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5c per tCfQT, $1.00 p«f y«*ar. SOCIALIST PARTY TACTICS AND THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS Commissioner Salter Is True to P<form. ORGANIZATION WOULD NOT COUNTENACE HAGGLING OF WEALTHY CITIZENS The Spectator finds it hard to un derstand why one Of Everett's largo property owners should find a So cialist commissioner of public works, "more reasonable to deal with than any one who had been in that official position in recent years." To the Socialist, this testimony to comrade Salter's reasonableness does not come as a surprise. It's because he has the capacity for reasoning, and acting upon reasonable lines, that Sal tor is a Socialist. Elected to office under capitalist-made, or capitalist-in spired laws and ordinances, Commis sioner Salter, as a Socialist, can but desire to perform his official duties , with absolute Impartiality and even handed justice as between one capital ist and another. He can have no sym pathy with the petty capitalist class, or small traders, as against the more • successful "big fellows," and corpora tions. All capitalists and profitmon- ; gers look alike to the Socialist official. He does not desire to "shake down" the very wealthy, nor need he truckle to the whining complaints of the small fry- He asks no favors from his poli tical opponents, whether "robber cor- | porations" or would-be-robber 2x4 as- i pirants to the seats of the mighty. .Honest merchants and property own- i era, whether they be big or little, ask i only that they be given a square deal i according to the capitalist rules of the i game Salter gives them just this; I nothing more, nothing less. And they i call this "reasonable." • It's a strange experience for the bourgeois to do business with a city official who wants neither graft, nor votes, nor " implied obligations, In - transacting the business of his office. Rich and would-like-to-be-rich, all treated on the same Impartial basis, without bribery, promise, threats, or exchange of courtesies —a la "you scratch me and I'll scratch you." So they find Socialist Salter "more reasonable to deal with than any one who had been in that position in re cent years." THAT QUESTION The Spectator asks: "Can Mr. Salter be a perfectly good socialist and a good public-works commissioner for socialism's opponents at the same time?" We answer, Yes, as long as "Socialism's opponents" do not at tempt to put something over that is detrimental to the interests of the working-class. The Socialist organization "which holds "its written pledge to wiggle when it pulls the string" does not in terfer with Commissioner Salter's ad ministration as if he were the mere automaton that the Spectator would have the public believe. The Socialist organization nominated and elected to office J. M. Salter because It believed him to be possessed of the necessary qualifications for commissioner of public works, while being at the same time sufficiently well-grounded in So cialist philosophy and tactics to act in the interests of the working-class at all times on all important matters. Commissioner Salter is In control of his own dynamo, engine, etc.; the So cialist organization Is merely the safety-brake, in case of emergency. Besides Socialist commissioners don't "wiggle." Only officials whose strings are pulled by the capitalist organiza tion that meets in secret session in the rear of the chief banking estab lishment "wiggles." Socialists do all their work in open meeting.' Their officials act consistently on an open and-above-board platform, democrati cally dratted and accepted by the ma jority in open meeting. ONES TO BE WATCHED The officials that need watching, If any do, are those who are "free and independent" of any open organiza tion; but who are secretly controlled by a counting-house autocracy. Such "wiggle," and; no man knows for sure just, who is pulling the strings. All we know, la that the wiggle™ wiggle right,—for the-, counting-house. Last Chance! Friday Evening, March 19, 8 P. M., "The Evolution of Man," Illustrated by 100 Startling Stereopticon Views — Admission 15c —Socialist Hall, 1612 California Street THE Washington Socialist A PERPLEXED EDITOR Is Salter Loyal? Hero is a curious bit of a personal experience'which; the Spectator oasts upon a day or two ago. Tho owner of a considerable lot of property who has ii good deal of contact with tho public works department of tho ad ministration said he had found Com missioner Saltor more reasonable to deal with than any one who had been In that official position in recent years. Now tho query arises: Can Mr. Sal ter be a perfectly good socialist and a good public-works commissioner for socialism's opponents at tho name time? Does the local socialist organi zation which holds his written pledge to wiggle when it pulls the string or- i der the commissioner to be kind to the greater and lesser capitalists? Is It possible that in this prize package operation by which we have to choose our administration wo have drawn something we didn't think was there? And shall we lose it if the socialist local finds, after investigation, that its only representative In the administra tion has proved false to his trust? The Spectator would not have the heart to mention the matter if it thought such an outcome possible.