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Special New York Communist Campaign Page of THE DAILY WORKER
l Organization Mobilized
for Final Drive
Due to extraordinary efforts
being put forth by the Dist. 2 or
ganization in all probability the
Workers Party and its candi
dates will be on the ballot in
New York state.
To successfully accomplish
this great aim, 20,000 signa
tures, 100 in each county, all of
them sworn to before a notary
public, must be collected and
filed by the date of Oct. 5.
* Party Mobilized.
The district organization has mobil
i ized the entire party thruout the state
| for the accomplishment of this task.
The district and local organization in
New York has risen to this election
1 struggle, as never before. A complete
program of action covering the entire
period of the election campaign has
been mapped out. Every phase of the
campaign is being considered and will
be dealt with. •
To conduct this political struggle
and spread thru it a maximum amount
of Communist propaganda and influ
ence, various committees have been'
organized. The Facts and Publicity
Committee was organized. Its purpos
es are:
1. To furnish publicity to the Par
ty Press covering all activities dur
ing the election campaign.
2. Publicity for the capitalist press,
3. To furnish material for special
campaign issues of party papers.
4. To furnish material and draw up
leaflets for general distribution among
unions and at mass meetings.
5. Circular letters to trade unions
appealing for support in the campaign.
6. Arranging meetings for speakers.
7. Meeting with committees and
party ■ speakers to explain methods
and tactics, and to discuss policy.
8. Research —clipping, filing of im
portant campaign information.
finance Committee Formed.
A Finance Committee has also been
formed, whose duties are:
1. The circularization of party
2. The circularization of unions.
3. The circularization of fraternal
4. The circularization of individuals
tor larger donations.
8. Shop collections campaign.
6. Tag Day in October.
7. Campaign meetings and street
8. Publicity work, with financial
»nds in view.
Work to be done on above plan:
1. a. Follow up letter to branches,
b. Subscription lists to branches.
2. g. Unions to be visited.
b. Auxiliary campaign commit
tees to be formed in local un
I. a. Conferences of our party mem
bers connected with fraternal
organizations, to be held by
language groupings.
A speakers' committee has been or
ganized, which has full charge of all
campaign meetings—meetings in halls,
and meetings on the street. Special
attention is being paid to the street
meetings. As many as twenty speak
ers have been mobilized. Platforms,
and even trucks, have been drawn in
to this service and on special "red”
nights, as many as sixteen of these
meetings will be held.
A principle object of the street
meetings is to make them serve as
feelers to the special meetings sched
uled for halls.
W. P. Only Revolutionary Party.
With the complete bankruptcy of
the socialist party in New York, the
above program will go far towards
getting the revolutionary message of
Communism to the workers of this
state. The Workers Party partici
pates in the New York election cam
paign as the only revolutionary party.
If New York succeeds in collect
ing this great number of signatures in
order to get on the ballot, it will be
indeed, a victory for Communism.
New York Workers Party Campaign Speeding Up
Campaign Manager, Worker* Party,
Dlatrlct No. Z.
THE Workers Party election cam
paign Is well on Its way here.
Thirty or more street meetings are
held every week where our speak
ers bring the message of the Work
ers Party to thousands of workers
who come to listen and feel peeved
Jf the meetings are adjourned bo
fore midnight. The response of the
audiences and the questions put
to our speakers, all Indicate the
growing realization that the so
cialist party has deserted the work- I
ars, and that the Workers Party I i
Gitlow Backs Shop Drive
BENJAMIN GITLOW, candidate for vice-president on the Workers
Party ticket has given his hearty endorsement to the shop drive
conducted by the Workers Party Campaign Committee of New York to
secure the support of the rank and file workers in the shops for the
Workers "Party in the election campaign. Ben Gitlow, who is a clothing
worker by trade and has a first hand acquaintance with conditions in
the New York shops, expressed the opinion that the exploited workers
will give solid support to the Workers Party and will refuse to go along
with the yellow trade union bureaucrats headed by Gompers in support
of the false Messiah, LaFoilette. The workers, in Gitlow's opinion, will
not 'gllow themselves to be deceived by the high sounding appeals of the
labor bureaucrats and will give little or no support to the candidacy of
Gitlow’s statement follows:
“The workers will not let themselves be deceived again by so-called
progressives with their high-sounding phrases and empty promises.
They have had their lessons with progressives like Bryan, Roosevelt and
Wilson. LaFoilette is no different. He stands for the same fake trust
busting program.
