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o. . A nJD ?iaII s1e sOCIAWxr PANw oW MONTANA VOL. VIII. mLENA, MONTANA, T.N dAY, DECFBER 2, 1909. NO. 1 • - - . . .. . --.• . , . . n. .. .. -! t U -".. . . . . CITY GOVE RME T UIDER CAPITALISM Councilmen Opposing Insurgent Republican Mayor Edwards of Helena-Call of Grand Jury Investigation-Mayor Joins in Demand for Examination Free Speeoh War Rages at Spokane Industrial Workers of the World Stand by Gius---Arrested Wo Imen Insulted by Police The IanUetrial Woreter the WorM are mak lag elittle ati Ln thi western sectiono of the contry In Its valiant mal.tea.aoe of the right ef fr up.***h. A battle royal was om mesed with the aathoritiee of poe haae. The authorities bhow as uns al mallgnany agalaIt thU e I. W. W. because they s openty denounce cap Ita.im, Its laws. Its goversmeat and Its authorities; they call on the work lamen of all grdes and stations to unite on thee princlplee. and to open. ly, radically and emphatially fight the capitalists and their governmet. Now this attitude Is not part.oularly soothing to ofcial of a claU govera ment. even though the lnaUrgents are beeked by a constitutloal guarantee. With oIolial It Is "To Hell with the oansttution", whenever Its enforee. ment Jeoperdle their graft. Dlty Cbemvmy. The Spokane authorities have play ed a dirty trick with the I. W. W. A year ago the Inudustrial entered upon a desperate fight for ree speech. They flled the Jell and nonplussed the city adminlstration. The city thought nt to csll a truce and asked that hostll tebs be suspended pending a coutrt do oeleon. The I. W. W. agreed to these teorm, but no action has ever been taken on the part of the city to get a settlement of the cane. Tired of being buffaloed in this shape the I. W. WI prepared for a march on SpokLa. the authorities prepared to resist them, and the Workers are now fighting oa itallet domination, und unjust abridge meat of legal personal rights with all the forces at their command. The capitalist papers of Spokane have an nounced In staring haedllnes that 8,000 revolutlonitts from all over the northwest *were gathering for the fray. The "Industrial Workers", the Spo kane orga not the I. W. W., Issued the call for this gathering of the clan Different unions were notified by wire how many men to send to Spokane. One capitalist paper stated that 600 re* orults for the battle boarded tralts out of Portland, Oreson, without the formality of purchaslng tickets. City Violetes C*ostul.e. The city ofmcial prepared to handle thees Amerloan oltises contesting for their guaranteed rights. The mayor Inastruted the chlef of police to Issun orders to his entire department to Jell the workers, to put them on the roek .., ý~ý ý*ý' "'ý work, and to prepare means to la,.r. ocrate at least IS. Ohders were _aes issued to give them two bathe a day. This Is under the ordinary capltallel caliber notion that soealists and revo. lutlonary socialsm are opposed t cleallUes. The Ignoramumes hava never yet got it through their thich skull that all of this radau Is beca.se the rrvolutlonis s want a higher civilli sation. and such a goverane.at as the city of Spokane cannot furnish. It tI one of the greatest complaints that the soeialists brilg against this system tbha the treatment accorded to prisoners Is flithy and Inhuman. And Ift pokane can bathe goS prisoners twilee a day It will take the cake over all other American cities for progres in penal methods. Colred Tmops caled. The mayor has requisitioned the United States goverment for eight compales of colored troops from Fort Wright If the rulers of the people shall deem it necessary. A city ordinance war passed prohib iting all but religious organisations from speaking on the streets. This is aimed directly at revolutionary speak ers as no other political belief uses the streets. 1it lpeakers were arrested the lrst day. The charge was for speaking on the street without permission of the authorities. The chief of police and the sheriff headed a party of deputies and detectives Invaded the I. W. W. haedquarters, took into custody James Wilson, the editor ofthe paper, and seven of the principal leaders and or ganisers of the union. Here is an at tack on the principle of tree labor or ganilatioa. It is disguised under the namb of diltrubance, but that has al was been the method throughout his tory of crushing organisatlons distaste ful to the rulers. Those arrested are held without bonds on the charge of incitement to riot. Justice Orders Ordinance ade to Order. Justice Mann who is