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Skygac's Column
Hoorav!
I loom v again'
Just because the European mwi
date suits mo far more nil it
the tribe of Grabitftll.
this
does
The German people went through ft
hard school the past live years, hut
junipin" jebosophat' They do seem to
have learned a lot in tlmt liar! school
of experience!
Tho Mea of treating the vanquished
in war, as though they wen- human
beings, grows in direct proportion .is
the soviet idea spreads.
acription compulsory in our town) in a
recent editorial, says "the world is
ful! of disheartened failures who don't
half try. They go thru life from failure
to failure, always blaming somebody
else for their ill success. .'n
Inter hfe he will blame "the boss"
or "the system" or "bad luck" or
"society" or "capitalism' or "the
administration" -anybody or anything
b it himself for what in his heart hi
knows to be his own fault.
THE BRITISH LABOR MOVEMENT
MIIIIIIMMIIHIHUMIMHMIIIIilimillllllllMt
By Felix Morley.
Staff writer,
The Federated Prcr.s
ARTICLE 2 INDUSTRIAL ORGAN
IZATION AND THE TRIPLE
ALLIANCE.
promise to nationalization propaganda.
The membership of the Triple Al
liance is now about 1,600,000, divided
into 800,000 miners. 440,000 railway
men, and 350,000 transport workers.
The president is Robert Smillo who is
also chairman of the consultative com-
The Olack Sheep
LONDON. In the framework
, mittee, composed of two officers from
Oi 1 1. r LL. .... . m- a ..
unco i me cuuBiuueai reueratio.-is.
u-.;i.. . u .: r j . . .i .
is found one of the few striking paral-1 " '. . ' . "2ET7". me
lels between the labor movements of V'.'T ' "l "1L T. ' T ml".r P
Great Britain and the United States. "1L inousmai nas.s, oti,
Here, as in America, the basis of LJvH"" and , tl'J 2
Organisation is still one of crafts or . un,."'l
i I H
How is that for dope for school trades, with a vast multiplicitv of Cffi-SJTJSh !32SS? i J'
chUdren! From the terms "system", minor unions more or loss completely o the admission of other
"the boss", "capitalism" etc., used Independent in polity and action. HtX 8Efi! 1? 7 7 2S A'"
! . - .... !C ... t a,: ft..-.! Uance has been made to depend on
There is nothing like sovet rule
fike the mock out of democracy.
to
Soviet ride means rule
people.
of for and by
Christianity makes christians
slaves simultaneously.
and
The hope of a mansion in the sky
fades into insignificance when con
fronted by the possibility of realising
the hope of freedom on earth.
The dwellers of the House of Hav,
niinil nml in the meantime lecture tho
people of the House of Want or
desirability of economy.
the
In other words,
we'll spend it.
vou
save it, and
Wealthy people are not thrifty peo
ple. ey are wealthy simply because
their unearned income comes in faster
than their appetites can spend it.
One can only eat about so much beef
steak, wear about so manv clothes, and
fee only n .-ertain number of -.1 ows.
When income covers nil the necessary
desires and appetites and leaves a
surplus, that is not thrift, but inability
to consume. Inability to consume, not
thrift is therefore the reason for the
rich man's excess riches.
t
Utopia can not be realized because
we can not find n way to change hu
man nature, concludes Robert Quillet)
in an article appropriately headed
"Small Town Stuff" in the B. E. P.
If vou can't change human nature
how did it happen that a pea-cloving
people who firmly believed in the
biblical in.iuncfion "Thou Shalt Not
Kill" were drafted into the greatest
killing machine in historv?
If vou can't change human nature,
you CAN materially change the EX
PRESSION of it. Your grandmother
always made her own soap. Do yon?
Know anybody outside a oap factory
that does?
Bolshevism; Socialism in r. hurry I
We are indebted to the Catholic Flolv
Name Soeietv for that definition.
The Holy Name Society claims that
the Gospel of Christ is an nntitote
for socialism. Socialism is an antitote
for the slave psychology which is
wrapped up in the Gospel of Christ.
Now do not get "all hot up" and go
to calling names but go to the nearest
public library and get Andrew D.
White's "History of the Conflict of
Theology and Science in Christendom,"
read that and vou will thank me for
telling you about it. The book is
published bv Applet OO S. (2. vols.
f8.00).
