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ABOIJT TIE ODOI CITY ON TOE masu lmrrP RIVRL Do you know what is the matter with the great mill city on the upper Mississippi? Or, perchance, you do not know that there is something the matter. I deem It wise and oppor tune to write something on that sub ject. The workers of America don't know that this queenly city has a skeleton in its closet. It is the skele ton from committed infanticide. Min neapolis is the modern Herodlas of America. Bethlehem tragedles are al ways the work of the presence of a Herod, and his capitalist spirited wife. Volumes upon volumes might be writ ten upon the cruel infanticide at tached to the fame of Minneapolis, and then the truth remains not half told. In the eventful passing of the year 1886. a young man appeared in Minneapolis with an extraordinary message to rich and poor. Expressed in so many words, the essential feat ures of this message were these: "Workers of Minnesota, unite. You have nothing whatever in this world to lose but your chains! It is turn ing time that you unite. Listen to me, workers. Unite! I say it to you fast and furiously." The message of this young man, a student of the state univ'ersity, was given unusual heed. But it was the heed that criminals entertain. Min neapolis did not follow the example of Nineveh. No, it preferred to imi tate Herod. And so a well designed, carefully planned political infanticide was instead committed by this cluster of a city. And not a word has yet been said in regard to this most inhu man of all crimes. What a cruel motherhood, whose record of infan ticide is her only womanly record! But what is the matter with the Twin City on Mississippl. I wish all the United Socialist press all over America would institute a searchlight inquiry into this crime. It would lay bare the inner workings of capitalist politics, sanctioned by the church. Every church organization in Minne apolis sanctioned the Infanticide pro gram. One of them has the record of wife-stealing King David's old trick. But King David is known as a promoter of political Infanticide, the way he treated his son Absalom. o,. of course, the church in question will no doubt justify its sensational crime by quoting precedents. Years before the Socialist doctrines were heard of through any press of its own, the Min neapolis papers were full of themes and addresses and platform oratory of, from and by this young student. Like a sudden fashllht, seen and olserved by all, Socialism, the gospel of the modern poor, came and went nobody knew where. Ask the work ers? They are silent on this sub ject when they ought for once to Im iate Balaum's ass. Ask the preach erst They are silent, because they tolowed Annanlas' old, shrewd advice: "Better that one man dies than that all should perish,"-that is, get com mon sense. Ask the newspapers of Minnesota? Silencet Because the whole outfit conspired to undo the splendid, courageous beginning. Ask the rich? Are you aware that Minne sota harbors the only millionaire priest on the American soil-John Ireland! Furthermore, is it likely that an honest, self-sacrificing movement in the Interest of pilfered. Lasarus-like laborers would receive encouragement from a Jim Hill, a Tom Lowry, a Pills bury, a Washburn, a T. B. Walker? these real estate iluttons of Minne apolis! Hence the splendid begin ning, the right kind of all creative be ginnings, was deliberately smothered to death! Why? The question can only be answered by quoting God's words to Job: "Clothe thee In majesty and honor." It is in our days as it was of old, an unpardonable sin to speak, unless clothed with the pea cock feathers of wealth. But speak we will. The time has come when the history of the hor rible Minneapolis infanticide will be the theme of conversation by every man, woman and child of this crime staggered continent. Before Gron lund, Bgllamy, Debs, Simon, Jack London, Emma Goldman and other famous agitators and representatives of workinmen's sacred rights on this earth, this movement in the geograph Ical center of republican America had a surprisingly vigorous existence. But owing to the foul, capable teaching of the human heart, it was doomed, damnably doomed. This movement of Sooialism in Minneapolis already in the eighties, is never spoken of today. We seldom, if ever, hear anything of of the seven Chicago martys! More in detail as to the Minneapolis awful tragedy in my next article. Mean hileo, I wish the Montana News great prosperity and Soeialist blessings dur Ing the ensuing year of grace to speak a i egue. If yo plsem. JAMES NOODL. Mlaonula orders two dogea coatltu U ns. Local Havre sends in $65.5 tor due stamps and supplies. A. Schaeder sends in $1 for subs from Manhattan. Comrade Holt gets in on the dollar plan for subs. Comrade Isaacson of Missoula sends in 85 as a donation. Roy Pennicott sends in for $3.00 of stamps for the Livingston local. r'r'dley takes 85.00 more of due stamps and two dozen constitutions. Orders for Job work are commenc ing to rool into the News omce again. Comrade Buznell has been doing good and active work in Flathead county. Local Dillon acted on six applica tions for membership at the meeting last Sunday -aight. We expect to see a local organized at the new town of Three Forks en the Milwaukee railroad. Oreely Baker was in from Lombard and paid his dues as member at large and paid up for ten sub cards. Bell five subs for the Montana News