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A *y>t«n th«t «ay» to Übot: "You «h*ll take what
I offrt you without » word of remonstmnc*, without
any conference m to ti hiatiet; you shall t«k< it or
you shall may* your tmnil\ tyro hundred miles b*(OT«
you .11 n a dollar," i» as real a aystem of slavery as
anything th»t *M eTer pmiunM in the north or any
of (he southern states, for the m»n i* utterly unable
to r»»ist his circumstance. —Wendell Phillip".
per j i'mt
Eugene V. Debs, Socialist Candidate for President
of the United States, Will Speak in Everett
at 2:00 p. m., Sunday, September Ist
THE BIG COLISEUM, COR. WALL AND WETMORE,
WITH SEATING CAPACITY FOR 5,000 PEOPLE
HAS BEEN SECURED.
Kuj;.iie V. Debs, socialist candidate for
president of the United States, will be
in Kveictl on Sunday, September 1. He
will speak in the Coliseum at 2 o'clock
in the afternoon.
Ths Coliseum will hold 5,000 people,
but it will not, hold all who will want to
hear Comrade Dsbfl. Arrangements are
being made for an overflow meeting at
The general admission to the Debs lec
ture will be 25 cents. Reserved scats
will iv sold at 50 cents and 75 cents.
A. Sturdza, city organizer of Everett, is
DISEASED MEAT FOR WORK
"Can't You Leave the Garbage Question
Alone?" Asks Mayor.
WOULD YOU LIKE TO EAT FRIED,
BOILED, BAKED OR STEWED TUBER
CULOSIS GERMS OR TUBERCULAR
ABSESKES? 'Would you willingly serve
diseased meat on year . table J Would
you like to eat pork that has betfl fed
on filthy, rotten garbage, garbage that
Li swarming with germs of consumption?
Would you like to eat pork that comes
from hogs afflicted with this dread
eeourge; hogs whose bodies are full of
deadly germs and putrient absesses?
Probably not; but, if you live in Colo
• 'i*£l','-€mpi-i£^Uj :llv ■«-»» "- *»=; **■* **
is quite likely that you eat that kind
of pork, if you eat pork at all. And it
would appear that His Honor the Mayor
of Denver, Prince of Reformers, choice of
the "People." "Citizens'" Mayor, thinks
that kind of pork is good enough for
You see, there is' money in raising
hogs, when the feed can be had without
.■ost. and so, some enterprising "Business
Men" are raising hog 3 on garbage, gath
ering up the scraps' of bread, PUTRID
MEAT, bones, etc., thus fattening their
hogs with littl ecost, for the garbage U
given them entirely. A large portion)
of the garbage comes from the hospitals
and sanitariums, where the worst eon-;
sumptives are cared for. Yes, doubtless
many people die from eating this filthy I
stuff, but let us not forget, THERE IS,
PROFIT IN SELLING IT, and what else
ih so important as profit?
Dr. Sherman, who has been endeavor
ing for years to have this dangerous
meat barred from the market, was of
fered the position of city health eommis-;
sioner, but was asked by Mayor Araold,
HAS MADE BIG PLANS
Has Mailed A Letter Containing Two Half-Year Subscrip
tion Cards To Entire List of Subscribers.
RESULTS ARE BEGINNING TO APPEAR
A socialist paper is ever striving to
Incmnn its circulation. The ambition to
,send the message of §oel»U»ia to an ever
iridenlng circle of readers ta a great and
impelling force. It is an ambition which
from the nature of things grows strong
,-r with each suocesS.
The Commonwealth has more than
doubled its circulation within the last
It will more than double its list of
readers ithin the next six months.
Kach successful plan trill be succeeded
by a stronger one.
Readers of socialist papers are great
workers for working class victory. Few
indeed are those who in slipshod, sloven
ly fashion shove their share of work in
th« great class struggle upon others.
