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THE WASHINGTON SOCIALIST Formerly lilt-: CO.inaXWKAl.rn „__ Rntemd m twotidoU* '"litter March }), 1911, at th« postoffice 'it!Everett Washington, under the act of M.uvl, 3. 1879. ~ [ND I 'MONK 475/ ; . Published every Thursday by the Press Committee of the Social* ist Pa rty of Knoho'nush County. 1012 California St.._Kvorot t, Wash. Mavnnrd Shipley... Editor and Manager 1 Advertising 'Malinger « F. «;- Crosby. Mailing Force: Tillie, Koedor, Martha MoCornm'lc. (iertnule Cort. Yearly] subscription **"" Six months i '-, Three months .__—„_„__.— •*£ Single copies ..—-. ~zzr~~~"~~Zir^ZZrZL~ZJIZ2ZIZZ^'~~--'-~- POLITICIANS DON'T LIKE WASHINGTON SOCIALIST Last week the editor of The Wash ington Socialist was honored by a visit from a United States postofftco Inspector, accompanied by our local assistant postmaster. It was intimat ed that not everything published in our columns was satisfactory to the government authorities. Particular mention was made of a communica lion published In this paper months ago, which, the inspector said, might be construed as inciting to violence We challenged this point of view, re ferring to the letter itself as being rather in the nature of a protest against lawlessness and violence than an incltatlon thereto. As the Tribune remarked in another connection, under date of November 15th: 'The best guarantee against aggression, the best assurance that i • • • our rights and honor will pel 'respected, *■ •■ • is that we are in a situation to vindicate our reputation and Interests. While we may afford to be deficient in the means of of fense, we cannot afford to be defense less. The notoriety of the fact that we have neglected the ordinary pre cautions of defense Invites • • • injustice, arrogance, and Insult," at the hands of law-defying corporations and their murderous hirelings. Upon the inspector's request, we put our views in writing, as given in the letter below. AN OPEN LETTER TO THE POSTOFFICE INSPECTOR Everett, Wash., Nov. 14. 1914. Mr. E. T. Pinkham. Postoffice Inspector, Seattle, Wash. Dear Sir: Some discussion having arisen as to the purpose of a letter written to the Washington Socialist by one D. H. Fedderson, of Freeland, this state, I wish to call your attention to the fact that our correspondent suggested merely that the workers of the United States exercise their constitutional right to acquire and keep arms for the protection of their homes against the invasion of lawless thugs and gun men under the pay and control of priv ate individuals and anarchistic cor porations. The object of this suggest ed arming of the wage-slave element was clearly stated in the aforemen- I tioned letter; namely, that violence and rapine on the part of thugs and gunmen might be DISCOURAGED. The motive is clearly stated as being an effort to preserve law and order, rather than to stimulate riot and viol ence. It may be well to add that the OC CASION for Fedderson's epistle to the Washington Socialist was the murder ous and wholly lawless series of acts of violence perpetrated by the strike breakers and plug-uglies of West Vir ginia and Colorado, along with the failure of the state, or federal, govern ment to protect the defenseless men, women and children of the mining regions from outrage, assault, murder and Incineration, committed in the in terest of the profit-mongers of those states. Very truly yours, MAYNARD SHIPLEY, Editor Washington Socialist. WHO IS "US"? DID YOU MISS ANY CHANGE, NEIGHBOR? " "The Mexicans may have been learning self-government since Old Man Diaz left, but Incidentally they have caused a loss of several billion dollars to U. S. citizens which makes the education rather expensive—to Tribune. A METROPOLITAN CITY Everett will soon rise to the dig nity of a rich metropolitan city; it has a large and substantial unemploy ed problem, a busy charity organiza tion, an "industrial survey" has been made, and a bread line and free soup houses are under consideration. SUGGESTION FOR DAILIES We suggest the following standing heading for the use of daily papers for the ensueing six months: Deci sive Battle Is On At— THE MORNING TRIBUNE PUBLISHES INFLAMATORY EDITORIALS POSTOFFICE INSPECTOR. PLEASE NOTE when till' postofftco Inspector visit •d iii.' editorial offices of The Wai ington Socialist last week, hie did not Intimate that what made the capitalist politicians BOW on us was th« effec tive antidote this paper Is supplying to counteract the evil effects of trad ins-class lnlseducatlon, school-room hypnotism, and capitalist-press chloro form. No. The gentleman suggested that some of our printed matter might Incite to riot and violence, or civil war. As a matter of fact, the V. S. post office, or the