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GRAAN"M & HA iT. PuabWsera OPPICS 19 PARK AV. P. O. 1IOX 1o8 tatered at the Post O.oo tor trans miseso through the mawl at meooed elews rats. SUBAJZP IONRI: One Yea ..................... Us SMoe ths .................... 5e. 0-e ooat per copy to bundles up to f00 Since the Montana News started the referendum on the Militia Bill the de mand for the Initiative and Referen dum is becoming popular. A number of newspapers in the state are advo. cating the use of the Initiative law to enact progressive legislation that has been impossible to get the past legis latures to enact. The Bozeman Chronicle is one of the latest advocates of the Initiative and Referendum and wants a bill sub mitted to the people to allow cities to own and operate electric light and power plants. We can assure the Bozeman Chron icle that not only will an attempt be made to have a bill submitted to the people at the next election, to allow cities to own and operate the ligth and street railways, but also a bil to have the State of Montana build and oper ate the immrnense POWER DAMS of the state and thereby have the peopl. decide the issue of whither the PEOPLE OF MONTANA. or John D. Rockerteller shall own and control the electric power in Montana. STATE INSIURANCE. The atention of our readers is cal- a fed to the article on Coal Min,.rs Sta:. Insurance priltd In th!c IssLe. BSoialits gener;l, h:l. ullud aI'e :he san:. Lons'derat!i.n. In the near future Socialists will he elected to the Montana Legislature. and laws to advance the march to wards the colectivity will have to be e ', ac.t .' or at least an atempt made to Io so, If the Socialists are to make god. Mtilions of dollars are paid out yearly by the wage workers for In surance of various kinds, and this money goes to build up large insur ance trusts and the money paid thee big Insurance companies go.s to de velope the capitalist system and create new trusts. What has been done for insurance to the coal miner can be extended to cover all kinds of insurance written In the State. and thereby put the in surance companies out of business. While this will not gi'e us Social lam, yet it will help to dismantle the capitalistic machine and system. It is foolish to expect that we will attain the Co-operative commonwealth all at once, many will be the weary, hard battles to be fought and reverses to be met, but while the fight is going on we must curtail the power of the corporations inevery instance untli they no longer exist. "The large sums of money secured by capitalists from insurance, enable them to float new schemes, if this will be harder for the trust magnat .s source of revenue is cut off, then it to bind the chains more securely on the workers. The Montana News is opposed to the present methods of Workingmens' Compensation, as the lawyers reaps a harvest at the expense of the unfort unate workers who are injured. In the Coal Miners State Insurance we see something that can be devel oped and enlarged to give us State Compensation, and pay the Injured worker, the union scale of wages while off work, from injuries received while at work, and pay him the wages as ,ong as he lives if total pernamently disabled, and the State seure the funds to do this by taxation. Such a con dition of affairs, would abolish law suits to recover damages, and help to put the legal profession among the relics of the past The Montana News at present is In a pretty tight corner, and must off a $1,500 mortgage on the pant within the next sixty days, or go down. We hope to meet the obligation, and hope to keep the paper on the firing line. We have data fled away on political corruption and graft in Montana, and will expose the same as son as we are in a position to do so. Being located in Helena, at the State Capitol we are in a position whereby we can get the data to assist in show. Ing up political corruption as well as ,assisting in buiMing the Soclalist State, can be secured. Data that is impossible to secure elsewhere In the State. For this reason a Soelalist paper should be sustained in Helena The policy oft he NIew speaks for itself and if you approve of it, secure us a bunch of subs. Convclt Labor m d Public Printing A good roads convention ia to be held in Missoula this month, and an attempt will be made at the convention to have an extension of convict labor on the state highways. The newspapers of the state are try Ing to create a sentiment in favor of convict labor In Montana. The folowing recently appeared in an editorial in the Livingston Post. "If the Missoula convention shall succeed in starting a movement which shall give us decent road law, it will have made sp 'endid progress All the talk about the science of road build ing, all the information we may p*' cure concerning improved methods,. etc.. will be wastedlun.ess we first blow out the entrails of that damnable road law. "Somehow. we haven't got far with our scheme to build highways with convict labor. Union labor opposition has made most of the proponents of the plan to beat a hasty