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Entered as Second Class Matter, under the name of The Ohio
Socialist, February 21, 1917, at the Post Office at Cleveland, O.,
Under Act of March 3, 1879,
EDITOR . . .Elmer T. Allison
Published Weekly by The Communist Labor Party of Ohio at
Telephone: Harvard 3639.
CLEVELAND, O., WEDNESDAY, JAN. 14th, 1920.
PARTY NEWS PAGE.
The Coal Settlement.
The news comes from the Columbus convention that the Coal strike is
"settled", that is, it is if the operators will accept the recommendations which
the president's commission of three award the miners. The operators are
not compelled to accept the award, tho the miners are. The strike settlement;
may be characterized as a victory for a capitalistic imperialism alligned with
traitors within the miner's union. .
How reactionary and behind the present times are the officials of the
miner's union is seen in this "victory" for "business unionism". How lacking
in moral courage were the statements of President Lewis. "We were com
pelled", was the keynote of his speech before the convention in defense of the
official' ignominious surrender to the government's injuction. They had not
the vision to look thru the bars of a prison cell and see a new day for the
miners. They could only feel the taint of the prison clinging to them as they
dallied with the bourgeoise for the crumbs from their table. Such an example
of moral bankruptcy has seldom been held up before a body of workers.
"When this (the union), becomes, anything elese than an American msti-
l tution, I shall leave it," Lewis is credited with telling the minors. Lewis proo-
ably is in blssfull ignorance that the miner's union ceased utterly to be an
I "American" institution in the way that he means when the Government of the
United States issued an injunction "ordering" its members back to the mines.
I When that injunction was issued, the United Mine Workers of America
J ceased to be an "American " institution and became an object of vegeance
of capitalistic imperialism acting thru the government
Lewis' statement that the officials, by acting as they did in compliance
with the demands of the injunction, had"saved the organization to make such
'progress' as was possible in the future", must be accepted with a doubt as to
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ganization has been wrecked.
The miners will have much to ponder over as they pick and blast their
J way beneath the surface these coming months. These days are charged with
! mighty forces which are driving the workers into closer affiliations with one
another. The idea of One Big Union is a light in present darkness. This light,
the miner must and will find in his darkness. It is a light that no group of
' platidunious and visionless leaders can snuff out.
The miner's strike is UNSETTLED.
Comrade Marguerite Prevey is
scheduled to address a Prisoners'
Defense meeting at Bellaire, Jan 18th.
Other Locals arc contemplating meet
ings in the near future. Every Local
which can arrange a meeting should
do so at once. Meetings provide great
propaganda opportunities and every
comrade should realize their value to
That the Toiler Cartoon Depart
ment is turning out most satisfactory
work is the opinion of many comrades
who have written commendatory let
ters to the State Office. And while
appreciation is being given, let us
announce that the cartoon service is
donated to you. It is a free gift to
the Movement by a comrade who de
sires no return for his labor except to
see the Movement for working-class
emancipation grow. Every reader
should lend his heartiest assistence by
getting subscriptions for The Toiler.
Show your appreciation by lending a
hand. Actions ta'k.
Bullitt's Report is one of the best
sellers that the State Office has ever
handled. The price is right too 50c
a volume. This report of the Bullitt
Mission to Russia and the testimony
before the Senate Investigating Com
mittee, con', ins much astonishing in
formation about the tangled Russian
policy of the Allies. Most of it has
never appeared in print before. Order
it, read it and pass it on to others.
Comrade Phalen of Columbus for
wards three subs this week.
Charles Baker, organizer uor the
Communist Labor Party, has;been ar
rested, and is charged with violation
of the Lever Act, by interfering with
the operation of the coal mines in the
state of Kansas. ,
Baker defended the miners in the
recent coal strike. For this, he is now
indicted and out on bonds approximat
ing nearly 170.000. Ne will be tried in
the Kansas courts in February.
Money is needed NOW for his
defense. Baker has always stood by
the workers. Now the workers must
stand by him. Let your dollars work
for freedom for Chas. Baker.
