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1 'nventiou of The
?rs ot' America, now >
is proving!
t-rt-:- ting gatherings
.lives ever held in
avention opened
L':). 'a i'h ! .500 dele
; ??f the eountry
? ??rv Itt i-ii
, ; uliai there was
? > shock the com
iine craft union j
.vers up the spine ;
Workers, half a
i
??^r-sr union in the
i- i It-ally revolution-!
n in the bowels
<ecn (he light, and
iv.iiermg the cry ?
a :.i^e system.
? a lpitalism in ail i
.? - f : p.ess. They meet!
the depths of the '
!? the t enters or our
.ion." where its thin]
: b . ? * v is laid aside.:
i elaw of the BEAST;
? i ? \ ihe quest for
-?> see clearly is in-.
o;' repolutions that
; >-d at the conven
:ned at the very heart i
>y?{rm. No more do |
;ntt fMr a "fair day's!
I
,-jrirken tnis mon
? preamble and in- i
i. e the shibboleth of;
: - labor is entitled ;
[-vODUCT of its toil."
r > are fur in advance '
ot the craft union movement in this
[country can he judged by their attack
Ion The American Fakerationof Labor,
which they characterize as "reaction
ary. fossilized and worm-eaten" ? and
by their emphatic stand for industrial
unionism.
Out* d{ t h?- lirst resolutions present
ed to the convention was one demand
ing that the gathering adjourn to some
other city which had shown a greater
friendliness toward the working class I
than had Indianapolis during the re
cent Teamsters' and Street Car Work
ers' strikes. Tins resolution was lost ;
by a narrow margin, the added ex
pense to the delegated being the chief j
opposition.
Resolutions for government owner-,
ship of mines were passed unanimous-;
ly. and demands for immediate federal
investigations of conditions in the
mining regions of Colorado and Michi
gan were wired to every congress- !
man and senator.
The reports of the officers of the
organization show that it has made
wonderful progress in the last year,
and that its finances are in good con
dition. Wage scales will expire over
a considerable portion of the Middle;
?
Western fields March 31. and ample
preparations are being made for any
thing that may happen.
Much of the convention s time has
been devoted to the situation in West
Virginia and it has been decided that
the work of organization shall go
forward with renewed energy here,
and continue until every coal mine
in the state is a member of the milit
ant union.
7i;- international
Here are a few i
. ' rie 'eadimi articles
;::r.ber. just now off
j
<: a li/met.
/ens. Alliance of Cal
rrrst of the editors.
:. i printers of t he j
: : '*>h Socialist news
- .vurn statements
? i disguised man
Alliance button
at the Childrens'
resulted in the j
"am persons, they
:-i?ut this crime
*V {.
? ?n:rades \v ere un
..H! that deputies
- ape i.?! the strikers,
t miiies and thus
;?!?' catastrophe. In
'!> of public officials
P . j s r without the ap- !
splendid working;
: r y International So
Leshe II. Marcy con- '
?- ? nsive Story of the
? . ! photographs that
? -rror better than any
ff is shown how the
p'ained the lands
? > have thus far gleaned
* 12 1.000.000 by fraud
ri'-rs struck when those
?cr seen the inside of a
? plans for the future
: the men who dijJ the
bowels of the earth.
"':nnie Branstetter. of the
* -partment of the National
s over S3. 000 contributed
'?'?'.rades for the Childrens'
The money is tobedis
patched to Calumet and Colorado
where the little folks are in immediate
need.
VICTORIOUS S H A R PS H GOT E R S
The February Review contains the
storn of how the mine owners in Colo
rado placed machine guns over : he
striking miners' tent colony and hired
gun-men to send shot after shot, fiom
mountain ridges, into the tent homes
of the miners.
