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S 'UESDAY, DECEMBER 30, 1919.
Has your local union contributed to the new workmen's com
pensation fund? If not, take the matter up at your next meet
ing. All contributions should be sent to the Cascade Trades
and Labor Assembly, Great Falls, Mont. See that the petitions
are signed up and sent in as soon as possible.
"ART THOU THE MAN?"
You men who are abusing the power placed in your hands.
let me ask you to look upon a picture which is two-sided: one
perhaps you do not care to see or are willingly blind to, although
you "must" be aware that it is there.
The subjects of the picture which occupy the center are per
haps from the highest court in the land down to the poorly paid
and fawning petty justice of the peace, and according to the
exalted or low position you occupy. you act.
You have now "the power" to place upon the laws any con
struction you may see fit or which may suit the ones to whom
you owe your position: for speaking the truth to the world you
can condemn and send to some penal institution the one who
spoke the truth, for a period of years as may suit you or others
interested, while the men with money who own the daily pa
pers may lie about matters concerning the welfare of the
human family, these may distort and villify the "lower orders"
---the common folks,---may call them whatever names they
lhoose, advocate "direct action"---murder, deportation of the
ones their superiors' mentally and morally, who speak slight
ingly of the chief executive, are guilty of rank anarchy, and
:nolthing is done-----le-s said, and in these instances you do not
uIse the power in your hands against theem; why?
Iii his book the president said: "I do not fear the man or
nmen who speak their minds freely about things that are wrong.
b:ut I do fear the ones who think.' Freedom of speech is a
safety valve: prohibition of it is a menace as time will plrove
if our constitution is worth the paper it was written on., then
that guarantee should be allowed with no other proviso than
that tie speaker should be held accountable for the counse
Y6du men who are guilty of these things, were you conceived
and born. in a "''superior" man ier? Are you of finer clay than
the ,oorest and commonest, meanest, man on earth? The com
iton herd who made this country what it is today, not tile silk
stockinged fraternity with their soft han(ls and softer heads,
the toilers-workers; these are given less consideration than a
mule, for mules cost. money, while workers are plenty and
"cheap"' '--their lives are so considered at least---for to 'the
employer the wage paid the toiler is representative of his value
day after day-not so the mule.
To you the Constitution means ,nothing unless you choose it
to mean what it. says specifically on certain occasions: the next
day it may mean a thing far dil'ferenl; occasions arise when
your opinions are superior to it---- .you set it aside-----it. is obso
lete, and has no a.pplicatiotl whatever to the ma.tter before you
for your judgment,, your finial decision; 'tgreat. is your power,
may you live long.'
Now let us look at the picture; jiust stop and think aln hIiur
how beautiful this world is in spring, sumnmelr--autumt and in
The spring, when she wakens from her, winter sleep; she
touches with her wand the mountain springs and streams; they
sing as they flow down and along- to meet the river while at
length merges into the sea. Violets. crocuses and hyacinths
are.in bloom and the air is heavy with their odor; the trees
burst into leaf, and early robins tell to all that spring is here,
and you feel fresh vigor. gifted \\itht greater and renewed
strength and give thanks for all your blessings.
Then comes the summer with its plethora of fruit and all that
man can wish for; you take your vacation in the mountains
or at the seashore, perhaps you return to the farm where you
c(an rest and enjoy life as when a boy, and you \iounder why you
are so blessed. but give little thought to the past, and make
muany calculations for the future, believing and hoping that,
they will all be fulfilled and greateri joys in store for you. Wt,'lo
Then follow autumn and winter, each adding its quota of
pleasures to you and you arre in a measure happy and as con
tented as-a man can be. You have a beautiful home. luxurious
surroundings, food. the best obtainable, wife who adores you
and children who fondly think of you as a, conscientious Chris
tian thinks of his God.
"Spring will soon be here"-----but will you?
