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SCOTT COUNTY KICKER
BENTON, MO., OCTOBER 12, i9I2
NO 45
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'THE CHURCH" WAKING UP.
Committee Appointed to Interview
j.nA.liiS. . -s 1-1 . Al.iit. . fll-.,
rcscuiauvc uuw incy aiana on
I enjoyed a good laugh Inst week
Roosevelt is not the onl.v one who
Ih swiping huge chunk from the
Socialist platform and OlAlmlng
them as his own. Tlie men Who
control the destinies of the Cath
olic ohurOh sec that they can no
longer hold their following in
cheek, ami are beginning to show
signs of waking up.
The work people will get noth
ing execpt as thc.v TAKE IT.
Wlion the rulers, or their minions,
see that the masses are after the
whole loaf, the.v try to satisfy
them with a crumb. If one crumb
doesn t work they piteh out an
otherami so on.
After my controversy with Fa
ther llelmbacher, of Oran, In
which lie got so mussed up that
his friends didn't know him. C felt
thnt the priests would quit poll
tk-s for a while and devote a lit
tle time to religion.
Hence 1 was a little surprised
when told thnt on Sunday before
last Father Moenig. of New Hani
burg invited the voters off' his con
gregation to the sehoo' house
where he told them of their relig
ious duties politically.
Among Other things he told his
flock that the worst thing of all
was Slaving such nn editor as i'hll.
Ilafner. and that tiny ought to
quit reading his paper, lie has
said tlds on several prevtou.1 (elu
sions. With the result that early
verj family In 'ns parish takes
the Kicker. Most of those cople
are beginning to do a little of
their own thinking and 1 dotl't
.believe he will ever be able to
i stop it.
J Tlie mind is the only advantage
man has over the lower animals.
Destroy the mltid and man is more
helpless than an.v other animal.
ror proof or this notice an insane
person. Tlie mind is like the mus
cles In your arm. If you do not
develope your muscles you have
very little strength. Muscles are
developed by use. So is the mind.
And to attempt to prevent tlie ac
tion and full develope ment of the
mind is a crime against humani
ty. The secret of the power of
the ruling class over the masses
lies In keeping the masses in ig
norancepreventing tiie develop
ment of tiie mind.
I have before me the St. Louis
Star. It is a progressive capi
talist paper and seems to lean
toward the Bull Moose circus al
though it claims to bo independ
ent. It's cUtor Is far in advance
of tlie average Cave Dweller who
scribbles for the capitalist sheets.
From an editorial on the develop
ment of mind the following is ta
ken :
Mind when used to its full OS
pacity and no one has ever UM-d
it to ttiat extent can master
everything.
Even now. when rightly used, it
-banishes pain. It eountei-acts and
oven conquers disease. It over
comes tiie Insurmountable, or the
seemingly insurmountable.
The day will come when human
minds will communicate with each
other across vast distances, not
through disjointed sentences or by
means of thoughts hazily convey
ed, but to an unlimited extent as
we now communicate with each
other by telephone.
What we now term telepathy
and spirtitualisin. will be robbed
of their elements of mystery be
cause we will have learned the
value of concentration to its ut
termost limits.
But this will not come until we
hnve advanced as far from our
present state of civilized develop
ment as we have advanced1 in past
4-enturies from tiie monkey stage
of intelligence.
But I have drifted from the lit
tle political gathering at New
Hamburg. Father Moenig told
his flock, according to my Infor
mant, that the single tax is So
rlnlism and that It should be shun
d. A farmer suggested that they
invite a single taxer and an anti
single taxer to explain it to them.
But the Father didn't want an.v
of that. He said they would talk
and talk and not be understood.
Whose fault is It if those people
cannot understand a question aft
er heai-ing both sides? Who has
liad control of the development of
their minds? The fact is, the.v
WOULD understand for nearly
all of them are readers of the
Kicker. And it is because of this
that Father Moenig wants them
to stop reading it. He cant meet
the arguments of the Kicker. If
be thinks he can, he is welcome to
all the space he wants, and I will
assure him the utmost courtesy.