— The Spectator. "GREATEST DELIBERATIVE BODY IN WORLD" RELIEVES ITSELF When the word went forth from the government printing office at Wash-^ ington that congress had adjourned,] leaving behind a slimy trail of 20,000,-! 000 words, words, words, even the j capitalist press (or the republican sec-! tion thereof), saw the humor of the situation. Our Everett morning con-, temporary almost reached the dignify i of common sense In reviewing this vast array of "bull." Says she: TWENTY MILLION WORDS Twenty million words Is the sup erheated air record of the last congress. Twenty million words all nicely bound in perfectly artis tic covers and filed away in the archives of the nation or used to light the fire in several thousand country stores where the use of the official literature saves Silas or Hi or Obediah the trouble of going to the woodshed. It is a great record of words. Twenty million words, and what was accomplished after all by this gigantic flow of oratory let loose on the atmosphere of Washington by the people's representatives in congress assembled? Perhaps the better question would be "what was not accomplished?" Certainly the latter question would be easier to answer. One thing that was not accom plished was the passage of the bill introduced with the Intention of ending for all time In this country the horrors of child labor. AS TO CHILD LABOR Speaking of the crime of child la bor; does it not come with a bad grace from a republican sheet to throw slurs at a democratic administration for not abolishing an evil within two years which the G. O. P. has fostered for half a century? IS MAN COUSIN TO THE APE? When one sees how unlntelllgently millions of the genus homo act on election day, voting themselves into continued wage-slavery, it seems al most like an insult to an intelligent anthropoid ape to class man as his blood-relative. Yet, the fact remains that foolish man Is a genuine blood relative of the higher apes,—gibbon, orangutan, gorilla, and chimpanzee,— all having had a common ancestor, millions of years ago. If you, sensi tive homo sapienß, have any doubts on this point, attend the lecture at 1612 California street, Friday even ing, March 19, at 8 p. m., when May nard Shipley will offer positively startling proofs of man's kinship wltn the lowly simian inhabitants of cen- Africa and the Sunda islands. This Kriday is your last chance. Get in on this! We ecorn the pomp and circum stance of monarchies, yet Imitate them. WORKERS OF THE WORLD UNITE! YOU HAVE NOTHING TO LOSE BUT YOUR CHAINS. YOU HAVE A WORLD TO WIN STRIKE SITUATION STILL IS UNCHANGED Long-DrawTi-Oiit Fight Expected Tho shlngleweaYerS nri' standing out firmly anailiHt the proponed wane re dUOUOtI, and the mills me Idle with | the exception of tho Nhull plant, which j liiih one or two shingle niachltu's run Ding with hcrli labor. it is reported here thai one Anacor : les mlUiiklo plant In running on a BO pc>r cent wage reduction The "political action" of tho Kv ereti boMM in asking for an Injunc tion against tin- members of Bvereti l.ocai No. ". International Timber worsen of America, restraining then " from picketing the Shull mill, Ih likely to prOVe iiiibarrasHinK to union nun | who own their own homos In Kverett. Tin- cue is sot for March 88, In Judge Ralph c Bella court. The Labor Journal Intimates that ' the capitalist laws and DOlioe powers arc being used In tho intore«tn of the employing cluss. (Strange, isn't It?) To QUOte: ARE SHINGLEWEAVERS GETTING SQUARE DEAL? Is tho BhlngleweaTen Union receiv i ing a square deal at the hands of tho law in the present striko situation be tween that union and the Shull mill? Tho question remains to be more fully answered later; but from present In dications the square deal appears to be lacking and the preference lies all on the side of the mill Interests. NO BUILDING BOOM ON AT WALLA WALLA The reported "building boom" at i Walla Walla is a fake. Stay away. Here's the truth: j Editor Washington Socialist, Everett, Wash. Dear Sir: There Is not any demand for organized, unorganized, skilled, or unskilled labor in Walla Walla but that can be filled immediately and on short notice at that, as there is an over-abundant Bupply of all kinds walking the streets looking for work at the present" time. Fraternally yours, J. C. HAZELWOOD, 510 Elb St. Secretary B. T. C. PORTLAND LOCAL ORDERS WEEKLY BUNDLE OF W. S. Branch 1, of Portland, Ore., has vot ed for a, weekly bundle of The Wash ington Socialist to sell at hall and street meetings. Who will be next? And why should not locals every where, wherever a revolutionary, rath er than a mere bourgeois reform pa per is wanted, push the sale of the W. S.? TO REDS EVERYWHERE At the present time there is not a single state In the Union that can muster enough Reds to support decent ly a real Marxian weekly, standing openly for an International, class-con scious, revolutionary Socialist party. The W. S. needs more support right now! And you must give it—you who realize that there is a crisis approach ing, a time, not distant, when those who are opposed to mere reform tac tics must