retreat. Poll ticians who would advocate the sys tem if they weren't afraid have pre cipitately backed up. Probably their backbones are stiffer when they are retreating. So far as the Post is con cerned, we insist that union labor has not a monopoly on all the brains In the world, and that the use of con victs to build a state highway is econ. omical. humanitarian, wise and right. We hope the Missoula Congress will have a supply of nerve sufficient to affirm the policy. Labor unions are all right. but they mustn't stand in the way of state development." The Livingston Post is a paper that always, whenever an opportunity pre senta Isself. endeavours to attack and belittle organized labor, the fat man of the "Post" being at one. time Ad juntant-general oft he Montana Scab Herders-sometimes called the militia. Union labor has prevented convict labor in Montana. Union labor has stopped graft at the State Penitentiary while high officials of the State have winked at it. Union labor In Montana by their protests stopped the warden of the Montana Penitentiary and his pals from exploiting and using the labor of the' convicts to create wea.th for himself and his pals. Union Labor in Montana will continue its warfare against the us,. of convict labor in competition with free labor in every respect. We would like to know how the Liv. ingston Post would act. if all the city and county printing was to be done by convict labor in the State Penitentiary. The State Prison Board is composed of th." Governor. Attorn"'y-Gene"ral and the S..cretary of State. Sometlme ago lhis board held a meeting in th ' governor's office and debated on the, advisability of selting up a printl:ig pant inside the State Penitentiary. and doing all the state county and city printing of the state inside the prison walls. The governor at that time was a democrat that the Livingston Post helped to elect and a man who is look ed upon as a deml-god by the demo crats of Montana The only reason that the prison board did not go through with the proposition of having the convicts em. ployed as printers, was because the members of the prison board were afraid that they would commit politi cal suicide. There is a great graft In the state, county and city printing, far greater than the average person Imagines. To the lay manthe bids for public print To he layman he bids for public print Ing appear to be square on the face 1 of the bids, but, how the people are soaked, and meantime in the future we will show up a few big steals made I by the public printers. The politlclans need newspapers to carry on their campaign and to msist them In working the graft In each community. These politicians can't afford to run a paper unless they ar? the big fish, therefore they get some one els,. to run the paper and which ever side, gets to the pie counter, the paper Ihooting that side usually gets the county or city printing regardless of the cail for bids. The manipula tlons are made accordingly. Now the prison board were afraid to arouse the Ire of these papers that live off the public printing graf,t therefore spineless Joe Toole and his associates decided not to use the con vict to do the public printing. There are only two papers publish. ed in Livingston at present, only two papers competing for the county and city printing. Some years ago the competitor of the Livingston Post was awarded the county printing and the Post felt so indignant about it, that the Poet applied to the District Court for an Injunction against the oaunty commissioners to keep them from giv Ing the county printing to its rival, which was also of the same political faith at that time. Moir it the Post has tell i lter agaisnt its competitor every tid the Post loet the city or county petting we are inclined to think, that the fat man of the Post would not be a safe petrsn to run at atrge, if thie Mrion board would order the convicta a5 the State Penitentiary to do all public printing. Organised labor would oppose the use of convicts In doing publie pint ing, but not on the same grousedu a the LAvingston Post or other tabor union hating papers. IAbe oepposes convict labor whereever convicts eom pete with free labor, whether with the pick and shovel or as printers. Moreover it convicts were to be ued as printers in the penitentalry, and there were a scarcity of competent printers in the pen, then some poor printers would be railroaded to the pen to fill the vacancy. It is a fact and organised labor has evidence and the Montana News can produce witnesses to prove that all over the country, honest law abiding citizens have been railroaded to the penitentiary to act as foremen or in structors of convict labor. If the convicts are to be used in building highways in Montana. then section men and section foremen will be in danger of being railroaded, to the penitentiary in order that they may take charge of a crew of convicts on the state highways. tOraganised labor knows the danger from experience, and wid continue to fight convict labor from the drop of the hat and to the lasth ditch and wll fight