As for the single tax. I am no
more biterested than In any other
capitalist reform movement. I
am for anything that will help
the working class and break the
power of the plutes. That It Is
not a Socialist measure Is prov
en by the fact that no mention of
It appears In the platform nor in
Socialist literature.
In Canada many of the larger
cities have the single tax and, in
the Canadian province of Alberta.
& territory more than three times
as large as Missouri, the parlia
ment adopted It for the entire
province AT THE REQUEST OF
THE FARMERS. Of Its opera
tion the Vancouver World says :
The "Vancouver Experiment"
In taxing land values and exempt
ing Improvements has proved, aft
er two and a half years of prac
tical application, to be an un
doubted success, anil one of the
most progressive steps ever taken
by a City.
Singh' tax has been one of the
most Important factors in build
ing up the city. There is no oth
er cause to which can be jnoee di
rectly attributed tlie remarkable
impetus Which building industries
received when the city council for
190!) decided to abolish taxes on
Improvement. After two ami a
half years' successful operation
the System as applied in Vancou
ver has passed the experimental
stage.
The amount of publicity the r-lty
tins received during the past two
years is almost inconceivable,
inquiries have been received from
Australia, china. Scandinavia,
France. Germany and the British
Isles, ranging in Importance from
school children's letters asking
for material for essays to public
men of foreign countries wishing
information for official hand
books and state purposes.
Vancouver is rapidly becoming
associated, in the minds of econo
mists all over tlie American cnti-
nenti with that progressive me
thod or taxation known a "single
tax." In fact, in certain quarters
this city's chief claim to interest,
is Its adoption of the single tax.
Magazine und newspaper writ
ers have visited Vancouver to ob
tain data and information in or
der to tell their readers of the
"Vancouver Experiment.' thus
giving this city a boost." for
their investigations show thnt
the single tax in Vancouver has
been a distinct success.
Tlie building permits taken out
,1 .... I . I , J. - I . I .
uunnpj i ne nisi six montn oi
1011 aggregated $18,150,805.
Los Angel es, with a population of
more than twice that of Vancou
ver, and with an erea five times
as great Issued permits to the
value of 80,400,004. In Vancou
ver it does not pay anyone to al
low his land to lie Idle.
New buildings hnve been erect
ed on many of the vacant spaces
which were held simply for specu
lation up to the time single tax
was adopted, a number of old
structures have disappeared, and
the places where they stood are
now occupied by handsome blocks
The taxing of land has given a
stimulus to building industries.
If the Jot wwners had been
compelled to pay taxes on new
buildings it might have deterred
them from improving their lots.
Under tiie present system, in view
of the greatly increased values of
land. It pays owners to improve
their lots by erecting blocks com
mensurated witli the value of the
land. It did not pay owners who
have one or two story buildings
on their valuable down-town lots
allow them to stand when the.v
can get a much larger revenue
by erecting six, eitht or ten story
buildings without having to pay
taxes on the buildings.
Thai the system has proved to
be one of the most enterprising
and progressive steps ever adopted
by a city government is conceded
by all who have given the matter
any thought.
At tiie beginning of this article
I told you that 1 enjoyed a good
laugh. Well, the laugh came lis at
the progressive attitude "the
church" is assuming. In the out
set the church was against or
ganized labor and It was as much
of a sin to become a labor union
ist 25 years ago as-it is to become
a Socialist today. But Catholic
worklngmen refused to starve and
went right on joining the labor
unions.
Now comes the church, through
its Catholic unions, and demands
labor legislation.
Wonder why It never thought
of this before?
Here are the demands :
1. That a larger number of pro
fessional Factory Inspectors be
appointed; that the fee system be
abolished.
2. That a general revision of
the laws pertaining to the protec
tion of workingmen take pluce.
8. that laws pertaining to fac
tories and mines be printed tand
put In a conspicuous place, so
that every working man be able
to see and read same.