At Berwind Canyon a hand of gun
men perched upon a almost inacces
sible ridge watched the comings and
goings of the miners constantly by the
aid nf a powerful searchlight and kept
the families of the strikers in fear of
their lives by a constant stream of
shots through day and night. These
gun-men believed no miner would dare
to climb the boulders or risk the
mountain passes under the blazing
eye of their searchlight. Nine strikers,
who had served in European armies
! as sharpshooters, volunteered to sil
ence those who were sending murder
I into their homes. On a Friday morn
I ing, at ten o'clock, they began their
1 coutious climb up dangerous ridges in
the very face of the enemy.
It was not until noon on Saturday
that they arrived within shooting dis
| tance of the gun-men. Nine shots
; rang out and the nine murderers foil
j in their tracks. This was how the
| strikers captured one machine-gun
i and checked the murder of their fami
{ lies. The gun was borne back to the
j the tent camp in triumph by the
i strikers who knew how to shoot.
MOTHER JONES,
j Mother Jones is back is prison again
j but this time it required 800 brave
| soldier boys and eighty deputy sheriffs
J to take her to jail. The February Re
| view puplishes some interesting in
riilents surrounding lier arrest. The]
boys of the United Mine Woikers have |
sent word to Gov. Amnions that un-j
less "Mother" is set at liberty in very ;
short order, they expect to march!
upon the scene of her incarceration!
and force her release.
ACCEPTABLE SOCIALISM i
The Metropolitan Magazine comes j
out after flim-flamming the comrades;
the past year explaining what "kind |
of Socialism WE advocates." The J
February REVIEW prints a timely j
article on how the Socialist Party is!
being Played for Suckers by capitalist ;
publications that have no intention ol j
advocating real Socialism; which would |
not endorse Socialist candidates fori
office and who STAND ON A PLAT-|
FORM that is perfectly SATISFAC-!
TORY to their advertisers and the}
CAPITALIST CLASS. It is time we
began supporting our own papers and I
magazines instead of spending money '
to help scheming capitalists who mean 1
to betray you at every time of trouble, j
Every Socialist and labor union
local should order a bundle of the'
February number: for 20 copies or.
more the price is f>c per copy. Every ^
class-conscious worker should be a j
regular subscriber to the Review; its j
subscription rate is $1.00 per year.,
We are offering the magazine and The
Star both one year for $1.50. Send
your order now to The Socialist &
Labor Star. Huntington, W. Va.
Youngstown, 0., January 2.3.? T.J.
Thompson, general manager of the
Stambaugh-Thompson Co., wholesale
hardware dealers, announced today
his firm would adopt a profit sharing
plan similiar to Henry Funi s.
The company will divide half < ?!
each years profits with its employes,
which means the workers will receive i
an amount equal to throe months
pay. One hundred employes, includ
ing twenty girls, are hem-fitted. ?News :
Dispatch.
.If one-half of the profits, afler (he
owners' I'at salaries arc paid, amount ;
to about three months' pay for thej
workers, all the prolits would he just
six months' pay, or one-half the pro
duct. Will some. careful mathnialictan
work out the exact per cent, of ex-'
ploitation in this case for us?
MORE RESTITUTION
j
Danbury. Ct., Jan. 21.? Arthur E.
Tweedy, President of the Tweedy Silk .
Mills, which employ lf>0 operatives:;
today announced a 10 per cent, in- 1
crease of wages, effective at once, and
declared all employes with the com
pany six months will, on next Dec.
la. receive a share of the profits.
One branch of the Boy Scouts of
America have their headquarters in j
tin- basement of the Central Christian j
Church. This religious corporation '
has a perfect right to determine to!
what uses the church shall be put, j
but we simply want to point out that!
this is one of the reasons for the
workers turning away in disgust from j
5 li?- church. The workers now under-:
.stand the game of war and are bitter- j
ly opposed to anything that smacks of
militarism. Now comes the. church
fostering a movement, which to nil in
tents and purposes is nothing but a 1
t mining ground for the strike break-}
iug militia.
The self-respecting workingdass j
does not condemn militarism in their j
conventions and worship a God who
keeps a military establishment in the j
basement of his temple.