Realizing the jx>tential power of its
army of readers, the Commonwealth hai
mailed two subscription cards to each
one of them. A firm belief in the will
ingness of a socialist to do what is to
bo don«», and Uo it cheerfully, is fully
-ending tickets to party members in the
city and Snohomish county for advance
sale. No time should be lost in sending
tor additional tickets when the first 10l
September 1, at 1 p. m.. we will wit
ness the greatest political meeting in the
history of Snohomish county. it will be
good to be there. There is no greater
orator in tlie world than Eugene V. Debs,
and no more tireless, fearless worker for
the llliaillljiatlnn of all labor from the
curse of wage slavery.
the reform mayor, if he couldn't leave
the garbage question alone.
PORK IS NOT USUALLY EATEN BY
THE BETTER CLASSES. it is pur
chased mainly by the common people —
wrokitig people—and what matters if it
be rotten or diseased? The "Taxpayers,"
whom the citizens' party mayor repre
sents, arc able to buy porterhouse steak,
and it is highly improbable that any of
them wilr eat stewed germs or fried nb
sesses. And if a few more working peo
ple contract tuberculosis and die, what
matters it? There are much too many
of them now —many more than there
are jobs for, and there is profit in garb
age fed hogs; profit in selling filthy.
rotten, diseased and disease producing
meat. 80, undoubtedly, it will continue
a, t-,■'.._,.i.i, r»QT- TirTT^n'.•ttv-.Trmr.yNT .
HEALTH, OR HUMAN HAPPINESS,
OR HUMAN LIFE, IN COMPARISON
TO PROFITS! FOR THE DESIRE
FOR PROFITS IS THE MAINSPRING
OF OUR "CIVILIZATION!"—The World
WORKING MEN AND WOMEN.
For your own sake unite
And the battle will be easy
i If you just learn how to fight.
With ten thousand times ten thousand
, We will vote the workers in,
And we'll heed no priest or preacher
If they tell us that's a sin.
j And we'll rule this glorious country
j From Key West to Nome,
I And every worker in it
Will have a wife and home.
Steamship J. B. Stetson, loaded by
scab labor at Grays) Harbor, h,ad to pay
ten cents per hour per man extra as a
penalty to union men in Portland un
RtMllt« are apparent. The following
have already responded:
11. A. Hammond, Suit 2
E. D. Mitchell, Waconda 2
Clias. Iluener, Tacoma -
J. 0. Layman, Port Angeles 1
V Leino, Aberdeen 2
S. Mtein, Bellingham -
Alex. Coutner, Freeland . 2
K. Sturm, Ik'llingham .......... -
J, \V. Jaj ii. ■-. Tacoma 2
A. Nelson, Centralia 4
Thos. Craig, Ephrata 2
E. B. Coswell, Arlington , 2
C. A. Payne, Taeoma 2
V. Zoblit, BeHingham 1
Denny Kelly, Granite Falls 2
It. ii Davis. Edmondl I
Ous Krentzlger, llartt.ir.l 1
C. M. Cupplei, Concrete 1
.1. \\ Hattan. Chehalis 6
\l Ilarney, Marysville 1
\V. 11. Fisher, Anaeortes 1
R. .T. Hcpplewhite, Bellingham -
Fred Iloff, Kverson 2
EUis WSleox, Bellingham 1
A SOCIALIST WEEKLY
"COL. ROOSEVELT IS THE MOST OVERRATED AND BEST LOVED
FAKIR SINCE THE 'GJLDEN CALF.'" —Mark Twain.
" ■ ■ • - .... ',-, , .' ■■ . . . .-- ■
By Gordon Nye.'
• A-few iliiv-i i'" ten IX^troit officials
vrorp ■!•■■(■.ti'i „ on, ')niw« . of. <rraffc.'. JJn
connection with the building of the Wa- <
bash depot in that city.
i nc manner in which these men were
trapped and the evidence secured against
them i 3 characteristic of the methods
employed by detective agencies every
This particular agency opened head
quarters in an office building and posed
as Wabash Tailroad agents. After put
ting through the city council the Wa
bash deal all the aldermen who had
previously been approached by the de
tectives, and who had agreed to accept
money for their vote in favor of the
"privilege" were invited to come to the
office of the agency and receive the
amounts they had agreed to take.
