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"The Majority Have No Other Reason for Their Opinion Than That They Are the Fashion/'-Dr. samuei Johnson
The Northwest Worker
Kilter.-.1 as second-class matter
March 9. 1911, at the poitotf.ee at
Kverctt. Washington, under tin- act
of March 3, 1879.
Published every Thursday by the
Press Committee of the Socialist
Tarty of Bnohomlsfa County, 1612 Cali
fornia St., Kvorott, Wash.
Mn.ynnr.l Shipley, K.lltor.
H. W. WatU, nuslnoßß Manager
Yearly subscription, $1.00; Fix
months, Me; three months, -fie; single
copies, Re. _____
''Where the Great
City Stands"
In entering the present campaign
for the election of three city commis
sioners from the Socialist Tarty, Nov.
2nd, the Northwest Worker, as spokes
man for the three working-class nom
inees, namely, .'. M. Baiter, Katherine
H. Hodgins and G. W. Carr, does SO
with a strong, conscientious convic
tion that the election of these three
candidates would help in making of
Everett a great city.
What is a "great city?"
Half a century ago, one of Ameri
ca's greatest poets, Walt Whitman,
declared that —
The place where a great city stands
is not the place of stretch'd wharves,
docks, manufactures, deposits of pro
duce merely;
Nor the place of ceaseless salutes
of newcomers or the anchor-lifting of
the departing;
§ Nor the place of the tallest and
costliest buildings or shops selling
goods from the rest of the earth;
Nor the place of the best libraries
and schools, nor the place where mon
ey is plentiest;
Nor the place of the most numerous
Where the city stands with the
brawniest breed of orators and bards;
Where the city stands that is be
lov'd of these, and loves them in re
turn and understands them;
Where no monuments exist to |
heroes but in the common words and j
deeds; ,
Where thrift is in its place, and
prudence is in its place;
Where women walk In public pro
cessions in the streets the same as
the men;
Where they enter the public assem
bly and take places the same as the
men: ■{
Where the city of the faith fullest
friends stands;
Where the city of cleanliness of the
sexes stands;
Where the city of the healthiest
fathers stands;
Where the city of the best-bodied
mothers stands,
There the great city stands.
Ye«, and there the city of high
ideals stands!
And there will be no great city of
high ideals, neither here nor else
where, until the men and women of
that city are intelligent enough, high
minded enough, to support only those
candidates for public office who are
inspired, broadly and consistently,
with a desire to serve, rather than be
served: to administer, rather than to
be administered unto. A ■
can stand only when the elected offi
cials are in the council chambers to
see what they can do for the City, not
there to se< what the city can do for
them. Mere job-hunting, ambitious of-
Hce-seekers, men without high hopes,
mere hangers-on to the body politic,
men who are willing to "let well
enough alone," so long as the salary
is forthcoming month by menth. such
Officials never make a city great,
whatever its population, or however
enormous its hank clearings.
The three nominees endorsed by the
Socialists of Everett for the three
cornmissionerships are not office
seekers. They had nothing whatever
to do with their being nominated as
the choice of the Socialist Party.
They have been endorsed as candi
dates for commissioners, respectively,
for public works, finance, and public
health and safely, in the same spirit
and for the same reason that they
would have been placed on a commit
tee to distribute propaganda litera
ture, or to act as chairman, secretary,
treasurer, or what not, for the organi
zation. They, in turn, accept our en
dorsement in the spirit of willingness
to serve where they are most needed.
Our capable candidates, if elected,
will work as earnestly in office for
the advancement of the workers of
Everett; will labor as faithfuly in the
interest of the masses, the majority,
as they have all along, for years : serv-
Henry Ward Beecher Truly Observed: "The World Never Let a Man Bless It, But It First Fought Him."
* ".Whaddeyu want to put a worn
.•in up lor.' Women don't know
nuthin' about fynanco.!'
The question quoted above was
hurled at the editor, with what
the story writers call "an air of
finality," a few days agio. Its
projector thought ho had demol
ished all possible means of do-
Cense and waited only for a shame
faced apology, or a shifting of re
sponsibility. Hut we were not
crushed. Only amused; Especial
l\ so in that we happened bo
know that tin irate critic owed
what worldly possessions lie had
to the wise forethought and econ
omy of ins very intelligent wife.
We contented ourselves with ask
ing this incarnation of masculine
(?) wisdom if he had paid much
attention to the records of worn
Oil holding public office. "Well,
or. liimn," etc., ii". he couldn't
say thai he had. But he knew
that woman's place was in the
homo. By which; of course, he
meant the kitchen.
'■ Hut suppose you happen .to
have a woman in \ our party who
has made a record as a financier,
possessing, also, very remarkable
abilities as an administrator and
organizer," we ventured.
"Well, of course, but I believe
that commissioner of finance is a
man's job." And that was as Jar
as ho could gel with his objections.