Recently a preacher wrote to Katei
Richards O'Hare and in a burst of I
what he thought was fine sarcasm j
said: "I don't think you are so awfully j
hard up. I notice you wear silk stock-'
ings." Kate replied; "I always held a;
preacher thinks more of the turn of a !
woman's ankle than he does uf her ;
soul." !
_ .. - j
Does your watch need repairing?
We will repair it right at a reasonable J
cost. All work guaranteed. 0. A.
Wise, Jeweler; opposite the Postoffice.
Deliver. Colo.. Jan. 29. ? Special ? j
I:i a report substantiating every]
charge of robbery. tyranny and out- !
rages against the womanhood of Colo-'
radii, the in vrsi igat ing committee of
the Si ;? l ?* federation of Labor, ail
I
; >? i : 1 1 ( i -d af I In- -urgeM inn o| Governor !
i
A 1 1 1 ti n *i i : . has tit mandril thr iilllnedi- j
ale removal ol Adjutant llenrra!
Chase. .Judge Advocate Boughton and
Lieutenant E. K. Linderfelt.
I
The story of the outraged victims
are harrowing in their details, and the \
straightforward way in which they {
were told can leave no doubt of their'
their truth even in the minds of the
coporation tools who run the state!
governm?nt ami control most of the |
newspagers.
One of these editors, owned by the
coal operators, said the report is dis
gusting and nauseating. It is disgust
ing and nauseating ? to the governor
of a state who has advocated anarchy,
tt) General Chase who has permitted
his dogs of war to rob and plunder
homes, intimidate strikers, to abuse
and insult the womanhood of the strike j
zone, to trample the constitution of
the stale and nation in the dust.
It must be nauseating and disgust
ing to the operators who have stood
sponsor for most of these acts, who
have established a system of peonage
in Southern Colorado, w ho for years ;
have robbed the ver\ hearts and souls t
i
of the miners, their wives and children. !
and who by their wilf'ui disobeyance
of the laws have been responsible for :
the murders of hundreds of miners, as j
has been attested by coroners' juries. I
I
The report reeks with stories of the !
carnivals of debauchery held by the j
militia. It tells how drunken militia- 1
men have frightened childred. threat- j
ened to shoot a bov of twelve, and in-}
suited waitresses so that they can no;
longer get service in the restaurants I
of the strike zone.
The evidence of robberies range j
from a forced loan of twenty-five cents; !
or whiskey "for the captain;" or a;
compulsory gift of three dollars: or a
ton of coal, to the downright robbery
of three hundred dollars and other
large sums of money and valuable
jewelry.
The witnesses tell how they were
incarcerated in the jails under Chase's
orders, held for months without any
charge lodged against ihcni. k? ? { i t
awake live and .six da\sand n iijii i s I >y
bayonet jabs and < u|i| water in 1 1 h ?
I H 1 1 X- that, driven nliausl ins:tlt(*. I In- \
would COUleSS !<> Cuoif as < i <* 1 1 1 : 1 1 1< l< < I |
l?y I In* dt'?:> ol win
At least one death ??! ;t m;ia. i ? ? .- 1 \
ing a widow and two children, the re- i
port says, is directly attrihutable to
an unwarranted arrest on no charge
except that of carrying a gun. and id
undue exposure to cold for twenty
five days, during which time the pris- ;
oner's bed was on the damp cement
floor of a jail.
The treatment of a young Slavic'
woman about to become a mother is
a typical example of the tyranies
practiced by the militia upon the wo
manhood of the state. She was drag-;
ged through the alleys of Trinidad, a
mititiaman's hand over her mouth in
smother her screams, until she fainted
and became unconscious. This fiend
ish outrage was committed because
the militiamen had heard several shots
fired in the neighborhood. It was later
shown that these shots were li red b\
some of the drunken barrel house
bums who belong to ihe iiiiliiia.
The practices of the militia seems
to be summed up m the statement of :
one witness. He said "They say 'to
hell with the law: we are the law ?
military law."
