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!• jipr oopjr, $100 p« year. Last Call for Seconds! Read Local Everett No. l's Anti-War Resolutions, Then Have Them Seconded at the Next Meeting of Your Local-Don't Miss This!!! THE LAST CALL Second the Motion LET'S ABOLISH WAR! We Alone Can Do It ..The Wa»hlngton Socialist hereby gives the last call for seconds to Lo cal Everett No. 1'» resolution against capitalist wars, defensive or offensive. We claim that for the working-class there is no "defensive" war which has for a result the capitalist system. No war in which one group of work ers is arrayed against another group of workers, from anywhere In the world, is a "defensive war" for the workers. IT IS PER SE, UNDER ANY AND ALL CIRCUMSTANCES, A SLAUGHTER OF THE WORKERS BY THE WORKERS FOR THE CAPI TALISTS. No working man is ever called upon, or can ever be called upon, to "defend" his "home" against the VOLUNTARY INVASION of other working men. Be sides, the working-class, as a class, have no HOMES to defend, from any enemy, foreign or domestic. The working class has but ONE ENEMY, and this enemy,—persistent, ruthless, cold-blooded, murderous, —is, THE CAPITALIST CLASS. WE HAVE NO OTHER ENEMY—NO OTHER ENEMIES. The only defensive war the workers could conceivably wage is a war to defend the working class from the constant, relentless, systematic inva sions of the master-class, the capitalist class. For us there is no other "de fensive war." It is the CAPITALIST CLASS, any where, everywhere, foreign and dom estic, who are destroying our homes, ravishing our daughters, insulting our religion, destroying our incentive, crushing out our individualism, en slaving us to the machine, or convert ing us into helpless, defenseless serfs of the soil, ruthlessly exploited, as land tenants, or wage-slaves in shop, mill, | mine or factory. Look your boss in the eyes when he hands you your pay-envelope, and you behold one of the workers' real ene mies. Peep into your pay-envelope, and you will see where the first in vasion of your "home" takes place. YOUR WAR OF DEFENSE IS FIGHT ING THE CAPITALIST CLASS FOR THE FULL PRODUCT OF YOUR TOIL! Workers of the world unite, clasp hands, present arms, and watch the capitalists of one territory kill off the capitalists of some other "market." DON'T FIGHT ONE ANOTHER! Second the resolution sent out by Lo cal Everett No. 1, and show that the Socialist party of the United States is a real international organization. "THE WAR IS THE CLASS WAR!" A Measure to Assure Peace— Bring This Resolution Before Your Local Proposal for a National Referendum On Attitude and Tactics of the So. cialist Party of the United States on Militarism and War. Adopted by Local Everett No. 1, Washington, at its regular business meeting February 28th, 1915. Whereas, The Socialists of Europe are at this moment busily engaged in murdering one another for the bene fit of their capitalist masters, with no possibility of gain to themselves; and Whereas, This slaughtering of the workers by the workers for their mast ers is largely due to the lack of in ternational solidarity and prepared ness; and Whereas, The Socialists of the United States may at any time be call ed upon lo slaughter their brother wage-slaves elsewhere for the advance ment of capitalist interests; therefore, be it Resolved by the members of the So cialist Party of the United States, that In case of war between the capital ists of the United States and the capi talists of some other profit-mongering nation, we, the Socialists of the Unit ed States, do hereby agree: that we shall allow the said capitalists to pat riotically do all the fighting and dying for THEIR country; and we do hereby offer this pledge to them, and to one another, as Socialists, that we will under no circumstances take up arms Washington Socialist "WAR OF DEFENSE" A Delusion and Snare ONLY ONE KIND OF CAPITALIST WAR Now comes Local No. 1, La Grande, Oregon, and declares that It Is unalter ably opposed to any aggressive move on the part of the capitalist "patriots" of the United States against any for eign nation. ONLY (!) In case "we" are attacked by a "foreign foe" will we take up arms In defense of "our homes," etc. of the What talk Is this about "invasion" by foreign capitalists and "defense of our homes"? What do these comrades suppose a foreign power would wish to do with "our homes"? (And 90 per cent of us have no homes.) Is there any capital ist nation which denies the right of its subjects to private ownership of a home? If, for example, the German capitalists wrested the power of exploi tation of the workers from the pres ent