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THE LABOR JOURNAL
Mention the Journal to th-i merchant who solicits your patron age through these columns. VOL. XIX. Furniture i Quality for Discriminating Buyers Union Makes with Barron's easy payment plan attached the kind that are lasting—Sewed, laid and lined free of charge Home of the famous Monarch Range another union made article The range which pays for it's self. Pay a little now—Pay a little, later Barron Furniture Co., Inc. Both Phones 304 2815-17 Colby Aye. Everett, Wn. UNION M A. D E Call for them Have You Tried the MUI CIGAR It is an ideal UNION MADE cigar, as good as the name. UNION MADE MURRAY'S SHOE STORE Union Made Shoes Huiskamp Bros. Shoes For Women and Children Brennan Shoes MURRAY'S SHOE STORE 1707 HEWITT AYE. GEO. ROSE First Class Tailoring Everything Union Made laid HEWITT AVI. EVERETT, WASH. GRAND THEATRE Ind. 'Phone 211 X. "The House of High-Class Entertainment. ENTIRE CHANCE OF PROGRAM SUNDAYS-TUESDAYS-FRIDAYS Continuous Performances, Admission lOcts CARPETS For the Whole Family Ask For Ask For For Men Phones; Ind. 299Y, Sunset 116 a. THE LABOR JOURNAL "Under the alien low we believe we can keep all aliens from enjoying tbe privileges of the public market." said Henry Spelker, one of the organizers of the movement. "An alien cannot bold real property in this State; and ducj not pay either poll or real property tax. This market was built by the money of the taxpayers of Seattle, for the benefit of the people. Aliens, who in no way support it should rrbt have the right to sell their produce on it, in competition with white fanners who are American citizens and are paying taxes to support such in stitutions. 1501) Hewitt Aye. THE OFFICIAL PAPER OF THE F:VF:RETT TRADES COUNCIL Devoted to tho Interest KING CO. GARDENERS THOROUGHLY AROUSED Determined to Oust Their Japanese Com petitors From Public Market. We told in a former article bow the Japanese truck farmer in California was driving bis while competitor to tbe wall and was invading our own state. Very few people are aware of tbe inroads tbe Japanese are making on tbe business of tbe white truck fanners in tbe While River valley. It W a very real menace to tbe men who are suffering from this direct competition anil they are up in anus. The following taken from tbe Se attle P. I. of April 30th, shows bow tbe white farmers of that valley view the situation and what they aro going to do about, it. While fanners al the public market have subscribed more than .$1,500 to a fund to be used in an attempt to drive all Japanese from the Pike-place insti tution. They have employed lawyers, and expect to have their plan of proced ure outlined by Saturday afternoon. The organizers of the movement claim that if necessary they can raise several times that amount. They further state that every white fanner at the market is ready to subscribe $25 or more to tbis cause. They also claim to have the moral backing of organized labor. Has Been Brewing. "This movement lias been brewing for more than a year. The farmers have protested, but until recently no plan was broached for an organized tight. Every white farmers on the market has agreed to subscribe $25 or more. Two asso ciations have agreed to spend $500 each in tbe cause. If we need it, we can raise many times the $1,500 already pledged. The fight will be to a finish, once it is formally launched. "We cannot compete with the Japanese gardeners and make any money. They pay their help $15 to $17 per month and board. Tbe Japanese help lives on rice and other cheap food. We cannot get men for less than $45 per month, and have to board our men besides. The EVERETT, WASHINGTON, THURSDAY, MAY G, 1909. board of a white laborer coats many times that of a Japanese, "Our plans arc not fully matured, The action of President Roosevelt in tbe Cal ifornia school trouM" last winter shows that any court action will have to be handled carefully. The complain will be j against all alien-., and will not in any way specify the Japanese." Animosity Long Standing. There has bocn bitter feeling between tbe white fanners and Ibe Japanese at the market for many months. Stands are awarded each morning, and Japanese nnd white gardeners have to stand next to oncb other. The Japanese almost al ways outnumber the white farmers, nnd frequently get the choice positions. Although by this arrangement Japan ese gardeners may be cm both sides of a white gardener, the latter will not allow tbe Japanese to cross between bis wagon and bis sale- bench on the side walk. Several big true k associations arc back of tbe movement. The Market Garden ers' Association and tho Italian Garden ers' Association have both come out openly for the movement. CHARLES STELZLE IN GREAT BRITAIN The Rev. Charles Stelale, Superintend ent of the Presbyterian Department of church and Mfaot v. V for several years has been contributing to our columns, has just returned from ■> two months' study of the social and industrial conditions of working-people in the European coun tries. The object of this visit was to give him a larger