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The Northwest Worker I
Entered as second-class matter
March 9. 1911, nt the postofflce nt
Everett, Washington, under the act of
March 3, IST'.).
Published every Thursday ill
1612 California St. Everett, Wash., by
11. W. WATTS Editor and Manager
Yearly subscription, $1; six months,
>lV; throe months, Hoc; single copies,
a cents.
Proletnria Mill has convinced us
by some of his former writings that
he has analyzed the capital" t system
of wealth production, but after read
ing his comment on our editorials he
has convinced us that he does not ful
ly understand "man" and be has fail
ed to analyze the make-up of the
members of society.
If history has been recorded cor
rectly in certain instances, we are in
formed that when the news was first
circulated to the effect that Steven
son had built an engine that would,
go with its own steam, that the wise
people laughed and when it was ac
tually seen in motion that they san!
it would not stop. And hundreds
of other inventions wore met with the
same foolish cries, but after they had
once been started and proved of value
to society all was well. And so it
is with Socialism. Ignorance and
prejudice are keeping thousands out
of our ranks and out of the move
ment, but should ways and means be
found to offset that prejudice and ig
norance for one single term in office
then we are certain that many hun
dreds will listen to us who had re
fused to hitherto.
The ignorance of the workers is
only skin deep and as soon as our
institutions are changed so will the
mind of man. Hence if we can gath
er enough intelligent workers togeth
er to affect a change in government
and institutions, irrespective of the
fact that the votes we received were
from persons who did not understand
Socialism, we are making a great
step forward and there is not the
least proof to show that the power
thus obtained would not be of benefit
to the human family.
He takes issue with us and con
tends that our organization and prop
aganda work has not been going on
for sixty years. It is almost 100
years since Karl Marx was born and
it is over sixty years since the first
working class propaganda party and
organization was formed and since
Marx first commenced to write for
the "New York Tribune." Marx was
engaged to write for the "Tribune"
in 1851 and every Week for ten years
his articles appeared both as "lead
ers" and correspondence. These ar
ticles were written from London and
dealt with kindred subjects, mostly
however, on the Eastern Question as
it presented itself at. that time. And
even after all this time there are peo
ple living in our midst who have nev
er allowed any of the Socialist philo
sophy to remain in their minds for
more than a minute. And the only
way to get it to stick in these per
son's minds is to jolly them and work
with them for the things uppermost
in their minds. The Socialist philo
Sophy will not be dropped, because it
cannot be dropped, but we have cer
tainly got to find other ways and
means of getting our knowledge to
the masses than the way we have
If some people prefer to stay in
the old rut, that is their fault, but
we are going to get out of it. May
be the energy necessary to get out of
the rut compels Proletaria Bill to
stay in it? We realize that the sys
stem has not changed but the forces
of government and political move
ments are changing and it behooves
the Socialist movement to change
some time also. If we had anything
to lose by adopting a more aggres
sive plan of action we might feel
like staying in the rut but we know
that we have not and therefore we
want the Socialist Party to get into
the political game with a determina
tion to get somewhere other than a
rut. It is alright for philosophers to
"chew the rag and spit around the
stove" but that is not the kind of
stuff that gets a movement any
where. Action is what is needed and
we have not pat forth enough of this
in our campaigns and we have not
Henry Dubb Picks Out His Cartridge
Marxian Socialism Is "enough pub
■ lie oiviii'iship to ahull lineal lied in
comes and waste."
Many people me opposed to un
earned Incomes, but unless such a
• one proposes ie abolish unearned in
comes by means ot public ownership,
he is not :i Marxian Socialist. Man'
, people an trying to ahull unearned
incomes by moans of "regulation."
That is not tbe Marxian way.
r On ihe other hand, many people
try ie include in the Social! i prop
aganda things thai are not essential.
Many Socialists used to toll me Ihni
no farmer could be a Socialist—that
a man mint bo without properly be
fore he could be a Socialist. That
sounds odd today for the world is
The "party reason" provision in
the party constitution is not an es
sential part of 'Marxian Socialism
This provision excludes many who
would otherwise be active members.
1 will not here argue as to its wisdom.
1 merely call attention to the fact
that it is tactics, and not an essential
part of Socialism.
Effect! Non-Partisan Work
What 1 wish to call especial atten
tion to is that the partisan moth
od may be just as well organ! and
vastly more effective than the parti
san method.
First: Non-partisans should be
well organized. Some people are non
partisans simply because they ate too
lazy-hazy to do effective work. Others
of us are partisans because We
recognise that most people prefer to
have a course of action suggested
to them. We do the suggesting and
they furnish the votes, which is a
fair division of labor.
What I propose is that we Social
ists get thoroughly organized; hive
a definite dues-paying membership;
do precisely what the party did his',
year, up to the time of filing for nom
inations; then let our men and women,
thus selected, tile for nomination at
the primaries of the dominant~p«»iy-! !