if you think we need a work ing class press in this section of the country. A dance was given by the Socialists of Dell recently. There is no organis ation at Dell, but there will soon be a local organised. Subs are rolling in from Belt, Stockett and Sand Coulee these days. It takes the coal diggers to boost the circulation of a Socialist paper. If you are opposed to a meeting of the State committee that can only be attended by those whose pocket books will allow them. Then vote YES on "Referendum B." The News would like the names and addresses of all school teachers who are Socialists. It you know of any have them communicate with us. d. Maxwell wan a vistor at the N'ws offcee during tl e past week. Maxwell Is a boomer m.ichlnest and, Ilk) a!l the rest of t:,at fraternlty, a live a Ire The Socialists of Mondak are talk Ing organisation. Applications for membership at large have been re ceived from two Socialists at that place. Shall only locals whose treasury is strong enough to send a delegate to the State Committee Meeting be re presented or shall all the locals be re presented ? That is the question that is to be solved by Refrendum B. If oioA ln0 £lliJoulmu of pasoddo isa not yes. The circulation of the News is on the upward grade once more. Last week we put out one hundred more papers than the week before, besides having a large number of expirations to take off the mailing list. Local Lewistown sent In $30 to pay for sixty subs. Looks as if Lewis town don't want a Socialist paper In the state. Things are comlng our way now. Grab onto the rope, boys, aad walk right away with the circulation. Local Manhattan sends In $6.00 for due stamps and $1.00 for constitu tions. Comrade Monroe writes that the local desires Mrs. Haslett for a series of three lectures. The local ln tends giving a dance in the near fu ture. Comrade Eastlick writes as follows: "I am sending you five subscrip tions to the News. They are all bo cialists. I believe it is the duty of every Socialist in Montana to take the News and I will not let up till they all take It here. Who is next to make this resolve?" Every party member should vote on "Referendum B." If you believe that the State Committee should meet when convenient for the majority of the members to attend and not when It suits the whim of one man who may succeed in securing a second to his motions. Then vote YES. Comrade Friday of Manhattan, state committeeman from that point, sends in two subs. He writes: "I am going to work for the News and get all the subs I can, If it is not a 'clean sheet' for advertising banks and saloons. I do not look at things in that light. Take all the ads you can get. It all helps to build up the paper." Wdl !HM AN D W SMaIIL. (Ry Feeder Doetelevekl.) (Peodor Dostolevn aebhteve4d aM as the author of two of the most pow. erful psychlcnl studies ever penned namely. "Poor Folk" sad "The Crim and the Punlshmeat"- both of whiha have been translated Into most iDureo pean languages. During his Inser oeration, for political reasons, In the terrible fortress of IS. Peter and Paul --an Imprisonment which ruined his constitutlon and caused his early death-he wrote the following sketch upon the wall of 1.Is cell. Until re cently no one but the prison ofBclals had seen it; but P. Narodny, who was immured In the fortress for many years, found means of copying it, and on regaining his liberty gave to the world a work which for more than half a century remained hidden in the darkness of the prison.) Before the altar in a splendid church, glistening with gold and sil ver and lit up by a multitude of can dies, stood a priest araryed in beau tiful robe and gorgeous mantle. He was a portly, dignified man, with ruddy cheeks and well-kept beard. His voice was sonorous and his mien haughty. His appearance was In keeping with the church, which glowed and shone with luxury. The congregation, however, pre sented a different picture. It con sisted mostly of poor working-men and peasants, old women and beg garm Their clothing was shabby and exhaled the peculiar odor of poverty. Their thin faces bore the marks of n.nger and their hands the marks of toll. It was a picture of want and miltry. The priest burned incense before th" holy pictures, and then plously and solemnly raised his voice and pr ached. * My dear brethren in Christ," he said, "our dear Lord gave you life,. sl.o it is your duty to be satisfied with it. But are you satisfied? No. "First of all, you do not have enough faith in our dear Lord and hl saints and miracles. You do not g ve as freely as you should from )our earnings to the holy church. "In the second place, you do not obey the authorities. You oppose the powers of the world, the Csar and his ofeicers. You despise the laws. "It is written in the Bible, 'Give unto Caesar that which is Caesar's, and give unto God that which is God's' But you do not do it! And do you know what this means? This is a deadly sin. Indeed. I tell you, It is the devil who Is tempting you to go his way. It is he who tempts your souls, and you imagine it is your own free wi.l that prompts you tc act In this way. His will it is, not yours. He is waiting for your death. He is burning with eagerness to possess your souls. He will dance before the flames of hell, in which your souls will suffer agonles. "Therefore,. I warn you, my breth ren, I admonish you to leave the path of damnation. There is still time. 0 Poa. have mercy!" The people