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VOL VII. HE A, MONTANA, AY, MARCH 30, 1910. NO. 32 MILITARISM AND LESE MAJESTE IN MONTANA Donahue Militia Bill Russianizes the State. Vicious Legislation Aimed at Organized Labor. Militia Officers Empowered to Arrest Without a Warrant. NEW STRIKE BREAKING LAW Corporate Interests in Montana Assembly Ride Rough Shod Over the People. In the last seesion of the Montana Iegdslature a bill known as House Bill No. 220 was intrbduced by Dr. Donahue of Dawson County, a demo eat. Its object was to rleorgante the state militia of Montana. Perhaps not in the history of Anglo. Saxon civilization, since the days of Charles Stuart, has so drastic a mcas. ure been Introduced in the Legislative halls of any English speaking country. But it was passed by the Legislature of Montana without any opposition ex cept the few members belonging to organized labor. After the bill was approved by the Governor, it immediately became the military code of Montana. The people of Montana are perhaps not aware of the fact that under House Bill No. 220 the State has been thoroughly Rus sianized, and that every able-bodied man betweent he age of 11 and 45 is a militiaman. Nobody is exempt front service under this law except civil and military officers of the United States, State and County civil officers, mem Ihers of the police and fire departments of cities or towns. and idiots, lunatics or persons convicted of some infamous crime. Practically speaking the only people who are exempt are the pro fessional politicians. Everybody else becomes a tin-soldier, a slave, a serf. a peon, subject to the bugle call of Organised Greed, and ready at a mom ent's notice to g> forth and assasinate his fellowmen. Men of the law, men of the pulpit, men of the medical profession, men In every walk of life, including tooth carpenters and lumber-jacks.are now militiamen in Montana. Millions of men from Germany and Scandinavia have left their native lands just be cause such a military code, as is pre scribed by House Bill No. 220, was the prevailing law of their respective countries. It is a fair presumption to make that when young men back East will hear of the Russianlmation of Montana that they will assert their spirit of Independence and refuse to come into the state. Ieotion b of the bill provides that every assessor in the State of Mnotana shall become a recruiting agent for the militia. There was a time when the assessor was looked upon as a man of high degree, a man of large and generous impulses, one imbued with the spirit of justice. But aluas! ow the mglhty has fallen! Now he is to become a hireling of oppression, seek Ing whom he may devour, and ready to slip "the King's shilling' into the handhand of his mother's son in order to make a counterfeit Apache out of him. After "Doc" Donahue had secured the passage of this bill, one can easily imagine the broad smile on the coun tenance of the Amalgamated Copper Company. Oh what a carnival of revelry there was at 26 Broadway about that fatal hour when Gov. Norris signed away the liberties of the farmer, the artisans, and the workingmen of the State of Montana. The signing of that Bill as a law was the most dastardly, the most cowardly and the most treacherous act ever committed by a governor in any civil ized land. The conversion of a free land into a petty military despotism could only be equalled in infamy to the copper collared gang who fathered the prin ciples of house Bill No. 220. Section 82 of the Bill provides for a pension for all disabled militiamen. Already a large appropriation has been made to carry out the provisions of "the code." On top of all this extra vagance comes the pension fund. Under our present Inadequate plan of taxation the poor man pays morq than his share of the burden, and the rich by hook and by crook evade as much of the responsibilities as possible Of course the Amalgamated Copper Company will pay a few cents more to support the Donahue and Donlon system, but it will save said Company large sums in the way of property protection, because from now on the tin-soldiers of the State will have t1. perform that function. Sectoon 103 provides that every active militiaman shall be uniformed, armed and equipped the same as those of the regular army of the U. 8. This is smooth work. The Afri can in the cordwood is almost percept ible. The militia (every able-bodied man between 13 and 45) will gradual ly be schooled into the belief that in order to be real warriors they must assume the same discipline as the "regulars." What does that mean? The loss of d.e a a i Ils rsl...... THE LOS OF THE RIGHT OF SVUF FRAGE, the most important thing of all to Organised Greed. The aim for years of organised capital has been to deprive the workingman of his right to vote. Happy idea, wasn't It! The easiest way is to make "a swattle" out of him, and give him a dollar and a half per day as provided for an Section 73. Section 107, 105 and 10O of House Bill 220 are the sections, that pr, e the real purport of the bill. Here is where the pig comes out of the bag. Here is where the cloven toot of the Amalgamated is exposed.. Here is where the Northern Pacific Raillway