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Ever think of this.'
Too much of most anything is more than enough.
Quite simple, isn't It?
Feed a man on chicken every meal for a period and soon a look In the
face from a chicken will make him gag.
Dish up "patriotism" to a lover of hi* country today, tomorrow and for
ever without end, and it loses its flavor, becomes a commonplace, the last
word in the English language.
The good people of Seattle have been stuffed with "patriotism." Gorged
with it. They are full up. Of course, with the exception of a few that are
the happy possessors of copper lined stomachs and scrambled brains.
But these are very few. yes. very few. Seattle, ■ city of 300,000. And In
a recent issue of the Seattle Times, all of six of a certain species of the
human, in this big city of Seattle, told all the population and the editor of
the Seattle Times in particular, that they were patriotic too. All of six, and
right after the most patriotic outburst, too. If Burns would help us. we could
probably prove that the meal tickets of these lonely six come from that
patriot who will some day scab on the devil himself.
•Too much of it makes you sick. The lovers of their masters' country
who reside in Seattle want a rest.
All the dailies, except the "patriotic for so much per" daily, are crying:
"GIVE us a rest!"
May 1, 1912.
Just before this International Labor Day, one Alden J. Blethen, well
known in Seattle for his prize collection of abscene photographs, wailed night
after night because the Socialists intended to carry a red flag in their parade.
The day came. The parade formed. The red flag was carried beside the
nation's emblem. The parade passes a saloon. Out comes a party of Spanish-
American war veterans. They grab the red flag. In the melee the U. S. flag
is also torn away from its carrier.
Then these war heroes ran. There may be others brave, but these ran,
understand. They ran right back into the saloon. And when the rightful
owners of the falgs gave chase to get their property, the police stepped in
front of the saloon doors and allowed no one to enter.
Then the Seattle Times threw a fit. Hurrah for the heroes! Braver
even than was Roosevelt when he shot that Spaniard in the back. Hurrah!
And long may it wave. Hurrah!
Isn't it awful comfortable to be a patriot on the third floor of an office
building in a closed room with a page announcing the names and the business
of all who come?
AND EVER SINCE.
No rest. No rest. No rest.
Patriotism, morning, noon and night.
Flags on the bill boards. Flags in the editorial column. Flags on the
front page. Flags on the building. And the word "flag" and "patriotism" In
the columns of the Seattle Times just about ever so many times every Issue.
After the Seattle Times building was rebuilt following the fire, all em
ployes were made to go upon the roof, and there with uncovered heads, and
amid the burning of real powder, the flag floating in the breeze from the fort
of the kept lady, all swore to ever be loyal to it. They had to. They must eat.
Many feinted with emotion.
And ever since, no rest. The same dish by the same cook. The same
flunkies serving the same stew for pay.
. THE RIGHT MOMENT ARRIVES.
The more that Col. Blethen raved about patriotism, the less patriots there
were to be found in Seattle. Though patriotism may have been the noblest
virtue in man or beast, as soon as it got mixed up with the unclean it became
Friday, July 18, 1913, arrives.
Blethen patriots very few.
Lots of U. S. soldiers and sailors in town. A few among them not born
right. Never had a good environment. Counterparts of Col. Blethen, except
he is of the scum and they are of the dregs.
The Scum instructs the Dregs, and led by the flunkies of the Scum, they
riot and pillage and burn at the headquarters of the I. W. W. and Socialist
party. Every organization in the city that dared to look the Seattle Times
square in the face and say. "You are a dirty sheet," and tell others about it
from the public rostrum, was billed for a wrecking. The police looked on.
Like savages they danced around the fires. And like a savage the Seattle
Times chuckled the next day.
At last patrotism had been avenged! The glorious flag had been placed |
on high! Law and order had had its day!!!
The mayor butts in. "Suppress the Seattle Times," is his command. "It
is the culprit."
"The judge, the judge," cries Blethen.
And the judge says, ''Hands off, mayor. Col. Blethen is the greatest insti
tution in the Northwest. If these undesirable citizens do not behave, we loyal
Americans will call a mass meeting and the undesirables will either leave
town, or the loyal Americans will hang them to lamp posts." The judge said
The mayor took his hands off. The Seattle Times spewed on the mayor.
