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HELENA,MONTANA, WEDNESDAY, 8EITEMBEB 7. 1901
TileSocialist movement in Jefferson countv is showing wonder^^ful improvement. Clancy and Itasin arc the strong centers. Sunday^there was a local formed at Ibuilder. In anil around Iktsin, which is^a Heinze camp, there will he a strong Socialist vote. It i* generally^understood in Basin, hy those who watch the political checkerhoard.^that HeinZC ami the Amalgamated are one. and that whatever moves^Ilcin/c may make in the future, will he to till hit political obligations^with the great c^ipper trust. Those sharing this idea, point to the^fact that all of the machinery, such as concentrating tahles. etc.. that^are now being placed in the new addition to his concentrator here,^are transferred from the Amalgamated company's works in Anaconda^It is understood that Heinze will canvass the state in an MtOtnobile^A re|mhlican politician here Mated that it would he propelled by^kerosene power. It will he nothing short of a crime should the^Socialists of Jefferson county fail to place a ticket in the field. Last^Monday and Tuesday night, Mrs. Ida C rouch-1 lazlctt delivered lec^^tures in I lancy to large crowds. She is an excellent propagandist.^.Many new converts were made, and supplied with Socialist literatim-.
OnWednesday. August 18th, an unfortunate wage slave named^DavM v'urley. was caught in the shafting, while oiling machinery,^and so badly crushed that he expired a few hours later. The fading^of the coroner's im|uest wa* that he was compelled to work in an^unsafe and cramped position. The servile corporation lackey, who^acts in the capacity of coroner of Jefferson county, one Andrew Less,^a furniture dealer at W hitehall, who is a sort of a town joke over^there, entertained the jury and OfdoohcN hy asking puerile and eva^^sive (|uestions of those sworn to impure into the sad death of their^hrother. I hi rendering their verdict, this limb of the law. who evi^^dently poaeeeacs sufficient brains to equip the upper story of an ape,^jumped to hi* feet, and exclaimed: ^^ientlcmcn. yon will have to^Change thai verdict ; that man was not compelled to work there unless^he wanted to.^ Such are the men whom the wage slaves elect to^office. Had the accident happened in the Amalgamated mines in^Butte, judging front the past, the jury of brother union men panelled^there WOttld have called it ^gross carelessness.'^ Socialists do not^condemn the individual always, rather the system that make these^Conditions |M^ssihle. There arc no company stores here in Basin, nor^the effects of hossism felt as in other places, M the contrary the^miner- and smelterinen here are of intelligent and good natured man^^ner, well inel.
IJuitca numher of men are employed in and around Basin. A^new railroad will he constructed from Basist to Boulder smelter (U^miles). which insures additional employment. At least twelve mines^are being worked in this vicinity, working more or less men. Note^^worthy a nion g than is the Bin May mine, otherwise called the^^priests' mine.'' owned hy a mnuher of Catholic priests and bishops.
Likeother clerical mining ventures in this Rochy mountain region,
theT.va May has thus far heen a non-producer. Thousands and^thousand* of dollars have heen sunk in the mine to no purpose. The^property has a splendid concentrator, equipped with the hest im^^proved machinery . Commenting Upon the radical departures, in the^methods of serv ing ^ iod. hv the present day immediate worker* in^the vineyard of ( hri*t. due to the development of connnerciali*m. an^orthodox Socialist here ha* delved somewhat into scripture, and dug^up references to the rich young man asking of our Savior what he^should do to he saved, in the year I :
St.Mark, chapter 10. twenty-first verse. Then Jesus beholding^him. lov ed him, and said unto him : ^ ^ne thing thou lacke*t : go thy^way. sell vvhatsover thou hast, and give it to the poor, and thou shall^have treasure in heaven: and come, take up thy cross, and follow me.
Verse2-'. And he was sad at that laying, and went away
grievedi for he had great possessions.
Vane-\V And Jesus looked around ahout. and saith unto his^disciples: How hardly shall they that tru*t in riches enter into the^kingdom of ^ iod.
Theantithe*is is presented in the stock hooks of the Eva May^Mining company in the vcar 0*14:
TheKev. T. J. Meisncr. I ^. I).. L.L. 1).. C leveland. Ohio, po*-^si **or of live hundred shares of T.va May mining stock (ground^floor); the Very Reverend T. M. Keltinger. If. W .. A. 15.. Baltimore,^M^1., one thousand shares BvS May mining stock (_'nd floor, wa^^tered); the Most Reverend P. P. O'Shaughnesscy, B, D^ D. G^ ^ ^ak-^land, CaL, Ivc thousand shares of Eva May mining stock (3d floor.
