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"This country, belongs to the people who inhabit it Whenever jthey grow weary of their government they can exercise their
constitutional right of amendirg it ekrevolutioRary right to Werthrow it" Abraham Lincoln,
Official Organ of the Communist Labor Party of Ohio.
at Cleveland, 0.
Open door to Russia
will solve deporta
COSSAK RULE IN
By SARAH LIMBACH.
, PITTSBURG, PA. Despite the
fact that Congress does not consider
"Let us go back to j necessary to invettigate the denial
ol constitutional liberties to tne
thousands of steel strikers in Western
Pennsylvania, on the assumption that
these liberties have been "restored,"
the past week brings fresh evidence of
further flagrant injustices on the part
of the Penn. State Cossacks. Backed
by the local authorities and. the courts
a final attempt is being made to bat
ter down the resistance of the hundred
thousand men still out in the Pitts
Twenty-seven strikers were recently
sentenced in Buttler, Pa., to varying
terms on a technical charge of riot.
The Butler men have been out on
strike since August 3rd when a walk
out occured at the plant of the Stand
ard Steel Car Co. On the night of
August 20 the men were aroused from
their homes and informed that a car
laod of strike-breakers was to arrive.
They were requested to meet them at
Odell station. Instead, the men were
OTAAtad hv a RTMttial par rnnt.aininp
the Soviets. If, however, they must 8tate Plice and a BC0Te WCTe arrested-
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Ko A-nnrt-A T o m.fr.f hv ra m men were vicums 01
clients tp refrain from taking any
legal action for delaying or prevent
ingdeportation, providing the as
surances abovfe referred to are given.
"As the Department of ''State ..must
know, to, land these men, charged
with advocating anarchy and deport-
By W. E. Williams.
Soviet Russia and you will have no
Russian deportation problem on your
hands" is .the word which Russian
workmen detained as "anarchists" at
Ellis Island and 'elsewhere have sent
the following letter to Secretary of
"As attorney for eighty Russians,
now being held at Ellis Island pending
investigation of their right to remain
in the United States, and as attorney
for other Russians held in jails and
immigration stations elsewhere in the
United States, I am authorized to
make the following proposal to the
Department of State: ' '
"My clients, one of whom is under
conviction of crime and one of whom
is charged with crime, are willing to
leave the United States at their own
expense, taking -their families with
them, providing that your department
will give its assurance, (first) that
they will receive safe conduct to some
point in Russia under the control of
ed, upon territory held by any Rus
sian faction other than the Soviets
will mean their imprisonment or execution.
"If your department sees fit to give
men were victims of a
frame-up is beyond doubt.
In Donora .where the plant of the
American Steel and Wire Co. is locat
ed, the strike headquarters were raid
ed on December 6th by state police.
Walter Hodge, organiser in charge!
and one hundred men were arrested on
a charge of cfeapiracy. The con
spiracy being that the ffijjj m"
stigated dynamite explosj
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nights previous. A thorosem- cal1 out the
on the part of the striked murder a few of
nioaian. Thev were taken to the local
the government large sums of money iail , late. the fcre digcnuved I
in investigations, maintenance of de- hftil hftin t
tained persons, hearings, and the like.$500 After hearin in ths conntv!
Furthermore, it will eliminate the, thoBe who were citiaenB were
cost to the government of opposrag us! H.v g, ftHenB v.u
Walter Hodge was also held, tho a
citizen. At the hearing the most
damaging bit of evidence was pro
duced by Michael Tuth, a state wit-
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Yes, the nation wide raid on rad-
'-als hit the state office of the Com'
4f. -i ladot rarty, dui not as nam
q forth. When the gents
in charge of operations had gathered
up some papers of uncertain value to
them or us, they offered to trade
them for the membership list. How
ever, we were not in a swapping mood
so tne aeai am not go thru. As a
consequence, seven well paid officers
of the U. S. government went away
emptier and wiser then when they
came wise to the fact that some
things are unobtainable in this world.
We should worry.
A Cheerf ull Letter
"THE SOVIET ARK.
when we have recourse to our legal
remedies, as we 'must, if the govern
ment does not see fit to give assurance
that the men deported will be landed
upon, or conducted to, soil held by the
(Continued on page 4)
Let 'Organization' Be
SOVIETS SWEEP ON TO VICTORY.
