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LEWI8T0WN,MONTANA, WEDNESDAY, JUNE IS, 1904.
TheirTicket Composed of People of the Laboring Class, and a Platform that stands for Humanity and Justice to^All, is now Before You for Careful, Candid and Thorough Consideration.-Workmen of the World Unite!
ForPresidential Klectors^^\V. N. Holden, of Silver How.^J. F. Maybe, of Park.^Joseph Hoar, of Silver How.
(leorgeO'Mally of Silver How.
John\V. Frinke, of Deer Lodge.
J.H. Walsh, of Fergus.
ForChief Justice of Supreme Court^C. M. l'arr, of Silver bow.
ForClerk of Supreme Court^^John Peters, of Carbon.
ForSecretary of State^^H. Lynch, of Fergus.
KrikOlson, of Cascade.
W.C. Phelps, of Lewis ^ Clarke.
K.O. Jackson, of Silver How.
ForState Superintendent of Public^Instruction^^Mrs. R. Anna Herman, of Silver
\\.H. Pierce State Secretary of^the Socialist Party of Hutte, Mon^^tana, i ailed the State Socialist con^^vention to order at 1 p. m., June^6th, 1904 at C. A. R., Hall, Hel^^ena, and then read the call as^previously published anil distribut^ed through the state.
First-Was nominations in order^for Chairman, (I. H. Sproule of^Helena placed N. F. l-evengood of^Anaconda in nomination; Frik Ol-^m of (I real Falls nominated W. A.^Doyle; Doyle withdrew in favor of^Levengood |
C.C. Mcllugh of Anaconda^placed W. A. Doyle in nomination^for secretary.
Committeeon credentials was^then elected as follows: W. H.^Pierce, Dr. J. ( abler of llutte; Win.^Dick of Red Podge, Frik Olson of^(Ireat Falls, 0, W. Strieb moved to^take -'o minutes recess. Carried.
)n recon veiling the committee on^credentials reported 36 delegates^present as follows:
Hamilton P. I It \ an.
HelenaJ. W. Rose, (ieorge H.^Sproule.
Clancy f, W. Streib, John brack
Chico J. F. Mav be.
Hutte(Ieorge Ambrose, Henry^Schmidt, L A. Van Horn, C. M.^l'arr, Thomas A. Mickey, Dr. ( aid^er, Mrs. W. H. Pierce, W. II.^Pierce, W. N. Iloblen. Mrs. R.^Anna (lermati, K. O. Jackson,^las New man. Mis. I . ^ ^ Ja^ kson.
CanyonFerry Mrs. Kuth Scur-^lock.
CliltF.dge Robert Hendry.^M issoula T. 1). ( aullielel.^H 0 I e 111 a 11 11. Topel, C. A.^Weiss.
Lewistown J. II. Walsh, H.
C.reatFalls W. A. Dovle, Krik^( H hi
Anaconda C^ C Mcllugh, Hai^ry A. Denny, N. F.. Levengood, J.
Stockett M. V. Purcell.
RedLodge W. F. Dick, Alex^Fairgrieves.
LivingstonClarence bishop, J.^D. C.rahain.
(I.H. Sproule, moved report of^the committee be accepted and the^committee be discharged. Mcllinjh^of Anaconda moved to amend that^the committee be not discharged
owingto the fact that other dele^gates to the convention might ar^^rive later. Carried.
T.A. Hickey of Hutte moved^that a committee on rules and order^be elected: the following were elect^^ed: H. Lynch of Lewistown, 1. D.^Caulfield of Missoula, W. N. Hoi^den of Hutte. Adjourned at ft.tl^for one hour. Chairman I.even^^good announced at 3. 15 that owing^to the fact that the committee was^not ready to report, the convention^would be entertained by a song^sung by Comrade Jas. Newman, en^titled the ^Rattle Cry.
At3.25 the committee on rules^and order of business were ready to^report the same lieing read by^Henry Lynch, Secretary of the com^^mittee.
