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prosperity Or Crisis In United States
By John Pepper » e Like St. John, Having a Revelation, Says in An .' ^Statement, "The Country Is In State of Pros ^• Cia Times Will Be Good fo a Cong Time, P enty ' i- » Disclose That America Is on Eve of Financial Ökonomie Collapse the Likes of WWch This Contin » Has Never Experienced, and This Breakdown Has /Steady Set !"• pio Iron Production Declines; Steel Ingot Produc Decreases; Soft Coal Production and Raw Silk and Presumption Register Declines; Food Prices Drop to S, Basis- Iron and Steel Goes Down; Wool Prices Sag, J^Üe Colton Mills Close Down, and Building Industry Stomp* Unemployment Looms— Million of Bankrupt Farm j) ese rt Rural Life and Flock to Cities to Swell Distress jßeat Down Prices of Labor, Foretelling Increased jjjkery; Bankrupt Business Men By Thousands Joining j^ks of Workers. He S|g ns = Ghastly ers ., , Coolidge a False Prophet; Can Railroad Orders ^ c t Dav Is Presidential Election and Economic Disin flation Coming Hand in Hand? Has "Republicanism" 1 * Its Charm? Will Farmer-Labor Party Win? Lost President Coolidge recently made an official statement an economic conditions are good, that the country is tue of prosperity and that favorable business conditions * * "ji f or a long time. Production is going up, wages are in jouncing that "; P iR(r no unemployment in the country, the REPUBLICAN nRTY I* 1N CONTROL, everything is all right, everybody is "Revelation" is an actuality, the millenium hath AND I SAW AN YEARS." . REVU VTION OF CALVIN Thus spake the old Book of the "Revelation of John," and •Revelation of Calvin" is as much a story of good as the I1\T THE BELLS " n,M„vih halleluyah rinz the bells, fall on your knees « Jtet W ™le hath come down 'ot the heaven and bound the old serpent of business panic for thoo'ld veaiV Halleluyah, halleluyah, the millenium hath " . ' y * (\m\ \ F AISE PROPHET It is all so wonderful and good to hear; only it's a pity that *i a single word of it is true. CALVIN IS A FALSE PROPHET, The MILLENIUM has NOT ARRIVED. On the contrary. PROS FERITY IS TENDING TO COME TO AN END, PRODUCTION in the basic industries is DECLINING, wholesale prices are fall a* tan. the FARMERS ARE BANKRUPT, and MASS UNEM PL0VMENT is beginning to MENACE THE WORKING CLASS, It is not the millenium of prosperity which is due in the age-long cycles of capitalism, but the period of depression, panic and un employment. That is the period concerning which the Books of Bevelation says: "And when the thousand years are finished. Sat » shall be loosed out of his prison and shall come forth to de umv. the new The old book of "Revelation" said ; WGEL COMING DOWN OUT OF HEAVEN, HAVING THF KEY OF THE ABYSS AND A GREAT CHAIN IN HIS H \ND. AND HE LAID HOLD ON THE ORVGON THE OLD SERPENT, WHICH IS THE DEVIL VXD SATAN, AND BOUND HIM FOR A AND THEY LIVED come THOUSAND YEARS. . . REIGNED WITH CHRIST A THOUSAND AND the new o,d Gospel. With fiery tongue and eyes rolling with ecstacy, Cal ïin Coolidge cries that the SATAN OF ECONOMIC CRISIS IS BOUND FOR A THOUSAND YEARS, and that the CHRIST OF BUSINESS PROSPERITY WILL REIGN FOR A THOUSAND YEARS. eomei By J. Louis Engdahi The Sixth Birthday-The Anniversary of the Triumph WHAT BETTER ARGUMENTS TO PROVE THE ST ABU IT Y THF IRRESISTIBLE POWER OF WORK FRS'Ri I VIV THU Riiixr \ N SOVIET REPUBLIC, ONITsUtvth TnkivprSARY NOV 1923 THAN THE WORD? T U?FN^ OUT OF THE MOUTHS OF THP rvpMvi OL 1 U ^ • HOW SURI IMF IS THE LIVING, ALL CON QlERING TRUTH IN THE VAST MORASS, A VERI I ABLE SARGOSSA SEA OF MALICIOUS MANUFAC u RED FALSEHOODS! Too* 0 , _ ... • -Forviivia ond ulaffue • Mos " w b lower than at any time m all the days They have claimed that the power of Gonnrvtmisri r . ( ' J'.ening-, >' e s, as one instance, they now fear that the who Norwegian labor movement will be won for the Communis ^national!_ Èm i. They have charged the Russian workers apd peasants ^« ignorant, illiterate, yet Richard Strauss is mvited to Mos to give symphony concerts ! How the truth pei sists. the midst of lies. . , , at vu J or ^ ese truths come from the pages of one i ssu( b JV 0 , Random. Monday, Oct. 22nd, of the Chicago Tnbune, which has tiinJV tse '* mos t bitter of the yellow sheets of the \v!