The next picture is not so pleasing, but it, must be looked
at whether you. wish to or not: the bells are solemnly tolling
and a funeral cortege is slowly approaching the portals of the
church. the hearse stops and six men, after the doors of the
hearse are opened. lift out tihe casket and hear it to the door
where the rector meets it and beginning: "I am the Resur
rection and the Life; he that believeth in ime though he be
dead, yet shall hie live, and he that liveth and believeth in inme
shall never die. Man born of woman is of few clays and full of
itrouble: he riseth as the flower in the imornilng, before ,ighli he
is cut down: Lord let me know my end anId tlhe niumber at' my
days"--and lthena---tnlake a ]ook at the cold and inanimate form
in the coffin; who is it? Art thou the man?
, Not great any more. no longemr iowe'rful in the seats amlng
the highty; your lips that launched anathemas against thlose
who. perhaps, saw things in the true light, the lips that con
demned them to prison cells and penitentiary walils will never
condemn anyone again; in your heart and mind which chler
ished hate for the lowly ones who strove for the rights denied
them, there will niever again lurk one wrong thought; you are
just a mass of cold dead matter--nothing now but the shell of
what was on.oia man of power. A greater and mightier power
levoe~1your~t' the :same level as the tramp and beggar who was
friaendls, homeless, those whom you condemned uare now
greater than you-for they still live, andt t~ij o that died there
have just as much of this world as yourself;
Spring. sunmmner, autumn and winter meant nolthing to them;
for them no flower, no scenes of sea nor m ohnt ain--the nar
row confines of their cells and occasional glimpse of the skies I
overhead: no outings, prison cells and iron bars seal their
puntishment for daring to speak the truth; yiou were an exenm
plary Christian, but forgot that -your Chriist said: "'Ye shall
know the truth and the truth shall set you free": yut placed a
ban on truthful speaking and made it a -heinous crime, and
for so duing received the good Will, smiles and, plaudits of the t
nlastePrs whort you served, and so you arc coinailed to your'
lat lreslting place. Nwitll tears and lamrentatigns of the ones who
lbvect you as husband and father.
Bulit those you made suffer. the bnes who felt the weight of
your mlanl-given power Thed ri, fears, there is no sympathy for
your bereaved ones, you are despised and hated, with a hate
that is deep and wide as the sea from pole to pole.
You did nothing for the world, but you served your God and
mnnmmon well; you could have left a nanie that would have
been as enduring as the mountains had you weighed justice
with mercy: you wanted .fame, you wanmted your name to be
recalled as Ia "great patriot"---fearless, in your endeavor to rid
the world of the ones called "undesirable;'' your name, if it be
recalled, is remembered with .curses and imprecations; you
could have well helped spread the gospel of truth, you cruei
fied it, denied it existence, and strange-with all your "power"
----you are dead and powerless, it lives on and has become great
er and stronger through the very means you used to kill it.
These people whom you r.ursed, reviled, damned and con
demned 'you could not sympathize with nior see the light which
was illuming the horizon; like Chr1ist whom you at. least peo
tended to worship and revere, these were agitators. He who
said: "'a false measure and an uneven balance are an abonci
nation unto the Lord"-your scales never balanced evenly.
To them will never be given the power you enjoyed and
abused; not for them will be given the adulation of "monied
omen for services rendered," no seat among the high and
mighty, no funeral with sobbing tones of the organ and a paid
choir of singers, no eulogy by some minister, -----no- --..perhaps
no one but the man who drives their bodies out to Potter's
field be at their poor funeral.
The picture may not suit you, for it is true to Nature; truth
is not very palatable ii some, but. when learned judges and
patriotic "Christians'' condemn and revile agitators and radi
cals as they are termed, stop and think; "if it were not for an
agitator and a radical"--yod would not have a Savior, for it
was on account of his agitation that le was crucified,
You are under obligations to a radical and agitator who
serves as your mediator befor'e your "Father" in ileaven.
A SOLACE F OR SNOBS.
It is a matter of the greatest rejoicing to our American boot
licking snobocracy that Leddy Astor was elected as the first
Lady Empee; and she is an American, too! Or at least, an
American "foreign" agitator in England.
And when thre Leddv Astor east her first vote in parliament
against giving the ballot to the people of India. no doubt our
dollar dukes were filled with admiration for this concrete evi
dence by the widow of a renegade American that the crime of
1776 was regretted.