Kolchak, Denikin gone.
truce with Esthonia. Self deter
mination offered by Lenine as
part of peace pact Russia
seeks trade with Italy. Red
Victories coming strong.
Editor's note: The week's news
from Russia containing account
of the onward sweep of the soviet
forces to victory on all fronts and
the collapse of the Kolchak and
Denikin "governments" invites us
to publish some recent dispatches
from Moscow. While these have
appeared in the daily press many
hundreds of our readers will ap
preciate their publication here.
The promising outlook in Russia
for peace with the Allies and the
opening of trade relations with
the world are some of the most
promissing developments of to
The greatest attack of the government
Soviets make I Gen. Semenoff was recently com
mander of the Cossacks operating in
the Siberian region, and he is known
to be strongly anti-American, having
had "everal misunderstandings with
the American forces stationed in Si
DORPAT, Esthonia, J any 1. The
first step toward peace between
(Esthonia; and soviet Russia was
taken tonight by the signing of a pre
liminary armistice, which is to exist
for one week, stipulating an imme
diate cessation of hostilities and cov
ering questions concerning Esthonian
independence and military guarantees
with regard to the frontiers.
The agreement, which may be ter
minated on twenty-four hours' notice
by either side, is to become effective
Saturday. Unless action is taken to
end it the agreement automatically
renews itself after seven days.
The agreement consists of five
documents, and includes a map defin-
LONDON, Jan. 3. Gen. Denikine's mg the frontiers. An interesting
government in southern Russia has ciause absolves Esthonia from all
been overthrown and Gen. Romanov- obligations to Russia resulting from
sky has been chosen to replace Gen. former connections with that country.
Denikine as anti-Bolshevik chief, The signing of the agreement had
according to a wireless dispatch re-been 8et for i yesterday afternoon
ceived here from Moscow quoting ad- but it was not until nearly 8 that
vices from Taganrog. the conferees succeeded in adjusting
The report indicates that owing to all details,
defeats along the front, a coup d'etat
occured at Gen. Denikine's headduar- Esthonia is Recognized.
ters and that his government has been! The next of the clause recognizing
replaced by a group known as the Esthonia says:
"Vozsozhdenye Rossie," meaning thel "In accordance with the principle
is mis-called civilization ha staught nothing
"regeneration of Russia."
oft proclaimed by the soviet Russian
Gen. Semenoff has been named to government of the right of all peoples
head the Siberian army, succeeding to a free determination of their na
Admiral Kolchak, who, after a series tionality, even to the complete seces-
ef disastrous reverses at the hands sion from the state to which they be
of the Bolsheviki at Irkutsk and long, Russia recognises without res-
Omsk, Siberia, is still retreating. Kol-'ervation the independence of the Es-j
disk's health has suffered as a con
sequence of his labors in fighting the
honian state and freely abdicates for
Continued on page 4.)
upon the political rights of the working-class
occurred last Friday night when a nation
wide blow was struck at the workers in the
round up numbering into the thousands. In
this latest and most idiotic attempt of the
capitalist interests of the United States to
throttle the aspirations of the workers,
methods were used, that would put to shame
those of the former autocrat of Russia. Men,
women and children were routed out of their
homes and beds, carted off to bull pens and
herded like cattle without even the sembl
ance of ordinary comforts being provided.
Hundreds and hundreds were compelled to
stand thru the whole night and even the fol
lowing day while an army of "investigators"
decided their fate. Mothers were taken from
their children, fathers from their familis
and communication denied them. Jails were
filled to overflow, thousands slept upon the
filthy floors of the capitalist jails without
even a Jousy mattress or a coverlet for pro
These are the methods of tyrany.- It is
by these insane methods that the govern
ment of the United States proposess to weed
out radic ilism in this country. The lessons
of history remain unlearned by the present
autocrats who hold official power in the gov
ernment. "Tyranny breeds radiialism, perse
cution aids the cause it seeks to demolish.