ÏÏ ba , nkers in capitalism's propaganda war against the young orkers Republic. ; ul r i E u en on this triumphant Sixth Anniversary of iht success JJ* Bolshevik Revolution, when even the emigre countei-ie\olu I tzariJ'f kav e practically given up all hope of the r ® s ^i 1 o uss i an Sovipi VI 16 Tribune keeps its ink guns in action agams , over it a ' e ' the ink used is as black as the lies i P uver its printed the which . Peasants' pages of this publication help furnish the mile to jo age the progress made by the work Power in Russia. . „ . . 11ö PI On the eve of the Sixth Birthday of the Soviets, let u tel th iU SSue of October 22nd. We will pass by the first few ^ h l heir news of the developing'struggle for power of the umÏÏl ' V0 ^ers, until we come to page five. Here m the first col G« ut? n she . s upon the headline » "French Put Up Millio w rvl an i rains » Soviet Envoy Wins Aid ofParis Ban • are wÄ the story ~ 16118 how the haughty French impe> < orced to put up 100,000,000 precious francs ($6,-90,000) ceive the nation which are in the four corners of the earth." Cal vin Coolidge is a false prophet. We are facing the reign of the Devil and Satan, the reign of crisis, of factories shut down, long hopeless lines before the factory gates, hundreds of thousands of hungry unemployed. Coolidge is a FALSE PROPHET. And we warn him (as for us, everybody knows, of course, that we wish him only the best) that the same fate will befall him as befell the false prophet in the 'Book of Revelation : "And the Devil that de ceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where are also the beast and the false prophet; and they shall be tormented day and night forever and ever. THE PROFANE FACTS We must now array against Calvin's religious revelations, the SOBER FACTS of the bulletins of the United States Steel Corporation, the quotations of the Stock Exchange and the re ports of the various government departments. The latest report of the DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE, released on October 13, summarizes the situation thus : "Early re ports on September business received by the bureau of census, Department of Commerce, show slight DECLINES IN PRODUC TIVE ACTIVITY from August . . . PIG IRON PRODUCTION declined from 3,435,313 in August to 3,125,512 tons for Septem ber. STEEL INGOT PRODUCTION at 3,313,354 tons compares with 3,677,771 tons for August. ,. . Production of BITUMIN OUS COAL and consumption of RAW SILK and TIN registered decline. . . TOTAL EMPLOYMENT as measured by reports from 1428 representative United States factories made a slight decline from August. Bradstreet's wholesale food price index on a 1913 base, at 142, compares with 140 for August. . . Prices of iron and steel continued their DECLINE. DEATH KNELL SOUNDED IPs a pity that before he made his own revelation in the of the government, Coolidge did not consult the Department name of Commerce of the government. He might have easily informed himself that the death-knell of economic prosperity has sounded. STEEL RINGS KNELL The most important and most sensitive industry, the STEEL AND IRON INDUSTRY, the most important barometer of economic life, rings the death-knell of the industrial prosperity. Steel ingot production reached its peak in May 1923, with 4,195, 800 tons. Since then, it has been declining, and in the last month, in September, has fallen to 3,313,354 tons. PRESENTS DARK PICTURE And the future of the steel industry presents the darkest sort of picture. The United States Steel Corporation reported on Octber 10 that the UNFILLED ORDERS have declined since the end of March when they were 7,433,332 tons to 5,035,750 tons at the end of September which means a DECLINE OF NOT LESS THAN 32 PER CENT. The United States Steel Corporation—as the "Iron Age" states, is today touming out steel, on the average, at 90 per cent of capacity, which means a decline of only 7 per cent f rom the highest capacity of a few months ago. That means that the steel corporation is not reducing its production in the same proportion as reduction in new orders. That shows clearly the plans of the steel trust. They wish to utilize their machines up to full capacity. They will prepare the unfilled orders in a short time, THEN THEY WILL SHUT DOWN THE MILLS AND WILL THROW THE WORKERS BY THE HUNDREDS OF THOÜS ANDS OUT ON THE STREET The economic depression in the steel industry is already present-the new orders have decnedby 32 per cent, but the workers cannot feel it already, because pro duction ha s declmed by on!y 7 per cent. COPPER ALSO SLU .. ... . -, The copper industry also has its crisis setting in