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1 THE WORLD TODAY HAMILTON KENDALL ANALYZES THE BANEFUL INFLUENCE OF THE INDUSTRIAL WORKERS OF THE WORLD AND ASKS THAT CONGRESS PASS MEASURE CONTROLLING THEM. (By Hamilton Kendall). The unpatriotic and disturbing prominence attained by the organiza tion known as the Industrial Workers of the World has startled every pat riotic, home-loving, God-fearing citi zen of the United States-yet a great majority of the great American pub lie are grossly unfamiliar with the scope and ultimate purposes of that revolutionary element in our indus trial life, as a worker in the lumber camps of Washington for the past few years, I have touched elbows with them, have, through perhonal contact and intimate association become thoroughly familiar with the aims, ideals, methods of applying the most sacred weapon of the organization, Sabotage, and the insensate, unrea soning, deep-seated hatred every I. W. W. holds toward the present form of government. In writing this article I took into consideration the possibility of criti cism and charges of mis-statements, and I assure the reader that this conv prehensive analysis of the greatest The next best thing to being prosperous is to appear prosperous It is of vital importance to you that the depository of your funds not only appears to be, but is, pros perous. That it is gaining ground. That it has sufficient Capital and Surplus for all con tingent and legitimate needs. That it is able to repay you your money on demand. We have a large Capital and Surplus. We are prosperous as well as progressive and exper ienced. We pay over to you in money (not in trading stamps or check books) any deposit or just demand as cheerfully as the same was received. And we solicit the business of all desiring the services of a concern conducted along these lines. Milk River Valley Bank HZHXHXHXHXHXHXHXHXHXHXHXHXHZHXHXHXHXHXHXHXHXHXHXMXHXHXHXHXHX HXHXHXHXMXHXHXHXHXHX sa DD» A Revenue and Expense Problem It is costing more today to give telephone service than it ever has be fore in the history of the telephone business. It costs more to install a telephone. It costs more to take out a tele phone. It costs more to move a telephone. It costs more tb repair a telephone. It costs more to connect one tele phone with another. Poles cost more;copper costs more; lead costs more; iron costs more. Every item of labor and material employed in the maintenance and operation of the plant costs more. ,In face of all these increased costs telephone rates have remained un changed, consequently our revenues have not kept pace with the steadily increased expenses. We have introduced the most rigid economies. We have held down ex penses to the lowest point that could safely be touched without impairing the quality of the service. But not withstanding our best efforts a deficit has been gradually piling up until it has reached a figure amounting to ap proximately a million and a half dol lars. Our experience in the last four teen months promises no hope of im proved conditions, for each month shows a larger deficit than that of the preceding month. The only remedy lies in rate adjust ments that will result in increased revenues. It is a problem of getting the revenues above the expenses, which unquestionably is necessary to insure to the public continuously effi cient service by preserving the finan cial integrity of the Company. The Mountain States Telephone and Telegraph Co. menace in America today, as great a menace, as real a menace and as far reaching a menace as the impeiial German war lord, is conservative t There is no exaggeration in this statement, in every district where this "outlaw" organization dominates-the populace know—belie\ e nie. They .... agreement or contract is worthless— they frankly and officially announce as much. An employer dealing with an ordinary union may come to terms now that no evil could strike a more paralyzing blow to law, order, de cency and liberty than this anarehis tic, God hating, law detesting band of mal-contents. In considering the I. W. W., it is first of all necessary to understand their fundamental principle—the em ployer must go. It is equally neces sary to understand that their word, with the organization for a definite time and be certain that the terms of agreement will be faithfully com plied with. The reverse is the policy of the I. W. W. To agree with them as to wages, hours or working con