A negro in Tirxns. ohprend with
murder, was caught, indicted, tried,
convicted and hanged all in a day's
time. The pluteprcss report called it
a case of "swift justice" Now if it
had been a white man? Well in that
case it is selfevident that the whole
proceedings smacked of undue haste
due to the prevalence of the mob spirit
amongst the law-and-order-crs.
it is easv to see the intent ot tlie as
I'llitiirial The inference of course be- anc
Ing that the socialists who tench that
the viciOUl environment of "capital
ism" keeps the wage-earner from ever
being anything else but a wage-earner,
is all wrong, that any poor student can
lift himself by the belt of his ambition
nil into the "upper classes' any time
he chooses. The irony of it all is that
anywhere you meet him the socialist
i ronspicioualy above the average
in intelligence nnd information and
while opposed to the "system" oa
principle, yet is far moro capable of
stir mm: under tlie --system" man
sin Americn I,n mn nrn., ,,r.,c I IIUn"' "aS "' 10 (lopCIlrt On
nd antagonisms exist. Strikes fail for l"0. faot.or . of h"1 instead of
want of concerted action, there are'"'"" '"" nu me post 01-
fre.iunt jurisdictional disputes, nnd l,f. "fW Th "dopte'1 "
other evidences of faulty organisation. ,?,n c0 cla,,sc' .and. unit in thc tcxtlle
While the eominff of the Trinole Al- ""'"'. "" arus "'r w a wwngs in
rent
trade,
nron.;r.e n , o,.-.,,. , ' hi ar i.a . ion lo nt m witn mis renuire-
these obstacles in Enjiland the iiidu
strial field still shows a lack of unity
ln marked contrast to the general
harmony and cooperation of the Brit
ish labor movement.
drawn out strike of the three mould
ers' unions. All labor now recognizes
lhat, had the employes of the whole
moot anv of the poor deluded dupes of lj Pnglnoering industry worked together
capitalism, Capitalist control of the i 111 t!'is struggle hnlf as well as have
employers' lederations the strike
schools is a positive blight upon the
educntional opportunities of the young,
and "Current Events" is a eonspicions
example of bourgeois psychology as
applied in the schools.
Senator Newberry, the political dew
berry of Michigan has been found
guilty of conspiring to buy his seat in
the U, S. Senate. He was tried by a
jury of his peers. He will not lose his
seat iu the Senate, says the press
reports. Now Berger Oh well, he did
not BUY his seat lie was elected!
Make vour own comment.
Six months ago, if any one had told
ir.e that it was possible for the dead
to come to life, he would have had an
argument with me irghi there; Now,
since the news ot the rise ot tn?
As indicated above, the vast power
resi'ten! in the Triple Alliance does
not mean an underlying revolution
ary purpose! and it appears that the
The most recent example is the long-J S 7 n vea SR.." Koen -v !UV;,ke .t0
awn out strike of the three ,nl3. i thp,r responsibilities to the community
Uf they are to their strength. The Al
liance lias never yet acted as a unit
on the strike field, although there is a
possibility that concerted drastic ac
tion may vet be taken on the nationali
zation of mines issue. The clauses of
its constitution show how jealously thc
Triple Alliance guards its power. They
are summarized by the 1919 Labor
Year Book as follows:
1 Matters submitted to tlie joint
body must be of a national char
acter in the opinion of the body rais
ing them and such as necessitate .joint
action.
2 Co-operation is not to be expected
until the matter in dispute has been
indorsed by the national executive
No movement
tlK
would have seen the unions stronger
instead of crippled for a long time to
come, and would not have entailed
anything like the loss to the oenntry
that has actually taken place.
For years past the weakness and
disunity of craft centralization has
been a source of anxiety to the labor
leaders on this side, and'is particularly
so now that labor's political power is
fast outstripping its industrial develop
ment. The reason is clear if one stops
to rnnsiite- tlm rnunlf nf n afct1l4J
labor government trying to function
"" England in a few years, but it can
never stay in control until the po
litical organization is complemented bv
German proletariat. 1 am convinced11 much more unified industrial ihuv...-.
that there is still hope for those who! A glance at statistics shows that this
are asleep in Gompers!
in a state where all Industry Is fast i" . j iTT.r'. i ul Ule al
ill the -rrin of ennitnlist ,m(,,J T dVam nai eu uooies ir It IS lllvCIV to 111
f - "1 J .", . '. uituui
will be in control of the government
"The red flag never flies over apt
farm house," says eLonard Wood,
aspirant for the presidential nomi
nation, of 1 ' shoot-or-ship-the-radicals ' '
fame. Then as an afterthought he ad-
ded, "some method of assisting men
who have no money to buy land, would
be most helpful in sol 'ing this ques
tion." Yes, yes. General, that IS the
(mention. .Vow if "some method of
assisting men who have no money to
buy" land or anything else, could
only be found but genearl, we know
the question. Aye, we know it well.
