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5c per copy. $1.00 per year.
Shall We Suspend?
ln a very short while we may be
compelled to suspend publication. We
are not telling you this because we
want you to dig down In your pockets
to keep the paper a going We are
not telling you this thinking we will
get your financial support In order to
keep the paper on Its feet during the
city election. Wo are telling you this
because we have reached a critical
stage in the publication of the paper.
It is bad policy to talk of suspension,
because we sometimes lose what sup
port we are getting, as rats alwa\s
run away from a sinking ship. But.
there is nothing else for it. We must
out with the truth or go under without
anyone knowing why and without giv-
ing anyone a chance to save the situa
tion.
In as few words as possible we will
tell you what we are up against. We
are losing $50 a month through lack
of advertisers. We have done all in
our power to keep the merchants with
us and also to get new advertisers,
but have met with defeat. Money
talks, and the only thing left for us
is to get our readers' money to do the
talking. No merchant will take my
word for it that you will patronize
him if he advertises, but when he sees
you and your pay check he begins to
smile and rub his hands and will think
twice before he rejects your solicita
tion for an ad or a bigger ad. And so
we are going to try and induce those
that have money to spend to talk to
the merchants, and if that fails then
we can do nothing else but suspend.
WHAT YOU MUST DO
We are not going to beg and pray
of you to do the following, but if you
■want to publish the paper you will
The Red Card Comrade Our Salvation
tda H. Callery
Again and again, both you and I,
have heard well-meaning comrades
say: "I am as good a Socialist as you,
even if I 'han't got no red card." The
comrade is right about it, too, after
we find out just what he means by be
ing a Socialist, which usually consists
in lambasting the local politicians, dis
cussing religion with anyone who can
be engaged in conversation, and in an
tagonizing everyone with whom he
comes in contact.
This is just the kind of service the
party is organized to eliminate. So
cialism has been retarded long
enough by just such tactics. When
we come face to face with such self
styled Socialists we are forced to ad
mit the truth of Bernard Shaw's ut
terance that "Socialism will come de
spite the Socialists." L.ong enough
we have had to live down the influ
ence of such comrades and long ago
we realized that Socialism had no
worse enemy than such a comrade.
The time has now come when patience
is no longer a virtue with such a man
or woman.
The service that Socialism must
have in order to go.forward is the
service of a comrade who is willing,
and who does carry his message Into
the camp of the enemy and deliver it
with a smile, the comrade who reaches
out and tries to convert his fellow
working man and who leaves the
preachers and politicians to their
trade. The Red Card Comrade is the
comrade who realizes that we are liv
ing in an age of systematized effort,
that the organizations opposed to So
cialism am pregnant with ruin to us
unless met by counter organization.
That the only weapon In the hands of
the worker is organization, and that is
effective because it is so large, that
Ifiere are so many of us, and when
w/ have all joined hands, we will only
have to take what seems good for us;
that in that time there will be no one
left from whom to demand the things
we want to live, that when we organ
ize ourselves there will be no talk of
direct action since there will be no
one on whom to act.
The Red Card comrade is he who
knows that much work is necessary to
wia the workers to Socialism, that
this work must be done by the So
cialists themselves, that it must be
done systematically if done at all. He
knows, too, that the Socialist party
is the property of the workers simply
from the fact that the workers finance
it, thereby controlling it, that when
he fails in this, the Socialist party will
cease to exist as a party of the work
ers. He knows-too the stupendous
work before it, that without it there
NORTHWEST WORKER
DEVOTED TO THE INDUSTRIAL, POLITICAL, AND EDUCATIONAL ADVANCEMENT OF THE WORKING CLASS
do n» we ask. We have some real
I gOOd things up our sleeve for the city
campaign, but If we are hampered fl
jnanclally they will not have the et
feet they otherwise would. Now to
.get down to brass tacks:
In the first place, we want you to
cut out the pookflt guide published In
this issue and do ILL your shopping
I [ with the merchants whose names wo
publish, and show the advertiser the
.guide every time you make a pur
chase.
I 1 Try and Induce the present adver
;'Users to increase the size of their ad.
Let them know that you buy of them
; BBCAUBH OK THH NOHTHWEST
. WORKER.
• If for some reason you have been
! dealing with a merchant that does
I not advertise, now in the time to get
' right up to the boss and put the ques
; tion squarely up to him. Does he want
i to retain your trade? Give him a
i week to decide, and if at the end of
, that time he does not come through,
' then it is up to you to decide whether
i you are doing what is right by trad-
I ing there.
