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PARTY OF THE WORKING CLASS BEGINS CITY ELECTION CAMPAIGN WITH ENTHUSIASM RUNNING HIGH, HAVE ENTERED TO Wl
Strong Candidates Named At
Big Mass Meeting Last
Our Next Commissioner of
Comrade Frans Bostrom. who re
cently refused the nomination for a
third return to office as state secre
tary of the Socialist party, was the
convention's choice for commissioner
of public works. Comrade Bostrom is
eminently qualified to take control of
the office for which he was nominat
ed, and when elected by the working
class of Kverett he will serve &em
■with zeal and ability. He will be|
backed by the unanimous support of,
th« Socialists of this city and also by j
all citizens whose interests are identi
fied with the wage-workers of Everett.
PURE WATER FOR EVERETT
A WORKING-CLASS NEED.
Sccialist Commissioners Would Work
for a City-Owned Water Plant—
Could Not Be Reached by Corpora
One of the complaints made against j
the recently deposed commission was j
thi-ir failure to comply with the peo
ple's demand for a municipal water1
plant, affording the residents of Ev-j
■erett an abundant supply of clean,'
pure water, and at the actual cost of
it 3 production. Instead of responding
at once to the vote of the people on j
this question, the former commission-'
er of public works has seen fit to di!ly-|
dally on one excuse or another until a j
majority of the population of Everett
•de-c-ided to recall him.
Now if the people of Everett really
■want to see the corporations of this
community handled without gloves, let
them put Frans Rostrom in the office
■of public works and they will see how
a Socialist can make them toe the
line. And when it comes to the pur
chase of a water supply system, there
•will be no funds wasted nor grafting j
permitted. EVERYBODY KNOWS!
THAT THIS IS TRUE.
COLLEGE LIFE WILL SOON
Kight hundred thirty-nine of '1:<
--2,810 students enrolled in the Univer
sity of Washington during the college
year just closed were entirely self
"Farm laborers are so scarce in'
New Zealand that the government is
•willing to pay a bounty of $200 a head
to the steamship companies landing
thi-in In the colony."
iMr. Bryan is at his desk during the
day, on the Ch&utauqua platform in
the evening, and In a sleeper return-j
ing to Washington at night. What he |
does with the rest of his time no one i
seems to have discovered— New York'
MENACE OF THE SMUG.
The greatest menace to our Ameri
can institutions today is not the labor!
agitator nor the trust magnate. The
greatest menace to society is the
smug, self-satisfied middle class the
standpatters; tin* people who are In
fairly comfortable circunißtances and
who do not wish to be disturbed; the
people who do not want any kind of
a change if it meanri that they will be
problems of the 20th century; those
who say, "Peace, peace," when there
its no peace. Charles St. i/'.e In Phila
delphia Worth American.
Last Sunday evening marked the
opening of a new era In the Social
ist movement of Everett, It was more
than Inspiring to witness the zeal anil
earnestness with which the comrades
of this city responded to the call for
■ mass convention to name candidates
for the two oomniissinnorships made,
vacant by the recall of Thompson and
Several able and trustworthy com
rades were nominated for commis
sioners of finance and of public works,
but, as is characteristic of Socialists,
there was an entire absence of the
office-seeking spirit OB the part of all
present, several declining to let their
names go on the ballot. Comrades
J. M. Salter was elected the nominee
for commissioner of finance and Com-
rade Franz BOttTOXD received the high
est rota for commissioner of public
works. The results of the election
wi-re e\ Silently satisfactory to all pres
ent. and the selection of a campaign
committee to assist in the landing of
our very capable candidates in the city
hall was entered upon with glowing
The balloting showed that the fol-
lowing comrades were the choice for
campaign committee. Warswick, Skin
ner, Olinger. Shipley and Ina Salter.
The committee was given full power
to act in all matters affecting the city
From now on things will be doing in
\ Everett, for the will not only
be waged for the propaganda value to
i be derived therefrom, but also for the
purpose of giving the people of Ev
| erett an object lesson in Socialist ef
ficiency and integrity right on the job.
WE'RE GOING INTO THIS FIGHT
TO BE HELD JULY 4 AND 5.
Plans Laid for Splendid Entertain
ment and Educational Features.