4. That sufficient funds for the
free labor bureau be allowed.
5. That all vocational diseases
must be reported to the Labor
Commissioner.
But what will all this benent
the farmer ?
Andrew Dlrnberger and Peter
Gosche were appointed to inter
view Dr. Winters, the Republican
candidate for representative, and
Joe Bowman the Democratic can
didate, to see how they stood on
these questions. No Instructions
were given to interview LeeiMas
sey, the Socialists candidate for
representative. It was no doubt
taken for granted that he stood
for all of these things in favor of
labor and a great deal more In
fact too much.
These measures are all right.
Every Socialist favors them. Yet
they are only make-shifts and will
amount to nothing, even if enact
ed. Into law. We have books full
of Just such laws now. Written
laws favorable to labor amount
to nothing so long as capitalists
Candidates for Rep-
mm
uaoor measures.
hnve the courts ' the bulwarks or
our liberties." they call them.
What the worker wants is the
full product of his labor. He Is
tired of keeping up a lot of, use
less, well-fed Idlers.
The wage-slave wants to lie
free. This lie cannot be so long
as another man owns his job. II"
can only work when the owner of
tlie job sees n profit in letting
him work.
The farmer wants to be free.
This he cannot b so long ns he
hns no control over the market
and must let the plutes fix the
price at which he must sell and
also the price at which he must
buy. They get him going and
coming like the niggers coon
trap. ,
But I must not close without
referring to Father Moenig's talk
on insurance. If Teddy hears of
it he'll get jealous. He referred
to the German system and told
his Hock the.v would be surprised
how well the Germans' are pro
tected, and that the.v should have
it here.
But i don t reckon he told them
that there was no insurance in
Germany until there was a so
cialist party that forced these
concessions from tiie government.
Neither did he say anythlnKabout
Socialist Congressman Merger
having Introduced similar meas
ures in the congress of the United
States.
And if the people will elect a
dozen Socialist Congressmen this
fail they will have government
insurance and old age pensions
before an other election rolls
around.
There are, two things Father
Moenig will not deny. He will
not deny that conditions of the
working class in Germany is bet
ter than m any other count i
He will not deny that Socialism
is stronger in Germany 'than an.v
other country they having lit)
members In the Rcichstadt and
control ol many large cities and
municipalities. These Improved
conditions among the workers be
gan only with the growth of the
Socialist movement in Germany,
j And the same cause will produce
the same eueet here.
But it is encouraging to learn
that even the church is going So
cialist. GET ON THE RIGHT ROAD
There was once a man travel
lag thru a strange country. He
came to tlie forks of the road and
rot knowing which road to take
to go to a certain town, asked a
farmer which one to take.
' Both roads lead to the town,"
replied the farmer.
"Which is the better road?"
asked the traveler.
"They are both awfully bad,"
replied the farmer. "It doesn't
make any difference which one
you take, (before you get to town
you will wish you had taken
the other."
The same La true of the Demo
cratic and Republican parties.
They are both awfully bad rot
ten. They both lead to the same
place the poverty rand slavery of
the worker. And It doesn't make
any difference which of the old
party tickets you vote, Mr. Work
er, before a year la out you al
ways wish you had voted for the
other. Why not try Socialism?
That is a great divide up the
capitalists have, and no one can
blame them for refusing to let
go. The official figures given out
at Washington tell us that the
wealth produced by the average
worker is $2,450 per year. Of
this the average worker gets
back in wages S437. The remain
ing $2,013 is the capitalist di
vide up which the worker earns,
but does not get. Can you blame
the plutes for hesitating to let
go of a anap like that?
CHATTEL OR WAGE-SLAVERY?
Say, Mr. Hired Man, when you
get siok or crippled, don't you
wish you were of as much Impor
tance as a chattel slave of SO
years ago"? I don't mean just
common laborers alone or tramps
butt you "$50 a month counter
hoppers that think you are It.