Striking coal miners were not alone
the victims of false arrest and impris
ment. A merchant, of twenty-five;
years standing, was arrested in his
doorway because he would i . < > : "get
off the sireK." An entire train ere v.
were arrested. The railroad compan
ies' rules and those of the Interstate;
Commerce Commission arealike of no
importance to the militia. They will '
"tear up the tracks" or "take the en
gine" by force if it suits them to do
so. These, cases well illustrate the
puerilities of these untrained officers
of the militia, but as one said: "we
must do something to scare the
people." One man was arrested be
cause he would not trust a militiaman ;
for a pint of whiskey. Another peace-;
ful citizen wras an ested on the pre-j
tense that he was a burglar. Genera! \
>
Chase himself threatened the arrest
of the deputy district attorneys.
The report says: "The pretense thai j
liif militia lias hern impartial is ab
v. 1 1 rd. A villaiiotis mine guard ina>
walk I J ii* streets with a half concealed
t-u i s ami assault a union hoy at noun :
i
da\. as oin- j'uaid did Sunday, Jaiio '
I
ai \ Is 1 1 . while* (h<* eunimitlce was al i
Walsenburg. without interference from j
the militia, whereas a union man will
i
he arrester! for being drunk and made,
hv militiamen to work on a coal com-j
party ditch for two days. Drunken-,
ness is more common among the
militiamen than among the strikers.
Other union men have been arrested
without being guilty of drunkenness
and have been compelled by the j
militio to work at hauling coal or i
I
shoveling snow for a high as five days, j
The thirteenth amendment to t he
federal constitution is as unknown to j
|
the militia as are other laws."
The report of the investigating com
mittee puts the question of whether
he will serve the coal operators or the
people squarely up to Governor Am-'
mons.
Let us repair your watch. We guar
antee to make it keep time. 0. A.
Wise. Jeweler: opposite Postolliee.
REV. H0LLINGS WORTH
It is probable that this sterling ad
vocate of Socialism will speak in Hunt
ington. We were very much disap
pointed recentiy when a misunder
standing caused a cancellation of a
date for this eminent speaker. Local
Huntington has received a communi
cation from the State office offering us
Comrade Hollingswortlt for February
7th and 8th. We will not make any
announcements however, until all ar
rangements are satisfactorily com
pleted.
If the Creator had intended that
one class of men should do al! the
eating, and another class to do all
the working, he would have made one ?
class all stomach and no arms, and :
the other class all arms and no !
stomach. ? Lincoln.
ailroad Workers
To The Rescue!
Save Car! Person From
Legal Assassination!
Clinton, Illinois, January -4, 191-1.
"TO ORGANIZED LABOR:"
hear Sirs and Brothers ? Carl E.
Person is in the county jail at Clinton,
Illinois. Ik; is charged with the crime
of murder. The corner's jury has re
commended that he be held without
bail.
Person is innocent. It requires
money to prepare his defense, and
establish his innocence in a court of
law. The vindication of Person in the!
obligation and duty of the labor move
ment.
Person is the great sacrifice of the
two years struggle, on the Illinois
Central and Harriman lines. As Sec
retary of the System Federation, and
as editor of the Bulletin he has kept
a li\e cause that deserves to succeed.
It is the cause of organized labor;
everywhere.
On tin; afternoon of December 110, 1
1913, Person was at his desk in the
headquarters, in the Thomas building
in Clinton, Illinois. The telephone J
b? II rang. Person answered. He was
asked to come to the Interurban!
I
Station by the person on ? the other
end of the "phone," who gave his name
as Kirk. In geed faith Person left his
office to keep the appointment.
Tony Musser, ex-chief of police ofj
Clinton. Illinois, and at that time a:
strikebreaker employed by the Illinois
Central, had decoyed Person from bis
office. Tony Musser was the man I
who telephoned to Person and asked
him id come to the Interurban Station.
Tony Musser used the name Kirk
Musser concealed himself in a cigar I
j store. He asked the clerk to point
| out Person, when Person passed. Per
son innocent of the trap set for him
J by Musser. walked past the cigar store.
