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Th* Socl«ll»t Movtn«nt —The orgjnliatlon
o» the worklnp chll. politically and Industrial- f
ly. for the purp«>r.> of capturing the power* of
B overnmrnt and m»titutmg the working class *»
as the ruling cl->»». A,
. > - - „ n r, -x X.\.t^^v..i>,. ;•
V p«r «ry. ♦*•<* par »*•*•
; UK EXAMPLE IN POINT.
—. —— I
Mm D., Jr.*». Conscience Acquit* Him.
\j Kftor witnessing three performances
?..» Call of Conscience" a friend
c.ti the author, who is a church mem* I
, ,-r, s.ik! that ho was very much 1
pleatedjrlth th«» play in every respect
excepting one. namely, ho didn't llk«>
the Idea of making of C. 11. Deaooa.
father or the heroine, a religious wan.
-Despite his violation of even» prin
ciple of the- Four Gospels," said the,
comrade, "you never once intimate
that the old rascal was a hypocrite,
and that he wore religion merely as
a cloak to hide his deviltry."
Th* fact of the matter is, simply,
that C. H. Deacon was a *« nuinely re
i' ,"ouß man, believed every -word in
the BiWe, and was not a hypocrite.
The character was drawn from life.
The author was one ©I Beacon's was**
slaies, in real lite. There i* not ouo
lias of exaggeration 1* the entire de
f HniUuoa ot els character. There is
[ no pssentlal relation between moral*
I and* religion; that is Wie lessoa tlist
I both history and character *tu«»y teach.
C. H. Deacon is a common type of
bolh-eeoise "Christian gentleman." anfl
"philanthropist." There is nothing ex
ceptional about him. 1113 type is to be
found in every large church in the
■United States, yes, and everywhere
else, for that matter.
As an example in point, we quote
the following from the dally press of
April 7. which illustrates i»oih for sou
and snnctitnonlaiia father the wide
chasm between ntial goodness and
religiosity:
-Son of Wealthiest Man I* Grilled by
Congressional Industrial In
vestigators.
JOHN D. OWN". 40 PER CENT
OF STOCK OF COLORADO MINE
He, in Part. Responsible for the In
dustrial Condi'icns and
Recent Turmoil.
Washington, D. C.. April C—John
D. Rockefeller, Jr., was hat.i!.d with- >
out gloves here t« lay by the congret*]
Sioi.al ■»uI.W-<»tßni!*♦•'«• which ha* been
Investigating Industrial conditions In
the Colorado COftl fields.
- He was called on the strength of in
formation In th«» committee's hands
that th» Rockefeller interests domi
nated these fields and /were back of a
determined campaign to keep union
ism out of them. What he told
amount* d to very little, for he had
never been close enough to the de
tails of the management of the mines •
■\vii»i which he was connected to be
well informed, be paid, concerning
them. This, however, did not prevent
th« committeemen from asking some
very pointed questions.
His father, the Junior Poekefelkr
sad. owned 40 per cent of the. stock
In the Colorado Fuel & iron Co. He j
hfmeelf holds only ju»t enough to]
q;; alify as a. director. He did not know (
in ich of the company's methods or
policies.
Asked it he ever wrote, as reported,l
" 1» Manager Bower of the Colorado;
corporation, that be •would fraud by|
the latter whatever ho did, Hockef<-l-j
ler admltPd It. He denied, however,
that hi* was "a dummy director."
Some Pertinent Questions.
"How many directors' meetings have
you attended ia ten ytars'i" ask«d
Chairman Foster. ~
"Have you afsumod any active part|
111 the management of tin* Colorado
Fuel & Iron Co.?" went on the con
gressman.
"We knew ttiri' isl> corrrpponil'ijcr
what wuh going on." was the answer.
"Didn't you consider this strike of
10,000 men f>f sufficient Interest or
Importance, to attend a directors' meet*
ing last October?"
"No,"
"u'ois Jin" connected with ■ civic
welfare movement, are you not?"
"Tes."
i "Met you have taken no steps In
\ *:fcia {matter involving several thousand
• •
• His CosiQcienee Acquits Him.