every politician who supports convict tbor and we hope that labor will boycott every paper that advo cates the use of convicts in competi tion with tree labor. Some people may not agree with u4 when we say that men will be rail roaded. to the penitentiary. Such things have happened. We are well acqualnted with the personal char acter and records of many men who have been and who are County At torneys and District Judges and know them to be damn scoundrels, who have committed acts of injustice and let public grafters go free. MILWAUKEEE UsOCIALIsTS. By E. H. Thomas The Milwaukee Socialists have call ed the bluff of the enemy. For months the Anti-Bocialist min. ority in the Milwaukee City council has ben making all sorts of chages against the Socialists, except the charge of graft. Even the capitalist press, while abusing them in every conceivable fashloln. has always had to admit that they are strictly honest. or as one paper puts it, "the graft of the Milwaukee administration would niot fill your hollow tooth." But now one of the Anti-Sociallat aldermen has made charges of dis honesty against the Sociallist He called their purchase of the Milwau. kee River Park "the biggest steal ever perpetrated in he history of the city." Right away, the Socialist aldermen In the council demanded an investi gation of the entire transaction. They called uon the alderman making the accusalon to present his proofs to the city attorney, at teh earliest possible moment, "in order that Immedia~e action be taken in the matter, the grafters caught, prosecuted to the limit, and impeached in office, that the reputation of the city may be cleared from the blot which the aslegations have brought upon it.' This resolution. introduced by a Socialist alderman, was passed by :t. .I,..:L;r ,trictly party vote, only two non-sociallst aldermen voting for 't. Moreover, a resolution, introduc"J by another Anti-Socialist alderman, and calling for a grand jury investl. gation, was pomptly put through by the Socialists without discussion. The district attorney has according. ly begun proceedings. He has sub poenaed this alderman to appear Ie. fore him and tell all he knows. Thus the bluff of the enemy has been called most completely. This puts the Anti-Socialists in an especially awkward plight, because the Anti-Bocialist alderman making the charge of a "steal" was the very man whom they want to run for may. or next spring on the Anti-Socialist ticket. This foolish move on his part has considerably damaged his pros pects by putting him in a very ridieu lous light. The capitalist press accordingly show their charign by oomplaining of the extravasance of the Socialists In voting for "a grand jury probe for the sake of establishing something about which *here is no question." Por, says one of the papers most bitter against us, the Socialist idmin. Ietraton "may lack sound judgement and it may dream idle dreams but be. yond doubt it is honrest In money matters. rhis prompt leMlo ea the Soolallsts has thus taken the wnad out of the ihemy's sNI-* Metahhhi te Whauke* 3elaldt. keep on lawing waed. Thy are Iespe lally pushing the a of the beads for the Milwauk** Soolsist Daily. which is the prime necessity of the Milwaukee soee.auist Memeant. Last week the bheoriperlt to the bonds for the 4daly averaged $S1.00 a day. Over 1o20.se have now been subscribed for beads or over one fifth the amouat required. We feel that with perstent pushla we ma launch the daily anet fall. The amashlg of he paving trust by the Milwaukee Soclalist admin. Istration was the subject of debate before the Weet ide Neighbourhood Club last week. The meeting wYa held li the West side High School, and the Anti-SocialUit adermen who were preent were asked some hard questionls. The AntU.Socialist alderman who under the taut administration hab been chairman of the committee of Streets and Alleys was In an especially awkward position when the discussion touched the point of where the money went that Milwaukee formerly spent for paving? The saving under the ociallist administration amounting to $1.O5 per square yard, what became of this big graft under the former ad ministration ? This alderman thought the best way to answer this Inconvenient query was to bolt the meeting with his crowd consisting mostly of boys and news paper reporters. Now here is the curious part of this story. Next morning the capital let papers reported that the "meeting broke up in a row"-and severely cen sured the club for unfair treatment of the bolting alderman. But they said not one word about the smashlnlg of the paving graft! And yet this is one of the biggest events and one of the most Interesting piecee of news that they could give the people of Milwaukee. But to mention it would have been to give credit to the Sociallsts. The capital ist press would suppress the most im portant news rather than admit the splendid efficiency of the Milwaukee Socialist administration. The Milwaukee City Council at Its vent meeting will take up the business of establishing a municipal electrio lighting plant The Injunction