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VOL. XXVI. No. 51
Ruthless Religious Policy
"As before, the religious policy of
the government is ruthless and stupid.
The government endeavors to force
atheism upon the people and therefore
cruelly persecutes the church. No
patriarch has been elected since the
miserable death of Patriarch Tikkon.
One after another five bishops, who
temporarily headed the Russian
church in the order of hierarchy, were
arrested and imprisoned. Every day
priests of the Russian orthodox
church are arrested and imprisoned.
The era of martyrdom which began
for the Russian church with Lenin is
far from being ended.
Red Tape Rules Supreme
"The administration is corrupt and
inefficient. Red tape of the worst type
is reigning supreme all over Russia
and handicaps every form of initiative
of the population. Secret police and
spies are the actual rulers of Russia.
New Styles
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Reds Give Russia Worst
fiy International Labor News Service.
New Haven, Conn.—The soviet re
gime in Russia is the worst that great
country ever had, declares Prof. Mich
ael Rostovtzeff, sterling professor of
ancient history at Yale, considered the
dean of historians, writing in the
Yale Review in response to a request
for his views on the bolshevik "gov
Prof. Rostovtzeff was born in Rus
sia and was for many years a mem
ber of the faculty of the University
of St. Petersburg. Later he was a
member of the faculty at Oxford Uni
versity, England.
Is "Worst Government"
"The bolshevik government is the
worst government which Russia has
seen in her long life. It is doctrinary,
inefficient, cruel and corrupt. It now
is as bad, if not worse, than it used
to be nine years ago. There are some
slight changes, but the changes are
for the worse.
"If Russia is now better off than at
the beginning of the bolshevik gov
ernment it is due not to the efforts of
the government but to natural process
of development of a great nation in
spite of all the handicaps by which
the government tries to retard and to
nullify the improvements.
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Tyranny in History, Says
You Can't Beat These Super Values!
Yale Professor
"The economic conditions are de
plorable. Prices are high and are ris
ing every day. Factories have no raw
materials and many are closed. Man
ufactured goods are scanty, and those
few which are produced find no buy
ers, since they are of the worst pos
sible quality and terribly expensive.
Wages and salaries are very low and
the workmen are loudly clamoring for
better wages.
Children Live Like Beasts
"Thousands of homeless children
may be seen all over Russia, not only
in the large cities, living a life of
wild beasts. The better part of the
younger generation, according to the
statement of Lunacharsky, minister of
public education, in one of his latest
speeches, is losing faith in life, some
turn to Hooliganism, some commit
suicide. Preaching of licentiousness
by the communist leaders undermines
the last remains of morality, and the
practical abolition of marriage tends
to destroy family life utterly.
"It is commonly understood now in
Russia that no progress for Russia is
possible as long as the bolshevik gov
ernment lasts, and I wonder how bol
shevism finds fervent advocates in
this country, especially among those
who by their profession are supposed
to be friendly to morals, religion and
Washington. How corporations
evade federal taxes by gifts and
trusts and by permitting profits to
accumulate instead of being divided
is explained in a report to the joint
committee on internal revenue taxa
The report shows how corporations
with large surplus may escape all tax
by manipulating the investment of
such surplus. Stockholders in these
corporations may also escape sur
taxes if the evasion act is not enforce
able. This act has not been strictly
enforced, and the statutes of limita
tion will operate against the collec
tion of this money in many instances,
it is claimed.
All Wool
More For
Your Money
By International Labor News Service.
Washington, D. C.—Three states
have brought the "yellow dog" con
tract of employment almost to the
point of death through heroic work
on the part of state federations of
The three states are—Ohio, Illinois,
In each case bills have been intro
duced at the instance of the State
Federations of Labor. In Ohio and
California complete trade union vic
tories have been won thus far, with
favorable committee reports putting
the bills in line for adoption. In
Illinois a similar victory is expected,
with a hearing due at an early date.