“LaFoilette in office will not fight the trusts. He will fight the
workers. The only party which deserves the support of every class
conscious militant worker is the Workers Party, the party of Commun
ism, the party of uncompromising class struggle, the party of revolu
tion, working towards the workers’ and farmers’ government. The Work
ers Party which leads the fight against the bosses —which is foremost in
the Farmer-Labor Party movement, will surely receive the financial sup
port of the rank and file workers in the shops. The Workers Party has
no bankers to finance its campaign. It depends on the workers for the
money needed to spread the message of Communism in this country.”
The shop driye is progressing favorably. So far $3,000 have been
pledged by the various leagues in the Trade Union Educational League.
The T. U. E. L. leagues of every trade in this city are holding meetings
and conferences for the purpose of raising finances for the Workers
Party campaign. Among the leagues already in action are the cap
makers, dressmakers, the Amalgamated Clothing Workers, cloak makers,
metal workers, building trafles, furriers. Indications are that the shop
drive, which lasts from Sept. 21st to Oct. 6th, will draw tens of thousands
of workers into the political campaign on the side of the Communists.
At six o’clock in the morning the DAILY WORKER Straw,
Vote Squad arrived in front of the Crane Company manufactur
ing plant yesterday at Kedzie and 39th Street and handed out
the ballots to the men as they arrived and entered the buildings.
Altho the ballots were handed out rapidly and there were a large
number of people handing them out the rush at the last minute
was so great it was impossible
to talk to the men to explain
the purpose of the vote.
A large number of vote getters in
cluding new volunteers returned to
the Crane plant in the afternoon when
the men left their work and at that
time it was possible to talk with some
of the workers and get their votes.
Men Look Tired.
The Crane company, a large ma
chine manufacturing plant employing
over 5000 men. occupies several red
stone buildings that look out onto
vast lawns of neatly kept grass. One
wonders why the buildings were set
in so far from the sidewalks. Per
haps so that no one walking on
street and even standing on the other
side of the sidewalk could see the men
at their work.
There are three entrances thru
which the mep pour into the factory
at 7 o’clock every morning and from
which they emerge at 4:15 every af
ternoon. The mad rush to punch the
clock on time in the morning is later
followed by a listless stream pouring
out of the building and heading for
cars and elevators. Fatigue is visibly
written all over the faces and bearing
of the men as they listlessly drag
themselves home. There must be a
terrific grind under up-to-date efficien
cy schemes in that dungeon that looks
so dressed up from the exterior to
pour out in the late afternoon such
a mass of lifeless, expressionless hu
Many for Foster.
The count on this vote will be given
in the next issue of the DAILY
WORKER. The men came out late
and the little groups that formed
around the vote getters stood around
in groups and discussed the votes,
the DAILY WORKER and the presi
dential campaign.
The inspiring thing about the after
noon’s visit was the group of work
ers who adhered to the Communist
understanding of the campaign' and
who expressed themselves all the way
with William Z. Foster.
Os course, there were the usual
large number under the LaFollette,
illusion who believe that they are go
ing to vote for a workers’ govern
ment, just as in the other plants vis
ited. These workers entered into dis
cussion with the vote getters and
they will be reached again when
comrades will follow up the straw
is their champion.
In a few days (Tie final dates for
a series of RED NIGHTS will he
announced. The RED NIGHTS will
be hold In the Congressional Dis
tricts where we have candidates.
They will include the 12th, 13th,
14th, 20th and 23rd New York as
well as the 7th and 10th Brooklyn.
On these nights all the speakers of
the entire city will invade the par
ticular Congressional District whore
the RED NIGHT is being held. It
is estimated that. on. these nights
there will be from twenty to twen
ty-five meetings in the district.
Plans are also ready for a series
of house-to-house canvasses and ths i
vote with distribution of the copies
Dunne Praises Straw Vote Activity.
William F. Dunne, just returned
from Russia, where he attended the
Third Congress of the Red Interna
tional of Labor Unions in comment
ing on the straw vote campaign con
ducted in Chicago, said:
“William Z. Foster, Communist
candidate for president is polling
about 25 per cent of the straw vote
taken in the shops and factories of
Chicago by the DAILY WORKER.
The taking of the straw vote is more
than campaign propaganda; it is
Communist work of a high order es
pecially when accompanied by the
sale of the DAILY WORKER as the
plan calls for.
