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rHE MONTANA NEWS.
ISSUED W NUKLY. OFFICE 1 PARK AV. P. O. BOX 303 Entered at the Post Oflce for trans mission through the mail at second clias rases. GIIAHAM & IIAZLETT, Publishers. IDA CROUCH-RHAZLIrT Editor and Manag.r. SUBSCRIPTIONS: One Year ..................... 500 Six Months ................... .lo One cent per copy in bundles up to 500 National Headquarters, J. Mahlon Barnes, Secretary. 110 Washinllgton Street, Chicago. Ill. 'I()O IS RESAPONSIBLE FOR HIGH PRICEB? As an example of the bosh and claptrap upon which the capitalist aInss is feeding the country the Ana conda Standard prints a cartoon which is supposed to indicate the cause of high prices. The legend reads. "Who is responsible for high prices."' And we see the well-fed and well-dressed butcher, packer, and manufacturer who have got hold of the consumer and are polnting vlc iously toward a well-dressed farmer, who is bowling Jauntily along the highway in an automobile and saying to himself, "What are they pointing at me for?" In other words the capitalist press tries to make the public believe that the farmer, the actual laboring pro ducer, is absorbing all the wealth ex torted from the sufering consumer. and that the great army f Intermed larlies who form the vast trust Inter ests of the country, are also helpless victims of the farmer magnate. The trusts think the public, the American people, are Ignorant and stupid, and they can tell them any thing. And the trust is right. Any one who wil examlsae the oondltion of the farmer, eves superholally, knows that he Is exploited on farm machin cry, transportation, food stuff he does not raise, leather, steel, lnterest and rent to such an extent that mortgages are Increseing at a tremendous rate. farms are being lost at a steady per cent of gain, and great tracts of coun try are pasing into the ownership of the banks. One farmer now and then has an automobile. He is the cal Italist farmer, who does not do his work himself, but lives off the labor of others. Where the high prices of food stufs s goingl, is into the pockets of the trust-organised Industries, that are so completely organised and controlled that they can demand a monopoly price. The high prices are on trust controlled goods, and the killing rates that the consumers pay go to build marble palaces, buy yachts, keep the dainty mistremes, the expensive dogs and horses, and numberless lunuries of those who control the nation's food. All this jabber of causes by the capitalst press, and the superficial reformers like the "lnsurgent repub licans"' i silly-a cry of "stop thief", to draw the attention from the real robbers. The socialists are the only ones who put their finger on the cause. Take the food of the nation out of the hands of the trusts. Abol Ish private enterprise in the things of life. Give the control of the nation's food into the hands of the nation. Vote the socialist program; put so clalists in congress; and we will see a rattllng among the trust leaders and their prices. In the meanwhile the people will be robbed blind till they get some sense. CAUS&E OF CRIME. The work the Montana News is now doing will be felt in the next legisla ture, and moreover there is liable to be a grand jury Investigation before it Is all over. Governor Norris has got busy investigatinlg methods of penal reform. Books on criminalogy ought to be in demand in Montana. Read Clarence Darrow's little book on "Crime and Criminals". You can get it from the Kerr Publishig Co. Chicago for 10 Cents. You will get some ideas on scientific methods of dealing with crima If you wish to really study the sub ject understandingly get Enriea Fer rl's "Positive School of Criminology" from the same place. You will learn that confining men in dungeons and starving themn Is not considered an up-to-date way of reforming a human being. Neither is reducing them to peonage to make fortunes for capital ists by plundering the public. Crime is the result of conditions. Society is the great criminal. Re form society and crime will disap pear; or if it remains, will remain as a pathological condition of the Indl vidual to be treated as any other disease. BEN HANFORD DEAD. Ben Hanford, twice the standard bearer of the socialist party for sec ond place on the presidential ticket, died at his home in Brooklyn, lan. 24. He was 50 years Id. For twenty years he had demoted his life to the socialist movement. He was an active organiser of the "Big 1Six" of New York, the typographical union that conducted the big strike. He was de voted in the last year of his life to the establishment of a powerful socl alist press. This he considered the most essential movement at present. He grieved in his last days that he must be taken before this object had been accomplished. Our Comrade Hanford will be re membered as one of the most devot ed and powerful factors of the form ative period of the socialist party in America. FOB GREATSHI THINGS. At the time that four of the great e-t