The difference between you and
he tramp is that he gets an oc
casional "Job" and you get an
occasional "position". At the
end of the year you are in debt,
but the tramp isn't.
As compared wiith the black
slave, when he got sick he got
'the best of medical attention
the same as a fine horse or cow
does today.
Does your boss ever worry a
bouit the attention you get when
you are sick?
Oh, you fool I Not as well off
as a chattel slave and yet you
will try to look wise and imagine
yourself smart Just as I used to
when I owed for the clothes ou
my back.
People ought to be kept inform
ed as to the conduct of public af
fairs, but they are not. They are
only permitted to have such Infor
mation as those In authority want
them to have as a rule.' With pa
tronage public officials and law
yers control the press If they do
not own It outright. And even If
they did not. It would be difficult
for one on the outside to get on
the Inside of things.
Subscribe for the only Kicker.
B. H. HAL8TEAD KILLED
Harrison Halstend. a highly re
spected young man of Blodgett.
was shot ami killed while peace
fully standing on a sidewalk in
Blodgett shortly after 11 o'clock
Saturday night.
Who fired the shot may never
Ik? known. A bunch of five camp
ers working for the Johnstone
Land CO. were In town and one r
them got into n fight with ioz"
Hodge, who Was drunk, and beat
him with knueks. is the report.
The campers got into tlie WagOtl
and urged the driver to "get out
of here quick." Hodge followed
Shouting) l knew von were a
lot of d-d cowards." Shots were
fired from tiie wagon, one ol
which struck young Halstead
who was on the sidewalk diagon
ally across the street struck him
in tlie back and passed through
the heart. He Jived onl.v a few
moments.
No arrests were made at the
time. Later officers went to the
camp and found a pistol that had
been recently discharged. Three
men were arrested and brought
to Benton jail Sunday morning.
Two had fled. All were from
Kentucky,
Here we have some of the re
sults of capitals! farmllng. The
land company secures the scum of
the earth and sends them here
among us because these men have
n low Standard Of living and can
be hired cheaper than local men.
Last year I passed down on an
Iron-Mountain train and In the
"smoker" were about 1 ." or 20
Dagoes. None of them could talk
English and carried with them a
chief an Interpreter. At Blodg
ett they were met by the superin
tendent of tiie land company, wa
gons awaited them . and the.v
we're driven out on tlie land to
clear it. These are turned .,s
among our people, and tiie result
is crime.
But we deal onl.v With results.
We let the e iu-e remain. Harri
son Halsteds life was sacrificed
to the cause of holy profit-. Had
there not been more profit In etn
I ploying that class of ni"n this
J'OUUg and noble life would not
J have been extinguished. But capi
talism will say it was an "acci
dent' and charge 'it up to Oodl
Tiie law" .will harress three
men who are suspected of having
fired the shot and the people will
foot tiie bill. Being unable to
lure a good lawyer, somebody
may be sent to Jefferson City to
make profits for the prison trust.
But all (this will not return this
model youth to his bereaved and
Widowed mother, Hor restore
to his brothers, sisters, othei
atives and friends.
Harrison was 24 years old
unmarried. He farmed and
biro
rel-
and
was
the main support of his mother
and her minor chllldren. The in
terment occurred at Oakdale cem
etery, near Commerce, Monday af
ternoon. Capitalism did it. And if you
trace '.)5 per cent or the crimes
and troubles or our time you will
rind the profit system at the root.
PLEASE HELP EM LET GO.
Tlie Morley Banner, operated by
our county collector, wants the
damage, suit against tlie Kicker
put off until AFTER the election.
That la exactly what the national
government did do with the case
against the Appeal to Reason. But
What has Mr. Buck to do with the
MoWllllams-Klcker ease? 1 was
of the opinion that "the party
claimed that John MoWtuiami was
alone the plaintiff In this case-.
But Mr. Buck always wabbles
around and gets "his foot in it.
