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IEntered as Second Class Matter, December 18, 1917, at the Postofttice .at Butte, Montana, Under Act of March 3, 187.9. SPH6ES: BUSINESS OFFICE, 52; EDITORIAL RcIOM8, 292. BUBLINESS OFFICE AND EDITORIAL ROOMS, 101 S. IDAHO ST SUBSCRIPTION RATES: One Month ........---------...... 1.00 Six Months ..-..........-.$5 .00 Three Months ...-....- 2.76 By the Year _9.......... .0 OFFICIAL OOLIAN OF THE Montana State Federation of" Iobor; Metal Trades Council of BSatt Silver Bow Trade, and Labon' Assembly; State Metal Trades .(unl.L THURSDAY, OCTOBER 21, 1920. They Sought Support of Non Partisans "Dixon", said William Howard Taft upon a recent visit to the home of A.C. Lusk at Missoula, "is the most consist ent traitor that I have ever known." Mr. Taft is, of course, aquainted with the historical records of Messrs. Bene dict Arnold and Judas Iscariot, but ap parently he has never met Wellington D. Rankin. The Post Appeals for Aid The Butte Evening Post, official mouthpiece for "Flamning Coffin" John, and openly suppoIrtling the Itepublican Profiteers' ticket. is obviously alarmed concerning the prospects of defeat for the collection of mongrels selected by the yellow Mr. Alley to represent the Anaconda (Copper coripany in the November final. D)aily for some time past the lo.ast has been making fran tic appeals' for democratic s::pportI for tlhe Profiteers' ticket. From yesterday's spasm we cull the following: The alternative is as plain as daylight.. Either the re publican ticket, thanilks to de.'fmocralic help, will carry the, county, or it will be turned over to Soviet radicalism. Every citizen in this county knolws v whoat that will mean. Silver Bow( has had six years of nightmare experience, with intervals of martial law and the presence of troops and the enduring of periods of costly idleness imposed without fault of the employers on thousandus of men who were ready and willing to work. . Let us analyze this statement. Let us see how the Anaconda I Copper Mining company fared during this "six years of night- t mare experience." We qrot.o from ain advertilemnent of the t Anaconda, Copper Mining company in the Kansas City Jourpal of October 14, 1920. During the period from January 1, 1013, to December 31. 191), the company and its const.ituont companies earned, after paying interest and all taxes, but before de preciation charges, an annual average of more than $24, 500,000---approximately 50 per cent of the entire issue of these bonds. Not a bad showing, for the company, for '"six nightmare years." And lthe yearly average would be somewhat higher if it were not for the million and a half to three million a year, charged off to profit and lass, which the company expends in maintaining a private army of thugs and stool-pigeons and a. retiiue of prostituite lawyers. But let us quote further from the same source: During the last ten and one-half years the company has paid dividends aggregating more than $125,000,000. Ten years at a yearly average of $24,500,000 would make a. total of earnings of $245,000,n00, yet the stockholders re ceý-'ed only $125,00(,000 in dividends, leaving a balance of $120,000,000 to be accounted for, which discrepancy may be partly made up when it. is known that. Mr. flyan bought some South American mining properties for $6i,000,000 for which .the Anaconda Copper Mliinin company was charged $60,000, 000, leaving $54,000,000 to be charged up against the stock holders and the investing public. This still leaves a balance of $60,000,000, not much to )e sure, but a. tidy little nest egg to compensate John and Con for the grief caused them by the naughy "reds." Lest the good people of Silver Pow county should become excited by. the piteous appeals of the Post. and pass the hat around, we will quote further from the same advertisomenit: The Anaconda Copper Mining company is the largest dproducer of copper in the world, and its m'ines are located in one of the greatest known mineral belts, the Butte dis tlrict in Montana. During the. past 37 years the group of mines now owned by the companly has produced AND IS NOW PRODUCING MORE COPPER AN D MORE SILVER THAN ANY OTHER DISTRICT IN THE WORLD. Now as to martial law and t the troops. We recall the strike of September, 1918, during the war period, the strike which was fomented by agents in the employ of the company for the , purpose of having the government, raise the price of copper, which was then 23 ./ cents. This was a company strike, that is to say, 'company deiectives, worked upon the miners, whose wages are always too low and conditions almost intolerable, asd they struck when the company wanted theri 4o strike. The company was successful:in getting the price of copper raised .40,26 . onts. But here is the fact, which shiowts4that the Post is shedding crocodile. ieaus when it. ra.ves about thousands of men not being allowed to work by the "reds": Through the 'United States district attorney's office, then occupied by B. K. V'. .i'eeler, the Bulletin was enabled to show that the two men mIdst active in fomenting the strike, Shirley and Thorpe, were .eoni pany detectives, and exposed them and drove them out of .towni. ,Neither the Post, the Standard nor the Miner