We didn't have enough of her '-witty" and 'sparkling'' re
partee in the daily cable dispatches giving the complete details
of' the campaign--w--it and sparlde that showed mainly in the
headlines, that had got stale and flat and insipid when they.
appeared in cold print over here. We didn't have enough in
tellectual garbage telling us what a. nice and pretty and demo
cratic lady she is while the campaign was on. We are still get
ting it in the magazines and in the movies.
Blut there are soime things that \we are not told; and others
that we are not reminded of in connection with the noble crea
We are not reminded of the fact that the Astor millions come
from real estate of American tenement districts; that "Lord"
Astor, the elder, bought himself the title of "'nobility'" with
money that was extorted out of the poorest and most oppressed
of America's workers, New York's tenement dwellers; that
he practically bought his son a seat in lthe house of commons.
the Plymouth seat now warmed by Leddy Nancy. the safest
Tory stronghold in all England, a constituency that' has been
hitherto as solid as South Carolina is for the party of Wilson
and Burleson, and in which. hitherto, it has been as impossible
to defeat a. Tory as it would he to elect a republican governor
of Missississippi, It's very "safeness" made it attractive from
the Astor standpoint, making it a seat to be purchased, rather
And the dispatches fail to tell us that in this hitherto iui
pregnable Tory stronghold, the conservative Iprty vote for the
(iracious Leddy aftei* a vigorous campaign. after appeals by
Lloyd George and Admiral Sims, was cut down by 3,000 and
that the vote for the labor party manceandidatedoubled overthat
cast in December, 1918, thus putting that district, in the doubt
t'ul column and good fighting ground for the laborites in f'uture
elections and this in the face of the f'act t.hat Naney's principal
displays of teamper--called "wit'" in Ihi dispatches-- -were
against the laborites.
That is. in December, 1918. the labor party vote (I. L. P.)
was but 5,000 out of 26.000. Eleven months later it was
nearly 10,000 to 14i,000 for the bright and apar'kling Virginia
The snobs of America may have their solace in the results
this time if they can extract any. But there is a socialist serv
unt. girl in London who has been endorsed as a candidate for
parliament on the labor party ticket for' the next elections. Audit
is to be hoped that at the shortly forthcorniig general elections,
thl working woman will meet Lady Astor face to face. and
give tlie world a symbolical demonstration of what -is in store
for "noubility'' everywhere, and monarchy. and oppression. arnd
It would be almost divine retribution!
A college diploma is no evidence of either' culture or ref iue
ment. Our universities and colleges-are rierely huge factories
for turning out indifferently educated parasites and poodle-dog
editors. The presidents and professors. with a few shining
exceptions, are mainly out of touch with modern society and
modern conditions. They are mental second-raters hanging
onto their jobs, through machinations and double-dealing.
Revised version of an old maxim----Those who imbibe the
iononshine must ride with the undertaker.
The Students' Corner
Having completed "Shop Talks on
Economics," We begin a study of
"Evolution-Social and Organic,"
by Arthur M: Lewlis.
Sttidents will find in this work the
explanation for many natural phe
nomena, whose causes have escaped
them. It deals with and explains the
various philosophies; and theories of
existence that have arisen from time
to time and contains much informa
tion not found in the ordinary' text
It shculd be carefully studied ,fr
the reason that a thorough 1tle
standing of evolution is i.edesdai~ fo
a° true knowledge of life and labor
the most impiortant factor in life.)
(Continued from yesterday.)
A REPLY TO HAECKEL.
The revolt against "authority"
has been carried to ridiculous ex
tremes. The Manchester school in
dividualist, Herbert Spencer, and the
metaphysical egoist, Max Stirner,
would alike agree to the reduction
of all authority to the smallest pos
sible residue. The most reckless of
their disciples, having shut out from
their thoughts all communication
with the world of reality, would make
it impossible for six men to pull ef
fectively on a rope because five of
them would be obliged to recognize
the authority of the sixth, when he,
at the proper moment, should call
To thinkers of this order, music
would be impossible. Who could
imagine a radical individualist bow
ing to a waved stick and recognizing
the highly centralized authority of
.the "leader." The music of the logi
cal, authority-repudiating individ
ualist, would be the haphazard beat
ilig of the tom-tom of the East In
dian, and not the highly regulated
strains of a modern orchestra.