' Some merchants claim that they are
1 too poor to advertise. But we want
i to point out that they do not sell their
i goods at cost, therefore they make
; j money on what you purchase. If they
■ are not wise enough to spend a little
i of that money to retain your trade,
I then it Is not your lookout if they
> lose it.
i We are serious, an,d we hope our
. readers will look at it In the same light
In which it is written. We are en
tirely in your hands. Do you want
the paper or not? Your answer will
be with the advertisers.
would be no literature, no press, no
.nominees and consequently no con
crete expression of the worker's hopes
on the political field, no hope for the
worker ever being able to write new
laws on new statute books legalizing
the demands of the economically or
ganized workers.
The Red Card comrade knows that
by putting his shoulder to the wheel
he is supplementing and making
stronger and more effective the serv
ice of every other comrade. He real
izes that in union there is strength,
that in systematized effort his hope
of success lies, that without it his
cause is doomed and he, himself is
without an ideal.
THE RED CARD COMRADE
The Red Card comrade sees in his
party organization a thing bigger
still. He realizes that the house of
Capitalism is old and decayed, that
the repairs of both old parties will on
ly be able to hold it together for a
few short years at best, and he knows
that when at last it crumbles and falls
that unless it discloses from within
its ruins an edifice complete in every
respect and ready for immediate use
that chaos will result, so he is build
ing his edifice, which is nothing more
than the party organization.
The Red Card comrade knows that
our party organization lies parallel to
the political organization, that the po
litical organization in every precinct,
county and in the state and nation is
completely duplicated by our party or
ganization, that when it is perfected
we will without hesitation be able to
take over the reins of government and
administer it without friction, just as
our party is governed today, and that
this is the big reason for its existence.
Every comrade with a red card in his
pocket thinks with pride of the mighty
task before him; he knows that in all
the civilized world there is no or
ganization with a purpose so sacred
as his, that our party organization is
the only thing in the whole world
looking to the perpetuation of civiliza
tion and with the supreme confidence
of a victor he goes cheerfully forward,
doing the things he finds to do and
aiding his comrades always, ever glad
that it is possible for him to add his
strength to that of his fellow-workers
and build the mighty structure of the
Socialist party organization. All hail
to the comrades of the Red Cards, to
them this work is due; without them
| nothing is possible.
New York City's public employment
bureau now has as patrons more than
1,500 employers of labor.
EVERETT, WASHINGTON, THURSDAY, SEPT. 2, L 915.
The Supreme Duty of All Socialists
In This Hour of Greatest Need!
Way Now Opened to Launch a Most
Effective Anti-War Campaign
After having eloquently declared In
Its Antiwar Manifesto that "THIS
SUPREME CRISIS in HUMAN his-
TORY IS UPON US," Hi" Socialist
Party of the United States, through
Its National Committeemen, seems to
have spent Us whole force in issuing
the following words:
"The supreme duty of the hour is
for us, the Socialists of all the world,
therefore, to summon all labor forces
of the world for an aggressive and
uncompromising opposition to the
whole capitalist system, and to ev
ery form of Its most deadly fruits—
militarism and war; to strengthen
the bonds of working-class solidar
ity; to deepen the currents of con
scious Internationalism, and to pro
claim to the world a constructive
program leading towards permanent
peace."
Just so. And now, comrades, what
are you doing to carry out this high
sounding declaration? Nothing. That's
it. Nothing!
IN TIMES I.IKE THESE, THE IN
COMPARABLE TIME OF ALL THE
AGES, we, the great Socialist Party
of the United States, with a million
voters three years ago, stand content
with words, just words, reaching the
party members, Red Card men and
women, and that's about all.
"For more than half a century the
Socialist movement has warned the
world of this impending tragedy. With
| every power at their command the
j Socialists of all nations have worked
■to prevent it. But the warning has
j gone unheeded and the Socialist propa
ganda against imperialism, militarism
and war has been ignored by the rul
i ing powers and the majority of the
people of all the nations."
YES, AND THE STORM IS AP
PROACHING!
AND WHAT ARE WE DOING TO
| AVERT THE IMPENDING CATAS
jTROPHE?
what tremendously ener
jgetic effort and sacrifices
jare we making in this hour,
which we are assured is "the
(supreme crisis in human his
iTORV?"