said- a word about this matter, although the information was available to hi ni, T'he'la.. titme' the troops. were called here was last spring, (4id they ar'e still here) not for the protection of Tlhe mines nor the: miners who wanted to work, but to protect Roy Alley's '. . k -tld-T Ta..n"..Army of yellows, and if possible to secure -;:in:;ir,;atladw-,nd, with t1i~, pq.mission of the officers .in coi .... i ,o.r or flFtuihe ulletin out of busine~s and make a emzrtl blean-up of every one actiVipPa.P9icr the corrupt, rot:ten and murderous rule, of the Anaoelo0d comrnany in this coinmunity. The troops were called for '-n o Ianday and the .massacre of the unarmed miners by thoe Y1w«it glnmnen,-under the yellower fnoy Alley, took place on the .llowing Wednesday afterhoon. nicely timed to protect the mui derers from the pos sibl'e wrath of the miners. Every, person(ver ten years of age in this community knows these are the -fACts, ~In the frantic appeals of the Post for assistance in eleiding thr mongrel re publican county ticket falls on deaf ears,. No one, he he demo crat, republican, Labor leaguer or indepenidont, with any sezae of civic righteousness, is going to vote f.kra set of canrdidar. selected by Roy Alley and .approved by ,Flariing Coffin" Johni. The alternative is as plain as daylight, alfl right, and thadt is' for the company to pay the miners the wages to which they are entitled, acedording to their own figuses quoited above, and im prove the working conditions, anrd they, Will need no protec tion of any kind. But the immediate alternative is for the peo ple to elect to office competent officials by voting the demo cratic ticket and putting an end to the,murderous rule of the thugs who are paid by the Anaconda Copper Miiing company. It is very apparent that the Post understands clearly that a large majority of this county's citizens.are going to vote- the democratic ticket, and it may as -well understand now, and this goes for the vermin who support it,. that the votes are going to be coutited that way. A Striking Example It its effort to fool all of the people.all cf the time, the New York Times has made a signal fail tire and, incidentally has lost enough circulation to prove that. it can't be dlnec. Here are some exact. figures in proof of the foregoing statement: On April 1, 1 99, the New York Times had 3t3,178 daily circula tion, now it has 342.,553, which is a total loss of 50,(025 daily subscribers. This is an interesting development of the efforts of the kept press to fool the people. The New Republic made a "Test of the News" in the New York Times. The work was done by Walter Lippmann and Charles Merz, and it was prepared with the assistance of Faye Lippmann. It. consisted of an examination of the news reports of the New York Times on aspects of the Russian revolution of special importance to Americans, from March, 1917, to March, 1920. Practically no attention was paid to the edi torial utterances of the papeir, the idea being to prove the false statements out of its own mouth through the news columns. The analysis covers thirty-six months and over one thousand issues of a daily newspaper. Between three arind four thousand items were carefully noted. The New York Times was select cd, because it is considered one of the grat newspapers in America. The Russian revolution was selected because of its intrinsic importance. The' Now Republic goes on to may that "From 'the point of view of professional journalism the re porting of the Russian revolution is nothing short of a disas ter." Further, it says, "In devoting so long a study to the work of a single newspaper the authors have proceeded with out animus against the Times." It was one of the most cool and calculating investigations ever attempted by a set of men. While it is a fact that the Times has suffered severely, there are hundreds of the so-called, great. newspapers .of. America. which are just as guilty as the Times in thekmisrepresentation of the news. The final conclusion of the report leads the read er to believe that there has been no true story written of the Russian revolution, and it is do btful if there ever will be one written. The report proves that the reader is at the mercy of the correspondent who may gather up the news at a dinner table and send it in as coming from "high authority." The analysis also fully determines that "Reporting is one of the most difficult professions, requiring much :expert knowledge and serious education." The one fact that stands out with burning fierceness is the great truth that the kept press will have to make a reckoning with the people.. The Coal Strike Every person in the United States who wishes to see the im perialistic government of Great. Britain receive a stern and well-merited rebuke wants the English coal miners to win. r Nothing could be more encouraging to the forces that.are working for peace than a victory of the workers of Great Brit air} over their reactionary government. It can now he seen that no peace is possible with the reins of power in the hands of the groups in which they arce held in Europe. Ireland, India, Mesopotamia and Russia are all menaced by the same greedy crew to whbm the lives of workers count for nothing in the raco for tihe