He says my offense is "tiie publi
cation of a series of articles de
liberately attacking the charac
ter of our county officials, and
especially the prosecuting attor
ney, John MoWUItams."
ir that be true then why have
they riled a motion to strike out
that particular part Where it is
claimed that l attacked the char
acter or our county officials?
Why not let it stand and make
me prove It ?
By wanting to strike it out. it
seems to ine to be an admission
that what I said is true, and that
they want to avoid having to
meet it. I think it would look
that way to a man up a tree.
As an excuse ror putting the
trial orf Mr. Buck seems to con
ceed that Mr. MeWilliams will be
defeated, and that this defeat
could be charged up against the
Kicker as additional damages.
What hit Warner. Rodgers and
Myers in tlie Democratic primary?
Is the Kicke" responsible Tor that,
also?
However, there is no excuse ror
delay. That letter containing
those awrul "attacks" on county
officials appeared again last week.
We can go right on with tlie
"soot" already filed, and then a
fresh "soot" can be instituted on
what appeared last week.
But
Say! Won't somebody please
help them let go?
If you are young, strong, active
and free from disease there is no
excuse for being out of a Job. In
any city you can see big signs
hanging out, "Men wanted for the
Army." You can see the posters
In your post-office. The govern
ment (capitalism) wants the sound
and healthy young men. The rest
can remain at home to produce a
diseased and degenerate genera
tion of en en and women. In hogs,
horses and cattle we breed only of
the best. 1 But of humanity we se
lect our best for slaughter. Capi
talism to 1 such a lovely system. It
Is so humane. Don't disturb it.
HE WANTS TO KNOW
M. Bridges, of Dongoln. Mo.,
asks me to explain the land plank
In the Socialist platform. It reads:
"The collective ownership of
land wherever practicable, and In
cases Where such ownership is im
practicable the appropriation by
taxation of the annual rental
value of fin lands held for specu
lation." The time of co-oper ttlve farming
Is at our door. The old method
of individual farming is passing
OUt. The great farm tractors
that break .as much ground In a high rates for travel and freight,
day as three men and a hair dot-1 Y u and l pay It.
en mules, will break In n week- In i Now let this soak in
putting the one-hosx farmer on i The difference between the se
ttle bum. tual cost, or 880,000 per mile, and
These giant plows are not the the enflated capitalization, or
onl.v Improved machinery. The,
have machines that solve the
problem of picking cotton. The,i
nave machines that cut. thresh
and sack the wheat at one oper
ation. And many others.
But the latest machine Is the
caterplller. According to the In
ternational I'.ev iew. tiie caterpil
lar is the last Word in traction
engines. Its Wheels run on an
endless chain-belt. Which In turn
crawls over the ground. Where
the old style tractor sank, mired
and refused to work the caterpil
lar glides nloiiir unchecked. It
j lays its steel tracks upon the
I shifting desert sands, doing work
I In places where no other power
'can he used, it w.ll go down
rt to
delta lands, where the ground !
too so't for ni"ii or horses to
walk, and it will at one opera-
I non plow, '.arrow and see I i to
j nine acres per hour, In a Word,
i it is more efficient than a hun
dred farm worker-, goer any
where and due- anything, always
obey orders, works night and
day demanding no wanes arid n
j vacation, cats nothing when rot
working and. above all, never
i goes on a strike.
However, these machines ran not
; BE USED ON sM . LL FARM. It
wouldn't pay. Neither is the In-
luviuutu larmer auiu to rriv t
They are profitable only on ver.i
, l.ai"g" farms containinir man.i
thousands of acres. Hence the
farming of the future must either
be done by bis capitalist corpor-
atlons, or else the small farmers
must iret together and co-operate.
Tlie germs or the new order are
already in evidence. In (ape
county, and in several other coun
ties of the state, the farmers have
an expert. This man. with the
aid of the state agricultural
partment. directs the farming nf
the entire county. He tests the
soil to see what it will mow best.