through a Dawson County dentist strikes the State with a solar plexus. It is the old story- the fight against Organized labor. Heretofore it was the general pol Icy of the unions to refuse members of the national guard admltta7ce to their councils. The policy was tbund ed upon the presumption that militia, men were spies. It was a good policy. and was the means of complets has mony in the ranks of organised labor. But the above mentioned sections clearly Indicate that the object of the Hl" was to force mpkhs into the unions. Dr. Donahue a democrat and Edward Donlon are republican, the sponsors , the measure, knew that when they pushed this act of treachery through the Twelfth Legislature. Itead section 10b and see it it is not a bludgeon in the hands of tyrants to fore spkie into the unions. It was the unions that made work Ingmn tree. in .\nmerica, and it is to day the greatest bulwark of Liberty in our nation. As long as unionism lives thieves cannot run this govern ment. The death of unionism would mean victory for the industrial rob hIrs. lF'rce splels into the union, and the bloody deed is done. If you stand upon the curb and say, "there goes a counterfeit sold ihr and a union spy," you will be placed under arrest not by civil pro cess but by martial law. Your civil ri.,hts -rights for which the Anglo Saxon race has struggled since the dawn of history- are made subservient to some military bunk. lEvery union in Montana should read these sections ,and calmly discuss them, and then circulate a protest against this abortive military code. Submit it to the people by referen dum. Let the people of Montana say whether they can become slaves or freemen. The greatest battles of the ages have been fought by freemen and not by serfs, slaves or peons. The people of Montana will never vote to sell their liberties to an organized gang of public looters. If the oc casion should ever come to fight for our country It wouldn't require a mil Itary code to Inspire us. The same spirit that inspired the Greeks at Balamis, the barons at Runnymede and the Americans In 1778 and 1861, would lead us to victory; for the right will always prevail. All the military poseurs in the world cannot compare with a free people. This House Bill No.220 with Its 58 articles and 128 sections should be wiped from the law books of a free people. It is all right for adoption on both sides of the Ural mountains, but It has no place in the statutes of constitutional government. Ia us arise In our might an 1 by the ballet of our daddles,vote into obliv Ion this poisonous anaconda. A FEW BAD FEATURES. eation 107. Any person who. either by himself or with another, wilAlly deprives a member of I,,. naUgial guard of his employment, or prey gts his being employed by him self of another, or obstructs or an a oli said member of the nationalI guag or his employer in respect to lit ade, beiness. or employment, bcI 1e mid member of said na tiold guard b such member, or dis. suad amisa peloes from enlistment in the aM ae ntleal guard by threat of lataru to him in case he shall so enlrit, in respect to his employmen'. trade or business, shall be de'en.m guilty of a misdeameanor and upon conviction thereof shall be punished by a fine of not less than twenty hve dollars nor exceeding five hundred dollars, or by imprisonment for not less than ten days nor more than six months in the county jail, or by both such fine and imprisonment. Section 1ls. No association or cor poration, constituted or organized for the purpose of promoting the' suc c. * of the trade, employmen.°t ..r £h,.,l ness of the members thereof, shall by any constitution, rule, by-law. res olution, discriminate against any mem ber of the national guard because if such membership, in respect to the, eligllility of such member of the na tional guard to membership in such association or corporation, or in re spe,. t to his right to retain said last mentioned membership; and any per son who aids In enforcing any such provision against a member of the said national guard with Intent t., discriminate against him because of such membership, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof shall be punished by a fine of not less than twenty-five dollars nor exceeding five hundred dollars. or by imprisonment in the county jail for a term of not less than ten days nor more than six months, or both such fine and imprisonment. Section 109. If any person inter rupts, molests or insults, by abusive words or behavior, or obstructs any officer or soldier while on duty or at any parade, drill or meeting for mili tary improvement, he must imme diately be put under arrest and kept at the discretion of the commandin= officer until the duty, drill or parade or meeting is concluded; and he may commit such person to any police of ficer, constable or sheriff of the c.,un wherein such duty, drill or me-.t 0r * Is held, who shall detain him in e, miody for examination or trial be fore a court having jurisdiction f the place; and any person found guilty of any of the offenses enu merated in this section or of obstruct ing or interfering with the United Rtates forces or troops or any: lart of the national guard shall be punish ed by a fine of not less than ten dol lars nor more than five hundred dol lars, or by imprisonment in the coun ty jail for not less than ten days nor more than six months or by both such fine and Imprisonment. BIG FIGHT IN MILWAUKEE. Old Parties Trying to Fix Up Combination in an Attempt to Beat Socialists on Election Day. The bitterest ti~gt te ,r waged againat the Socialists by the denin. cratic-republican combination in th Milwaukee City Council took pine. last 'Monday. The battle last, d sit hours. The Anti-Socillists made a sa.ag, onslaught, .arke'd w ith cal umny and slandl.r. The Su. lalists r, - pli d iwith dignity and spirit and ,n the ground of class-consci us Socialist prinlcple \h'lien the Su,.ialists as.