"i fe!t that I <'<ntli! a!» do more thatii
1 have told you about. ''
'As chairman of the 'white slave"
;,ra:ia jury lit Mi ii York >«•'» dii con
•sitierablfe SavesJlßattng?" sugßested
Poster. "Couldn't you have under
taken a little personal Investigating in
€)lorado?"
•■I wish to Bay," replied KockeiVller,
■"that In the white sia • cases l did
bo personal Investigating."
"Don't you think your responsibility
toward the miner strikers in Colorado
■went further than this?"
"I do not think anything more could
have been done."
THE UNEMPLOYED TO BE
CHAINED AND EXPLOITED.
Ccmm!««loner Kelly Will Make Men
Work for Their Board.
Hereafter HI penniless members of
the working class who durt» to pans
through Kverott seeking employment
will be placed on t'oniiulsloper Thos.
Kelly's chain rmiKi and put to work
creating a city park out of tho stump
land to tho south of tho city.
Ho will try to hive tho park com
mlsaloa employ a mun, or mm» one of
It 3 present fore© to supervise tho work
In tb© park end guard tho men. The
erection of a temporary stockaJu win
be a comparatively easy matter and
the prisoners will themselves erect the
enclosure.
Now Isn't that Ideal?
Men who can't find employment
tinder this cursed system at a decent
living wage are told to "move on."
A3 Foon as they «i» 'move on" tuc/
become "rags," "box-car tourists," ho
boes, trampa, or viat not.
After grading then* by low •wages
and unemployment, our Rood, Christ
ian, putiHc-splrltcd citizens will herd
Uielr unfortunate brother "believers"
into stockades, and force them ct the
point of a gun to work for the equiva-
nt la food of about tic a day.
j?u<l commentary on tbe age!
And the worst of the who!* horrible
situation li that it is the working class
Itself that vote* for Visit this sort of
thins. Most of the fortunate members
'of the slaw population vlio have
I fairly decent Jobs are too elfish, to
! shortsighted, to Rlvo a d—. The
lest fortunate ore too stupid, too foil
den, too ignorant to care about class
ronsclous or?nn!/atifin and the power
(hat lus in n.tilli?ont revolt at the
ballot-box.
Put a brlnbtf r d.»r 13 dawnlnjr!
The sipnifliant ■Hence of the capi
talist ir"Hj* aimut r*cent eleetloa re
turns throughout the country seems to
argue for i»tnny Sop.alibt puc-oefses
t'Ld a trt»nu>iKio'isly inert ami Social
let vote th!« j«*ar.
Let us na!i »•»•! s«'i».
SOCIALISTS V7IN IN MILWAU
KEE PRIMARIES OVER
NINE DAILIES.
The fact that every third voter at
th« primary in a fnur-< orm-n il font a*
cast his vot» for Kiall Seidel, the So
cialist nominee for mayor of >lil\%au
tM>, is all th>> nore notable on account
of th* odds against which the So
piallNts fought The Socialist' Lad to
withstand the polid fire from a bat- ■
tery of ui;i« dully newspapers! In addi
tion to the power of the Monty and
influence of the traction company and
the special interests generally of the
riiy. In addition this was the first
f-lt'Ption under a non partisan law, de
signed to make <C (luiicilt to select
I the Sociality candidates.
On« daily pai»<«r of th' own, a
splendid ors>n;•/..«i ion and public ton
fidence in the party whose campaign I
■togas was, "The public ownership of
public utliitlea," made th« Socialists
able to eop<» suc:ce»;tifu!ly with their
enemies. liadiut;, the i,r< s« -it major,
>• Ik at the previous primaries polled
£6,000 votes, was aMe to muster only
'.'O,OOO this t!«ie. Daniel Uugan, city
at tern «> and a Socialist, ran it.ixiit
ahead of hits in .in m opponent for re»
election, polliiiu tha record in the cam
pi.i^'ii of 21,55f votes.
Si Id*'! l«-d in i! out of the 25 wards
of the city and e.itiu through with a
larger vote in ever} ward thin lit*
pulled at the primarit two yean ago.
PATERSON SOCIALIST POLLS
BIG VOTE.