He tests the seed. He looks a'ter
the health of the animals, and so
On. OUt Of this W u,.0- (.;,--,;,.
eratlve farming, and the Socialists
favor this "wherever practicable."
However, this need not disturb
the Cave Dweller with his 411
acres ami a mule. There is no law
preventing the wagon-maker from
competing with the factory. He
tried it lor a wnue out. som
how he got tired. Tlie one-hoss
format, nnniri nnmiwta urh ha
big tractor "if he wanted to. but 1
believe he'd iret tired also.
Tiie appropriation by taxation
or tiie annua! rental value or all
land held lor speculation' means
the gradual talcing over of the
land held by those who do not use
it. except to speculate on it. or to
make those who use it "divide up."
'The single tax is a step in that
I direction.
The landlord :s NOW only the
j middle-man between the user o
j land and tii" gov ernment The
j state now has the prior title to
I all land and people are permitted
to use it onl.v ou condition that
! they pay tlie annual rental t
i the state called taxes. 1:" th
; not paid the state takes the land
! and sells it to someone who Will
I pay.
The landlord. however. has
1 wedged himself in between the at -tual
user or land and the state
; and demands an additional rental.
I or tax. that by far exceeds that
demanded by the state. And he
I does nothimt but hold a man
made title to the land.
Imagine a country without land
lords and without land speculators
and you have a bird's eve lew 01
the land situation under Socialism.
ANOTHER INQUIRY
C. B. Wright, of fane Girardeau,
writes for more information on
the single tax. it would save me
a whole lot of work if inquiries
were addressed to trie EquetaDie
Taxation League. :01 Times
building, St. Louis, who are better
equipped to answer them than I.
With so many newspapers afloat
it seems that the public should lie
well informed on all public quest-
ions, but the fact is that these
"kept " newspapers make a spe -
daily or handing out misinforma
tion. The sturf that is put out
by the anti-single taxers is pure
bunk intended only to conluse
and mislead. Mr. "Write asks:
1. If all personal property un
der $3,000 is exempt, and over
$3,000 will be taxed, how about
railroad rights-of-way, passenger
and freight ears, machine shops,
banks and big corporations?"
2. Some say If the single tax
carries it will disfranchise every
man who Is not a tax payer.
Answer to
1. ALL personal property will
be exempt, and IMPROVEMENTS
on the land to the value of $3,000
will be exempt during the first
two years. And every two years
thereafter a reduction of 25 per
cent will be made until ALL im
provements are exempt. Hence
the change would be gradual.
As for railroad rights of way,
that is the franchise that the sin
gle tax goes after. Yet the.v tell
you that the railroads are for it.
Also the banks.
The average cost of a railroad
is about 880,000 per mile. The
average capitalisation Is about
$90,000 per mile.
in other words, the railroad
promoters have added two parts
"water" to two part- 'solids'
And on this fictitious capitalisa
tion tit" roads must earn divi
dends t Bitlsf, stock-holders.
To do tirs the.v must charge
800,000 per mite, Is the value of
the privilege granted by the state
THE FRANCHISE VALUE.
And it la this value
that the sin-
itic tax win reach.
Now. if the cost is 880,000 and
the capitalization is 800,000, then
the franchise value that this new
law win reach la 860,000 per mile
And vet the anti-single taxer s
tell you that all the burden will
fall on tlie little rainier!
With the bit: corporation tax
ed at anything like their value,
the farmer's taxes w:n be great
ly reduced. This franchise busl
.ness applies not onl.v to steam
railways, but to street railways,
telegraph, telephone and like cou
cents.
Take. Tor instance t lt St. Louis
street railways, These cost si 2.
000.000, and the.i are capitalised
at 800,000.000. Hence t e fran
chise value is 878.000,000 or
about 13 tunes the total assessed
value of the whole of fcott coun
ty. With these corpotntlonn dis
Iglng up as th,t should, don't you
think we cuuid get along without
"confiscating the little farm
' homes?
Si. Pure bunk No property qual
ifications In Missouri yet. Bit it
'is about tiie only no-called Demo
cratic st.itr that ii II escaped.