Search your own heart, reader; ask
yourself what sacrifices YOU are mak-
I ing; ask yourself in what measure are
| YOU responding to the greatest need
;and the highest duty of this "SU-
Think It Over!
UNTERMANN'S REPLY
TO OUR EDITORIAL
! Editor The Northwest Worker,
Dear Comrade! -Your interesting
j reply to my "OPEN LETTER" seems
I important SBOUgb to me to merit a
continuation of this discussion. I pre
sume that you are of the same opinion
and will he ahle to find space for the
following remarks:
You emphatically assert that all
who do not endorse your attitude on
war and militarism are not real So
cialists, but merely call themselves
so. According to you, no real Social
ist will take part in any capitalist
wars.
Evidently you are not aware that by
this sweeping assertion you condemn
the leading scientific Socialists of the
world—even the founders of scien
tific Socialism themselves. MARX,
ENGELB, BEBEL, UEBKNECHT,
KAUTSKY, PLBJCHANOV, JAURKS,
QUEBDE, VANDERVELDE, HYND
MAN, to name only the best-known
leaders of international Socialism, all
have recognized that it would be folly
for the Socialists to adopt a purely
pacifist attitude, all of them have ad
vised the Socialists to defend tbeir
respective national boundaries against
invasion.
You are also mistaken in your as
sertion that the German Socialists vio
lated the principles of international
Socialism in the present European
war. The Socialists of Germany did
nothing that was not done at the same
time by the Socialists of all other Eu
ropean countries that had any import-
THE
PRBMB CRISIS IN HUMAN HIS
TORY."
Wo charge that the .Socialist Party
has failed to do Its duty in this "SU
PRHMH CRISIS."
We have asserted that the Socialist
Party should have taken a positive
stand against participation In a capi
talist war. This view Is, of course,
open to objections on grounds of ex
pediency. Let us, therefore, beg the
question at this time.
]tut there are some things on which
all Socialists are agreed.
There is ONK THING IN PARTICU
LAR ON WHICH WIO ARK ALL
AC.KEKI).
We all ndmit that there was never
a time In the history of the Socialist
Party of the United States when the
men and women outside our move
ment were as willing to Rive ear to
anti-war propaganda as right now.
There was never a time in the his
tory of tho movement when people
were so willing to listen to the So
cialist explanation of the causes and
cure of wars. And what are we doing
to avail ourselves of thig unparalleled
opportunity to teach the Socialist phil
osophy and Socialist alms through our
attack upon militarism? NOTHING
IN PARTICULAR! WE ARE NOT AS
ACTIVE AS WE WERE SEVERAL
YEARS AGO, WHEN "WAR, WHAT
FOR?" first startled at least a small
portion of the usually apathetic. We
were doing a great work in those
days, selling this tremendously effec
tive book at $1.25 a copy. Then a big
edition was gotten out, with heavy
paper cover, which could be sold at
50c per copy. In all, about 75,000
cloth-bound books, and about 45,000
paper-bound volumes have been sold.
This in a total population of close to
a hundred million people! This in a
nation which cast, three years ago, a
million votes for Socialism! AND
THEN WE LAID DOWN ON THE
JOB! JUST WHEN THE BOOK WAS
MOST NEEDED— JUST WHEN IT
WOULD HAVE BEEN MOST EAGER
LY READ! AND WE ARE STILL
ASLEEP AT THE SWITCH!
IS IT NOT ABOUT TIME THAT WE
GET BUSY?
A notice to party members has been
Issued by Comrade Kirkpatrick to the
effect that "WAR, WHAT FOR?" is
In danger; that thousands of copies
of the eleventh edition remain unsold,
ant parliamentary representation. In
fact, some Socialist leaders of Bel
gium, France and England went to I
greater lengths in supporting their
capitalist governments than the Ger
man Socialist representatives did. No
German Socialist accepted a position
as minister in a capitalist cabinet.
However, I do not contend that those
Belgian, French and English Socialists
violated any Socialist principle. For
this reason I hold that Comrade I.ion
guet, whom Comrade Carrie Allen
quotes correctly in her report, has no
cause to demand an account from the
German Socialists until he has settled
his own account with his own French
colleagues. If you and others feel that
you are kin to Longuet, Liehknecht,
Junior, and others of the same type of
mind, you are right. But before you
can claim that this type of mind rep
resents the only true type of Social
ism, you will have to square yourself
with the hitherto acknowledged found
ers and leaders of scientific Socialism,
who did not and do not share your at
titude. I am certainly the last man
who would assert that tliHse men were
and are infallible, but if you want to
rob them of their historical claim to
the name of Socialists, it is up to you
to supply us with a new scientific
foundation of your "true" Socialism.