"When it is remembered that the
overwhelming majority of the politi
cally backward American working
class find their resentment against
the tyranny of American capitalism
satisfied at this time by the middle
class program of the LaFollette move
ment, the fact that 25 per cent of
the industrial workers of Chicago ex
press their preference for the Com
munist candidate and program is a
sure indication of the support for and
the necessity of such a revolutionary
political campaign as the Workers’
Communist Party of America is con
ducting in this period when the wave
of social pacificism predicted by the
Communist International two years
ago finds its American expression in
the LaFollette movement.”
No better results have been ob
tained from any form of special prop
aganda used by the Workers Com
munist Party than the straw ballot
now being circulated in Chicago. It
is living proof that Communist elec
tion campaigns properly conducted
are much more than an appeal for
the votes of the workers on election
day, proof that election campaigns
can be utilized to bring the Commun
ist program directly into the lives of
the masses in the shops and factories.
There were not enough volunteers
yesterday to make the Cunneo-Henne
berry printing plant as was planned.
It is hoped that the call for volun
teers will be answered by many com
rades today so that the DAILY
at the Henneberry plant, the last one
to be visited, will make a good show
distribution of literature from house
to house. These will be started as
soon as wo are thru with the filing
of petitions.
Many special issues dealing with
the campaign in this district have
already been published. These in
cluded issues of the Freihelt and
the DAILY WORKER. On October
19 there will be a epeclal Foster
issue of the DAILY WORKER,
which will be distributed, 100.000
in number, for the Foster mooting
which will -be held here at the New
Star Casino on this date. There
will also be another meeting with
Foster at another lurgc hall in
Brooklyn, Arcadia Hall, on the samo ,
Gives Its Endorsement
to Communist Nominee
(Special to the DAILY WORKER)
BUFFALO, N. Y., Sept. 25
A general membership meeting
of the Workmen’s Circle, which
was called by the city commit
tee in the Labor Lyceum, Sun
day, passed a resolution by an
overwhelming vote to endorse
Foster and Gitlow.
This general membership
meeting was called for the pur
pose of discussing the presi
dential candidates in the coming
elections. A. M, Green, the sec
retary of the city committee,
pointed out that the Workmen’s
Circle in its declaration of prin
ciples calls upon the members
to support those candidates that
stand on the class struggle.
S. P. and W. P. There.
After a few members had spoken
the chairman announced that there
were representatives of the Socialist
Party who wish the floor on the sub
ject. It was agreed that both rep
resentatives of the Workers Party
and the Socialist Party be given an
opportunity to present their pro
< Mrs. Esther Friedman of New York
City, representing the Socialist Party,
asked that the members of the Work
men’s Circle support LaFoilette be
i cause that movement represented a
revolt on the part of the workers and
farmers in this country against the
capitalist class. She also pointed out
that the Socialist Patry when it has
entered the LaFoilette movement, did
not give up its “revolutionary prin
ciples but is working for the forma
tion of a Farmer-Labor Party.” She
also said that while hey sentiments
are for Foster and Gitlow, she has en
tered the LaFoilette movement be
cause it has the support of the A. F.
of L.
Speaks For Foster.
Joseph Siminoff representing the
Workers Party, analyzed the economic
and political situation in this coun
try since the close of the world war.
He pointed out that due to the cen
tralization of wealth and the war bur
den upon the shoulders of the petit
bourgeoisie and also the wages for
the industrial workers result in a re
volt against the two old capitalist par
While the Workers Party was at
tempting to crystalize the revolt of
thj industrial workers and the exploit
ed farmers a Farmer-Labor Par
ty, LaFoilette and the so-called pro
gressives and the co-operation of the
Socialist Party betrayed the Farmer-
Labor Party movement by sabotaging
the St. Paul convention which was
called for the expressed purpose of
forming a Farmer-Labor Party.
In answer to the "revolutionary
principles” of the Socialist Party, Sim
inoff pointed to the Social Democrats
of Russia, who are today the leaders
of the counter-revolutionary move
ment against the Soviet government
of Russia. Also* to the Social Demo
crats of Germany, England and
France who are today serving the in
terests of the capitalist class in a of
ficial capacity. Also to the Socialist
Party of America, who are today part
and parcel of the LaFoilette petit
bourgois movement and yet main
tain the “revolutionary principles”
that Hlllqult and Berger & Co. have
long thrown to the wayside.
The meeting by an overwhelming
vote denounced the “revolutionary
principles” of LaFoilette, Hillquit,
Gompers & Co. and has enthusiastic
ally endorsed Foster and Gitlow and
the program for which they stand.
Powers Threaten Chang.