outlook Upon the life of the working people, so that he might be better equipped for tbe work which he is doing in the United States. While in London, he had a number of conferences with the labor members of] Parliament, besides meeting many othei persons who are active in reform work of various kinds on Great Britain. Mr. Stelzle addressed several mass meetings of workingmen in London. QlaSgOW, Man chester and Kdinburg, discussing various aspects of the industrial problem. He also met and talked with tbe socialist leaders in Germany, France, Belgium nnd England, among them, Herr Bebel of the German Reichstag, J. Ramsey Mac Do nald, of tbe House of Commons, besides a number of others. The fraternal delegates from the Brit ish Trades Congress, who have been at tending the annual conventions of the SNOHOMISH COUNTY FISHING SCENI of Organized Labor American Federation of Labor, showed their appreciation of tbe entertainment accorded them In this country, by ex tending to Mr. Stclzlc a hospitality which made bis visit particularly plena* ant. Mr. Rtolzle will write for us a series of articles telling of some of his obser vations abroad. (iive a copy of tbe Journal to your non-union friend anil ask him to sub scribe for the paper that stands Square ly for tbe interests of the man who toils. THE PRINTERS MAKE PROTEST Unfair Competition From the Government. Print ing ami publishing companies— And the allied printing trades, who arc dependent upon the prosperity of the former for their own Hvlihood— are com plaining bitterly over the competition which they are meeting from the U. S. government through the postal depart ment. It will be remembered that a ■hort time ago tbe whole country Was flooded with announcements that the government was in the business of print ing stationery and price lists on various kinds of work were quoted It was claimed that a growing deficit in the postal department of the government must be met in some way nnd this was one of tbe Schemes devised to stop the leaks in Uncle Sam's strong box. This proposition doubtless, looks good to many people who look at tbe quest inn from only one point of view. The print ers are not in that category, however, and •laim It is working havoc with their bus iness. They point out that Uncle Sam doesn't even own tbe plant which is their worst competitor. The "Buckeye Informer" published In Ohio thus tersely describes tbe situa tion: "The printing plant through which tbe trovernment becomes our worst competi tor, is not situated In Washington, ami doesn't belong to the government; and yet the government maintains in even the smallest village, yes, at many a coun try cross road, an agency, part nf the duties of which is. to solicit work for this plant, to the detriment of the print er. Aside from this, the government spends thousands of dollars for circulai and other advertising to help get these jobs of printing: and it delivers the fin ished work to the customer by register ed mail, free of charge. So hard docs it work to satisfy tho customer that it even employes experts in the Agricultur al Department to test the paper, and so anxious is the government to get this printing for the office it represents that it does tbe work at what some of the employees of tbe government esti mate, that is guess, to be its cost.' "The printing office for which tbe gov eminent acts as general agent and sales manager; and for which it also conducts the accounting, delivering ami collection departments, secured through the gov ernment's agency during tbe fiscal year ending .Tune Ist. liWIS. work amounting to 11,672,7*0.88, taking the same swaj from printers from every state and ter ritory in the I'nion. This printing office is situated at Dayton, Ohio, and the work it turns out is stamped envelopes, Dur ing the last fiscal year it ground out every working day nearly four millions of these envelopes, of which about two and one-half millions had the return card of a merchant, manufacturer, batik ST or other private individual or cor poration printed thereon." II WOtlU MOtn that there is reason in this lament of the printers. Nearly every newspaper office in the smaller ■ities, ami in the towns ami country villages, have their job department! u'iiich they look to to eke out a liv ing. There is no class of citizens more iptimistie nor who contribute more to •he proeperity of the community in which they live, than the printers. They al ways boost for their 'home town. It iocs seem rather unfair for tbe gov ernment to take away the work which ihuM be rightfully theirs and from tbe strictly job shops as well. But that postal deficit | It might he suggested that the government could plug up some of the holes by curtail ing to some extent the franking privil '>ges enjoyed so greatly by members of ■ongress. When anything from a |>aek age of garden seeds to a typwriter can be frankill from one end of the coun !ry to the other nnd transportation paid m "fat mail contracts" to the railroads, it would seem as if there might be room for improvement in the franking sys tem. Anyhow, the printers don't