ruling class of the United States, and our bosses were all German, how would that simple fact affect the av erage wage slave of this country? What does any wage slave "patriot" suppose the "horrid" German would want to do with his shack? Root up his dirty old rotten board dwelling and pack it off to Berlin? Why bless your patriotic defensive souls, the Germans would be ashamed to use most of your "homes" for fire wood. Berlin, Hamburg, Frankfort, Leipzig, would tolerate no such dirty, ugly, unsanitary tenements and "homes" as disgrace the richest cities of the U. S. A. Suppose "we" were conquered by the German government, and John D. and J. P. would have to step aside, and the vermiform appendix called the senate at Washington, and the house of misrepresentatives, should have to retire from business for a while, what | a blessing it would be! We would then have a chance to work under some of the advanced German labor and social legislation, much of which would be considered "too Socialistic" by Mr. Samuel Gompers and the demo cratic party. . .Comrades, with the memory of Colo rado, Michigan, West Virginia, Massa chusetts, California, Pennsylvania and other states in mind, and the rule of the capitalist 'patriots" therein, under Old Glory, let us not worry about in vasion by foreign foes. Our worst enemies are WITHIN; they have al ready "invaded our homes," or have prevented us from having any to be "invaded." Let the capitalists fight the capitalists. Let the workers of the world unite! Comrade J. B. Miller, Socialist al derman in Muscatlne, la., scene of the big button workers' strike several years ago, was re-elected at a recent election. in defens* of THEIR country, nor will we bear arms in an aggressive move on the country of any of their fellow capitalists, of Europe or elsewhere, leaving the defense of all privately owned land, buildings, factories and machinery to their patriotic owners, who have "a legal right to do what they please with their own property." Furthermore, be it resolved, that in case we, the Socialists, are forced to take up arms, WE DO HEREBY AGREE TO USE SAID ARMS WHOL LY IN SELF-DEFENSE, CONSID ERING AS OUR ENEMIES ONLY THOSE WHO ROB US OF THE PRO DUCTS OF OUR TOIL, OR WHO AT TACK US PERSONALLY TO DO US BODILY HARM OR TO DEPRIVE US OF LIBERTY. 103 members in good standing. J. OLINGER, Chairman. HANNAH CROSBY, Secretary. WHAT TO DO In order to second the resolution of Local Everett No. 1, it is only neces sary for the secretary of each Local to notify the national executive at Chicago that— We, the members of Local , with members in good standing, sec ond the motion of February 28 of Lo cal Everett No. 1, state of Washington (Signed) Secretary. Chairman of Meeting. WORKERS OF THE WORLD UNITE! YOU HAVE NOTHING TO I.OSK RUT YOUR CHAINS. YOU HAVE A WORLD TO WIN STORY OF THE FULTON STREET CONTRACT Why the Day-Labor j Plan Was Sidetracked WHO PULLED THE STRINGS? , - "Red Hand" Stood on Platform Promise WHERE WAS CLAY? When Mr. Clay was running for tho office of commissioner of finance, against comrade Bostrom, he stood on "a free and Independent platform." So he said. He wouldn't be ruled by any Socialist Local, like his oppon ent (Bostrom) would be. Oh, no. Not he. Joyful freedom and Independ ence, and a heart over-flowing with zeal to "serve all the people," all-the same every other agent of hidden busi ness Interests. But "the people" fell for it. They most always do. Many of us knew then, as we know now, who was to "pull the string" when Clay was to "wiggle," or "take the bit In the teeth." The Washington Socialist told the voters of Everett before election that it Bostrom was elected he would have to carry out the Socialist municipal platform, and work under control of the Socialist party of Everett. "The people" thought that would be Just awful! The Idea of depriving an of ficial of his individualism, his "Inde pendence," with the "Red Hand" pull ing the string. So they elected Mr. Clay, who was, so he said, free arid Independent, and could "serve all the people"—right. And he has. The "Red Hand" cannot control Mr. Clay's vote. The dear people do not interfere with Mr. Clay's individualism. He does whatever he thinks "is best" —but for whom? Best for the First National Bank, and Mr. Clay? Mr. Clay, in his free and independ ent Individual platform said: FAVORED DAY LABOR "1 favor the employment of home labor, and where it Is of advantage to the city, I believe that public work should be done by day work." So declared Mr. Clay before elec tion, in his free and independent in dividual platform. But Mr. Clay voted, the other day, against the