What we want to know is, what solu
tion YOU have for this question, and
we would rather have it now than
to have your confession after election
that you have no solution, but merely
used the y.ostion for advertising pur
poses, Now there is a land where they
HAVE found a solution for this
vexing question, but as you want to
"ship or shoot" all those who are here
rnd also have the solution, well you
can see the dilemma vou are in!
volve the others, until it has been sub
mitted to the joint body for consider
ation. 3 -Periodical meetings of the three
full executives to be held at least
half-yearly.
4 -Consultative committee of six,
two from each executive, who may call
a conference at any time, and ' must
call one on application by any one of
the three bodies.
Every effort shall proceed among
the three sections to create effective
Irish prisoners go
" savs the press
"Sixty five
prison Singing
port. Sounds like an American write
up of the X. W. W.
The Ebert Noske government killed
off nil the red leaders in Germany.
Yet economic determinism forced the
inevitable change in Gnrtnany and new
spokesmen for the workers are rising
from the ranks. Wonder if that signi
ficant fact spells anything to the
American Department of Justice?
Current Events, a school paper Cstib-
What wonderful things arc phrases!
One man says what the country needs
above all else is a strongly developed
rationalist movement, nnd a preaehe:-
skilled in the use of words, retorted.
that the speaker wished to become
the leader of a herd of infidels!
Now that slavery has been legalized
in Kansas, nnd John Brown's burial
place has been sold for comiuereia!
purposes, let us all rise nnd sing,
"Our Father's God to Thee,
Author of Libertee
Trala-la-la etc.
"Poles Ask Pence As Reds Hammer
On" headlines our own A. P. Mercy,
how times do change! Only six short
weeks ago we were informed by the
same paper 'that the Toles were going
to stem the red tide and save the world
from the menace of Bolshevism.
critical situation is appreciated an'!
that much in the way of union co-ordi
Otion and amalgamation has been
iccomnlishod. PVPn tl,onjrh mu0t moYO
still remains to be done Tn ISDf). there
'ere in the United Kingdom l,3l0
seperate trr.de unions with a total ,, uV" Ii i 1,
membership of 1,860,918. By the end bodies 1
of 1911 the nitmlmr of scperate unions1 i , . , , ,
had shrunk to 1428, their "mKL bo4y
increased to 8,059.863 At the " H mtY -fc ""V" ltS Bw" bn,' .
time the number of dtettaet TOlSs Lfi iS nl'V t"ken
is under 1.199. their total membership li- 1 t fo h" been
close to 6,600,000. The flgiM Slf'! f TVa A "7 IPS"
reveal the full signifiefnee of t IflffitfiSJ? ? mpf,,.ods
amaglamation tendency. In the first the '"t'tut.on of each erganiza
Place it is the Mr, ..s'liLfL,?? ' i on Pr ides, and the conference snaU
that are meririnn- nnd fodoTotinrr
weak nnd nimnn,t4 tZi-. ". an(l to decide the question of
be called without delay to con
unimportant organizations'..,
which maintain a feeble independence' a v ,, n . ,
and swell the total of separate uiuors I 'N Wi v act shall dc-
Into hundreds. Again the decrease in ZC v " ,","
number is in n.t ..;'r"s t'1,?5c conditions are complied
01,
Who will be our Saviour now?
Besides it seems to be sort of an
off season for Saviours.
f
Kapp tried for the Crown and lost
his head.
Let the politicians of America toke
note of what happens when anyone
tries to pull off a monarchist uprising!
All power to the Workers.
Hooray!!
These Leaflets are ready Are You?
Two numbers of The Toiler Educntional Leaflet Series are ready for
distribution. AND THEY MUST BE DISTRIBUTED. Not Just a few, but
thousands upon thousands must be distributed in the shops, mills and mines.
Every reader of the Toiler Is expected to help in the widest possible distribut
ion of these educational leaflets.
Kuuibei- One "Soviet Busslt's Code of Labor Laws", should be read by
every American worker. Especially should every union man nnd woman rend
it It is eight pa?os and the price is 60c a hundred in any quantity desired.