like it and are up in arms about it. The 10 --al Typographical I'nion in line with their sister locals throughout the coun try are memorializing congress about it, a copy of the resolutions passed by them being printed in the Journal a few weeks ago. What stand will be finally taken in the matter by congress i<* pure ly conjectural. Congress is notorious for "never doing today what eau be put off until tomorrow." ORGANIZATION THE SECRET OF POWER Will Toilers Learn to Use Their Strength— The Ballot is the Weapon. (Mr. Carlton Murray Ttrosius, the writer of tbe following article, is a mem ber of the typographical union, of San Diego, ( al.. and a contributor to num erous labor publications He possesses one of the keenest minds in the American labor movement and bis gift of ex pression makes him a potent power in the battle for humanity.—Editor.) Man is created in the image and like ness of God, and is Divine Wisdom's highest form of expression. By means of his intellect, man lias harnessed the waves of tlio sea to ships of commerce and made the ltoundless ocean obey his mandates. Ho has lassoed the lightning and compelled it to bear him from place to place and carry his messages around the world. He has made tbe mighty force! of steam his servant and shifted the burden of man and beast upon its ahoul dera. He lias turned his telescope to ward the heavens and measured the di tance from star to Star and from planet to planet. He has erected such massive forms of architecture in marble and stone that they seem destined to| repose until time shall be no more. He has even gone to the length of hold ing intercourse with the spirit inhabit ants of tbe world beyond the grave, if the evidence of our Spiritual friends is to be believed. | And yet with all these marvelous achievements ol man's transcendent gen ius, he seems unable to ope with the one problem of common, ordinary, every day existence —the bread and meat prob lem—how. in a world of plenty, all God's 'hildren may have the am '.int of food| necessary to keep the spark of life with in their bodies. All over this broad land of ours—n land rich to prodigality Hi thi fruit "re of its soil —where happy homes dot even hillside, where church and school are 1 ministering to the soul ami intellect of humanity, and great cities swarm with aaeeefl of toiling men and women—all over thil broad land the bread lines and soup lines are being constantly augment ed, and the struggle for existence grows. -harper and more desperate as the years roll on. A few days ago. a thinly-clad, pale faced man hurled a brick through a large plate glass window on State street in Chicago, for the express purpose of bav in.' l himself arrested. When brought ''cfore tbe justice, the man said: "It natters not where I am from or what my business is. Recently it has been that of trying to solve the problem of how to live on nothing. I was starving 1 have no friends. The priest nnd the le-! vile daily pass me by, and the good' Samaritan has not found me yet. It was either beggary or theft, until I thought of committing some eompara tively harmless crime and being arrest cd. That is why 1 broke tbe window, to, lie saved the shame of begging or steal ing. My name -well—let it go asj "Friendless Vug.' " Now, reader, what do you think youj would do under the same circumstance*t Supposing you were told by some burly blue-coat to "keep moving on" and peo ple turned you from their doors as a worthless tramp; would you steal, would you beg, would you commit a crime for the sake of getting food, or would you j end it all by going out of tbe world 1 Every day some resort to one of these measures ami some to another. Hard, indeed, is it to tell which is the more terrible—the crime of stealing, tbe le gradation of begging or the crowning act of desperation, suicide. Rut, nfter all. this is not tbe main question. Tbe main question is: How an we destroy the system under and through which hundreds of thousands of men and women are driven to these aw ful extremities? The I'nited States of America is rated as the richest eoun trv on the globe, and one of the most en lightened and progressive of the nations of the earth, and yet we have thousands upon thousands of human beings under the silken folds of our starry banner who are compelled every day of their lives to decide whether they will steal, heir, commit a crime, or end all in suicide And. worst of all, it is through no fault of their own. but it is tbe fault of a damnable system of oppression and tv ranny. backed and upheld by the gov ernment itself. It is not on account of menu hearts, base motives, wrong de sires, or a luck of tbe necessaries of life, that these people must needs suffer the pangs of hunger. The granaries and warehouses of the land are filled almost to the bursting point There is plenty ; for all—and to spare-if the system . would only be magnanimous enough to , allow a just and equitable distribution to be made. It is not tbe fault of the | earth, which yields in abnndaiv c. or of r the people, who produce all that is nee i essary, but of the system which con t trole tbe distribution. In France, when the conditions be.