holding up the Judicial end of the government perse cution detected the flaw in the first ordinance, as clam legislation, and die missed the prisoners under it. An other ordinance was then framed on the Judge's advice, designating any speaking on the street where a crowd gathers as disorderly. Thus the Judge makes the laws, and deoides on it, and pasis sentence on it. Ue msesas 41 as emeaw. and 33 sentenced to 30-day terms In Attorney Moore for the I. W. W. gave notice of appeal to the superler court. Foote, the editor of the Industrial paper published at Portland, was ar rested as soon as he reached town. A bulletin posted at headquarters of the Industrial Workers of the World was as follows: "Fellow workers, tomorrow this fight will be carried on with greater determination than ever. We have only begun to fight; 300 men will go to f(al tomorrow." Immedatly below was poeted an other, which read: "lvery man who e 8ep04eled e. tain to select Ave or more men and proceed to hold meetings. "Every captain and squad go to the places designated and speak until all are arrested. "Remember, the authorities claim to have broken the backbone of the orgnisation. Show them that they are just as ignorant as bulls' usually are. Every member of the organisa The socialist of Spokane have ac tively taken up the I. W. W. fight. Holdag Out WelL The Free Speech fight being waged at Spokane has assumed proportions that are startling the authorities. Over 300 human beings jailed for In CHERRY CREEK DISASTER Terrible Holocast of Human Life. Brutal lndlifference on Part of Company The Cherry Creek mine dianter ham filled the world with horror. That is, that part of the world whose heart is not seared to callousness by the great crime of aepitalism and all the sub sidinary crimes in ito train against humanity. "Capitalslem is profit mad; it Is rush ing to its doom like a heavy train on a steep grade that has broken loose and is running wild". So says Eugene Debs, and so may the frightful crimes against the llves of working people that are being committed with more ferocity and Insolence every day. Men were left to perish with th, mine on fire, while coal was holsted and profits were saved. Little children, working animals, were killed in the mine. There were no safety shafts. AU against the law. But the henchmen of the mine ownsers both make and administer the law. The brutality of the mine owners In the face of the terrible tragSedy was almost unbelievable. They cared -.hse w s I ase bodica offensve talking on the street which every street fakir, religious freak and pollticians of all shades and degrees have done for years. Free Speech was to be the heritage of the American ommonwealth. The I. W. W. people are holding out welL They refuse to work like critmlals, which they are not. They are poltical prisoners. The socialists all over the country have taken up the fight. This is well. It AR not solve the problem of ppreers. but It shows by phy~ desmn atlon how little real liberty the people have. and no part or parcel In the lams of our boasted democrac.y sisable Imst of Offclas. I greatest IAbIaw n o eanseties with the fight has been the brutal In sults offered to the women arrested by the po lice. The Seattle Socialist pub lished a written letter by Agnes The kla Fair to a friend telling of these horrible Ilsults to the I. W. W. women and also exposing simillar conditions during the Seattle street fight. The entire edition was confiscated by the police. America is no better than Russia when officialdom is attacked. Elisabeth Gurley Flynn is directing the fight and raising funds to main tain it. Funds for support should be sent to Fred Heslewood, National Organ le.r I. W. W.. Ceour d'Alene City. Ida. the men; they cared nothina for w r men and children crased lith grief Whose sole support ivas tak "n tr .m them and murdered for the c .mpa.t, proits. Those lines of waiting agony that formed day by day were nothing to them. The support of these wretch ed women and children war nothing that concerned them. They were do lr busilnes for profits. If agony, starvation, murder came in the way- that was only a part of the ghoulish Same. The unions have taken up the Iro Positlon of providing a fund for the Widows and orphans. Thus capital does not even give up enough of Its proAfta to repair the havoc its greed has wrought on the wives and children of those it murders; but the workers have to give up their scanty share to meet the ravishes of these human vampires. Is It any wonder that the socialists look for some other way