Order now and start the work of education among the wcrkers of your locality.
Take a bunch to your union mooting!.
Number Two "Strangling American Workers", appears in this issue. No
better method of successfully showing up present day official tyranny and
the violation of the laws by public officers who pose as leaders of "law and
order" is possible than the widest distribution of this lnterrestlne; leaflet
Let the workers know the baso character of the capitalist class officials win
are supposed to ouforce the ' iw of the country but who are in realty crlm
lnals of the lowest type. Tlioy deserve the widest publicity. You can help
spread the truth about those rascals and hirelings of capitalism.
Distribute "Strangling American Workers". 50c per hundred
Address The ToUar Bight Nowl
0
From north, south, east nnd mat
- -- -.-.- Ill - A ...... t I
I II- t l.'lll' I I I I'l II I II I "I'I'I-. . I'V.-lll
one is from comrade Rend of Hantn
Cnir. He hns found a piece to put
some psmnhUts to work. And he is
doing It. You can too.
A second order for I hundred Stand
r of the Toilern goes to the "Triple
Mlnnce" of Huntington W, Vn. Tlmt
Tr'ple Allinnc Is working overtime
for Soeirtlim these dnv.
i-errase in spite ot the addition 0
I ow unions, manv of professional work
ers, created in recent years.
Tlie general trend today is distinctly
in the direction of industrial unionism, :
witn a erowing section of executive
leadership and of the rank and file
nlike urging along that road. The
reasoning of the English labor leaders
in pushing this doctrine is crystal
clear. Tn the words of J. IT. Thomas,
now president of the Trades Union
Congress, "national unionism has be
come obsolete. Not only must future
organisation be on industrial lines, and
its marking of the units of industry
pay Mime regard to the employer, but
there must be co operation between the
various industrial unions."
Tt i evident that thi" philosophy is
something far more fundamental than
anything contemplated bv the present
administration of the A. F. of L. ".,r.
on the other hand, does the British
theory of -industrial democracy 1-e-ir
nnv but the most superficial resemb
lance to that of the I. W. W. The idea
of violent social revolution is not seri.
f nsly considered in the development on
this side. Industrial unionism is some
thing new for England and at present
is regarded simply as nn intesely prac
tical step to insure greater ' power
and solidarity for the workers. Not
as a weapon for invoking revolution
ary general strikes, but .-is a tool to
itisuie fewer strikes with a much
higher percentage of success. To sum
marise in the words of a prominent
union organizer "the philosophy of
industrial development seldom con
cerns our people. It is always the next
thing that counts." The phrase il
lustrates the procticality of the entire
Mntish labor movement nnd sums up
the reasons of its remarkable sueeesi,.s
A good deal has been
merica about the Trinle Alt;...... . li
little has been said about. ti,
vital result of its creation. the ,..
dency townrds a closely-knit and homo
geneous industrial organization which
it has brought about. For years past
trades union congresses hnvnn,i....j
nnd furthered tho amnlgamntion of
unions entering for similar ocenpa
ions. nm. rrueh hns nlso been done in
mining ip ticai unions a rational f.l
rat ions s itatralixod is t be vir
tually national unions. Yet the i.innW
process hns
slow and inadequate to meet the more
MpW and efficient wnv in which the
employers have federated It i, . i . ...
1 . a' .. . . " 1 - -II
u mr the Triple Alliance to point
I , J "u 'uviiiciDio ortf!im;ition
Of libOf on thc lldttltrUl fin(i
'Tl. rr:. ... .
I.;- inpic jnaustnal Alliance of
"ii.i-n nners, Knilwavm, ,, and
Trnnsport Workers hns recast the
f. ....... . 1 L,c
......rr ui me laoor movement in this
country. Still to have tt ft,.. .