Thereport of the committee was^fairly riddled by objections on cer^^tain points bv a number of dele^^gates, the opposition to the report^being led by T. A. Hickey, who^said in part as follows: ^I object^must strenuously to that part of the^report, which savs, that the conven^^tions shall not deal with the politi^^cal side of the movement. We have^i seen in Illinois, the largest state^convention ever seen by our partv.^at which 130 delegates were present^and were divided between the pro^grainists and the impossibilists and^there for two days the convention^voted upon important epiestions.^regardless of the amount of time-^consumed. I also object to that^part of the resolution that we shall^speak for five minutes. It is ctisto^man in other conventions, that the^speaker can continue, if the other^delegates concede their time to him.^but however that is unimportant.**
DelegateSmith objects, bocaitM^he believes it is the duty of this^convention to act on all bmitiCM^that may come lief ore it, and that^my instructions are to always slid,^to the referendum.
DelegateSproule supported the^report of the committee, and con^^tended that the dividing of the work^between the state committee and^the state convention would lacilitate^matters and give better attention to^the woik and this convention will ,it^all times have to stick to the refer^endum on all matters.
AlexI airgrieve appeared before^the convention and asked that dor^ing the strike in the city that the^members of the convention assist^the unions in their fight against the^unfair street car lines. Central Park^and liroadwater.
Walshasked Comrade 1'airgrieve,^^ That in the event that the Soc ial^ists ac cepted the suggestion, and M^sisted the unionists in this matter,^would the unionists assist the So^c ialists at the next election or would^they go to the polls and scab^
ComradeSproule considered that^as a Socialist convention we had^but little to do with the boycotting^business.
ComradeJackson contended that^the laboring people were the people^we were fighting for, but never be^fore had the trades unions come to^us to ask us to help them, and I am^glad to know that the trades union^^ists are now coming to us; we have^been going to them for some time.^We are lighting for humanity and^not any union, but nearly every one^has a card in his poc ket, and nearly^every other man in this c.invention^possibly has one.
Thework of electing the com
initteeon platform was then takentween the working people and the
upand the follow ing committee wasprofessional class, and I think it is^elected by acclamation: Walsh, doing a great deal of detriment to
Lewistown; Schwend, Anaconda;the Socialist partv and if it is possi
Ambrose,llutte; Dick, Red Lodge;ble to amend that clause, I think it^Strieb, Clancy Maybe, Chico; | would be well. Perhaps the com-
Denny,Anaconda.rades are not aware that they are
The elec tion of committees onusing that expression promiscuously,
auditingand constitution was nextand there is a tendency among the
takenup and in the same mannerprofessional class to resent this, as
thefollowing committees werethev are also wage earners there^chosen:-us to be a tendency to draw a
Auditing II. Lynch, Lewistown;line between them. We find it in
Weiss. Bozeman; Mrs. (lermau,every statement sent out by the Bo
ConstitutionHickey, Hutte; Mc-^Hugh, Anaconda: Levengood, An^aconda; Hrvan, Hamilton; brack,^Clancy; Caulfield, Missoula; (Me^^son. (Ireat I- a lis; Topel, Ho/.eman;^(Irahani, Livingston.
Adjourned to meet Tuesday morn^^ing at 9 a. m.
Tuesday,June 7th the convention^reconvened at 9.20 a. m., with N.
cialists. 1 noticed it the other day^;n regard to a nomination for Presi^^dent and N ice president, and it re^^marked particularly that they were^I ommon people. We are all com^tnon laborers and there shouldn't^l^e any difference, but there seems^to be and it is causing a great deal^nt dissension, and keeping many out^of the ranks.
Doyle: ^it would lie too bad if
F.Levengood in the chair. (^n cal- ^^ should throw out anything that^ing the meeting to order the chair-1 would make us feel we are above^man stated that he had a commutii- | workers. For experienc e shows that^cation from ex-State Secretary J ^ e are not to draw any line, and we^Cooney which he desired to read be-jwant to make it so plain that pro-^fore proceeding to the election of aj'essional peopleunderstand that they^chairman. (Iraham of Livingston are wage workers among the rest oi^favored an executive session for the- us. We are all workers here, and^consideration of such business for ! we have to classify ourselves as the^it was well understood that the com working people. Some seem to want^munication referred to a little inside to draw this line. I don't wish to^partv turmoil. Walsh of Lew istown | think that we would go back to those^opposed the executive session, and ideas that are a little I'topian; we^urged that every act and move of J must stick strictly to the practical^the Socialist party be made in pub ideas in this thing. We must have^lie.1 no distinguishing; we are all work
Finallyafter a little discussion ing people. How can you put any^pro and con the communication was word in there in the plac e of work^read and by motion was laid on the ' ing people^ W here is there anv^table. The effort then to raise the | word in the dictionary to show cbs^matter from the table to reconsider 1 tinction between working people^^with the intention of referring the ' As soon as the middle class recog-^matter back to the Hutte Local was , nize the fact that thev are on the^lost, and T. A. Hickev nominated same level as all ol us, the better^W. X. Holden of Hutte as c hair I they are off. Some of these think
thevare on the road to capitalism.^The middle class must be assimi-^lated.