government, Is by no : means opposed to force and violence, or even civil war, if used, or waged, in the interest of the exploiters, the capitalist class. The coal barons of Colorado, and West Virginia, have defied the laws of this country with impunity for years, under both re publican and democratic rule, Inciting i to riot and violence, and perpetrating the unspeakable crime of murdering ! and burning defenseless women and children. And they are still doing business at the same old stand. President Wilson will not "take over I the mines and operate them in the name of the people." President Wil son is in Washington to do the busi ness required by the Dominant Busi ness Interests of this country. "The people" is a myth. If the Rockefellers and their class need lawlessness and violence in their business of profit-mongering, they'll resort to it, if they have to call in the state militia to do the job. Then the victims, will be tried (are being "tried") for the murders per petrated by the corporation's tools. What the postoffice, or the govern ment, or the politicians, object to Is ! violence or lawlessness, or the exer cise of brute force, on the part of the wage-slave element, even if resorted to only in self-defense, against the law less brutes hired by the law-and-order gentry. Last week we called attention to the fact that a large part of the subsidized j press of this country is every day i sending out through the mails matter i tending to incite to race-hatred, riot, and murder: in the interest of CAPI TAL! Ah! that's different. We are a nation of property wor- I shipers. We measure every man's worth either by what we can make out of him in the way of profits, or else by how much he owns. Never do we estimate a man by what he is, by what, his ideals are, or by what he most admires and aspires to. When we say a man Is "worth" so much, we say he is worth so many dollars. And if he is "worth" enough of them he may say and do as he pleases, and his name will still be whispered in awe and reverence as he 1 strides into the restaurant, theatre, or church. And he can incite to all the lawlessness lie desires, with im punity, defying the laws of both his God and man. So can the papers he, and his class, control. Witness the paragraph below, Inciting to violence and murder, from the Everett Morn ing Tribune, of November 20. We seemed to have guessed all , wrong again about that peace busi ness down in Mexico. There will be" no permanent peace there un i til this country finds nerve enough ! to force it upon the Mexicans. AND THERE WILL BE i NO POSTOFFICE i INSPECTOR OBJECTING Here we have an unequivocal incita tion to murder —and ultimately to rob bery: for the annexation of Mexico • Is the secret design of the Interests , behind both jingo newspapers and the ■ government. These sinister Interests ■ ARE the government, a fact affirmed i time and time again even on the floor ' of congress. If they want war, there'll be war. As stated above, since the postoffice does not object to violence and murd er In themselves, but merely when : force Is used by the wage-slave ele ment In defense of their legal rights, as against the superior rights (?) of capital, there will be no visit of in- The Wage Slave's Reward for "Capturing and Holding the Trade of the World" For further particulars apply to Editorial RooflM of The Morning Tribune FOR EDITOR McCLURE "What kind of teachers would ITS have if the people went to tin1 polls every two years and selected them from a long list of democratic or re publican or some other kinds of teachers?" Kasily answered, colonel. If they were selected from "a long list of democratic or repuhlican teach ers," they would he Dubbs of the first water, "blind leaders of the blind." If they were selected from a list of Socialist teachers, no mistake could be made, since one cannot be a teach er and a Socialist without being pro gressive, intelligent, wideawake, and well informed. As for the routine work, the state's certificate will be accepted as evidence of proper pre-: paration along commonplace lines. 