stand together in opposition to the "new nationalism," tax-reform, "bust-the-money-trust" Socialism (?) of the purchaHe-the-railway type. There are, comparatively speaking, ho few of us who understand the neces sity for keeping our movement clear of mere vote-catching junk, It is im perative that we concentrate our forces —also our limited resources. A scattered firing from positions that are weak through Isolation, and small ness of numbers, will not prove effec tive, as we all fully realize. Let the Reds of the Northwest draw closer together, through their common devo tion to a common cause. Let us be gin by adopting a common medium of news and views, functioning, let us say, for Washington, Idaho and Ore gon. Internationalists everywhere, but particularly in the Northwest, we in vite your serious consideration of the need of the hour; namely, a strong, well-sustained,, revolutionary, non compromising press that hits home, letting the chips fall where they may. Are you with us? EVERETT, WASHINGTON, THURSDAY, MAIM II is, |!)ir». MICHIGAN'S WAGE COMMIS SION MAKES REPORT 72 Per Cent, of Women Workers Get Less Than $8 Weekly (THUiilly when a commlHHlon Is ap pointed to Investigate Home mutter pertaining to social Conditions, it fin ally returns a lengthy report describ ing facts at length which were well known before, and winding up with a recommendation of Home kind of legis lation designed to deal with superficial symptoms only. Such Investigations never get anywhere. When the legis lation, which they recommend, Ih en acted, there follows a more or less energetic effort at Hip useless tank of strictly enforcing it. It either proves unenforceable or its enforcement pro duces other evils, unknown before, which again call for new legislation, and ho it K'M'H. Tho final result Is some change In the form of human misery, but none whatever In the amount. The Wane Commission of Michigan, appointed to investigate conditions among women wage workers, and to recommend methods for Improving the conditions of women wage workers has made public some suggestive facts, besides recommending a radical, If not entirely effective, remedy for unem ployment and poverty. It finds condi tions about us other commiHstoiiH In other places have found them, about as nearly everyone in Michigan, who thought about the matter at all, knew beforehand that they must find them. They find that 21 per cent of women wage workers are getting less than $6 a week, and that 51 per cent are get ting less than $8 a week. Other wrongs and evils are noted also, but these need not be mentioned. It Is in proposing remedies that the commis sion is refreshingly sensible. It de clares that superficial palliatives, such as minimum wage boards, must not be depended upon. It then makes bold to declare that — "The produce of labor constitutes the natural recompense or wages of labor. But w»h«y srtWielsrl ber riers interfere, wages always become less than the entire produce of labor. Put employer and employee on an equality in bargaining, and then wages will not represent jess than the value of the services performed." The report then goes on to say, what every Socialist already knows, that wage workers have to take just what they can get, owing to the fact that there is no alternative but starvation, so long as there are several men bid ding for every job open. The com mission contend that idle lands should be so heavily taxed that it would not pay owners to hold it out of use. They • go too far, though in asserting that —' "If idle acres were free to be tilled by those needing work, there would be little or no industrial distress. The wage limit would then tend to become what the worker could earn working for himself, for he would work for no one for less. When It is made un profitable to hold land out of use, there will be less demand and certain ly less necessity for minimum wage laws." Undoubtedly conditions would be improved through the "remedy" pro-, posod; but poverty and unemployment would still remain, since the farmer could not find an adequate market for his products, and could not live by ■pudl alone. This is a fact your Sin gle Tax advocate persistently ignores. Socialism alone, International Indus trial Democracy, will afford the real solution of the poverty problem. COMRADES ATTENTION! There will be a distribution of liter ature on next Sunday, March 21. All the Old Guard are expected to be on hand and take out the leaflets for their precinct on Saturday night, at the headquarters. Several more com rades can be accommodated with ter ritory by applying to, F. G. CROSBY, Saturday night at headquarters. WANTED! Three hundred readers to pledge themselves to purchase 50c worth of sub. cards each month for three months. This means progress for Socialism and needed support for the Washington Socialist. WHO'LL BE THE FIRST ON THIS PLEDGE? RUSSIANIZATION OF AMERICA Death Penalty for Treason in Colorado DKNVKR, Colo., Mnrc.h 15.