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VOL. xxvni.
No. 28
Lakeland, Fla., (I. L. N. S.).—Seven
delegates charged with being Commu
nists were expelled from the conven
tion of the United Brotherhood of Car
penters and Joiners here, after Secre
tary Frank Duffy had presented a bill
of particulars as to red activity and
after Secretary C. Woudenberg of the
International Union of Wood Work
ers, representing 48 national organiza
tions, had warned of the danger of
tolerating Communists within trade
union organizations.
Secretary Duffy laid before the con
vention instructions from Moscow to
communists in America and described
to the convention the various aliases
under which the reds operate in the
United States.
Five of the ousted delegates were
from New York. Two were from Chi
Speaking of Morris Rosen, New
York, Duffy said, "There are two of
us here on this platform and there is
only room for one. There is not room
for me and Morris Rosen. One of us
must go and I am not going." Rosen
was expelled by unanimous vote. Sen
timent against the red "borers" was
so great that the red followers did not
even vote to support their leader.
One of Rosen's followers, Joseph
Lopedus, New Yorker, had previously
boasted that tens of thousands of leaf
lets had been distributed and that with
the aid of these the reds would cap
ture the convention. But he, with the
other reds, was silent when the test
vote came. Soon five were voted out.
The two Chicago delegates under fire
were voted out in a later session.
"Boring from within isn't as safe
an occupation as ft used to be," said
one of the delegates.
Swears She Is no Communist
Chicago, (I. L. N. S.).—Jane Ad
dams, head of Hull House and inter
nationally known as a social worker,
declared in a deposition taken here
that she is not a Communist "in spirit
or in fact."
The affadavit constituted part of the
evidence in a libel suit brought by a
Mrs. Baldwin of Boonton, N. J.,
against the Rev. William H. Bridge
of that city, who was a defendant in
the Circuit Court at Morristown for
calling Mrs. Baldwin's reference to
Miss Addams as a Communist as a
"lying imputation."
Carpenters Expel Reds
And Hear Graphic Story
Of Destructive Tactics
Give $84,000 Yearly To News
Washington, D. C. (I. L. N. S.).
The Federal Trade Commission probe
into the poisoning of the press by util
ities propaganda keeps digging in.
Among latest revelations is the ad
mission by Robert M. Hofer, manager
of the E. Hofer & Sons News Service,
of Salem, Ore., that utilities, electric
and gas, paid $84,820 to his news bu
reau in 1927, under an arrangement
made four years ago.
Hofer testified his "news" service
went to more than 13,000 small town
newspapers. He said he received an
average of $84,000 a year from utili-
No convention in recent years has
been as harmonious as this one. All
incumbent officers were re-elected
without opposition.
Secretary Woudenberg, in his ad
dress, described conditions in post-war
Europe and devoted considerable at
tention to the question of anti-demo
cratic propaganda. "Unfortunately,"
he said, "since the World War a
world propaganda has developed
whose aims are not constructive and
democratic, but are destructive and for
dictatorship. For us, as trade union
ists, it is altogether a matter of in
difference whether this propaganda
comes from Moscow or Rome, whether
its sponsor is Mussolini or Lenine,
whether it is called bolshevism or
fascism. Our task is to defend the
supreme cause of democracy and to
protect the democratic principles un
derlying our movement from en
A graphic example of the perils of
communist propaganda was cited, in
the case of France, by Woutenberg.
"In France," he said, "one of those
countries where the standard of liv
ing of the working class is worse than
it was before the war, there were ii
1920 two and one-half millions of
workers organized in one national cen
ter. Now, as a direct result of com
munist policy, scarcely half that num
ber is organized in two confronting
centers, the communist center and the
bona fide one, while the other half
has dropped out of the picture. Our
fellow craftsmen in France are abs
lutely unable to defend themselve
against the employers' attacks, owing
to the utter weakness of their organi
ties, but swore this did not influence
his service.
