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WITH THE PLAYERS
MRS. FYE MAKES IDEAL HELEN
Amateur* Do Excellent Work
Interpreting "Call of Conscience"
I Owing to the fart that no paper was
Usuihl the week following the produc
tion of Shipley's "Call of Conscience",
and the confusion incident to the
troublous days follow no mention
has heretofore boon made of the ex
cellent work done by the comrades
who Interpreted some of the difficult
roles of the play.
First of all should bo mentioned the
splendid work of Mrs. l.otolsia I've in
the character Helen Foster, rebel do
partment store employee. None but a
real revolutionary Socialist could have
delivered the message from the girl
employees to their heartless employer
C. H. Deacon in the fiery spirit of
Helen Foster, as impersonated by Mrs.
Fye. All through the play her render
ing of the linos showed clearly that
the words spoken were but the ex
pression of her own personal expert
(.Wo in the class struggle. Her every
»»ni carried conviction and reached
daep into the hearts of every listener.
Her work as an actress measured
fully up to the highest standard of
F. G. Crosby, the ever-genial adver
tising manager of the Commonwealth,
interpreted with signal success the
role of Mike Casey, the Hibernian po
liceman, who was so fearful lest the
Socialists "break up the home," whilst
he himself picked up no little small
change from the demi-monde. Com
rade Crosby never failed to bring the
laugh where it was due, and fully
realized in every particular the auth
or's ideal New York "bull."
Comrade John Warswiek and Ed.
McLaughlin brought down the house
with their realistic impersonations of
newsboys having scrap over "who'd
be a Socialist and divide up!" No
professionals% could have gotten more
out of their respective parts. They
were ably assisted by Ed. Critchley,
with mouth-organ and dancing.
Little Iris Fye took the audience by
storm with her talented impersonation
of the flower vender in the second
act, and of James Fairbanks in the
third act, where she recited with most
remarkable effectiveness and expres
sion "A Fool There Was," etc. This
was one of the unforgetable events of
Comrade Miss Sadie Crosby was
called upon at the last moment to
take the part of Mrs. Fairbanks,
"mother of six," the lady who had
been assigned the part being too ill
to play. She did very well indeed
under the trying circumstances.
Mrs. Addie Kosbab and Dr. Keyser
created no end of fun with their parts
in the soap-box scene in the tenement
district of New York. Their work
was highly appreciated by the audi
ence at every performance.
J Comrade Charles Morrison, in the
role of "laboring man," left nothing
to be desired, unless it be to see him
i; i a more prominent part. He was the
I. eal for the part assigned him.
§We have space to mention now no
of the amateurs who took part,
but we cannot close this account with
out recognition of Miss Inez Graybell,
one of the professionals, but a Social
ist, and therefore entitled to special
mention in these columns for her
faultless interpretation of "Mable, an
unfortunate girl." This is perhaps the
most difficult role in the play, though
"Mable" is seen only in the second
act. It is a part which tempts one to
overdo the emotional, especially in the
closing scene with C. H. Deacon, on
which the curtain falls. Miss Gray
bill handled her difficult lines with
mest artistic self-restraint, while los
ing nothing that was effective in deep,
yet reserved emotion. Her rich, me
lodious voice and charming person
ality added much to her profoundly
sympathetic portrayal of the heart
broken, despairing, yet rebellious
" roman with a price." We predict
B r this comrade a brilliant future in
11 <- Socialist drama that is so soon
'A word for the non-Socialist profes
sionals. It would be nothing short of
rank treason to conscience for us to
close this account without at least a
word or two of appreciation for the
regular members of the Griffith Stock
Space limits us to the mere state
ment that the work of this well and
favorably known stock company was
most conscientiously and artistically
performed. Each and every memebr
of the company won well deserved
praise and applause from an audience
many of whom were taking their first
lesson in the class struggle and
Marxian economics. No small share
of the success of the season of six
performances in Everett was due to
the hearty co-operation and high
ability of the talented members of the
Griffith Stock company.
Splendid Work of J. W. LaMar.
!!• sides the excellent work of those
already m-ntioned, we are happy to
acknowledge our deep indebtedness to
Comrade J. W. l.a.Mar, who favored
us during each performance with a
between-acts specialty which con
vulsed the audiences with laughter.
His act was literally "a scream," from
start to finish. Made up as a country
Swede, Comrade LaMar would noini
nte Knute Nelson for president of the
United States, and his dialect and his
argument very nearly put the audi
ence into hysterics.
No, we're not through yet.
We have still to mention the music.
