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Now that the purchasing power of
the dollar is only about 50 of normal,
(in other words it takes a dollar now
to buv what we used to buy for 40c)
now in these days of underpaid school
teachers, the term Little Red School
house, takes on other significance. The
term now in many cases refers more
to the heads of the inhabitants there
of than the color of the pig
ment smeared upon tin- other surface
In other words, poor pay. over work
and lack of consideration, has put a
little red teacher in the little red
sehoolhouse, and that means a lot of
little red scholars who will be better
Tead by far than the old fa-bioxc-J
square-pegs foreed-in round-hole. ma
chine made scholars. It was Tngorsoll
who discribed the capitalist -com rolled
school s place where pebbels aiv
polished anil diamonds srs dimned 1 '
The red teacher in the red school trill
rectify that mistake.
8ix rretty 5i,t, maidens have fore
sworn matrimony until their claret
is successful in raising a budget fund
of a hundred thousand -dollars. We don't
wish the girls any hard lnck. but
knowing the evil the church has
wrought through the ages, here? hop
ing these girls have to stay single
Two Comrades Who Need and Deserve Yoor Support
Wilson once advocated "pitiless pub
licity" bit like a lot of other things
bf advocated he has placed reverse
English upon it. He is particularly de
sirous of avoiding auy pitiless publicity
iibout his little agreement with Eng
land to allow her to buy the German
Ships held by the U. S, at I price
iqual to approximately 30c on the
Opon convenants openly arrived ;it,
is another phrase which fell easily
trom the lips of the great phruse
MAker. Wilson's method of "openly
srrhinj." i always behind closed
There is I rumor current now that
it was Lansing who was the great
whrsr iraker. V fjaosj only torV the
credit for it. asvs the rumo:.
"The reds are better Americans than
the ones wh raic' them," .said .lane
Addaws thus confirming my sus
Poland is uow .joing to ''save the
world from the iMnSef of Bolshevism".
- Poles ARE th'cl; headed find sum
to learn. But experience is n gre;it
ONE HAS APPEALED FROM
AN UNJUST AND OUT
DECISION OP 15
OTHER IS FIGHTING
, MAW OF ILUNOIS
i IIMIIimiMIIIIIniIHMIHIIMIMMMIIMI ;
i j The Black Sheep. ! j
(This chapter was ry mistake pub
lished in an earlier issue. We herewith
publish it in its regular order so that
there will be no break in the con
tinuity of the story. Ed.)
wiling Irish Liberty bond
r will probfcWy get aftet
Our public men succeed in eradicat
ing vice from the public eye, not in eradi
cating vice. They are now "eradicat
ing" the reds the same way.
Let us all move to Gary (Ind.)
Tn a series of articles by Emerson
Hough in the Sat -Eve-Post. Hough
makes this statement, "I passed most of
my first day or so among the oppressed
WHO COULD HARDLY MAKE MORE
THAN TWENTY OR THIRTY DOL
LAR? A DAY, and who were ground
under the heel of a military and in
Of course Mr. Hough is B thoroly
reliable writer and the Post surely
wouldn't deliberately allow an article
to appear in its columns which it knew
distorted the truth, so with the author
ity of both Mr Hough and the Post
that wages are twenty to thirty dollars
a day in Gary, let us all go.
Of course Mr. Hush didn't SAY. thinker and a friend of Thomas Paine.
that wages were $30.00 a day in Gary
Lincoln the Great Emancipator would
not trade horses while crossing a
stream but if he were alive today
he would instantly and indignantlv
repudiate most of the iruff-peddlers
who in the name of Lincoln and Amer
icanism used the power of his good
name to put across a lot of master
class piffle on his birthday. Lincoln
is too great a name to bo smirched by
linking it to the names of most present
The Interohiwch World movement
thru paid advertisements In the daily
press is asking people to "dedicate a
first portion of your income to God
thru your church" is using the name
of Washington as a religious man of
great faith. The truth of the matter is,
that Washington was not an orthodox
believer but like many of the earlier
American Statesmen, was a frco
but there is what he did say. What
inferw.ee could be drawn from it T
of the soldiers in Gary but he forgot
to tell us whether the $30.00 a month
"opprnscor" envied the $30.00 a day
"oppressed" or not. Possibly he will
tell that in a future article.
The spread of science is causing th
church to lose its ground, and thp
church needs the monev even if !t
to (Meat the conscription act.
appealed and all defendants arc
On Feb. 25th at Cincinnati Ohio, Lotta Burke with 12
other socialists and Communist Labor Party members were
givtirj sentences ranging from three months and $100.00 fine
to 15 months in conn I v jail and Ir. S. penitentaries. After two
years of litigation the 'sentences were imposed by Judge Peek of
the Unites States district Court, The charges were conspiracy
The cases were immediately
out on bail of $.1500 each;
.t the hour this is writteu comrade Marguerite Prevey,
of Akron is confined in the Columbus Ohio jail, charged with
violation of the capitalist made "criminal syndicalism" law of
Illinois in that she helped organize the Communist Labor
Party at Chicago, last August.