The 1927 financial statement sub
mitted by Hofer included the following
contributors and amounts: Associated
Gas-Electric Co., New York, $1,200
H. M. Byllesby Engineering & Man
agement Corporation, Chicago, $6,000
Commonwealth Edison Co., Chicago,
$2,500 Commonwealth Power Corpor
ation, New York, $3,600 New Or
leans Public Service Co., New Orleans,
$1,782 Philadelphia Electric Co., Phil
adelphia, $2,568 Public Service Cor
poration of New Jersey, Newark, $7,
500 Pacific Gas & Electric Co., San
Francisco, $1,200 Utah Power &
Light Co., Salt Lake City, $1,200
Northwestern Light & Power Associa
tion, Portland, $2,500. Many other
companies, located in widely separat
ed states, also were hated as sub
Unions To Be Probed
By Star Chamber Plan
New York.—An "open" shop ses
sion will be held under the auspices
of the National Association of Manu
At this time, it is stated, it will be
revealed "how 'open' shop opponents
work, how they conspire, how they
To be certain that the speakers will
not be contradicted, admittance is
limited to members of the association
and invited guests.
In this atmosphere all the "facts
about the unions will be presented.
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New York City (I. L. N. S.).—De
claring that a "well defined combina
tion of democratic and republican sov
iet sympathizers is seeking to influence
both presidential candidates"—Hoover
and Smith—Matthew Woll, as acting
president of the National Civic Feder
ation, has laid down a blistering fire
against the soviet propaganda machi
nations in a lengthy and detailed let
ter addressed to the new president of
the Amtorg Trading Corporation, the
soviet commercial organization for the
United States.
Mr. Woll quotes reports as to pre
dictions about what both candidates
will do in the way of recognizing the
soviets if elected, but does not pre
tend to say what he thinks either one
would do. He does, however, forecast
a renewed agitation for recognition
after the election.
In his letter of approximately 4,000
words, Mr. Woll characterizes the of
ficial daily organ of the reds in Amer
ica as "dastardly" and their propa
ganda as "diabolical." He declares
that a National Civic Federation Com
mittee has been appointed to inquire
into the whole red propaganda situa
tion, including "the anomalous situa
tion" by which the federal government
is "padlocked" against any inquiry
into communist subversive activity.
This padlocking, Mr. Woll asserts, was
brought about largely by the influence
of the reds and their pink friends.
Bribe Effort Charged
The whole fakery of the recent com-
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Y. •M.I I- ,L
Declares Sinclair Contract
Was Intended Bribe "Padlock"
On Our Government, He Says
Passing Through
Soviets Seek to Influence Presidential
Candidates, Woll Charges in Hot Attack
Bringing his terrific indictment of
soviet villainy to a close, Mr. Woll
makes these sizzling accusations and
"Then we have those books on Rus
sia just put out by Anne O'Hare Mc
Cormick and Dorothy Thompson, as
well as the reports made by Mrs.
Elizabeth Shaw Montgomery, all of
whom have spent months, not week
ends, in Russia. At the National Civic
Federation's recent luncheon, one of
the greatest industrial experts in the
United States, Mr. Whiting Williams,
who has just returned from several
weeks' stay in Russia, gave a graphic
description of conditions, closing with
the declaration that the United States
should not recognize the soviet regime
Impudent Assaults on U. S.
"But, aside from humanitarian con
siderations, we are not concerned
about what the soviets are doing in
Russia. We are concerned about what
they are doing or trying to do in this
country. And, let me tell you, the
American people are getting exceed
ingly tired of the brazen and impu
dent assaults which Moscow is persist
ently making upon our government
while at the same time it is trying to
borrow money from our citizens, not
only to purchase needed products but
also to finance the very propaganda
designed to overthrow our institutions
"For example, during the last sixty
days there have been in this country
three men, M. Sorokin, I. Chalepsky
and M. Rogoff, respectively described
as 'the president of the Russian Au
tomobile Manufacturers' Association
a leading industrialist in the soviet
and vice-mayor of Moscow,' who have
Come to negotiate, in behalf of the
soviet government, for the purchase
of $40,000,000 worth of motor trucks
and other machinery. They are an
nounced as planning to visit the great
automobile manufacturing plants of
Detroit. They want those firms to
sell them motor trucks and to lend
them the money to pay for them
while at the same time they know well
that their government is doing every
thing in its power to overthrow the
munist invitation to foreign capital
to enter Russia is shown up with docu
mentary support. Not only that, but
Mr. Woll bluntly charges that the
$5,000,000 provisional contract grant
ed to Sinclair was a "notorious at
tempt to bribe our government" by
the soviets. In behalf of the National
Civic Federation Mr. Woll voices the
demand that the soviets cease all
propaganda in the United States, cease
financing publications and cease every
effort of every kind to carry on all of
those subversive activities in which
the soviets now are engaged. He de
clares that the American people are
getting "exceedingly tired" of that
sort of thing. He pays his respects
also to the so-called "left wing lib
erals" and their support of anti-dem
ocratic soviet propaganda. The
charges that, through Amtorg, the
soviets maintain a large secret service
in the United States also comes in for
a sound rebuke.
