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£S ANOTHER .•WARD FLIGHT the Worker** Wage* Remain Stationary ASHINGTON, Dec. 10.—Retail 1 prices took an upward trend in leading cities of the country during jvember, ranging from less than flve mths, to one per cent in Detroit, to hree per cent in Rochester, N. Y., the department of labor announced today. An increase of two per cent was re ported by Louisville, New Haven, New York, Portland, Maine and Washing ton, while Baltimore, Boston and Co lumbus, Dallas, Fall River, Manches ter, Milwaukee, Omaha, St. Paul and Springfield, 111., reported an increase of one per cent. As compared with the average cost in 1913, the retal cost of food on Nov. 16, 1924, was 69 per cent higher in Richmond and Washington, 57 per cent in Baltimore; 66 per cent in New York; 54 per cent in Boston and De troit; 62 per cent in Charleston, S. C„ and New Haven; 51 por cent in F-all River and Milwaukee; 60 per cent in Dallas; 49 per cent in Manchester; and and 46 per cent in Louisville and Omaha. The Paxton Hibben Board of Inquiry Reopen* Hearings WBy The Federated Pres*) YORK, Dec. 10. —The case of Capt Paxten Hibben, reserve army of fleer whose trial by a board of inquiry appointed by Major Genera. Robert E. Bullard on charge of ''hoi ng be Uefs favorable to enemies of the Unit ed States government” was suddenly halted in September, is to recommence this month. Col. John J. Bradley, commanding officer at Fort Slocum, Hlbben's counsel, has been notified by Brig. Gen. William Bar-(and) clay Parsons, president of the board of of fleers conducting the trial. Bradley has received a copy of the thousand typewritten pages of testimony al ready presented, most of it as rele vant to the ease as WeDster’i diction ary or ntncyclopedla Brtttanica, accord ing to Bradley, who will move to have most of it excluded. It consists large ly of alleged effort* of the Third In ternational to overthrow the U. S government "in which Capt Hibben is not even mentioned and with which he has never had anything whatever to do,” say 3 Bradley. Hlbben’s counsel will introduce an affidavit from Capt E. A. Yarrow in relief work at Ttflis, Transcaucasian Russia, which supports Hlbben’s vijws on the necessity of U. S. restoration of normal relations between Rus ia and America. Yarrow tells of Hlbben’s re lief work in Russia in 1921 and states that it is his belief that officers in the army should be "leaders of thought not time servers and should be outspoken in their honest convic tions not muzzled." Subscribe for “Your Daily,” the DAILY WORKER. CHICAGO NORTH SIDE POLISH BRANCH IN BIG START FOB DRIVE The North Side Chicago Polish Branoh No. 20, gave the campaign to Insure the DAILY WORKER for 1925 * big send off In the Polish Fed eration by contributing a total of fifty dollars In eeah and pledging many more dollar* to the drive. The quota for the Polish Federation Is set at $450.00, and Judging from the start of the campaign, this turn will soon be exceeded. The Polish branch No. 20 took out three SIO.OO policies, and five comrades present took $5.00 polloles. There were only eleven oomradea present at this meeting. The branoh has already ordered two more Insurance policy books. A oommlttee was elected to visit subscribers to the Polish Com munist paper and ask their sup port. "In my opinion the quota set for the Polish Federation was too low,” Comrade Kowalski told the DAILY WORKER. “I believe members of the Polish Federation will subscribe at the very least $700.00 for the DAILY WORKER drive." The leading two-column editorial In the “Trybuna Rabotnlcza” last week was devoted to a call to the members of the Polish Federation to gat behind the DAILY WORKER campaign to Insure the DAILY WORKER for 1925. NEW YORK, ATTENTION! Learn About Russia! Moissaye J. Olgin Noted Communist Writer, Lecturer Will Give a Lecture Course on THE RUSSIAN REVOLUTION at the WORKP:itS’ SCHOOL, 208 E. 12th St., New York City Course Begins Tuesday, Dec. 16 REGISTER NOW! WHY 1 AM FOR THE MINORITY THESIS (Continued from page 3) slogans than the majority thesis, and the minority does not say anywhere, nor does it show anywhere, that the slogan, "for a class farmer-labor party” is the only good one. On the contrary they show how, together with the other slogans, that slogan becomes one of the most effective weapons to raise the prestige of our party and to further the class struggle. The majority thesis also contains many slogans. But the political sig nificance of the farmer-labor slogan in face of the events of America’s politi cal life, is not recognized in the ma- The