THE WASHINGTON SOCIALIST
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Knt«rt-«1 a* stvoiul I'biss matter March 9, 1911, nt the puatoffiee
at Kvoiftt, Washington, under the act of March 3. 187!).
INO. PHONB 478Z
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WHY SHOULD YOU NOJT HAVE IT?
.lust as your editor was sitting dolvn to work on an editorial
ahent the .Mexican war, or the war oJ llnerla —or whatever it is,
— along comes the New York Call with (a splendid editorial made, it
seemed to us, to order! We have no good excuse to do anything
more now than to print it in these columns and say, "Them's my
sentiments." and let her go at that.
THE HONOR OF THE NATION
The eosunerciaJ interests which have demanded intervention in
Mexico ooold not budge Presideni Wilson. No, of courte not. The
host they could do was to si;nt a quarrel and lel the quarrel budge
President Wilson is a high-minded statesman, Everybody who
knows him is convinced that he could not be made ■ party to a war
tor profit. Nothing hut the honor of the United States could be the
issue in any war which he would sanction. What. then, must the
distressed profit-seekers doi Why. see that the honor of the United
States is challenged.
No gentleman, you know, will fight tor money. Let two gen
tlemen run simultaneously across a poeketbook in the street and it
is unthinkable that they would quarrel about it. No, they would
simply reach simultaneously for the pocketbook and they would
hump each other's heads in doing so.
Now. if a gentleman's head is bumped, his honor is bumped
and each would demand an apology. If it is noi forthcoming, they
will fitrht. Not for the pocketbook, of course, bui to protect their
honor as gentlemen. Hut incidentally the one who wins the fight
wins the pocketbook.
Two cheap skates might fight directly over the pocketbook, hut
gentlemen never. President Wilson is a gentleman.
This is not a slur against President Wilson. It is not an in
sinuation of hypocrisy. It is not an intimation that he does not
look upon war as a dreaded calamity or that he is secretly glad of a
pretense. Nothing can ht> farther from om- thoughts. Gentlemen
who get into a muss do not like-it. They haven't the slightest idea,
as a rnie. that commercial reasons have dragged them into it. They
are uniformly sure that honor, and honor alone, is the thing at
stake. Hut the results are uniformly the same as though they
fought outright for the pocketbook.
President ueKinley was a gentleman, lie .stood off the war
with Spain until the .Maine was Mown up. It has never been proved
beyond the possibility of a doubt that the commercial interests who
would profit by such a war actually blew up the .Maine. Hut when
a number of commercial interests oppose each other and watchfully
wait for any length of time for a chance to get the financial drop on
each other, it is a foregone conclusion that some one's honor will he
We avenged the Maine by killing thousands of Spanish hoys who
never knew that there was such a boat and by killing more thousands
of Americana with the rotten overstock of Chicago's canneries. We
may now avenge Huerta's insult by killing a few thousand Mexican
youths who have been helplessly drafted into Huerta's army.
Then the Americans interested (but not the soldiers who do the
fisrhtintr nor the working class families from which they come) will
cheerfully divide up the Mexican purse and declare that the honor
of the nation has been saved.
President Wilson cannot well he blamed for the present crisis.
With all his schoolmasterly highmindedness, he is a helpless pawn
in the hands of capitalism. The goodness and greatness of any
individual cannot deliver us from the horrors of capitalist civiliza
tion. Nothing hut class action on the part of the workers can
cause a change.
It is interesting to note, by the way. in what manner our
honor has been bumped. Several sailors and a paymaster v.en
arrested illegally by Huerta's agents and discharged when the
"mistake" was discovered. But there was no official apology and
Huerta refused to salute the American flag with twenty-one guns
as a public expression o" contrition.