She is fighting extradition from Ohio. Altho the extradi
tion papers were signed by Governor Cox, and her arrest was
permitted in his office by an Illinois agent, Jos W. Sharts,
her attorney, secured a hearing before Judge Pi. B. Kincaid
of the Franklin County Common Pleas Court. At this hearing
Judge Kincaid gave The decision that before comrade Prevey
com Id be taken from Ohio, the state of Illinois would have to
prove the Communist Labor Party was organized for the pur
pose of overthrowing the government by "violence and other
unlawful means". The heating will probably be had before
this issue of The Toiler reaches its readers. Tn the mean time
she is held a prisoner as Judge Kinkaid doubts his authoritv
to allow bail in this case.
Happiness is a by-product of proper
conditions in Industry.
Nothing doing is the result of doing
nothing. Does this apply to our town
Bolshevism means that before you
can have pie you have got to raise
Murmansk (the former base of the
Allies) has fallen to the reds Petro
grad still stands
has to lie a little to get it.
j ' ' rt
The Literary Indigestion advertizes
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REFLECTED in the press of the couv
try." That is about the ONLY public
opinion it presents.
Representative Elanton of Texas
chareeterizes the recent A. F. of L. pro
nouneinmento as "the greatest menace
ever sounded. A Congress of serfs M
a National crisis ," threatening the
institutions of the country." This Re
presentative would probably drop dead
if he should ever stumble upon a copy
nf Marx and F.ngels' Communist Mani
festo! Workers of America! Now is the
time when It strongly behooves yen
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Both these comrades are members of If Marguerite Prevey is allowed to
the State Executive Committee of, pass into the clutches of the eapital-
iST flaHs'Tir Tmii0nrfld be persecuted
A'Tfiif'tnVrmnfrVi jshmr T-aTTV UPvMf S?'
Roth !.nve been lone reeosnized for
their loyalty to the workingciass and
the principles of uncomprisin? revolu
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much for the workers, both have given
uustintlngly of all that they had for
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more service to the workers of Ohio
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under the most drastic and infamous
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must carry her case thru the courts
oven to the highest one. She cannot
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"I know not whether laws be
Or whether laws be wrong.
All that I know who lie in jail
Is that the wall is strong;
And that each day is like a year,
A year whose days are long."
This ia a declamatory voice at about
five-thirty in the morning, from Ru
dolph 's cell, awakened .lack and Col
lius from their slumbers. Tt also awak
ened the temper of the latter. Collins
was not fond of esthetics when at his
ease; and when irritated he shared
none of the sentiments so dear to tK;
average radical. TmleSS he hnppered
to be exactly iu the right rn od,
he had an absolute aversion for what
le termed the aberrations of an ef
fete culture. He often said that poetrj
and novels were written by men who
had nothing better to do to be read by
people who could do nothing better.
"Say. what in hell do you mean by
spouting your whoresome poetry at this
time of the night! Do you begrudge
a fellow what little sleep he can get
in this infernal hole? O. if I could
get at vuh. I 'd slou you in the
mush.'' thundered the big man from
off hie bunk in the opposite cell.
"Oh, well!" retorted Rudolph," you
don 't need to be so peevish about It.
Its nearly broad daylight. Its time
to net Up) Then after a pause.
"If you were in this cell all along,
you too might want to give vent to
aome sort of expression."
"Why don't you do like th i'ats
gnaw the bars. Tt will keep your jaws
busy and not disturb us." This said,
the big nian turned over and drew the
ragged quilt about his shoulder and
once more attempted to sleep. This prov
ed to be impossible. Rudolph's elo
quence had banished the fingers of
Morpheus from his eyes. Jack too,
was wide awake, and in contradistinc
ton to his cell mate, not peeved. Tn
fact he was rather interested in the
subject matter of the poem. The days
for him had been rather short; his
companions keeping his mind busy
with a recital of the wonderful phe
nomena in the social world.
lie asked Rudolph from what poem
this stanza was quotted and received
lhe information that it was a part of
the ballad of "Reading Gaol" by
Oseur Wilde, who was as Rudolph aver
ed, one of the lord's of language of
the last century.
"Oscar is one of Ru.lie's heroes,"'
sneered Collins wl.o was still in bad
spirits. "One of your tempermental
artistic gents "
"Yes, that's right. Oscar Wilde is
one of my literature heroes, but for
all that I do not appreciate your in
uendo that T would want him for a
cell mate." protested Rudolph.
"Who was this Oscar Wilde?"
"A degenerate," snapped Collins
"An artist," explaned Rudolph.
"Well in ninty cases out of a
hundred it amounts to the same
thing," Collins growled,
"What you really mean is that
Mr. Wilde awakens strong convictions
either for or against himself. He
must have been an interesting person
ality. Tell me more about him," re
marked the boy.
"lie was a great writer of poetry
and drnmn," Rudolph explained. "A
nmn with a splondid sense of the
beautiful, in nature, in language and
in man, but his weakness got him
into trouble. I might describe him
best if T said that he wrote splendid
books but lived a rotton life." Then
after a moments reflection, "no the
last part would be too strong. His life
was not so bad. he smiply had an
"I might soy of you Rudolph,
"Jack observed," what Huxley said
of Oladstone, that you retreat under a
could of words. From what you say (
cannot make out whethor Mr. Wilde's
weakness was worms or wiggles."