which barred the inauguration of this much talked-of plant is no longer in the way. Immediate steps will now be taken towards its inception. AN'S GREATIE T ENEMY. The greatest enemy to good is is norance, for ignorance is "n. That Is, the primary meaning of in beingl "to miss the mark", ignorance is a con tinual miling the mark and hence is a continual sin. For all Involuntary Ignorance there is charity, but, for all voluntary Ignorance here is no excuse. but rather condemnation. It the above be true an analysis of life will reveal its truth and emphasise Its Importanee. The normal desire et every human being is for good. No one deliberately chooses that which he knows to be harmful, un. lees a course of ignorant living has confirmed him in that which has be come a habit of mind or life and because of the cumulative Impulse, he continues to act contrary to his better Judgement But, even these persons at times manifest a desire to return to the good. Why then, do men follow a line of life that is harmful? Simply because they believed it to be harmles and conducive to pleasure and good when they began. Every one starts out in life Ignorant of all things. He knows nothing only as it has become to him a matter of experience, either by per sonal contact or by observation. In observing things, there are so many elements entering Into, events and ex perlenoes, that it is often difficult to see Just which ministers to good or which to evil Because of this men hold various opinions as to what Is evil or good. Did men but truly know., were they truly Informed as to any matter, their better Judgment would accept and abide by it. Hence, to me, it seems that the greatest emeny to progress Is ignorance, a wilful shut ting of eyes to the light, a closing of heart to the truth. "Truth crushed to earth will rise again" is not only true but very sad; for when truth is crushed, with it are crushed human hopes, human happl ness, human Joys and beauties, human prgresm and possibilities. 7.set Christ brought to mankind the uest needed truth "The real brotherheod of man", and through the evoeedln ages this great truth has bees strnagAn to rise to its throne; but it hba been crushed and mutilated. Neverthoime it is the trutth for hu manity. The mind of the race has been so clogged by selfishness that this Im What of the Donohue Militia Bill? Tea weeks have- passed e the petitions for the referendum on the Doaobhu Militia law were first oire lated. In that time approelmately S.0 names have boon reeoived. Tea thou sand slgaaturm will be required be tore the referendum can be eanorced and only eight weeks are left to ob tala the same. At present, Indications are that uan less an active, aggressive campaign is carried on for the next fewwoek, the referendum will tall on account of not enough signatures beng recetved. There is considerable oppositlo n . veloping against the use of the refer endum on the Miidta law. Reports coming in from different parts of the state inform us that even certain union men have refused to sign the petitions for the referendum. In one inctance where petitions were left in the union hall for signatures. one of the petitions containing migna turee was mrutilated and obscene lan. guage written acoroes the petition. another Instance petitions containing signatures were stolen from the union hall. All this gives us reason to be lelve that the corporations have some one active Inside the ranks of orgar Lued labor in Montana sad that we must carry on a greater campaign of education and agitation to waken up the lethargic members of the unions to the dangers of the Montana Militia law. To amsle in arousing up a senatment against the Militlia law and to ad vance the demand for a referendum on said law, the MONTANA NEWS; will issue a special ANTI-MILITIA edition on June 25. This edition will further attack the Donohue Militia law and show up other bad features of the bill, and will also contain a write up of all lbor measures defeated by the re. cent seolon of the Montana Legis lature, together with lnformation con cerning the treatment of labor by the Legislatures in such a style that will arouse the wage workers of Montana to action. A bill to further strengthen the militia of the various states has been introduced in the United States Senate by Senator Joe Dixon of Montana. The Dixon Militia Bill will also be written up. The entire paper will be taken up with articles showing the war pre parations going on in the United States to fight organised labor in the portent truth has hardly been able to knock at the door of man's conscious. ness. Occasionally it has attracted attention, but was so utterly out of fashion that It received but scant, con temptuous notice. Even the church, that received it from her Lord and Master, clorotormed and embalme" k and laid it away as one of her beauti ful possessions, too good for ordinary and daily use, and to be taken down carefully and dusted for exhibition on special holy days. I am glad that this blessed truth is being resurrected; that the cloro form has lost its