This folly is equalled, if not out
done, by those who refuse to recog
nize authority in science and thought.
When a man claims to have a new
and fundamental discovery Sn as
tronomny, and at the same time
speaks slightingly of the researches
of physicists such as Newton, Kant,
and Laplace, it is fairly safe to con
clude that you are listening to a fool
who has nothing to say worthy of a
second thought. Not until one has
trodden every rung of the ladder
which has been previously trodden,
is he able to mount a step higher.
And it is the performance of this
task, wholly, or at least in the first
part, that constitutes the one so do
ing an "authorit~y."
How often does one hear an addle
brained, know-nothing say: "I rec
ognize no authority; I think for my
self." How shall one think with
out ideas? And how is it possible to
obtain ideas apart from the acquisi
tion of knowledge? Aiid where can
knowledge be obtained except from
those who have it?
All "authority" in science and
thought is founded on knowledge of
the subject in question. Socialists
quote Karl Marx as an authority on
political economy, because his writ
ings prove that he knew more about
the production and distribution of
wealth than any man of his century.
Lavoisier is an authority in chemis
try, because he knows more about
the composition of substances than
any three of his contemporaries.
But much confusion has been
wrought, by men of undisputed au
thority in their own field, pronounc
ing positive verdicts in departments
where their opinions had no value.
What a great composer has to say
about the value of a certain note
must be respectfully considered as
being of importance. but, unless he
lhas studied geology, his opinions on
the probable origin or age of the
I Rocky Mountains will have no more
value, and may have less than those
of the policeman on the nearest cor
An excellent example of the con
fusion which may arise in this way.
was given to the world in 1877, at
the congress of naturalists held at
Munich in September of that year.
At that time the naturalists of Eu
rope were divided into two opposing
camps, one accepting and the other
rejecting' the Darwinian theory of
"natural selection." The leaders of
both divisions were Germans, though
a preponderance of the Germans fav
ored Darwin, whilst the French, still
under the influence of, or agreeing
with, Floure'ns, although he had been
dead a decade, were almost unani
The honors of leading the fight
for I)arwinism, at the Munich con
cress, fell to Haeckel, and on the
18th day of September he threw
down the gage in a brilliant address
in which he defended the ideas of
,the great Englishman.. Haeckel also
advocated the teaching of evolution
in the schools. The battle raged
,back and forth between the two ar
mies, until Virchow, the great path
tologist. dropped a bombshell in the
congress by boldly asserting: ,,"Dar
winism leads directly to socialism."
Here biological arguments ceased.
The only thing in order was to clear
the skirts of Darwinism of the ter
rible charge of being socialistic. Of
course this task fell to Haeckel, and
he was loyally assisted by Oscar
Writing in "Ausland" two .ijonthls
later Schmidt-etd'.: "If the sogalists
were prudent they would doh their
utmost to kill by silent neglect, the
theory of descent, for that theory
most emphatically proclaims that the
socialist ideas are impracticable."
Haeckel replied to Virchow at some
length, and as that reply is rather
difficult to obtain. T will give it here
in full as quoted by Ferri, and trans
lated by Robert Rives La Monte:
"As a matter of fact, there is no
scientific doctrine which proclaims
more openly than the theory of de
scent, that the equality of individ
nals, toward which socialism tends.
is an impossibility, that this chimeri
cal equality is in absolute contradic
tion with the necessary and, in fact,
universal inequailty of iqdividuals.
"Socialism- demands for all .citi
zeons equal rights, equal duties, equal
possessions and- equal enjoyments;
the theory of descent establishes, on
the contrary, that the realization of
these hopes is lpurely and simply im
possible; that in human societies, as
in animal societies, neither the
rights, nor the duties, nor the pos
sessions, nor 'the enjoyments of all
the members of a society are or ever
can be egual.