Comrade Theodore Boer rendered a
most beautiful clarinet solo between
the first and second acts of each per
formance, which was most heartily
applauded by an appreciative audi
Owing to an objection raised by Mr.
Wagner, secretary of the Musicians'
Union, the volunteer Socialist orches
tra was not permitted to play before
the stage; but they rendered excellent
music in the wings. Naturally this
arrangement necessitated a great deal
of useless irritation and inconvenience
but in spite of that the music added
greatly to the success of the play.
Those who contributed their services
were Nels and I. T. Svarrow, Mrs.
Derrlng, Carl Mahngran and F. R.
No opportunity for propaganda was
lost. The time usually wasted before
the curtain rises was utilized by
throwing upon the sen on about
eighty of Comrade Shipley's lecture
slides, dealing with the evolution of
the machine and the class struggle.
Many of the pictures brought down
enthusiastic applause. This was ef
fective preparation for the drama
which was to follow.
If the Interstate Commerce Commis
sion is given supervision over issu
ance of railroad securities, it will be
but the Government further extending
its control over waterways.
-Nashville Southern Lumberman,
Carnegie spends $2,000,000 for
peace. The nations spends perhaps
$3,000,000,000 a year for war.
—New York World.
Formerly The Commonwealth
KVICKKTT, WASHINGTON, THURSDAY, APRIL 18, 1014.
DID YOU GET YOURS?
When the concern which took over
our property returned our mailing list
we found that it had been emptied In
discriminately into a box. It required
three experienced comrades two days
to untangle the mass, even partially,
SO If any one did not get the paper as
usual last week it is not to be mar
veled at. Under the trying circum
stances the remarkable thing is that
ANYONE received a paper.
For these reasons we particularly
request any subscribers not receiving
a copy of any issue to notify us and
we will at once mail the missing num
ber, We desire to do this in justice
to ourselves as well as to our readers.
This week we feel certain that our
list is again perfectly classified. But
if you find any error, or shortcoming
in it, please let us know AT ONCE.
CALL FOR COUNTY CONVEN
TION S. P. SNOHOMISH
The county convention of the So
cialist Party of Bnobomlsh County,
will be held at Socialist. Headquarters,
1612 California St., Everett, Wash, on
Sunday at 1 P.M., May 10, 1914, to
nominate party officials and to en
dorse county candidates for the fall
election as well as to transact such
other business as may come before It.
liy order of the Co. Ex. Board,
FKANK CORT, Secy-treas.
HOW THE RICH GET RICHER.
In its latest report the steel trust
informs us that it was able to find a
foreign market for 375,000,000 tons of
steel last year. At ten dollars a ton
this would net the steel trust the tidy
sum of $3,750,000,000. Out of this sum
the generous magnates paid in wages
to those who produced this colossal
wealth $157,000,000. And the gentle
men are very proud of their philan
thropy in thus "giving work" to the
poor wage-earners, and giving them
back in the form of wages a little more
than four per cent of the value of the
product of their arduous and danger
The capitalists are very kindhearted
thus to give work to the workers.
Very kind, indeed.
Colonel Uoosevelt is examining a
large tract of land in South America.
Maybe it is his intention to start a
little country of his own.
St. Louis Globe Democrat.
HELEN KELLER TELLS GUS
PILZ WHY SHE IS A
Helen Keller has come and gone!
The world does well to pay its hom
age to so wonderful a personage. In
all the history of tho world there has
been but one Helen Keller, thus dis
proving the maxim that "there is noth
ing new under the sun."
The bourgeoisie press has filled so
many columns about this marvelous
child of darkness and eternal silence,
that wo need say no more here than
to congratulate Miss Keller in being
able to Comprehend in her wonderful
way the profound truths of Socialism
and .Marxian economics. And we re
joice to call her "comrade," to wel
come to our ranks one of the world's
greatest living personages, an inspira
tion to those who have ears that hear
not, and eyes that see not.
At, the conclusion of her lecture at
the Everett theater, Gua Pilz, the Red,
Terror of Mukilteo, got on his feet
and asked Miss Keller why she Is so
much interested in Socialism.
Miss Keller quickly replied: "I am
interested in Socialism because It is
the only movement In the world that
will emancipate the working class;
the only movement that can bring
true happiness to the human race."
SOAP-BOXERS IN SNOHOMISH
Last Sunday, Comrade Illonnka ac
companied by Comrade Crosby, Adv.-
Mgr. of the Wash. Socialist, made a
trip to the ancient metropolis of Sno
homllh county for the purpose of pul
ling off a street meeting. The City
Marshal was hunted up and the pro
position broached to him. After con
sulting with his Honor the Mayor, he
reported back that they did not think
it the proper thing to talk politics on
the street Sundays, but any other day
or evening the Comrades were wel
come to go to it.