0 THOU RARE JEWEL! "Japan's theory of Asia for the' Asiatics is all right if she will see that it is carried through logically and the Asiatics remain in Asia." So says a scribe for a local daily. Xow if the gentleman really admires' logic, why see the mote in his broth er's eye and behold the beam in his own? If our Monroe doctrine is based up on the slogan "America for the Am ericans," what business have we to gobble up the Philippine*, In the iphere of the Alia tics? Consistency, thou are indeed a rare jewel! ■peoton to the Tribune editorial I i sanctum. A COOL PROPOSAL Tho proposal that the owner! of the i United States declare war on Mexico, and Bend peace-loving Americans into i that country to "acquire" more mines and oil wells and cattle ranges, etc., for the plutocracy of this country, is a very cool proposal,—a sort of cold blooded murder and robbery proposi tion. Of course it is the wage-slave element that would be impressed into the service of brigands of the Tribune owners' type. Not one of these vel vety-handed gentry would shoulder a Kirn and go into Mexico to do the murdering and plundering in person. Oli! no. He might get hurt. And there are plenty of bone-heads who | will "rally to the colors" and Standard $15.00 a month "and found" —most of I them dead. This is certainly nome scabbing on I lie city thugs, who charge John Dee is 6 a day for gun work. But, of course, ! they it re professional man-woman-aud child killers, and are thoroughly equipped for preserving "law and order" for the owners of Colorado, West Virginia, Michigan, and other private domains of King Capital and liin lords of finance. I When war with Mexico is eventual ly provoked, we would turn out with pleasure to escort our warlike editor i of The Tribune to the troop train, or transport, and gladly bid him fare well. But no doubt our patriotic war fomenter would fall back on the" time honored maxim that the pen Ih migh tier than the sword. At any rate, it ! is Hater, and "financially more profit able." THE WASHINGTON SOCIALIST WHAT WAR IS FOR BRAZENLY ADMITTED BY THE TRIBUNE WILL THE WORKERS BE THE CATS' PAWS? "It is our duty to see that while we are capturing the trade of the world we prepare ouraelvei for do fending it, holding it."Tribune. Long before any framed up "insult to the flag," "assault upon American citizenship" excuse for grabbing a neighboring territory is slipped over on the befuddled public, the economic basis for war Is brazenly played up to soothe the easily-quieted con sciences of the profit-mongering class —the Brotherhood of Capitalists. It would not do to provoke hostilities i before the middle class profit-mongers | are convinced that war would mean business advantages to "our country." Now listen! When a school teacher who is intel ligent enough, and knows enough, to be a Socialist tells his pupils what the revolutionary war was really | fought over, or why the civil war oc curred, or the Spanish-American war. his economic interpretation of these ] bloody clashes of the trading and ! manufacturing claMet li relented as contrary to the Book Trust's teach ings: ;ih "teaching Socialism in the public schools." Which, of course, simply means that the teacher re fused to lie about our worthy fore fathers as being made of any better clay, say, than the editor of the Tri bune, or the head of the school book trust. Now conies our worthy "contem porary," on the morning of November 19th (Thursday) and makes a clean breast of the whole matter, acknowl edging the truth of our contention; namely, that all modern wars (if not all wars) are fought for purely mer oenary ends, with patriotism merely as dope for the foolish; so that they will go out to battle, under the influ ence of this sort of hasheesh, and kill unoffending neighbors, because their own exploiter^ need the neighbor's property in their business. There is no crime a Christian or I'agan nation would hesitate to com mit for profit; for gold is the uni versal good before whom they all do real heart and soul worship. The present carnage and pillage in Europe attest the truth of this statement, as does every page of truthfully written history, And the Tribune agrees with the Washington Socialist, for once, in ad mitting that the reason it calls so loudly for a greater army and navy is for the protection of trade -for the profit-mongers. First the patriotic working-class Is forced on pain of death to produce weajth which they will not be per mitted to consume; and then when the wealth which the workers produce and are not permitted to consume overflows the warehouses and store rooms of "their country (?)" they 'are turned out on the streets to beg, starve, or steal, or —as a last resort — join the army or navy. Then they are sent out to get shot full of holes while trying to secure a "fence" for those who robbed them of their goods SOMEWHAT , PARADOXICAL A press dispatch Informs us that the youth who murdered a young Indy In Portland, Ore,, because the rejected lilh proposal of marriage, iiiui delayed the commission of him crime since last .inly, having In view the probable abolishment of the death penalty In that stittn iii November by referendum votn. tin next sentence in the news Item Btatns that tiiiH KiiiiK' Tronson "Is held In jail under close guard to Frustrate any possible attempts at Belf deslrnctlon." And here Is the conclud- Ing paragraph: "Another determlniition, he