When they had accepted the money
they were immediately arrested and
charged with graft.
# # •
The economic system under which we
live is such that only an inconsiderable
minority of men can keep straight,
slips seize the ones who are found out
and lock them up.
To the writer it appears incredible
that in this age of so-called civilization
these depicable detective agencies can
practice their method 3 of tempting men
and then betraying them, and do so
They do not confine their effort to
capitalist politicians alone, but practice
their "profession"' in the ranks of union
labor. It is this phase of their work
which affects the great mass of toilers.
These agencies have grown until their
unscrupulous claws and dirty methods
are also used by all 'respectable" cor
porations, "BUSINESS is Business,"
you know, and business has grown so
crooked that, according to the managers
of large corporations, it requires thou
sands of spies to keep the workers from
imitating their methods of crookedness.
It is well known that the present sys
lem of capitalism systematically manu
facture* crooks and right here we cite
an Instance to prove this assertion: No
man can betray the busil transacted
in the rooms of the union. Yet these
detective agencies hire thousand of
men with but one purpose in view, and
tlmt !s for these hired spies to join
unions, loam the union secrets and then
betray the unions.
i\ THIS Mann] CAPITALISM,
WITH THK AID OF PRIVATE DE
TECTIVE AGENCIES, MANUFAC
TURES LIARS \M> PERJURERS AND
TEACHES MEN TO FORGET THEIR
RESPONSIBILITIES TO THEIR FKL
Now the ground work of all private
detective agem-ie* is blackmail. This
applies to all of them, from the nation
wide firms that jfuard banks to tbc one
EVERETT, WASHINGTON, ' V MKII'ST 1(i, 1912
horse sneak office tht^'TSpies on bartend
i ers.'-/•;•;'■■' .-y-:-.'-'::7!-. .v-;..:.'\..:
i "*- Tljp for^r j?"1^/.-Tys^," th<" hunker:'
■l"Paj us and %/e w?;, j,,»ea" that yoiT are
not robbed—don't pa; us and we'll see
I that you are."
t These national agencies have a wide
* range of acquaintance among the crira
- inal elements —in fact, a good proportion
of them are criminals: and where a
- bank refuses to pay its quota it is a
1 simple matter to pass the word along
- that such and such a bank is not "pro
1 And, accordingly, it is looted.
Thus the agency gains both ways. Its
t prestige increases because the bank
■ robbed was not under its guardianship,
> and it gets a strong hold on the "safe
! crackers" who,did the job. When they
are wanted as stool pigeons they are not j
r in a position to refuse.
1 The one-horse sneak agnecies have
different grafts. One of the most suc
cessful is to start a crusade against
: "vice," locate assignation and disorderly i
s h»uses, and blee4 the occupants to the j
t Then there are other agencies that
make a specialty of keeping tab on bar
> tenders. The "operative" is supposed to
i drop into a "protected" saloon during the
) busiest time of the day and note wheth- j
i er the bartender rings up the register for i
> the correct amounts.
The average saloon keeper pays tIMM
> leeches, because he has reason to believe
; that if he didn't pay them some wild-
I eyed reformer would bo given the tip;
: the first time the saloon keeper ever.
. sold a drink on Sunday, j i
It occasionally happens that one of
i these sneak "Rgencies" can get "some
• thing on" a iiiniicv'il man and then there
' are flush times in the outfit. The "easy
, mark" is led to bsllqve that his secret
i Is out and that the illy way to avert
trouble is to have the detectives "fix" I
i somebod] "fixing" ooines high.
The writer does not blame the mdi- .
viiloal employe used' by these agencies.
UK USUALLY is A \1 \\ WITHOUT
A JOB. HE NEEDS TO LIVK. JIK
CANNOT LJVI UNLESS HE HAS
WORK. UK IS MERELY A \l< riM
OF "i i: si'i.KNDil) SYSTEM OF
PRIVATK \H;siili' OF JOBS—a
victin of capitalism.
So he hires you to a detective agency,
wlm uteii him to iecure evidence lainst
anybody for anybody who can pay.