day-labor plan in improv ing Fulton street. He voted for let ting out the wo,rk to "free and inde pendent" contractors. There was no "Red Hand" Socialist Local to hold him to the express promise of his "individual platform." The dear gullible "people" didn't want a man for commissioner who would "have to go and ask his Local what he could and what he could not do." No indeed! So they elected a "free man" who would not have to "take orders" from a group of working-clasß representa tives, openly discussing, In public meeting, what's best to do for the wage earning element of Everett. The wage earners voted with the First Na tional Bank for Clay. Now Mr. J. B. Snyder has the contract to improve I Fulton street. Did the First National Hank "pull the strings" when Mr. Clay "wiggled" against the day labor plan recommended by Socialist com missioner Salter? HOW THE STORY GOES One cannot believe everything that one hears on the streets. But circumstances sometimes con firm as well as alter cases. And they do say that Mr. (May is under obliga tions to the First National Bank. And they do say that Mr. J. B. Snyder, the contractor, owes some thousands of dollars to the First National Bank. "Well, what's the connection?" Just thlß. It is asserted that a representative! of the Atlas Construction company called upon the First National Hank asking for backing in case he got the contract to improve Fulton street. It is further asserted that the bank told him that his bid was too low; that he must raise it if he wanted the F. N. B. to back him up in the undertaking. The Atlas man did so. Then what happened? When the bids were opened the bid of the Atlas Construction company was $64.50 higher than that of J. B. Snyder, who was now the lowest bid der. Snyder owed the bank money. Snyder got the contract. Clay owed BVERETT, WASHINGTON, THURSDAY, APRIL 8, 1915. SOCIALIST COMMISSIONER VOTES AGAINST CENSOR SHIP OF FILM PLAYS Local Club Women Grow Fussy Over Exposure of Social Conditions While doing nothing to remove the causes of vice and immorullty, the goo-goo feminine element of Everett have forced the two bourgeois city j commlHHloners to vote "yen" for a lo cal censorship of the movie films. Socialist commissioner Salter voted In opposition, of course. As Social ists, wo can but approve of comrade Sail.i'» stand. Klrst of all, this Local censorship will be placed in the hands of people who are in no way qualified to Judge of what play is or Ih not a detriment to public morals. They J will have neither the Intelligence nor the culture requisite to such an lm portant function. We don't know ex actly who will be chosen, but wa know who will do the choosing. In the second place, any such cen sorship Is a dangerous step in the wrong direction. It encroaches close ly upon the rights granted under the principle of freedom of the press and of free speech. Under the obnoxious tyranny of such a bunch of Incom petents as will, In all likelihood, be selected as censors, any play that shows up the Inherent rottenness of the capitalist system, and especially which reveals the economic basis of its inevitable vice, crime, injustice and depravity, and which also point; out the remedy for social Ills, may bfc placed under the ban by a few reac tionaries sitting as "censors." This proposed board bt censors is altogether superfluous, and an insult to the Intelligence of Evterett theatre goers. We, the general public, prefer to do our censoring for ourselves; and the box-office is the place where we can cast our votes for or against the character of plays shown In our local houses. When the next election day rolls around, there will be three Socialist commissioners in the city hall, and there will be no old foggie board of censors appointed by them. The peo ple of the city of Everett, as a whole, will act as a board of censors, pat ronizing only those movie houses which exhibit plays that appeal to the average taste and intelligence of our citizenship. GEORGE E. BOOMER PASSES FROM OUR MIDST Served Many Years in Labor's Cause. Comrade George E. Boomer, recent ly Socialist candidate for congress, has passed away, a victim of typhoid fever. Comrade Boomer was editor of The Peninsula Free Press, of Portj Angeles, and has been for years an ardent worker in the cause of labor, both an unionist, and Socialist. He was a forceful speaker and a convinc ing writer along social and political lines, and will be greatly missed by the Socialists of Washington. The news of comrade Boomer's sudden death will be a shock to many persons in union and Socialist circles through out the state of Washington. The Washington Socialist