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SATURDAY. OCT. 30-th 1920
THE TOILEB PAGE 13 6 died in county jails awaiting trial. 2 went insane in county jails awaiting trial. The 168 sentenced received from one to twenty years each, or a grand total of more than 1250 years, or an average of seven and one-half years' penal servitude each. The above figures were compiled of Federal cases only. We have no space to tabulate for our readers the dozens of cases under the various state Criminal Syndicalism laws, which resulted in the soentencing of scores of our members to state penitentiaries. We have not the space to inform you in detail of the hundreds of cases of petty ar rests, of imprisonment in county jails on trumped up charges. The Facts Must Be Made Known. The country is at present in the throes of a na tionwide industrial crisis. Unemployment is in creasing ; the capitalist class is becoming incapable of the function of maintaining production ; among the workers is stirring a great discontent, broader and deeper than ever before. The American work ers are more receptive than ever before, to appeals to their class solidarity. Now is the time to make known to them the facts about the long series of legal persecutions, undertaken at the dictation of our industrial task-masters, which the militant workers have suffered. A publicity campaign, of a broader and more energetic nature than any hitherto undertaken, must be launched. The General Defense Committee looks with con fidence to the class conscious workers of America to support its work in this hour of need. Through the long, dark years of suppression, we have al ways been able to depend confidently upon the re sponse of the workers. Now we appeal to you again, knowing that the undying spirit of working-class militancy will assure us the response which will strengthen the spirit of the boys in prison, and the efforts of those working for their release. Workers, the need is pressing! You, and you only, can aid us ! Let your help be substaintial and prompt ! Colonel Malone, the British Member of Parlia ment who recently joined the Communist Party, got up in the House of Commons last week and demanded that action be taken in behalf of Jim Larkin, the Irish labor leader, who is confined in prison at Dannemora, N. Y. Larkin was convicted of active membership in the Communist Labor Party and sentenced to serve from five to ten years. Blood Stains By J. L. Gillespie. Some thirty years ago I saw a board bearing the blood stains of a chattel slave who had been beaten to death by his overseer. They were as painly visible as they had been a week after the tragedy occurred. This board served a small part as siding to an old barn. The tragedy took place several years before the civil war. The capitalist class of the world were the in stigators of the world war and their hands are stained with the blood of the working class. Our federal prisons today contain upwards of 2000 working men and women who dared to speak their minds against a program of war which to them seemed a gigantic crime. Will a nation pursuing such a policiy of per secution stand the test of time? Russia under the Czar pursued such a policy, but it failed, and the ruling class of that regime is now paying the price for the crimes and cruelties which it perpetrated. The capitalist class may wash its hands as did Pilate of old, but it will do no good; the blood stains will ever remain to curse its existence. Capitalism now holds its supremacy only, by deception, trickery and fraud, put over a people through the aid of a powerful prostituted press. It may be asked how long this condition will endure. It will last as long as the working class sleeps and not a day longer. A powerful labor press must be built up and sustained to counteract the lying, de ceitful papers and magazines whose editors sell themselves into a condition of intellectual prostitu tion to sustain a system that has served its day and should be cast upon the junk heap of all worn out and useless things.