strength, that th embalming fluid of the church has proven harmless and that this great truth, of the central truth of life and progress, is now awaking to lead the tolling millions into true and pleasnat relatonaships. May it snap every fetter, crush every opposition, march through the world and dberate every slave, free every prisoner, destroy every navy, disband every army. re generate every government, convert the church, stop the extravagances and fearful wastes of life, open up the doors of opportunity and power to the represmed souls of men, hush the cry ing of hungry children, bring sun. shine and joy to the houseless and homeless, put songs of gladness and content into the hearts and mouths of the worlds burden bearers, and bring peace and plenty to every son of man privileged to be born into this beautiful and glorious life. And why may this not be? Who shallt ay nay? There is but one voice, but one in the wide world, that speaks agalnst this greatest good to all. Listen! Who is it that speaks? It is the voice of selfishness, speaking through the preacher; the voale of Selfishness speaking through the mouth of the tallented; The votie of selfishness speaking through the mouth of the rich; the votes of S*l fishnese speaking, always evert no matter whose mouth he may be using. And Selfishnesst Ah ISelfish anoe Is the quinta-eence of sin. AM sina I ignorance, bMak damnam h Ig norance. I know that mar atd s0elflulm* by a pleasanter name, prudence It you interest of corporate wealth. Every union should order a buuad for dlstributloa and thereby boe to erete a demand tof a referendum on the Donohue Militia law. If your union does not order a bun dil, order a bundle of one hundred copies personally and distribute same. The prioe of the Montana News ta buldles will be one cent per copy, Every community should be covered with the msue of the Montana News of June 32. Address all orders to Montana News Box $08 Helena, Montana. Do you know that the Dick Military law gives the President of the United States power to take the militia out of one state and into another for the purpose of strike breking? Do you know that the Dick Military law Is a dead letter unless the various states pass legislation to organise the state militla? Do you know that a law the same as the Donohue Militia law passed the legistelature of South Dakota two years ago, but the people demanded a refer enduy on it and that the people of So, Dakota by their votes defeated the bill at the election last November? Do you know that an attempt was made this year to have a bill the same as the Donohue law pass the California legislature, but the attempt was defeated through the efforts of Organised Labor? Do you know that If the Donohue law is not defeated, that in case of a railroad strike any where in the United States that the President aon call on the governor of Montana for the militia and that the governr can draft railroad men Into the Militia to be shipped out of the state to break railroad strikes else where In the country, thereby making the State of Montana a pcab recruiting agency? The Donohue Militia ew is a ver) vicious law and should be opposed by every wage worker, until Its defeat ls accomplished. Do you know that Montana was the first state to have a military war map made to be of service to the military forces in case of a strike? For further Information read the Montana News o June 3I. It was Intended to issue the Anti Militia edition on June 22 but we have postponed it one week and it will ap pear on June 29. Get in your order for extra copies without delay. please, or acquisitlveness, they always call It good; but If you look closelp you will find that its fruit is damna. tion. that there is bitterne and death In the cup of seltishness. It is setl fIlhness that is paralyming the church, corrupting judges, bribing lawmakers, building navies, malntallnng armles, and crushlng the poor under the grinding heel of poverty. Brotherhood, true brotherhood di vides, is widing to sit at the common able and share the Father's bountles and cheerfully grants that the best be given to those most needy that they may be more quickly restored to the tall compaashlp of the family ser vice, sacrifice aud in joy. BURNHANS. MIAOU.A WOCIAIAWr TICIW . The Boclalists of Missoula have nominated the folowing ticket to be vted on at the coming election to hel4 under the Commisslon Form of Gov 'ernment. FOR MAYOR. ROBERT P. MERCER FOR COUNCILMEN. FRANK HALL JOHN W REBLY. Read the Montana News, the Dread nought of the Montana Working Class. To sure and read the next Issue tof the Montana News. Order a bundle and get your neighbour to reading It. It you are opposed to the Iabto Soab Herding law, lga the demand for a referendum on the same. White slvery springs from wage slavery. Abolish wage slavery aad white slavery would ease to existt Is life so dear or pease so sweet he to be purchased at the pries la chalnO and Ilberty? 'otbid It. Al mightyr Cod! tknow not what course ethers may take; but, as for me, give me liberty or give me death - Patrick Reary.