Send all remittances to
The Communist Labor Party If Ohio, those who have stood by VOU
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A thousand notices of subscription
expirations were mailed out last week.
Did YOU get one. If so, send your
renewal at once. Don't delay. And
while you are renewing, add 25c and
write another worker's name on the
BOOST slip. Boost a bit.
Comming on the heels of the denial of a seat in Congress to Victor
Berger, Socialist, because of alleged "disloyalty" is the refusal by the state
legislature of New York to seat five socialists elected in regular manner by
the voters in their political districts. The movement of plutocracy and capi
talist imperialism toward complete domination of the life of the workers is
growing by leaps and bounds. Congress, having set an example in the denial
of the people's right to seat their chosen representatives in the national law
making body, we may with all justification expect all states to follow in a like
manner whenever those whose opposition threatens the rule of capitalist
imperialism are elected.
There is no dodging about the bush by the state legislature of New York
in this matter. As soon as the assembly opened, a resolution was adopted
declaring the seats of the five socialists vacant. No bones were made as to
why. The fact that they were elected upon the platform of the Socialist Party
was declared as the reason. The ig sembly will now proceed to decide the
loyalty" of the five socialists. It will in this case be the plaintif, judge and
jury. Just what chance the socialists have of taking their seats in the face of
such a combination may well be guessed.
A new era has been born in the political life of the United States. These
1 two denials of duly elected representatives of voters marks the beginning of
titles! despotism in America. Capital sees its domination of tho law making
flies of the maton threatened by the increasing number of worker's repre
intatives. It is to thwart this that they are denied their seats. It is a step
desperation. But capitalism must perforce take it. No method, however, sub
versive of the principles upon which the government is suposedly erected, must
ne left untried. It is to this stage that the social revolution in Amerca has
arrived that duly elected representatives of the workers are denied their
constitutional rights at the hands and by the orders x Capitalist Dictatorship.
A lesson in tactics is being driven home to the workers that must be learned
that the ballot is a "scrap of paper" unless backed up by economic force
Revolutionary Unionism. The answer to capitalism's rape of democracy is
mass action of the workers.
Comrade Harry Carter of Wakemen
O. writes for membership application
cards. Looks like he was out for
members, doesn't it? Sure does. He
also sends names to receive sample
copies of The Toiler. Some comrades
find many ways to help the work
aongVTnTroaWngTHe Toller to the
unacquainted is one of the best.
Literature committees to work in
the shops are being organized by Lo
cal Cinti. Union meetings and shops
are good places to sell literature. Try
it. Order a bunch of our pamphlets.
Lif e & Letters
"I give to you as the author, and to Bonl and Liveright as the publishers
Ly word of approval and hearty endorsement of your book. You will write
just the kind of a book that Time and History will require, and In every line,
on every page, you will be speaking for me with my authority, given to you
Without reservations or qualifications." Eugene V. Debs to David Karsner.
Address: COMMUNIST LABOR PARTY OF OHIO.
3207 Clark Ave. Cleveland, Ohio.
at one time for what they want, while
they often have to spend much more
for something they do not want And
aacenaancy inm uut w ,
tk. .. tho the workers had decided i thon' J" " " do1-
that a dollar it little enough to spend 1 lar sub m t other kind?
Comrade Roy Hall of Coahocton, f.
aaiula a dollar hill far a mb for anotit
tr comrade. Yearly tubs are in
these past few weeks
An instance of what can be accomp
lished by a slight effort given to the
work of getting subscriptions is fur
nished by comrade Jas Albert of New
castle, Ind. He sends us four new
subs and his letter states that he
thinks a six month's treatment of The
Toiler will induce renewals when the
time is up. And we believe he is
TWO PRISON POEMS
By BiALPH CHAPLIN
Like grey-winged phantoms out of sullen skies
They flood my cell And seem to fashion there
I know not what dim landscapes of despair;
All day I felt them lurking in my eyes.
And now they fall ike crosse3, sombre-wise,
Upon the shameful jnif orm I wear,
Upon my brow, my ftce, my hand, my hair;
And on my heart thir shadow always lies.