—The Colorado house of representatives last Kriday (the 12th) pawd a bill defin ing treason agaiiiHt the state and fix ing penalties of life Imprisonment or death, The hOilse thereby disposed of the lust of four bills designed to Increase the power of the governor to deal with disorders within the state. One prohibit!) making or publishing In a newspaper a speech or an article "lending to Incite riot," and provides for prosecution in such cases. The second makes it a felony to attack a member Of the national guard and the. third Bakes it, a misdemeanor to re- Case to obey an order issued by a mili tia officer. The last three passed the hoime STeral days ago. The four measures now go to the senate. "AROUSE YE SLAVES!" Now, follow wage-slaves, what do you think of this new Invasion of working-class rights—if we ever had any "rights." The bill referred to in the above despatch abolishes the last pri'tonce, or vestige, of free speech, a free press, or peaceable assemblage, In Colorado. What is your answer? Will you take It with mild indiffer ence? Tomorrow it will be your turn, in your state. PROBLEM OF HENRY DUBB By W. J. SMITH (Late Socialist Nominee for Governor of Oregon.) PART 11. "What can be done with Henry Dubb, working man, known to be poor, reputed to be honest, and alleged to be intelligent?" The narrow limits that circumscribe and condition the life of Henry Dubb preclude the possibility of his enjoy ing many things essential to his wel fare, but they do not wholly shut biro out from the things that are lovely an dof good report. Within these nar row limits there are joys of which he cannot be deprived by plutocrat, priest, or king. The pagentry of na ture, the deep heart of man, litera ture and that, the tragedy and comedy of the passionate, colorful life that passes his door: from these Henry may, if he so desires, cull some of the exquisite experiences of life. Un happily, he is not given to reflection. Nothing that he sees or hears gives rise to an idea beyond itself; nothing for him has a history or is pregnant with a promise. This lazy contemplation of the facts of life, this habit of taking things at their surface value, leads Henry Dubb naturally and Inevitably to such con clusions as these. Men are unem ployed because they will not work. Prostitution is increasing because women desire the evil rather than the good. Times are bad because Mr. Taft was not reelected president. Money bags is rich because he chose the path of self-denial and economy, while Wageslave is poor because he chose the primrose path and extravagance. Notwithstanding the feebleness of his understanding and the meaness of his endeavors, I entertain the hope that Henry Dubb will yet make him self worthy of his political power. I am persuaded that until he becomes an active and intelligent participator in the changes to be brought about no permanent improvement can be made in human affairs. An intellectual aris | tocracy, a revolutionary minority, or a benevolent despot, could, without doubt, contribute towards making Henry's condition more tolerable; but only through his own initiative and the intelligent use of the democratic forms at his disposal can his status as a wage slave be transformed into that of a free man. It is the historic mis sion of Henry Dubb to bring about the transformation, to substitute peace for war and fellowship for mastership; and if he fail to do these things they ', will, I fear, be left undone. ! Today when the forces of reaction have a stranglehold upon civilization, when war and mammon are devastat ing the fruitful fields and turning the peaceful homes of our fellow workers into Golgothas, there is urgent need that we Henry Dubbses act the part not of mere male persons but of men. "LET'S STARVE IT DOWN"! SAID "HONORABLE" LUM OF YAKIMA Students at U. C. Should Be Taught Iniquity of All But Republican Politics Said Reeves EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS ARE BUT ADJUNCTS TO POLITICAL MACHINE That the, educational institutions of the United States, and elsewhere, are but. part of the capitalist political ma chine, designed on the one hand to town out "gentlemen's sons," and on the other to manufacture human au tomatons to think the thoughts of the ruling class, so that their robbery of the working class may not be inter ferred with, has been a tenet of So cialism since the publication of The Communist Manifesto, written by Marx and Rngels, in 1848. ("Fog- Horn" editor please note!) But It re mained for the 1915 legislature of tho state of Washington to openly verify the Socialist contention, denied here tofore by all the more intelligent re tainers of the capitalist class. On March 9, 1915, "Honorable" Frank Reeves, nominally a democrat, rose on his hind legs, flapped his long ears forward and proposed that "all students (in the State university) should be taught carefully and per sistently the iniquity of all political principles except those exemplified by the majority of this house of the legis lature." Col. R. H. Hartley, of Everett, and C. E. Lum, of Yakima, joined in the fight in favor of the amendment. "If we can't run the university, let's starve it down to where we can," said Representative C. E. Lum. Representative Mark E. Reed and Representative James H. Davis inti mated that as members of the appro priations committee they had received assurances that men responsible for socialism in the university would be removed from their places. Speaker W. W. Conner