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SATURDAY. OCT. 30-th 1920
6 died in county jails awaiting trial.
2 went insane in county jails awaiting trial.
The 168 sentenced received from one to twenty
years each, or a grand total of more than 1250
years, or an average of seven and one-half years'
penal servitude each.
The above figures were compiled of Federal
cases only. We have no space to tabulate for our
readers the dozens of cases under the various state
Criminal Syndicalism laws, which resulted in the
soentencing of scores of our members to state
penitentiaries. We have not the space to inform
you in detail of the hundreds of cases of petty ar
rests, of imprisonment in county jails on trumped
The Facts Must Be Made Known.
The country is at present in the throes of a na
tionwide industrial crisis. Unemployment is in
creasing ; the capitalist class is becoming incapable
of the function of maintaining production ; among
the workers is stirring a great discontent, broader
and deeper than ever before. The American work
ers are more receptive than ever before, to appeals
to their class solidarity. Now is the time to make
known to them the facts about the long series of
legal persecutions, undertaken at the dictation of
our industrial task-masters, which the militant
workers have suffered. A publicity campaign, of
a broader and more energetic nature than any
hitherto undertaken, must be launched.
The General Defense Committee looks with con
fidence to the class conscious workers of America
to support its work in this hour of need. Through
the long, dark years of suppression, we have al
ways been able to depend confidently upon the re
sponse of the workers. Now we appeal to you again,
knowing that the undying spirit of working-class
militancy will assure us the response which will
strengthen the spirit of the boys in prison, and the
efforts of those working for their release.
Workers, the need is pressing! You, and you
only, can aid us ! Let your help be substaintial and
Colonel Malone, the British Member of Parlia
ment who recently joined the Communist Party,
got up in the House of Commons last week and
demanded that action be taken in behalf of Jim
Larkin, the Irish labor leader, who is confined in
prison at Dannemora, N. Y. Larkin was convicted
of active membership in the Communist Labor
Party and sentenced to serve from five to ten
By J. L. Gillespie.
Some thirty years ago I saw a board bearing the
blood stains of a chattel slave who had been beaten
to death by his overseer. They were as painly
visible as they had been a week after the tragedy
occurred. This board served a small part as siding
to an old barn. The tragedy took place several years
before the civil war.
The capitalist class of the world were the in
stigators of the world war and their hands are
stained with the blood of the working class.
Our federal prisons today contain upwards of
2000 working men and women who dared to speak
their minds against a program of war which to
them seemed a gigantic crime.
Will a nation pursuing such a policiy of per
secution stand the test of time? Russia under the
Czar pursued such a policy, but it failed, and the
ruling class of that regime is now paying the price
for the crimes and cruelties which it perpetrated.
The capitalist class may wash its hands as did
Pilate of old, but it will do no good; the blood
stains will ever remain to curse its existence.
Capitalism now holds its supremacy only, by
deception, trickery and fraud, put over a people
through the aid of a powerful prostituted press. It
may be asked how long this condition will endure.
It will last as long as the working class sleeps and
not a day longer. A powerful labor press must be
built up and sustained to counteract the lying, de
ceitful papers and magazines whose editors sell
themselves into a condition of intellectual prostitu
tion to sustain a system that has served its day
and should be cast upon the junk heap of all worn
out and useless things.