"The;grea law of variation teaches
-both"iii'Thle general theory of evo
l1ftTS'Cfifd"ih thd smaller field of bi
h18'ýi.y *lhere it becomes the theory of
itscent-that the variety of phe
:romena flows from an original un
ity, the diversity of functions from a
nrimitive identity, and the complex
ity of organization from a primordial
rimplicity. The conditions of exist
'nce for all individuals are, from
.their very birth, unequal. There
must also be taken into considera
tion the inherited qualities and the
innate tendencies, which also vary.
more or less widely. In view of all
this, how can the work and the re
ward be equal for all?
"The more highly the social life is
developed, the more important be
comes the great principle of the di
vision of labor, the more requisite it
becomes for the stable existence of
the state as a whole that its members
should distribute among themselves
the multifarious tasks of life, each
performing a single function; and
as the labor which must be per
formed by the individuals, as well as
the expenditure of strength, talent,
money, etc., which it necessitates
differs more and more, it is natural
that the remuneration of this labor
must also vary widely. These are
facts so simple and so obvious that
it seems to me every intelligent and
enlightened statesman ought to be an
advocate of the theory of descent and
the general doctrine of evolution as
the best antidote for the abusrd
equalitarian, utopian notions of the
"And it was Darwinism, the theory
of selection, that Virchow, in his de
nunciation, had in mind, rather than
the mere metamorphic development
the theory of descent, with which it
is always confused! Darwinism is
anything rather than socialistic.
"If one wishes to attribute a po
litical tendency to this English theory
---which is quite permissible--this
tendency can be nothing but aristo
cratic; by no means can it be demo
cratic, still less socialistic.
"The theory of selection teaches
that in the life of mankind, as in that
of plants and animals, it is always
and everywhere a small and privi
leged minority alone which succeeds
in living and developing itself; the
immense majority, on the contrary,
suffer and succumb more or less pre
maturely.. Countless are the seeds
and eggs of every speices of plants
and animals, and the young individ
nals who issue from them. But the
number of those who have the good
fortune to reach fully developed ma
turity and to attain the goal of their
existence is relatively insignificant.
"The cruel and pitiless 'struggle
for existence' which rages everywhere
through animated nature, and which
in the nature of things must rage,
this eternal and inexorable competi
tion between all living beings is an
undeniable fact. Only a small picked
number of the strongest or fittest
is able to come forth victoriously
from this battle of competition. The
great majority of their unfortunate
competitors are inevitably destined
to perish. It is well enough to de
plore this tragic fatality, but one can
not deny or change it. 'Many are
called, but few are chosen!'
"The selection, the 'election' of
these 'elect' is by absolute necessity
bound up with the rejection or de
struction of the vast multitude of
beings whom they survived. And so
another learned Englishman has
called the fundamental principle of
Darwinism 'the survival of the fittest,
the victory of the best.'
(To Be Continued.)
Interviews With the Hoboes
By JIM SEYMOUIR.
LANGUAGES AND TRAVEL.
He had white hair, a white beard,
ten pounds of bedding, a loaf of
bread, a handful of coffee, a copy
of La Prensa and a touch of rheuma
tism. Also, despite his lack of a
touring car, he had brains.
"Where did you get the Spanish
paper?" I asked.
"Bought it," 'he replied. "I've
!beon studying Spanish, and while
Spanish grammar is considerably
mnore useful than English, still it is
not the language of the people.
Neither is the newspaper, for that
matter, but it is nearer to it than
anything else I can get. I figure on
going to Old Mexico and I have found
that nationality doesn't make much
difference after all if I speak the
other fellow's language or he mine.
The study of languages is a great
factor in removing barriers of preju
dice; that and travel are the great
roadrollers. Did you ever notice that
the man who has been away from
home knows more than he did before
he left it?"
I nodded acquiescence.
"That's because he meets types of
people different from any around his
own dugout. .And if he could go
farther: and speak other languages
he would .meet still different types.
And he would be puzzled to learn
that in spite of their many differ
ences they were all alike after all;
all a strange compound of the ape
and something yet to be classified.
It must be admitted that the ape
predominates, but I have hopes. I
think that some day we are going to;
have cheap transportation and good
colleges-colleges hat will teach the
colleges-colleges that will teach the
languages of the ape."
"But would the people make use
of such institutions?"'