of carrying ot the industries that will not enslavt. rela, brutallm, and crush out the lives 0 V Insurgent Mayor Fights Graft Clears the Red Light District from Main Street---Threatens Expos ure of Methods of Capital The city fight now progressing in Helena between the forces of the Am algamated Copper Company and the Insurgent Republicans, "Reformers", is assuming iintereeting proportions; and as usual, Edwards, the heap much Insurgent Mayor is leadlng the tools of corporate greed a merry dance. The most potent, grave and rever end seigniors, most potently and gravely,, it not reverently demanded a grand jury investigation of the wild and wlerd ways of municipal manipu lation under the effective and startling ta ctics of his Insurgent Honor. The mayor not only coincided with their suggestions with alacrity, but bettered the teaching, emphalssed that grand Juries were, of all modern in stitutions, what he most adored and desired, and so devoted was he to the slightest odor of investigation, that he wished not only a grand jury investl gation, but an investigation into city affairs by a committee of citizens. He we nt still further on the pub licity line, and suggested that the meetings of the council be held In the auditorium, a building owned by the city, and be open to the public. Consternation in the ranks of the corporation flunkeys. What! come out into the light, and let all the people in on the secret of how corpo ration run government--or want to? Ye gods and little fishes! Why these Insurgents must really believe in dem ocracy. That Is the way those awful socialists run the government in cities where they are strong. In Milwaukee, with seventeen of them on the coun cil, whenever the socialists have an important measure that they wish to push, they send word to the unions, pack the galleries, and when the ques tion comes up the trembling represent atlves of great corporation Interests Icok upon the voters crowding the GENERAL STRIKE TO BE CALLED Th.e note of the general strike has I,,.n sounded in America. The Indig nltlh shown by the courts to the Ame rin.l Vi'deration ofclals while they %,,, In convention in Toronto have unrtis*,d the militant spirit of Amer rlica;I unionism. A number of the Iurg. r organisations have begun pre pur;a t.'n for a general strike in came In.ai unionism. A number of the Bom.' rs, Morrison and Mitchell are sThi t ho jail. This shows ire Tight spirit. The galleri~es, watching their moves of profit-grabblng legislation, and are Im. pressed with the fact that it behooves them to be cautious. But for all the grand Jury bluff made by the councllmen that serve the "Interests", Judge Clements did not think the situation called for $20,000 of good taxpayer's money, and he did think that public criticism was good for law makers as well as law break ers. Edwards has appointed his commit tee of citisens to make an investiga tion of the acts of the council in the interest of good citienaship. He open ly questioned the legal right of a num ber of the aldermen to sit in the coun cil. It seems that in one way and an other there are a number who have slid into the council, entirely devoid of the qualificaltons that the statute demands for those who aspire to take charge of city affairs. In the meanwhile the city govern ment has proceeded with its plan of running the traflic in vice that has placed its repulsive stench on one of the main city thoroughfares, from the days of the roystering, gold-seeking revels, off South Park Avenue. and opening up the district for trade, com merce and ordinary public activities. Since the mayor was enjoined through the Helena Light & Railway Company from proceeding with the acquisition of a city lighting plant, it is said that he will probe most min utely into the real methods under which the business of the state of Montana is being conducted at the capital, and may retaliate with meas ures that will be both a revelation and a surprise to the trusting taxpayersm of Montana, that have been so con tented to let the Standard Oil run their business during all these years since the historic Heinse fight. courts are the despots of the American republic. Through them all law, con stitution and will of the people are set aside. The working class must make them democrtalc. The strike must be used systemat Ically and effectively. Teach the op pressors that those who make their bread for them are determined to be the true masters. Every labor organisation should be gin to agitate for the general strike in case the A. F. of L. leaders go to ail.