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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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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."
(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
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
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
"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
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.
-Common Sense.
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.
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
Alwºs a *d Om. Tried Mway Used
Union Laundry Co., Inc.
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
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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.
(From the Labor World.)
75c value Women's Good Fleece
Lined Union Sults, cream or gray.
all sines, special per suit ....... N
75e value Women's Jersey Ribbed
Veets or Pants, extra fine, white
only, silk taped vests, all sines,
special, each ..................Se
16c quality Women's Plain Black Hose
spliced heel and double sole, all
siles, special 8 1-Sc; 3 pairs for..25c
Sic quality Women's Black Hose, lace
boot effect, spliced heel and double
sole, spliced seam, all sines, special,
per pair ......................8c
8Ic value Women's Good Fleece
Uined Union Sults, high neck. lons
sleeve, ankle length, pure white,
special, choice ................ .

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