acquisition of more territory. Sentiment among the miiners of the United States is with their fellow-workers in England. It is propdsed by the Eng lish rulers to buy and import American coal, but we believe that th.ey will meet with but little success. There is less than a two weeks' supply of coal above ground in this country here or approaching, to send needed fuel out of the country. Furthermore, it, is extremely doubtful if the miners will dig it or the longshoremen handle it for this puriy>se: Let the rulers of Great Britain cease the waging of war,. let them stop the financing and fomenting of nation against nation, 1 let them open up the avenues of trade in Eastern Europe by a. 3 genuine peace; let the English rulers listen to the voice of English labor and the world will have made a tremendous ad t vance. c All power to the British miners in the struggle in which they , are engaged; the struggle which they are Waging, but which B is being fought for labor in every country on the.ag.obe.. C Capitalism has caused our lives to be ndthid but a brute. f struggle for sii sistence around the pla.tter, in which the moat e covetous and al'ongest woeaand the devil took the hindni !t I. t is the desire. df the SochdiI~ts to create a highor.and a nobtle a state in which the brute force of the capitalist. system shall e give wayto that of intellectual brotherhood. a If you are a railroad man, your service goes to the public, e but the profits your labors make go to Commonwealth avenue and Riverside Drive. Begin to arrange at once so that the , profit and the service go to yourself and the public--it will be r more comfortable and more satisfa tory. e :\ccording to the ':"kept" press. anythinig that gives the work -ing man a sqcuaO deal is " gravme mnuace tD ±isti liaw and e order." .. " . . ''' `ei M Gonv: 'The: Britfsh Labor party and the International Federtation of. Trade Utnions, which met 'at Amsterdam du.ing August, have forwafded a statomtit to the Atnerichn Federa tion of Labor concerning the plan of actioh agreed tipon by the work ersi of Europe to prevent the out break, of a new war, and proposing that the Anirlcat., w.trkers follow a similar course of 'actidii. ),O.Nt reaers will. surely recall that sometime ago, when the Soviet army od at the gates o ..Warsa'*,. it looked for a time as if the' allies were. about 'to intervenje In the war between Russia and Poland. The English trade unions senised the im pendlng 'danger 4 a new world-war, and through tlfeir firm attitude against ;English intervention, contri buted. considerably 'tb the averting of' a liew world carnage.. The English trade unions have at that time 'organized a Council of-Ac tion, endowing it with the power of calling out the entire working popu lation of England n a general strike, should it becomf necessary to pre vent the English government from intervening in Russia-Polish hostili ties.. It was decided at that time, that the workers of England refuse to do any work, or paiticipate in any undertaking helpful to such a war. The question before the English workers and the International Feder ation of Trade Unions was not'wheth er Soviet Russia or' Poland were right 'in their contenitions: It is true these organizations did hot deny their syhipathy with the Russian. revolu 'tion. The principal question before them, however, was how to prevent a new war. And as the workers of Europe have learned thait melliflu ous phrases would not'get them far in this direction, they.adopted other, more effective, in' their judgment, means, It is obvious that Compers, law abiding citizen that 'heo' is,. could not be denied the privilege of replying to this appeal in the 'following man ner: "You are revolutidnaries. I am pot one. You are SOcialists; .you want to parade and demnonstrate on the First of May. I have no desire to do so. Consequently, we cannot agree; our roads' are different." There could really be no particular objections to such an answer. Had he declared this in 'his own nahie, and not in the name of the. entire labor movement of America, he sure ly would have had a right to do so. Gompers, however, does not fol low this course. He considers it nec essary to inject into his reply' the present Russian Soviet 'regime,'- as if the British Labor party and the International Federation of Trade Unions had demanded of him the overthrow of this republic of ours aid the establishment of a Soviet government 'in its place. This is Gompers' reply: "We are living in the republic of the United States of America-a country by no means perfect (on the contrary, it has many defects), in which all too frequently inijustice is done.' But-:..it is a republic' based upon the principles of freedom, jus tice, and universal suffrage>- Our Oil and Intervention (iy Arthur Thomson.) In face of all the favorable news paper reports about conditions in c Mexico,. it may -seem ridiculous at this time to talk of intervention by C the United States in the country be low the Rio Grande. But things are not always what they seem. It so t happens'thdt in face of all:this eulo gistic talk there is the same grave mehace of intervention hovering over i Mexico that has threatened.the Mexi caunpeople for the past ten years, al- I though it has not yet