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i FOR SOCIALIST NEWS AND PROPAGANDA fc« par e»py. $1.00 p«r t*mut WITH THE PLAYERS MRS. FYE MAKES IDEAL HELEN Amateur* Do Excellent Work Interpreting "Call of Conscience" I Owing to the fart that no paper was Usuihl the week following the produc tion of Shipley's "Call of Conscience", and the confusion incident to the troublous days follow no mention has heretofore boon made of the ex cellent work done by the comrades who Interpreted some of the difficult roles of the play. First of all should bo mentioned the splendid work of Mrs. l.otolsia I've in the character Helen Foster, rebel do partment store employee. None but a real revolutionary Socialist could have delivered the message from the girl employees to their heartless employer C. H. Deacon in the fiery spirit of Helen Foster, as impersonated by Mrs. Fye. All through the play her render ing of the linos showed clearly that the words spoken were but the ex pression of her own personal expert (.Wo in the class struggle. Her every »»ni carried conviction and reached daep into the hearts of every listener. Her work as an actress measured fully up to the highest standard of histrionic art. F. G. Crosby, the ever-genial adver tising manager of the Commonwealth, interpreted with signal success the role of Mike Casey, the Hibernian po liceman, who was so fearful lest the Socialists "break up the home," whilst he himself picked up no little small change from the demi-monde. Com rade Crosby never failed to bring the laugh where it was due, and fully realized in every particular the auth or's ideal New York "bull." Comrade John Warswiek and Ed. McLaughlin brought down the house with their realistic impersonations of newsboys having scrap over "who'd be a Socialist and divide up!" No professionals% could have gotten more out of their respective parts. They were ably assisted by Ed. Critchley, with mouth-organ and dancing. Little Iris Fye took the audience by storm with her talented impersonation of the flower vender in the second act, and of James Fairbanks in the third act, where she recited with most remarkable effectiveness and expres sion "A Fool There Was," etc. This was one of the unforgetable events of the play. Comrade Miss Sadie Crosby was called upon at the last moment to take the part of Mrs. Fairbanks, "mother of six," the lady who had been assigned the part being too ill to play. She did very well indeed under the trying circumstances. Mrs. Addie Kosbab and Dr. Keyser created no end of fun with their parts in the soap-box scene in the tenement district of New York. Their work was highly appreciated by the audi ence at every performance. J Comrade Charles Morrison, in the role of "laboring man," left nothing to be desired, unless it be to see him i; i a more prominent part. He was the I. eal for the part assigned him. §We have space to mention now no of the amateurs who took part, but we cannot close this account with out recognition of Miss Inez Graybell, one of the professionals, but a Social ist, and therefore entitled to special mention in these columns for her faultless interpretation of "Mable, an unfortunate girl." This is perhaps the most difficult role in the play, though "Mable" is seen only in the second act. It is a part which tempts one to overdo the emotional, especially in the closing scene with C. H. Deacon, on which the curtain falls. Miss Gray bill handled her difficult lines with mest artistic self-restraint, while los ing nothing that was effective in deep, yet reserved emotion. Her rich, me lodious voice and charming person ality added much to her profoundly sympathetic portrayal of the heart broken, despairing, yet rebellious " roman with a price." We predict B r this comrade a brilliant future in 11 <- Socialist drama that is so soon tcJbe. 'A word for the non-Socialist profes sionals. It would be nothing short of rank treason to conscience for us to close this account without at least a word or two of appreciation for the regular members of the Griffith Stock company. Space limits us to the mere state ment that the work of this well and favorably known stock company was most conscientiously and artistically performed. Each and every memebr of the company won well deserved praise and applause from an audience many of whom were taking their first lesson in the class struggle and liI^BELL FAMILY Marxian economics. No small share of the success of the season of six performances in Everett was due to the hearty co-operation and high ability of the talented members of the Griffith Stock company. Splendid Work of J. W. LaMar. !!