poet? You know whal
poels ar'e, so, romantic, in practlibhle dreamers, etc. Bllt. if he
succeeIs. if' Fiume remnins IIaliini. then it will be a different.
thing. Losin g I)':An\unzin becomes tile goat and the Italian
noverin.mnclt clears its skirts with tiire virtuosity. Winning, he
heccrin.es a nlational hero, andi the gover'nmuent gains its end. A
stale trick. urn more the result of' naccident, than that men teach
ing economic reftormi were brntally assaulted in these United
States. ever while thIe govern melt was fulminating against
dislorder an.d limob rule.
Forget race. I'Forget color, forget creed-so long as you have
to work for wages it makes little differeelnce whether your' enm
pi.ver is black. white, red. yellow or browny-it makes no dif
ference whether he is Catholici. Protestant, Confucian. Mo
hInruiedarn or Freethinker--ithe tnly line that should divide
ipeople is the line Iheltween the wo\\rking class and tihe capitalist
in hii toir acriss the country, President W\Vilson may learn
soie lithingi of the sentiment of the people in regard to political
lpr'isner's in slite of his efficient corps of private censors.
I. all Ithe negro lynchings that have occurred in this country,
did iyou ever hear of a mob of white capitalists getting out and
hangiing a negro capitalist? 1hry not?
Don't hear anything more about the hero of the spruce camp
• since that investigation began in congress.
-I .. An Early Frost Predicted I
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iý WITH THE EDITORS
LAW AND ORDER.
By CHAS. THEO. WILSON.
The Amierican servile press, bray
ing like an ass about the disregard
for law and order in Mexico, shows
it is more interested in that country
than its own. The constant reports
about bandits' activities in Mexico
will make dunces think Mexico is the
only bandit-infested country in the
world. The population of' Mexico is
hardly 16,000,000, whereas New
York, with 6,000,000, manifests more
disregard for law and order. Auto
bandits hold up paymasters daily.
Silk thieves are busy in broad day
light. Pickpockets are common in
3rowds. Automobiles are stolen for
joyriding. Stock brokeis fleece their
customers out of millions in Liberty
bonds and oil stocks. Banks are
robbed daily during their busiest
hours arid the public is being held up
and robbed by greedy hoarders of
life's necessities. Still the press does
not demand the army be called upon
to put a stop to such glaring disre
gard for law and order. But it insists
that the army be dispatched across
the border to invade Mexico.
The servile press reports on Aug.
21 that near Columbia, Tetin., four
masked bandits held up and robbed
a mail car of the Louiýwvle & Nash
ville passenger train and got away
with about $50,000. On thi same day
the police of Louisville, Ky.; started
a riot themselves by breakiing up a
meeting of striking street car men;
11 companies of Indiana militia had
to be called out to suppress dis6rder
at Hammond, Ind., caused, by an at
tempt to arrest "bolshevist agitat
ors." Then the strike of the Standard
Steel Car Workers (so the press re
ports) became such a terrifying prop
osition that the residents could not
"sleep in security." At Cudahy,
Mich., a battalion of home guards
was depended upon to make the
.Cudahy Packing company strikers
behave. At Olean, N. Y., 40 strike
breakers were lodged in jail for safe
The American food hogs and prof
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iteers in the necessities of life prove
they have very little respect, if any
at all, for capitalist law and order
At Columbus and Cincinnati, O., from
45 to 150 cars fruit and vegetables,
especially of melons, tomatoes and
peaches, were sidetracked for from
11 to 16 days, when the laws of Ohio
allow only 24 hours. They were con
signed to commission men in the
above-named cities, and allowed to
rot and be thrown into river rather
than to be sold at a cheaper rate on
the market. At Trenton, N. J., the
officers of the Barnegat Cold Stor
age Co. were summoned to appear.
before the state board of health to
explain how they happen to have
57,000 pounds of fish in storage for
a year, when the law of New Jersey
demands that they be sold to the
highest bidder after three months in
storage. There are other glaring in
stances of disregard for law and or
der by the upholders of capitalism
too numerous to be mentioned here.
The servile press does not care a
damn about anarchy right here in
New York city. Like all other hire
lings of capitalism, the daily press
is interested only in serving its pluto
cratic masters. The servile press has
long since compromised truth and has
ceased to be the guardian of the lib
erty of the American people. At pros
uet this yelping about law and order
fn Mexico is their way of scheming
to get the mind of the unsuspecting
workers on the bold, bad "greasers"
of Mexico; in fact, to excite the work
ers to.hate them so they will be in
Eugene V. Debs' Daily Message
From NEW YORK CAltL.
"Just so long as the capitalist class
controls the education of the masses
just so long, will they ride on their
backs and despise them as beasts of
burden. It is characteristic of tile
human parasite that he or it detests
the creature whose veins it drains
shape to express a willingness to go
down there and lick 'em until Mexico
is safe for foreign capitalists. to ex
ploit. In this era of enlightenment,
which is a greater age of reason than
the days of Thomas Page, the servile
:)ress' scribblers don't know the
imount of discontent and unrest af
'ecting the working class, and, there
:ore, are due for a rude awakening.
Nowadays, the increasing number of
itrikes indicates the rank and file
'f labor are becoming more intel
ligent, and they are determined that
if they must fight any further, they
will fight on the side of their own
,lass, for their loved ones, their own
'ife, liberty and happiness; in short,
their own existence.
The adherents of capitalism have
convinced us they-are as much an
archistic as those they yelp at. We
get proof of that fact from their at
tempt to crucify Tom Mooney, the
murder of Frank Little, the frame
ups of our fellow workers in differ
ent parts of the country. So far, the
most glaring example of the master
class's disregard for law and order
was the Bisbee, Ariz., deportation,
when, at the point of guns, they
forced 1,500 workers to board cat
tle cars and ordered them to be
dumped into New Mexico. They also
proved that in their estimation the
constitution of the United States was
only a scrap of paper. The kind of
law and order that is in Mexico, as
in soviet Russia, may be right for the
self-determination of the people of
the respective countries, but in the
eyes of the principal advocates, who
profit handsomely from capitalism,
it is just "anarchy."--The Rebel
and whose substance it consumes.
The masses must awaken to the
fact that if they would be free they
must seize upon the means of educa
tion and use them to light up the
dark places in which they grope like
cave men, and march out into the
great free world which. awaits."