After consulting over the matter it
has been arranged for them to make
another trip next Sat. evening, April
18th. All Snohomish comrades are
requested to lend their ears for the
occasion, incidently any spare change
the system may have left in their
The hi,ffrage sisterhood might take
this occasion to ask Mr. Wilson if
there is anything in the Baltimore
platform about repealing the Panama
live-tolls law. —Boston Transcript.
TI IE ELECTRICAL WORKER.
(Kxtrmt from Poor's Manual of Public Utilities for
"Aside from the long distance lines, the Bell in
struments which were leased to operating companies,
and its real estate) substantially all of the assets of
iii" American Telephone and Telegraph Company,
consist of securities of local telephone companies
operating throughout the United States and Canada.
The American Telephone and Telegraph Company
furnishes each of these companies all needed tele
phoned replaces them with others when required,
grants the rights to use ail patents owned or con
troll id by It and does engineering and other services.
The consideration therefor paid by the associated
companies amounts to 4V4 per cent of their gross
telephone receipts, In addition to its Interests In the
associated telephone companies the American Tele
phone and Telegraph Company owns over 90 per
cent of the capital stock of the Western Electric
Company, which Is a large manufacturer of tele
phone and other electrical apparatus and Instruments
used by the affiliated companies. The Western Elec
tric Company Bella both telephones and telephonic
apparatus to all associated companies."
The beauty of this "system" is that when the
employes of a subsidiary company ask for a raise;
ho much has been paid out for the use of instru
ments (through pipe No. 1) and for apparatus and
■Uppllea (through pipe No. 2) that the company can
make a plausible plea of poverty, and little Mary
and Johnnie are ignorant of what is-wrong.
Most of the great corporations have a similar
"system" of pipes for the robbing of the workers.
However, much these "pipe systems" differ in detail
they are alike in one principle. That is, to rob the
worker that he does not know he is being robbed.
Little Johnny in now sore on Clarence, but wait
'till, he finds out how the pipes work!
Mute, sightless, visitant,
From what uncharted world
Hast voyaged into Life's rude sea,
With guidance scant;
As if some bark mysteriously
Should hither glide with spars aslant
And sails all furled?
In what perpetual dawn.
Child of the spotless brow,
Hast kept thy spirit far withdrawn —
Thy birthright undefiled?
What views to thy sealed eyes appear?
What voices mayst thou hear
Speak as we know not how?
Of grief and sin hast thou,
O radiant child,
Even thou a share? Can mortal taint
Have power on the unfearing
The woes our sight, our hearing,
Learn from Earth's crime and plaint?
Not as we see
Earth, sky, insensate forms, ourselves,
Thou aeest, but vision-free
Thy fancy soars and delves,
Albeit no sounds to us relate
The wondrous things
Thy brave Imagining!
Within their starry night create.
Pity thy unconfined
Clear spirit, whose enfranchised eyes
Use not their grosser sense!
Ah, no! thy bright intelligence
Hath its own Paradise,
A realm wherein to hear and see
Things hidden from our kind.
Not thou, not thou —'Us we
Are deaf, are dumb, are blind.
—Edmund Clarence Stedman.
SOCIALIST PARTY OF NOR-
WAY IS GROWING
The annual report of the Social
Democratic party of Norway shows
that the membership of the party has
increased from 43,000 to 50,000 during
the last year. In spite of the diffi
culties of communication caused by
the snow and ice that hinder com
munication in that country during
much of the year, the party organiza
tion has reached almost into every sec
tion of the country.
The press now Includes 32 journals
of which 24 belong to the party. Nine
of these are dailies.
At the last municipal elections the
party elected 1803 members of munici
pal councils, of whom 45 are women.
The high cost of living seems to be
unaffected by the law of gravitation.
The ratio of deseriton to enlistment
in the United States army in 1913 was
17 to 100, and the total number of de
sertions during the last ten years was
46,689. Since our army is made up of
picked men —of the one hundred and
fifty thousand who applied for enlist
ment in 1912 only twenty-six thousand
were accepted—these figures suggest
that there must be discrepancy some
where between the realities of army
life and the rosy pictures of it held up
before the public by the recruiting ser
Japan can't fool Hobson by cutting
$15,000,000 out of her naval estimates.
—New York World.