• sides the excellent work of those already m-ntioned, we are happy to acknowledge our deep indebtedness to Comrade J. W. l.a.Mar, who favored us during each performance with a between-acts specialty which con vulsed the audiences with laughter. His act was literally "a scream," from start to finish. Made up as a country Swede, Comrade LaMar would noini nte Knute Nelson for president of the United States, and his dialect and his argument very nearly put the audi ence into hysterics. No, we're not through yet. We have still to mention the music. Comrade Theodore Boer rendered a most beautiful clarinet solo between the first and second acts of each per formance, which was most heartily applauded by an appreciative audi ence. Owing to an objection raised by Mr. Wagner, secretary of the Musicians' Union, the volunteer Socialist orches tra was not permitted to play before the stage; but they rendered excellent music in the wings. Naturally this arrangement necessitated a great deal of useless irritation and inconvenience but in spite of that the music added greatly to the success of the play. Those who contributed their services were Nels and I. T. Svarrow, Mrs. Derrlng, Carl Mahngran and F. R. Jenkins. No opportunity for propaganda was lost. The time usually wasted before the curtain rises was utilized by throwing upon the sen on about eighty of Comrade Shipley's lecture slides, dealing with the evolution of the machine and the class struggle. Many of the pictures brought down enthusiastic applause. This was ef fective preparation for the drama which was to follow. If the Interstate Commerce Commis sion is given supervision over issu ance of railroad securities, it will be but the Government further extending its control over waterways. -Nashville Southern Lumberman, Carnegie spends $2,000,000 for peace. The nations spends perhaps $3,000,000,000 a year for war. —New York World. Formerly The Commonwealth KVICKKTT, WASHINGTON, THURSDAY, APRIL 18, 1014. DID YOU GET YOURS? When the concern which took over our property returned our mailing list we found that it had been emptied In discriminately into a box. It required three experienced comrades two days to untangle the mass, even partially, SO If any one did not get the paper as usual last week it is not to be mar veled at. Under the trying circum stances the remarkable thing is that ANYONE received a paper. For these reasons we particularly request any subscribers not receiving a copy of any issue to notify us and we will at once mail the missing num ber, We desire to do this in justice to ourselves as well as to our readers. This week we feel certain that our list is again perfectly classified. But if you find any error, or shortcoming in it, please let us know AT ONCE. CALL FOR COUNTY CONVEN TION S. P. SNOHOMISH COUNTY, WASH. The county convention of the So cialist Party of Bnobomlsh County, will be held at Socialist. Headquarters, 1612 California St., Everett, Wash, on Sunday at 1 P.M., May 10, 1914, to nominate party officials and to en dorse county candidates for the fall election as well as to transact such other business as may come before It. liy order of the Co. Ex. Board, FKANK CORT, Secy-treas. HOW THE RICH GET RICHER. In its latest report the steel trust informs us that it was able to find a foreign market for 375,000,000 tons of steel last year. At ten dollars a ton this would net the steel trust the tidy sum of $3,750,000,000. Out of this sum the generous magnates paid in wages to those who produced this colossal wealth $157,000,000. And the gentle men are very proud of their philan thropy in thus "giving work" to the poor wage-earners, and giving them back in the form of wages a little more than four per cent of the value of the product of their arduous and danger ous toil. The capitalists are very kindhearted thus to give work to the workers. Very kind, indeed. Colonel Uoosevelt is examining a large tract of land in South America. Maybe it is his intention to start a little country of his own. St. Louis Globe Democrat. HELEN KELLER TELLS GUS PILZ WHY SHE IS A SOCIALIST. Helen Keller has come and gone! The world does well to pay its hom age to so wonderful a personage. In all the history of tho world there has been but one Helen Keller, thus dis proving the maxim that "there is noth ing new under the sun." The bourgeoisie press has filled so many columns about this marvelous child of darkness and eternal silence, that wo need say no more here than to congratulate Miss Keller in being able to Comprehend in her wonderful way the profound truths of Socialism and .Marxian economics. And we re joice to call her "comrade," to wel come to our ranks one of the world's greatest living personages, an inspira tion to those who have ears that hear not, and eyes that see not. At, the conclusion of her lecture at the Everett theater, Gua Pilz, the Red, Terror of Mukilteo, got on his feet and asked Miss Keller why she Is so much interested in Socialism. Miss Keller quickly replied: "I am interested in Socialism because It is the only movement In the world that will emancipate the working class; the only movement that can bring true happiness to the human race." SOAP-BOXERS IN SNOHOMISH Last Sunday, Comrade Illonnka ac companied by Comrade Crosby, Adv.