PEKING, Sept. 25. The foreign
powers were reported this afternoon
to have notified Chang Tso-Lin, com
mander of the Manchurian army, that
he will be held responsible for dam
age to .foreign property bombed out
side fortified areas.
To carry on all these activities
and to further Intensify our activi
ties as the campaign develops, will
require a great deal of finances.
Subscription lists have been spnt
out to the members of the party,
the Young Workers League and the
Trade Union Educational League.
Requests for support have also been
sent to many labor organizatfbns.
Comrades must get buly with the
lists and send money in immediately
to the Campaign Committee, 210 E.
12th St. Our comrades in the unions
must also see that our request is
taken up and fight for the support
of the Communist campaign.
NEW YORK. Sept. 25. Theodore
1 Roosevelt, assistant secretary of the
navy was nominated today on the first
l ballot as the G. O. P. gubernatorial
candidate on the republican party
A spectacular fight is expected be
tween Roosevelt and A1 Smith who is
willing to accept the leadership of the
• democratic forces. While Roosevelt
• cannot hold a candle to A1 as a cam
| paigner, he has the so-called Roose
velt tradition behind him, and the sup
port of the Ku Klux Klan.
Stuck to His Job.
i Roosevelt was given a job in the
i navy department in order to win the
favor of the Roosevelt admirers for
, the present administration. The oil
, scandal hit young Teddy a hard wal
lop, but he stuck to his job like glue,
tho his boss, Denby, hit the long, long
trail to Detroit.
It appears that Teddy, Jr’s., prin
cipal occupation while holding down
his job was landing well-paying sin
ecures for his relatioves. His brother
Archie was given a vice-presidency of
an oil company by Harry Sinclair, the
oil king, about the time that magnate
succeeded in getting Teapot Dome
from the navy department.
Acted as Chaperon.
None of the Roosevelt family have
any outstanding ability. Sinclair’s
vice-president was only an errand
boy tho he got $15,000 a year for pur
chasing tickets whenever his boss
took an ocean voyage. Another Roos
evelt was vice-president of a steam
ship company. The Roosevelt name
was good for advertising purposes.
Al’s Grin Widens.
It is rumored that A1 Smith is smil
ing more sweetly than usual over the
prospect of spilling oil on the Roose
velt scion.
The fortunes of the socialist candi
date, the Reverend Norman Thomas,
are not expected to be improved by
the Smith candidacy. A1 will have
the support of the Tammany labor
leaders who control the C. P. P. A. in
New York. It is noted that on the day
before Smith decided to accept the
nomination for governor he dined with
Sammy Gompers. The socialists are
grinding their teeth with disappoint
ment over the prospect of losing thou
sands of juicy votes.
MILWAUKEE, Wis., Sept. 25. —The street meeting addressed by Com
rade Ella Reeve Bloor here last Wednesday night was broken up by seven
policemen, and Comrade Bloor was arrested and taken to the station house,
despite the protests of her large audience.
The police sergeant, a former member of the socialist party, claimed to
Comrade Bloor that discrimination against the Communists was not intended,
but Comrade Bloor pointed out to him-*- _
that all the newspapers reported large
republican soap box meetings, and
the former socialist had not molested
the Coolidgeites who were holding
meetings close by.
Comrade Bloor was kept at the sta
tion house until 9:30, when the
former socialist, unable to trump up
a charge against her, reluctantly let
Comrade Bloor go. She will speak
again in Milwaukee Saturday evening,
at the cornor of Third and Prairie
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The Great Feature Film from Soviet Russia
will be
Shown Again in New York City
Beginning First Week of October
Watch Press for Place and Date.
1 ' 'I
The Beauty and The Bolshevik
Ran at the Lenox Theatre for two weqks and was enthusiastically
applauded by more than ten thousand people.
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[ RUSSIAN ARTFILM BUREAU - - - 208 E. 12th St. I
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in mill
Readers of the DAILY WORKER
in New York City will always find
the very latest issue of the paper
at Jimmy Higgin’s Book Shop, at
127 University Place, near 15th
Street. The Jimmy Higgin’s Book
Shop carries a complete line of Com
munist literature and papers. It
also has a complete line of all the
best contemporary literature.
Jimmy Higgin’s Book Shop is not
only a book store, it is a delightful
little shop where you are sure to
meet interesting people. You can
brouse around among the book
shelves or enter into discussions to
your hearts content. A trip to the
Jimmy 'Higgin’s Book Shop will al
ways bring you in contact with
authors, editors, poets, students of
present-day events and comrades.