HXHXHZNXHXHSHXNXHXHBNIHSHIHSNXHSNXMXMSHSMXMZHXHXNXHSNZMXNSMXHSMXHSMXNSNZHZMXHSHI ditions today does not insure the em ployer against a strike tomorrow, and if he is not confronted by a strike he will have to contend with systematic sabotage, organized loafing and in genious methods of causing him finan cial loss. No matter how high the wages, how short the day or how pleasant the working conditions—the I. W. W. is the relentless enemy of the employer. Nothing save the ex termination of the employer and the overthrow of judicial and legislative government will satisfy him. Revolutionary Organization. The I. W. W. is literally a revolu tionary organization which had its in ception in Chicago in 1904, when a group of radical labor leaders, under the leadership of Thomas J. Hag gerty, editor of the official organ, and Clarence J. Smith, general secretary treasurer of the American labor union, formed the organization by a combi nation of the Western Federation of Miners, The United Metal Workers, the American Labor Union and the Socialist Trade and Labor Alliance. The brilliant Debs was a warm sup porter of the embryo organization and for some time after the Chicago con vention made stirring appeals to his radical adhérants to join the "one big union." However the party lead ers became entangled in bitter contro versies and in 1905 the Western Fed eration of Miners withdrew, and three years later the socialists and conservatives announced their dissolu tion of interests. The radicals opened up headquarters in Detroit and called the new radical branch The Detroit I. W. W. The two organizations, though prac tically synonomous so far as princi ples are concerned, have bitter, im placable enemies. A deep-seated an tipathy between both radical orders and the Socialistic party, the "Legiti mate Trade Unions," and the present form of government has prevailed since the forming of the two branches of the I. W. W. A perusal of the I. W. W. platform (preamble) is sufficient to convince the most skeptical observer that the. organization is founded on principles with tendencies bordering on anarch ism, as the following excerpts will illustrate. "The working class and the employ ing class have nothing in comman; be tween these two a struggle must go on until the workers of the world or ganize as a class, take possession of the earth and the machinery of pro duction and abolish wage system— moreover—the trade unions aid the employing class into believing that the working have interests in common with their employer." * * * "in stead of the conservative motto: "a fair day's work for a fair day's pay," we must inscribe on our banner the revolutionary watchword, "abolition of the wage system." According to the I. W. W. the em ployer, no matter if a corporation, farmer, contractor, or peanut vendor —if an employer, rich or poor, he has ceased to be a necessity in industrial or social life and is merely a super fluous parasite. They point out that any lasting agreements between em ployer and employee is impossible. In fact the most basic and adhered to principle of the I. W. W. is that: "Ar bitration and permanent settlement cannot be countenanced by the organ ization." They declare there is no "good employer," they all look alike— there can be no peaceful pursuit of employment, no truce for the employ er or society, nothing but relentless warfare through sabotage and strike till the present form of government is overthrown. Seattle Calls Halt. In the latter part of April, 1918, Mr. Belmont, a prominent I. W. W. i speaker and organizer, after a pas- i sionate plea to his radical hearers not to forsake the application of sabotage anytime, boldly and with dramatic elocution, remarked: "The United States is the most uncivilized nation in the world today," "our civilization is below that of the Igorrote head hunters of the Philippine Islands." A few days later Mayor Ole Hanson, the fearless patriotic * mayor of Seattle, and Chief of Police Joe Warren de cided the time had come to call a halt and raided the I. W. W. hall arresting 213 members. Chief Warren put a padlock on the door and at this writ ing it is still there. The I. W. W. members were taken to the police sta tion and searched, the officers finding over $5,000 in their wallets, but not a single liberty bond or Red Cross but ton. This factor appeared significant to me and I interrogated a score of genuine I. W. W. members as to their unpatriotic