So we recite direct results of working class ignorance. Working class
ignorance allows capitalism.
Tremendous power. Given the enemy of the working class by the work
ing class. Given our enemy by means of the ballot.
Working class votes are responsible for the kind of police we have. Re
sponsible for the power of the army and navy in the hands of our masters.
Responsible for the kind of law we've got and its method of interpretation.
Responsible for the judge who says travel or hang. And working class support
is responsible for the capitalist press.
Together, then, ye slaves. Millions must see the light. It looks like a big
job. But the enemy helps. There is no measuring the length of time it would
have taken us to accomplish what the Seattle Times accomplished for us in
one night. Capitalism digs its own grave. We help push it in.
Let not a day pass but what you make a kick toward the goal.
Debate Sunday, July 27, 8 p. m., Liberty Hall
KELLOGG VS. BOOMER
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SNOHOMISH COUNTY AND
SINCLAIR CROM SWoi l)S
\r THI aki.incton (HOB
\i .1 qua ' public meeting of thi
1 board "i \111ii• <■ -ii held In the
lilt-. 11 it hool .-iiiiiiii'i vi in mi the bvi ii in-
Ij i, for the pui pa • ol (It m
i 'omi ade ' i ' Blni lair an oppoi tunll)
i,i in,., i the Few ,in. m « ii" bi i
i,-i-i ,i .i i"
pi inrlpal ol thi Oarl l< Id i hool, the
ih\ iiiiui' ol the «:n i" i«■ 'ii the
M,i the explol i "nt
In unml la kabli i onti i i
Comrade John Moi ili i ailed the
mi pi ing i" order « Ith i>r <»i• -
member of the boai d, v
tarj am. r thi ol the pelltlon
in (Hi\er (tome fortj name
,i thereto) i 'otnrade Sin
clalr took the I
In iiis addren tome splendid com
om were made bel« e< n the
patrlottam of the mi b and i bai
of the \erlle Se.eKiii:-i workers,
rii,' oppoaltlon i<> Sinclair mv the
outcome of an article written bj him
ami printed in the Commonwealth and
other Socialist pap. three
lawi supposed to have been enacted
bj the lasi i. ■ Islal vi c < Ine of these
supposed enactments called for i b
luting of iii" flag al stati d Intervals
bj the pupils in ail public schools,
Upon the criticism ol this obsolete
legislation hinges the monstrous de
linquenc) of Comrade Slncllar. Many
in>» wows were held i>> the Indlgnanl
and virtuous protectors Of Ihis lair
land. Ever) little read patriot In the
cotnmunltj held up his unsullied bands
in holy horror al the calamity that
would be fall us if Comrade Sinclair
were permitted to come here and
teach, Then they straight way hied
themselves to the polls on Saturday
last and tried to cripple the high
school by voting down a measure thai
was Imperatively necessary to the effl
ciency of thai school. The bourgeois
instinct can never rise above B stupid
and uncalled-for prejudice to meet
like men a crying need
This meeting was the culmination
of the excited and [earful state into;
which these otherwise mild gentlemen
had worked themselves over this af
fair. Therefore the level-headed
working men thought it advisable to
exhibit Comrade Sinclaii unchained
and Incaged In an open hall before
the crowd just to show them that we
have him partially tamed although lie
ha 3 opinions of his own and will ex
press them like a true born freeman. ;
The state superintendent of schools i
became alarmed and sent an urgent,
telephone call to an eminent Socialist
tamer in the person of one Mr. Faus
set, prosecuting attorney of Snohom
isli county, to be on hand to meet any
untoward exigency that might arise.
Mr. Faussett's admission of the receipt ;
of this telephone call revealed the
state-wide character of this fight i
Mrs. Lizzie Jones, county superin
tendent of schools, honored the oc
casion with her unbeaming presence,
just to lend some Jones atmosphere
(as one of them stayed away), but
not to answer any questions. Last
and by no means the least, our oscil
lating political mayor, who doesn't
know anything about anything that is
going on in town, displaced his al
lotted moiety of the atmosphere and
in the last throes of the meeting
showed just how stupid a Bull Moose i
mayor can be and think he is getting
by with it by trying to purge a strick-'
en conscience of a stricture that did
not name him but hit the mark.