Defeatist Thesis of the C. E. C. Majority! By W. J. WHITE. \ THE Foster, Cannon, Browder, et al., majority theses is one of the most discouraging documents it has ever been my misfortune to have to wade thru, and I use the word wade ad visedly, for that is what the rank and file must do in order to get the true inwardness of their flunking and run ning away from the necessity of form ing a united frant in the ranks of the landless farmers and the unorganized industrial workers. And when these workers have gotten a headache, from their toil and ravail from the unwelcome task, this ong-winded apology imposes on the membership, no word of hope or en couragement will they find to greet them at the end, nothing but discour agement and despair if they have the tenacity and concentration of purpose to stick it out to the end. So much for the theses itself. Running like a thread thru this is he continual cry of despair: "Oh, woe Is me! We went out to these and they did not head. Everything is lost! Let us quit, let us quit, let us leave them to their fate!” This is the leit motive running thru the entire document. A quitting, defeat ist theses. How Sam Gompers, Lewis, Berry and other capitalist allies, who helped to foist upon the workers the LaFol lette goblin, must laugh when they see the panic and fright their politi cal masked strategy has caused in the ranks of the Foster, Cannon, Browder groups. How they will chortle with glee when they see this bunch of Don Quixotes still charging at the wind mills of LaFollette and LaFollettism, which they set up for this very purpose, instead of putting all this wasted energy to the better purpose of attacking the real enemy of the working class, lack of solidar ity and, organization in the ranks of the poor farmers and the unorganized industrial workers, and teaching them the necessity of class solidarity and organization in the face of a common enemy. With this panic running thru the ranks of the majority committee it is well that there is a sane minority hav ing the courage to call the attention of the membership to the real tasks confronting the workers. Paragraph after paragraph in this theses is de voted to laying this LaFollette ghost. It would take an adding machine to keep tab on the number of times the word LaFollette and LaFollettism is to be found in this epic to the goblin of LaFollettism. Take courage Cop poral “Cy Klegg” Bittleman and “Sancho Panza” Browder, you who are fighting this rear guard action, to lay this ghost, for this is not so deadly as it seems, and after the majority of your group have recovered from this panic and fright, they will find that this “red herring” of LaFollet tism under other forms will be dragged across the path of the work ers time after time. The rank and file of farmers and industrial workers are not such damphools as they seem. Do not, I beg of you, waste so much ammunition bombing fogs and shoot ing ten pounders at chipmunks. Turn your guns on real Issues, there are plenty of them, and they are worthy of yflur marksmanship, I assure you. However, I see another matter which is running thru this theses, which is to be called to the attention of the rank and file of the members of our party who read the DAILY WORKER, and that is the attempt of this now majority to foist upon the ninority the guilt of their own sins. In the "August Theses” it was the naneuver of Pepper and Ruthenberg o form a united front of the farmers md industrial workers, who were deologically, and in interest, closest co the Workers Party, and the only criticism the Communist Interna tional made on this was that they stressed the farmers’ end on this front of workers and farmers too much. In ether words they were right from a Bolshevist viewpoint, but did not bal ance up their work in the two wings of this logical front, while the work of the Communist International has been to keep the party going to the left and not swinging to the right under the leadership of the Foster- Cannon group. This move of Comrades Pepper and Ruthenberg was the true Bolshevik position and to true conception of Marxism and Leninism, but the Com munist International said the Workers Party was not strong enough from the standpoint of Bolshevism to carry out the maneuver. This was the decision of the Com munist International on the question. In the case of the LaFollette maneu vering under the leadership of the ■’oster-Cannon group it was only un ler the hardest kind of work of the ntcrnational that wo were kept head ing from plunging headlong into the chaos of the third party abyss sad tor iority thesis. The