On Tuesday, April 7. five tliouNarid
one hundred ami t«-n pitpoii* voted
fi»r Cordon Demarest, Socialist, tor
Congrees, In the Ht>Vfiith New Jersey
district The Progressive candidate
:pofl»'ii only 100 votes. The Democratic
.oiiiinet* Bis'at Comrade Gordon '>> only
I!!! vote*, One Drukker, backed by
the mone) powers, was elected, 1«,468
ballots being cast n his favor.
So the crime of being .- mother is
not to debar ■ woman from teaching
li '!..■ public schools. Mete mawkish
fc,ymf.atny with tie crlmiaal cSasscs. —
New York American.
"Do you '..!(>« what r nt i.i i taSjiers
pay or thai the Colorado Fuel & iron
Co. owns tho houses they live In and
300,000 acres of land? 1
"No" I
"Don't you think such a director
ought to gel off the board?"
"My conscience acquits me," replied
Rockefeller.
Largest Weekly Circulation In The County
Clje Commoutoealtf)
TWO MODERN CASES
William Benton.
William Benton was deprived of life
in Mexico by armed men.
Then was war In tho country and
lU-nton was accused of various acts
forbidden under martial law. Ho was
tried and declared guilty on evidence
offered before the court-martial, at th«
ago of about 60. Ben ton was a native
lot Orient Britain. Me bad resided In
Mexico for many years, amassed a big
fortune there, but had not b< <vn. a citi
zen.
He was lord over many thousands
of acres of Mexican land, over largo
herds of Mexican cattle, over thou
sands of serfs whom they call peons
In Mexico.
Re v 83 abrloußly hand and glove
'th the so-called Clentlfleos, the band
of conspirators that nibbed the Mexi
can people systematically for many
years under Porfiro Diaz. He was
charged of having given aid and com
fort to Huerta. the murderous sneers
sor of Diaz. His temper was described
as impulsive, the treatment of his
peons as brutal, reckless and murder
i us.. The rich inn us death stirs two
continents. The press is foaming at
the mouth over it.
The president and his cabinet are
up and doing.
Our army and our navy are eager
to take a hand In the affair, to punish (
tola -body for the death of Benton, in
cidentally to grab a slice of Mexican
territory. i
Benton was of the matter class.
MOTHER JONES |
(By Eugene V. Debs)
Sitting in her prison pen in He
strike /one of Colorado, Aiotlur Jones
in the stilt nee of her fell, broken only
by the trtal of the beetle-browed de
penerates that serve an the d<in of
tha plutocratic scoundrel* who have
imprisoned her, is writing a chapter
la tin history of the American Ke
p-iMlc fur which tl * children of the
futurn will weave garlands for her
prave and rear mc-numents to her
memory.
I-on«j after the Welborns, Oogonds
and lirowns have pone the way of
kindred pirates and been swallowed
up in oblivion, or are remembered
only to excite loathing and execra
tion, the. name rd fame of Mother
'Jones will- lnsph'a the gratitude and
reverence of the people she fousht for
with fitch i..tn-j.id valor and suffered
with such unflinching fortitude to set
free.
lirave, defiant, battle-breathing
Mother Toaes!
She is the flaming incarnation of
the world's proletarian revolt against
capitalism's bloody misrule!
i The Madame Breachovsky of the
American social revolution!
I Prison and prosecution cannot
quench, but only fan into fiercer
flame the inextinguishable fire of her
unconquerable soul.
Like the Maid of Orleans, this
*■ v crowd*d old warrior or' th" work
ing class, too, heard voices, but not
tie myntlc voices heard in dreams.
The voices she heard came up out of
the pits; the choking, sobbing, ago
n/ing voices of the abysmal hell of
wage slavery, and the voices of toil
ers mangled and rot b.-d, in»iilted and
despised, and their children crying for
bread, filled her soul with unutterable
'it* for wage slavery and fired her
Valorous < pirlt, as that of the sublime
old fanatic, John Brown, had been
fired half a century ago, Into the flam
.»«p fu»e of an avenging, destro}ing
ami emancipating revolution.
Mother Jones in a scab herding mi
litia prisoi pen!.
Governor Arnmona in the state's im-
P»'rtul capltol!
ti.!,ji«o| them both, the ere the in-
Mpircii liberator of the masses, the
other thi serviU lackey of the prin
ces of plunder and assasination; the
fflfi* M glorious in her &uard»d cell as
ih*> nther is despicable in his guarded
sanctum!