Revolution thrives thru s'uch unjust and
cruel misuse of power. Is the government
of the United States erected upon such
flimsy foundations that it can be menaced
by an idea? Does the government believe
for a moment that the deportation of a few
foreigners and the jailing of a few native
born will have the 'slightest deterrent effect
upon the proletarian revolution, that is sweep
ing over the whole world? If it does, thei
the history of the progress bf the human
race from savagery thru barbarism to what
to the ruling class of this country.
Instead of quelling radicalism, these
roundups, deportations, persecutions and jail
sentences but add to the numbers of the dis
contented. If the government and the rul
ing class of America have no answer to the
workers when they demand justice in the
industrial and political life of the nation
except jails, deportations, arrests, persecu
tions, hounding, spying and the blacklist
then the sooner the government extends its
persecutions and adds to their severity, the
better it will be for the working-class of
America. The sooner then will the workers
learn the lesson of organization.
The workers' answere to these outrages
must be ORGANIZATION. The capitalist
class fears the workers only when organized.
Unorganized, ii knows the workers are help
less to resist the exploitation which it seeks
to fasten upon them. Unorganized we are
completely at the mercy of brutal capitalism.
Only by perfecting our organizations can we
hope to successfully oppose the organized
power of capital and capitalistic govern
ments which are its tools. Then organize!
Organize in the shops, form a group of work
ers for carrying on propaganda, for support
of the workers' press and the work of educa-
ion. Distribute propaganda, sell books, get
subscriptions for the revolutionary papers.
Take your rightful place as a leader in the
craft unions if you belong to one. Join the
Communist Labor Party and the I. W. W.
Take your place in the organized ranks of the
Proletarian Revolution against capitalist op
pression, tyranny and"" exploitation. Join
the world's Red Legions that are making
this world a fit place for the workers. Join
the International Proletarian Revolution
against capitalist exploitation. v
Organize and put a stop forever to the
dictatorship of the capitalist class.
Dear Comrade and Fellow-worker:
You will probably be surprised to
hear from me, but then a wobly is al
ways do'ig something unexpected so
you see I am only upholding the
traditions of thd organization of
which I am proud to be a member.
I receive a copy of "The Toiler"
every week, and it is a fine paper To
my mind it is the best paper that
comes in here and we get almost all
of them. It (the Toiler) seems to
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I disseminating news of interest to
lthe.aHls and al adocatwntl volts
to that biological specimen, found in
large numbers on the North Amer
icar continent, known to biologists as
Seissorbilicus Americas (the English
translation is Mr. Block I believe.)
The trial in Kasas City, Kansas is
over and the boys were found guilty
of encroaching on "oily John's" pres
erves. They arrived here this after
noon and I will renew accquait
ances with numerous friends here.
Their sentences range from three to
nine years, but you will know all
about the trial by the time this letter
reaches you, so I will not enlarge on
I hear from Walter and Laura Rey
nolds every once in a while and their
letters are always full of that spirit
that has done so much to keep alive
the desire for freedom in the hearts
of the American workers.
If you can find time to drop me
line I will always be glad to hear
from you but I realize how busy yon
are and if I don't hear from you I will
know the reason. Y
Hoping that fellow worker Santa
Clans will visit you and with best
wishes I remain
Yours for Industrial Freedoms
LONGUET ON THE RECENT
PARIS. Jean Longuet, Socialist
leader, has given an interview to the
Paris correspondent of the "Lon
don Daily Herald", in which he ven
tures the following interpretation of
the recent French parliamentary elec
"The results of the elections, which
in a large measure recall the British
khaki elections in 1918, surprise only
those who did not calculate aw tha
inevitable consequences of the mon
Btrous electoral system create! solely
to overwhelm socialism Thua.
in the great working class suburbs of
Paris, with 114,000 votes against
145,000 for the Coalition (all the
bourgeois parties, including the rene
gades from socialism), it comes about
that fourteen seats are allotted to the
Coalition and none to the Socialist
party. The Alsace-Loraine Social
ists obtained 120,000 votes and have
not a single seat. ... In all, our party,
which had 101 deputies elected in
1914, will have seventy in the new
chan.ber. Yet the number of votes re
vived by our party is 1,700,000
against 1,100,000 in 1914."