Then we would not be "voting for
'good' men" in name only, but would
have candidates of our own selection.
We can, with this plan, have 20 to 10
members in the next state legisla
, ture.
j In this legislative district we could
very easily select, say Hon. C. W.
Wooldridge, an excellent Socialist,
and once a member of the slate legis
lature. A thousand republicans in
this district would vote for him at
the Republican primaries, who would
not vote for him at the Socialist
Indeed, I think it very probable that
we could elect a majority of Social
ists to county offices, could dominate
the Republican party here as they
did in North Dakota if we would only
adopt the North- Dakota plan of se
lecting our own candidates at an
early, pre-primary (within-the-leag
ue) election, precisely as we did in
this state last year; and as the farm
ers did in North Dakota, for the two
plans were as nearly identical as they
could be when ours was more thor
ough-going (that is we had no con
vention, but did all nominating by
direct vote). Mut in North Dakota
the selected men and women filed on
any ticket the candidate chose.
Wisely, only one filed on the Demo-
cratic ticket, and he was defeated by
200 votes. None filed on the Socialist
ticket, although many were active
Socialists. All but one filed for nom
ination at the Republican primaries
and all these were elected.
If the Socialists who were nomin
ated by the North Dakota Non-parti
san League, had filed on the Social
ist ticket, none would have been
elected, for the Socialist vote was
much less than the Democratic vote,
and the one candidate who filed for
nomination on the Democratic ticket
failed of election, although special ef-
used good judgment in trying to
educate the working class.
Proletaria Bill says, "it is our duty
to put education where the working
class can get it," but where is that?
He says that "understanding will de
velop itself within the working class,"
but we contend that a scientific cul
tivation will help that, development,
and to do this we must use the in
stitutions of learning for that pur
pose. Hence We must get the votes
to capture the institutions. We know
that Proletaria Pill will disagree, but
what of it?
fort was na'- in ftis behalf, Casey |
for state treasurer.
The Sociali 1 into v. as . oino 5,000,
about *'hul il bad been at he ':. I
oloc«i«'i| t|l!ll li.
;\|il>iV "i lie League nominees wolf
Sot iVii-l'., ju l ns many wen- ii In >i
lii.iii ' , Inn in ne |ii«l ..ni ill «•■ the
I Prohibition m Si_K-iali.it | it I v tiki is.
I would like to nee .''o'i.ilists Ini ;
the lead; sided their «':iiulid.ilos I'M
ci: el) a . i he) did in ihr spring cif
191(1, then lile for Humiliation mi ibe
Republican ticket in Washington, mi
the !'. i 'i alio ticket in Texas, tin Ihi
tickel of Ibe I'-'iuinanl parly,
A majority of voters in 11"' United
Slates arc in more or less hearty
sympathy wlih Marxian socialism;
but tbey are si ill tied up, through
I radii ion, with I lie Republican or
Democratic parly.
We do not. ask men to leave heir
old "churches" to become Socialists.
Neither should we a ik Iheni to lease
their old "parties',' to I...nine Social
Parties are just like idols - nothing
whatever to u^. but mighty i port, 'in
to their worshippers.
Wo may think men silly to bow
down to images of wood; but if
those men are in favor of abolishing
Ulll ai ned incomes by moans el' public
ownership—why let the Idolatry alone
till it dies a natural death.
Let US bad.
Lei us insist on nothing but funda
mental.' the abolition of unearned ill
comes through public ownership.
Lot us manage the Republican and
Democratic parties, by selecting bet
ter men and women than the non-
Socialists can bring out.
Hut above all else, whatever differ
ences there may he in proposed tac
tics, let us not quarrel with fellow
Government is mainly a matter of
officials. Laws and constitutions are
very secondary matters, If we get
thoroughgoing Socialists in office we
will be on the direct read to the
Socialist state, and the quickest way
to elect Socialist to office is to care
fully select our best. men._an_L..womon
by the early, pro-primary (within
league) election precis* as we did
in 1910, and then have them file for
nomination at the primary of the
dominant arty.
I have no use for fusian, comprom
ise, dividing tie- spoils. What 1 urge
is that we capture the Republican
party precisely as a man captures and
break a horse to do its master's
The Prohibition party is a joke.
The (non-partisan) Anti-Saloon
(prohibition) league is smifligating
the saloon.
The Socialist party gets nowhere.
The Non-partisan League in North
Dakota got almost every office.
Bellingham, Wash.
(Editor's Note.) — We would like to
get the opinion from the prominent
members, or any others for that mat
ter, on the above suggestion. We are
bound to admit that prejudice has
more to do with defeating the candi
dates of the Socialist party than al
most anything else. We are of the
opinion that there is danger, however,
in adopting the above tactics because
•■t may cause the Republican party
o capture the Socialist party and
thus switch the trick. Still we must
not overlok the fact that the non
partisan movement is making tre
mendous strides. Scores of speakers
and scores of automobiles that were
used in the North Dakota campaign
have been asked for and sent to other
states and the Non-partisan League
idea is fast gaining ground. If we
can get honest and intelligent discus
better position to cope with it or to
belter position ot cope with it or to
work with it.