In California the bill is on the third
reading file and will come up for final
vote in the immediate future. "Pros
pects seem favorable," Secretai-y
Scharrenberg wires to International
Labor News Service.
Ohio Leads the Way
The action in these states is the
result of careful research and investi
gation by the State Federation of La
bor, with Ohio pioneering the way,
under the presidency of John P. Frey.
It was the Ohio State Federation that
drafted the model bill now before the
legislatures of the three states.
The senate committee in Ohio has
reported the bill with a recommen
dation for its passage. This achieve
ment has not been won without fight
ing. The well organized "open shop
pers" fought bitterly to prevent a fa
vorable recommendation, but were
beaten by the hard work and clever
strategy of the labor men.
President Frey ana Secretary
Thomas J. Donnelly organized one of
he most effective legislative hearings
ever held in that state, according to
information furnished to International
Labor News Service from headquar
ters of the Ohio State Federation.
Bill Held Constitutional
President Frey has supplemented
this information with an official re
port to the effect that the Attorney
General of the state, Edward C.
Turner, has just rendered an opinion
to the effect that the bill, if passed,
will be constitutional. This opinion
was asked for by the committee as
the result of a last effort by opponents
of the bill who hoped for an adverse
report from the state's legal depart
When the Ohio hearing was held,
the state local union and central la
bor organizations sent 350 delegated
representatives to Columbus, the
state capital, representing every legis
lative district in the state. Copies of
the hearing were immediately for
warded to Secretary Frank Morrison,
of the American Federation of Labor
here, who, in turn, had the report
mimeographed and mailed to every
State Federation of Labor, for the in
formation and guidance of labor in
eaeh state.
States Are Co-Operating
In addition to this, the States in
which anti-yellow dog bills are pend
ing are constantly exchanging infor-
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Committee Reports Favor
Adoption in Legislatures
Of California and Gliio
The Vagrant
Yellow Dog Contract Seems
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mation in a magnificent demonstra
tion of team work.
In California the combined forces
of the so-called American planners
and "open shoppers" were defeated
before the house committee and the
bill emerged with a unanimous favor
able report.
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By International Labor News Service.
New York City.—That prison labor
competition has become a serious
menace to the broom industry in the
United States, and that something
must be done about it, was one of the
propositions before the recent con
vention here of the Eastern Broom
Manufacturers and Supply Dealers'
Since organized labor has often
been more successful in checking this
kind of competition than any other
group, Joseph M. Richie, Philadelphia
organizer of the American Federation
of Labor, was invited to speak to the
convention on the successful elimina
tion of the broom industry from the
state prisons of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Richie urged the convention to
support the adoption in other states
of the Pennsylvania advisory commit
tee system, for the solution of the
prison labor problem, under which the
governor appoints a committee con
sisting of one representative manufac
turer-employer and one representative
of organized labor for each of the fol
lowing industries: Printing, shoemak-
cerning notable trade union progress
in the fight to abolish the hated
"yellow dog" contracts, are reports
from Colorado and Ohio on other
measures. The Colorado house has
repealed the famous Colorado ranger
law and with the governor publicly
proclaiming that it will be a "crime"
if the repealer is not passed by the
senate, it seems certain to go through.
In Ohio two out of three constabulary
bills have been killed and the third
is confidently believed due for similar
Fight Originated in Ohio
The "yellow dog" contract war orig
inated in Ohio, where the executive
board of the State Federation made
a year's study of the conti*act itself
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Big Menace to Broom Trade
Manufacturers Are Told
in its various manifestations and of
possible legislation to bring about its
abolition. Following that period of
study a corps of legal authorities gave
assistance in drafting a bill that would
stand every test. Among those con
sulted were Dean Roscoe Pound and
Prof. Francis Bowes Sayre, of Har
vard, and Professors Chamberlain
and Olyphant, of Columbia University.
Every noted case on record and
every supreme court decision was
studied, so that no chance loophole
be overlooked.
In Illinois President John H. Walk
er and Secretary Victor A. Olander
are putting the full energy of the
State Federation behind the bill,
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