majority does not even understand the most elementary fact—-that if there Is no united front plogan on the political field of Amer ica, such as the class farmer-labor party slogans, the Workers Party will be helping to crystallize the LaFol lette movement into a third party. The majority simply demonstrates po litical blindness coupled with a sec tarian spirit of the first magnitude. It is childish to believe that the C. I. will support the present majority ol the C. E. C. “Join the Workers Party” is not a united front slogan. which they now would place the blame on the shoulders of the minority, who have all along held to the true Bol shevik position, but also to the con stant criticism of the Communist In ternational against the swinging to the right are we indebted, and this constant criticism has been against this present majority, the Foster-Can non group. Let those who have sinned bear the result of their sinning and not try to shift the sin onto tnd shoulders of some innocent group. Ready enough they were to follow the LaFollette “illusion” over the brink and into the precipice, and they now rush to the other extreme and say: “A general agitation campaign by the Workers Party under the slogan of 'For a Mass Farmer-Labor Party!’ would not be profitable. The policy of applying the united front tactic by attempting to form a mass farmer-labor party of which the Work ers Party would be a part, is not’ adaptable at the present period.” Let me ask the Foster-Cannon ma jority group at this juncture: Did the election which we have just passed thru remove the necessity for a mass farmer-labor party? You say it did. Why do you say this? Has this elec tion given the landless farmers back their land? Has the pressure of capi talism been removed from the should ers of the proletariat in the mills and mines? Is the robbery of these work ers any less today than it was before the votes were cast? Is it not a fact that these workers have a common in terest in throwing from their should ers this common enemy, capitalism? Can they do this better in separate groups than in mass action of farm ers and workers led by the Workers Party? You know they cannot. Again you leave no doubt about your lack of grasp of the question con fronting the workers and the Workers Party when you say a little farther on in the theses: “Our chief task of the immediate future is not the building of such a farmer-labor party but the strengthening and developing of the Workers Party. . . How pray are you going to build this Workers Party? Have you some magic formula which will enable you to get this ma terial out of the non-existant? Now is not the time for you to wrap your bedraggled cloak of ingrowing political Puritanism and virglhity which you have soiled, about your shoulders and attempt to hold aloof from this great mass of workers and farmers from whom the strength of the Communist movement has come, and from which it must come. The mass farmer-labor party is the slogan which must be used to rally them to the Communist movement. It is from the mass that the revolution will come. Cheer up the worst is yet to come. It is not as black as it looks. Wants Registration of Aliens. WASHINGTON, Dec. 10.—Demand for registration of all aliens is again made by Secretary of Labor Davis in his latest annual report to congress. This scheme, denounced by organized labor and by defenders of civil liber ties as being a scheme to fix an indus trial passport system upon foreign born laborers in this country, is sup ported by the national association of manufacturers. It would enable the immigration bureau to keep tab on the whereabouts and activities of these workers, and to hustle them out of the country if they were found to be tak ing part in labor agitation or strikes. Michigan Coops are Sturdy. WASHINGTON.—Over 90 per cent of all co-operatives existing in Michi gan in 1913 are still doing business. } > • i I ; , - Present! | Look for your agent in this Buffalo, New York San Francisco, Calif. 