O heart of mine, wM throb with futile rage
And beat and beat against these hopeless bars?
For, though you break in life's last deadly swoon,
You cannot pierce beyond this iron cage.
To see the pulsing splendor of the stars
Or feel the blue-green magic of the moon!
OUR LIVING DEAD.
Mourn not the dead ;hat in the cool earth lie,
Dust untq dust;
The calm, sweet eari that mothers all who die
9 As all m must.
But rather mourn jfe living souls who dwell,
refenrTfc c r
Within each steel-Mnd coffin of a cell
Comrade H. M. Kohr is on the job
at Urichsville, O., this week. Two
subscriptions from him indicates whr.t
a little activity will accomplish.
Guernsey County Locals seem to be
especally well favored in regards to
halls and possibilities of holding meet
ings. At Derwent, a permanent head
quarters is being established. Beyes
villc, the County headquarters, has
permanent quarters. Local Robins
me ;s in the hall owned by the miner's
uni ii. This Local has also rented a
picnic ground for use the comming
summer. Present indications in Guern
sey County lead to the assertion that
live activities will be carried on there
Considering that bundle of literature
which was sent, you comrades, literat
ure agents and Local secretaries,
have you ordered more like it? Don't
neglect the literature end of the Mov
ement. Better order a package from
those samples RIGHT-A-W AY.
AS BAD AS THE
PARIS. A sin equal to that of the
German admiralty in ordering that
the Lusitania be torpedoed is the
blockade of Russia, according to Ar
mand Charpenti , writing in "Le
Populaire." Says A. Charpentier:
"Mr. Wilson and all of the heads
of the Entente governments declared
that this war had for .is purpose
the liberation of all of the peoples
from all imperialist and militarist
servitudes, and that these peoples,
once liberfltpd, were free to choose
Italy may be first to
"The ministers of the Entente, be
truying tin unanimous sentiment of
their peoples, have sinned equally
with the German admiralty which or
dered the torpedoing of the Lusi-
L0NDON, Jan. 9. If Russia wants
he Soviet form of government she
should be allowed to have it and the
allies should recognize her present
overnment Foreign Minister Scialoia
f Italy said today.
The Italian, statesman, here for
iscussions with Premier Lloyd
ierge, declared the two outstanding
iplomatic problems of Europe were:
The course to be pursued in Russia
and the disposition of the; Turkish
EDUCATION OBJECT OF CAPI
WAR ON IGNORANCE.
We have declared WAR on IGNORANCE. Will you enlist in the ranks
of the ENLIGHTEN ERS ? We intend to establish in the State Office of the
Communist Labor Party of Ohio a Book and Pamphlet Department second to
none in the nation. We will handle only the best of the Revolutionary liter
ature of the past and present We will also publish new literature of oar
own. We have since Jan. 1st gotten one pamphlet off the press, another will
be ready for sale in a few days. Others are contemplated.
The co-operation of all readers of The TOILER and of all Locals and
literature agents is earnestly hoped for. The demand for new and good rev
olutionary literature is greater than can be supplied. We want YOU to help
us supply this demand of the workers for ENLIGHTENMENT. Every,
worker can sell pamphlets every week to shopmates and other workers.
Every Local must carry a full line of the best there is.
Every Class-conscious Worker must help Strike Down the Monster,
Ignorance, that Enslaves the Workers.
HERE IS OUR LATEST LIST. READ IT EVERY WEEK FOR
Crimes of the Bolsheviki 10c each, 10 or more lu- each.
Russian Socialist Constitution 10c each, 10 or more 6c each.
Soviet Russia 10c each, 10 or more 6c each.
Russia, Articles by Tchicherin, Eastman, Lenin, 15c each, 10 or more 11c each.
Debs Goes To Prison, 15c each, 10 or more 11c each.
The Dream Of Debs, 10c each, 10 or more 6c each.
The Trial of Debs, 10c each, 10 or more 6c each.
Mr. Block and The Profiteers, 10c each, 10 or more 6c each.
