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HELENA.MONTANA. WRDNE8DAY, AUGU8T 10, ItOi
SOOMweeks IgO we announced to mir readers that there were^several features that we desired to add to the Montana News, among^them heing the cartoon feature. With this issue we begin the car^^toon series and if business continues in the future as in the past they^will b^C0aM ^ prominent part of each and every issue of this paper.
Ihis addition of course means more weekly expense and it also^means that the Socialist comrades over the state should wake op and^get to work, sell your cards, send in the money and send for more^cards. Wc cannot expect to carry on a successful campaign with^95 per cent of the Socialists assuming a dormant state and leaving all^the hustle to some one else, (let a move on you!
Nowthat we have added the cartoon feature, we are going after^another proposition.
Atthe present the Montana News is printed at another office^and we must have a power paper press of our own. Om can be^secured very chip and the only Socialist paper in the state should^receive support enough to buy a press. Just watch tliis space for our^announcement as to how we are going to go after it and how it will^be howgllt 1 W e must have tlie press! We've got to have it!! We^will have it!!!
Youremember last year we made an effort to move the News^to Helena; the project fell through for a time, but the aim has been^accomplished, the New s is now located in Helena, and doing business^at 22 Park avenue. W e have been struggling for the cartoon feature^for a few months and now it is a realized improvement to the paper.^W'c are going after the press proposition next. W c will tell you next^week how it is to be done, and not like the slow process of moving^tc Helena, it is to be accomplished in a few weeks, if the Socialists^of Montana want a Socialist paper in this state. All yon need to do^;s to ge| ready to help us!
Afterwe have put in the new power paper press that will han^die the printing of the paper and all kinds of book and job printing,^wc will add another feature or two.
Now.comrades, there are a few of us spending all of our time-^to put this ptpef out | sacrificing every day in the cause, and we call^to you fellows who have been asleep for some time to awake and^come to your duty, not only to path this paper before the people,^not only to give it your support that will continue the new features^and add more ; but |hrC your support to the state headquarters, w here^evidently a funeral was held some months ago: to a local qUOTUM^that needs a bugle sound in their ears that a great campaign is on;^to the state committee that is dead. dead. dead.
Arouse!Arouse!! You sleeping proletariat. W e have both old^parties scared in their boots. The money power is wringing its^hands. The capitalist dome is trembling. The word has been^sounded, send it lloag the line. To action, that is the call!
Watchthis space next week and we will tell you how we arc-^going to get a power paper press that will save an enormous expense^to this paper weekly, and which money can be put into propaganda.^Comrades, we must have the new machine and save our money, and^it will depend upon your help in securing the same.
Watchthis space for our explanation of how we will get the^press.
Situationin J^+^Cascade county
Cascadecounty presents a condition of affairs which vindicate the con^^stant warnings of Socialists, as to the inevitability of periodic depressions,^under the wage system, due to the fact that the employee, receives but a^meagre proportion of the wealth that he has produced, and is unable to^buy back a sufficient amount to prevent a cataclysm. Hence the closing^down of industries, and the permanent unemployed problem. Symptoms^of the imminent upheaval are on here with a vengeance. In the city of^C.reat Falls, which has made no progress in the last three years, but rather^retroceded, there are three hundred empty dwellings. Two years ago^there was not available in this town, even an attic as a habitat. At the^time referred to the Hoston \ Montana Smelting Co., which is the main^support here, had on its payroll, approximately seventeen hundred em^^ployees. The tax list supplied by the county assessor, now shows one^thousand and live names, subiect to taxation, which warrants a safe esti^^mate that eleven hundred men are now employed by this corporation.
Itis said the output of copper is greater now than before, due to the^introduction of new machinery, and a greater amount of work recpiiredof^each man. Retrenchment has been the practice of the C.reat Northern^system. One half of the force obtain in the shops, that were required two^years ago. The increased power of locomotion, has resulted in disk* .it^ing the force, formerly employed on the road, without corresponding in^crease in pay. The engines are capable of handling double the tonnage,^previously hauled, employing one half of the number of crews.
AtStockett, five hundred coal miners are averaging two and one half^days each week. This is the first break in steady employment in that^camp in the last three vears. Three hundred miners are working the^same average in Bend Coulee. Neihart is working si\tv five men, which^at one time previous, worked three hundred. On all sides this town shows^evidences of former prosperity.
ThoughNeihart is a silver mining camp, the depreciation in the^valve of that commodity, cannot be ascribed to the stoppage of work^there, rather the proverbial mining - litigation, procrastinated by that^troublous insect, the lawyer the barnacle who is a product of the present^^ ut throat system, and wa xes fat ^^^t the fringe ot graft, and ^|uarrels of^his fellowman. Monarch is in good shape and will poll a maiority for^the Socialists in that precinc t, due to the untiring energy of Comrade^Rector. Melt is the most pitiful ot them all. Previously employed thir^teen hundred men; employed now three hundred. Average two days per^week. (Her half ^^l the shacks are vac ated. The ordinary demeanor^maintained by the Amalgamated Copper Co.. elsewhere obtains here. The^wage slave has no politics; at least no class politics. lie has a lock on^his jaw. There is room for a Socialist organi/or in Melt some one^kindred to Wilkms. made up of kic king propensities, when the DCCSSioS^demands it. There is ;i union there, under the C. If. W. of A., that^meets once in awhile, which is quite a help to the company, in keeping^tab on its wage slaves.
