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The Northwest Worker
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Everett. Wtaßhlnßton, under the net
of March ft, 1879.
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Two yours ago the Socialist Party
of Everett placed two candidates in
flic field for school directors, in re
sponse to a noisy demand on the part
We put them in the field.
And we 1' ft them there, all alone.
They polled less than 420 votes
In the preceding presidential elec
tion on or MOO votes were cast in F.v
orett for Eugene V. Debt. Had we
got out this same vote for our siliool
director?, and added IST to it. we
would have elected both our candi
If we can get out the vote that was
cast for Comrade J. M. Salter less
than two weeks ago. we can elect
Comrade Katherine 11. Hodgins to
the school board on Dec. «,
But we can't possibly get out these
2595 voters who cast their ballots for
Salter on the 16th inst. unless we
make a determined personal cam
paign to this end.
Few Socialist voters, to say nothing
of mere sympathizers, realize tho im
portance of electing Socialists to
school boards. This is especially true
of the voters of cities. In country
school districts it seems to be better
understood, and our rural comrades
make splendid efforts to place repre-1
sentatives of the workers on the lo
cal school board.
The Socialists of*Everett have just
exhausted their resources on the mu
nicipal campaign, so they can make
no special literature or paper distri- j
bution in this school director election, j
It is up to each man and woman in |
Everett who wishes to see the wage
earning element of Everett represent
ed on the school to constitute himself
or herself a committee of one to help
get out the vote on Sat. Dec. 4.
We have the very great advantage
of having for our candidate a wom
an who is in every way much better [
qualified for. the office than are any
of her opponents —at least better qual- ■
ified than is any one of those whose i
names have so far been mentioned as
possible candidates. And who could
the bourgeoisie select as their candi
date for the school board who would
be the equal of Katherine H. Hodgins
for this position, even applying their
own standards of fitness?
So, all things considered, we Social
ists should back up our claims to effi
ciency and zeal by a united and en
thusiastic personal campaign for the
election of our exceptionally well qual
ified candidate, Katherine H. Hodg
PUBLIC SCHOOL NOT FOR
CHILDREN OF WAGE
Some Startling Statistics
Government statistics prove conclu
sively the fact so frequently pointed
out by Socialist writers and speakers,
namely, that the children of the work
ing class get very little advantage of
our boasted "free and compulsory edu
cation." Pew of thorn get any farther
along in their "education" than is
barely necessary to make them more
or less efficient servants of the own
ing class, as clerks, errand boys, and
manual laborers who needs must
know how to "figure" at least enough
to attend to the business of the boss.
As for the universities, which are
supported out of the unpaid labor of
the working class, only the children
of those who live on the labor of oth
ers ever graduate from college. The
exceptions prove the rule. The sta
tistics quoted In this issue of The
Northwest Worker give the ml".
Under Socialism, all who would de
sire the higher education could ob
tain it; and none would have to hu
miliate himself by "working his way
through" while the pampered sons of
social parasites "queen it" on the
campus, or swell up in "frat" houses
wherein "fraternity" is limited to the
"select few" who have indulgent par
ents and abundant "pin money."
Capture the schools? Yea, verily.
But let us meanwhile work with still
greater ardor and energy and deter
mination to help spread the light of
Socialist teaching among the parents
By Walt. Whitman
Courage 1 my brother, or my sister!
Keep on! Liberty is to be subserved,
That is nothing that is quelled by one
or two failures, or any number of
Or by the Indifference or ingratitude
of the people, or by any unfaithful
Or to the show of tushes of power.
soldiers, cannon, penal statutes.
What" we believe In waits latent for
ever through all the continents and
all the islands of the sea.
What we believe In Invites no one,
promises nothing, sits in calmness
I and light, It Is positlvo and com
posed. knows no discouragement,
waiting patiently, waiting Its time.
The battle rages with many a loud
j alarm, and frequent advance and
The infidel triumphs—or supposes he
Tho prison, scaffold, garrot, hand,,
cfiVYs. Iron necklace, and anklet.
lead halls, do their work.
The great speakers and writers are
exiled — they lie sick in distant lands.
The cause is asleep—the strongest <
throats are still, choked with their
Tin- young men drop their eyelashes
toward the ground when they meet.
But, for all this, liberty has not gone
out of the place, nor the infidel en
tered into possession.
When liberty goes out of the place, It
is not the first to go, nor the second
or third to go. It waits for nil the
rest to go—it Is the last.
When then are no more memories .
of heroes and martyrs,
And when all life and all the souls of
I men and women are discharged
from any part of the earth.
Then only shall liberty be discharged
from that part of the earth.
And the infidel and the tyrant come
Then courage, revolter, revoltress!
For till all ceases neither must you
jl do not know what you are for (I do
* not know what I am for myself, nor
what anything is for). —
But I will search carefully for it even
in being foiled.
In. defeat, poverty, imprisonment—
for they, too, are great.