4 | J Captain: Chaa. Dirba, City Agent Captain: Frank J. Kratofil Roll Call « «■-«» „ *T A 1 m b ... _ , „ . Finnish Elvl Laivo ; Jewl » h - Solomon Katz James Nl p apu j If this ie your local and you don't £57" ““• h D """> find your branch mentioned- Buls .ri.n M . Pow , Christopher, 111. j be sure to elect a Daily Worker German Jacob Sans p ‘ °city Agent ; Branch Agent at your very next U l .....Mike Bi.zevich meeting. UJj OeattlCj Wastl* South Slavish .Matt Laktosieh J Captain: John Lawrle, City Agent En »" ,h - Adrln Del,or » e And be sure to send us his name and / am ”7 111 'tddress j MBk English M. Hansen Zadgier, 111. • W Caucasian Harry B.gi. Capta|n; M Puk( , c Aflent . - _ __ _ __ _ Russian P. Belsky t Insure the Daily Worker for 1925 and Build On It! -**•"• hSEHIS ; Finnish Mrs. Aug. Utterl Bouth slavish Steve Phillips Esthonlan O. Wasar Finnish..., Elno Salmi I r« THE DAILY WORKER MAKING MOTION PICTURES TALK FOR COMMUNISM j (I. W. A. Press Service.) Sooner or later the expression of class Interest in the motion pictures will be recognized as equal in impor tance with that of the press. It will j ;be an accepted fact that every local 1 labor movement must have its movie theater side by side with its news paper, that the Labor Temple is only half complete unless it contains a j well-equipped movie theater to pay its expenses and to express the workers’ cause in the most eloquent medium known. Such a motion picture thea ter is the natural meeting place and rallying ground in local class battles, strike meetings, school protest gath- : erings, etc.; its billboards are always read and therefore would become bulletins for union notices and other items of importance to the workers The maintenance of such labor thea- s ters would be an effective basis for a local united front, which would be constantly extended as the showplace was put to more and more distinct use during the sharpening of the strug gle. Look for Our Friends. The first step is the showing ol every film we now have in every house friendly to our cause so as to build up a demand for labor movies. The de mand must be built up not only among isolated individuals but among work ing class organizations, unions, fra ternities, co-operatives, schools; this can best be done by lining them up in support of our present film ven tures. In so doing we not only insure the success of our present shows but we build solidly for the future. We must immediately list all theaters and managers favorably disposed toward us, and all organizations which might be induced to produce our films on their own auspices. All such informa tion should be sent to the Interna tional Workers’ Aid, 19 S. Lincoln St. Chicago, 111. Party Activities 01 Local Chicago — > Thursday, Dec. 11. Cz.-Slovak No. Berwyn, Roosevelt and Seville Ave. Lithuanian No. 2, 1900 S. Union Ave. Mid-City English. 722 Blue Island Ave. 11th Ward Italian. 2439 S. Oakley Blvd. Scandinavian View, 3206 N. Wilton St.. Cate lndrott. Scandinavian West Side, cor. Cicero and Superior. Scandinavian Karl Marx, 2733 Hirsch Blvd. Russian Branch, 1902 W. Division St. Friday, Dec. 12 Scandinavian g. Side, 641 E. 61t*t St. Lettish Branch, 4369 Thomas St. Saturday, Dec. 13. Y. W. L. dance. Northwest Hall, cor. North and Western Aves. ** * j All friendly organizations, T. U. E. L. groups, party branches, language federations and Y. W. L. branches! Arrangements have been made for the following major city affairs. Do not arrange conflicting affairs on these days: T. U. E. L. Ball—Wednesday, Dec. | 31, W T eßt End Women’s Club Hall, j Monroe and Ashland. Karl Liebknecht Celebration—Sun- j day, January 11, Northwest Hall, I corner North and Western Aves. Auspices Y. W. L., Local Chicago. Lenin memorial meeting—Wednes-j day, Jan. 21, Ashland Auditorium, Van Buren and Ashland. Workers Party, Local Chicago. The Red Revel —Saturday, Feb. 28, West End Women’s Club Hall. — "N YOUNG WORKERS LEAGUE ACTIVITIES. LOCAL CHICAGO, L Friday, Dec. 12. Area Branch No. 1,6 p. m., 180 Weat Washington St. Diacuaalon on N. E. C. statement. John Williamson, speaking. Area Branch No. 2, Bp. m., 722 Blue Island Ave. lUseusalon of N. E. C. state ment. John Edwards, speaking. Area Branch No. 3, 8 p. m.. 3142 S. Halsted St. Activity meeting. Area Branch No. 4, 8 p. m., activity meeting. 3322 Douglas Blvd. Area Branch No. 5, 8 p. m„ activity Area Branch No. 6, 8 p. in., 2613 Hirscb meeting. 820 N. Clark St. Blvd. Discussion of N. E. C, statement. Max Shachtman, speaker. HUNGARIAN SECTION CONVENTION ENDORSES C. E. C. MINORITY’S THESIS (Special to The Dally Worker) f NEW YORK CITY, Dec. 10.