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HELENA.MONTANA, WEDNESDAY, JULY It, 1904.
15heSituation Reviewed by Our Standard Bearer
Neverlias the Socialist prospect^been so bright in this country. We^enter the campaign this year with^the physical proportions, the men^^tal Equipment and the moral stam^^ina of a full fledged national party.^Our comrades everywhere are^eager for the battle.
Thereis not a moment for bick^^ering or hairsplitting.
Croakers to the rear ! Socialists^to the front !
Downwith wage slavery! I'p^with thi' working cUss!
Onwith the clsas Itrugglel^Hurrah for the social revolution!
The following press dispatch
shouldbe read by every worker^who is not a Socialist:
Indianapolis.June J^).^ It was^decided at the meeting of the Re^^publican state CORMtittee to con^^duct a ^jolly^ department as an^auxiliary of the Republican state^campaign. The men in charge of^this bureau will be the candidates^on the Republican state ticket,^nearly all of whom have enviable^reputations as jolliers.
Thescheme is an interesting
oneand if it works out in practice^as it is planned in theory political^Committees in other states may es^^tablish ^jollying^ adjuncts.
Theplan, as outlined at the^meeting and agreed upon, pro^^vides that the state official*, who^largely compose the state ticket,^shall apportion the state among^themselves. Each man is to make
regularexcursions into his partic^^ular district to jolly the Republi^^can workers snd see that the es^^prit de corps of the party is kent^up in good shape. Speech-mak^^ing will not be essential, but each^candidate will be expected to car^^ry a side-line of hot air that will^enable him to cheer and encourage^the party henchmen.
The^jolly.^ with hot air oa the^side, is a powerful argument ill^favor of the republican party and^wage slavery. \\ orkingmcn who^rote that Way have been ^jollied
and^hotaired^ by the republican^politicians and llimtlamnied and^frost bitten by the democratic^politicians until their toes are out^of their shoes and the seats of^their trousers have jarred from^their bearings, but they hold .111^like grim death. A diet of dried^^jolly^ with hot air gravy next^winter may help them let go and^fall in line with their class in the
l(tto 1 democrats.
Themine owners will be sale^as they always have been with Un^^democratic party in power, just^as the cotton planters and cotton^mill owners in the south are safe^under democratic rule. Republi^^can rule, democratic rule^it i^- all^the same capitalist rule and work^^ing class slavery.
The democratic politicians A
Youhave been ^jollied^ long^enough. Mr. Worker! Stand ui^^like a man and act like one ^n^election day!
Theworkers of Colorado who^vote the Democratic ticket this^fall will be the real enemies, the^arch-traitors of their class. Upon^them the responsibility will rest.
Thesilver mine owners are ill
Coloradoare promising milk and^honey to the deluded and terrified^workers if they will only ^down^I'cabodv^ and put some cheap^democratic skate in his place to^do the same thing over again, or^go rUahodJl a few better.
Tliedemocratic as well as the^republican members of the Colo^^rado legislature betrayed the mine^and mill workers, sold out to the
Whenis a member of the C'iti-^zen^s Alliance not a member of the^Citizens' Alliance^ When he^joins an employers' association.
Sentimentalists.opportunist!^and I topists: For lessons in^class consciousness address^W orkingmen, care of Hull Ten.
Thetlimsiest argument against^Socialism becomes a strong one^in the mind of the man who does^not understand Socialism.
Howmany union men in Hel^^ena know what sort of a settle^^ment that committee made with^the employers' association
Thereis one Socialist argument^that the Capitalist apologists have^never, to my knowledge, attempt^^ed to answer in a straightforward^manner. It is: ^To the worker^belongs the product of his toil.
Thecapitalist press is fond 01^reciting that there are no classes^in this country, and then in the^next breath it condemns Social^^ists for ^arraying class against^class.
Anyman with ordinary intelli^^gence can by a little honest inves^^tigation become convinced that^Socialism is either right or wrong;^but to get a firm grasp on the eco^^nomic principles which form the
foundationof our social structure
requiresthe profoundcsl study of^a lifetime. This is respectfully^dedicated to those wage-slaves of^the daily press who know all
Thereis very little difference^in the economic positions of the^Wage Camef anil the farmer. The^. wage earner competes in the open^market for the sale of his labor;^the farmer competes in the open
marketfor the sale of the product^of his labor. 'They are both ex^^ploited by the same means^^through their labor power. The^capitalists leave them just enough^wealth to enable them to live and^work and raise children for the^future slave market.
Thelabor fakir is the greatest^of all fakirs. He is also the most^numerous. You rind him in ncar-
lvevery labor organisation. * me
kindof labor fakir wants the^unions to stay out of politics and^fight a political battle on the in^^dustrial Add I another kind w ants^the unions to go into politics^on^the tail of the democratic party:^still another kind wants the unions^to go into politics for themselves^but they must not demand too^much. All three subserve the in^^terests of the capitalist class and^delay the final triumph of the^working class.