trial of strength, it la the 1,-1,. 0f
many that the development ha a-ur.'d
the eventful trnnRformotion of un-wield!;-
and weak trade Unionism to
solid, logicnl and nil powerful basis
of industrial unionism. The Triplo
Alliance is regarded in tunny circles
as the greatest example of constructive
labor statesmanship s.nce the launch
ing of the llritish Lnbor Party. As a
result of Its establishment assertions
nr.- made tint capitalist control of
boil! industries will be eliminated fide
bj rile with the ousting of capitalist
BOltfOl Of government bv the labor
j.art. iVrtninly the Triple Alliance
nas given tremendous influence and
Tlie briefest discussion of the Triple
Alliance, however, would not be com
plete without mention of the section
of labor thought which still favors nn
improved trade union organization, and
noifts that the 'triple Alliance may
easily become the autocratic and un
representative tyrant of the whole in
dustrial field. Others, and they are
tlie majority, hold that the Triple
Alliance will galvanize the whole in
dustrial side of the labor movement
into a more aseressive and well-fortified
Stand, without itself dominating
tbe field after the present transition
period. There must of course, be a
stronj, fui ward-looking executive coun
cil of labor to hold the balance be
tween the Triple Alliance and the rest
of the organized labor during this
tradition period, and it is obvious that
the Triple Alliance has already m.
tilted in general agitation for a stron
ger and more uniformly progressive
personnel on the parliamentary com
mittee of the Trade Union f!on
GALE DENIES 6ARRANZA
SUPPORT,
MEXICO. CITY-Linn A. E. Oale.
publisher of ' Gale's Journal of Re
volutionary Communism" of this city,
ncs issued a s-atement denying the
nsrertion of Trwin firanich, published
in the March "Liberator", which
savs that "Gale's is published in the
printing office of the Mexican govern
ment. Gale's la not and never hns been
published in the Mexican government
printing office or in any office even
remotely related thereto," declared
Oale. "Neither is it nor has it been
' subsidised ' either directly or indirect
ly, by Carranzn, ns Gran'ich snys. All
such statements are deliberate lies
which I believe are inspired by inter
est desiring to provoke intervention
in Mexi-o. Much nonsense has been
published about the 'Bolshevik! polic
ies of the Mexican government.' Thc
purpose of it is unquestionnbly to
arouse the dollar-patriots of the United
States and pave the way for war.
Thc assertion that 'Gale's is printed
by the Mexican government, which
is absolute rot, is just the kind of
proof (?) that Senator Fall. Doheny
& Co. would like, as an excuse for
another bloodbath. THE FALSE
HOODS OF ORANICH. AS WELL A3
HIS CONDUCT WHILE IN MEXICO,
ALL POINT UMMI8TAKABLY TO
THE CONCLUSION THAT HE IS
AN AGENT-PROYOCATEUR TN THE
EMPLOY OF WALL STREET!"
Onle added that neithor the Com
munist Party of Mexico nor he had
nt any time "supported" Cnrran.a.
"We praised him for keeping out of
fie war, for refusing to extrndite
political fugitives from the United
States, nnd for standing his ground
(for n time) against the oil trust.
We denounced him for brenking the
general str'ke in Tnmpico nnd the
teachers' strike in Mexico City. We
opposed nnd still oppose intervention
in the interest of the working class,
not because the Mexican government
Is Communist or Socinlist. Cnrrnnza is
ti Liberal like Bryan or Borah Hint's
nil. We prefer him to the hypocrite,
Wilson, rtlt we are ngninst them
loth".
Chap. XXY.
Unbuyable Things.
Gus Anderson sat in his old arm
chair with his feet propped upon the
'ibrnry table, his face buried in a
news paper and his mouth filled with
nn enormous chew of tobacco. He was
all alone, as was his habit when Olive
was not in the house. Exoept :'t lllca'
Itime, Mrs. Anderson and her spouse
t never shared each other's company.
'There was a good renson for this. Their
minds ran in entirely different ehan
'nels. She would sit bv the hour in the
diuing room and read the Bible or
the 'Ram's Horn' or 'The Christian
Herald', while he would sit in the
front room smoking his pipe and
reading the 'Police Gazette' or 'Smart
Set ' magazine, that is. if he was not
reading the stock reports. This evening
he was thus engaged when Olive en
tered, ne noticed now what he had
been noticing for several days that the
girl's mental attitude had been en
tirely changed. Shu no longer ran to
him with that childlike playfulness
that h.-H always been the joy of his
life. She had become dignified, distant,
almost to stiffness. He resented this
ihancteiihtic. Ii reminded him of the
wnyu of i. or mother. He had always
boasted that nhe was his chill with
none of her mother's fnults, and now
Mint she evinced sonic of his reel
characteristics he was unable to re
cognize them, but averred that they
.line front the mother's side of the
family. Before he. thought he com
plained of it. "Olive, don't act like
to your omther," he said almost pee
vishly. To which she answered that she
was trying to net like him. That she
was going to be a business woman,
as her father was a business man, and
is he had many times said that busi
ness was a dog cat dog life and that
there was no sentiment in business,
that she was trying to blot all senti
ment from her veins. "I want to be
come as much like you as possible
papa," she finished.
