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In Things Essential, UNITY— In Things Doubtful, LIBERTY—In AN Things, FRATERNITY
Be pw i'O|)> ; 50c per year.
The petitions for Initiative
Measure No, 30, for the establish
ment of the eight-hour day, has
been sent out by the State Secre
tary of the Socialist Party. The
active cooperation of all Socialists
is urged in securing the necessary
signatures to put it on the ballot
at the general election in Novem
ber. The signatures of at least
37,7t>0 legal voters is required; and
these must be secured and certi
fied by July Ist, lilt, the text
of the proposed law is a.-* fol
He It 1 ■ in. t.«t Ky the People of
State of Washington
Section 1. It shall be unlawful
for any person, persons, corpora-
tion, company or joint stock asso
ciation to cause, require, or permit
any male or female employe in
his, her or its employ to work
more than eight hours during any
day of twenty-four hours, nor more
than forty-eight hours during any
week of seven days, except that
in agricultural labor an "additional
two hours per day may be allow
ed for work which is unavoidably
and necessarily incidental to farm
PROVIDED HOWEVER, That in J
case of extraordinary emergency, !
snch as danger to life or property,
m • where 'such ' eightr hour * limit
Would unavoidably and necessarily
prevent other workers in the same
mine, mill, factory or other in
dustrial unit from working the
full eight hour day the hours for
work may be further extended, but
in such cases the rat,* of pay for
time employed in excess of eight j
hours of each calendar day shall
be one and one-half the rate of
pay allowed for the same amount
of time during eight hours ser
Sec. 2. If far any reason any
of «the provisions of this Act
shall be adjudged unconstitutional
or invalid it shall not affect the I
. validity of the act as a whole or
any other part thereof.
Sec. 3. Any employer, overseer,
superintendent or other agent of
any such employer, who shall vio- !
late any of the provisions of this i
Act, .«hall, upon conviction thereof,
be fined for each offense in ■ sum
not less than ten dollars nor more
than one hundred dollar* for each
day during which such violation.
SIGNERS COME EASY
<;\<; HARBOR, Wash. I ean
■'l ( <)\r Hai l»>r pi ecind
v and today for the pi^ht
hoor petition. Out of 80 soli' ted
I ; tture*. Will get
Rboilt 2." iri'ir'- Poill ; <-;n | a(fo
■ • re* ignatnret. Son;.
I ea ■ '■
population i l-' made op of
Scandinavian ranchers, An I
and American te\
i parts of each.
:• to ■ ' It's a cinch.
.1 C. McKEE
petty v.'itii, "We
hui ' "
!he I ■ ire '•■■'ill kx
•♦■, "We demand."
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EVERETT, WASHINGTON, THURSDAY, FEB. 28, I'Hx
HEAR GEORGE R. KIRKPATRICK
America's (Jreatest Orator
Sunday, March 10, at 2 p. in.
in His Great Lecture
"THE RIGHTS OF MAN"
OWING to the fact, that up till now we have not been
able to decide definitely upon which hall we will
select, wo ask the audience to gather at The Forum,
Hill! California St., from which place you will be dir
ected to any one of the near-by halls wo decide upon.
Whereas, Local Kverett No. 1,
has been in close contact with
the work of Kmil llernuin as
State Secretary of the Socialist
Party for the past two years,
and is in a position to observe his
Therefore He It Resolved By
Local Everett No. 1, That we
commend him for his marked ef
ficiency, his courtesy, his enthus
iasm in carrying on the work of
the state office and his zeal for
the cause of Socialism.
A K. HOLMBERG, Chairman.
NSW YORK—Weakness is a
crime, says Bernard Macfadden
in Physical Culture.
It is a crime against yourself.
It'ls a crime afjainr-f all with
I whom you come in contact. And
weakness in one MX is just M
culpable as it is in the other.
If weakness is a crime it is
one for which .society in • re
sponsible 10 a greater degree
than the individual. Henry George i
iian said: "Poverty is a crime.