listened, trembling. They believed the priest's solmen ve'rds. They sighed and crosel themselves, and fervently kimed th.e floor. The priest also cresed him self. turned his back to the peopl.o-. anti smiled It so happened that the devil was Just passing by the church while the priest was speaking thus to the peo ple. He heard his name mentiored, so he stood by the open window and listened. He saw the people kiss the priest's hand. He saw how the priest, bending before a gilded picture of rome wain* hastily pocketed the money which the poor people had put .Icwn there for the holy church. This provoked the devil, and no sooner .lad the prk.,t leave the church than no ran after him and caught hold of his hmoly mantle. "Hlllo. you fat little father!" he said. "i hat made you lie so to those poor misled people? What tortures of htll did you depict? Don't you know they are already suffering the tortures of hell In their earthly lives? Don't you know that you and the au thrilties cf the state are my repro se.ttati've or: earth? It is you who make them suffer the pains of hell with which you threaten them. Don't you know this? Well, then, com. with me." The devil grabbed the priest by Ilhe collar, lifted him high in the air, and carried him to a factory, to an Iron foundry. He saw the workmen there' rutninag and hurrying to and fro snc tolling In the scorching heat. Very sool, th' thick, heavy air and the heat are too much for the priest. With tears In his eyes, he pleads with the devil: "Let me go! Let me leave this heel'" "o(h. my dear friend, I must show y.,u t.any more places." The dvil gIts hold of him again and drags him off to a farm. There he sees the workmen threshing the grain. The dust and heat are Insufferable. The overseer carries a knout, and unmner cifully beats anyone who falls to the ground overcome by hard work or hunger Next the priet is tashe to the . where thee. ame werkws live with their fal kUIe-d.tfd, eetd seuu. ih melling bhole. The devil gins. .e points out the poverty and hardship watch are at home here. "Well. Isn't this enoeugh" he "as And it seems as It even he, the dev l, pities the people. The plous servant of God can hardly bear it. With up lifted hands he begs: "Let me go away from here. Yes, yest This is hell on earth!" "Well, then, you see. And i'u still prom'se them another hell. Yoa torment them, torture them to death mentally when they are already sall but dead l.hyslcally! Come on: 1 will show you one more hell--ne more, the very worst!" He took him to a prison and showed him a dungeon, with its tonl air and the many human forma, robbed of all health and energy, ly Ing on the floor, covered with vermin that were devouring their poor naked, emaciated bodies. Take off your silken clothes," a.ie the devil to the priest; "put on ) our ankles heavy chaina such as these un fortunates wear; lie down on the cold and filthy floor-and then talk to them about a hell that still awar's them!" "No, no!" answered the priest. 'I cannot think of anything more dread ful than this. I entreat you, let me go away from here!" "Yes, this is hell. There can lie no worse hell than this. Did you not know it? Did you not know that these men and women whom you were frightening with the picture of a hell hereafter-did you not know that they are in hell right here, be fore they die?" The priest hung his head. He did not know where to look In his con fusion. The devil smiled maliciously. "Yes, little father, you are going to say that the world likes to be cheated. Well, now!" and he released his hold. The priest tucked up his long man tie and ran as fast as his less wold carry him. The devil watched and laughed. This story came into my mind while listening to the sermon of the prison chaplain, and I wrote it down on the wall today. Dec. 13, 1849. A PRISONER. -Common Sense. BASIS OF THE CLABS BTFRGGLE. All the unions called Into existence by the activitlee of man, are the chil dren of his calculation. It is the Join ing of something together for some purpose that the singles could not serve. The singles so united co-oper ate where the singles were found, or thought to be, Inadequate. A thought by Itself Is of very little value except as Its framer may unite It with other thoughts In the establishing of a fact or a scientific truth. The men and women who could to some degree master the unity of thought are the ones who have added to and helped to build for the world Its present stock of knowledge, which is our navtigaton on the se of lite, and gives us a method of dIstinguish lag between right and wrong, good nad bed;: ives us some purpose of life, and gives us what guidance there is to our struggle for existence. Everything in life must struggle for Its existence. Human beings guided by what knowledge they have, make the struggle most effective In the se curing of their greatest wants. Any thing In life that does not follow this Iron law, In the struggle for existence, dies In the struggle; and as the strug gle for physical existence is the main struggle, It naturally follows that man should first develop and fit himself for that struggle. This does not deny the truth that there is another struggle for Intellectual attainments and mental excellence, but so far in the life of man that struggle has been of a sec ondary order because of Its secondary position. In the supplying of their physical wants, or In the maklnlg of their livelihood, men enter certain necessary, Involuntary