The first distribution of literature
for the 1914 campaign will be held on
April 19, 1914. The organization com
mittee has ordered 2,000 copies of
"The Hand of the World" by Helen
Keller, to start the city distribution.
This leaflet should be placed in the
hands of every non-Socialists and sym
pathizer in Everett and all distribut
ors should get their literature at the
Socialist party headquarters, 1612
California street, before Sunday.
Don't fail to get your literature for
Chairman Organization Committee.
THE RIGHT SPIRIT!
Box 282, Charleston, Wash.
April 11th, 1914.
Editor "The Washington Socialist."
Enclosed find M. O. for $1.00 for
"The Washington Socialist's" first
We had desided to drop several pa
pers Including "The Commonwealth".
As owing to protracted illness we are
hard pressed for cash, but this is our
reply to any attempt to kill our party
We must keep our papers going
or we have no show for advancement.
Yours for the cause
G. W. and E. L. ARMSTRONG.
Gutzon Borglum says the* sculptors
whose names are on them never really
mads most of the statues in New York
and Washington. That is equivalent
to a verdict of not guilty.
—New York World.
EDITORS OF MASSES
WILL NOT BE TRIED
Suit of Associated Press Called Off
—Probably Feared Mass of
The indictments against Max East
man and Art Young, editor and artist
of The Masses, a Socialist monthly of
New York City, have been dismissed.
Young and Eastman were charged
with libeling the Associated Press.
Thoy had secured a great mass of evi
dence to prove the Associated Press
had suppressed and distorted news in
a great, number of cases. It is thought
the Associated Press feared to have
this evidence made public.
I am taking this means of urging all
who are interested in the work of the
Socialist Educational bureau to send
in to the secretary all the vacancies
in the schools that you know of, to
gether with the names of the clerk
and political affiliations of all the di
An almost open state-wide move is
on foot to discharge every Socialist
teacher in the state, regardless of how
competent or efficient he or she may
be. Let us do all we can to aid those
noble men and women who at the risk
of their very means of subsistence are
boldly and openly espousing the cause
of the workers.
J. M. SALTER,
Secy. Educational Bureau.
BIRMINGHAM SCHOOL ELEC
Following the recent school elec
tions the Everett Herald devoted con
siderable space to the defeat of So
cialist candidates for school directors.
There was one place that they failed
to connect with, or perhaps as a news
item the result of the election at Birm
ingham and the methods employed at
said election, were not so gratifying
as that of the localities recorded in the
news columns of the Herald.
At Birmingham two directors were
to be elected. One for three years and
one for one year.
The Socialists placed in nomination
Mrs. Keitel for three years, and Mr.
Folden for one year. The opposition
placed Mr. McCoy in nomination for
three years, and Mr. Horter, whose
term was about to expire, was placed
in nomination for one year.
From the opening of the polls until
the final dispersion of the voters only
the cooler heads of both factions pre
The result of the ballot showed Mrs.
Keitel with 48 votes, for three years,
votes for one year; Mr. McCoy, 41
votes for 3 years, 11 votes for 1 year;
Mr. Folden, 46 votes for 1 year, 3
votes for 3 years; Mr. Harter, 47 votes
for 1 year, 11 votes for 3 years.
This plainly showed that the Demo
crat, Bull Moose, Republican, Catholic
and Protestant combination had the
largest number of voters on their side.
But it also showed that they did not
have sense enough to properly cast
The Socialists claimed that Mrs.
Keitel was elected by a clear majority
of four votes.
Two on the election board agreed to
this, but the third member, a woman,
who is a good Catholic, and an ardent
Socialist-hater, refused to issue Mrs.
Keitel a certificate of election.
After the result was thus announced,
the leader of the Protestant church
and Sunday school rushed joyously
forward, threw her arms about the
neck of her good Catholic sister and
implanted the Judas kiss of victory.
But the joy of the victors was short
liv^d, as it was shown that a certain
William Wiseman, who is not a citi
zen of the United States, had voted.
Mr. and Mrs. Watkins, parents of the
principal of the school, who have been
in the state but seven months, also
cast a ballot against the Socialists.
The question of Mrs. Keitel's election
was carried to the county superintend
ent, who referred the matter to the
He at once decided that Mrs. Keitel
was legally elected school director.
Whether the Socialist local will pro
ceed against those who unlawfully
voted has not yet been decided.
Lizzie again showed her hand by
personally writing to Mr. Watkins that
Mrs. Keitel was declared elected.
Besides, if the President doesn.t
nullify the Baltimore platform in a
few particulars as he goes along there
will be no precedents for doing so
when the question of a candidate for
1916 arises.—Kansas City Journal.