Manifesto of the Cpmmunist International, 10c each, 10 or more 6c each.
The Class Struggle, Kautsky, 25c each, 10 or more 18 each.
Communist Manifesto, 10c each, 10 or more 6c each.
Evolution and Revolution, 10c each, 10 or more 6c each.
How the Farmer can get His, 10c each, 10 or more 6c each.
Scientific Socialism Study Course, 10c each, 10 or more 6c each.
Industrial Autocracy, 10c each, 10 or more 6c each.
Marxism and Darwinism, 10c each, 10 or more 6c each.
Slander of the Toilers 5c each, 10 or more 3c each.
Socialism UtopiaiTand Scientific, 15c each, 10 or more 11c each.
Shop Talks on Economics, 10c each, 10 or more 6c each.
Think or Surrender, 15c each, 10 or more 10c each.
Violence or Solidarity, 5c each, 10 or more 3c each.
Bullitt Mission to Russia, 50c each, 10 or more 40c each.
Communist Manifesto (cloth), 60c each, 5 or more 40c each.
Evolution Social and Organic, 60c each, 5 or more 40c each.
Law of Boigenesis, 60c each, 5 or more 40c each.
Jack London's Works, 60c each, 5 or more 45c each.
Debs Authorized Life and Letters Karsner, $1.50, 5 or more $1.25.
Russia in 1919, Ransome, $1.50, 5 or more, $1.25.
Lenin, the Man and His Work, Williams, $1 .50, 5 or more $1.25.
Pelle the Conqueror, $4.00 (2 volumes).
Philosophical Essays, Dietzgen, $1.25, 5 or more $1.00 each.
Savage-Survivals, $1.25 each, 5 or more $1.00 each.
Socialism for Students, 60c each, 5 or more 40c each.
Socialism and Modern Science, $1.25 each, 5 or more $1.00 each.
Stories of the Cave People, $1.25 earh, 5 or more $1.00 each.
Socialism and War, $1.00 each.
Ten Days That Shook The World, $2.00 each. 1
The World's Revolutions, 60c each, 5 or more 45c each.
Universal Kinship, Moore, $1.25 each, 5 or more $1.00 each.
Value Price and Profit, Marx, 60c each, 5 or more 45c each.
PLACE YOUR ORDER TODAY ADDRESS:
COMMUNIST LABOR PARTY OF OHIO.
3207 Clark Ave. Cleveland, Ohio.
is a crime,
sters of the
Comrade L. L. Lowery, of "Fir, Ark.,
sends us two subs. Every little aub
helps make a big revolution. Get the
Comrade T. H. Cave of Holy Hill,
Fla., orders a quantity of literature
for distribution and for self education.
The man who desires to be informed
is to be commended for independent
"Let us make this a "Happy New
Year" by getting 10.000 members in
Ohio", is the way M. A. Toohey of
Toledo, greets 1920. Hia wish finds
' an echo in the minds of thousands of
; comrades. But it requires activity to
I produce these results. Get in action,
BUDAPEST.-A systematic reign of
j error against culture and education
tania. Sending women, children and is bfin.g c&rri on by th,e ;ounter-
sick people to death is a crime. nungary w.tn me pur
pose oi crusning an opposition to tne
Many priests have been hanged out
right for alleged Communist views,
and hundreds of teachers have lost
their positions. In one locality, ac
ording to a well-authorized state
ment, 40 school teachers were mobbed
nd killed by White guards.
"These same ministers of the En
tente are today committing u crime
a hundred, a thousan d times more
abominable, in which, besides! reac
tionary Germany is participating.
These ministers, thanks to the in
different of their parliaments, and
to the inconceivable ignorance of
the peoples, are busy condemring to Boys and girls of 14 and 16 who are
a gradual death, by hunger, by cold, uspected of Socialist or Communist
by disease, a population of a hun- ympathies have been denied admit -dred
and twenty millions of iahabi- tance to any school in the country.
t ants, whose sole crime is that they 'rofessors in universities and techni-
al schools, some of them noted schol
rs, have been persecuted for suggest
ng the most moderate reforms in the
rcse- jtt !gime.