Industrial rela tions, which correspond to whatever stage society has reached In the de velopment of Its material productive powers. The totality of these Indus trial relations constitute the economic structure of sooiety, and is the real basis upon which the legal and pollt ical superstructure is built, and to which definite forms of social con sclousness correspond. The methods of producing the ma terial livelihood determines the sodial, political and intellectual life prooees in general. It Is not man's conscious ness which deternmine his life; on the contrary, It is his social life that determines his consolousness, and as it is in the order of all progress to build from the single toward the concrete whole, and as the whole cannot be reached by all of the singles at the same time, they, however, clearly Indi .ate their motion towards a whole by their constant grouping on the way wherever the material productive forces have reached a stage that di vides soolety Into two distnet clases. Men or masiM seImest M 'is will b*em iomaeowns ort ear ta -ad wit their -as they wi strUmln against all other eleohs Whenever a strata or cle in ssooelety es to struggle for the prtrvamtlon of its olms and Its absorption by another clau: and obeerving how this struggle is slowly submsergla the old corm merelal, or merehant olam the rooee antagonism now exlating between cap Ital and labor Impels both clases to ward a center or basis of Justice not found In their present relations. The base of contention underlying all struggles betwen capital and labor I. found In the division of the product of labor, both wanting a larger share than the other Is willlng to grant. Un thinkingly, the question might be asked: "Why do they not cease an In dustrial relation that must lead to a conflict harmful to both sides?" The answer Is found in observation of the fact that capital now owns the tools of production, while labor owns the muscle and energy need in produc tion. Added also to the impossibility of separation Is the knowledge of the fact that with their united efforts they have Increased their effectiveness to such a degree that confllct appears more endurable than a return to the old methods, If such a course were open. It is not the worker's share In the division of his labor that is wholly the cause of his discontent. It Is the ever dawning conviction of the con tradiction in the laws that govern We Make Suits Better suits thanu the average railer kows hew te make. UNION LABBL TOO R. A. FRASER CO. THE NEW YORK DRY GOODS STORE Hosiery and Underwear Department S3c value Children's Fleece Lined Vests or Pants, gray only, all sises from 18 to 34, cpecial, choice.. tc 7Tc value Children's Fine Ribbed Vests or pants, wool or cotton mixed speclal, each .................. Iec SIc value Children's Fleece iUned Union Suits, high neck, long sleeve, ankle length, choice...........e -5c quality Children's Plain Ribbed Hose, double heels and toes, special. per pair .................... I c SOc quality Children's Good Ribbed Black Hoe,. spliced heel and toes, special, per pair ............... .le 0c quality Children's Good Fleece LiUsed Black Hose, all sises, double heel and toes, special. pr .... .. 1%c Sic quality Women's Good Fleece Lined Vests or Pants, gray only, special, choice. ...............Sc Helena - - - Montana BILLINGS CREAMERY CO. NAIIWACTVUU S Or YELLOWSTONE CREAMERY BUTTER Alwºs a *d Om. Tried Mway Used Union Laundry Co., Inc. THE RlOlT KIND OP WORK A STRONG BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEANS A STRONG INSTITUTION B. F. White, Preeldet First R. C. Wallace of Helena, Prwl National Bank of Dillon. dent of the R. C. Wallace R. 8. Ford, President of the Company. Great Falls National Bank. Hon. Joseph K. Toole, former W. A. Clark, Virginia City, 3m- Governor of Montana. ecutor Henry lling state. George L. Ramsey...President A. P. Curtin, Helena, Merchant. Frank Bogart ........Cashier . MoKeanan .......Treasurer UNION BANK & TRUST CO. HELENA, MONT. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - si eastplwse irm et preeottos. iseeos oft the small shabare asseured Sstbm ia return Sor their labor, there will of noessdty sul smulate an enormews amount of wealth In the hands of eopital. whith the capitalsts will be unable to connume or dispose of. and thus compel pro duction to be sometimes spamedle and sometimes ladeofltely postponed. The spitallat se the working class being organised by the very forces of espitallstle produstion; that t la educating them to umdertand their power and possibhlties. It labor could be held In its present state, eapital would make no war upon It; but it fears that the discontent of the working class will grow, that its sense of injustice will accumulate, that It will develop a code of ethles of its own. Havinl no property of their own. the working men will lose all sense of the sacredness of private property, most property being owned by corporations, having no body to be kicked and no soul to be damned, and having nothing to lose they will grow bold; that they will forget their duties to their families in proportion as they become unable to do anything for them, and who are now for the most part their co-workers, instead of de pendents. But their sense of duty to their clas will be constantly growing upon them during the long period of struggle preceding the final encounter. 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