Us 1!* you see the living in persona
{ion of the lofty revolutionary char
acter, anil the low reactionary crea
tures that are face to face today in
the minbtiest struggle that ever;
shocked this earth
j The cruel, outrageous, irfanani-' in-
Icarceratlon of a woman of- eighty
, thrt»'\ vitb no shallow of accusation
1 resting upon her fair name, would dis
grace the beast of the Jungle, but it
cannot bl&ckeu the maa.psislavin.fi.
tOll SOCIALIST JSfiWB AKD PSOPAOANDA.
EVKIIKTT. WARniNGTON, THURSDAY, APRIL I», 1014
Mother Jones. '
Mother Jones is deprived In Colo
rndo of her liberty by armed men.
There Is no war In Colorado, only a
Htrlke of miners. Mother Jours is not
accused of any actß iurbidden by civil
or martial Idw.
Sho has had no trial before any
court. She is an old white-hatred
woman of 82.
Mother Jones is a naMvo American.
Sho ha» lived hero all her life. She
has not amasßcd any fortune.
Sho haß not lorded It over anybody.
She has given her sympathies aud her
services to her brothers and sisters
bent under the yoke of wage slavery.
She Is dearly belovt <1 by them.
She was never band and glove with
the exploiting master cu&s. They al
ways hateii and feared her because of
her unselfish devotion to the workers.
She has for years Kiven aid and com
fort to the oppre«aeu in all parts of our
country.
Her temper is gentle and loving. Her
fiery eloquence In poured out against
evil and eviltlcers. Her courage is
sublime.
Mother Jonrs' unlawful imprison
ment creates no stir. She Is poor.
The lrtss does not loam at tbo
mouth ovt r it.
The presljnnt and his cabinet are
n"t in the leant concerned about the
outraged rights of cltizttißhlp.
Our armed forces never for a
imii" n t dream of a campaign to free
our imprisoned citizen in Colorado.
Mother Jones is of the working
class. X Y. Call.
INITIATIVE -BILLS MAY BE
KILLED BY JOKER IN LAW.
A "Jo'ter" In the initiative law may
prevent the (lev iniiiitive petitions
row In inn circulated f.«nn ever poinjr
to the voters. The legal point rai el
U that the legislature r i"'« d an pp
prfiprlatlon otily to cover the e\per*e
of the sidte check As the iitioni
must first be tin eked over by the
d?ffirsnt city clerks the city c j'liidl
ill be calltd ou to pass a deficiency
onllmnce eppropriating several hun
dred dollars, since the budget tar thld
>iar does not include any such esti
mate. I
Such an appropriation cannot be
It pally made, it i» stated. A large
force would be required to cheek the
petitions and If the present force were
to attempt to cheek them unassisted,
lone would be finished by the time of
the fall election.
As prohibition la one of the prin
cipal issues it is dtatfd that were the
council to appropriate money to hire
deputy clerks to check up the peti
tions. mandamus proceedings might
be. brought by anti-prohibitionists, '
which 'Mould tie up indefinite-ly the
check, and appeals to the highest
courts would require until after the
November election. (
City Controller Carroll of Seattle
was '•■> firpt to object to the city
paying for state work, the city hay-
In*; nothing to do with the state-wide i
intuitive. There are ISS cities In the
ftate and about 400,000 voters, which
elves an hit a of the enormnu«n< s«t ot
the verification of the petitions, The
(•ills must be M»d by July 1, giving
four months for the cities to cluck up
and prepare duplicate registration
book*, On the eleven petitions there (
Would be doutbleHs <iiii> or more
names, which the city clerk's force
could not check up In man} months.
LOCAL EVERETT NO 1 EN
DORSES SHIPLEY'S PLAY.
Everett, We Eli., April 5, Itl4.
lie it resolved by Local Everett No.
1, m regular meeting assembled, that
we give our unqualified endorsement
to Comrade Ma vhard Shipley's piiv
"The Call of Conscience,'; and mom
a Hid it to th national office for their
consideration; be it farther
Resolved, that we bell it to be
the t-reatefct p.it ■> it' propagaßda ever
produced ill tlie t,t.n.i in this country.!
C. P. MtWUI»ON,
Chai»-ma»» of Session.