- Mgr. of the Wash. Socialist, made a trip to the ancient metropolis of Sno homllh county for the purpose of pul ling off a street meeting. The City Marshal was hunted up and the pro position broached to him. After con sulting with his Honor the Mayor, he reported back that they did not think it the proper thing to talk politics on the street Sundays, but any other day or evening the Comrades were wel come to go to it. After consulting over the matter it has been arranged for them to make another trip next Sat. evening, April 18th. All Snohomish comrades are requested to lend their ears for the occasion, incidently any spare change the system may have left in their pockets. The hi,ffrage sisterhood might take this occasion to ask Mr. Wilson if there is anything in the Baltimore platform about repealing the Panama live-tolls law. —Boston Transcript. TI IE ELECTRICAL WORKER. (Kxtrmt from Poor's Manual of Public Utilities for "Aside from the long distance lines, the Bell in struments which were leased to operating companies, and its real estate) substantially all of the assets of iii" American Telephone and Telegraph Company, consist of securities of local telephone companies operating throughout the United States and Canada. The American Telephone and Telegraph Company furnishes each of these companies all needed tele phoned replaces them with others when required, grants the rights to use ail patents owned or con troll id by It and does engineering and other services. The consideration therefor paid by the associated companies amounts to 4V4 per cent of their gross telephone receipts, In addition to its Interests In the associated telephone companies the American Tele phone and Telegraph Company owns over 90 per cent of the capital stock of the Western Electric Company, which Is a large manufacturer of tele phone and other electrical apparatus and Instruments used by the affiliated companies. The Western Elec tric Company Bella both telephones and telephonic apparatus to all associated companies." The beauty of this "system" is that when the employes of a subsidiary company ask for a raise; ho much has been paid out for the use of instru ments (through pipe No. 1) and for apparatus and ■Uppllea (through pipe No. 2) that the company can make a plausible plea of poverty, and little Mary and Johnnie are ignorant of what is-wrong. Most of the great corporations have a similar "system" of pipes for the robbing of the workers. However, much these "pipe systems" differ in detail they are alike in one principle. That is, to rob the worker that he does not know he is being robbed. Little Johnny in now sore on Clarence, but wait 'till, he finds out how the pipes work! HELEN KELLER. Mute, sightless, visitant, From what uncharted world Hast voyaged into Life's rude sea, With guidance scant; As if some bark mysteriously Should hither glide with spars aslant And sails all furled? In what perpetual dawn. Child of the spotless brow, Hast kept thy spirit far withdrawn — Thy birthright undefiled? What views to thy sealed eyes appear? What voices mayst thou hear Speak as we know not how? Of grief and sin hast thou, O radiant child, Even thou a share? Can mortal taint Have power on the unfearing The woes our sight, our hearing, Learn from Earth's crime and plaint? Not as we see Earth, sky, insensate forms, ourselves, Thou aeest, but vision-free Thy fancy soars and delves, Albeit no sounds to us relate The wondrous things Thy brave Imagining! Within their starry night create. Pity thy unconfined Clear spirit, whose enfranchised eyes Use not their grosser sense! Ah, no! thy bright intelligence Hath its own Paradise, A realm wherein to hear and see Things hidden from our kind. Not thou, not thou —'Us we Are deaf, are dumb, are blind. —Edmund Clarence Stedman. SOCIALIST PARTY OF NOR- WAY IS GROWING The annual report of the Social Democratic party of Norway shows that the membership of the party has increased from 43,000 to 50,000 during the last year. In spite of the diffi culties of communication caused by the snow and ice that hinder com munication in that country during much of the year, the party organiza tion has reached almost into every sec tion of the country. The press now Includes 32 journals of which 24 belong to the party. Nine of these are dailies. At the last municipal elections the party elected 1803 members of munici pal councils, of whom 45 are women. The high cost of living seems to be unaffected by the law of gravitation. —Houston Chronicle. ARMY DESERTIONS. The ratio of deseriton to enlistment in the United States army in 1913 was 17 to 100, and the total number of de sertions during the last ten years was 46,689. Since our army is made up of picked men —of the one hundred and fifty thousand who applied for enlist ment in 1912 only twenty-six thousand were accepted—these figures suggest that there must be discrepancy some where between the realities of army life and the rosy pictures of it held up before the public by the recruiting ser vice. Japan can't fool Hobson by cutting $15,000,000 out of her naval estimates. —New York World. LITERATURE DISTRIBUTION. The first distribution of literature for the 1914 campaign will be held on April 19, 1914. The organization com mittee has ordered 2,000 copies of "The Hand of the World" by Helen Keller, to start the city distribution. This leaflet should be placed in the hands of every non-Socialists and sym pathizer in Everett and all distribut ors should get their literature at the Socialist party headquarters, 1612 California street, before Sunday. Don't fail to get your literature for distribution! CARL ULONSKA, Chairman Organization Committee. THE RIGHT SPIRIT! Box 282, Charleston, Wash. April 11th, 1914. Editor "The Washington Socialist." Comrade. Enclosed find M. O. for $1.00 for "The Washington Socialist's" first year. We had desided to drop several pa pers Including "The Commonwealth". As owing to protracted illness we are hard pressed for cash, but this is our reply to any attempt to kill our party press. We must keep our papers going or we have no show for advancement. Yours for the cause G. W. and E. L. ARMSTRONG. Gutzon Borglum says the* sculptors whose names are on them never really mads most of the statues in New York and Washington. That is equivalent to a verdict of not guilty. —New York World. No. 171. EDITORS OF MASSES WILL NOT BE TRIED Suit of Associated Press Called Off —Probably Feared Mass of Evidence Gathered. The indictments against Max East man and Art Young, editor and artist of The Masses, a Socialist monthly of New York City, have been dismissed. Young and Eastman were charged with libeling the Associated Press. Thoy had secured a great mass of evi dence to prove the Associated Press had suppressed and distorted news in a great, number of cases. It is thought the Associated Press feared to have this evidence made public. IMPORTANT! I am taking this means of urging all who are interested in the work of the Socialist Educational bureau to send in to the secretary all the vacancies in the schools that you know of, to gether with the names of the clerk and political affiliations of all the di rectors. An almost open state-wide move is on foot to discharge every Socialist teacher in the state, regardless of how competent or efficient he or she may be. Let us do all we can to aid those noble men and women who at the risk of their very means of subsistence are boldly and openly espousing the cause of the workers. J. M. SALTER, Secy. Educational Bureau. Silvana, Wash. BIRMINGHAM SCHOOL ELEC TION. Following the recent school elec tions the Everett Herald devoted con siderable space to the defeat of So cialist candidates for school directors. There was one place that they failed to connect with, or perhaps as a news item the result of the election at Birm ingham and the methods employed at said election, were not so gratifying as that of the localities recorded in the news columns of the Herald. At Birmingham two directors were to be elected. One for three years and one for one year. The Socialists placed in nomination Mrs. Keitel for three years, and Mr. Folden for one year. The opposition placed Mr. McCoy in nomination for three years, and Mr. Horter, whose term was about to expire, was placed in nomination for one year. From the opening of the polls until the final dispersion of the voters only the cooler heads of both factions pre vented violence. The result of the ballot showed Mrs. Keitel with 48 votes, for three years, votes for one year; Mr. McCoy, 41 votes for 3 years, 11 votes for 1 year; Mr. Folden, 46 votes for 1 year, 3 votes for 3 years; Mr. Harter, 47 votes for 1 year, 11 votes for 3 years. This plainly showed that the Demo crat, Bull Moose, Republican, Catholic and Protestant combination had the largest number of voters on their side. But it also showed that they did not have sense enough to properly cast their ballots. The Socialists claimed that Mrs. Keitel was elected by a clear majority of four votes. Two on the election board agreed to this, but the third member, a woman, who is a good Catholic, and an ardent Socialist-hater, refused to issue Mrs. Keitel a certificate of election. After the result was thus announced, the leader of the Protestant church and Sunday school rushed joyously forward, threw her arms about the neck of her good Catholic sister and implanted the Judas kiss of victory. But the joy of the victors was short liv^d, as it was shown that a certain William Wiseman, who is not a citi zen of the United States, had voted. Mr. and Mrs. Watkins, parents of the principal of the school, who have been in the state but seven months, also cast a ballot against the Socialists. The question of Mrs. Keitel's election was carried to the county superintend ent, who referred the matter to the prosecuting attorney. He at once decided that Mrs. Keitel was legally elected school director. Whether the Socialist local will pro ceed against those who unlawfully voted has not yet been decided. Lizzie again showed her hand by personally writing to Mr. Watkins that Mrs. Keitel was declared elected. Besides, if the President doesn.t nullify the Baltimore platform in a few particulars as he goes along there will be no precedents for doing so when the question of a candidate for 1916 arises.—Kansas City Journal.