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the streets and news stands; and the tone of the trust papers yes--terday
indicates that the publishers are getting ready to use the
police forceo suppress those publications. They charged yesterday
that these papers were believed by the police to be the chief cause
of the rioting. That probably means that such a false charge will
be made against these papers-and the law and the police used to
suppress them so that the public can get no information except
what they get thro'ugh the trust newspapers!
The Day Book is not a Socialist publication nor a street sale
paper. l is published for its subscribers and(for home delivery only,
but it does not believe in the suppression of free speech or the throt
tling of a free press. The Socialist is not making many Socialists in
Chicago, and the great majority of working men are -not Socialists
and don't want to be; but"if these blind publishers and equally blind
politicians make martyrs of The Socialist they will make Socialists
where the Socialists themselves would fail. And they seem to'be
adopting a policy that will force men into Socialism who don't be
lieve in party Socialism and don't want to join that movement.
So far as The Day Book has been able to observethe policy of
the publishers and the local city government seems to be to drive the
union men to desperation in the h ope that they Will commit violence
and thus give the excuse to those in power to employ force in the
name of the law. Yet the looked-out pressmen and their union sym
pathizers seem to be trying in every way to avoid violence. '
That shduld be the policy of the unions. Violence hurts them
far more than it helps. Violence by any union sympathizer simply
means greater violence by those who control the armed officers of
the law. And the union men should do everything in their power to
prevent violence by any of their sympathizers.
There is only one way for the employes to win, and that is by
ajl workers getting together and standing by one another as broth
ers. With the employers organized into one compact union, it is
entirely justifiable for the employes to organize in the same way.
System federation of the printing traoes is just as necessary as sys
tem federation by railroad or any other employes.
Last year The Day Book called the attention of all wqrkers to
the fact that the Illinois Central strike for system federation was
just as important to all other workers as to the railroad men them
selves. For employers in every industry are well organized, and the
only answer to organization is organization. Then when both sides
of this war between capital and labor are well organized, "both the
employers, the employesand all the rest of us in between the two,
will have industrial peace.
In the present trouble, the only chance.foT.a square" deal to all
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