Copper has its lowest prices in a year, at 13c a pound, on the New York market. . TEXTILE MILLS CLOSE In the textile industry the northern mills are hkely to cu. tail operations report the New York Times of October 12, 1923. Bradstreefs report says: "Trade m primary lines and dry goods "with the Moscow government as credit for wheat and flax for the coming year." Director Shemmann, ol the soviet Republic State Bank, tells the Tribune correspondent at Pans, Henry Wales, that "we (the Russians) expect soon to open our own branch" in the United States. The editorial page always carnes some mention of Soviet Russia and this issue is no exception. This editorial deals with the formation of the Russo-British Grain Expoit Company, oiga nized for the purpose of marketing Russian wheat m England. The ^ an ° tu i^ s S Wheat, Canada's prosperity, and Canada's political relationship with England have been rudely fhviist aside bv the group of business men composing the new or ^ ■ntotte ma, kel; where ^y^ g bg Russian, so much the worse for Canada. So much for the Smuts theory of making the British political commonwealth an economic common wealth." The Tribune mourns that capitalist greed for profits should force it to aid in developing Soviet Rule for the abolition of all profits. It is this greed that will persist to the end of the days of the capitalist social order. , Yet on page sixteen of the same issue the Tribune seeks to wipe away its tears with a copyright story from John Steele, its correspondent at Christiana, Norway, predicting that the Nor ueirian labor will go for the Communist International. The Tri bune pins its hopes on the Magnussen, "the Socialist leader, the Norwegian Compels. While The Tribune speculates on Magnus sen's aspirations as a white hope, the Norwegians are buying 200, 000 C °\m'°on^page 1 seventeen^there is a "Tribune Radio" from Vienna Aus îfi&S ÆrÂ^oSr^rÂfrf ffi« t0 tn rome to Moscow to direct a series of symphony concerts, opera, "infession is written down. The Tribune, like the rest of the Of those who prey upon mankind, admits in its own columns that-it has PS sU veariTof »S And there will be more lies! But the picking sun lit of'truthls breaking through! But oh what a struggle .t has been! Read what has happened through these six years. THE DAY OF BIRTH. Mnv 7 iQi7 The Kerensky government fell. The Communists came Nov. I ine ^ «„tablished Workers not only in Europe, in PEACE WITH GERMANY The First Birthday! The treaty of Brest-Litovsk has Nov. 7, 1918.— and especially in cotton goods is unquestionably quieter than some weeks ago. And the Hearst papers say: "Action of the Amoskeag Manufacturing Company in closing down its cotton mills was a source of much disappointment to the optimists." The refusal of the Japanese silk trust to deliver goods to America means, accord ing to Daniel E. Douty, representative of the Silk Association of America, that the great mills in Patterson and Passaic will be compelled to close in October or in November. (Chicago Daily Triune, October 3,1923). COAL SITUATION GLOOMY A special report from Pittsburgh, in the New York Times of October 8, gives a clear picture of the COAL SITUATION : "The Pittsburgh district coal market is very quiet, and it is dif ruling, approxi ficult to sell coal even at the lower prices now mately equal, in steam and gas coal, to the lowest prices hitherto official October 8 report of the Bureau of Mines shows, BUILDING BOOM BLOWS UP And even the building boom which was declared—the sur est basis of the present prosperity, suffered a shock in September. The New York Times reports on October 11 ; "CONTRARY TO PREDICTIONS based on preliminary returns of building for Sep tember, the total for the month will fall below August. But the real position of the building industry is given by the Octobei 8 survey of the Bureau of Census, that building activity consists mostly of the erecting of residential buildings, and the electing of INDUSTRIAL buildings is declining greatly. That is one ot made this year—in July—and in by-product coal, lower- than any prices seen for a long time." OIL INDUSTRY WRECKED The oil industry is facing one of the deepest crisises—an over production. Scores of oil refineries are closing their doors, as the the most important signs of the approaching end of prosperity, The capitalists no longer possess confidence, and see no hope for increasing industrial activity; they are not putting up new fac tories