I!- rBR HUBBY,
Secretary of I.<M'«l.
~ '*"""~" ' " i
woman-deoasinß. i3!>lld-clo' <onrius jsis
ruin o* the Moloch •■>;' th ■ iventioth
century-capitalism.
Arouse ye Plnnderec Toilers of tUo
Nation in Cnvanqulshable ilost find
Strike for industrial Freedom aad So-|
clal Justice! j
WILL YOU HELP MOTHER
JONES?
National Executive Committee Calls
for Prompt Action.
To All Socialist Local >, Labor Organt-
I znti.itiß and Lovers of Liberty:
' The Socialist party will always bo at
hand when labor's battle rages Hero
cat.
Wo gave what wo could of money,
l and used our Influence In West Vir
ginia, whore labor had been crushed
and lay bleeding. Our efforts there
were not in vain.
We aided the copper miners of
Michigan to the extent of our ability
with money and clothing, and were
Instrumental in bringing about a con
gressional investigation of that har
rowing war.
Such actions prove your power;
they prove the growing solidarity of
labor.
Now, once again the party calls.
Not for money, although this Is need
ed always in time of strike.
Simply spaak as only labor can
speak.
-There In var In Colorado—war of
tho coal barons against m>>n asking
for bread, against women asking fir
(1.-cent homos, against children wfeo
ask but a chance in life.
In order to defeat our brothers the
'writ of habeas corpus His been sus
pended in Colorado.
In order to defeat them there have
been wholesale arrests of strikers,
| who have been In M incommunicado
i'lul denied the most common rights
guaranteed by the constitution.
| In order to df feat them the militia
was called out, and 't was allowed to
i rob and plunder the poor and assault
df ft-iHtlf ps women and children with
out protest from the authorities.
T i order to defeat llk in th» servile
[militia s»m tt-1 Mother Jones and fin
ally deported her to Denver, with the
threat that if she, returned to the
ttrili« repion the. wou'd be rearrested.
In order to defeat them they denied
Mother Jores the ri"ht to testify to
the brutality of iV mine owner* and
the militia be for* the congressional
committee.
In order to defeat them the luine
oevners will descend to any depth of
infamy or crime. They will use the
militia, with its pone red rifles
and machine puns; criminals, pun
■ men, and thugs—all for the protection
o; holy profits on one glde against
human welfare on the other.
Shall they defeat them? They will
pot. if you speak and demand justice.
Call meetings immediately, and let
ev»ry gathering, of few or many, Bend
its protest to the governor, Denver,
I Colorado,
Draft resolutions in stern and mean
| ingful language, and send them to the
1 president, to th* congressman of your
district, ard the senators of the Unit
ed States.
Let them hear again We voice of
labor. They are listening. They dare
not den you. Speak! In the name of
the thousand* ho have suffered and
I died la order that labor might have a
little more bread, wo bid you, speak!
The National Executive Committee
of the Socialist Tarty, by Walter Lan
fersiek, Executive Secretary.
i
LOCAL EVEPETT NO. 3 WANTS
THE NATIONAL OFFICE TO
STAGE THE "CALL OF CON
SCIENCE."
Everett, Wash, April 5, 1914.
I Re It resolved, ty Local Everett,
Third Ward, that we recommend to
the national office that tliej put on
the. roai pl.ivs and motion pictures
Instead of so nary speakers; be it
further
IteHolved, that we ispet-i< llv re con
mend (on ride. Mavnard Shipley'i
druna ' iho Call of Conscieuce."
SOCIALISTS WIN IN BUTTE
AND MISSOTJLA
In M'sHouia Socialists obtained con.)
trol .it the titv administration. The'
Socialists a!so \w n in H itte-.
WORKEPS WIN IN COLORADO
AnKUilar, Colo—The labor ticKet
overwhelmingly tUfn>tC the citizens
candid.i?e>& a, tIM :-!•-•:. . of city of !
Hi i i
LIKES THE COMMONWEALTH
'To :ny wpy of UilnkJnjj, tho Coin
monwdfilUi lc irpiiia™ botlsr ev-jir
week. I ihln!: nil party memjera
should subscribe."
(Signed) 'WEBSTER SEAL.
| ":o; Cnroltan, !;ellinKham, Waah."