extends profound condolence to his bereaved family, and we shall all mourn the loss of so earnest and tireless a worker in the cause of Socialism. the bank money. The bank, so it ap-l pears, told Clay to vote against his "individual platform" (with reference to the day-labor plan); there was no "Red Hand" to control this free and independent commissioner; so ha "thought it was best" to vote as the bank (secretly) ordered him to vote. The "good man" in debt, under obli gations to banks, rather than to work ' ing-class organizations, is a poor in vestment for the wage-slave voter. Had the workers of Everett elected! i Frans Bostrom as commissioner of finance, under control of the "Red | Hand," the workers of Everett would have done the work on Fulton street under Socialist commissioner Salter, at union wages, and under union hours. Verily, the wage-slave is entitled to what he votes for. THE BIG MEETING AT HIGH SCHOOL NEXT WEDNESDAY EVE. Will Discuss Bills Proposed for Referendum The legislative committee of the Kverett Trades Council announces a maHH meeting of the citizens of Ev e.rett to be held next Wednesday, April 14th, at 8 p. m., In the High school auditorium. The purpose of the meeting, which will be non-par tisan, will be the discussion of eight Important bills proposed for referen dum, all of which affect direct legis lation and home rule. An attack on popular rights was made by the reactionary legislature recently adjourned, and it Is proposed that all voters of Everett who are In favor of majority rule come together to discuss the merits of the eight bills for which signatures on petitions will be urged. It is a question of ma jority rule against mis-rule, and all voters should turn out next Wednes day evening to hear the various mea sures discussed. FIVE MILLION CHILDREN WITH DEFECTIVE EYES COULD HAVE BEEN PREVENTED There are 20,000,000 public school children In the United States. At least 5,000,000 of these children suf fer from eye'diseases or defects which seriously impair their school progress. About 12,000,000 suffer from eye, ear, nose or throat diseases or defects, which prevent proper school advance ment. It costß about $15,000,000 of public money to support the 30,000 blind de pendents in the United States. Most of this blindness could have been prevented by a two per cent so lution of nitrate of silver dropped in the eyes at birth and by the annual, systematic examination of all school children's' eyes. This means that the lawmakers and the law enforcers of this country are not doing their duty. Why do they not do their duty? They are doing their duty. They are so busy attending to the business of the special interests that caused them to be elected to office; they are so busy doing their duty to those who paid their campaign expenses, that they have no time to waste saving hu man eyesight, or caring for the health of school children. They are doing their duty toward capital, not toward humanity. Labor's representatives see their duty in bettering human con ditions. SECONDS RECEIVED AT NA TIONAL OFFICE LAST WEEK On Local Everett No. l's Anti- Anacortes, Wash. Salt Lake, Utah. Marcus, Wash. Madison, No. 1, Wis. Elizabeth, W. Va. Shawnee, Okla. Plummer, Idaho. Portland, No. 1, Ore. Conisley, Ore. Birmingham, Wash. Elkhart, |nd. Sedro-Woolley, Wash. Centralia, Wash. THE JITNEY FIGHTERS HERE THEY ARE The following responded to our call for a "jitney attack upon capitalism." The number following the name Is the number of jitney's sent in to carry our message to the Henry Dubbs: M. Larson, Everett, 11; H. H. Bur leson, Edmonds, 5; C. W. Barzee, Portland. Ore., 5; Rufus Wren, Gold Bar, 2; Marion Sumner, Suquamish. 2; Leona Finger, Bothel, 2; Geo. Lee, Everett, 2: John Doe, Everett, 2. Let's have another attack this week. LITERATURE DISTRIBUTION SUNDAY WILL BE NON-PARTISAN ALL CITIZENS ARE INVITED War Resolutions. WHO WILL FOLLOW? SULTAN SOURCE MEETS GENERAL APPROVAL Colonel Hartley Works in Inter est of Stone and Webster That the Sultan river as a source of water supply for Everett's project ed municipal water plant is the un animous choice of the people of Ev erett was made evident at a meeting herd at the city hall last Monday eve ning. One gentleman who Is inter ested In "private property" in the Boulder creek region naturally pre ferred said stream as a source of wa-l ter supply. Colonel R. H. Hartley, the spokes man of Big Business (Stone and Web ster) in this neck of the woods, also naturally, contended that more money would need to be spent in purchasing "rights" in the Sultan basin than the municipality could afford. Sure thing, Colonel; only