THE LAND OF OPPORTUNITY.
This is 't ie lan 1 of opportunity
to wo are told. All of us have
' equal rights." Sure! The masses
must be made to believe this
else they wouldn't stand for it.
Any defender of the present oidei'
Will tell you that the child of a
hod-carrier has the same chance
to rise as the child or a F.ockefei
ler or Morgan. And you seem to
believe it
Look about you and see how it
works. The men who own the
property, and therefore the jobs
can place their children in good
positions both public and pri
vate. But where, Mr. Working
man, can you place your boy?
Y'ou can piace him where the
master class see fit to put him
behind the plow, or in the mines,
mills or factories. Aint that so?
And that's what you vote for
when you vote the same ticket as
the owning class.
There is an occasional excep-
tlon a rare exception where a
1 -
I70UDB man in ordinary circum
stances gets up. But it is because
someone 01 xne ruling ciass tanes
an interest in him and pulls him
up. These cases are very rare
about as rare as the day laborer
or tenant farmer who, after
years of struggle, succeeds in
owning a little home of his own.
And where these exceptions do
exist they are pointed to by the
owning class as illustrations of
what anybody can do.
Under capitalism the chlldrtn
of the masses are doomed to eer
vitude, and the children nf the
'better class" nave no assurance
that they will always have pie
for dinner. A rival may upset his
apple cart at any time and tum
ble him into the ranks of the un
employed. The middle class Is fast disap
pearing. The middle class is that
part of society that bobs around
between the toiler and the plutes
and tries to "play in" with both.
This class rules in rural districts,
yet it is again ruled by the plutes
It is composed of uerchants. tra
ders, professional men and
bankers or the cross-roads variety-
The country merchant is little
more than a distributing agency
for the trusts. In many articles
he has no choice as to the price
he must ask. If he sells under
the price fixed by the trusts he
is reported by his competitors
and can get no more of that par
ticular line of goods. He can
I oharge as much more as he
wants but no less than the price
j tlxei. This Is particularly true
I 0f farm machinery.
. The mail order house Is also
after the country merchant. 1
i These houses cover every part of '
j the country and can selt to con-!
i6uraer as cheap, or cheaper, than
the country merchant can buy
A country merchant admitted to
me that this Is true.
Every branch of trade and In
dustry la fast being centralized
and drifting toward monopoly.
The question that the people
must solve is: Shall we belong
to the monopoly, or shall the mo
nopoly belong to us?
Take your choice. It's coming.
See that nice gentleman with a
b'iled shirt, a stand-up collar and
a Panama hat? He is well fed
and well housed. He uses his head.
How about you, Mr. Worker? Oh,
you use only your muscle. You are
too busy to think for yourself, eh?
You let that well-dressed and well
fed gentleman attend to that
And he sure does.
Socialism In not the thing the
grafters want. Oh. no I
mob
IS IT LAW OR ANARCHY?
If there is anything the people
have an bundance of, it Is law I
In Missouri we have three big
books all full of law. Then wo
have the national statutes and
the ordinances of the cities anrl
towns. And we keep steadily at
It making more law!
We have over 16,000 different
rules and regulations, that we
call laws, governing our daily
notions and ignorance of the
least of these is no excuse for
their violation! Could savagery
or barbarism be more cruel and
unjust especially when the laws
are so muddled that men who
make law a life-study cannot un
derstand them?
Some unTortunate citizen is ar
rested for violating some rule or
law of which he was perhaps ig
norantor did not understand.
He is dragged Into court. If he
is poor be seeks "the mercy of
, the court" amd pleads guilty or
the court appoints an attorney
to defend him, which practically
amounts to the same thing If he
is aDie ne aires a gooa lawyer
and fights
The ease is called and the law
yer on one side can find just as
mucn law to support nis case as
can the lawyer on the other side.