You must be aware that it is not the
most convincing method to establish
the scientific superiority of your atti
tude by intimating that all those old
leaders of International Socialism
were cowards who thought mainly of
"safety first" for their own personal
bodies. It is manifestly impossible to
create the foundation of a new Social
ist science after your own image and
your own personal standard of Social
ist morality.
If you, personally, prefer to carr;
are not paid for, and that the printer
and thi! binder are- demanding their
money. As there was little or no pro
fit m>de on the thousands sold, —Klrk-
patrick prefering to Increase the num
ber In circulation by selling them at
cost, the author is now forced to of
fer the thousands remaining at less
thun actual cost, offering them at ten
dollars per hundred, so that he can
meet that portion of his payment for
which Immediate settlement is de
manded. When this edition is sold,
our comrade author will be at least
$1,000 to the bad. This deficit will
have to be met out of his earnings as
a lecturer this fall and winter, or as
soon as he, can earn It. Hut this part
of the story is merely by way of show
ing what happens to a Socialist author
who is more concerned with propa
ganda work than with money-getting.
WHAT CONCERNS US HERE IS
THIS:
The Socialists of the United States
are now offered, without charge, the
entire equipment, all the plates, and
the copyright, for getting out the
greatest anti-war and propaganda book
written, —"War, What For?" —at the
small cost of ten cents a copy—the
mere price of a small pamphlet for a
|1.25 book! —plus the cost of delivery.
HOW SHALL WE WORKERS
AVAIL OURSELVES OF THIS OF
FER?
DELAY, OR APATHY, IN THIS
CRISIS, ON OUR PART, EITHER AS
A PARTY, AS LOCALS, OR AS IN
DIVIDUALS, WOULD BE NOTHING
LESS THAN A TRAGEDY.
The organization or the individual
who can't see that it is high time that
we bestir ourselves and get energeti
cally, enthusiastically, earnestly at
work buying these splendid volumes
by the hundred, or the thousand, sell
ing them at—say—25c per single copy,
or five for a dollar, is not fit to play
any real part in the social revolution
now in progress. OUR DUTY UNDER
THE CIRCUMSTANCES IS SELF
EVIDENT, IMPERATIVE!
HERE'S A PLAN
Read the suggestion at the bottom
of columns six and seven, "What Will
You Do?" Sign it, act on it, either
directly or through this paper, save
the situation, help to crush the war
spirit; and, better yet, help to teach
what war is, and why wars are.
your pacifist attitude to the point of
dying for what you consider correct,
that is your own affair. There is
nothing in the fundamental principles
of scientific Socialism that has ever
demanded that kind of an anti-war
and anti-militarist attitude on the part
of any member of the Socialist Party.
If you prefer to die for this attitude,
you should at least be aware of the
! fact that you will not be dying for
I anything which has been recognized
ai a Sociali.it principle by the found
ers and acknowledged leaders of sci
jcntific Socialism. From my rather
'extended knowledge of Socialists in
different countries I am wlll'ng to con
fess ihnt the vast majority of the So-
OlallliU would be ready to die for any
real Socialist principle, if by so dying
they could advance the cause of So
cialism. Most of them hold, however,
that to die for your policy would not
be dying for a Socialist principle, and
would besides, be dying In a way that
would help the capitalists more than
the Socialist Party. I agree with
them.
Perhaps it will interest you to learn
that the German Socialists in the pres
ent war did exactly what ENOELS
foretold long ago that they should
have to do. In his letter to SORGE,
'written on October 24th. 1891, and
published In the collection of SORGE'S
correspondence, you will find the fol
, lowing statements: "The Russians
, want to exploit quickly and thorough
ly by diplomatic means their new alli
ance with France, and although I am
convinced that the Russian diplomacy
does not want a war, which the pres
ent famine would render foolish, nev
ertheless, it is possible that the mili
taristic and panslavlstic tendencies,
supported by the very strong indus
y Continued on Page 4.