^ne of the most persistently re^^hashed phrases in capitalist politi^^cal economy is the one about the^^reward to capital and labor.^^Thcv do not mean this. They^mean the reward, not to capital,^but to tin- capitalist. C apital is^an inanimate thing, and as such it^can have no reward. Capital con^^sists of machinery, land, mate^^rials, etc., and to say that a ma^^chine, or a piste of ground, or^cotton in the field is entitled to a^reward is absurd. Hut ^capital,^^from its being a much misunder^^stood term, and from its char^^acter as an agent of production,^is a good word to conjure with,^and serves to obscure the real ap^^propriating position of the capi^^talist.
Inthe same way the idea of a^^reward to labor^ is fallacious.^Labor itself is just as inanimate
asis capital^witness that the mi-^chine takes the place of cert.in
kindsof human exertion. But a-
boris .111 expression of. and is^controlled by. an intelligence tlat^is in the form of a human beiig.^So any ^reward^ lesiilting fr.nn^the application of labor must ac^^crue to tin- owner of the UOOT,^or the laborer. The economic^struggle is not between c.pital^and labor, two senseless, inani^^mate properties, but hetweet capi^^talists and laborers. The hin^s^Capital and labor are merely the^weapons with which the sruggle^is waged.
Socialismdoes not stain for all^humanity. It stands ^nly for^those who work.
Itis the application ^i human^labor to natural resouecs that^alone makes the earth habitable^by men. W ere the emjioymcnt ^^f^labor in wealth production sud^^denly to cease, the gre.t majority^of us would be hitngr within 4S^hours: we would be dying like^rotten sheep within a leek, ami at^the end of three moiths the hu^^man race would be e.'tinct. Next^in importance in theinaintenance^of civ ilized society re the work^^ers who produce 11st immaterial^wealth which sust.-ns our intel^^lectual and moral lie. Kine,s and^their courts, interet-takers. land^^lords, and all othr idlers could^pass front the cart and cause no^disturbance otherthan the tears^of their lackeys^lit let the work^^ers stop workinflnOr an instant^and society is jiralyzed at its^n m^t.
Rearthese fail* in mind, you^peddlers of aristcracy. and dare^to deny that theworkine, class ,s^the only class fiat has a right^to be.TP. HUGHES.
mineand mill owners, defeated^the eight-hoUr bill and are respon^^sible for the present strike and its^counth sS horrors. 'They are the^same foul gang in cahoots with^each other and arc ^eveffaUy and^jointlv owned, body and soul, by^the plundering plutocracy.
Thescheming knave who ad-
visrsa worfciagman in Colorado
tovote the democratic ticket to^SSCSpe from Pesbody is even a
Iworse enemy than Pesbody bim-^! self. 1 ^r Sherman BeiL
lli democratic party has no^I principles^it is for sale cheap and^is desr at any price.
Downand out with them both!^They are rotten and ill-smelling^and ought to be buried deep ami^for^ er.
Hereis another press dispatch^that should delight the heart of^every workingmsn:
Munich.Kavaria. June J5.^^Albert, the reigning prince of^Tilurtl ami Taxis, i^ an ardent^sportsman, and is said to he an^adept in every known sport. Hut^he has other tastes for which the^tailors, haberdashers, shoemakers,^hatters and perfumers should^mske him their patron saint.
I he prince puts on a new suit^of cl^ thes every day. To his criti^^cal eye a coat once worn is in^ra^^. Each of these garments is^perfumed with attar of roses that^cos's not less than S^/^ an ounce.^In a year his serene highness^WC rn about a thousand cravats,^two hundred and fifty pairs of^shoes and an uncountable number^of d^ 'ves and hats.
Ina word, compared with the
prince.Beau Brummd was a tat*
'.his perfumed parasite believes^that vvorkingmen are disgusting^animals and they agree with him.^I Mily vvorkingmen who have sense^enough to become Socialists are^^ pposed to princes who produce^1 ^t enough to feed a mosquito,
vothave a new suit every day and
s|uin perfume at themselves that
cistsSo*^ an ounce. The pOOT^princes are not to blame. \Vork^^ingmen force them to it and they^can't help themselves. The work-^iigmcn who set up and worship^princes who wear 965 new suits^of clothes a year while they them-^wives are pantlcss. vote the re^^publican-democratic rev ersible tic-^1 ki't. Socialists are vvorkingmen^Who have cut loose and propose
Sadmake it holy .
Thenagain: The annual re^^ports ,,f the city magistrates of^the city of N'ew York show that^in the boroughs of Manhattan and^the Bronx, New York city, there^w ere sixty thousand tour hundred^and sixty-three (60*463) evictions^during the year IODJ,
Ibisis how Capitalism pre^^serves, inviolate, the sanctity of^the family and the sacrcdness if^the home.
Andif you want to know some^of the results of capitalistic meth^^ods of family and fireside salva^^tion go to the redlight district and^Count the houses of shame.