THK PARASITES, WHO PRIVATE-
I.V OWN OUR PUBLIC UTILITIES,
EMPLOY OTHER JOBLESS MEN TO
SPY ON IUK WORKERS, AND IUK
WHOI i: 1)1 ST.I BTIKO OUTFIT LIVES
AT THE EXPENSE OF THOSE THEY
Spy ov— THE WORKERS.
Some civilization there, all right, ail
The dUjruiting thing about the whole
borrlblti tragedy U the evi.teme that we
tt* a p<'i>|>!v have degenerated to a li-vrl •
where we : are not better than human
weaklings. That we can remain calm
'in<l "W,t i ajl Mi whili ''.■■■■ that nj
pack vi pi-i-nn houhdT *liave "be'eu
turned loose to bring suffering and death
to the people, is beyond understanding.
First of all, we allow capitalism to
rob the toilers of more than one-half
of all the wealth they create, and, sec
ondly, we allow brutal corporations to
hire detective agencies to spy on their
workers, who make all dividends pos
sible; and we bonehead3 let the thing go
on day after day, never even peeping
OF COURSE, the workers must
be kept "honest," you know;
and if it IS ncessaky to hire
A thousand OR ten thousand
Detectives TO keep THEM iiojj
v.st. why that's their own
fault, therefore, let them
pay the bill.
We have now arrived at the foolish
house. The gates are open, so let's all
ARE SOCIALISTS FOREIGN
How many times have we heard that
socialists are all foreigners? The fol
! lowing statistics regarding the recent na
t urn 11 socialist party convention at In
dianapolis shows the fallacy of tli 1
Of the n,.ally 300 delegates 75 per
cent were native born Americans, Sing
land 11, Germany 10, Canada 8, Rossis
and Finland E each, Scotland l. Norway,
Sweden, Denmark and Ireland .') each.
Austria; Poland and Holland 2 each.
Hun-Hi. Bavaria, Roumania, Bohemia,
Slavonta and Italy 1 each.
\~ an incident of the strike of cloak
makers In Wen York, three strikei
being held for the grand jury charged
with assault and bat
SPECIAL DEBS EDITION
The Everett speech of Comrade Eugene V. Debs will appear in the Commonwealth of Sep
teniber 6. It will be reported in full from stenographic notes.
Every speech of Comrade Debs is splendid propaganda for socialism. The Commonwealth
of September 6 will be suitable for distribution, and may be had in the four page issue at the
25 copies $ .50
50 copies .75
100 copies 150
200 copies 3.00
500 copies 7.50
1000 copies 10.00
FILL IN BLANKS_AND ORDER AT ONCE
The Commonwealth, Ev ish.
Dear Comrades —Enclosed herewith find (amount) for (number)
copies of your Special Debs Edition Kindly mail them, postpaid, on September 5
WE CAIfIfOT TRAFFIC Ilf OUR PUI!fCIPIKS, Wl
CAR MAKE NO COMPROMISE, NO AGREEMENT
WITH THE RULING SYSTEM. WE MOST BREAK
WITH THE RULING SYSTEM AND FIGHT IT TO
A FINISH.—LEIBKNECHT, "NO COMPROMISE."
The Newly Formed and Socalled Progressive
Party Has Let the "Bull Loose" in the
Political China Shop. Now for the Smash
Roosevelt, the iiull r/>u<r" of polities,
nice mure conic into his own. He
owns ;*ri<l controls a brand new political
pari y Ihe Pro( ■ ;irty.
"Xo-God Hollow" of Jefferson county,
Wisconsin, i^ noted for its pious popula
tion. Whitewater of the same state is
named after a muddy stream.
Koosevelt, the Progressive, is likewise
consistent. It was he \vln> signed the
"Alton Steal" while governor of New
York, llicnhy making $100,000,000 of
watcrad stock acceptable to savings
bank*. It was he who engineered the
■Panama purchase with its millions of
swag for legalized looters. It was he
whe shot the Spaniard in the back, and
gloated over the bloody deed. It was he
who hunted monkey 3 and gentle-eyed
fauns in Africa and shot to kill, Kill,
KILL. It is he who now has the support
of Perkins and Munsey and McCormick,
and the Morgan gang.