-ulnted con trLl in Milwuakee, the otht r side. was at lirst rather good-na.tured, t. Ir up pf.nenits had the noti. *n that ours' would I. a weak administ.ratioun, and that tihe t.,iaiists would not take muchl ground in any direction. Butt nov. tlh y see that the Socialists mnan . usin'iss, that they are really doing things, and and that this w\ill cut out the prolits of the grafters. Cons, utill ntly they are growing very bitt.r. What ang. rs them most is the proposal of the 80c Istle administration to do away with the contractors and their profits, and to hale the city perform its own street work and other work directly. This seem to then, a terrible blow. 1'p to the time . it n the Socialists took control, the contractors had their own way in Milw3 ukee. Under the former administrations, th y flourilshed and grew fat. Now in their wrath against the Sto lalists, the contractors and th jlr friands are holding so-called ta\pa - ers meetings" and forming so-t iil.d "taxlpayrs clis." They are tilling l th thI, r ctlompihtlnts the daily papers. which at onily too glad to print titL.Ir si*h of tl,. stl ry, anld entirely supprss our side of it. This proposition that the city shall ,lo its iwork directly without thie in I. r'. ntion of contraitors w.is one of sulje.t is hotly debated at tlh last l M l wink.e cit'y counetl meeting. Another .ais the Mllwaukee River Park pr-i ti. The establllhment of this park carries with it the plan for n. Itl worlinllglens'l honme,. Hence It wais Hit. rly fought by the Anti-Soe I:lists cine corpulent representative of a;llitlistilc interests, who would II',e to s,, the river lined with smoky factors, , I 'llring their aswage Into the river, si.d tlhat "n city commercinl is better tha a : city beautiful." Vivtor Iterger rott. id that better than either Is a ",cit. 1. a;ntiful." The an .-ire was finally passed, and Mllniauhk, will have Its Krreat pnrk syst, ni The republlean-demo errtil c t'n.tti miion insists that there %as a leual ilaw in the prtocedur.. LI..n if this was the cas. , the flaw cdan I.. Int. nllhd. and the working class will not I cheatt d iout of this great Ihni . f it. . .. . aI'ous parllt of this story al S l . ..... j).p . iUt M1i1 .tluk t hldt full r. ports of .what the .\ntl-Sjcumsii ct i.d in the council, but .:r . 1I ,.t word of all the good things n thii. i1' h, t \' l tfr t.Trger and .it, ,Ihn r S. 1 l, t Th. .Milwaukee i. pit j, I. .ir. I". i n cl.. Hi rs. anild \ r inl tii. Ir .tttll . ".- towarhds the ,.< htilists. It al-' " alr that the only \. , in w hit'h th. S. u ,.tlists can g. t tih It 1th lit'for tio people will be to ~, t a Soialis., d,til in Milwaukee. I e as soon ;Is th. y ,an procure the funds to start it . The nmaliks of Socialisn ha\e takeni lthllt' II n,..o - to blot k it* In Milwau kI. , as tyllay hope. Th.l" y are trying to p siht thr ttghi tit. \'i.cunstan legislatl re i tall ir nt n-ipartl dn , ivttiolns i all city t lections. This bill hia ilread) plas...us the Wisconslll state senlate. They intund by nitans of this bill to defeat the Socialists In the next mnun icipal election, and thus recover Mil wauket for the forces of capitalism. BIut thi, iltr reckoning without their hIost. W\hil this bill. if finally passed, 111ll no doubllt make it hardhr for thesoc ahlists to keep Milwaukee in 1912- why, th, n theyl will just work so much the harder, and show the * nirmy that all thei Ir desperate efforts against 8ocial i.lil ner sinltly hat,'s labor lost. 'i i. It. I light .i..io tniL the Social ists is 0a11) solid llhtg the Working SI.ts.. '1'iih. 'l. I, t d 'i.Trades Council ofI Milwaukt. i. id a glorious mc.,tig ltl night. TIt ii appointed a special 'ilnpaign cotllllllittee of speakers t. \Isit all thel unions and address them1 oin tlith inst. oil the present carp.iaigi, 'l'l*" Itl I ull.,lath, r ntlllllllltll to sIll Il,,,las t.-r tlte .1 1i!w,;uk,., Stocialist 1~1 . ..- I to withdraw their label. t , li-tc fronl the .apiltaillst daily w\hichl ha nl most oplposed the Socialists. anlti adopted ringing resolutions en dorshllut the Socialist adiilnistratlion iand dfl'lnding It against the attacks )of the capitall.. press. Thus the labor unions are taking iup the Sociallst fight as their own. The struggle In Milwnukee gets more and more interesting. It is the con flct between the working class and the capitalistic Interests. The dnes nre drawn more closely every day. But the Issue of the fight cannot be doubted. E. H. Thomas, State Secretary.