and business buildings. building, are on the decline. THE NUMBER OF EMPLOYED IS DECREASING jpj ALMOST EVERY STATE AND INDUSTRIAL CEN TER. , The trusts are striving to put off the starting of the crisis, by means of big orders for railroad material; but that is the last reserve which capitalism can throw into the economic lif e , i n order to hold off the coming of the crisis. Another few months, and the crisis will be upon u anc j with the crisis there will be once more hundreds of thous ans anc j millions of unemployed, and the position of the work i ng c \ ass w [\\ be more frightful than that of 1920-21. The industrial working class has grown considerably in the last year by the migration of two million of the farming popula tions from the farms. These millions were able to find work during the industrial prosperity of and by the exodus of the negroes from the South 1922-23. But what will be 'He fat« D f t H e new three million bankrupt farmers who, as the OhH CIAL ESTIMATE states, will have left the farms m 1923. When the crisis comes, the number of unemployed w iU be even greater than in the last crisis when the number was between five and ^million. THE NEXT ECONOMIC CRISIS IN ™EU N M ED ^TAT^_WHICH WILL COINCIDE Wll H ht rur^n iqimtfpIr ATUYnPoF THE OLD CAPITALIST partifs AMP) WITH THF MOVEMENTS FOR A PARTIES AND ^™.™ ro r p a ofy WILL BE A THIRD F^RTYANDA LABOR PARTY WILL BE A MArliminU C MAGNITUDE, NOT COME. FACING THE NEW CRISIS The most important industries, steel, iron, coal, textile * * * ¥ » * NO, MR. COOLIDGE, THE MILLENIUM HAS been signed Vthe'King of England, whUe John Reed is arrested for making a speech exposing mtervention against the First Wor kers' Republic, an intervention that involved the United States and halted the first efforts at reconstruction uder Sovtet Rule. INTERVENTION IS DEFEATED Nov. 7, 1919—The Second Birthday! All attempts of the Wilson ad ministration in alliance with European imperialism to stab the Soviet Repub lic in the back have failed, altho the Soviet Republics m Bavaria and Hun gary have been overthrown and the Spartacist uprisings in Germany have been drowned in blood, the blood of the workers with the Soc jf^ e " among the hangmen with Liebknecht and Luxemburg dead. The Treaty of Versailles is signed—the Death Knell of Capitalism. THE DRIVE FOR TRADE RELATIONS Nov 7, 1920. The Third Birthday! Negotiations for trade relations between Soviet Russia and Great Britian are being held by O Grade and Krassin at Copenhagen. Other nations refuse to recognize Soviet Russia in any way. But the imperialists' iron ring, the cordon sanitaire, about Free Russia is breaking. , POLAND'S LAST FUTILE ATTACK. Nov. 7, 1921—The Fourth Birthday! The wars of intervention Have been fought out victoriously against the allied white hopes—Kolchak, Yude nitch Deniken, Wrangel and the rest, while American labor is demanding trade relations with the Soviet Republic. American troops mutiny at Mur mansk and in Siberia, and are brought home, the Polish White Ten-or makes a last futile attack and the Kronstadt revolt is quelled. The United States continues to spread Anti-Soviet propaganda, however, while England, Italy, Germany and other European powers maneuver for Soviet trade. FIGHTING THE FAMINE Nov. 7, 1922—The Fifth Birthday! Soviet Russia meets with world imperialism at the Genoa and Hague conference, while famine sweeps the Volea Valley, and labor thruout the world rallies to the relief of the Starv ing- workers and peasants. Anniversary celebration marked by Fourth World Congress of the Communist International of Labor Unions at Moscow. 1 he trial of the social revolutionaries exposes alliance of "Socialists" with the monarchist reaction. THE FINAL TRIUMPH. Nov. 7, 192a—The Sixth Birthday! The famine has been liquidated. The harvest is good. Great exhibition in Moscow shows tremendous progress made in rehabilitation of Russian agriculture. Red Army of 600,000 and n-rowing air fleet is protection against invasion and promise of help to revolutionary workers of Western Europe. The First Workers' Republic is far on the road toward complete recovery. The broad highway is cleared for the march of the workers and peas under Soviet Rule forward into pure Communism. ^ History will record this quick recovery of the Russian people, under the Soviets from the European war, the civil wars, foreign intervention, famine and plague, as the greatest achievement anywhere of mankind