nald, had he esoaped apprehension! was to kill himself on the very spot WIiOTO be had lulled the jlrl." Thui doen the (ear of death (!) deter men from crime. Surely the death penalty should be preserved as ;i deterent for would be murderers. ll'n bo effective! RACE SUICIDE Fashion Note: "Slipper heels are higher tliiin ever." Durable Matting Suit Cases at Ev erett Trunk Factory, 2815 Rockefeller. and chattela. The bouet call this thieving, murderous business, "find- Ing I market for our surplus pro ducts." M's altO finding a trench to bury the mutts in who produced the goodi, then voted them to the bosffet, and finally offer up their fool lives helping their exploiters to got away with the swag. WHO ARE THE GOATS? "Will we be the goat?" The Tribune thui captions the art |Cle above referred to. Well, not the "we" that the Tribune baa In mind. The We IVand Co. our worthy edi tor had In mind were the bosses. Will they be "the goat.'.'" Well not as any one bus ho far recorded in recent his tory: not when it cost only a quartette singing "Just Before the Battle Moth er" and $1"> per month to get some ll> my Dubb to ornament a barbed wire entanglements with his carcass. Now for a few candid remarks from "contemporary," and we'll close, hop ing our readers will all keep well and whole when the trumpet calls for vol unteers: V/AR FOR TRADE It is doubtful if one-tenth of the people in this country know what the present great war in Europe is being fought about. There is just one reason why men are be ing killed by the thousand, why cities are being ruined, countries laid waste and millions of women and children left destitute, why the countries at war will for years to come be smothered under a burder of taxation that will rend er life hardly worth the living. The one great reason why this frightful devastation of life and property has come upon Europe is trade rivalry. It is worth re peating. Trade rivalry. The na tions of Europe are jealous the one of the other for each desires above all things to be the master of the trade of the world. The de sire is so consuming that the na tions do not hesitate to sacrifice the lives and happiness of many millions of people and the wealth of two generations to satisfy their mad ambitions. May we not draw somewhat of a warning from the statements in the two proceeding paragraphs? By the time Europe is settled down again the United States will be the leading commercial nation of the world. We will have the trade of the world—the very thing that all of Europe is now fighting for. Is it reasonable ix> expect that the winners of the present conflict will, after all of the sacri fices entailed, be willing to see the prize for which the war was fought slip through their Hngeri —to see the rich trade of the earth, for which billions have been spent in lives and money, slide peacefully into the arms of this nation and remain there unmolest ed? It can hardly be expected that such will be the case. There fore it is our duty to see that while we are capturing the trade of the world we prepare ourselves for defending it, holding it, not against the rivalries of foreign manufacturers and producers but against the arms of the nations who are now fighting each other for just that trade. It is our des tiny to become the greatest trade nation, but we must be prepared with our army and navy to defend ourselves against those who do not hesitate to send armies into the field and ships over the ocean to fight for what we will have, trade. If we are not prepared by the time Europe makes peace there may be another devastating war, and when it comes we will be "the goat." PASTIME Amusement Parlors FOR GOOD TIMES Wetmore and Hewitt Driesslein & Becker >♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦•♦»♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦ »»»»♦♦»♦»♦»♦»♦♦ The New Canyon Wood Go. And Keithly Fuel Co. Under One Management Can now supply you with anything you want in either coal or wood. 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Hewitt and Broadway || COMING TO THE H lj "THE HOUSE OF FEATURES" 1 I Friday and Saturday 1 I "Scout" Younger I ;!| THE REFORMED BANDIT OF THE FAMOUS W |H "YOUNGER BOYS" WILL BE SEEN IN £ m PERSON DURING THE PRESENTATION M s| OF THE FILM FEATURES M I The Jennings I I Younger Boys on I 1 the Border I \:\ "SCOUT" YOUNGER WILL LECTURE ON THE |i FILMS AND WILL TELL MANY OF THE INCIDENTS %. THAT HAPPENED DURING THE RAIDS IN THE "J MIDDLE WEST. || HE WILL ALSO TELL WHY FitANCHO VILLA, THE REBEL LEADER, WENT TO MEXICO, AND HUN DREDS OF OTHER INCIDENTS THAT TELLS OF " LIFE AND DOINGS ON THE BORDERS OF THE M GREAT SOUTHWEST. ONE OF THE MOST INTER- Wi ESTING SHOWS OF THE SEASON. |j DON'T MISS IT Tlmrsf|>iy, November 26, 1914.