I'lans are now well under way for
making the campaign picnic, to be
held July 4 and 5, at the end of the
smelter car line, the biggeHt event of
its kind ever undertaken by the. local
comrades. It. is expected that com
rades from all nearby points will take
advantage of the low rates offered by
the railroads to Kla-How-Yah visitors,
and able speakers are to be engaged
to help in making the trip worth
while—to say nothing of the value of
getting together for a two days' out
ing. The names of the speakers for
this occasion will be announced as
soon as arrangements can be made
for their coming.
The grounds selected are absolutely
ideal for the purpose, and a force of
volunteers will meet at the end of 'In
car line at ten o'clock Sunday morning
to help clear up underbrush, etc.,
where the various stands an- to be
erected. Later a dancing pavilion will
| be constructed, with a good floor, and
everything done to make the event en
joyable. Tell all your friends about it,
Socialists and non-Bociallstg. A little
help from each comrade will Insure ii
successful picnic, and it is believed
that no better way of raising funds for
iiupaign can b<- devised.
AVOID BORDEAUX—CREW IS
Avoid Bordeaux, Washington. Fol
| lowing the refusal of the men em
ployed by the Mumby Lumber & Shin
gle Co. to accept a reduction in wages,
the company today locked out the
crew, Over 200 men are affected by
this action of the company. The men
(eel that a reduction in wages is whol-
I ly unwarranted at this time and are
prepared to fight to the last ditch in
I resisting any reduction.
The Foolishness of Wisdom.
A sage is a man who will sit up all
night and worry over things that a
( fool never even heard of. —Clnclnnnatl
Formerly The Commonwealth
' EVERETT, WASHINGTON, THURSDAY, JUNE 18, L 914.
WHAT THE WORKERS OF EVERETT DID IN 1911
The Year 1914 Finds the Socialists of Everett Prepared to
Give Another Efficient Administration, With Fullest
Protection To All Wage Earners
HAVE THE SOCIALISTS MADE
GOOD IN OFFICE?
carl i). Thompson, Manager Informa
tion Bureau, National Office, Social
ist Party. |
Socialism is no longer a mere theory '
in this country.
It has been put to the test.
There are today (September, 1913)
Socialist mayors in no less than 34
cities in the United States; more than
250 Socialist aldermen; 106 other,
municipal officials, including attor
neys, treasurers, comptrollers, audit
ors, trustees, assessors, etc.
In none of these cities have the So
cialists been in complete control.
Everywhere they have been hampered,!
restricted and obstructed by minori- j
ties, by state laws, by court injunc
tions. Vet they have made a record.
And it is a remarkable record.
If you have read nothing but the!
capitalist newspapers, you have, been I
told that these Socialist administra
tions are a dismal failure.
But you want the facts. And the
facts are quite different. They are
written in the official recordß of the!
cities where the Socialists have been
in office. There they are, black on
white. No dodging them. No denying
And we propose to give you a lew of ■
these facth -just a few of the more
important ones. We give you the '
facts, and you can judge for yourself
whether Socialists have made good.
First Fact—The Socialists Have Given '
the Cities Absolutely Honest Ad-
EXTRACTS FROM SOCIALIST PLATFORM
If The Pledges Below Express Your Needs, Vote For The
Socialist Candidates in the City Election.
\ ARE AGAINST FORCED FREE LABOR J
We condemn absolutely the policy instituted in the city of Everett under which innocent 5
J men are condemned to forced free labor in Forest Park stockade for the crime (?) of beinff '
J out of employment and seeking work in Snohomish county. We assert that the way to prevent '
j the alleged frequency of petty thievery is to give the unemployed work at union wages not by '
t forcing these unfortunate victims of bankrupt capitalism to work in jail for no pay. We brand J
, this innovation of the police department an infamous invasion of human rights, an insult and
; a challenge to all who must toil for wages. J
J MINIMUM WAGE FOR CITY EMPLOYES ',
We pledge ourselves to do all within our power to aid the Everett Trades Council in its ef
; fort to provide a minimum wage law under which all persons employed directly or indirectly '
; by the city would receive a daily wage of not less than $3 for an eight-hour day's work *>
4 We demand that the police power of the county be used to the utmost to protect workinc 5
, people in their right to free speech, to peaceable assemblage, to picket peacably, singly or in '
J mass, and to hold meetings and distribute literature in connection with labor disputes ■ and that '
* the power of the department of health be used to prevent the housing of strikebreakers in facto \
t ries and public buildings. t
\ We demand the establishment of sufficient fre dispensaries, hospitals, sanitariums and con- '
J valescent homes to accomodate the vast number of patients who are denied proper care !
t through the prohibitive cost of private institutions.