"Most of them would be only too
glad to travel if they thought they
could afford it. but to convince them
that they can afford it is quite a
problem. The joke of it is that I,
who never had anything, have af
forded to see practically all of the
United States and quite a bit. of other
(Panned by Jim Seymour.)
Mother Goose' for the Strutting
You good-town bull.
The beggars that come into town;
Pinch the vags that come in rags,
But tip your hat and shove your nose
in the dirt for the good-for
nothing parasitical bums that
come in velvet gowns or im
"Milk frbou organized cows,"
reads an ad I.n the Butte Bulletin.
They told us the damn cattle
would never get together and we
feared it was true. Often it was re
ported that after they had been
bawled out they had united under a
Great Leader, but it was always a
bum steer. But it's straight this,
t.ime; there's no bull in it.
"Nearly 1,000 barrels and 30.000
uases of whisky will go to Germany
at $2 a gallon."-News item.
Who won this war, anyhow?
A signpainter's ad reads, "Haw
1ins paints signs for from two bits
:.o $2,000; mostly two bits."
Art Exhibition By Orville Dobb.
Still Life Study of a Legal Mind
(in Gingerbread Frame).
It has been discovered that chile
)oepper is as good an appetizer as
Dago red. The use of chile by wage
,laves should now be prohibited.
Heaven, for the workers, is a
dlace where capitalist editors are
2ompellcd to tell the truth, but it's
hell for the editors.
Thought is subsersive and revolu
tionary, destructive and terrible
thought is merciless to privilege,/
established institutions, and comfort
able habits.-Bertrand Russell.
Quite true, don't you think?
Get the Hook.
Walk, walk, walk,
Talk, talk, talk,
.Gawk, gawTI, gawk.
Job, job, job,
Rob, rob, rob,
Slave away, little pay,
Slob, slob, slob.
Look, look, look!
Book, book, book!
Open eyes, organize
Hook! Hook! Hook!
Stage, stage, stage,
Rage, rage, rage,
Star a fake, bellyache,
Cage, cage, cage.
Sign on a Jap Restaurant.
"This place will open under new
manager with large seating capacity.
Understands eating and will have
best of every:thing. Will also sefve
dirt cheap. Special places and tender
treatment for ladies. Unsurpassing
coffee. Give us a trial and-be con
Canned shup weak; butter strong.
Beef is somewhat bullish but there
is a sag in sowbelly. Steel remains
fhrm and Y. M. C. A. is not expected
WANTED--Situation driving car for
private family. Can repair same.
--Ad in S. F. Call.
Too loud the voice of commerce
i:. the land.--Ella Wheeler Wilcox.
It always was this way and it al
ways will be. My grandfather used
to--(Grab him quick, fellows, before
he gets violent).
countries. But people fear they will
go hungry if they get too far away
from home, and this fear is greater
in those who dre going hungry right
where they are. It might he well to
,nass a law compelling every person
to move, say an airline distance of
500 miles, at least once in six
months, and forbidding him to re
turn in less than a year. This would
convince him that there are railroads
and telephones outside of his own
county and would also put a damper
on his accumulative instinct. Trav
elers are not much given to storing
"But how would you induce them
to study languages?"
"They could be taught in the pub
lic schools, as now, but not by teach
ers who themselves do not under
stand the languages they pretend to
try to teach. The travel, the neces
sity for making oneself understood,
would do the rest. I don't think we
can exaggerate the importance of
languages and travel as developers of
the mind. To these I attribute the
fact that I, at 70, can accept bolshe
vism or any other program for the
betterment of the race."
I asked him if he expected to get
along well in Mexico. He did. In
spite of conflicting tales in La Prensa
and El IHeraldo, which were very
much like our American newspapers,
he expected to find conditions toler
ably good in Mexico.
"Haven't you noticed," he said,
"that the Mexicans, although a musi
cal people, do not sing much in this
country? Doesn't that look as
though they realized they had made
a mistake in coming here? They
sing there, but they don't sing here
"Solo un rude animral,
sin discurso rational,
canta alegre en la prison.
"But why don't they go back?" I
"Ah. now we return to the trans
portation problem., Well, I'll be
traveling. I got a mileagee-..hsk -n
the State Highway system."
And he bade me salud.