Did we think victory great?
ISo it — but now it seems to me,
when it cannot be helped, that de
feat is great.
' And that death and dismay are great.
RETAIL PRICES ON FOOD
IN THE UNITED STATES
Reports to the Bureau of Labor
Statistics of retail prices of 17 of the
principal articles of food for July 15,
1915, covering 44 important industrial
citieß throughout the United States
show a decrease of 1 per cent in the
price of all articles combined from
July, 1914, to July, 1915. According
to previous reports to the bureau,
retail prices had been gradually In
creasing from 91 per cent. In July,
1911, to 100 per cent, in July, 1914.
The price of all meats was lower
in July, 1915, than in July, 1914. The
price of lard, eggs, potatoes, and milk
was also lower in July, 1915, than in
July, 1914, while only flour, cornmeal,
butter and sugar showed an increase
in price. The increases in flour and
sugar, however, were quite marked,
being 26 pc/ cent, and 33 per cent, re
WAGES IN STEEL WORKS
COMPARATIVE TABLE BASED ON
BRADSTREET'S INDEX NUM
BER OF COMMODITY
Nom'l V\/age Real Wage
1902 $717 $717
1903 720 702
1904 677 G7O
1905 711 696
1906 730 672
1907 __. 765 673
1908 729 699
1909 _. 776 691
1910 801 " 688
1911 820 672
1912 857 643
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Thirty-one dead, charred and muti
lated bodies of minors were taken nut
i>f the Ravensdale mine last week be
cause the owners would not spend a
little of the profits to make the mine
reasonably safe. Congresman Humph
rey can shoot oil his yap about "pre
paredness" in order to save the coun
try from the Prussian or Yellow peril,
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"GOOD MEN" WHO WOULD
PROTECT THE PEOPLE
Out in Crawford county, Kansas,
the Socialists were opposed with es
pecial energy by the county officials
then in office, because Socialism
would "destroy religion, break up the
home, abolish the family and ruin
business." The Socialists carried the
county and the- "defenders of the
home." took the matter to the courts
and the Socialists beat them again.
Then the Socialists investigated and
forced some of those anxious officials
to pay back to the county some of the
money that they had laid hands on.
The former clerk of the district court,
who had been anxious to defend the
purity of the family, had to give up
eleven hundred and one dollars and
three cents. Another home defender
had to come across with thirty-one
hundred and eighteen dollars and for
ty-eight cents which he had high fi
nanced out of the county. Another
champion of purity has given up thir
teen hundred and seventy-five dollars
which he had absorbed as a protector
of the incentive of the public. The
county sued the former sheriff, a de
fender of "faith" against winked So
dallsts for six thousand eight hun ;
dred and twenty-two dollars. It is
evident thai here the Socialists have
■il "sei class against class." That
is they have set the honest clasi
agalnsl the dishonest class. Wher
ever Bocialism appears you will hear
a yell for home and the [lag from the
lying, political parasites who want
i p the voters fooled so the So
ts won't bring an honest gov
There are a lot of people who know
l:;ii is right, but are opposed to it.
Ami from Pilate in the United Kiates
Supreme Court (hat class lias been
well taken care or by the profit sys
THE COST OF LIVING
Average Price from 1890-1897, 100.0
Year 50 Staples Food
1896 90.4 83.8
1897 89.0 87.7
1900 _ 110.5 104.2
1905 119.0 108.7
1907 132.4 120.0
1909 140.0 133.5
i9lO 141.0 137.2
1912 148.2 144.0
1914 145.0 (?)
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tn do tin' Kiviii work tor which it was
written, The borron or war nol only,
mii the cause of war and the object
nf win- are set forth In ihiw volume,
and Illustratedi as they are In no other
volume on wnr ever written.
i happen to know Hint Hinre thin
terrific Itidlelinent oT the war lords,
the manufacturers or munition!, tho
army oontfaotors ami the lystem In
which they fatten nml feHtcr, wnfl
rii-Ht published, ail the power of
thin thieving anil exploiting gang has
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mile and put It. out of circulation.
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Ikli. ii points them out and ealln
them by name; ii analyses the system
in which they thrive at. the expense
of honest toll, ami it furnishes the
figures ami tacts, quoted from sources
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liair it hai rendered i uch invaluable
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the people at any cost. We limply
cannot afford to see thia powerful
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thai creates war and li responsible
for the Mood that la shi d and the
misery of counties! millions turned
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fective weapons wrested from us
and flung into the discard,
It will require but slight effort
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us do our share and send "War —
What For?" freshly vitalized, upon
its awakening and inspiring mission.
The stranglehold of the capitalist
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and unless those interested come to
the rescue__it_ will go out of circula
tion and a powerful anti-war factor
will disappear from our propaganda.
This ojjoch-making work is for sale
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copy, or five for one dollar, postage
prepaid. Every Socialist, and every
anti-militarist, should keep on hand
a supply of these great books and
push the sale of them to the farthest
limit. The war mania Is fast spread
ing in the U. S. A., and "War—What
For?" is our most, effective antidote.