I do not mean that it is a crime
to be poor. Murder is a crime;
but it is not a crime to be mur
dered: and a man who is hi pov
erty I look upon not as a crim
inal himself ho much as the vic
tim of a crime for which others,
SI well, perhaps, as himself, are
Physical weakness is always a
( lose attendant upon poverty.
Poverty la inevitably bred by
slums 'and Congested industrial
condition*, where capitalistic ex
ploitation has reached its most
"efficient" development. And Cap
italism cannot develop any fur
ther without Creating a greater
degree of poverty, and, incidental
ly, a greater degree of physical
weakness. It is Insane to say that
a person is himself or herself re
sponsible because Individuals can
rise above their environment. Ft
may be possible for a few ex
ceptional individuals to "rise
above their environment" but for
the masses of humanity there is
absolutely no escape from mate
rial conditions—excepting by and
through concerted mass action.
We tboaU strive to remove
physical trealmeM, as Hcfadden
advocates, yet i>\ removing ih«
--■ oat • By doing away »Ith |io%
ertj evpioitaiion the apit
• ssiem of production and di^iii
eh( Hp unit.it fe, Tile VMii I.
Hi to life, to life ibui
George It '
WOMKN si.w i:s
MOBILE, Ala. The Cwinfci
of Kscaimba County are
leasing women prisoners to con
traitors for the small sum of 15
cents per day. The contractors
furnish board and accommoda
tion- for them. 11l treatment is
notoriously the lot of the women
who arc farmed out to these con
SAN llf\M ISCO— "Four-Min
iil«- men" speaking at the various
theaters are urging men to go to
work in ilic -.hip-) aid*, claiming
I hat there in great need of them.
As a matter of fact there are
"hundreds of men Rtandtnp in lino
at the shipyard employment of
ficex, without any opportunity.
■ Some workers have even offered j
I big hums for a chance to go to
It would ><. in that the crowds
of unemployed are not big enough
to .suit the capitalist!}. .Most like
ly they are trying to beat down
j ORGANIZERS JAILED
: SEATTLE—Joe Carpenter, 21,
Robert Dayton. ID, and Elwcll
Addington, were arrested yester
day at the Snoqualmie Lumber
Company, near Snoqualmie Falls
by a deputy sheriff in the employ
of the company. He turned the
"criminals" over to North Bend
authorities from whence they
were taken to Seattle. They were
organizing the logging crew in
i ;h« I. W. W., and as this is a
j disreputable act, according to the j
lumber trust', they will probably
be held iii jail until released at
the whim of their masters. All
ire American citizen's, and they
have been turned over to the
We do not deserve any more
than wo are willing to help get
for the whole working class.
— George 11. Klrkjatrick.
THIS IS IMPORTANT
Comrades and friend, in Arling
ton, Bnohomish, Edmonds, Monroe,
MarysvilK-, Langley, I i. .land and
older lownn near by: ..Will you
help to organize automobile or
boat parties from your part of
the county? A,id if so, WILL
YOU BEGIN AT ONCE?
Then within .i week, will you
drop a lii*. on a I"' i card to the
Co-operative News and tell us
about how many we may expect
from your town?
Don't forget the date, Sunday,
March 10th, 2 p. m.
PREDICTS REPUBLIC FOR
NKW YORK— Will Irwin, who
him just returned from Europe,
predicts that there will be a re
public in Spain noon, an the. re
sult of ii revolution and that Kirn?
Alfonso will be the first presi
We would hail with delight a
new republic in Spain, provided
Alfonso is NOT made President^
That there in a republic brewing
in very probable; hut it in rather
Improbable that the republican**
will take the old king for their
new head The statement tthould
I be. taken with salt. V..'t
| In thin ronnertion it should he
remembered that Louis Napoleon
wan elected President of France
in Ul'J and that in a -hurt time
lie « »<(utiit hi* fatnon- coup
d'etat and re-established the Em
pire, which he held together until
the establishment of the Paris
Cnnmunr in 1871 Aristocrats
are not to be trusted with govern
' in if power in a republic.