—The convention of the Hungarian section in New York which held its sessions on Dec. 4 and 6 heard the reports Os Comrade A. Blttelman, representative of the Central Executive Committee of the party, and Comrade Benjamin Gitlow, representing the minority of the Central Executive Committee. After the speeches of the two representatives and a thoro discussion, the convention voted on the question of : its attitude toward the theses of the majority and the minority. f The resolution adopted bjr^ an over whelming vote representing branches from every part of the country was ;as follows: After having heard the ! report of the Central Executive Com mittee and the minority of the Central Executive Committee and after having thoroly discussed the question placed before it, the Hungarian section of the Workers Party in convention assem [bled declares itself unqualifiedly In favor of the position of and thesis of the minority group of Comrades Ruth enberg and Lovestone. The convention wishes to emphasize the following points,’-1. The necessity .of continuing the use of the farmer labor party slogan as one of the most effective weapons for rallying the workers and poor farmers around the Work«s Party into a mass Communist Party l 2. The necessity in accordance with the decision of the Communist international of the Central Executive lommittee of the party and the whole party membership carrying on an energetic campaign to root out all vestiges of the Second-and-a-Half in ternational ideology and conception of the Communist activity still prevalent in our party and accepting no lip adoption of the position of the Com munist International, j 3. The nece‘ dty of strict party control of all party organs so that there may be no repe tition of the left social democratic points of view being represented an' defended in our press/ 4. The neces sity of Bolshevizing the party thru a thoro Marxian-Leninistic education o; our party membership to enable all members actively to participate in the laily struggles of the workers and in all phases of our party work. A com plete reorganization of the party on the basis of shop nuclei, as the only effective means of mobilizing all party orces and masses of the workers for he proletarian revolution. The com plete reorganization of the industrial department of the party in order that t may carry out. the tasks laid down for it by the Red International of Labor Unions, in its recent decision. The organization of an agrarian de partment for carrying on persistent work among the poor, and exploited armers of the country. jThis eonven ion pledges energetically to support the DAILY WORKER, the central or gan of the party, as one of the best me diums for increasing the influence and prestige of the party among the work ers and poor farmers of the United States. The convention is of the opi nion that only by fulfilling the above tasks will the Workers Party grow Into a mass Communist Party capable of leading the American workers and poor farmers into the struggle for the establishment of the proletarian dic tatorship thru a Soviet government in the United States. The resolution also provided for the discussion of the two theses thruout | CHICAGO BRANCHES DO YOU NEED A SPEAKER FOR YOUR NEXT MEETING? ——■— THE importance of centralized effort in every unit of our Party for bringing the Communist message to American workers thru the DAILY WORKER and our party literature, is the purpose of a local campaign to be systematically followed thru every single branch in Chicago. Speakers are already beginning their local tours under the direc tion of City Literature and DAILY WORKER Agent Comrade Thurber Lewis and include such well known comrades as J. Louis Engdahl, editor of the DAILY WORKER, William F. Kruse, Moritz J. Lodb, A. Wagenknecht. Martin Abern, Manuel Gomez, Walt Carmon and others. To “Insure the DAILY WORKER for 1925” and to build our party by efficient methods of propaganda distribution is the purpose of the speakers who will visit your branch. They will surely come to your branch, but—WHY WAIT? Call or write Comrade Thurber Lewis, city agent, AT ONCE, at Room 307, 166 W. Washington St. and he will arrange to give you the best speaker available for your next branch meeting. Get the very best speaker for a big job! Telephone State 5959. L ■■ ' ———— the branches. In the afternoon session, Comrade Israel Amter, who for a year and a half represented the Workers Party in the councils of the Communist Inter national, made a spirited address. A special invitation was extended to him by,the convention. He was very warm ly received. Thunderous applause and a tremendous demonstration greeted Comrade Amter when he mentioned the name of comrade Ftepper and his services to the Workers Party, in par ticular, and the Communist Interna tional in general. The convention was considered to be one of the most successful ever held by any federation language group of the Workers Party. Red Hunter Disappoints Diners. NEW YORK. —American Defense Society leaders pepped themslves up with anti-Bolshevik cocaine at a select dinner at the palatial Hotel Plaza, where Frncis McCullagh, former Brit ish spy in Russia, and New York Herald