J The Socialist Party does not beg for votes. It does not put Its candidates forward as mdi- '
j vidual good men, but as representatives of the working class. It warns the voters that nothing !
, can be accomplished hf relying on individuals as such. It is the party that counts.
Whatever else Ims been mud against
the Socialists and Socialist adminis
trations, everybody admits that they
have been honest. No graft, no boodle,
no thievery—absolutely honest.
That means a great deal in this
country, where every city government
ll a cesspool of political corruption.
Shortly before the Socialists went Into '
office in Milwaukee, there were 254 j
indictments against Republican and
Democratic officials lor grafting, brib
ery, horse-stealing and petty larceny. !
And there were 23 convictions. There j
has not been a single case of that sort
against the Socialists.
The Socialists put the grafter out
of business. In Butte they made the
city treasurer turn over $6,000 of in
terest on city deposits which had for-'
merly gone into the treasurer's pock
ets. In Schenectady they knocked the '
graft out of the street paving busi-'
ness, and reduced the cost to the city
from $2.16 per square yard to $1.15.
In Mllauwkee they did the same trick '
and saved the city over a quarter of a
million on this item alone.
And so everywhere the Socialists
have given the cities honest adminis
That is what you want in your oity
an honest administration. You get
it from the Socialists. You don't get
it from anywhere else. Neither the
Republican nor the Democratic party
has given American cities honest, ad
ministrations. They have been on the
job for fifty years, both of them, and
matters have grown steadily worse all
the time. Neither will a Combination '
of the corrupt elements in both old
parties give you an honest administra
tion —not even if they drop their old
names and call themselves Non-Parti
sans, or Citizens.
So that is one thing that everybody
han to give the Socialists credit for.
'. But, after all, that is the very least of
| what the Socialists themselves ex
j pect. Honesty, however important, is
not enough. They must be efficient,
jthey must, be able to handle the prob
jloms. Have the Socialists been effi
Second Fact —The Socialists Have
Given the Cities Efficient Adminis
In the nutter of business methods,
the Socialists-were the first to offi
jcially introduce modern, up-to-date of-
I fice and business methods in munici
| pal affairs. The Socialists hadn't
been in office a single hour in Mil
waukee before they reorganized the
.department of public works; they in
troduced a scientific budget and in
ventory of the city's property, and a
j method of accounting for every item
Of property in the different depart
ments. The purchasing department
established by the Socialists saved 30
per cent of the city's purchases and
$40,000 in Milwaukee in a single year.
These are simply business methods
— efficiency and economy. And that's
what you want.
Moreover, the Socialists have fully
demonstrated their ability to handle
the, other problem! of the city. They
paved more streets, cleaned up more
I alleys, built more school houses, col
lected more taxes from the taxdodgers,
! exacted more service from the priv
, ate street car companies, gas light and
/. M. Salter and Frans Bost-
Named for Commissioners
HAVE THE SOCIALISTS MADE
GOOD IN OFFICE?
(Continued from Column Five.)
power monopolies than the other par
ties ever tried to do.
These are all matters of public rec
ord—black on white. If you have any
doubts or-want any details and facts,
our Information Department in the
National Office will gladly supply you.
Third Fact—The Socialists Greatly
Improved Labor Conditions in Their
In O'Fallon, 111., they raised the
wages of the city employes more than
15 per cent. In Milwaukee they
raised the wages of 580 of the com
mon laborers from $1.75 to $2.00 per
day. In Schenectady they did even
better, raising the wages to $2.25. In
N'augatuck, Connecticut, they estab
lished the eight-hour day. This was
done in practically every city where
the Socialists had any considerable
number of representatives. Every
where the Socialists demand the un
ion label on all city printing, and in
sist on union-made goods. In Milwau
kee they raised the wages of library
and museum employes; settled the
garment, workers' strike peacefully
and to the advantage of the workers.
Mayor Seidel ordered the chief of po
lice not to interfere with the rights
of the working girls, and Socialist
City Attorney Hoan refused to prose
cute the strikers on false and illegal
grounds. So they won.
In St. Mary's, Ohio, the Socialists
reduced the hours from twelve to
eight; raised the firemen's wages from
$5 Oto $60 per month, and other muni
cipal employes proportionately.