openly showed c its hand. Now, the most menacing foreign I interests Mexico has had to deal with have been the oil: Interests of .the United States and Great Britai, 'par. ticularly those of the United .States. These oil Interests hold ykast oil-pro ducing lands in Mexico, principally in the Tampico district and they .have I been of recent years the..backbone 1 of the intervention drives against I Mexico. Dodging- the.. payment of taxes to the Mexican athorities has I been a favorite sport of theirs and which they threaten to do against the 1 present Mexican government. And ' on -top of that they have long desired I free and unbridled reins to exploit 1 the oil lands fo Mexico 'to- their I hearts' content, but which the Mexi can people have not seen fit to allow them to do. And because these huge petroleum 1 octopuses have not been able. to suck the oil out of Mexico unrestricted, their agents have carried on a propa ganda., insidious and otherwise, for armed intervention by the United States, but how long will they stay quiet? Oil is the most valuable produqt in the world today. Millionaires are being made almost overnight by oil. The oil industry hds supplanted the steel industry as the most prbfitable and valuable. Industry must have oil. And oil magnates..of. the world. are struggling with each other- for control of that oil. The oil imperialists are the' most powerful in the world today; cer tainly they alp in'the United States. The Standard"Oil .cOiman ny is the ilichest --thiug In. Ameu:icI ..Standard ,OGil sock is quoted away over .oo0.. Dividends , are tfet.ieudo~i. ' The Standard. declared about ':50 iper cent. dvtdl0nd, .while- one oil, concern declared a dividend of over' 1100. per bent for the past year. There i, money in oil! And because there is money in oil financial magnates are struggling for control of that oil. The .iil finan ciers of (reat Britain are siurveying the world for prospective. oil fields hud are'buying pp all prospects they cau lay hands on. The same with the United States. Only the British 'financiers ha-ve the advantage of the Americans on account of the world buclrcling state of the British empire, fvhile Adiericaun ihperialism Is much nmore lim'ite4 . There ~s even been talk of .'tll.-ri truggle ýord oil suprea -macy -leadhag to wa.r h.'t een Eng land "and thlie 'itet .r a4 -'ment land our women are not likely.' to. throw these rights and principles intn'the scrap heap for. the dictator ship of Moscow's Lenine and Trotz ky." Quite true. But who, Brothers Gompers and Woll, has ever 'demand ed of you any such thing? Is an endeavor to prevent a government from dragging its people into a new world-war tantamount to a subver slon of the American republic and its Supplanting by a Soviet regime? And Why this u1igbdyy.fear of this Soviet government? ."Wherefrom, did this Soviet regime, after all, draw its im mense strength .wliich has prompted the Montreal nonvention to line up. its forces' so definitely against it? And how can the Soviet government have any influence here, if it is true, as'you assert regarding yourself and the workers of America, that you are still ruled by "common sense?" It is quite apparent that the reply of Gompers add Weoll has shot far beyond .the mark; it seems as if Gompers and Woell had Just grasped another post haste opportunity to make clear to the world that between them and the American workers and the labor leaders and the workers of Europe there is a deep chasm; that while the others are revolutionists, anarchists, Soviet upholders and reds, we, on this side of the pond, are law-abiding citizens, do only allow able things. and are heart.and soul against that cursed reactionary So viet regime. There is, however, considerable danger for Gompers himself in this rather too rigid statement of position, It may lead to a discovery on the part. of a large portion of Americani labor that it is not Gompers that re flects their wishes and aspirations, but these . very much condemned workers of Europe. And this dis covery may lead to the very' opposite what Gompers and \Voll have been aiming at. It is quite significant that just at the time when' the state ment by Gompers and Woll has ap peared in the press, the Machinists' union has adopted a resolution at its convention, very similar jo the reso lution forwarded, by the British La bor party to the Federation. We know of another half a dozen unions who would have adopted a similar attitude at a given opportunity. It seems quite plausible that the opin ions of Gompers and Woll, as ex pressed in their statement, contra dicts the opinion of a considerable part of the American labor move ment. Gompers may wish to keep our entire labor movement apart from the workers' organizations of Euipne for fear that it may beconie infected with "wild ideas." It is a question, however, how far he may succeed. Can America and American labor really stay isolated from the rest, of the world? We say no, no matter how frequently Gompers may anathe matize the labor movement of Eu rope. On the other hand, we are in clined to believe that these excommu nications and this invective hurled at th6 labor movement of Europe will draw to their "wild ideas" the atten tion' of iiany ':Workers- who would otherwise