very system which makes it possible
for this country to have those great
industrial plants. Think of it! Could
anything be more comic?"
Paris.—French jurists who have ex
amined the structure and methods of
Bolshevism and Fascism are agreed
that both systems are identical.
The Fascists and Communists began
from opposite directions but the jur
ists show they have arrived at the
same point—dictatorship over the in
The fact that the Russian dictators
are proletarian and the Italian dic
tatorship is the other extreme does not
interest the investigators. The out
standing issue, the judists point out,
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Montreal, (I. L. N. S.).—A resolu
tion recommending that the constitu
tion of the International Moulders'
Union of North America be broadened
so as to admit to membership helpers
and other foundry workers, such as
furnace men and cupola tenders, was
adopted at the twenty-seventh trien
nial convention of that organization
"We have long been a craft-proud
union, but we must face the truth
about the increased use of machinery,"
said President Keough, in exhorting
the delegates to give the resolution,
which was introduced by a Chicago
local, their most serious consideration
The discussion occupied an hour and
a half, forty delegates speaking brief
ly. The decision was unanimous. The
incoming executive was instructed to
devise the ways and means of extend
ing the union's jurisdiction.
At present each moulder has on the
average three helpers, and heretofore
is that individual liberty is destroyed
that each country has torn loose from
the centuries' old struggle for de
mocracy and for assurance that the
life, liberty and property of each in
dividual is assured.
In Russia all power is centered in
the executive group of a party that
is controlled for the moment by Sta
lin, as it was by Trotsky. Italy is con
troled by the Grand Council of the
Fascist Party. Both deny existence to
other political parties, while free press
and speech are gagged.
New Bedford, Mass.—Textile work
ers accepted a 5 per cent reduction
instead of the 10 per cent originally
demanded by the employers. The strik
ers rejected this compromise a few
weeks ago, but the new offer included
additional details. The strike has been
on since last April and involved 26,
000 workers.
New York.—The parole system suc
ceeds in a "goodly percentage" of the
3,400 prisoners who come under the
jurisdiction of the Parole Commission
of this city.
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have been turned down, the moulders
not wanting to take the risk of the
control of the union passing to the
more numerous helpers. They consid
ered that their craft was proof against
the invasion of machinery, but recent
ly machines have been invented for
foundry use, which experience has
shown can be operated by unskilled
men without the aid of craftsmen.
The convention adopted a resolution
expressing belief in "the absolute and
complete innocence of Thomas J.
Mooney and Warren K. Billings," who
have been in prison in California since
1917 because they were accused of
throwing a bomb into a parade, the
bomb killing eleven persons. The reso
lution authorizd the president of the
union to act with the committee which
is in charge of the movement to secure
a pardon for these men. The dele
gates voted $2,000 towards the ex
pense* of the movement.
Of Unionists A Conspiracy
Chicago.—A plot to silence radio
casting station WCFL of this city is
charged by Edward N. Nockels, secre
tary of the Chicago Federation of La
bor. The station is the only union
owned broadcasting station in this
country. Mr. Nockels is manager of
the station. He will appear before the
Federal Radio Commission at Wash
ington against the commission's order
diminishing the power of WCFL and
reallocating the station.
"We will put the facts in he rec
ords. We will spare no one whom we
feel is responsible for the attempt to
give the air to a few large interests,"
said Mr. Nockels. The unionist said
if necessary the battle would be car
ried to the floor of Congress.
The supply of excuses for all pur
poses is inexhaustible to some people.
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"you and Jones both started diggin'
at the same time, an' he's now got a
bigger pile of dirt than you have."
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