In Haverhill, Massachusetts, as far
back as 1898, the Socialists introduced
the principle of direct employment of
labor by the city on all public work,
as far as possible. This extends all
the benefits of better labor conditions
to more of the workers —establishes
the eight-hour day and raises the
wages to the trade union standard.
Schenectady Socialists raised the
wages of the teachers. In Milwaukee
they secured extra "offs" for the po
lice, arranged to allow the unemployed
and homeless to sleep in the parks,
and made a persistent effort to get the
city to buy land and build homes to
be rented to the workers at cost. And
perhaps most important of all, a rigid
factory inspection was inaugurated by
the health department. Factory in
spection by Socialists is quite differ
ent from just ordinary factory inspec
tion. The Socialists' inspection got re
sults right off. Inside of a few months
fifty-five improved ventilation systems
were installed to supply fresh air to
the workers while at their tasks in
the working places. Eighteen suction
hoods to draw away gas, smoke and
acid fumes were put in operation.
Fifty-four new toilets installed, nine
repaired; 30 privy vaults abolished; 65
emery wheels were protected; 50 bak
eries were changed and improvements
effected in 133 sweatshops.
Everywhere there resulted swift and
agg-ressive action in improving labor
Fourth Fact —The Socialists Improved
the Public Health of the Cities.
To this (lie Socialists always give
special attention. The results in a
■Ingle city are as follows: Four hun
dred and eight fewer cases of scarlet
fever the first year; 324 fewer cases
of diptheria; 1,044 of typhoid, 1,293 of
measles, 131 of tuberculosis, etc.;
rigid inspection of foods inaugurated;
smoke abatement pressed; a new Iso
lation hospital opened; a child wel
fare department, and a bpecial anti
tuberculosis campaign Inaugurated.
Fifth Fact—The Socialists Improved
the Financial Condition of the
It is often claimed that Socialists
' would bankrupt a city and ruin its
credit. As a matter of fact, the rec
ords show that without exception the
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An Editor's Savings.
An editor who started about twenty
years ago with only fifty-five cents is
now worth $100,000. His accumula
tion of wealth is owing to his frugal
ity, good habits, strict attention to
business, and the fact that an uncle
died and left him $99,999.—Edit0r and
J. M. SALTER
Our Next Commissioner of
Comrade J. M. Salter, recently prin
cipal of the Silvana schools, twice edi
tor of the Commonwealth, and for
many years an active worker in the
Socialist movement, was the party's
choice for commissioner of finance.
Comrade Salter is eminently fitted
by both education and practical ex
perience to fill this important office
with credit alike to the city of Everett
and the Socialist party. Backed by an
enthusiastic and united organization
such as we have in Everett, there is
every reason to believe that Comrade
Salter will be elected commissioner of
DO YOU KNOW.
That the gospel of Socialism is
preached in more than fifty tongues?
That it is accepted by more than 30,
That a movement of such magnitude
and universality could not spring up
without a cause, or continue without
That to scoff at it is futile?
That to ignore it is folly?
That it must be faced?
That it must be understood —and
that you are the one who must, under
stand it? -
Solve the industrial problem and
human nature will find its chief joy
in the home, the child and their fullest
blossoming.—Mila Tupper Maynard.
The working man, under the capi
talist, system, is of but little impor
tance to the hungry candidate for
public office, until election day.
When the deluded victim of wage
slavery casts his ballot for the repre
sentative of the master class or the
"friend of labor," he is again forgotten
until another political campaign is
ushered in, and then he is again
swindled by the silvery-tongued Judas
who has used him to make more form
idable the hellish system that grind!
gold from the Buffering of humanity.
Will the laboring man ever lose his
The fifty-nine hour working waek
as applied to tMtoriea and mercan
tile establishments has gone into ef
fect In Switzerland.
"A good man never makes a good
soldier. The worst man always makes
the best soldier. • The soldier is noth
ing but a hired legalized murderer." —
STRAWBERRY SOCIAL TO BE
GIVEN SUNDAY, JUNE 21.
A musical and literary program, to
be followed by a strawberry social, is
the next treat promised by the Wom
an's Committee of Local No. 1. These
events have become so popular that
they need no comment. An unusual
effort is being made to excell anything
yet given in the way of a program.
Come and bring your friends. We
promise you a real treat, so get busy
and help us to fill the hall to the
doors. We will be prepared to serve
a large crowd. Don't forget the date,
June 21, at 8 p. m. For further in
formation call at party headquarters,
1612 California, or phone 478 Z.