it "ain't" so. Run along now. Hartley, and play with your gu bernatorial toys. "The people" of Ev erett will take care of their water "rights," while you look after the Stone and Webster interests, and play standpat politics. Ta-ta! SALTER SCORES HEAVILY Oood Crowd Turns Out to Hear "Red" Commissioner The editor was out of town Sunday night, and therefore did not hear com rade Salter's talk on "The Collapse of Capitalism." Sorry, but couldn't help it. Everybody tells us we missed hearing the best talk that has been heard around here for a long time. Anyway, there was a good audience present to hear our "Red" commis sioner of public works, and his ad dress was so well received that Sal ter has been prevailed upon to give us some more just like it Sunday eve ning, April 18th. All right, we'll be there! It's not "an exclusive affair." You're all in vited. BE THERE! No collection, and no admission charge. SOLIDARITY In Poland the Russian, Jewish and Polish Socialists, who have always been more or less at odds because of nationalistic and racial prejudice, have united in one party organization for the purpose of looking after their own interests and crippling militarism as much as possible. SOCIALISM DEFINED The first constituent element of Socialism may, therefore, be stated to be a substitution of collective prop erty in the great material instruments of production in the place of private property to such an extent that public property shall dominate the world's work. The second constituent ele ment is private property in income and private property in those goods which are used for the sake of enjoy ment and not for the acquisition of an income by rent or hire to others. Modern Socialism demands collec tive management of each industry, and it demands that all the industries should be associated together, in ord er thereby to secure perfect system, They Shot at YOU! THIS LECTURE CONCERNS YOU. HEAR Mary L Geffs APRIL 11, 2:30 P. M.—SOCIALIST HEADQUARTERS 1612 California St., Bet. Colby and Wetmore ADMISSION 15c. DON'T MISS THIS TREAT! HOW SHE DISCOVERED THE TRUTH ABOUT CAPITALISM Life of Mary L. Geffs in a Nutshell NOTED WOMAN ORATOR TO SPEAK HERE SUNDAY AT 2:30 Mary L. Geffs comes from a well to do Ohio family. Had good educa tional advantages. Married early. Lived quiet sheltered life for years. Thoupht this a fine world indeed. Then losses came, ending only when there was nothing left to lose. Widowed and with three small chil dren forced into Cincinnati sweat shops. Surprised and horrified at con ditions of life. Worked ten hours in shop and as many at home for 30 to 75 cents a day. Lived in cheap tene ment. Came near murdering first landlord that attempted eviction. Saw children hungry. Became a rebel. Joined Knights of Labor. Studied economics. .Became conscious of com mon working class interests, and an enthusiastic fighter. Worked as reporter. Publisheed la bor paper. Was special Investigator of conditions of working women and children under state bureau of labor statistics of Ohio, 1892-94. Refused fat bribe to "color" report to suit "Business." .Lost job. Report suppressed. Came wes*. Worked on Denver newspapers, taking up work with needle whenever occasion required. Joined Socialist party in 1906. Serv ed as Colorado state executive and national committeeman. Campaign speaker, 1910. Sent by national So cialist party to Arizona in 1912 as special speaker on woman suffrage. Was national Socialist Lyceum lec turer in 1913, touring Utah, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Montana and* Wyoming. Last year campaigned for Socialism and suffrage in Montana. This varied experience has made Mary L. Geffs a rebel against things as they a"re, a prophet of the better day to come. She is a magnetic and winning speaker. Hear her and bring your friends to hear her. She has a message for them and for YOU, a message that you will remember as long as you live. RUSSIAN SOCIALISTS SENT TO SIBERIA The five Socialist members of the Russian Duma who were arrested a short time ago and charged with "high treason," have been found guilty and sentenced to loss of all civic rights and exile to Siberia. Pour other Socialists were sent to Siberia and two others to short terms of imprisonment. GET THIS! Comrade Katherine H. Hodgins is competing with a number of others for an automobile that is being given away by the Grand and Princess Theatres to the person who is given the highest number of votes. Boost for Kate Hodgins. harmony, and unity of effort. Finally, Socialism means the distri bution of income by some common authority.—"The New International Cyclopedia." No. 222.