This was the uhkindest cut of all.
Yet Anderson could not help but smile.
He wanted his little girl to be an
augH and :tt the some time to be
like him. He saw the conceit of it
and laughed "0 forget U," he said.
"I wanted you to be like you used to
be. Just my little girl."
''Tint's what mamma used fo he,
too, as long as she was what you
wanted her to be, but when she be
came what she wanted to be then I
became your tlitle girl. Mamma learn
ed to love her church more than she
loved you. You will have to love busi
ness." Then with a saucy toss of her
head "I'll be second fiddle to no man
or no thing. I'm a new woman, I am."
"Yah, you're a new freak. Pitim
full of crazy notions," her father
roared. "Why can't you be pleasant
with mo? I've never robbed vou."
"Nof You have admitted hiding
the truth from me and now that it is
thrown in my face from every direc
tion and T try to reconcile myself, you
don't like it." So saying she walked
over to the piano and instead of her
usual sacred hymns she began to paly
"She Stood and Chewed Tier Gum".
"Oh. for God sake, cut that out.
What s got into you?" her father cried
boistrously.
"1 am the new woman. I am through
with old fashioned hymns. I am going
to play modern music." o saving she
switched over on the 'Shade of the
Old Apple Tree'.
"Why don't you play hymns? Play
me that one you played the other
night. That one about the dark night."
"That is sentimental. I'm a live wo
man now. And life and sentiment can't
go together. Beside whose night is
dark? And you don't care if any body
is far from home." Then she broke
into singing "When the Guinea Play?
the Organ on Ihe Side Walks of New
York."
Gus Anderson's hands dropped by
his side. A great big tear rolled down
his fat florid face. It was perhaps
the first time that his daughter had
ever seen a tear in his eyes. It was
more than she could bear. She jumped
up from the piano stool nnd threw
herself into his lap entwining both of
her arms about his neck. "I was just
foolin' Daddy" she cooed into his
ears, "I was n teasin' you. Just show
ing you Hint you do not mean the life
you pretend to live. That's all. I want
to be Dnddv's little girl. Onlv I
want Pnddy to let mo know life as
it is. Pon't feed me on lies just be
cause you love me."
And old Gus entwined her in his
heavy arms holding her close to his
breast. "I'll be damned if we are not
all sinners. Even when we try to do
good we raise hell. But little one
mustn't dissapoint her Daddy. Always
be good and Daddy will give her every
thing he can. No matter what she ever
does, Daddy is goin' to be his little
girl's best friend. Do anything for
her. ' '
He had no sooner said this than
Olive disengaged herself from bis
embrace and ran her fingers through
his hair. "I is goin' to ask you for
something right now, and if you do
it I 11 comb out all your dandruff with
a nice new comb."
"Shoot! I'm ready for slaughter!"
said her father. "What is it you
want?"
"First T must tell you something.
I met this boy in front of Higbees this
afternoon, and I talked to him. Tie
told me he wanted to get back into
iail because his partners were still
in. Funny I never thought of that. I
might hnve known that he wouldn't
leave them. He told me that he had
only twelve cents iu his pocket nnd
no where to go. This is n fcnrfullv
cold night nnd I'm worried nbout him.
I told him to go and wait in the pool
halt and I would go and see if you
would do something for him. Renlly
yon ought to Daddy. Don't you think
so?" Then pinching his noHC and
drawing it away down she said, "Call
up the pool hall and let them nrrnnge
a place for him. Won't you Dnddy?"
Old Gus just laughed. "Womnn, wo
man, its no wonder Adnm fell. Guess
I'll go and see the kid myself. Bring
me my artics, coat and cap and 1 '11
go and see him. Kind of interested in
what my future son in lnw looks like."
At thi- she pouted beautifully but
hurried to get the articles icquired.
Half an hour later Gus Anderson
walked into the pool hall of Eriekson
and Johnson. He asked the man behind
the cigar case to point out the stranger
which the other did. He then walked
over to Jack and introduced himself
as the county sheriff. He told him
that he had come to see why he did
not obey the court's order to leave the
town. To which the boy replied that
the court had no power to issue such
an order seeing that his term was not
yet expired and he was not the re
cipient of executive clemency, or other
legal process estting aside the com
mitment order of the court.