There are. by the V/ay, many other Americans who are being
imprisoned illegally from time to time. One of them, in particular,
is worth mentioning; but, as she is only an old woman past SO, she
is not worth considering in the eyes of President Wilson and his
eentiemeir advisers. And it is Colorado, not Mexico, when' her fre
quent imprisonments take place. There is no suggestion from the Wil
son Cabinet that Governor Ammons he required to fire any number
of trims. Mother Jones belongs to the working class. Also, Colo
rado is in the clutch of American capital as far as it can he, and there
are no patriotic commercial interests to rub our honor- tin- wrong
The honor of the nation! Piffle! Do the people who are try
in«r to scare up this war care how much the working class is in
sulted? Does President Wilson care?'
They do not. They think, no doubt, that American workers
do not care. They think they will let all their own injustice and
privation and misery and joblessness pass unnoticed while they go
out and get shot full of holes in order to teach etiquette to one poor
drunken Mexican bandit.
There wouldn't be so much cry about honor just now if the
criers were the ones who would have to take the shooting. But
they can stand on the sidelines and cry while those who do the suffer
ing in peace go out. and stand the tortures of war. And the punish
ment they will inflict will not, of course, land on Huerta, but upon
his wretched serfs, against whom we cannot possibly have a griev
W" are insulted! Eluerta has done it. Therefore we should go
out and tear the arms anil lens off a lot of Mexican hoys who prob
ably never saw an American flag.
In spite of the commercial interests ami all this honorable
piffle, this war need not occur. President Wilson, tied down to
the ideals of his class, may not he able to stop it. But the Amer
ican working class can stop it.
The very su^estion of war for such a cause is an insult to
every member of the working class. If the worker* have intelli
gence enough to know when they are insulted, now is the time to
make themselves heard. Let the gentlemen know that they can
have war if they want it. but that they will have to do the fighting
If it is the Mexican pocketbook which is to be fought over, let
those who will K(*t a piece of it shoulder the tftins. If there is to
hi- war in order to drill Huerta in the art. of i eremonious fireworks
let the gentlemen interested in such tableaux go down and do the
drilling.—The New York Call.
THE CHARGE ON MOTHER JONES
The patriotic soldiers came marching down ihe pike
Prepared to shoot ami slaughter in the Colorado strike;
With whisky in their bellies ami Vengeance in their souls,
They prayed that Cod would help them shoot the miners full of holes
In front of these brave soldiers loomed a light you seldom see
A white-haired rebel woman whose age was eighty-three;
"Charge!" cried the valiant captain, in awful thunder tones,
And the patriotic soldiers "Charged" and captured Mother .lones!
"I'is greal to be a soldier with a musket in your hand.
Ready for any bloody work the lords of earth command;
'Tis great to shoot a miner and hear Ins dying groans,
Hut never was such a glory as that "Charge" on Mother .lones!
HOW RICH WE ARE.
Here Are the Flgurei.
Now you ginks and malcontent! who have been running around
hollering your heads off about the ten million poverty itricken work
era <>r this country, and the four-million unemployed problem, just
lake v slant at the statistics below. If your rent isn't paid, and
your >-'!■ nuaii looks sail when he mail* 6 "statement" to yon, and
ihe doctor Hunks it's about time you were doing "a little lomething"
For him, and your suit is so shabby you'it ashamed to continue on
your aeareh for a i<>i>. and your ahoea need repairing and your wife
—well, in short, if thing's are running along about as usual with the
average "breadwinner," Henry Dubb, b( al, why take courage. "We"
are tin- greatest, richest, Largest, and all around most acrambumptious
country in the world.
YOU Maj be a little hard up just at present, a little hungry
i find a little "seedy", but Y<>ri> country ii "the richest of all
countries and the greatesi in productive capacity." Judge 'Inry,
head <>r the steel Corporation, says so. A director of the Deuttche
Dank told the Emperor of Germany that it is so, ami the "State-;
man's Year Hook" will afford you further data if you care to eon
test the point.