Sen da dollar at once for five copies!
That kind of information which, in
our schools, usurps the name history
—the mere tissue of names and dates
and dead meaningless events —has a
conventional value only; it has not
the remotest bearing upon any of our
The vital knowledge—that by which
we have grown as a nation to what
we are, and which now underlies our
whole existence, is a knowledge which
has got itself taught in nooks and
coniers; while the organized agencies
for teaching have been mumbling lit
tle else but dead formulas.
Is it not an astonishing fact thllt
though on the treatment of offspring
depend Huir lives or deaths, and their
moral tvelfan or ruin; yet not one
word of Instruction on the treatment
Of Offpsring Is even given to those
who will hereafter 'be parents?
The facts of aboriginal life seem to
indicate that dress is developed out
of decorations. And when we remem
ber that even among ourselves most
think more about the fineness of the
fabric than the warmth, and more
about the cut than the convenience—
when we see that the function is still
In great measure subordinated to the
appearance -we have further reason
for inferring such an origin.
If we inquire what ig the real mo
tlve tor giving boys a classical educa
tion, we find it to he simply conform
ity to public opinion. Men dress their
children's minds as they do their
bodies, in the prevailing fashion.
To prepare us for complete living
is the function which education has
to discharge; and the only rational
way of judging of any educational
is, to judge In what degree it
discharges such function,
DEPARTMENT OF THE
Address all questions to At
torney Peter Husby, 215 Stokes
Bldg., Everett, Wash.
Editor's Note: Free legal advice on
any subject Is given In this column to
Washington Socialist subscribers. Are
not fifty-two copies of this paper and
a legal adviser for a year worth $1.00?
Tell your neighbors about this great
Q. A. has ditched his land onto B.
so that both A's and B's land is drain
ed onto C. This water damages C's
land. Can C build a dyke to stop the
water from flooding his land when
there is a ditch that would drain A's
land if opened by the county; and can
the county be compelled to open said
A. If there- Is a natural water
course, flowing along definite lines,
however small, from B's land to C,
then C can do nothing, but must be
subjected to nil natural drainage.
However, if there Is no well-marked
water course, then C can stop up or
dyke against any ditches which may
discharge water upon his land.
The county cannot be compelled to
Open or maintain any drainage ditch.
The only thing that could be done
would be to form a drainage district.
If you live anywhere near North
Yakima be sure and attend the de
bate to be pulled off there on Friday.
Look up the details on the front page.
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That is what you get If you subscribe
for The Northwest Worker NOW.
SOCIALISTS MAKE BIG GAIN
CHRISTIANA, Sweden, Nov. 2.—
The first ballots of the elections have
In 04 constituencies second ballots
will be necessary.
Of the remaining 59 the Radicals
bold 33 and Labor Democrats 2, In
; both crises the same number as be
T':e Socialists hold 15, as compared
uiili 12, and the Conservatives and;
Libert's S, as compared with 12.
This is the first election at which
universal suffrage for women as well
as men has been in operation. At the
;1912 election the number of women's
| votes was limited by various restric
As was expected the Socialists have
[ gained largely by the change, their
j votes being by far the most disciplin
The number of votes cast for So
i cialist candidates has increased by
I about 40 per cent, while the increase
! of Radical votes is about 15 per cent.
j and of Conservatives only about 5
Although the government has been
severely criticised they have thus
gained a great victory, since it is
practically certain they will be backed
up by the same number of representa
j tives as before.
The reason, probably, is that there
j is hardly any alternative government.
In the last, voting the representa
tives were 73 Radicals, or government
party, ?, Labor Democrats, 24 Conser
[vtives and Liberals, 23 Socialists.
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IN THE TRENCHES
The following incident has been re
ported in the. Manchester "Guardian,"
ono of the leading capitalist papers
of Great Britain:
"According to a wounded officer, a
4:iy before the great attack a curious
tiling happened. A board was hoisted
In the German trenches bearing the
'THE ENGLISH ARE FOOLS'
No one wasted a bullet on such poor
abuse. The board went down and ap
peared with this addition—
'THE FRENCH ARE FOOLS'
It was ignored by the British. Then
the board came up again and reap
peared with a third line—
'WE ARE ALL FOOLS'
A lively Interest was now awakened
in tho board. On its last appearance
it bore the inscription—
'WHY NOT ALL GO HOME?'"
The coal miners of Australia have ;
at last succeeded in forming them
selves into a federation embracing
the coal miners of all the states, with
the exception of Western Australia.
The formation of the federation is an
achievement, and is gladly welcomed.
The objective of the Federation is the
thing that matters. It stands for the
complete overthrow of the preseni
wage system and the inauguration of
the Cooperative Commonwealth.
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"The Cry of Justice"
An Anthology of the Literature of Social Protest
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