Mcllitgh: ^Fvervbodv knows
jman. which nomination was unani^..^oils. Comrade Hohlen took the^chair for the day.
Thecommittee on platform an^11011 ne ed that they were ready to re^port. On motion to take up the
thatthe working class includes all
'who do riot own land, tools and ma^platform sec tion by section the; roll chinery, and have nothing to sell but^call was ask and the vote stood 11 J their ow n labor of muscle or brain,^for; 14 against.I move that it be adopted.
Itwas here that the comrades be j Woolridge: ^ The statements of^gan to show interest and the lir-t the comrades are true enough. I^elillerence of opinion was raised' want to call attention however, to^1 over the use of the word in the plat I the fact that this whole thing is a^' form of ^worker,^ ^laborer^ and I kick against the national platform^^wage worker.^ A motion bv Wool adopted at Chicago, and I want to^i-nLe to substitute the word Social say that it does us no credit as mas
ismfor ^worker^ opened the de^bate.
Sectionit Mr. l'arr: ^I don't^see why you object to that clause.^Who are the working classes in the^country^ Fvery man outside ot^millionaires in this country is the^working class. W e must first con^sider who are the working class. In^plac ing that in the platform, 1 don't^think the committee drew the line^on anyone outside of millionaires;^and I say the Soc ialist party should^draw the line there. We have mil^lionaires now conducting the gov^eminent of the state, and we think^it is time to draw the line on these
tersof the F.nglish language if we^c annot put it in better form than^that. We would far better cast it in^better torin.
Clausetwo and three adopted.
(Clause4) Woolridge: ' I ob^^ject to this clause I object that^the wage system is but a part of that^clause. I object, that it is the en^tire commercial sv.iteni, the entire^competitive system; and further^^more 1 object to putting that into^our platform for the reason that the^ground has been more than suffici^entlv covered, and that it is no part^of Socialism, though all true. And^furthermore, when we get Soc ialism
people.' Kvery man who performs it will be the remedy of those evils
laboris of the working class, and I^think this is whv we rhotild object.
Mrs.OlUMi ^I agree with^this gentleman, and those who are^interested as professional persons^and have the opportunity to hear^the opinion of that cla...^, and the ti^^ll a tendency among the Socialists^to draw the line of demarkation be
andnot the statement of theme evils,^audi therefore move that the en^tire clause be not adopted.
Mrs.Scurlock: ^Seems to me^that Socialists have to be class con^conscious or nothing. No matter^what we are working at, we are all^workers all the same, w heth r with^the pen, the brain or the shovel.
Thosewho are living off of others,^simply exploit others and do noth^^ing, and are opposed to us.
(Iraham:^In this state we have^a great pile of two-legged mules who^believe that any legislation for the^benefit of Hein/.e if for the benefit^of the working classes because it^keeps two corporations in the state.^Another is in favor of the Amalga^^mated. 'They believe that it is for^the interest of the w orking class that^they hav e a job. I believe that this^class ought to l^e instructed that we^are in favor of every legislation that^will advance the cause of the coope^^rative commonwealth.
Dick:^I am surprised at Com^^rade (Iraham that he should utter^such a statement. I am surprised^that after I have been with him so^long that he should actually defend^such a move; we are not here talk^^ing for either Hein/.e or the Amalga^^mated; we have come here to draw^the line ami then you must either be^on the one side or the other.
Adoptedas read. Clauses 10, 11,^11 and 1 ] adopted.
Walsh moved that the platform as^ameneled be adopted as a whole:^carried.
We, the members of the working^class, who are organized politically^into the Soc ialist partv of the ;tate^of Montana, call upon every mem^^ber of our class to join with us for^the purpose of capturing the power^of government, that we mav take^possession of the tools of produc^^tion, abolish the wage svstem. and^establish a svstem of production for^the benefit ot the workers.