CONCORD V. 11. New Hamp
shire"- roperintendent of public
instruct!,.!!. F.rnost 1.. Butterfield.
has refused to ] mi . up the public
school system of the state in the
■lug-Hod Cross membership- drive
that is planned all over the coun
try, on the ground that the public
schools should be kept free from
collections and membership drives
in organizations that are not gov
ernmental and that are outside
Throagboul th« balance of the
nation. lio«t\er. the schools are
BSed for t ollcction purposes and
• o recruit niimlnr« for ortrajii/a
tioiis that ;ire not uovernnirnta!.
l! doee not teen to make any dif-
f< ren< < tlwU »tv sch«Hi]s i \ist for
i I'tallv different purpose — in
theory -namely, to prepare chil-
dren for the atntfgle of life.
NiMrtlirli--. in practice. the
srhools are used by the ruling
' - for miiv and every pur
poae that «ill holster up their
position iii society as exploiters
WASHINGTON, D C—ln 1014
there were just 7,608 persons in
the United States with incomes of
$50,000, hut in 1916 there were
17,085 or, in round figures, two
and a third times ms many. While
the number of ordinary million
airea doubled, the number of
these multi-millionaires more than
' bled Increasing Prom 174 in
1914 to 682 in 1010.
"These figures," says Basil
Manly, ".show where the increased
cost of living is going."
What are you doing about it?
GOLD BAR, Wash.—The Co
operative Union at Gold Bar is
doing a fair amount of business.
Mr. Geo. Schapper is a splendid
business manager, which speaks
.success for the Union.- ;•■
Next week will be Seed-order
week. Some members have already
placed their seed orders with the
The lonb«r tru.st has deliberate
ly delayed the production of spruce
and other lumber production neces
sary for war purposes, and has
ralMd its prices for lumber prod
ucts in many cases to nearly ten
times what they were before the
war, and in order to cover its
fop] footsteps it raises the cry of
"sedition" against the I. W. W.
Tkt OOppm trust has made a
profit of more than thirty mil
lions of dollar* since the United
State* entered the war, and has
held out for a price of 23 4 cents
a pound for copper which their
own cost sheets -how to have beer,
produced at an expenditure of from
oto 1 1 cents, and the government
inquiry commission of President •
Wilson shows that the copper mag
nates have seriously interfered
with the workings of the draft
law and have hindered the pro
duction of copper needed for war
purposes, yet the kept press of the
copper and lumber trusts in # Se
attle and elsewhere has damned
the I. W. W. for the very things
of which the employing ■ class Is
On top of this, these "patriots"
have deliberately created the im
pression that the federal indict
ment against ..workers, necessarily.*.._
mans that the accused are guilty
without the production of a parti
cle of evidence, and that these
worker? should thereupon be de
nied every civil right guaranteed
to other members of society.
The men who are in jail await
ing trial are undergoing treatment
worse than that given to Russia's
condemned prisoners in the dark
est days of Czardom. One mem
ber has been driven insance in
Cook County jail in Chicago. Men
nnd women are .on the verge of
(sanity in our local jails and de
tention stations according to let
ters smuggled to friends on the
outside—smuggled in free Amer
ica—smuggled in a land where the
constitution guarantees a speedy
trial by jury—smuggled by per
sons arrested without warrant,
charged with no specific offense
«nd to be deemed innocent under
the law because not yet tried by
any jury nor givn any semblance
of a legal hearig.
In the face of these facts we
doubt the patriotism of the lum
ber and copper trusts; doubt the
patriotism of the capitalist press;
we doubt the patriotism of the
paid servitors of the industrial
plunderbund. We doubt also the
pretensions of law and order com
ing from those who violate every
law and who have encouraged and
still are secretly and openly en
couraging such lawless mobs as
the one which recently wrecked
the Pigott printing plant.—lndus- ,
trial Work, ■
Poverty has always been ugly
and it is ugly now.
Poverty has always been cruel
and it is cruel now,
Poverty ha always been deadly— '
and it is deadly now.
Poverty has always been i dis
aster—and it is a disaster now.
—George l; Kirkpatrick.
Our boys should not leave home
without Bitting for a photo at