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your support as never before, and do all in your power to build up flie people " Debs. you allow that to be destro yed your hope is gone. Give the Socialist press preserve that great moral power for the education and emancipation of WORKERS OF THE WORLD UNITE Official Organ of the Communist Labor Party of Ohio. NO. 102. Published at Cleveland, 0. DAY, JANUARY 14th 1920 Goveiment Spies Wrote Planks in Communist Par Platform, also Laid Bombs, is Charge Washington Stirred to Depths by Sensational Accusations Against Government Spies Russian Republic Representative Demands Full Hearing Before Senate. WASHINGTON. Did the Department of Justice organize the Communist party of America and write into its platform the very planks upon which it now bases its prosecutions and deportation proceedings? Charges that the Department of Justice did these things are contained in a statement given to all the press associations Jan. 6, by Santeri Nuorteva, secretary of the Russian Soviet Government Bureau. Members of the United States Senate, who had re ceived earlier information respecting the alleged "agent provocateur" activities of the Department of Justice, were excited and furious to hear that the mast degrading prac tices of the old Russian Czars had been copied by an ex ecutive branch of the United States government. Conspiracy to Suppress Ttruth.w Nuorteva's sensational statement to the press occurs iirJie-c-dfi?8e-f4i comment on 4he ar88tof- -Gregory Weinstein, of the Soviet Bureau, in New York City. After stating that the Soviet representatives "wel comed the opportunity given by the proposed hearings be fore the Senate committee to state the facts and refute the historical lies which are being spread about the Soviet gov ernment." Nuorteva charges that the contemplated depor tation of himself and Martens is a conspiracy to prevent the Senate and the American people from learning the truth. His statement then declares : "We have conclusive evidence that agents of the De partment of Justice have actively participated in the or ganization of the Communist Party or America, and that those very planks in the program of the party which now form the basis of the persecution of thousands of people have been drafted and inserted into that program by such government agents. We can prove that the chief figures in certain celebrated bomb plots were agents of a similar nature." A member of the President's Cabinet who heard the charges against the Department of Justice exclaimed: "I have felt for some time that private corporations were employing 'agents provocateur' to discredit labor, but it is almost incredible to learn that a department of the government has descended to that frightful practice." i W'ale Collusion Charred. The attention of some senators was drawn today to the fact' that a well-known character within the Com munist Party ranks, who was most active in its creation and early agitation, is reported to have "slipped through" the Department of Justice net, and they are asking wheth er he was given official assistance to "escape". Senators learned that the Soviet representatives are prepared to offer evidence of the most explicit sort show ing that the Department of Justice was paying money to and receiving reports from the man who dictated the most radical planks of the Communist Party, in the weeks be fore, during and after the organization of that party. On every side the opinion is expressed that the Senate will certainly demand the right to question the Soviet re presentatives and make them prove or confess the falsity of their astounding accusation. As one member of Con gress declared tomght: "If America has emerged from the world war a nest of spies and official plotters against exploited classes at Continual on pare 4.) and - ;t I r CLEVELAND. 0.. WEDMES 3 ni : J) Ift FORMERLY THE OHIO SOCIALIST Address all mail to 3207 Clark Ave., Cleveland, 0. $1.00 A YEAR WHO IS THE DESTROYER OF LIBERTY? Our cartoonist has depicted the conditions of American polit ical life in a striking and livid manner in this week's Toiler. The drawing tells the story far more completely than words can de- ? scribe. A few months ago the words "liberty and freedom" were moving words. To-day they are dead except in the minds of the world's oppressed. Then, the world was passing thru a saturnalia of blood. A rallying cry was necessary to lead on the peoples to more sacrifice and slaughter. An idealogical aspect must he put upon the face of the struggle . What better catch-phrase than 'liberty" could he sounded in the ears of the victims of capitalistic world imperialism? But hypnotized labor to expect the practical application of the precepts of liberty to their every day lives and to indue- mi . , ... ........ ... . - inai cuiiuiuuiiB. iney accepted witnout question tne promises ol their leaders. They bled and sacrificed without end that the ideala which were held aloft by the sponsors of war might live afterward. How bitter is the dissapointmentl To-day, the workers of The Wrecker at Work. L W. W. DEMANDS SEARCHING IN QUIRY INTO CENTRALU HORROR. CHICAGO. Searching investiga tion into the facts behind the Central- ia tragedy is demanded by the Indu strial Workers o-the World in an open letter which has been sent to the members of both honses of Congress The letter bears the signature of Wm. D. Haywood, as secretary of the I. W. W. general defense committee. "We want, and yon want, the truth," the letter declares. "In this I Centralia horror we haven't had the I truth. Somebody has stopped it. There is something that somebody ia hush ing up. There are burning facta which guilty men are trying to conceal. Will you help us to uncover them? "Out in the Northwest there has been a tragedy which has shaken thti i nation. At Centralia, Wash., a aaturn ' alia of horror has been loosed which ia beyond description. Throughout the state of Washington it has been a signal for mob ferocity and lawLos ness which has made life a teror for thousands of victims. alls Packed With Innocents. "It has packed jails with innocent men. It