Stockettis owned by Jim Hill, and ^ Vinegar^ Johnston. What land
Youran raise your vole*, for freedom.^If you I'Hiinot wield the sword;
Ifthe feel are slow and feelile.
Milwith thunder* Is the word;^It ran fare the coward hragKart
Withthe lightning Mash of truth.^And lay hare the lie of power
Withthe Kiant strength of youth.
That^ wrong has proved sucreasful
Isnn reason it should li\.-^And 'tis duty rails to action;
Andthe angels weapons give^To a man who weighs his honor
CJalnsta party or a rause.^When h. knows its life disgracen
Naturesjust and righteous lawa.
Anilto you who f.el the throhhings
Ofthe mighty pulse of time.^There is home the clarion summons,
I.Ikea prophet'* voire sublime:^For the man who owns his manhood.
Andwhose presence masses watt.^That he lead them fmm oppression
Thro'the |(ed Sea waves of Fate.
Fling the weight of rustom from you,
Standerect and he a man.^Dare to srorn the gold of treason.
ToOod's vrnit uplifting plan;^Dare with avarice to grapple.
Thathas roMied the people's pura^;^Dare to face thi mod ..f vulture*
Thathave proved the people's rurne.
Andfrom all the l;md of freedom.
Fromthe North and from the South,^Shall resound a cheer of triumph.
S)-hoedswift fn^m mouth to mouth:^For the heart of man heat* proudly
Atthe voice ..f Freedom's rail.^And there vibrates through his being
life and ho|ie and Joy for all
'Thenoted Colorado W oman Or^^ator will fill the following dates in^Montana:
(reat Tails, i ith and uth.
Monarch,13th and 14th. *
SandConleO, 17th and iSth.^Stockett icjth and Joth^Helena 21st.
ByCourtesy The Referendum, Faribault, Alinn
Thereis probably no truth in^the report that the prohibition^party has turned the beer contrib^^uted them by the breweries to the^republican party, but The News^would suggest (upon personal ac-^cpiaintancc in the past) that they^give it to the priests of the Cath^^olic church who are fighting So^^cialism. They might distribute it^in a manner to kill Socialism.
'Vinegar owns there, is not large enough to start a disturbance on. It^consists of one lot. He became in possession thereof, by filing on it^whilst Jim Hill and another contestant had it in litigation. There are^nearly two thousand inhabitants in Stockett, but as is takes two thirds of^the property owners to incorporate into a town, Mr. Hill has not yet con^^sented to take chances on paying any taxes. Hill rents the lots at ten^dollars per vear, and the wage slave builds on the lot, with this proviso^however, that before doing so he sign a contract relinquishing his title,^on thirty davs notice, in case his character becomes obnoxious to Jim^Hill. Would work nicely in case of labor trouble, f ifty dollars per^year is charged for lots occupying business houses. All the staple busi^^nesses are corralled by the company. Kxtortionate prices charged on^some articles. C.rocery stores and saloons allowed out of town. There^are three separate libraries maintained by the Miners union, the Finnish^Socialist club, and the Slavonian societies. The amount of reading done^by these working men, accounts for Stockett being the stronghold of So^^cialism. Comrade Hendricson, national Finnish orgrni/er has rendered^good work there. About the same condition prevails in Sand Coulee,^among the different nationalities. Parenthetically speaking of Mr. Hill,^who requires no introduction, he is said to be the only man, who can^successfully give something away, with a stringto it. He isa large donator^of the church. Expiates his exploiting methods, by squaring with the^Almighty, and using the vicegerents of Christ as intermediaries. The ac^^tivity of these Divines, in attempting to stitle the conscience and stam^^mer the brain, through religious prejudice, in w hat concerns the economic^welfare of the wage slave the study of Socialism, is prima facie evidence^of the quality of goods to be delivered. Ten years ago last spring, Hill^made a donation to the church, and two weeks after declared a reduction^of 10 per cent in the employees wages, but the railroaders tied him up^into an inextricable knot, that neither he, nor his bosom friend. Arch^^bishop Ireland could disentangle, other than by complete capitulation.^Mr. Hill in itoo, at a dinner given bv the I^elmonico club of New York,^(a coterie of labor skinners I declared that the time was ripe, for \merica^to assume a philanthropic and religious like attitude. ^ Throw open the^channels of commerce to China, and import five hundred thousand Chinese^laborers into the United states in the next two vears,^ quoth he. Mr. Hill^operates a line of steamers between the sonnd and the Mongolian domain,^and buys labor power at wages that are most conducive to profit, on his^trans continental lines of steel railways.
Aspare dressed individula, butted into a doc k ot Socialists, who were^standing on the comer of $rd street and Central avenue, C.reat Falls. As^usual they were remonstrating the graft system, and the way out of it.