Now for the entertainment. Com
rade Sinclair has finished a forceful j
and clean exposition of the intelligent j
workman's view of flags and patriot
ism without resorting to jingoism.
Tamer Fausset, after allowing suffi
cient time, to pass, in order that the
desired amount of expectancy might
be generated, steps to the front with
several typewritten sheets of speech
and quizz. When the vibratory ecstacy
of the auditors did not meet his guage
he would assend into flights of pat
riotic oratory that would put to shame
the tail end of the speeches used by
every rotten politician during the last
decade. With great profundity he
compounded one little mistake of Com
rade Sinclair into a legion until the
comrade looked like a kaleidoscope of
mistakes at any angle you might turn
him. This cheap method of trying to
convey a wrong impression is as old
as the existence of this class of law
yer. They have ever been a discredit
to the profession and what dignity the
calling might possess is largely dimin
ished by these shyster methods. In
this instance those present wanted
Comrade Sinclair's real attitude on
the contention involved, but Mr. Faus
set's shallow conception of duty seems
to be that of deceiving his hearers
and if he succeeds flatters himself by
calling victory a result that to a man
of poise and clean mental processes
would be disgraceful. The one bright
feature attending such inexcusable
chicanery is the utter contempt this
class of lawyer receives at the hands
of every intelligent worker.
There is a long road yet to be trav
eled by this man Fausset before he
enters the domain of true intelligence.
The system has shamefully diverted
him from the paths of real character
building. We pity him.
The Arlington Times report of the
proceeding was fair and dignified, al
though the editor is not of our Inclina
tion. The contrast between this re
port and the silly make-shift printed
In the chronicle, a sheet owned and
edited by Mayor W. H. Ford, was dp
cldedlj refreshing. The Chronicle re
port served no purpose either for or
against our cause It was worthless
abortion but a true reflex of an ex
ceedingly low order of mental devel
opment. We leave this editor to time
and change for his mending.
In spite of the vicious character of
the attacks on Sinclair the meeting
was of distinct propaganda value, a
well filled auditorium greeted the
■peaker with deep attention and en
thusiastic applause. Scores of persons
attended whu never In their lives at
ten<!> it v Socialist meeting and re
ceived tlii'ir first lesson In economics.
A. 11. COBURN,
J. \V. MORRIS,
GEO. E. BOOMER
Comrade George E, Boomer, who is
n< defend the socialist position in the
mental combai with the Rev, w. M.
Kellogg, is well known to almost every
Socialist in the Northwest.
Me was born in LewiltOD, Ale., in
im>_. in one of the cotton mill board-
Ing houses, both hli Father ami mother
being textile workers. At 12 years of
age he went to work in the mills —
li 1, hours per day at 05 cents a day —
going to school three months in the
year as the law compelled. At 14 he
quit school in disgust, as the three
months term merely kept him in the
same grade. Through selling papers
on the streets evening he succeeded
in getting out of the mills and into a
printing office, where he worked a
| year at $2.50 a week and boarded
himself on the famous Greenback
Labor Chronicle in Auburn, Me., which
paper was published by Col. Blood
and Frank P. Fogg. Succeeded in
learning the printing trade, with no
desire whatever to seek an occupa
tion wherein he could ape the well
dressed master class and ride around
on the backs of the workers by lash
ing- them ifliaJlumble submission with
ihe whip of superstition and threat
of eternal damnation.