I Tony Musser pounced on Person. He
| came on him from the rear. He bat
i tered him to the ground. Musser was
ja big man. weighing over 2(U) pounds;
I standing over six feet tall. Person
weighs about 130 pounds, and he is
about five feet five inches. Person
was beaten, battered and kicked, until
in a dazed condition, covered with
blood, he used his revolver in defense
i of his life.
Person is a calm, mild mannered
young man. who never touched whisky,
beer or any other intoxicants in his
! life. He has carried a revolver, since
i
I he was attacked and knocked down
, in the city of Decatur, lllionis. some
i four months ago. The attack on Per
? son in Deciur was unprovoked and
! sudden.
I
i Person is m jail. Person has fought
[the Illinois Central with publicity. It
> is the thing the Illinois Central has
j most feared. The influence of the
i Illinois Central is great. The penalty
! for nturdes in Illinois is death. Per
son stands alone, except to the extent
that organized labor stands with him.
The assault and the shooting took
place on a public street. The wit
nesses are many in number. The de
fense must be prepared carefully and
at once. Organized labor should see
that the life of Person is not sacrificed
for want of a defense fund to insure
him a fair trial.
Sincerely y^irs.
.J. .1. Mi:ac,iii:k
L M. Hawvkr
S H. (Jl.KNS
( ollitliit I ee
I' S. Send all iik ii *y In ( nil K.
Person. Box I) , Clinton, Illinois.
Mining Conditions In Michigan And
Colorado To Be Investigated By Congress
Constitutional
Convention
There is a wide discussion just now |
I
among union men. Socialists and t he j
workingelass in general, relative to
the sbsolute necessity of the thorough j
revision of the West Virginia State!
Constitution.
It is admitted hy all honest men
that we are twenty years behind
Ohio. California. Oregon and ail those
states which are abreast of the trend
loward an ideal democracy. The
election laws are antiquated and benr
i he imprint of politicians who sought
to silence the voice of the people j
rot her than give it full expression.
The cities and towns of West Vir-j
ginia are now wholly at the mercy of
big business. Each municipality should '
have the power to engage in any un
dertaking that will advance the inter
ests i if the citizens. As now consti
tuted the municipalities are powerless.
The iniative. referendum and right of
recall should also be speedily enacted.
We predict that the question of call
ing ;i ' (institutional convention will
become, iu the near future, one of the
leading issues in West Virginia poli
i
tics.
Let us repair your watch. We guar- j
.in tee to make it keep time. 0. A. |
Wise. Jeweler; opposite Postoffice.
One of the saddest features of cap- ?:
italisni is the fact that tTie workers j
who produce all wealth have not the !
money to afford or the culture to en- j
joy anything higher than a five cent I
picture show.
By a vole (if 151 to 15 the House
of Representatives ;it Washington,
Tuesday, adopted t tie Keating Resolu
tion. authorizing a congressional in?
vestigation into strike conditions in
Colorado and Michigan, where miners
have been on strike for the past
several months.
The resolution is almost identical
in language, of the Kern resolution,
under which the investigation into the
West Virginia strike was had. Ar
rangements are being made to start
tin* committees ('? the a fleeted zones
at the earliest possible moment
Does your watch need repairing?
We v, ill repair it right at a reasonable
cost. All work guaranteed. 0. A.
Wise, Jeweler, opposite the Post office.
Workers' Hall, over The Star office,
corner Twentieth Street and Seventh
Avenue is for rent several nights each
week. It is an ideal meeting place for
small local unions or fraternal orders
and can be secured at very reason
able rates. Inquire at the Star office.
Trades Assembly
The regular meeting of the Trades
Assembly will be held Monday night
at Brickmasons" Hail. All delegates
requested to be present.
Pit games that are game, or wiil
exchange for ferrets or coon hound.
Address W. 0. Wiley.
1606 Eleventh Avenue
Huntington, West Va.
For Rent

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