But the judge or Jury makes a
GUESS at what the law means,
and one side wms and th? other
side appeals to the Appellate
Court, where three men sit as
judges. Two of these judges hoid
the law to mean one thing, and
the third holds it to mean just
the opposite. This is the common
result They can t agree on what
is law, yet you and I are suppos
ed to know the law ami Igno
ance Will not stand i.' pica I
ed by us. We MUST know or
suffer the consequences
Next the case is taken to the
Supreme Court, where nine Judges
sit. Five of these hold the law to
mean this, and the remaining
four dissent and hold tlie law to
mean fcomrthing ei.se! But the 5
to 4 decision stands as the law
until the court reverses Itself.
Hence it is not what is written
in the statute- that is the law,
but what the courts say
In jury trials, where the mat
ter is fitar the people, the jury
must ntrree. Except In civil 'hhch
if one man sees it difrerentiy he
can prevent any action by the
remaining eleven. There is no
verdict. What is called a "hung
jury" results But in the high
court four men may see it one
way and five another and the
one majority fixes the law for
all of us
AN AWFUL TORMENT.
The foreman of the furnaces to
Satan went and said: Wo most
husband our resources or the
fires will soon be dead ; for the
brimstone mines are Tailing, and
I have the gravest fears that our
pipes will be frozen in a dozen
years."
Then the devil sat and pon
dered, and he said : "I have of
ten thought, in the course of pass
ing ages, that we're keeping hell
too hot; there are other ways to
torture than to cook on blazing
pyres, so I think we'll close the
dampers and put out the biggest
fires, and the damned who come
to sufTer for their evil deeds and
wrongs, they will have to sit and
listen while we make speeches on
the tariff.
The wise men have nothinir
to
do but look wise and tell tha wo
people what is good for them and
the suckers usually swallow the
nice, sugar-coated dope. But some
are beginning to gag a little at it.
FINANCIAL STATEMENT
Of the receipts and expenditures
of the Scott County socialist par
ty for tiie quarter ending Oct. 1.
RECEIPTS.
July 1 Cash on hand. .....
Dues stamps, Macedonia,
Dues stamps, Chewnlng's,
Dues stamps, Edna
Dues stamps, Chaffee, ...
Dues stamps, lllmo,
Sale of campaign badges
Dues stamps. Morley
Dues stamps, Bleda
,yn ,05
0.00
.. .30
.00
&.00
l ,25
T.80
3.90
'.'7. or
Total
EXPENDITURE
300 referendum ballots. ... 62.00
Cut and bills tor Lee Mussey. 5.75
Notices Tor quarter 1.50
Telephone and postage 1.40
Hues stamps 20.00
Bills lor J, H. Branam 2.50
G. W. Minter. on picnic acct. 5.15
B. F. Allen, sub cards 40.00
B. F, Allen, speaker, exp. 2.90
Cash on hand 15.85
Total 07,06
.Sub cards on hand $40.00
Dues stamps on hand. 10.00
Earlie Sllnkard. County Sec.
STATEMENT OF OWNERSHIP
Management, etc., of the Scott
County Kicker, published weekly
at Benton, Mo., required bv the
Act of August 24. 1912
Editor and Manager. P. A. Ha frier.
Owned and Published by Workers
Printing Co.
Names and addresses of stock
holders holding one per cent or
more of Stock : P. A. Haf nnr Ran.
ton, Mo. ; J. H. Branam, Vanduser,
mo.; J. w. Heeb, Chaffee, Mo.; J.
Ed. Green, Blodgett, Mo.; E. M.
Daugherty, Commerce, Mo.; Jos.
Bulls, lllmo. Mo.; A. A. Evans,
Morley, Mo. ; A. E, Curnel, Morley,
Mo.; James Smith, Benton, Ma;
O. W. Minter, Benton. Ma; P. fL
Daugherty, Forafelt, Mo.
PW1. A. Hafner, Editor.
Sworn to and subscribed before
me thts 30th day of Saprfc 1M1
V. l. Ban, Kotary Mb

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