SENDS REPRESENTATIVE TO THE COMMONWEALTH OFFICE
TO SECURE COPIES OF ISSUE OF MAY 24 CONTAINING
ACCOUNT OF THE COWARDLY AND DRUNKEN ASSAULTS
UPON COMRADES JERVIS AND BOOMER AT PORT TOWN
UNCLE SAMUEL'S TIN SOLDIERS
MaY DANCE iHE CAN CAN*
Our issue of May 24 contained ac
counts of the mob law of drunken sol
diery at Tort Townsend, where Com
rades Jervi s and Boomer were mis
treated by Uncle Sum's "KnlgJrt of the
After these assaults had occurred the
state office sent Comrade Emjeset to
Port Townsend to secure affidavits.
These affidavits were sent to our con-
Lr'c-stiian. Victor L. Berger, who inter
viewed the war department at Washing
r A DISCREDITED REFORM.
| A Month of Commission Government in
I Everett Has Added Expense and
Commission government in Everett is
• in full swing. It has already accomp
lished several things.
The most noticeable accomplishment is
' one that we as socialists mention with a
broad grin. 'Phis efficient, economical
from has hit the dear taxpayer where the
• pet rooster got the axe—between the
bill and tail. There is added expense
everywhere, Of course we aoelalista
have no taxes to pay M we produce it
all and then turn it over to the collectors
; of rarphii value. still it affects our
■ risibilities to already hear the cry:
1 "This commission will swamp us if
■ we don't turn the town wet, and pay
' the bills out of booze money.
Ffolliott is going to pave Oakes ave
nue ON* CONTRACT. Commissioner
Thompson, a contractor himself, has de
i cided that lie cannot handle (his work
'on day labor. He needs the brains of
Such a progressive as Teethadore has
some consolation to offer a socialist.
Any voter who will fall for his line of
bunk will at least bo induced to "keep
his feet off the lunch." Such voters are
best appreciated when farthest distant
from the socialist parly.
After tlfe death of Mark Twain, an
auction was held to dispose of his ef
fects. 'Among them was a letter about
Theodore Roosevelt. It was not aompli
mentary. This letter was brought in and
suppressed by a friend of tho colonel
but unfortunately it had already ap
peared in the associated press and has
One sentence in this letter by Mark
Twain giv.es a complete picture of the
T.ull Loose" and is as follows:
'■ ■ • ■ --w'-":
• "Col. Roosevelt is the most over-rated
and best loved fakir since the 'Golden
The war department is now investigat
ing. On Monday, August .12. a rejire
•ent&tive visited the Commonwealth of
fice and secured copies of our issue eon
taini.i:.: 1 aecountl of these affairs.
Uncle Sam has a choice assortment of
tin soldiers, who dearly love bo secure a
leave of ablMea and to convert them
selves into human "canteens." The
chance* are 'i in" to one that some of the
Port Townsend mil lit nia\ have a chancu
to sober up.
Ffolliott, as he himself has decided to
draw $2,000 a year M a figurehead,
i Brodeek's policemen appear this week
in new uniforms. Brodcck so far' has
earned his $2,000 per by adding a new
chief of detectives and new clothes for
, his men. Being a dealer in clothes him
, self, this part of police work is all he
I Crime is still committed l,nt at least
ojir policemen are to l>e well dressed.
| Christiansen is handling finance by
, proxy. He has the same office force as
i 11l olden times. To this he has added
, himself m .i figurehead and ■ $2,000
Let's put the town wvl !ii pay these
, bills. The last administration turned
■ the town over .i|| almost ,i cash basis.
Lat'l collect from the lilllllS to keep |t
Mrs. O. 11. P. Belmont i- a criterion
for devotion to the oau of woman's
suffrage li;n expressed hcrxclf as v .-fi
willing to "scrub the floor" if it would
aid the cuuse, and as an evidence of
good faith purchased cleaning material
to the amount of twenty-three cents.