offered the amendment. It was that no appro priation should become available until the regents had abolished the depart ment of political and social science, which is headed by Dr. J. Allen Smith. We commend the foregoing bit of "history in the making" to the editor of "The Fog-Horn," to comrade Hil quit, the Rev. Lunn, of Schenectady, and others imbued with patriotic fer vor for "our American institutions," "the public schools," etc., ad naseum. "FOG HORN" BLOWS Printed in heavy type under a cut of "Old Glory," one finds the follow ing guff in "The Foghorn," a Socialist (?) publication of Michigan: This is our flag and we are all American. We are proud of 1776 and the Declaration of Independ ence and the Public School and we don't think half as much of the red flag as we did before the German Socialists lined up with the Kaiser. Here's a chance for comrade Berger to act as commentator. AN OUTRAGE THAT WILL BE DULY RESENTED Starving a Socialist Teacher Lizzie Jones is again showing her vindictiveness by holding up the pay warrant of R. M. Wolfe, a Socialist teacher at Maltby. She not only discommoded Mr. Wolfe, who has a wife and children to support on $75 a month, but the school clerk and the county auditor are also greatly inconvenienced by this irregularity, as a new warrant must now be issued. Full particulars of this contemptible and unscrupul ous piece of petty official persecution, for political reasons, will be given in a future issue of The Washington So cialist. Such Is the work of the hypocrites who are so anxious (?) to "keep poll tics out of the schools." County Convention Will Be.. Held at 1612 California St. SUNDAY, 10 A. M. Socialist. Headquarter THEY SAY JOHNNY IS GOOD AND MAD Brother Campbell Trains With Agents of Union Haters and Is Properly Bumped. Uttle Johnnie Campbell couldn't learn that water and oil are unmix able. He was told by Socialists that the political organizations of the em ploying class were not fit places for honest labor men to mix in. The Bull Moose, republican and democratic par ties are organized and financed by the various capitalist-class groups for the purpose of putting through what soever legislation they happened to need in their respective businesses. But Johnny should worry. He needed the money, and he would get himself . elected, and then he'd make the boys come through with some sort of a more or less presentable bluff, ( and then —come home. But the bosses and their agents looked upon Senator Campbell as a Josh —it was a good joke on the Henry Dubbs that voted for him. Anyway, it all goes to show that there is just exactly one political party that can function for the working class, and that's the Socialist party. HERE'S THE HOW OF IT A press report from Olympia, puts it this way: There is not a more disappoint ed man in the city than Senator John E. Campbell, of Everett— or a sorer one. At the start of the legislative session Campbell aligned himself with the organi zation republicans. It was understood he thought he could fight the battle of organized labor more effectively by doing so. However, since that time, the two houses have vied with each other in tramp-tramp-tramping on every thing Campbell wanted. They passed the full-crew repeal bill; they knocked out the eight hour law for women, so far as laundries, restaurants and hotels are concerned; they knocked out the eight-hour law for state and county road work; they refused an appropriation to aid the unem ployed, and they even refused to consider his free public employ ment agency, to be conducted by the state. Yesterday Campbell arose to a question of personal privilege and told the senate in heated language what he thought of the way it had treated labor legislation. Lieut. Gov. Hart attempted to call him down. Campbell shouted: "That goes for you, too!" Now then, "ain't it funny?" A working-stiff that would try to mix up politically with a bunch of la bor-skinners has it coming to him good and hard. Neither he nor his supporters deserve anything better than they eternally get. "That goes for you, too!"—all of you who are not Socialists. You're getting what's com ing to you. STORM SIGNALS PLYING The Citizen, of England, gives the following indications of labor's discon tent: "Railwaymen have demanded, and to a large extent have been granted, advances which mark one of the greatest of recent triumphs of trade unionism; negotiations on behalf of others are proceeding. "Dockers have initiated a movement which is to affect 25,000 men; between 5,000 and 6,000 have been in dispute in London for three days. "Tramwaymen, to the number of 35,000 are considering united applica tion for advances of 15 per cent; In London steps have already been taken. "Engineers and machine workers have handed in notices at Elswick as a protest against unskilled labor jeop ardizing the position of skilled men. "Liverpool and Birkenhead carters are demanding advances. "Glasgow engineers (5,000) are on strike for an increase of 4 cents per hour." We cannot practice Socialism under the present system, but we can help the cause by trading with only those who advertise in your paper. We need their advertising. If we didn't we would not solicit it. No. 21!).