has enabled a gang of uni formed hoodlums to usurp evary power of staU They have destroyed roperty, ravished civil rights,! abolished every constitutional safe guard of cititenship. have att whole lalo shut the in x ...,viv come jtwe and in tic mpted to exterminate a I organization. They have ouths of every man who has to protest. They have be- and jury and executioner, ir hands all Washington to day is lite a black pogrom. "How this? much do you know of all Newspapers Glorify Thugs." "For the newspapers (except for the tiniest minority) tell us nothing and they tell you nothingl From the first shooting in Centralia on Ar mistice Day, the press of the country has willfully distorted the whole situa tion. In a struggle where there were plainly two sides they have printed one aide and maligned the other.. "They have glorified the thugs and stigmatised the victims. They have used every twistod incident as propa ganda to exhort their readers to go and do likewise. And in Centralia it self a mob of men was thrown around the town to prevent a word from trickling out. On Paper Tried to Tell Ttroth. "One newspaper tried to print the troth. It was not an I. W. W. paper, It was the Seattle Union Record, own ed by the American Federation of Labor. It announced that It had In that in its next issue it would print the suppressed truth. But before this next issue could appear the paper was stopped and its editors thrown into jaiL "There are a few facts, however, which have escaped the censorship. They are eloquent of the true situa tion: "First The four men who were shot at Centralia were shot while breaking the law. At the coroner's in quest it was plainly brought out that they halted the parade in front of the I. W. W. headquarters and charged the door, thus bringing npon them selves the penalty which they suf fered. Self-Defense Is Lawful Right the iron ' heel )i -Sespotism. Of fcfi nations, uh the, "Under a cloak of patriotism they veetiga ted the Centralis outrage, and "Second This would mean that the men who fired the shots were unmis takably within the law! for even in capitalist courts a man is accorded the right to shoot in self-defense when an intruder breaks into his property. "Third But after this, other pa raders seized Wesley Everetts, an I. W. W. and an overseas victim, and murdered him by lynching. They dese crated his body, dragged it back to the jail where other I. W. W. were impris oned, and threw it there. Then they forced their prisoners to dig a grave for Everetts on a vacant lot and bury him. "Fourth Every known L. W. W. in Centralia at that time was seized and M . at a wunout aue process of law was thrown into jail. And 10 of our mem- United States are ground down more pittilessry than any. Every single Constitutional liberty has been and is now being denied them. That "bulwark of our liberties", the Constitution, has been shattered to bits by the hand of capitalistic interests. Free speech, free assembly are dead. The workers are disfranchaised.Berger has been denied the seat to which he was elected by a clear majority of 5,000 votes. Every citizen who voted for Berger was disfranchised by the acts of the representatives of capitalistic interests in con gress. In New York, five socialists have been denied their seats in the state assembly. The constitutional right of the citizens to elect representatives of their choice have been violated by capi talistic interests. The destructionist is at work in every field and alw rs it is the same influence that stands in the bagkeround. Because of the work of this arch enemy of liberty, nearly half a million steel workers have been forced back to their toil, underpaid, overworked, and denied even the right to form orga nizations for forcing concessions from their organized employers. The steel strike in an eloquent page in the history of the rise of American capitalist influence over the historic "rights" of Amer ican workers and citizens. In every steel center, the heavy hand of oppression came down upon the workers with violence. Every vestige of personal and constitutional liberty was ruthlessely stamped into the mire. Meetings of the steel workers were brok- j en up by armed violence of uniformed thugs. Men and women were murdered outright and no bones made of it. The steel strike was lost because slavery was imposed upon the strikers by the armed power of the state at the behest of Gary and his associates in plunder. The Constitution was an obstruction in the path of capitalistic imperialism, and because it was so, it has been wrecked to bits. It has been cast upon the scrap heap of history and now marks a milestone along the path which capitalism has passed. It can never be rebuilt. It will never again serve as a refuge of the working class of America. It cannot be used as a weapon for their defense against the employing class. In the struggle of Labor for mastery of the world, it cannot be revived as an implement to further its I rise to power. The Constitution is dead it can no longer be said to exist. (Continued on page 4) Capitalism knows no law but the law of its own will. It will without a quiver wreck its own laws when they stand in its way. It acknowledges but one lawthe law of force. The workers must forge new weapons if they would win against entrenched and power ful capital. We know now. that we can never win bv merely gaining 51 percent of the ballots". We know that capitalism has no more respect for majorities than it has for minorities. Labor must give ill its activities for shorter hours and higher wages a revolutionary meaning. It must quit quibbling over these things merely as s ich. Labor must recognize that in order to live humane ly, it must control the means by which it lives. It must take out of the hands ol capital the power to control production. It mast take out of the hands of capital its unearned possession of thn machinery of production. To live, Laber must rule. And to nils, it must cease depending upon the "rights" given by dead constitu tions. It must by force of itsinvincible numbers, write a Consti tution in which only they, who labor shall share. til.