Thertistv's^ coat had seen better days. The arm's end protruded^and shined like unto a Mississippi nigger's heel in the sunlight. He was^low browed, shoc k haired, and ^was not a Socialist^ so he said. Mani^festlv no' Won I Roosevelt button on his coat and a Cleveland badge^on his pants. F.xpiained that he had done no work for sixty days, on^account of being dislocated in the smelter, by the introduction of the^'merry go round.^ .1 machine used in the foundry, which eliminated^thirty men. One of the sympathetic Socialists, rather crudely Interjected,^suggesting that he vear a minature tin bubket, to represent the damphool^dinner pail. The wage slave who will carry a torch for the Strenuous^One became irritated and exc laimed ^I am a union man, you Socialists^want to put politics and religion in the union. I am a republican and^against Socialism on three accounts: First, I am B gold bug. Second.^Socialism will destroy ambition to work, 'with molten iron in a foundry^ten hours a day for 17 per cent of the wealth produced ' Third, I have iust^as good an American right to be a billionaire as Rockefeller. another^rip in the coat sleeve The last count put the Socialists out.
'Thefarmers in the vicinity of Belt, wholly ignorant of the cause of^their exploitation, are again grasping for a new patent medicine. The^late nostrum is a panacea for all previous ills. Now they are to organize^into a farmers equity association, with headquarters in Ohio, and the plan^is that they hold all their marketable products, c reate a scarc ity in the
market,raise the price of wheat to one dollar and one-half per bushel,^etc. In other words, they are to create an artificial price, instead of the^trust, and meanwhile, they are to be indemnified by the assoc iation, in^case of a stringency in the wherewith, in order to made the trust effective.^As a member of the association, the farmer is to subscribe for a two by^four newspaper, at one dollar per year, which is to lead him out of the^wilderness. A meeting was held on Saturday, which was fairlv attended.^The shvster politician was in evidence^a member of the farmers associa^^tion, who to save his neck could not distinguish between a blade of corn^and a cocklebur. He was there to see the farmer through, legally, and^incidentally accept any remunerative position, that might happen sloUf^contingent to the cause. The old party political buttonholer. in the^fanners' association, is a prototype of the union labor fakir in the unions,^who is ^agin^ Socialism in the union, but ever willing to bobtail with the^republicrats, provided he is slated for political sinecure.
Preliminarieshave begun toward placing a Socialist ticket in the field^in Cascade county. The local spellbinders of the party of the second^part, otherwise the democratic party, are busier than a black ant, trying^to get off a hot stone, vocali/ang the panicky condition, and attributing^the responsibility to republican maladministration, as ignorant of the real^cause, as a bovine is of the planets in the immensity of space. The plain^facts are, the full dinner pail in this vicinity, has been beaten into an un^^recognizable mass, and is treated as a colossal joke.
Thecondition of the merchant with limited c apital, in Cascade county,^offers little encouragement the little fellow, who is up against the real^thing, ground between the upper and lower millstones of the trusts and the^unions is up against the cataloguer, who, by the volumn of business, and^ability to under produce and under buy, can sell, and make a fair margin^of profit, at the under dog's cost price. In the eternal fitness of things,^he is an acceptable candidate, rapidly being forced into the wage slave^ranks, to materially potentiate society upon a construc tive and orde-lv^basis. *
Outof the great unemployed condition here, there is little hope. When^confronted with the fact, that in the adjoining county ot Tergus, and in^Cascade, the land shark operates w ith impunity, that in the former county^one individual alone, owns twenty eight thousand acres of land, while in^the latter, ten concerns own fifty thousand acres of river land: th.V. the^Northern Pacific is paving taxes on ninety six thousand acres .it land in^Cascade county, one hundred miles from their right of w.iv. ^r more^properly their road bed, that the continual introduction of new and im^^proved machinery, is constantly going on in all lines, w hich invariably^results in the displacement of men. in addition to burnt up crops, when^these conditions are so pronounced, a conditon should be set up, tins^winter that should inspire the middleman, the farmer and the wage slave,^to take himself into his chimney corner, get Ins think box into service,^and qualify himself to \ ote intelligently, for his economic welfare for^Socialism.
CreatTails, Montana, August 1st. '04.II LYNCH.
Noticeis hereby given that a^mass convention of the Socialist^party of Fergus county will be^held in Levvistown on Friday. Au-^yuM 12. 10J04, for the purpose of^nominating I full county ticket^and to transact such other busi^^ness as may properly come before^the meeting. All party members^in good standing arc eligible to^attend.
A.T. HARVEY, Chairman.^The Socialists of Deer Lodge
COttnt)will hold a county conven^^tion in \naconda August for^the purpose of nominating candi^^dates for count) offices. \ mil^ticket is to be nominated.
\nacondaLocal. Socialist par^^ty, meets every Wednesday. S p.^m^ at police fudge's office, in the^citv hall.
Wanted\n editor for the^(lark or Amalgamated papers^who can get up about three col^^umns of editorial matter each day^and not utter a single thought,