Anderson soon discovered that he
could not bluff the boy with legal
phraseology. A trick which he had
often played on the fanner. So he
simply settled down into what was
ostensibly a pleasant conversation, but
which was in realty an endeavor on
his part to learn who and what the
kid was. Tn this he succeeded fairly
well. The boy told him that he was
reared in the counthern part of the
state and that he was enjoying his first
experience in working in thc harvest
nway from home. He also told 1 im
that what they did nt Anamoose they
did at Wcstfleld, and that it was his
purpose to help organize the harwest
workers in such a way ns to make the
tax payers pastime of arresting and
fining men rather nn expensive
Inxnry. He told him that instead of
scattering the workers would come
hack to the same towns and that the
farmers would pa increased wages
r.nd reduce production for the incon
tinences the workers hnd suffered on
account of their greed. This of course
greatly interested the solid citizen, ne
urged the boy to go back home and
help his father cultivate the farm,
lie warned the boy that there was
nothing to be gained by sacrificing
ones self for a bunch of worthless
bums. "You 'belong to us" he averred
and pointed out to the boy that any
effort to organize havest hands was
treason to his own people. Ho pointed
out that the farmers life was hard
nnougi as it was, with the burden of
taxes, interest and crop uncertainty;
that if the workers were organized it
would mean shorter hours, higher
wages, and more costly food, nil of
which the farmers couldn't stand and
they would go broke with the result
that the workers would have no job.
He endeavored to show him that orga
nizing the harvest workers would de
stroy the harvest business and cause
every field to over grow with grass.
This argument would have a ap
pealed to Jack as logical two months
before but not now. ne pointed out
lo Mr. Anderson that bread was n
social necessity. That there was a vast
difference between what the farmer
got for wheat and what the consumer
paid for bread. That this difference
went into tho pockets of mortgage
holding bankers, elevator owners, rail
roads, commission men, millers, whole
salers, retailers, etc. He also pointed
out that by the collective ownership of
alnd where the farmer could get as
much as he needed for the payment of
government tax, would eliminate tlie
mortgage holder; that what the mort
gage holder now got could go to the
harvest hands and help him to live
as befitted a human being. He point
ed out that the commission men and
the board of trade could be eliminated
and the money which they drew out
of the wheat business could go to the
farmer and the farm worker. He then
reviewed the over capitalization of
riilroads as well as of miller and
elevator companies and convinced An
derson that here too was a tremendous
source of waste which might go to
useful labor. And he finished it all
by making a prediction that the work
ers and tenant farmers of the state
would some day rise against all these
grafting agencies nnd sweep them out
of existence.
Anderson listened to him with nn
indulgent smile upon his face. "Some
dream kid, some dream. Dime novels
have spoiled many a youth. I'm con
vinced that you're not a bad r.ort of
a guy and I'm going to be good to
you. My daughter told me that you
was broke. Now I'm going to get you
a bed and pay for your meals at the
hotel. And give you back what the
judge fined you, if you'll promise me
to go home on the first train out."
To this Jack replied that as a
citizen of the state he could not be
exiled. That he was going to stay in
Anamoose, in jail or out until his
partners were relensed. And that even
then they might buy out Judge Duffy's
blind pig and become respective citi
zens. Anderson now came right down to
business, ne asked him how much ho
would tnke to lenve town to which
the replied that thero woro certain
unbuyable things, such as loyalty to
friends, to principles nnd access to
the hearts of others.
"You're quite right kid. I thought
that every man had his price much or
little, but I havo run up ngninst it
the last few days. There nro unbuy
able things. And" the hell of it is the
things we want most we cannot buy.
(Continued next week)
0-
THE WORLD'S ECONOMIC
SITUATION.
a locturo by Wm. Ross Knudsen, Organ
izer International Association of Ma
chinists under the auspices of the So
cialist Labor Party, Pythian Tomplo,
PI 9 Huron Road, near Prospect Ave.
nnd E. 9th St. Sunday evening APRIL
11th, 1920 at 7:30 o'clock.
Questions nnd discussion invitod.
We rogret to record the death
by accident of comrade Elinor
Chnpman of Portsmouth. Comrade
Chnpmnn was one of the most
loyal nnd conscientious workers
for Socialism. Ho was n mombor
of the Switchman's Union and
wnfl killed in tho rail rond yards
nt Portsmouth where he was employed.

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