Drifted to Providence, R. 1., In Sep
tember, 1882, and in 188;', joined the
; newly-reorganized typographical union
to which organization he has ever
since belonged. Became a member
of the Socialist Labor party in 1884
and was its standard bearer for gov
ernor in 1893. For eight years was
delegate to the R. I. Central Labor
union; president of it two terms;
founded and published for three years
j the S. L. P. and trades union paper
"Justice." In 1896 he published an
i independent Socialist paper known as
"Uncle Sam," at Cumberland, Md.,
leaving there to accept position as
editor of the Appeal to Reason at
Girard, Kan. In the spring of 1898
he came to Washington to take edi
\ torial charge of "Industrial Freedom,"
published at Equality, the colony of
the Co-operative Brotherhood. He re
signed in the fall when the colony re
fused to go into political action and
went to Tacoma, where, during the
winter of 1898-99 he edited "The Spirit
of '76" in support of the S. L. P. The
eruption then going on within that
party finally, in the spring, expelled
him and a score of others. Refusing
to go into the Social Democracy be
cause of the colony features connect
ed therewith, Comrade Boomer insti
tuted a Socialist educational organi
zation which maintained an existence
"UNITED WE STAND"
Seattle Sun Tells on Seattle Times.
What Does A. J. Blethen Mean?
It must be extremely embarrassing
to Judge Humphries, a gentleman of
fine instincts and a high code of honor,
to have the Seattle Times continually
running into his court for orders of
various kinds directed against its
He has undoubtedly noticed, as all
of the people of this community have
noticed, that the Times never applies
to any other judge for assistance, al
though there are plenty of other judges
ready and willing to do anything that
the law require* them to do.
Of course there is no rule of law to
prevent this imposition upon one judge
of all the disagreeable things that the
Times requires in order to make its
And the worst of it all is that the
editor of the Times assumes domineer-
Ing language in connection with these
Only yesterday, in a Sunday editorial
evidently written by Alden .1. Blethen,
as it contained all of the old time
speckled type and speckled language.
the public was informed that the "col
onel" was greatly displeased at the
perpetuation In superior court records
of unpleasant allegations made by tile
Corliss grand jury, in which he was
mentioned ill connection with a so
called vice syndicate-.
The words: "The editor of the
Times determined that that infamous j
report should be wiped off the court:
records-and the same was s=u done
PHrfftv in- iini^r nf Judce Humphries."'
until it merged Into the Socialist party
after the unity convention. A mem
ber of the first state committee, he
afterward became, by a very small
vole over Dr. Titus, the party's first
national oommitteeman, serving two
During 1902 he was associate editor
as well aw foreman of the Seattle So
cialist. In 1!HK! he secured control of
the Prosser Record, changing it from
ii Democratic paper to straight Social
ist, and which he, with the aid of his
wife, who is also of the working class,
and H patty member, successfuly pub
lished until disposing of it to advan
tage in the spring of 1909. Since then
Comrade Boomer has resided west of
the mountains, where he has prin
cipally worked at his trade as a print
er, and doing party work of various
kinds whenever called upon. In 1908
he was the Socialist party's candidate
To add to the varied experience
above given he has made four trips
lecturing across the United States,
been mobbed twice, rotten-egged in
Spokane and ICllensburg, the latter
while the candidate of the party, and
In numerous towns where the little
business men on the city councils
have thought themselves greater than
the United States constitution, he has
alone defied ordinances and police or
ders against free speech, and succeed
ed in getting away with it.
This will be but the third time in
nearly thirty years of Socialist work
that Comrade Boomer has succeeded
in getting a debate with any of the
bragging representatives of the arro
gant enemy. One was a lawyer, who
had schemes of economic salvation of
his own to propose, and two will have
been "Reverends," of whom and their
class such men as Gladstone and Dis
raeli have publicly stated that "the
church has always been the handmaid
and apologist for the ruling class and
When to above experience of al
most an average life-time in Socialist
work is also added the information
that Comrade Boomer was run down
on a street corner in Seattle a short
time ago by a party of drunken joy
riders .in a four-passenger auto and
dragged half B block along the brick
pavement on Third avenue before the
wheels went over him, only to escape
with minor bruises and cuts —not even
■ a broken bone —our friend, the Rev.
■ Kellogg, will have to go some to make
good his unholy braggadocio, that he
will "not leave scraps enough of him
to patch up."
That Judge Humphries must have
been astounded at such impudent lan
guage stating in so many words that
the "colonel" had determined and that
the judge had executed his will, goes
It seems, however, that he waited
until he got the order he wanted from
the judge expunging the grand jury
record, before making this blatant
statement to the public.
Cause of Friday's Riot.