correspondent from Warsaw, spoke luridly of red terror, red slavery and red free love. McCullagh’s climax was disappoint ing to his audience. The Bolshevik regime is quite secure, he said, sup ported by a well-armed and well-fed red army. Next Sunday Night and Every Sun day Night, the Open Forum. ITALIAN COMRADES PLEDGE SELVES TO EXCEED THEIR QUOTH The campaign to insure the DAILY WORKER for 1925 is receiv ing material assistance from the Italian Federation. Italian branches have already sent money direct t« the DAILY WORKER office, L. Can dela, assistant secretary of the Ital ian Federation declares, "The Ital ian federation will exceed the quota of $1,698 set for It by the DAILY WORKER,” Candela said. “I am confident that the Italian branches will not only reach the quota, but will far exceed it. The total quota set is fifty thouand dol lars as an absolute minimum. We are having our struggles with ‘II Lavoratore’, our Italian Commun ist daily, and we know what it means to issue a Communist daily newspaper. We are advertising the DAILY WORKER campaign in ‘II Lavoratore’ and we call on all comrades in the Italian Federation to aid the campaign by putting the quota of the Italian Federation over the top.” Thursday, December 11, 1924 BOSTON BRANCH PLEDGES SUPPORT TO DAILYWORKER (Special to The Daily Worker) BOSTON, Mass., Dec. 10. —The first order of business of the newly com bined English branches which took place here was insuring the DAILY WORKER. The branch pledged to raise not less than $l5O of which $26 were raised immediately. The following comrades were elect ed officers of the combined branches: J. C. Blockland, secretary; George Kraska, financial secretary; John Bal lam, educational director; M. Fla herty, industrial organizer; J. Karras, C. C. C. delegate. Eva Hoffman and E. R. Stevens were added to the above names making up the executive com mittee of the branch. The branch voted to call a special meeting Thursday, Dec. 11, at 8 p. m., at headquarters, 158 Broadway, Boa ton, to discuss the theses of the nufc- Jority and minority. Every member of the branch is called upon to attend this important meeting. • • • BOSTON. Mass., Dec. 10. —"Beauty and the Bolshevik,” the Russian come dy drama picture, will be shown to Boston, Jan. 16, (Friday) in Symphony Hall, at 8 p. m. This picture will be shown here once only. Comrades and sympathizers will please hold date open. MUSIC. By ALFRED V. FRANKENSTEIN SYLVIA LENT, who is one of the youngest violinists who ever playv ed solo with the Chicago Symphony orchestra, was soloist with that organ ization on its eighth program of thla season. She played the first concerto of Max Bruch. Now the Bruch concef ti, to say the least, are a bit over worked hereabouts, and it takes an excellent violinist to put them over So they do not sound bromidic. This Syl via Lent did. Her tone is remarkably large, fine in quality, and her technic, and style are sure and firm. Hers was a new and charming Interpretation of the slow movement, with its' Idyllic, singing melody. “A Night on the Bare Mountain,” a symphonic poem by Modest Musorg ski, opened the concert. Musorgski tells the story in this work of a dance of the demon Chernobog and his fol lowers on the Bald mountain, near Kiev. A church bell rings, and the devils are dispersed. I prefer to think of the work apart from this common place program. It is probably the grandest storm in music. For Musorg ski, like Wagner, knew that to picture a storm in tone one does not need to pile up all the noise a modern or chestra affords, but one must rather write themes that in themselves have a restless, stormy character. The ninth or unfinished symphony of Anton Bruckner, Mr. Stock’s favor ite composer, followed the Musorgski. Even without the finale, the symphony is quite long, and tensely dramatic and affecting. Bruckner is unfortunately an unheard composer in Chicago, and Stock ought to give us more of him. As a memorial for Gabriel Faure, who died a few weeks ago, a suite by him taken from his incidental music to Maeterlinck’s "Pelleas and Mellsan de” was performed. It is nice, un important salon music. It makes one neither enthusiastic in its praise or condemnation. Debussy said all there was to be said in the way of a setting for “Pelleas and Melisande,” and be side his creation, the work of the ear lier composer is insignificant. HELP! HELP! Give Us a Hand— We are swamped There is just a load of work piling up in our office and our small force is struggling hard to get it done. If any comrades have a day, an hour or a minute to spare, COME ON OVER GIVE US A HAND!