Today the tools ot production^are owned by the capitalist class:^thev areoperated bv the workingchiss^but only where their operations will^make profits for the owning class.^The owning class can give or with-^hedel employment at will. As a re^^sult of this absolute power the work^^ers, who perform all useful labor,^must humiliate themselves by beg^ging for jobs ot a class that performs^no useful labor. If this permission^to work is withheld they and their^families must starve, therefore,
Wedemand the collectiv e on ner-^ship of the mines, factories, rail^roads and land, and all utilities col^^lectively used by the people.
The wage svstem is the cause of^starvation, disease, crime, prostitu^^tion, child labor, stunted bodies and^warped minds for the workers, while^it giv es to the capitalists palaces for^homes, the pick of the world's mar^^kets for their food, the finest raiment,^culture, education, travel, and all^that makes life worth liv ing.
Societyis thus divided into two^hostile classes, c apitalists and wage^workers. 'This condition has brought^into birth the Socialist party, the^politic al ex; ression of the struggle^of the working class for power. This^partv owes allegiance to and is a^part of the international Socialist^movement. W ith a system of in^^dustry owned and operated by the^workers, the struggle for existence^would be shifted from the individual^to society as a whole.
'Theownership of the means of^production and distribution by the^capitalist class gives this control of^the legislatures, the courts and all^executive .itficers. Republican, detn^ocrat and reform parties are financed^by the capitalists and are, there
fore,their servants, thus in effe^ t^making government the executive^committee of the capitalists.
This fact demands as an inev ita^^ble conclusion the organization of^the working class into a political^partv that shall be everywhere and^always distinct from and oppos^^ed to everv political partv not^founded entirely upon the interests^of the working class. 'The Socialist^party is organized to meet this de-^demand, and is, therefore, the party^of the working class.
TheSocialist party, when in^office, shall always and everywhere,^until the present svstem of wage^slavery is utterly abolished, make^the answer to this ciuestion its guid^^ing rule of conduct: 'W ill this legis^^lation advance the interests of the^working class and aid the workers^in their class struggle against capi^^talism^ If it does, the Socialist^party is for it: if it does not, the^Soc ialist party is absolutely opposed^to it.'
Inaccordance with the princi^^ple, the Socialist party pledges itself^to conduct all the public affairs of^this state in such a manner as to^promote the interests of the working^class.
Inconclusion we appeal to all^workingnien to study the principles^of Socialism and vote with their^class at all elections, until t.;.-\ over^^throw the power of capitalism, abol^^ish industrial classes in society, ter^^minate forever the class struggle,^and inaugurate the co iperative^commonwealth, base' tpo.. this^fundamental principle notice.
To^^^ tty ^ 11 kef the full pro^^duct of ^'^,.^..
Won..^ ^ ot 1' ^ , , . ,. v, ,,,^hive not;i;t.^.,0 . tr your
chains. Vou have _ ^or!H to ^;ain.
Folioa ing the adoption of the^platform Comrade Woolridge was^g-anted the floor for a few minutes^when he spoke in part as follows:^' GratUm^m\ It seems to me the^^oflt difficult thing that we can meet^is to get a little Socialism into a So^^cialist c'invention. I may be par-^done.1 perhaps for stating before you^inv reasons for speaking for Social^^ism. I was engaged in the work of^Socialism in isso. I have done^some work that has made Socialists^who have become prominent men in^this movement. I heard it stated in^the committee on Platform and Res^^olutions that there is nothing for us^to do but to burst things up. There^is no Socialism in that. 'The man^who said that and knew what he was^talking about is not a Socialist.^'Tearing down is no part of it. Our^duty is to know the way and remove^obstacles which are established by^law at every turn and we cannot^take a step until we meet them.^Thev head us off on every turn.^The only thing we can do politically^at present is to remove these. I ask^that this convention declare itself^in removing these obstacles, estab^^lished by law. That is the first thing^to do. Open the door to let your^activities open the wav tor them.^Fnfranchise voiir towns and cities^with the power to take action lead^^ing on to the co-operative common^^wealth. Interrupted. I
'Theropiest of T. V Hickey that^he desired the committee to read a^resolution recently submitted was on^motion referred to the committee on^platform and resolutions, to be- act^eel upon IVI re being brought before^the convention.