Drop in on “Jimmy Higgin's” every
chance you get—it will be an in
spiration to keep abreast of the
times and you will enjoy your visit.
Get the habit, New York comrades.
It' is a good one.
Floor Meetings
Chicago, 111., Sept. 29-30, Street.
Moline, Wednesday, Oct. 1.
Peoria, Thursday, Oct. 2.
Kincaid, Friday, Oct. 3.
W. Frankfort, Saturday, Oct. 4.
Orient, Sunday, Oct. 5.
Christopher, Sunday evening, Oct. 5.
Johnston City, Monday Oct. 6.
Valier, Tuesday, Oct. 7.
Dowell, Wednesday, Oct. 8.
E. St. Louis, Thursday, Oct. 9.
O’Fallon, Friday, Oct. 10.
Belleville, Saturday, Oct. 11.
Madison, Sunday afternoon, Oct. 12.
St. Louis, Mo., Sunday evening, Oct.
Livingston, Monday, Oct. 13.
Staunton, Tuesday, Oct. 14.
Collinsville, Wednesday Oct. 15.
Benld, Thursday, Oct. 16.
Taylorville, Friday, Oct. 17.
Nokomis, Saturday, Oct. 18.
Divernon, Sunday afternoon, Oct. 19.
Springfield, Sunday evening, Oct. 19,
(open air).
Westville, Monday, Oct. 20.
Joliet, Tuesday, Oct. 21.
Waukegan, Wednesday, Oct. 22.
Rockford, Friday, Oct. 23.
DeKalb,' Friday, Oct. 24.
BOSTON, Sept. 25.—Tom Taggart, democratic national committeeman
and Indiana political, leader, is threatened with appendicitis and was today
“under observation” at the Philips House, an exclusive branch of the Massa
chusetts general hospital here.
Taggart was stricken while at his summer home at Hyannls Port, on
the cape. His wife and daughter are here, awaiting the verdict of tha
Friday, September 26, 192* 1
Big Meetings Speed
Communist Fight in
Harlem Section, N. Y.
NEW YORK City, Sept. 25—The
Harlem Section of the Workers Party
Local New York is actively engaged
in the election campaign. Ten to
fourteen open air meetings a week
are being held. The meetings at
110th St. and Fifth Avenue are among
the be.st attended meetings of the
whole city. One meeting held at that
corner on Saturday evening, Sept. 20,
was a typical one.
The candidate for the I7th assembly
District, William W. Weinstone, treat
ed the crowd to a speech lasting more
than an hour, a speech that swayed
the crowd to outbursts of applause, a
thing which is not usual in street
meetings, where the people are skep
tical and want to be shown.
The crowd was wholeheartedly with
the speaker, and the hecklers did not
receive much sympathy from the au
dience. Laughter greeted the quick
sallies of wit, as William Weinstone
gave his telling answers to the one or
two persistent hecklers who thought
they could rattle the speaker. One
heckler said that he belonged to an
independent union and that he sup
ported LaFoilette.
But upon inquiry it turned out that
he was a member of the Architectural
’ Iron Workers, who had indorsed Fos
ter and Gitlow and had condemned
LaFoilette. The heckler did not come
back for more.
Julia Stuart Poyntz, who is running
for congress in the 20th Congressional
district in Harlem, also addressed a
large and enthusiastic crowd the eve
ning of Sept. 12, which was Defense
She showed that the Communists
were the only ones who would lead
the workers to a real fight against im
perialism and war. The Harlem Sec
' tion is doing its level best to spread
the message of Communism in Har
lem and to elect the candidates, Julia
Stuart Poyntz to congress and Will
iam Weinstone to the New York state
Meetings are held on many corners,
such as 103rd St. and Lex., 106 St. and
Mad., 115 St. and Mad., 110 St. and
Fifth, 116 St. and Lenox, 125 St. and
Fifth. Workers Party literature and
the DAILY WORKER are being dis
tributed in great quantities. Big cam
paign signs have been hung up at ad
vantageous points where the attention
of thousands of passersby is attracted.
The section has ordered 75,000 cam
paign leaflets for distribution from
house to house on Sept. 28. New
members are coming into the Workers
Party as a result of the open air
Still At Large.
CEDAR RAPIDS, la.. Sept. 25—Two
men, who escaped from the custody
of a guard after they had been dis
covered in a mail car attached to the
eastbound continental limited of the
Northwestern railroad at Boone, were
still at large today altho posses comb
ed this district for them thruout the

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