Tin' same type of masculine su
periority ■ ! still thinks lin se
ei-et. it' not openly) that voting
"is a man's job." His forebearsi
insisted that getting an education
was "a man's job." A year ago
men of his type thought that be
ing a county auditor was "a man's
job." Miss Mao Weatherbee has
taught them better .as all will now |
agree. And if Katherine 11. Hod-j
gins is elected commissioner of ii \
nance, she will prove to the most
skeptical that the Socialists of Kv
erett knew exactly what they were
doing when tiny preferred her to
any man in the city for thai im
portant office. There were doubt
ing Thomases within OUT own ■
ranks who had to be "shown."
And they were. They are now j
among the stannchesi supporters
of Katherine If. Hodgins for fi-;
nance commissioner.
Owing to the fact Hint the pres
ent and five issues following have
been contracted for by the city
campaign committee, all contro
versial articles and general contri
butions will have to be side-track
ed until after the election of city \
commissioners in November.
Inasmuch as the following five
issues of this paper will be full of
very carefully lelected and closely
edited propaganda matter, of the
"Socialism iil a nui shell'" eharae
ter, of unusual value for general
distribution, anywhere, we urge
nil readers or Locals to buy bun
dle orders ai $1 a hundred copies.
These will serve noi only in the
place of ;i dozen or more distril n
tions of leaflets, bul will also aid
t n mendously in building up our
party-owned press (the Northwest
Worker being owned and control
led by Ihe Soeiali its if I (nohomish
001 nty I. Follow up I !|" weekly
distribution by soliciting subs:;rip-
This will tzivc us ;• splen
did start in laying a solid founda
1 ion for the pn ■sident ial campaign
of 1916. We niiisi begin early if
we expect to accompli :> any
thing worth while. Try ai leasi
i i c order of a hundred copies,
then talk to your nei rhbors and
nole the result.
Bargreen's Golden Drip Coffee. Im
perial Tea Co., 1407 Hewitt Avenue.
Distribution next Sunday.
cc] iii the cause of labor, without hops
of pecuniary reward, without desire
for mere personal advancement. It Is
only (hrough the devoted services of
such men and women as are developed
through the unselfish, little appreciat
ed, seldom rewarded routine labors
of the Sociality Party that we can
ever hope to gain any advancement.
for the workers worth while, so that
we may prove to i>< ople everywhere
"Where the city of the healthiest
fathers stands;
"Where the city of the best-bodied
mothers stands,
"There the great city stands."
If These Proposals Are in the Interest of the
Majority of Everett's Citizens
Vote for Them!
Modern society has for its foundation a form of industry known as capitalism, whose
distinctive feature is the wage system, a method of exploitation that enables the owners of
the means of life, such as land, machinery, mills, mines and raw materials, to absorb the
major portion of the laborer's product.
The Socialist Party of Everett is a part of the worldwide organized movement of the
working class to abolish the wage system, to put an end to the exploitation of one class by an
other, thereby establishing a co-operative society, a true Industrial Democracy.
We hold that capitalsim has fulfilled its historic mission in the evolution of industry and
has become iniinica.l to further human progress.
Unemployment and all its resultant crimes and conditions such as physical deteriora
tion, poverty and misery are due to this outgrown system.
Social science teaches that systems of industy that have outgrown their usefulness have
disappeared and new ones have taken their place.
We also maintain that the Socialist movement is the conscious, intelligent force in soci
ety that is making for a new order of society.
Our particular, mission is to organize the working class politically in order to secure, ulti
mately, the necessary political power to peacefully, if possible, usher in the new order where
by production will be carried on for USE of the many instead of for the private PROFIT of
the few.
Meanwhile, pending the acquisition of the necessary political power to make state and
national laws in the interests of the working class, it is onr purpose to effect immediately, in
this city, such ameliorative measures as are feasible under capitalist-class laws. To this end,
we place before the people of Everett, as our choice, three candidates, who are more than
qualified to carry out the work of their respective offices, if electetl, with credit alike to the
Socialist Party and to the City of Everett. They stand pledged to carry out the following
principles and platform, if elected:
1. To consider the interests of the workers above all others;
2. The abolition of the contract system on all city work, substituting the day labor plan
3. To carry forward the proposed municipal water project with as much dispatch as the
laws and courts will permit, and such other further extension of municipal ownership as con
ditions will warrant;
4. Encoiiragement of the use of the public school buildings for social functions and the
extension of social utilities such as comfort stations, recreation and playgrounds, parks and
bathing facilities;
5. To repeal the provision of the sir-tailed vagrancy ordinance which makes it a crime
for a working man to be out of funds, and a job;
6. To use the police only for the enforcement of laws and ordinances, state and city,
and to abolish the system of using the police power to brutally intimidate the workers when
exercising their constitutional right to picket and assemblage.
Furthermore, our candidates are pledged to ask themselves this question on all matters
which may be brought before them for official action: "Will this measure, if carried out,
redound to the advantage of the majority, the wa^e-earners, the great mass of the people?"