Twoof the clerical stockholders visited I'.asin two week* ago.^and are said to he shrewd and excellent husiness men. well calculated^to protect themselves against any technical stock jobbing turn, while^on the other hand alert to take advantage of any mining trick, in this^intensive eatCgory Of competition. It is said that a meeting of the^stockholders is called to convene in November, the name of the mine^is to he changed to Saint Peter (for luck), stock issued on a tenth^floor hasis. and placed on New York 'change, developments pushed,^and great things are in store for the vicinity of Basin.
Reviewof the^y Stacte Work
'TheMontana Socialist party began with the first of \ugust a^vigorous fall campaign. The state committee held a meeting and^Comrade Kennedy, from Seattle, and myself were hrought into the^state and put to work. Mv first meeting was in the T.roadvvay^theater at Hutte under the auspices of the Mill and Sineltermen's^union* Another meeting was held in the Auditorium, and one for^the Woman's Protective union. After that several street meetings^were held at T.utte. Comrade Kennedy began the BllttC street meet^mgs for the month, which have heen a grant success from the lu*t
^n the Kill of August the slate tour commenced at ('lancy. Here^I found the comrades somewhat discouraged, and not sufficient time^for advertising the meetings, BUI we went ahead and held street
CitizensAlliathe,^Unions, Sock ism
meetingswith a good attendance. Thi collections met the demands^of the occasion. Comrade Lynch'of The Montana New s was there^also ami helped push things along.
Helenawas the next date, on the loth. Here Comrade Walsh's^good - nat n red lace was visible On the platform when the train pulled^iii. There was no complaint here about lack of time, although the^Aord had failed to reach the secretary When evening came we sim^^ply matched down to the tomef of I'roadway and Main, installed a^soap box. which ( omrade Walsh mounted, and hegan to do hu*iness.^\ large crowd gathered and stayed to the end. Boohs were sold after^the meeting, and we then adjourned io the office of The Montana^News, where an after meeting HUS held by the Socialists.
Thenext point wa* Grant Tails. , wo street meetings were held^here, which Were attended by large crowds, and received a lengthy^and exceedingly fair notice in the Tribune. The Socialist ladie* of
Oreal1 all* had engaged the Carnegie Hall, but in that citadel of
capitalismas many of the poor wage ^ laves are afraid to he seen in^I hall at a meeting they wish to attend, because of the company *pot-^ters. we thought the street* were best, where those who work for
othersnut] ^'till walk or stand still a* they see fit.
Thenext appointment was at M^ narch. Here our good friend,^and indefatigable worker, t omrade Rector, had done everything in^' i* power to have good meeting*. T'or Saturday evening he had^arranged some -eats ami a Stand for outdoor meeting*, hut the nights^were so COOl in the mountain! that we thought hest to hold the other^meetings in the hall, which we did on Sunday afternoon and evening.
Monarchis a little mountain town that is fast becoming a summer^resort of considerable popularity for hoarders and campers. This^class of persons is the most unprofitable ground in the world for the^teaching of any new doctrine ^^r science that requires thought. They^are people who never think^small trades and professional people,^who do not make as good a living a* the well-paid laborer, and yet
havea grotesquely exaggerated opinion of their superiority to the
workingcla*s. They are really the most ignorant class that our lop^^sided system produces. The sjUffkilS, even under their disadvan^^tages of over-work and under pay. .avclop a certain *ort of mental^acumen from the necessities of attending to their work and accom^^plishing something that is necessary ami useful. The large moneyed^c'ass develop a certain culture iron their association with the art and^She highest refinements Of Civilisation. Hut thi* middle cla** hav e no^Midi influence* to intellectual activity. They take their thought*^from the tombs of the past, are afraid to lose their graft or their profit^by any innovations, are tat. Overfed, lumpish and stupid, and have^to fish or move around, or read ^ Hpii Read, to get rid of their own^insufferable companionship. These people looked with contempt on^n Socialist agitator, and I may say that I gracefully and complacently^looked w ith e^|ttal contempt upon them and felt ashamed of their I realise the inwardne^of this social fact or contract into which nature^oi ii'ul limitations. It i* needless sav that thev did not attend the