attitude toward the gov ernment in this critical time of need. The replies were not ambiguous in any instance, there was no attempt to conceal their radical anti-government sentiments, "we recognize no country, and no flag but the "Red flag." Why should we loan money to our enemy. The present form of government is simply a haven and protection for the capitalists, and the fact of the matter is the capitalists are the government and we hate the capitalists, therefore we would be crazy to loan money to the government we are trying to over throw." And I can truthfully and con servatively say that every genuine I. W. W. emphatically carries the same sentiments in his heart. The I. W. W. are "direct actionists" (so called because they do not believe in the ballot to overthrow the present form of government but rely wholly on the power of systematic sabotage and strife« to erjiin that end They do not believe in a congress, president, legislature, governor or court, or in any form of law making or law en forcements as provided by the consti tution, but would control and rule by direct action referendum and no indi vidual would hold a more authoritative position than the most menial work I will now define the most cherished and damnable doctrine of the I. W. W., a doctrine that is responsible in a great degree for the partial failure of the airplane program: Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, the noted I. W. W. agitator, describes sabotage under several heads, the principal among which are: "Adulteration;" The slowing down of work; The gen eral reduction of efficiency; Placing kerosene in ovens to make food unfit; Intimidation, Coercion and any means necessary to gain the end. In a fur factory in Philadelphia, before stop ping work the cutters were instructed to alter the size of the patterns on which the fur coats had to be made. Every cutter followed this advice and reducted by one-third of an inch all patterns he could lay his hands on. (Page 99 Sabotage.) Adopt Sabotage. Spargo, a noted authority, writes in part; "Of course the sabotage idea was easily extended—a little dust in the bearings, especially emery dust, would do much. Soap in boilers would re tard the development of steam—judi cially planned accidents might easily cost the employer far more than a slight increase^in wages. 'Keep this up,' it was urged, 'and in a short time the employer will be on his knees.' "Any conscious and wilful act on the part of one or more workers, in tended to slacken and reduce the out put of production * * * any skill ful operation on the machinery of pro duction intended not to destroy it, but to temporarily disable it and put it out of running condition. Sabateurs are the Eclaireurs, the scouts of class struggle." Bosquet, after a bitter denunciation I of the present system, says: I "The simple stoppage of work is not sufficient to realize the aims of a strike—it is necessary—indeed indes pensable that the tools, instruments, utensils, machines and other mean* of production of shop, mill, mine or fac tory—also go on strike, or in other words that they be put in a non-run ning condition." Vincent St. John, a high I. W. W. official and author of "The History Structure and Methods of the I. W. W., declares: "As a revolutionary organization the I. W. W. aim to use any and all tactics that will get results sought * * * the tactics used are deter mined solely by the power of the or ganization 'to make good their use— the question of right and wrong does not concern us." Vincent St. John never wrote a more direct, bell-ring ' ing truth in his life, the I. W. W. i have unquestionably demonstrated from one end of the country to the ' other that they do not hesitate over right and wrong, and habitually fol lowing the line of least resistance they generally uphold "wrong." In the woods thev systematically cut logs too short ôr too long, cut wire rope, put enemy dust and sand in bearings, loaf on the job, and periodically strike in a manner to keep the employer in a constant state of "nerves ' and to compel a minimum output of timber products, the object being to cause the employer as much trouble and financial (Continued oil page two). C. + RED CROSS NEWS + —, lf May Shipments. i 1 ne May shipments of Valley Coun ty < ontana chapter have been all that I could be desired, especially when we f consider that this is a very busy sea son of the year. The following is a complete list of articles