Well, here arc the facts, predigested for you:
United States $130,000,000,
WEALTH PER CAPITA
United States $1,415
England 1,250-to 1,385
Germany 1,100 to 1,200
In tin' matter of money alone- that is. gold, silver, and "uncov
ered paper"- this country far outranks both the United Kingdom
ami Germany, figures for Prance being unobtainable. Indeed, it far
outranks the two combined, and ma.\ equal all three. Following are
United States $3,J ,000,000
United Kingdom 1,000,000,000
Now reach down in your jeans, brother patriot, and rattle a little
of thai "matter of money alone" stuff. It's good music!
An even more impressive showing is made when railway mileage
is considered. In 11)11. the date of the last returns accessible, totals
for the four leading countries wore as follows:
United States 246,573
Greal Britain '2:5,417
< lermany 38,747
Even when allowance is made for the larger population in this
country, the American mileage will be seen to be far in excess of that
for any other of these countries, if indeed it be not double the mile
au re of all three combined
Yes sir. We can carry more hoboes on our brake-beams than
can all other "civilized countries" combined. You bet !
As to the production of wealth in 1912 this country produced in
agricultural products alone $9,298,^)00,000, of which at least SI) per
cent was in crops. The other "JO per cent., it is estimated, was fed
to animals on the farms. In minerals it produced in value
$1,918,326,253. While the figures relating to other countries have
not been secured, it is universally recognized that the United States
is far in the lead in the production of corn, wheat, oats, tobacco,
petroleum, pig iron, steel, and copper; and the location of the United
States in a temperate zone, together with the richness of its soil, in
sures an ever-increasing production of crops on the average; and
they are the real basis for expecting the greatest material growth
ami progress. Another fact worthy of mention is thai the balance
of trade between this country and all other countries for Hie fiscal
year ending ■lime :?0 amounted to :r*>r>:i,OOO,O<lO in our favor.
That's it. Don't yon see. The more wealth the workers pro
duce that they don't get, the re there is left for the bosses to sell
in foreign countries, thus increasing "our" balance-of-trade account.
Where do you come in on this "balance"? There, there, now. don't
be asking questions about things you don't know anything about!
Leave such matters to your betters.
IMMIGRATION AND UNUSED LANDS.
Congressional speeches on the immigration bill furnish many
shining examples of how n can talk all around a subject without
touching on the essential point.
Said Mr. Lonerpan, of Connecticut, on January 31: Ther*> are
711,980,000 acres of undeveloped public land in the United States.
We can accommodate a population of 500,000,000 people."
Said Mr. Johnson, of Washington, also speaking of public lands
only: "More than 00 per cent of all of Arizona, 87 per cent of
Nevada, more than SO per cent of Idaho, SO per cent of Utah, almost
70 per cent of Wyoming, 65 pel n1 of Montana, 62 per cent of
New Mexico, half of Oregon, half of California, half of Colorado,
and 40 per cent of my own state, Washington, all conserved."
Said Mr. Peterson, of Indiana: "A few days ago I made a trip
through the South. I saw thousands of acres of unimproved land,
much of it, susceptible to cultivation."
Said Mi 1. Edmonds, of Pennsylvania: "For every 100 acres that
are now tilled, about :)7f> more acres may be tilled."
Hut none of these Congressmen had any practicable plan to
suggest as to how to open this unused land for use. The reason the
land is unused is because the price demanded by the owners is too
high for would-be users to pay. In order to open the land the
owners must he induced to reduce their demands. If this will not
lie done the land might as well be non-existent. This point was not
touched upon by any of these Congressmen. Was it because they
do not know how to treat it?
Bui the Socialists know how to treal the problem, and the solu
tion is very simple: have the n'ovcninirnt confiscate all land out of
use, and linn it over to those who are willing to make it productive.
We are all collective beings, let us
place ourselves as we may; for how
little have we, and are we, that we
can strictly call our own property?
THE WASHINGTON SOCIALIST
By Henry m. Tlolwnor.
1 have always supported the for
ward march of the human race toward
the light, aud 1 have sometimes res-
Ittad a progress which was without
RESOLVED, THAT MOTHER
JONES BE LET ALONE!
( Curlew, Wash. j
lOdltor Commonwealth, I
Kveri 11, Washington.
