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The labor journal. (Everett, Wash.) 1909-1976, May 06, 1909, Image 1

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"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
1501) Hewitt Aye.
Devoted to tho Interest
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
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
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.
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
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*
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
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
"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
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."
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
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
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
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
■——— ——— ————
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No. 17.

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