sent in to headc quarters for this month: 230 bed shirts, 175 pajama suits, 293 bed socks, 165 knitted socks, 10 hot water bottles, 3 convalescent robes, 11 bath robes, 95 sweaters, 25 wrist lets, 5 mufflers, 5 helmets, 3525 gauze wipes, 122 gauze rolls, 30 bedside bags, 155 irrigation pads, 5040 gauze compresses, 80 Belgium skirts, 15 chemise, 12 Belgium shawls, 10 Bel gium drawers. * * * June Auxiliary Work. Opheim—Five pajama suits, 4 bed socks, 2 bandage foot socks,, 1 day shirt, 1 bath robe, 1 operating gown, 1 day jacket, 3 bed shirts, 5 pair knit ted socks, 1 pair wristlets, 2 operating caps, 2 operating masks. West Fork—Twelve pajama suits, 1 sweater, 2 pair knitted socks. Roanwood—Thirteen pajama suits, 3 pair knitted socks, 7 bed socks, 6 bed shirts. Oswego—Three pajama suits, 2 bed jackets, 1 day shirt, 1 bath robe, 2 bed socks, 2 bandage foot socks, 1 sling, 2 comfort bags, 1 operating cap, 1 oper ating mask, 1 trench slipper, 1 oper ating gown, 2 bed shirts. Hinsdale—Eight pajama suits, 9 bed shirts, 5 pair socks, 2 wristlets, 2 sweaters, 2 helmets. Avondale—Twelve bed shirts, 1 sweater. Cain school—Nine knitted squares, 1 pair wristlets, 9 wash cloths. • » * Don't make sweaters. The northern division now has in stock a sufficient quantity to fill its entire allotment of sweaters, wristlets and mufflers up to September 1. Every pound of yarn that can be secured should be used for knitting socks. Socks are required in double the quantity now being re ceived. * ♦ * Rosedale Club. New auxiliaries are being organized all over the county every week. One of the latest to send in an application for recognition is the Rosedale club, located near Avondale at Miller's Cor ners. Miss Ida J. Buxton is chairman of the organization; Mrs. John Ma lone, treasurer; and Mrs. Charles Bloominger, secretary. They are starting out with a nice sized member ship list and are beginning work at once. The charter members are as follows: H. R. Buxton, Ida J. Buxton, Mrs. John Malone, Mrs. Charles Bloominger, Mrs. John Reid, Mrs. Robert Stroud, Mrs. E. Schiffman, Mrs. M. J. Miller, Mrs. Carl Ander son, Carl Anderson, M. O. Miller, Mrs. Carl Hansen, J. K. Reinche, J. F. Ma lone, H. Miller, E. G. Kettering, Mrs. J. G. Milne, Mrs. P. E. James, M. Douglas. * * * Tampico Auxiliary. The Red Cross auxiliary which was organized recently at Tampico is real live factor in the work in Valley county. The new members are as fol lows : Mr. M. T. Mattson, chairman; Mrs. George Fisher, secretary; and Mrs. Carl Maalrud, treasurer; Mr. and Mrs. Ole Torkelson, Mrs. Ole Bronstead, Mrs. F. Hopkins, Mrs. M. Motz kau, Mrs. Mary E. Dignan, M. Matt son ,Allen <WTinstone> T. L. McCW mick, Mrs. Minnie Regnier, Mrs. M. L. McGuire, Edward McGuire, Helen M. Stonvey, Mr. R. F. Jones, Mrs. A. L. Pumphy, Mrs. Henry Terhark, Mrs. Zythlo, Margaret Reed, Elsa Mattson, Mr. and Mrs. Kraft, Mrs. T. L. Mc Cormick, Walter C. Johnson, Mrs. Er nest H. Scott, Fred Terhark, Mrs. O. C. Anderson, Pat Connerton, C. J. Billingsley, George F. McLaughlin, Mrs. C. W. Person, Mrs. Ben Boreson, m ylllis-Chalmers Tractors j AST FALL A. L. Dipple of East Grand Forks, Minn., plowed nearly 400 acres with his Allis-Chaltners tractor, and this spring he is using his tractor for discing—but read his letter dated April 3, 1918: "Started to pull a 10 ft. disc—that is, two discs. It is what they call the tandem disc ; and say, it would just make you smile to see me. There will be a good opening for tractors in this part of the woods and I don't see why you and I could not make some kind of a deal for me to act as your agent. Now if this meets with your ap proval why just let me know and I sure will do my bit. Hoping you will be to me as you have been in the past, I beg to remain a bouncing booster. Box 171, East Grand Forks, Minn." (Signed) A. L. DIPPLE. Mr. Dipple has run tractors for the past five years on his farm at Grafton. N. D., and knows enough about tractor construction to appreciate the good practical features and fine workmanship of the Allis -Chalmers tractor. For plowing, discing, harrowing, drilling, harvesting and threshing the Allis-Chal mers tractor will be the best machinery investment you ever had on the place. Come in today and get one now. Terms, if you wish. H. A. Y OTTER, Hardware Mr. Henry Berger, Ellis Anderson, K. L. Cornwell, Howard Leird, John Gil christ, Ole Bronstad, O. C. 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