Comrade —Whereas, In open viola- "
nun of Articles iv and v of the con
stitution of dm United States, the per- |
sons and property of citizens of the .
United Nlaes have been seized and held '
without duo process of law, the most ]
flagrant and Infamous example being <
the retention of Mother Jones Incom- i
munlcado by General Chase of Colo- '
rado; and • •
Whereas, General Chase by warring <
upon women and children, and other ,
acts of lawlessness, has shown himself J
totally unfit to be a commander; there- 1*
fore, lie It _ <
Resolved, by Local Curlew, a branch
of the Socialist party of the state of '
Washington, and of the National and <
; International Socialist party, that !
1 Loot] Curlew demands that President ,
Wood row Wilson of the United States •
see that no further violation of the .
11 constitution of the United States be
permitted; and be it ,'
Resolved, that Local Curlew de- •
hi and a that Governor Ammons of Colo- 1,
. rado takes Immediate- steps to deprive '
General Chase of his commission, and ■
stop further lawlessness by the state i.
militia; and be It further ■ j
Resolved, that a copy of these, re.Bo- '
lutloiis be sent to each of the follow- ■
Ing: President Woodrow Wilson, Gov- !
ernor Ammons, Representative W. L,
l.a Kollette, and the Washington So
11. A. LOCK,
MRS. R. SHERIDAN,
. Local Secretary.
' Curlew, Wash., April 6, 1914.
) ' " "' "
) IT'S THE TRUTH
And You Know It!
We of the white race have priil<<l
Oliraelvef muchly on the progress we
have made. We here in the United
Btatel of liockefellor arc especially
prone upon occasions like Washing
;ton's birthday or the Fourth of July
to lose ourselves in a burst of sense
less oratory and vainglorious boasting.
We boast of our Intelligence, of our
superior learning, of our marvelous ad
vancemnt in science and art. But:
(That have we really accomplished?
How many of the "proud and pat
riotic citizens" who, on occasions of
this kind, fill themselves full of pride
of country and of race and also very
much full of Pride of Kentucky whis
key, how many of these intelligent cit
izens would know the difference be
tween science and soft soap, if they
should have to make a choice?
Are the citizens of a country intelli
■■ gent while they spend millions for
"reformatories" and penitentiaries and
not a cent to provide employment or
food for their own benefit? As a so
ciety we in this country have never
even provided a place where we could
get a can of beans for ourselves. That;
is, outside of the army and navy. In
stead of seeing to it that all of the
members of society have easy access
[to the factories for the production of
i food, clothing and the necessities of
life, we allow a favored few to have
1 the supreme say in these vital mat
We, in our Ignorance, misiabeled In- 1
tolligence, prefer to maintain condi
tion which of necessity FORCE a cer
.tiiin per cent of our members into
crime, in punishing our members for)
doing what we FORCED them to do.!
Intelligence? We will have to show!
I where wei keep it. We certainly doi
j not. use it.
Washington was a great man. We
honor his birthday. Using the same
logic Wilson must be a very small
j man. We have ignorance, want, pov
erty, jobless men, hungry women and
children, white slaves and child slaves.
If men in the presidential chair are to
j be given glory and credit for all the
j GOOD things, it is a part of the logic
of compensation that they take the
responsibility for the evil which besets
us. Wisdom? You bet. We have an
overdose of it. But it is not soiled
from over use.
ANOTHER INSTANCE OF HOW
Poverty and obscurity were the re
wards that Charles Tellier received for
his great benefaction to the human
race. Most of the honor due him for
inventing cold storage for the preserva-
I tion of perishable food seems to be
[coming to him after his death. Tellier
j died the other day in the little back
| stair apartment of two rooms in a
suburb of Paris which served as his,
home. He was the son of an Amiens
miller, and lived to be eighty-five years
old. Financial misfortunes removed
him from a busines that has now de
veloped to colossal dimensions and he
turned his attention to other plans.
He was long forgotten, but the history
of refrigeration was delved into some
time ago for the International Refrig
eration Congress, his poverty was
then made known.
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