If this question can be honestly answered in the affirmative, it will be their policy to vote
As our political opponents constantly assure vis that "the interests of capital and labor
are identical," they can have no logical or just reason for opposing1 this really democratic
test of a proposed measure's claim to approval by Socialist officials.
Socialism and the Tax-Payers
The substitution of the capitalist
with the co-operative or socialist sys
tem of production is In the Interest,
not of the propertiless classes nlone,
but of all classes. The same as slav
ery was an Injury to the slave-holdi
and Its abolition i< tided to promote
their highest Interests, bo Is the pres
ti !,: of private ownership In
the Implements of labor injurious, in
the highest sense, even to the land
lords and capitalists themselves, and
its abolition would redcund to the
benefit of these as well. They atao
suff( r ;■'■■.erelj under Up' contradic
tions that typify the moderti system
of production: one set of them rots in
ness, another wears itself out In
■ i k breaking huni afti r profits, and
; .'■ of all hangs Hi" Dam
ocles sword of bankruptcy, of ship
wreck, and of final downfall Into the
class of Hi" proletariat, 1.«., the class
thai has been stripped of all the things
necessary for production, except Its
labor power, which, lest it perish out
right, It is compelled to sell for star
vation wages happy if it succeed in
doing tliui.
It would be thought, from these
premises that, ill] ('lasses of society,
capitalists and landlords, no less than
proletarians, would join in the estab
lishment of the Co-operative Common
wealth, Yet the reverse is the case.
Experience teachi s, the fact glares us
in the face, that, the same as the
slave-holders of old, the property
holders of today, landlords and capi
talists are blind to their higher in
terests. The bulk of the property
holding and exploiting classes not on
ly looks upon Socialism with sus
piclon, but stands up against it in an
attitude of the most bitter antagon
Thin la became they would rather
see civilized society perish than to
abandon their narrowly selfish, stupid!
struggle tor pelf and power. The
Socialists, therefore, expect, little sup
port from the trading-class element,
who are hopelessly blind to their own
hi: tier welfare. Workers, it's up to
Matting Suit Cases, Ladies' Hand
Bags, Umbrellas and Repairing. Ev
erett Trunk Factory, 2815 Rockefeller.
LONDON, Sept. 27.—James Keir
HTardie died of pneumonia at Glasgow
yesterday. He was a labor member
in parliament and the leader of the
in ace el( meat in the British Socialist
Order a bundle. There will be
seven issues like this.
The Socialist Deputy to the Duma,
M. Tcheidse, and seventeen other mem
bers of the Russian parliament have
been arrested, it is asserted in dis
patches from Stockholm.
The Duma buildings in Petrograd
and all the railway stations are re
ported to have been occupied by the
Order a sack of spuds from The
Northwest Worker.
Why the Socialists I
Socialist organization is to educate j
the working class, not merely to be
able to read and write, but to be able
to understand the why of things—
Why some people have wealth and |
power, and others suffer poverty and i
Why the workers get a smaller part
of the things they produce than ever
before, —
Why the matter of unemployment is
becoming more serious each year,— i
Why crime and insantity are on the
increase, —
Why Christianity and the church
have not made us all good, —
Why business men support thei
church, and why ministers support
the business men, —
Why the big newspapers are so no
toriously unreliable in all that con- j
cerns the conflict between capital and
There are many other things the
working class need to know, not the
least of which is why they themselves
are so easily fooled and divided, and j
why Socialists even, waste time and
energy fighting each other, rather
than the common enemy.
The graduate Socialist is one who
knows why. He understands. He
knows that all existing forms and
institutions are the result of growth.
He is an evolutionist. He has dis
carded dogmatism. He tries to exer
cise patience and charity with those
who do not know. His greatest ef
forts are devoted to inducing others
to investigate, to study. Maybe you
are a Socialists, and don't know it. —
The Spokane Socialist.
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1 Ply Superior Roofing
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Corner Hewitt and Broadway
Amusement Parlors
Wetmore and Hewitt
j will be shown exclusively. This marks the beginning of
; the most pretentious program ever shown in any theater
U anywhere. You and your friends can come any time you
{I desire and you will be guaranteed a first-class show.
Sunday and Monday, October 3-4
i Sunday and Monday, October 3-4
"The Heart of Jennifer"
,*,„ Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
"The Two Orphans"
These will be followed by a continual flow of big produc
tions. You can bank your last cent on the Princess shows.
Will give a splendid program as follows:
"THE COUNTRY CUM/ (two-part Tanhouser drama)
(Featuring Vivian Rich; one-part drama)
"ALL AT SKA" (a good Keystone comedy)
CHARLES CHAPLIN in his M/usieal Career sure will make
you forgei your trouble
Phone: Sunset 429 Phone: Ind. 577
!&urk<2 Mtotor (Lax (To,
A. BURKE, Prop.
Potatoes 85 Gents
Larger Quantities Cheaper
Phone Sunset 2260
Tlinrs>l;iy, Kr.pt.p,mt>f;r 30, 1915.
Driesslein & Becker
Dr. Ross Earlywine
205 American Bank Bldg.
Both Phones 725

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