have given no thought to it. " Now, Mexico has the most valuable ! oil fields in the world. Wells in the Tampico district are known to pro duce 75,000 barrels and more a day, while the largest. wells in the United States fall far below that. In Cali fornia the Standard Oil company owns the largest and most productive well antd that only flows about 5000 barrels a day. So Tampico means money! And because it means money, oil finan ciers are prepared to go the limit to control that oil. If obstacles come in their path, then those obstacles will be ruthlessly brushed aside. If war is necessary to remove these ob stacles, then on with the war! . During the past three years. the oilproducers of America with Inter ests in Mexico, have worked tooth had nail to bring about intervention in Mexico. Most of their propaganda has been insidious and dnderground nature. They have had paid writers flood the press with articles and "news" about conditions below the Rio Grande, mostly of a lying and 'misrepresenting character. A di rector of their propaganda admitted before a senate investigating dom mittee that has was paid $20,000 a year. They have organized associa tions for the "protection of American rights" in Mexico and enlisted.m em bership all over the United States. And with this 'powerful organization they have wielded the \Big Stick be fore congress and the Mexican peo ple. The Mexican constitution contains an article-Article 27-that is par tticularly offensive to-the oil interests. This article puts final control of the oil and other mineral deposits in the hands of the Mexican people. This thh oilinterests. don't like because it means that they cannot have free and unbridled reins to do as they please regardless of the interestse of the people. ,Certain spokesmen of the oil- people have recently openly said that the 'Mexican government must not: e..recognized until Mexico radically . changes: its gonstitution, parttcularly" those articles offensive to Capital.' 'Whieh 'means that if the bew: regime will- allow the oily Johns and' other.:oreigi' interests to over irun Meoxico; suicbh as they did durin, the Dias dictatorship, these interests will' withdraw opposition to recogni tion. Otherwise look out for'squalls! But it is not likely that the Mexi can government will allow Mexico to be .overrun by these interests. They imayas well tell Washington to hoist the" Stars and Stripes over Mexico City and be done with it, as to allow American oil and other interests-bo do as they pleased and exploit the Mexican people unchecked. It looks very much like trouble ahead forMexico. When the 'oil in terests see that they cannot go in and' plunder, unchecked,' they are going. to call foirintervention, They ha ~e already disputed the fact. that' they .owe psoney- to 'Mexico -for taxes. :' i is not settled yet. .They kept a pni get their, awn- way:: Anyhow~.,,keep you.r eyeA eeled after 'the p t1id+ntial eledtion. 1t Mr. Harding t#ots lted ydc can ex poet a "severe" poliey- towards Mex ico--somethlnag alopg the order. of "Blood and It'oa." The .republicans ale strong pan that, and they aUl en dorse. Senator Fall's repoi on Me* ico-including ,Mr. "arding. Sen ator Fall Owns $75,000 worth of mln ing stock in Mexico and believes that Mexico will never be free and fit for civili;ation until it flies the American fla1g. .I ladoparticular occasion to find, this ,out a.s I went before his senate -'ltnvestigating" committee to testify when it was in Los'Angeles last..March. If the next presldent and congress adopt Senator Fall as their,guide, then it's rocks .ahead for Mexico. o t THREE HUNDRED YEARS AFTER I By ANISE. (Written for the Federated Press.) Every little while now Until the twenty-first Of DECEMBER We will he called upon To ,remember the PILORIMS And what they were doing Three hundred years..hgo! There have . alre4dy been CELEBRATIONS In England and iolland, At Scrooby and Hawtry, , . . . And Leyden and. Fairhaven, And last of all at Plymouth, Tracing the very PATH Taken By the little., band Of EXILES, Rebels against AUTHORITY Who went forth into the storm., Seeking. For a NEW WORLD! Now, in the months Of October and November, They are supposed to be On the stormy Atlantic Where "the breaking waves Dash high," ijBut along In Doeemer They will LAND On the "steir ,. And rock-bound coast" And the celebrations. Will begin in America! Well, There will be BISHOPS And MAYORS And reactionary JUDGES And eminent CAPfTALISTS, The highest conservatives Of all our land, ' Who will lift up voices On platforms * e In honor of those REBELS Three hundred.years after! But the Pilgrims of TODAY Will not' be on' the platforms; They are not respectable enough Even to be allowed Iro PRAISE publicly, those EARLY rebels! They are .tolling 'oi firar And in forest' " In workshop and mine They are lying in JAILS: They ilso are sailing Into the STORM Seeking a NEW WORLD 9** Beyond the waters! S. ". " 9 And I wonder, If I were one t Of those EARLY Pilgrims, Which I would cons~i4er. 5 9 a .e a The most UNPLEASAIRT~-. - Tp striggle and euffer An& DIE in the winter; OR STo lie NOW quiet, t Three hundred. years after, .And hear myself PRATSED e By the smooth. sleek people, And NOT to be. atle To ARISE iWith my fDROHER RU1DELS!