Iti* evident to every man that there i* an unfortunate misumler-^Ptanding running riot amongst the people of the world regarding the^economic situation, and he-cause of that misunderstanding a very^disastrous wrong is being done to all alike. Ml classes must ac^^knowledge that something is radically wrong. I hi* being true, is it^not the office of good common sense to a*certain. hy a non-partisan,^unprejudiced investigation, what it is that i* wrong^ The conditions^ixi*ting. and to which attention is called, are part ami parcel of the^evolutionary development of man. and we, individually and collec^^tively, are being swept by this tide of evolu.ion upon the current of^progress notwithstanding the doctrine. ^Let well enough alone.^^enunciated by an eminent man. now departed. Let well enough^alone is not In accord with any tenet that nature ha* vouchsafed to^disclose to our sensei and. could and had our aboriginal ancestors^enforced such a doctrine, science could not now record the successive^*tep* which lead to our present advanced state. Therefore we. of^this clay and year. mu*t acknowledge this irresistible force of progres^^sion and steer our craft to avoid the whirlpool* of dissension; we
shouldlocate ourselves, as it were, by ccsBstaut application to the
chartof reason. A study of the horizon discloses numerous craft^lacing, without apparent purpose, along with thi* evolutionary cur^^rent, each w ithout chart or compass ami reckless of *elf ami wishing^disaster to the others, and all trusting to luck. Kaeh i* firing blank^shots but holds lead .11 reserve. Is thi* safe^ I* it conducive to^order^ We hear much of ^law and order.^ I )oe* law. that i* HUM*^made law, necessarily bring order^ A machine which develops much^fricti^'i should be and generally is discarded for a better, otherwise^power is wasted and progress retarded. Man i* distinguished from^thf beast by the reasoning faculty, which applies reason, the judicial^function of the mind. ( ^ne'* bank roll i* now the measure of a man.^but his stock of reason should be the governing factor. It i* not the^piupo-c t^^ snggc-t here a remedy for or to cast stones at the ills that^beset u* or to bemoan our conditions. The power of suggestion only^if invoked to induce those who are mixed in the fray to meet the^question fairly and squarely to the end that we may all begin to
ileetin ITS. Oh, no! thev knew it all without ever learning anything.
hasforced u*. Thi* entire problem possesses greater significance^than ^hours of labor^ or ^*ix o'clock closing ' indicate, and the man
Mlthe discoveries of science will roll majestically over them while i who forces discord t^^ the fore, with his ow n selfishness a* a reason^they sit placidly by and say the earth is flat because it looks so. i for so doing, is casting a firebrand where cool common sense, fortified
Whatto them are Plato, and the swing of Pteaides^^ Nothing, un^^its* it can be measured in an extra big iiimk of beefsteak. ^ me of the^most interesting points on the tri^ ^ i* Belt. There wa* a feeling that
thiscapital accursed town wa* well nigh impregnable. No headway
fotSocialism had ever been madt there. The man to whom we *cnt^our hills and word of the meeting*, one GfOgan, never came near,^never distributed the bills at all. and it was learned that he wa* a^bound hand and foot conipanv tool. To *uch depths of degradation^does the infamous capitalist system reduce the manh1 of men that
theymay earn f^^od for their little one*.
Althoughonly a few were in sight on the street*. I mounted a^chair and Commenced bo talk. Presently a crowd of about 150 was^gathered around. They listened with interest, and took everything^1 had in the way of literature. The Socialists seemed to be a* thick^as bees around honey . I believi if I could have heen there three or^four nights that a local could have been organized. I found I good^friend, D. E. Sullivan, who will help, us out in ^^ur meetings here^^after.
Themeeting at \cihart wa* one of the most complete little^affairs on the trip. There wa* not a hitch in the arrangements from^beginning to end. The comrades met me at the train, the meeting^was tir*t class, the hall was full, thev paid up their hills, and in the^morning sent me on my way rejoicing.
Thecomrades at Sand Coulee sent a rig to meet the train at^Allen. Things were fixed up lure proper, also. In fact I began to^think that every place was the best. A fine street meeting had been^arranged, with seats and light* provided. An express wagon was^made to do duty as a stand with a table in it and literature on sale.^Everybody turned OUt, Md for two nights the Socialists had their^innings. W hile here the comrades sent a man from (ireat Tails to^^ee if thev could not have a meeting there Saturday night, as it was^going to be well-nigh impossible to make mv trains for Helena Sun^^day and speak two nights in St ockett. Consequently there wa* but^one meeting in Stockctt. well arranged, the hall full, under the pains^^taking care of l'omrade Selscn,
Saturdaynight proved to be bitter cold at (ireat Tails, hut in^spite of the unfavorable weather several hundred people stood in^the street and listened to the gospel of freedom.
Sundaynight. Aug. Jlst. we had a great meeting at Helena on^the street. There must have heen a thousand people standing there^for two hours, (.'omrade Walsh said their intent look haunted him,^that he believed thev were beginning to understand the proposition.