names in British Social Democracy resigned from the Admlanstrative Committee of the Independent Labor Party. Ramsey McDonald, Snowdea. Keir Hardie and Bruce Olaslor. and the latter resigned as editor of the ".abor Leader", it was natural for so -lalsts to view the apparent change of front with dismay. But these vatl lant warriors of the militant Labor Party knew what they were dolng. At one stroke they silenced all dissatis faction arising within the party, re moved from themselves the aoocus tion of arbritrary bossism, placed upon others the burden of learning the value of administrative work, aad at the same time freed themselves ao as to be able to handle the greater problems coming up so rapidly before the British Socialist Party. One of the immediate results is a large and well elaborated plan for the establishment of a national labor press. The purpose is. bring into be. lna a printing press for handllag the publishing business of the party, thus keeping the work within the party circle, and withdrawing all profits from the capitalist side of the propo ition. The enterprise will be capital ised with $35,000. It is the Intention that the "Labor Leader" pass from the control of the private company to the ownership and control by the par ty. The new labor press will then have as a basis on which to com mence business, the "Labor Leader", "The Sociallest Review", (a handsme monthly) the Socialist Library Series, books, pamphlets, leaflets and general printing, the production of which amounts annually to about $40,000. This, however, is but a moderate proportion of the prinitng work of the party as a whole. There are 000 branches of the party, a large part of whose printing is at the present givento outside printers. The close essiociation of the Labor Party and the trade union movement makes it extremely probable that a large vol ume of the printing of the latter would be obtained. The "Vorweerts" printing press in Berlin employs 300 workers, and makes yearly for the party an aver age of $35,000. Published by Request. Comrade Editor: Even the "Appeal" has at last been drawn into saying something about the party situation. That s not bad -we understand the "Appeal"l.tIttle better. Now the "Appeal" is a d4d. agiLta tor. But it has shown In nevselt riger that it has poor judgment faliltle; in the organization of anything but the "Appeal Army'. In that matter it to a hummer. And we are all glad of that. How'ever, that is one thing and political action and organlastior is quite a different thing. Serl da) we shall have a real politkloI Sioaliui party in America. Then perhaps th, various and sundry independent and Individual propaganda wings will ano be going out to the Philippines in th' mldle of a campaign and dragging it by the hair things which are not Issues at all, to the distraction of th party from the real Issues. The "Appeal" believes in "rotatior In office", otherwise, the well-known American capitalist political prinlcipl of "Give every good man a chance at the Pie Counter". We might learn a few things ironi the European Socialistsa--iace the) have been pretty successful. Whet they have found and tested theh servants, and found them efficient they do not believe in "rotation Ir ofllce". Perhaps they ought to hav' its value explained to them - Iii which case we will delegate the "Ap peal Army" to do the explaining. Of course the European SooIalisU also make the sad mistake of accept. ing with perfect calmness the se rvier of plumbers for plumbing, carpenter, for carpentering, printers for print nlg, and writers and speakers for their respective tasks. They hav, enough others , f these respeetiv. crafts inside their party so that ther. il no lack of Intelligent critics ad cheerful knockers. But really, they ought to put some blacksmiths at their book-keeping; then they would have real proletarian movement. Now it is only a party of intellectuals about three millions of them in Ger many. What foolishness! In France, Jaures has had oioial poeition in the party for years. In Belgium, Vandervelde has long been a party olBctal. In Germany, Bebel. Singer and Kautsky have long y held party onices; while in Austria al so, Victor Adler has had opportunity to prove his merit by long service. But these are "foreign ideas", I sup pose. 'The little ole Appeal' would have Comrade Adler-just about the time when he had learned enough of the working class political situation to be of some use to discover the most ef fective methods of organisation-step down and out in favor of another equally honest comrade, that the lat ter might also have an opportulnity to pry open the mysterles of adminstra tive process as they must be carried on under present condition--only to give way in his turn about the time that he discovers himself too unfitted for the job. The "Appeal" says that "The true mission of the party bl to develop the Woman Under Socialism By AUWO!W BM3l One of a Oares lLadern of iGe nas SelMes Uevme.et. The Greatest Work Ever Written on the Woman Question. TE1N IS TEE BOOK TIAT BIg OCAROLL ATTACEED IN HIs Ilsso&A Iem"UON. Okor., 4" Pae, PRICE ONE DOLLAR 0w fro .... Montana News intellectual eap. t (of the unite (par' ty membero) all of them. . ad at them tafr industrial and social self controL" Vell, then the socialist party has the sameL mision for its members that olt,aker T. Washingtoon's Tuskegee In St itutc, has for the negro race. Wow! I h:(d thought that the soclalist party %, ., po mtkl eormanatim oonstltut 1 for the purpose of political action 1oy the workin class. And all of a ruatlen I learn from the "Appeal" that its mission Is to serve as a kinder. ,torten for intellectuals. Perhaps the ".