Police are authorized by a special
order to examine private libraries and
onfiscnte ah" books dealing with revo
utionary as well as revolutionary so
cial theories. On the counter-revolu
ionary "Index" are included Marx,
Froudhon, Ferrer, Engels, Kautsky,
nnderndde, Bebel and Sorel, as well
s Lenine and Trotzky.
Since the hunt for forbidden books
i carried on by uneducated White
iook senousiy tne Wllsonian prin
ciples and the promises of the min
isters, in guaranteeing them tha
government of their choice."
Local Tiffin comrades recognize the
truth of the above statement, and
have proceeded to organize two squads
of "go-getters" whose purposes will
be to compete for new member and
Toiler subs. Indications are that
there will be some lively skirmishes
Do you realize the value of a pam
phlet with a "kick" in it to hand to
Henry and his brother? Then order
a package of Mr. Block and the Pro
fiteors. Any worker who reads it will
never again look at himself the same.
The price is 10 for 60c or 10c fn
Let Mr. Block do your agitating
Guards, every book with the word "so
ial" in the title is confiscated. The
great majority of people have prefer-
ed to burn their libraries rather than
be subjected to the inquisition.
The municipal library of Budapest,
noted for "a com -ehensive list of
A public speaker recently pointed
out that while the United States has
only six per cent of the population of
the world and only seven per cent of
the land, it produces:
Sixty per cent of the world's supply
Forty per cent of the world's supply
Fifty per cent of the world's supply
Sixty per cent of the world's supply
Sixty per cent of the world's supply
Seventy-five per cent of the world's
supply of corn.
Sixty per cent of the world's supply
Forty per cent of the world's supplj
Fifty-two per cent of the world's
supply of coal.
Forty per cent of the world's supply
of iron and steel.
Twenty per cent of the world's sup
ply of gold.
Eighty-five per cent of the world's
supply of automobiles.
Twenty-five por cent of the world's
supply of wheat, and refines 80 per
cent of the copper and operates 40 per
cent of the world's railroads.
RETl3 TO BE DRIVEN OUT OP
A. F. of L.
SYRACUSE, N. Y. If Jamea P.
Holland, president of the New York
State Federation of Labor, can help
it, the next two months will see the
weeding out of all radicals now with
in the Federation. This involves the
job of getting rid of some 5 to 6,000
'reds' now identified with A. F. of L
movement within this State; but Hol
land insisted before the Annual State
Industrial Congress, in session here,
that it is essential for the prosperity
of organized labor that they be
WASHINGTON, D. C There is
to be no "boring from within" by
radicals in the organization of Ma
chinists, according to action of the
principal officers and the field agents
of the Machinists' Union. The heads
of the union adopted a policy that no
member shall retain membership In
the union who is affiliated with the L
W. W., the One Big Union, or any
other ultra-radical organization,
THE NEW INQUISITION
Concerning the recent repressive
governmental raids against radicals
a correspondent writes us: "I note by
While paying its wage workers less the press that the cossacka are busy
than 20 per cent of the wealth they again that the cohorts of Caligula
create. The New Majority.
Comrade P. R. Davis of Chesapeake
O., remits for one copy Bullitt's
Report and $1.50 as a donation. We
have placed this amount in the pressj
fund. Comrade Davis is also after.
subs for The Toiler. He pays a com
tliment to the Cartoon Dept.
and the bailiffs of the grand Inquisi
tion are making merry. Great God!
To think such asinine idiocy could be
perpetrated in this supposedly en
lightened age. I recall the astonish
ment expressed by one of the histor
ians, that the great and almost God
like emperor philosopher, Marcus
Aurelious, could have tolerated for a
moment the persecution of the Christ-
looks on social problems, and a world ians under his reign knowing aa he
enter of culture and social research, muat have known, with his broad and
has been demolished. More than 15,- deep understanding that persecution
000 books, many o em irreplace-l la the most fruitful nourishment that
able, were burned. can be given ANY cause".
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