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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.

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