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privations; the methods of lives of
those who work.
It goes into strange - places. It is
looking at "flop" houses, not ledgers;
at grading camps and dirt of.beds and
cheap mess tents, not at figures.
Instead of figures, the Industrial
Commission has started to ,paint
few word pictures. An impression
istic thing has just been put together
on that little affair out in California
known as the "hop pickers' riot."
What was that? Why was that?
What does it mean to society? What
is the disease of which that was a
This investigator tells some whole
some truths about that little hop
pickers' affair and the I. W. W.'s
activities in California.
The hop-picking camp in question
contained a,t the time of the trouble
some 3,000 men and women, of whom
only 100 carried I. W. W. cards, while
seven or eight 'hundred were hoboes
quite ready for the doctrines of revo
lution. Says the report:
"At least one-half the campers
were absolutely destitute, and those
who worked were forced to cash in
their checks each evening to feed tent
companions. A great number had ho
blankets and slept on piles of straw
thrown onto the tent floors. One
group of forty-five men, women and
children slept packed closely on a sin
gle pile of straw.
"Wages were paid at the rate of
$1 per 100 pounds of hops picked.
Five or ten cents of this was withheld
to be paid as bonus to those who
stayed out the season. There is some
reason to believe that the owner was
very conscious that conditions on his
ranch made it improbable that many
would stay the season out, and it has
been calculated that forfeitures ac
cruing to him were probably $100
The report describes the arrival of
the sheriff's posse in automobiles,
firing shots into the air and the en
suing riot in which District Attorney
Manwell, Deputy Sheriff Riordan, a
negro Porto Rican and an English
boy were shot and killed and many
"The-question. of what persons
were guilty of the murder seems, in
comparison with the deeper . social
economic responsibility, of insigni
ficant importance," continues this re
port. The remedy proposed by the com
mission was suggested by L W. W.
leaders themselves. "They have
volunteered a cure," says the report.
"It Is to clean up the housing and
wage problem of the seasonal worker.
The shrewdest I. W. W. leader I found
said: .'We can't agitate in the coun
try unless things are rotten enough
to bring the crowd along."'
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A gentlemen a lady meets,
Upon a windy day;
As soon as he's found out theyfre silk,
He looks the other way.
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She I think music is a gift, don't
Prof. No, indeed; it is not! I
charge one dollar an hour for lessons.