Now that the smoke has cleared
away and a calm and dlspaasionte
judgment can be given of the causes
leading up to the dangerous riot of
last Friday night, the fact stands out
grimly that but for the incendiary
articles printed In the Seattle Times
there would have been no riot and the
fair name of the city would not have
The plain truth of the whole mat
>ter is that the Times was again be
fouling the American flag, by using it
for cheap advertising purposes. The
wild, frothing outfit Which edit that
newspaper have no more real patriot
ism than the average law abiding
citizen possesses, and probably not
half so much, but it has been one of
the old dodgt-s of the sheet to howl
day after day about its marvelous loy
alty to Old lilory and to print pictures 1
in color of the [lag time and again, on
billboards and on its front page, in a
ntrenuous effort to make the public
believe that everybody in th* estab
lishment would die martyrs' dt-aths in
Case the flag was attacked.
Wli.'ii the Times burned out a few
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3003 HEWITT AYE. EVERETT
months ago owing to somebody drop-,
piiiK a cigaret stub in the waste paper i
in C. B. Blethen's upstairs office, the
Times sought to make capital out of!
the incident by alleging that red-1
handed anarchists had tried to destroy
the paper because of its loyalty to
And when Its building was rebuilt,
the Times staff got up on the roof
with a number of unwilling guests
and made a fine spectacle by shooting
bombs in the air and raising Ned in
an effort to parade their patriotism.
The whole business caused ridicule
from one end of town to the other.
The law forbids the use of the Amer
ican flag for advertising purposes, but
the Blethens use it freely upon every
It is the insane arrogance marking
the conduct of the Times that has
done more to discredit it than all other
The Sun stands for law and order
and the American flag.
It does not care to use the loud
mouthed methods of the side show
spieler in bally-hooing its patriotism,
nor do its publishers force its em
ployes to climb up on the roof and
perform a vaudeville stunt with bombs
and waving flags, that all the town
may see they are livid patriots.
It is said in war time that the pat
riots who froth the most are the last
to enlist. Probably the rule would hold
good among certain newspaper pat
riots of this city.
Mrs. Annie Miller, the woman's
rights woman at whose meeting the
fighting occurred the night before the
riot, swears the sailors and soldiers
interrupting her meeting took away
her speaker's stand. In her attempt
to regain it, one of the sailors threat
ened to strike her, whereupon a well
dressed man wearing diamonds
knocked the sailor down. The fight
Henri Borini swears that the sol
diers and sailors who caused the fight
A. P. Ohalivat swears that he saw a
naval officer in an automobile, license
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SEE THE GRAND FIRST
Thursday, -'il, :.'l. 1013.
, 1885, stand up in the car and shout:
i "Good work, boys, good work, good
j work," while the effects of Socialist
headquarters were being burned.
I These affidavits are in the hands
,of the city authorities.
Rioters to Be Prosecuted.
Mayor Cotterill and Prosecuting At
torney Murphy are engaged in secur
ing evidence to prosecute the rioters.
Inciting to riot and rioting is a highly
punishable offense, particularly when
the workers are charged with rioting.
We surely will await with interest
the outcome of riot charges against
the Seattle Times and its lackeys.
Governor Lister Speaks.
"I am here to say that whether the
flag is of cotton or silk, it shall never
be permitted to become the shield be
hind which special interests may hide.
Any use of the flag to attempt to
bolster up an unworthy cause is a
desecration of that emblem.
"The American flag is for all classes
and degrees of people, not for certain
individuals who appear to wrap it
around them while they cry out
against other people."
The governor mentioned no names.
Philadelphia, Pa., July 13.—1n a
statement made to a representative of
the International News Service today
at her home in this city, Miss Mignon
Hopkins made the assertion that for
a long time she thought that she was
the wife of the present Governor Sul
zer of New York, they having entered
into a private contract which he, as a
lawyer informed her constituted as
valid and binding a marriage as
though the regular ceremony had been
gone through with. Miss Hopkins
used to address him "My Dear Honey
Boy," and signed herself "Your Honey
suckle." She claims he liked such
frivolous letters. All this just to prove
that our higher-ups are no better than
the man who steals a biscuit for his