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THE PUBLIC FORUM
GAS CO. If you think so much
of preparedness, why don't you pay
your help decent wages.
Your lamp trimmers, who are
mostly all married men, haveto-live
on your twelve measly dollars.
What are they going to do during
June, July and August, when they
will make only $11.
Instead of forcing your men to
march in this preparedness parade
why don't you find out how many of
your men and their families are
The word "preparedness" is a
fraud. If all employers paid their
employes living wages they wouid
need no preparedness, parade and
would not need to force employes to
march. A Friend.
WATCH! When the Socialists
and pacifists warned the working
people weeks ago to beware of a trap
set for them by the great capitalists
to keep them in subjection we were
When we warned the working
class that the bluff about the great
Mexican, German or Japanese inva
sion was a fraud and only a cloak to
cover up an underhanded scheme to
crush the workers in this country
who would demand more pay or the
government ownership of large in
dustries, we were called liars.
Ma Worker, are you in favor of
this preparedness parade? Look out!
Let's see what happened in New
York. While capitalist newspapers
were busily spreading "prepared
ness" and "patriotism" the workers
got confused. They thought about
their dear country (which nine
tenths of them do not own) and how
glorious it would be to defend "old
glory." but they forgot to'watcli
their state legislatures in the mean
time, and here is wha happened:
Three days after the preparedness
parade in N. Y. city Gov. , Whitman ,,
signed five bills. What were these
Every child between 8 and 18 years
of age must go through military
Every man over 18 years is to be
enrolled in either active or reserve
militia and subject to conscription in
case of invasion, insurrection or riot.
Do you get the last two words? That
means a strike!
The governor can draft strikers
into the militia and compel them to
break their own strike! Not only
that, but if a man reTuses to be a
traitor to his union, family or class
he will be subject to the laws of the
United States concerning deserters
Watch Springfield! The same
gang is going to try to put over the.
same kind of gag here.
Mr. Worker, if you don't rise up
and protest against these military
preparations your civil rights will be
destroyed. C. M. D.
PEACE. America is not being in-
vaded, not even being threatened
What is all this talk about prepared
ness? Does it all mean we must be
prepared for an invasion at home?.
Have "capital and labor reached such
a state that her men must be ready
for a revolution at a moment's no-!
Surely there is trouble in the air
America needs no arms unless capital
intends to crush labor. Soldiers are
plucked from the rank and file of the
working class. I hope if they should
be called out to shoot their fellow
workmen they will stack their guns
and refuse to fire. Be just Justice
is loved above all things. By it you
will be strengthened to perceive
things with your own eyes and -not
with the eyes of another.
Justice is God's bounty. Keep is
ever before they sight. Greed must
be abandoned, that you may find
contentment. Deal with one another
in patience. Let the rich learn from
the midnight sighing ot the poor,