in its long struggle upward from slavery to freedom. • ancs This fact should be brought home to the American people, on this Sixth Anniversary of the Russian Soviet Republic, that it took the American revolutionist, of 1776, eleven years before they finally adopted their Fed eral Constitution and established a stable government. Sovie Rule in Russia has had a constitution since the day it was cre ated. The Russian Socialist Federat ed Soviet Republic has stood against the capitalist world, and its Sixth An niversary is its Anniversary of Tri umph. What Soviet Rule has accomplished during the past six years is a glori ous promise of what it can and will achieve in the brighter days ahead. APPOINT AUTO DEALER TO COUNTY BOARD JOB * Helena, Nov. 8.—John W. Shyrock, a Helena automobile dealer, was Mon day appointed to the office of com missioner of Lewis and Clark county to fill out the tenu of W. M. Biggs who died about a week ago. The ap pointment of Mr. Shryock, who is _ a democrat, was made by District Judges W. H. Poorman and A. J. Horsky, both republicans. MARRIED Norman Marion and Helen Marion, both of Grenora, N. D., at the Cong. Parsonage Thursday, November 1st. said "Mob law and lynch law, Federal Judge George M. Bourquin recently, in charging the jury mob violence case in Billings, Mont., "mean the dissolution of government and society, and if juries give heed to the specious plea of patriotism and refuse to vindicate the victims, they inspire distrust in overthrow of —Civil Liberties Union Bulletin, Oct. 22nd. in a THE WEEK END So ^|^ R ^ la J ie th ^ a f r ®2î > er sees E > en tho the svm reason points To shadow? of the past. To Develop the Weak End THE DREAMER Life of man is like the daytime and His death is like the night, And the span between is brightened by A real and living light. The sun of reason's shining may Be shadowed by a cloud, But the dreamer's inner vision is With greater power endowed. A light that's ever burning leads The dreamer on his way, No night but night eternal can Dispel eternal 4 a y* Not everyone who sleeps is a Dreamer. THE FELLOW WHO DOESN'T BELONG TO SOME ORGANIZA TION IS LIKE A STRAY LAMB SURROUNDED BY A PACK OF WOLVES I LAMB CHOPS IS A RICH DISH. OUR WEEKLY WAGER We'll bet » counterfeit german mark against the amount the farmers w«re robbed of in the past three years that there will never be another war in volving the United States—that if war breaks out again in Europe the people will not believe any of the stories of atrocity which may reach their attention and that the young men of the country will never again be called upon to fight in foreign lands. IF HENRY FORD RUNS— Do you suppose he won't get a lot of Scandinavian votes? the f aller that built the tractor? Ain't Fovflson THE POOR NUT SAYS "I jis' read a article about the Fed'ral Reserve Bunking System an' in it the writer sez 'Don't try to un nerstan' the Fed'ral Reserve Banking System—even the men who operate it don't unnerstan' it!' "Say Bo THAT was a most en lightenin' remark to me. It gave me a idee all at onct on the Fed'ral Re serve System an' I bet I can work the puzzle now. "Onct upon a time I was tryin' to get a line on the Westinghouse Aair brake System an' I asked a engineer about how it worked an' he finally sez 'I KNOW HOW TO OPERATE IT BUT I DON'T UNDERSTAND IT!' "So we couples up the Bureau of Engraving air pump to the Fed'ral Reserve Board reservoir and connect it with all the Regional Bank auxil iary reservoirs which in turn is hook ed up to all the triple-valve banks in the country an' we are ready to ap ply the brakes thjru the operation of one brake valve in the hands of the engineer. "To apply a Westing house Air brake the engineer reduces or deflates the pressure about ten pounds to the square inch—To operate the Fed'ral Reserve brakes they deflate ten cents to the dollar—get it?" "P. S.—The onie difference I sees between the Westinghouse air brake an' the Fed'ral Reserve air brake is that if the engineer deflated the pres sure on the Westinghouse system fif ty pounds he'd wreck the whole train an' when they deflated us fifty cents to the dollar they onie wrecked about two-thirds of the train. THE WORD 'FEDERAL' IMPLIES GOVERNMENT CONTROL, BUT, AS IT IS USED ABOVE, IT DOES NOT MEAN ANY MORE THAN 'AMERICAN' ATTACHED TO AN EXPRESS COMPANY'. FOOTNOTE Equal opportunity must sound fun ny to the one-leg fellow who has to buy a pair of shoes to get the one he needs. B1LLICAN.