Thehypocrite who defends the^capitalist system of profit-gouging^SS)d at the same time pretends to^feel concerned about the homes^ami families of the vv^irking class,^should be stood on his head a mo^^ment that the thirty pieces of sil^^ver, the price of his perfidy, might^roll from his pockets and accuse^him of the prostitution of his^trust.
Preciselywhat difference there^I is between the republican ami^democratic wings of the capitalist^I party may be seen in Preside It 1^Roosevelt's appointment of Paul^Morton as secretary of the navy.^Morton has been a life-long al^^leged democrat, but is admirably^fitted for a republican cabinet.
In |8H Morton was general^passenger and ticket agent of the^I'.. 15. ^,\ ^J. The engineers and^firemen went M strike. Morton^was the company's press agent^and won promotion by becoming^the most notorious liar in Chica^^go. Some verses went the rounds^of the press at the time, describing^^Paul Morton's Reception in^Hell^ as follow s:^^W e have looked for you. Poll,^Every one of us knew^That the champion liar^Of the C 15. i QH^W ho. when he opened his mouth.^A hundred lies tlevv.^C ouldn't miss hell, for the title he^wore.
Asunderstood by our philological^class.
Andas the devil him repeatedly^sw^ ^re.
Means Grand Prevaricator and
TrivialAss.^Say. how did you come. Poll, by
undergroundcab^^Atnl did vou bring with vou a ('..
tomake princes of themselves^and their class.
FatherSherman and other pli^^ant loots of capitalism arc CCSSe-^Icusly frothing about Socialism,^In cause it w ill ^break up the tain-^ilj and destroy the home.^ The
TerraHaute Tribune-Gsxettc of^June )0 has this item with the^caption, ^^ hie Divorce in Five :
Thereport of the state statis^^tician shows that during the year^MM).} there were K,^7 marriage li^^censes granted ami 17'' divorces^in Vigo county.
Thepresent marriage institu^^tion is the reflex of the economic^basis of capitalist society. The^Dollar mark is its coat of arms.^I inUftcial consideration is the con^^trolling factor in matchmaking.^Pure love stands little chance^against a fat pocket hook. T.co-^nomic dependence accounts for^one divorce in live marriages.^There are thousands who are ut^^terly wretched, but would die be^^fore being divorced in public, Snd^there are thousands of Others who^^don't get along^ because they I^were married on the merchandise^basis ami their souls were not In^the deal for a moment.
Honorbright, as Colonel lnger-^totl used to say. what percentage^of marriages in present society are^truly ideal and fill the lives of hus^^band and wife with pure and per^^petual joy ^ Do they amount to^ten per cent
Theidea of Socialism polluting^such an unclean institution! Cap^^italism has defiled the marriage^relation: Socialism will purify it
liaras you^Has bothered the devil and the
restnot a little.^Because we behold in vou some^^thing that's new :^I he combination of liar-lickspittle^Could onlv be furnished bv the^C, P.. c* (J. '^Sixteen y ears hav e passed since^the (.'.. P.. ft Q. strike in which^Paul Morton played the star role^and won his honor ('). but it is^still known among railroad men^as ^ The (ireat Scab Route.^ En^^gineers and firemen are not al^^lowed to organize under penalty
Yes, yes, Paul Morton, the
cab-in-chiefof the t\. P^. ft QH
iseminently qualified for Presi^^dent Roosevelt's cabinet and^Ought to get the ^olid union labor^vote for Roosevelt and the full^shop and open dinner pail.
1\o man can work too hard or^hours too long. If his health will^permit.^ I 'resident Kli' ^l. ^^Said the miner down in the
wealth^And he laughed at the humor^of it
It'sa joy and a rev el to work like^the devil^As long as my health will per^^mit :
And.although it's a loss^^ ^f delight to the boss.^He doesn't seem jealous a bit!
Saidthe girl in the thundering^mill.
Witha smile that was grateful^and sweet :^^It's so pleasant^this spinning. I^fear that I'm sinning^In wanting to sleep and to eat;^* Hi, it would be so grand^To be able to stand^Another 13 hours on my feet.
Saidthe child in the tenement^shop:
Don'tsend me to play, if vou
I'drather be sewing ami stitching,^you know, in^This hotbed of filth and disease;^For sweatshop, vou see.^Is far dearer to me^Than the birds and the blossom^^ing trees!
P..ft Q, scab^^W e've a place for your soul. Poll,
atXJ cell.^Tin' smallest that's made for the
inmatesof hell.^Down here. Poll, we have classi
Somethingafter the stvle of the^I .. 15. ^ O..
Everyliar's assigned to some par^^ticular station,
Put just where to place such a
Saidthe college professor with^glee:
They think I'm in earnest,^but pshaw!^I'm boss of 1 college, and that's^why my knowledge^Impresses the rabble with awe.^But I'm out for my health^Mid honor and wealth.^By working my graft ^and my