; MOTHER JONES IN FILTHY
CELL.
The Attorney General Advises Gover
nor That It Is Illegal to Hold Mili
tary Prisoner* Incommunicado.
Denver, Colo.(Special.)— Col
orado hell hounds of privilege, some
times called the tnUltfa, reached the
climax in their fiendish war of ter
rorism on the strik'rg coal miners
.when they kidnapped Mother Jones
and placed her In a damp filthy cell
in the Walsenbarg jail. She Is being
held there incommunicado a military
prisoner.
The Colorado militiamen hare rob
ted and destroyed miners' homes, have
dragged future mothers through snow
covered alleys,«have mowed down and
maimed women and children, but these
fiendish cruelties are nothing com
pared with Mother Jones' illegal in
carceration in this vermin laden hole.
It was in this cold damp cell that
Cus Martinez, a healthy young Greek,
contracted rheumatism of the heart
and died.
Dr. Abdun-Nur has advised the mil-
Ufa that the cell is absolutely unfit
for any person to live in. but the bell
hounds refuse to move her, and it fa a
grave question as to how long the aged
woman can survive confinement.
Although the attorney genera} has
advised the spineless governor that
the militia has no right to hold mill
tary prisoners incommunicado, Adju
tant General Chase continues to do so.
Attorney General Far ar has also
told the corporation-owned executives
that they had no right to tear down
the miners' tints at I orb To show
htm they were obeying th« orders of
the coal operators and not following
his advice, Anunons and Chase had
the miners' homes destroyed egata.
Official* of the United Mine Work
ers have announced that "when they
again erect these homes, tbey hope to
be in a position to protect tin ir prop
erty rights apalutt all trespassers."
Aft« r robbing Colorado taxpayers of
*171,000 to use the ra'litia to terrorize
ard irt'mWa*e the striker*. Governor
Ammons has announced tiiat ho will
withdraw all uniformed scab-herders.
This statement has ben made be
fore, and resulted in nothing. About
the. time, th» militia are to be with
drawn, the hired assassins of the op
erators will start another reign of ter-
I ror, blame it on the strikers, and the
lickspittle governor will have another
excuse to keep the militia in the strike
zone.
SOCIALIST ELECTED.
St. John, Ore., April 7.-Pr. A. W.
\ineent, Socialist, was elected mayor
over Charles Ilredeson, publican-
Democrat, who sought re-t lection, ac
cording to the official count of yes
terday's municipal election.
NO FEAR.
David Starr Jordan, president of the
Leland Stanford university, said of a
state that Is notorious for underpaying
its ichunl teachers;
"A >o»ng lady in this state vent to
the b»nk to get her monthly check
cashed. The paying teller, as he
counted the cash deftly, said;
"'l'm sorry not to be able to give:
\ou clean, n. w hills, iiilhb I hope you
are not afraid of microbes'
"'Oh, no, lm not a*ru.l of them,'
said the young l»dv, cheerfully. 'No
microbe could lue on n»v ha!ar>.' '
SOCIALISM AT PANAMA.
Actual Socialism l>a» a foo'hold in
the caral /<>!»«> A tttiaw vote was
recentaly taken at the dub bouses
there with the following result: Pro
hres.ives I<'l7; lHraur.it. 7H4; So
tljiist. 4H Bepublicsn l'O Prohibi
tic 1,71 S'KialtHt labor, 5.
My heart run's at hjir.au wretched
neiH,
And with severe, though uravailing
sigbs,
I vie* tUn he Jtei4s «M!«Jr»tj of iiin
treeo.
H'ith teara Indignant ; beheld tho op
••i'« BWN
Rejoicing in the lionsst innn'a d:>sirvc
ttaa
Whoea unoubmUttJS a?Ei-i -vi.B all his
crlnj-j. - :-'oh;rt Burns.
Competition -'lets our markets, en
ables tho rich to take advantage of
the necessities of the poor, makes each
man nin'nll the bread out of his'
noignbir'a mouth, converts a nation of
b.ihri-:i into a mass of hostile, lso-'
»ati-<i unit and finally Involves capi
talists and laborers in one common I
rain.—Greg.