Collins explained to Jack in the
commonest nf common language just
in what Wilde's weakness consisted.
After which the ooy wanted to know
more about the man and bis books.
Rudolph explained to him that the
man was dead. That ho died as a
result of a prison sentence imposod
upon him for his woakness bnt that
bis books could be found in every H
braty public and private thrunut the
English speaking world; that they had
been translated into nearly all civllixed
languages; that they were read and
idmired by cultured nnd refined minds
verywhere. To which Jack replied
that in that case it would be well to
consider the books apart from the
man. To think ,f him only as a
great author, the products .' whose
hr. m had enriched the world and for
get his weakness which after all did
not enter into bit books. v
"Let ns forget his life and remem-
bor hia work for their beauties sake,"
said the boy.
"I cannot appreciate anything a
skunk does," Collins said. "I cannot
read a line he penned without thinking
of his infernal deeeneracy."
"Oh, you christian," sneered Ru
dolph. "I am no ehristhn." the other
"No, you mean you 're no Church
Member but yon are as fanatic as
any Jesus lover T ever knew. You
Lre a free will Christian, and nothing
else can he made out of you."
"You're crazy," roared Collins, "I
hate Christianity as much as vou do
and you know it."
Rudolph agreed that this was tecb
ni"n!iy true, but asserted that that
when it come to showing the spirit
of intolerance he was a regular Calvin.
'Tnkfl your stand on the drink quest
ion, vou are as extreme as a howiing
mothodiSt, Rudolph said. Then 'con
tinued "YOU know that the drink ap
petite is a physiological condition.
That its victim cannot resist the
temptation even tho he see the faces
of his starving children in the glass.
Cursing his weakness he gets drunk.
He ruins his health, impoverishes his
kids, while crying to his God for
help. But he is a dipsomaniac; his
body has an affinity for drink as
ether has for air. lie cannot help
being what the forces of heredity
made him. Yet, you who call yourself
a radical and a liberal, curse your fel
low worker whose appetite differs
from your own. You call them every
name on the calendar as if they wore
victims from choice instead of from
circumstance. Imitating the christians
you make everybody but yourself a
heretic. Xo Collins dear, you may not
be a christian, but . if you are not,
then you are a Jew or a Mohammedan,
or a Brahmin or perhaps a Voodist, but
you're no radical, you, are no scientist,
yon are no idealist, you are too damned
intolerant; you are good at condemning
but yon never make an effort to vn
derstand for if ever you learn to un
derstand then you would learn to for
give." " Yea and you are Christian, also,
for you talk about forgiveness. Y'our
consistency is something wonderful,"
mapped Collins and he leaped out of
hi3 bed as a tiger leaps at his prey.
"To forgive means to surrender, and
surrender means death. You 'd bnrden
yourself with so much human waste
that you'd be smothered in the filth
of your own choosing. I've tpld you on
several occassions that I don 't hate
these vermin, I only seek to eliminate
them from my environment. I hate
vermin, high . brow and low brow.
That's the renson I'm against them.
They hinder me in the struggle for
existence, that is rll. That's enuf."
Rudolph s sally had made Collins too
angry to answer with his customary
coherence. He trailed off into mnt
terings about the inability of the
workers to center their minds on a
common purpose because they toler
ated within their ranks these ele
ments who placed their own personal
appetites nnd ideas ahovc the com
mon 'good. "Try to hold a meeting
for the purpose of fighting the bos'i
with one third of the membership
soused and the other third filled with
poetic drenm stuff and capitalist lies,
you have just one third who are ready
and willing to fight the master, loaded
down with two thirds of their own
numbnrs in the shape of physical and
mental nincompoops "
Jack, who had been listening to both
of them now asked Rudolph what !e
had to answer the big man.
"Yon understand that drankonees is
i result of a peculiar body chemistry
which people inherit frftm their an
cestors, therefore the owners of such
bodies are constantly in dangor of
having their brain befuddled thrn
yielding to their inborn craving. I
know that a drunken man is dange
rous. But the bread nnd hutter quest
ion is not an individual proposition;
it ia wholly collective in its naturo.
Drunk and sober must solve it to
gether. I have told Collins many a
time hat if you don'f take drunkards
into the organisation they will scab
enough to build an organization who
on us nnd help break your powor.
Then where nre you going to got men
don 't drink. We must deal with peoplo
ti they are and not as we want them
Jack still wrapped in his blanket
laughed good naturedly, "Ob, oh!
you poor fish! You get on the track
of truth and whon you get insight of
it, you shy like a broncho colt. Ncithor
of yon have tho necessary gutt to be
real sclentlttt; both of you are seek
ing the light blindfolded; for fear
that if yon should find It, it would
reveal to you your naked Impotence.
Cor two weeks I have listened to
your arguments and tried to test them
in the light of reason and when all
is said it appears to me that your
ideas would he screamingly funny if
(Conl on page 4.)