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Your Dollar Against a White Guard's Fist
A small experience with a large significance.
Rv the Business Manager.
It all happened at Acme Hall, Cleveland, a
few moments before the Bob Minoi meeting last
week. The Toiler's Business Manager entered the
hall carrying a bundle of several hundred papers
which were to be sold to the audience. He observed
the array of White Guards in plain clothes and
uniforms ranged along the back of the hall. De
cending the stairway to deliver the papers to the
Committee, he was halted by a voice from above.
White Guard No. I, it was. The same Palmer
Lieutenant who searched the Toiler office last
January and subsequently returned to his superior
officers empty handed with the exception of a
few dollars worth of stamped envelopes which he
"What are you distributing here?" was his
question. "I am not distributing anything". The
question was repeated. "Do you see me distribut
ing anything. "What's in that bundle?" "Toilers".
"Open it up and we'll see, and don't get 'snotty'
either". The latter admonition is an example of
White Guard culture. "If my word isn't good con
vince yourself," I reply, as we decend to the land
ing and proceed to untie the bundle.
We are now joined by White Guard No. 2, in
plain clothes and White Guards No's. 3 and 4 in
police uniform. The bundle is untied and I hand
him a copy. "That goes thru the United States
mails", I assert. Even White Guards can some
times see a point, they are convinced that the
bundle is really Toilers and confiscate only the
one copy, as "evidence" I presume.
What White Guards are for.
White Guard No. 1, becomes very patronizing
insultingly so. "If you had answered us like a
gentleman instead of getting "snotty" it would
have been all right". "Oh, I have MY opinion of
you," In am compelled to insist. "Now, don't get
'snotty' (They who live in a mental gutter must
speak a corresponding tongue) or we'll knock your
block off and put you in jail besides," is his threat.
"Go ahead. I've been there before." But he does not
knock my 'block' off. That he was standing two
steps lower than I probably accounts for his lack
of an attempt to do so.
Here is where White Guard No 2. earned his
bread. While I tie up the bundle on my extended
knee he steps up and sends a smashing blow with
his first squarely upon my mouth, splitting the
lips and bringing a flow of blood into my mouth.
The police stand like sticks without a word or a
movement. How well they know WHOM and
WHAT they are to protect! There were no other
An apitude for slugging is one of the prime
qualifications of a Palmer White Guard. The art
is especially adapted for the only circumstance in
which it is used that of assaulting unarmed
workers in dark comers where protection for the
slugger is afforded by the presence of other arm
Having proven his qualification for advanc
ement the thug slinks into the shadow behind the
men in uniform and refuse to divulge his nami
and swallows the accusation that he is courrageous
only when backed by protection of others.
Education Of Workers Is Vital.
But, the purpose of this article is not to tell
you this little episode which is a very small affair
indeed. A far more vital matter to the workers is
at stake. A matter which YOU can help to rectify.
A blow in one's face is a slight matter, even the
filthy fist of a White Guard can be tolerated.
The same thing has happened to thousands of
other workers, that and worse will occur to thou
sands more before we have educated them to the
point where they will organize strong enough to
break the power of the dictatorship of the bourg
eoisie. . ,
And that is our purpose here, EDUCATION.
We were expecting to sell"almost a thousand cop
ies of "Lenin, His Life and Work" by Zinovieff,
at this meeting. Minor says this is one of the
finest propaganda pamphlets written. But under
the circumstances the committee decided not to
offer these pamphlets for sale. Palmer's White
Guards have stolen hundreds of dollars worth of
our literature. We did not wish to afford them the
opportunity to add to their steelings. We decided