T t » «• ' <• fc *» * »->■ * ••
If th* Number on Your Label In 170 Your
; Subscription E'pi-ei 'hi* We«k. Kindly
Renew at Once.
COMMITTEE OF THREE WILL
INVESTIGATE CAUSES OF
DISRUPTION IN WASHING
TON. : 4 t , v -;
It will be remembered that the state
secretary some time ago received a
notice from the national executive
committee to show cause why the se
ceding faction in the state should not
be recognized as the regular organiza
tion. That in reply the state execu
tive committee appealed to the na
tional committee for protection from
the enmity of the N. E. C. The na
tional committee has now ordered the
money to be returned to Cbas. Wal
lace of the Brown faction and ass
elected a committee consisting of
Richardson of California, Motley of
Idaho and Ramp of Oregon to Investi
gate our affairs. In a letter from
Comrade Richardson the stater secre
tary lias been notified that the meet
ing of the Investigating committee
will take place In Seattle April S.
MINIMUM WAGE FOE WOMEN
FIXED AT $10.
The minimum wage conference, re
cently held In Olympla, voted unani
mously to recommend to the mini
mum wags commission a minimum
wage of $10 for oil female employes
in the mercantile Industries of the
state, except apprentices, and voted
to leave the matter of apprenticeship,
as to length of term and the wages
to be paid apprentices, to the commis
sion itself, to be acted on later. This
wag* is 75 ctnts higher than the re
cently established wage for this class
of work in Oregon.
Want Long Apprenticeship.
J. L. Paine, Q. J. Wolff and W. N.
Cuddy, employers on the conference,
| contended tfcat it was absolutely nec
essary for tie welfare of tie mercan
tile Industry, and for the protection of
the employes themselves ser.Ur nt being
supplanted, that a long period of ap
i prenticeship be established, at first
fixing this at eighteen months, but
later agneirg to make if twelve
months, nit a wages of 16 to start and
$? for the last rlx months.
Th« three women present represent
ing th* employes were even more set
In their opposition to this lung-time
apprentice whip, opposing it altogether
and standing firm against more than
six months and lees than $7 wage at
any time during apprenticeship.
| Numerous futile attempts were made
| to find some way in which the confer
ence could be assured by the commis
sion that certain apprenticeship regu
lation would be made by tu* commis
sion, in whom the tow vesta the au
thority on this point.
$ Left to Commission.
No way could be found legally, how
ever, and the employers finally yielded
the additional point and voted for the
$10 minimum wage, leaving it with
the commission to fix tbe regulation OB
Ito apprentices without formal recom
to apprentices without formal recom
mendation from the conference. The
vote for the $10 was then made unani
mous.
TEACHERS' UNION GROWS.
The* International Teachers* Union
is ttteadily growing Many of lttj most
virile members are forced to now curb
tin art iv i* owing to the danger
of not belli*; at'« to secure a position
tor the* tnpuing ?e»r were It known
tbit t'i<»\ were members of a union.
I nion nit bo are parents rah help
out the cau«e of encouraging the
teachers by havtag th»ir thiMren put
it up to the teachers, an to why they
tire- riot ntmhtTH of a teacher*' union.
A 'Ikiihli the Sol dli*t«, oninK to a
combination cf ail tit- foe» to human
progreai, 1« -»t control of the H(hfNil.<t In
Mevera! localities of the »tat<», there
are Htm many place* fiat are under
control cf HociaUat Mhool directors
Invariably the He t»>.ir<i-i are ,i»Jv.n;
for i on teaiher.-. Of BOUfM tQ«>
pr»fer Sociattit union t..i<>j»rs
Cob * »* Vr. Union Man, eivooitv
teacher*' union a boo t \\» Will more
taao repay ib.j »•» tri»»i' 4 I»»c »» 4 i
ins »aS > si i» of tt»n »a«• in the i bool
room 3. M. SALTH
Sesy.-Trsas. T, T. U.
3il?aut, Wtigj.
WOULD MAKE TOBACCO FED
ERAL MONOPOLY.
Representative Carter ai«»s o:' Vliv
ginia has ustoundfd congrt-ss by in
troducing a measure providing for a
federal monopoly of th»> tobacco busi
ness.
"Did the doctor tt-ll you what you
had?"
"No; he took what I had without
telling me."—Life.
No. 170.

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