-ame «« they are today in America, the masses of the people resorted to force of arms to obtain their rights, and the pages of THE LABOR JOURNAL Is the official organ of the Trades Council, and is read by the labor ing men and women of Everett. tbe history of the French revolution are red with the blood of martyrs who sac rificed their lives to destroy a system less cruel and less despotic than the present day American aristocracy. Old-world monarcJis do not have the spirit of tyranny and oppression so ab normally developed in their royal breasts jas some of our federal judges here in free" America, who sentence honest, patriotic eiti/.ens to jail for violating in junctions di' tuted by capitalists who are i too cowardly to wage a square combat 'in the open, but who must needs appeal to the prejudice, bigotry or cupidity of s"iue small-calibre lawyer whose political pull lias been the means of elevating him 'to a judge's bench, which by character, ; conscience or breadth of intellect he was never fitted to occupy. Tbe rich of our land seem content to recline upon luxurious couches and watch through costly plate glass windows the cold and hungry throng as it marches past, without lifting a band to relieve the awful distress. It is a condition and not a theory that confronts us, and men of character, courage and determination . are required to bring about a change. We need expect nothing from the powers that be, under the present regime; and, I because of an absence of concerted e< j fort the unorganized working people can accomplish nothing in the way of relief, so up 'ii the shoulders of trades union- Ists restl the burden of changing the sys tem. The statement is incontrovertible that a system is all wrong when it enables one man to rob bis fellows and leave them starving upon the highway, while he masses wealth of such magnitude that al mid he spend a million dollars a month he would be dead long before tune was half gone. No sane man will deny* *hat a system 1- all »- >ng which enables .. Wall street gambl r to comer wheat, make a miuZOB dollars in a week, feast upon the fat pt the land himself, feed porterhouae steaks to i.is dog and give champagne dinners to liis monkeys, while thousands o; and women in the ever-lengthening bread lines struggle like lost souls for a stale loaf with the forlorn hope of keeping life in their weak and emaciated bodies a little while longer. The ' lame rests, primarily, with our ! law-makers that aggregation of time serving cowards in Washington City known as Senator! and Congressmen— who ha\e sworn to support the consti tution of the 1 nited States and deal im partially iv tiie performance of their official duties These men seem to have no thought of enacting laws which will be of tbe greatest benefit to the great est number, but tbe measures they enact are. without variation, favorable to the int rests of capital; and the rights of man's creature—-property—are placed above the rights of man himself. Our j Senators and il mgressmen are cowards— , double cowards— first, they are afraid ot , losing their official positions; and, sec , ond, they arc afraid of giving offense to the American aristocracy— the Rocke j fellers, Morgans, Goulds, Hills, Harri I mans, Vanderbilte, etc. Property must Ibe protected, and certain classes must be allowed to pile up millions, if men and women starve by thousands in our centers of population. No iaw shall be paaaed giving relief to the masses, for fear it might displease a railroad mag nate, a steel trust director, or an offi cial of the Standard Oil Company; or, perhaps, force the rich to bear their pro portionate than of the burdens of gov eminent. A law is passed, ostensibly for the purpose of curbing tbe trusts, yet the law is never enforced except to pane utc members of trades unions. The !• esent System is all wrong, and we un ion men must ns,. in all our majesty and accumulated power, nnd force a radical hangc. And how we are to do it T Not with bullets and bayonets, as the French pa triots did. but with our ballots, which, if we do not too long delay, will not be denied us. Ho you suppose for an instant that raft, the father of the injunction and tool of the capitalist claas, could have 1 " elected to the presidency if every trade unionist in America had voted sjainal him? Well, hardly Every un c ii man who cast his vote for Taft, con tribute,! just that much to a continue - lion of the present unjust and unequal distribution of the world's wealth; for, II the party to which Taft belongs is m i the father, mother and nurse of the trusts, corporations and combines, who iv heaven's name is? We should Ix'gm now to organise the votes of the workingmen for the nua l*ig" '" Wit, and resolve to vote for 1 • I'.itn .11..1 no nurty not pledged to poli cies which will guarantee a just nasi equitable distribution of the necessaries of life and an equal apportionment of the tardea* of taxation. In his book, "I nivepial Kinship," Howard Moore ■——— ——— ———— • > •■ntiiMiiHl (,n Page Three.) No. 17.