Igot over to Hamilton for the meeting Tuesday and Wednesday^evenings when the State Federation of Labor was convening there.^There was con*iderable of a joke about the arranging of these date*.^Of course it was | foregone conclusion that all the labor fakirs in the^state, and the hireling political heelers, that bully and befool the^laboring class to vote against their own class, should be there. The^Socialist comrades engaged the opera house for the two night*. The^local labor committee wanted them to surrender it for the conven^^tion i but the Socialist! were well enough suited as it was. ami so the^vary comfortable spectacle wa* presented of the day session* o( the^Montana labor convention merging into grand Socialist dcmonstra^lions at night, much to the chagrin of the Heinze automobile steerers.^The meetings were immense *uccesses. The big opera hoUSC was^comfortably tilled the first night, and packed the second.
Theconvention itadf wa* a laughable illustration of the frantic^efforts the old parties ate making to control the politics of the work-^Ingmen, \ll their schemes of self ^protect iott are nullified miles* they^pOSSUM governmental power, Vet at any mention of political action^these yelping tools of the oppressor rushed to the front like a bull at^a n il Mg, and themselv fj kepi the conv ention a g^nul part of the time^on political discussion. That's the way we like to see it working,^brothers. \ll the truth want* is a hearing.
Thecflforts of the Direct Legislation League of Helena to gain^the Indorsement of the convention for it* referendum bill show the
witha broad, unselfish, unbiased knowledge of life would dissipate^the cause of social ills by evolving a remedy.
We have the Citizens' Alliance, the union*, the unemployed anil^many other forces or elements that go to make the problem that is
demandinga solution; then we have the greatmovemcnt known by
someas CO-operatioa, by other* as Socialism. All these are creatures^of conditions, elements of evolution and necc**arv to that solution.^Why these element* should not intermingle for the sake of the good^cause I do not kmwv. Widely separated camps beget faction* and^factional or class hatred and useless, senseless war. It i* up to u*^to meet frequently, upon neutral ground, to discuss, in a *am and^reasonable manner, all vital questions, then we will not be so likely^io impugn each the motives of the other. Let us meet a* friend* and^eliminate, a* far as po**ihle. from our councils men whose interest in^the question is regulated by graft or profit. The Socialists, in whose^behalf this is written, desire peace, but they also demand pr^^gre*s.^through exact economic justice for all. Thev believe that the head^ind the heart are greater than the gnu and lead in the uplifting of^man and the solution of our many troubles. The strike, the boycott,^lockout, blacklist and ostracism and the hull-pen do no good to^anv hi ^ily.
DeerLodge County Socialist Have^^ Nominated an Excellent Ticket
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Socialistsof Deer Lodge county met 111 convention at^II in Anaconda on W ednesday . August }l, at S o'clock^convention was called to order by J. H. Schwend, chair^^man of the county central committee. P. A. Tohin read the call,^after which Mayor I rinkc was elected temporary chairman, and T.^\. Tohin tentporarv secretary. The usual committees were then ap^^pointed, and adjournment taken until after the open air meeting on^the corner of l'ark ami Main, to allow the delegate* the opportunity^of hearing the address of Mrs. Ida (. rouch lla/lett. Mrs. Hazlett's^meeting was an unqualified success, in point of attendance, in the^interest manifested, and in the able, logical and convincing manner^in which the speaker expounded the principles of Socialism. \t the^conclusion of the address, the convention reconvened and the dif^^ferent committees presented their reports. On the recommendation^of the committee on credentials. Mayor T'rinkc was made permanent^chairman and I'. A. Tohin permanent secretary of the convention.
Aelesreut. uncompromising revolutionary platform was adopted,^and then the convention proceeded to nominate a county ticket, as^lollows: State senator. I. II. Schwend; legislative ticket. |. \\ Rob^Inns. M. P. Tohin. James P. MacDonald. John T. Blomquist, John^Hines and Tony Schey ; sheriff, C. C. Mel high ; clerk of court. P. \.^robin ! clerk and recorder. I ^. L. Jehe ; county attorney. passed trca*-
urer,H. A. Ilennj ;assessor, V I ^ Lcvengood: surveyor, \\ m. Wels-
le); coroner. C. B, lav lor; justices of the peace, James I'cvlin and^Han Job; public administrator, (has. Stanton; constable*. I . J.
Heurvidend J. J. Sladich,
\count) central Committee, consisting of two member* from^each precinct and three at large was selected, ami given power to
1omrade Ida t rouch-1la/lett iddrcssed the convention and sev^^eral of the delegate* spoke ^^n local IsSUCS, after which the o ^nv rntion^adj^ mined.
Withthe above ticket, composed as it is of men to whom not^even the faintest suspicion of capitalistic Influence attaches, the So^^cialists,if I ^ccr Lodge county make their appeal to the working class.^It is composed from top to bottom of class conscious union men. and^nmler ordinary conditions the only dement of doubt in connection
withthe result Ott November the Sth would be BS to the slse ^i (hi^phiralitv of the vote i^ its favor.