\ lpeal" will modify that a little, It ,. give it time. Meanwhile, of course, if a comrade itw served with advantage to the par ty as a member of any committee, fI..r three or eight terms, that is proof psltive that it is time for him to ,.ave "the pie counter"!' And above all: the editors are dl lualifed for intelligent and resource ful action. They study the party sit nation too much! They know too much and they might use what they know. They are intellectuals, and therefor are liable to have influence. We want no one with Influence or any Intellectuals In a pooittlon where they ran use their knowledge directly. They might unity the party too much. All of which, also proves - well, let uo may that It proves that the '¶Ittl ole Appeal" is not an Intellectual! We don't really mean that, but want to pay some sort of an aoeptable comr pilment. Here is what I believe: The soelalist party, like any great movement, must have strong leader ship. And it must trust Its leaders, holding them responsible for results. For the development of such lead ership, men who have proven their qualities must be kept on the Job. "Rotation in oice" develops politic lans, not capable party servants. Therefore, vote for the old members of the Committee, under whos ebc lent guidance the national ofBoe has at least been kept from maknlg any serious mistakes. WINFEILD R. GAYLORD. boclalist State benator of Wleosin. Milwaukee Ws, Dec. 31, 9l3t. If you believe in unionslm you should olan the union and help to ad vance the interests of the workers on the economic field. Join the unloa! Organise, agitate. educate, work for Industral solldar Ity. Have your union safite with the local and state oetral bodies. The Little Socialist Magazlne mad taecb year chiliree. pra erly frhe the cradle up. 0 CGBNTS A YBAR I Spruce Street, NEW YORK. Montana News Get your Printinmg done on a Working Class Press UNION MEN, ISOIAISB, ALL WHO ARE INTERBEI ED IN THE PR1OGRE8 OP LABOR THROW YOUR PROFITS TO SUSTAIN THE VOICE OF THE PEOPLE. All Elads of lbet-Cla 1 Work at he Montas News Oioe. B UIth Letterheads, V0"au (udy , ,ike·s, Felder! Pass eUr. Sbmtuats, sad aaythina yo w "t In the Pruldlag ItL. We make a Spdalty of Comlsutltoes sad BI-Laws for Unio., and all Serb of Petatlag thae Oe~apred Labor has to py f.--Yoe wsat our Paper to defend por PrEiples... We want yew Work to bp m the light.. & Altb ae hanis oRbbery. WE PAY TUI EXPREXS. ORDER YOUR JOB WORK at the MONTANA NEWS Helena, Box 908 Montana BOOKS TO READ ON SOCIALISM To be Obtained from Montana News TER CENTS BOOKS Pape*. Blatehtord-M.rrie Balsad. Coiol.--.ean.m Made 3mw. Devflle--The State sand Sioalim; - cialam. Revolution sad Interns nBagsl.-aooslwm. Utopian and Sol bolbeaebt--,olallm. What It Is. Mr Va· Pule. sad Preat. Mar sand Eagsle-The Commmuniat MsnlfoIL L I oolausa. Paper. Swl.--The Art of Leoturlng. weoo-The Commons S.s of n ciallam. Vall-Mederan SocIllm. Principles of Sclentllle Solaim., 31 C.ots. PPm' CAITS OOKSL. Cloth. Boeluahe-The Evolution of Man; The Triumpt of LAU.. IBnele-Origin of the Famly; Sow - snm, Utopias and Skleatlao. Ferrl-Poiltive School of Criminology France--Grms of Mind in Plants. Kautaky-Ethi.e and the Matersulalt Cooseption; The Social Revolu. Luargue.-The Right to Be Lasy; The Iadustrial Evolution. La Moante--Socalim. Positive and Negative. Iews--Bvolution Social and Organlo; Tea BUnd Laeders of the BIad; Vital Problems In Social Evelu. tion. Lrebkechlt-Memoirs of Karl Mart. Mar.-Value, Price and Profit. Mar sand Bngelo-The Communist Manalf to. Don't you want some sIealist eon v*lopes? The Montans News priats them In red Ink-only SI cents a hun dred. Make Unole lam distribute your sociallst propagands. Do you know of any job work, or any printing of may kind that you eould just as well get for a worker's print shop as for a eapitalist shop? If s mad It I. to the News. Merer.--he ad eo the World. The Making of the World. Merrs and bs - loeealem. Its Orowth sad Outeome. PW--T-Jehe $oela Telehman--ite and Death. Utn.lam--o -e sad Revolutle. Badl; Vital Problems Is ell evolutiem. Vaaderod-.Coiloeotivsm sad In dlrblal lvolutol . Work-What's o and What Ia't ON DOLLAR OOs.00 CleOt. Blatohbtrd--od sad my Nelrkber. CarpeNter-.Loves Osming oft Age. BaeU--Landmarb of Islentjle So. n--oel-ll sand Modern elease. 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