The City Eledlions
Socialists to Wage Great Battle for
Socialism in City Campaign
In two months' time the city elec
tions will be taking place. The So
cialists of Everett will have three can
didates In the field and we intend to
put up the greatest fight that has ever
been waged in a city election. The
campaign committee intends to have
a copy of the Northwest Worker sent
to every voter every week for five
weeks previous to election day. We
are getting our campaign material
ready, and if we don't make the Henry
Dubbs sit up and take notice we will
lose our guess. We will have real live
propaganda articles, all technical dis
cussions will be cut out, and we will
get down to the task of educating the
workers to the need of Socialism.
There will be at least 7,000 names
on the voters' list by that time and
every one must have the five copies
of the paper. In order to do this we
must have a campaign fund. It will
take $700 to get the paper into the
hands of these voters and if 700 of
our readers will send a dollar each to
the campaign fund the trick will be
Socialists Solid for
Salter's Re-election
The statement made in the Morning Tribune Sunday to
to the effect that "Salterhas opposition within the ranks
of his organization" is utterly false. He will be renorainated
for his present office by unanimous vote of the Socialists of
Everett. Not one Red Card man or woman has been heard
to oppose his nomination. "Jim" will not only be renominat
ed, but re-elected as Commissioner of Public Works, an office
which he has filled ably and. conscientiously. Even anti-
Socialists have admitted this. Naturally, certain individuals
w-ho^ think more of getting on the city's pay-roll than of the
city's welfare, will oppose Salter, merely to install themselves
in a job. But there will be no opposition to Commissioner
Salter on the grounds of inefficiency, dishonesty, neglect of
duty, nor any other charges. Of course he will be opposed
by class-conscious capitalists and their tools, but the "com
mon people," the working class, and hundreds who are will
ing to "let well enough alone," will re-elect Jim Salter to
his present office.
What Will YOU Do?
Ist. Will your local or any individual member send $10 to George R.
Kirkpatrick, Box 473, Madison Square Station, New York City, N.Y., for
100 copies (paper-bound) of WAR, WHAT FOR? (Freight to cost about
$3.00.)
2. Will your local or any individual member send in $1.00 to the
Northwest Worker for five copies, postpaid? If so, give name and address,
enclosing that amount.
Name
3rd. Who will send in 25c to the Northwest Worker for a single copy,
postpaid? This is the best price we can give as the postage on one is
nearly as much as on five. Give names and ammount.
Name
Name
4th. Will you send the Northwest Worker the names and addresses of
any persons, whether Socialists or sympathizers, who might wish to take
up the work of canvassing for the book, with the view to making wages?
Even at a profit of 100 per cent, it could be sold so cheaply that no one
could afford to be without it.
sth. Will you send us the names and addresses of speakers who
might be willing to soap-box for the book, in the cities and towns, selling it
either at cost or profit? We wish to correspond with all such.
6th. Will you send us the names and addresses of any book dealers
whom you think would be willing to handle the book?
7th. Will you send us the names and addresses of active and willing
workers anywhere in the United States? We want the live wires every
where. Seid us any information you can along this line.
The office of the NORTHWEST WORKER is doing this work free of
charge in order to get the book more thoroughly introduced in the North
west. The cost of handling, circularizing( postage, etc., is barely covered
at the rate of five for a dollar. BUT IN VIEW OF THE PRESENT WAR
SITUATION, WE FEEL THAT WE MUST GET IT OUT AT ANY COST
OF TIME OR EFFORT.
What can you do to help? We thank you for whatever assistance you
give hs, whether it be much or little.
Yours for education,
THE NORTHWEST WORKER,
Everett, Wash. 1512 California St.,
W. R. SNOW
WILL SPEAK AT THE
CITY PARK
Sunday,
AM) AT TIIK CORNER OF WKTMOUK AM) HEWITT
SATURDAY EVENING, SEPTEMBER 4th.
done.
A mass meeting will be called in a
short time for the nomination of can
didates, then the campaign will be in
full swing, and if our readers lend
their financial and moral support we
will romp home on election day with
the Socialists leading the field.
We have a splendid opportunity in
this election. All we want is the unit
ed effort of every rebel in the com
munity to see that ths paper is kept
in the field by patronizing our adver
tisers, and to give financial support
to the extent of one dollar to the cam
paign fund, and Socialism will hava
gained one more fort in the great
struggle for working-class control of
the machinery of wealth production.
When pay day rolls around, remem
ber the fight in the city of Everett,
and send your mite to The Campaign
Committee, 1612 California St., Exer
ett, Wash.
All donations will be acknowledged
In the columns of The Northwest
Worker.
Sept. 5, 2:30
No. 243

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