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SPECIAL LABOR DAY ISSUE
• i;» STHTf t%e I By Howard Fast IN THE DAY of my grandaddy, and your too, the swindle was strictly a small time affairs. I’m not referring to such minor and comparatively harmless opera - y —— r-j tors as the In dian medicine man and the 9* shell game wiz fiY *¥ ard. The first y ' put up a harm- An yr less concoction A V *>Vy of colored wa \ ; ter, with .rtay \ be a wee bit of y alcohol in it, and if he took fast more than the packaging was worth, he gave those credulous w«twmers of his peace of mind In good* measure; and the second manipulated his walnut shells for those who were determined to part with an un easy dollar. No when I say the swindle was a small time affair in the ‘good old days”, I mean those tycoons of swindlers, the gentle men whom Matthew' Josephson calls “The Robber Barons,” and who, in a book of the same name, he mercilessly exposes. Among them, he includes such individ uals as Jay Cooke, Jay Gould, Andrew Carnegie, Pierpont Mor gan, John D. Rockefeller, James Hill, Henry Frick, to mention only a few, and he goes on to de scribe how these same gentlemen fleeced the American people of an empire. #* * _ THOSE are the swindlers I re fer to as small time operators. Compared to a certain matter that is going on today, under our very noses, the Goulds and the Rockefellers were petty thieves. All their looting, lumped together, pales away when measured against something that goes by the quiet and innocent title of “Excess Profit Tax.” Here’s the story. Follow it care fully it’s worth your attention. For sheer outrageousness, it’s (See Page 16) THE CHICAGO ★ p^; d Vol. I,No. 9 PAC campaign begins! Labor opens city political drive A thousand CIO shop stewards and PAC committee members moved into a block-by-block election drive in Chi cago following a spirited meeting to inaugurate the Fall campaign. Resolving to organize immediate registration drives in every plant, the assembled shop leaders from Chicago's in dustries voted to begin the collection of one-dollar PAC contributions without delay, and pledged full cooperation with all groups interested in electing candidates pledged to fight for the return to the Roosevelt program. (See Page 7) f \ Texas this time: NAACP reports two new lynchings Two additional lynchings, both of war veterans, were re ported this week by the National Association for the Advance ment of Colored People. Marshall, Texas, was the site and victims were: RICHARD F. GORDON, 31, on police books as killed “by a hit and run driver” but who was slain elsewhere and dragged through the streets at night by tw'o carloads of men w'ho remained until officers arrived, according to Negro residents of the area where the body w r as found. ALONZA BROOKS, 23, found dead in the woods from blow's on his neck and strangulation, three days after leav s ing home in his car to visit friends. The motive was not robbery since his wallet and wrist watch were still on his body when found. V f ★ ★ ★ Attend the Star’s labor Day Picnit - - - See Page 6 Chicago, August 31, 1946 66 f A City labor pioneered in political action see Page 8 v / 5 c U.S. GOODWILL 'OVERDRAWN’ IN THREATS TO YUGOSLAVS 8y Brig. Gen. Evans F. Carlson and Paul Robeson The United States and Great Britain are talk ing through their guns in the Middle East. What is being said to Yugoslavia follows a pattern set in Greece, Palestine and Transjordan. Force and the threat of force are being angry words spoken in Paris and Wash- ’ WT V • ington, ordering the yjg| victors as well as the \ vanquished of World Wm War II to submit to ' <99 the dictates of an wB A n • Amoi in W Commenting edit- I * orially on the Yu go- I Slav “incident", the New York Herald '4 JtSsk • Tribune admits that ■HHHHaguKr V "brash young Ameri- \ cans an d Britons . > nave no doubt h< • n careless about navi- „ , „ gation.” But the Brig. Gen. Carlson careless navigators who steer our ship of state Into perilous waters cannot plead the excuse of youth. It is their brashness which puts the security of our na tion and the peace of the world in peril. Post-war Yugoslavia is no dictator-ridden, United Fruit-Company-ruled Honduras. Only the very brash could so soon forget that, the people of Yugoslavia do not scare easily. It is worse than brash to believe they E■ will be cowed by what Lieut. General C. H. Lee called “a convincing demon stration of Allied mi litary power” This proud young democracy, much like our own a cen tury and more ago, is jealous of its sov ereign right to guard its territory and skies. Marshall Tito and the Yugoslav guerillas won that right in hand-to-hand fighting with Hit ler’s best panzers. They will not scurry before a parade of Paul Robeson the American 88th Infantry division, nor. tremble at the sight of Royal Airforce Spitfires and a strong American Naval task force. We cannot expect Yugoslavia and its neighbors to like up better for this ostentatious display of “respect for the rights of small nations.” The balance of good will we accumulated throughout the world by holding up our end in the common fight against fascism is rapid ly being dissipated. The United States government over drew our account by its unwarranted ultimatum to Yu goslavia. Here is further evidence that, as charged by Elliott Roosevelt, “the path of Franklin Roosevelt has been grievously and deliberately forsaken.” We must hasten to find our way back to that path before the “careless navigators” lead us to national shipwreck.