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How Australia Kept Sugar
From Soaring In Price
I'.y W. I i mil i I A bom.
!;VD>,I',V, New South Wales.
M<• < economic problems faced Aus
Irnliil when th Will came upon us,
tliti'iiU'iiing a | I.' shortage of the
food supplies i,i tb • i pie, I'.xploil
.•••ion grew rife in the country and
every week made il more difficult
im (ho ■■( ....', to resist |hi in
roads mi hi income, 'Ibe supply of
sugar needed drastic attention, yel
'licit' was never a commodity present
ing tlifficullifls sn complicated.
I' or many yea now sugar growing
in Australia In been a highly pro
tooled industry, local prices ranking
at lon I $25 per ion of refined sugar
above the world parity. This extra
amount of money was paid by the
consumers of Australia ii, order thai,
i ho sugar industry may be allowed to
live in Australia, and to be worked by
white labor.
The States of i. en land and Mew
South Wales i,. .mod mo it under
this arrangement, for sugar growing
is confined to these two slates, com
prising iho northeastern corner of
Australia. That price was cheerfully
paid, and we considered that at that
price he guaranteed purity of our
Australian race was cheaply bought.
But for the alien restriction act, the
sugar glowers could have produced
sugar by colored labor cheaper than
wo are getting it today. And without
Ihe bounty of $25 per ton Ihe sugar
growers could have imported sugar
cheaper thai), thnt grown in Australia
from the islands of black labor in the
Pacific. Thus iho bounty compelled
he growers ',' produce sugar in Aus
tralia by white labor and tho alien
ael prevented their pel ting colored
labor into Australia to ) luce the
sugar at lew wages, to the detriment
of Australian workers.
But the war dislocated the world
price of sugar, and rent it souring to
the clouds, consequent to Germany
and Austria both great sugar pro
ducing center i being unable to get
I heir products away to the outside
world. The war also hampered the
sugar export trade from other coun
Instead of the Australian pi ice be
ing $25 above the world parity, very
soon the woild parity was above the
Australian pi ice. And if Australia
allowed it, the Australian sugar
growers, by exporting, could have
made fortunes out of the crops that
Australian consumers had protected
for their own use.
The Australian Government acted
only in time—when record shipments
were actually on the way to the
steamers to be exported out of the
country. In one second, figuratively
speaking, every ounce of sugar was
arrested in Australia and became gov
ernment property.
But there were difficulties in the
way. The sugar business of Australia
is very complicated, since each Aus
tralian State fixed its own price. And
so it was not long before the growers
got at ified with the prices fixed.
They said the sugar trust was not
.resting them fairly, while the sugar
trust said the government was to
blame in its price-fixing, and so get
rid of the blame that way. The sugar
trust said the price was fixed on a
wrong calculation. The crop of 1913
had been the best ever, not only for
Australia, but for the whole world.
Australia had grown enough for its
requirements, but owing to the world's
surplus, some 70,000 tons was also im
ported to Australia, with the result
that Australian prices declined. Thus
a delicate position had to be dealt with,
and this could only be solved by the
Federal and State Governments acting
One feature of the whole business is
that the sugar trust—has no com
petitors in Australia worthy of the
name, so that one".' legislation was
made it would be easy to put Into
And so the .Mate and Federal Gov
ernment decided to nationalize the in
dustry. And the big task was done in
an extraordinary simple manner. The
sugar trust was turned into an agent
for the government. First of all, all
sugar was seized under the sugar ac
quisition act. Then a pi ice was fixed
for buying raw sugar, and a ice was
fixed to . ell refined sugar at.
Thus hemmed in on all i ides the
sugar,trust vai tiiiiim! in'u'nfi inslni;
nwit fin pruti'ctiiig ♦he growers oli lb"
oie li mil and lie- consumer.! nn the
ol her.
And under.li ••se arrangements there
can be no mure fair dealing, either
wilb lhe ... <>;■ ii . sugar con
stimers, And even Iho,-,' opposed I"
(lie government interfering with the
price of sugar admit today thai the I
government ha done more to place ]
•',, sugar Industry on a sound basis;
I ban has ever been done before. This
because for he first lime in Australia
history the industry has been freed
from i lie iron autocracy of a private
monopoly which was responsible to '
no one but its own shareholders.
In addition to his, the government i
appointed cane price boards which
fixed the price of the cane as I, wee,
lie growers and the mill Each dis- j
trict had its own price board, and
above the ie a central board was ap
pointed to hear appeals. These board
were elected on mo i democratic lines,
and once their ruling was arrived at,
it stood. j
Thus the labor government of Aus
-1 alia liberated Ihe sugar industry,
und protected alike the whole of the
consumers of Australia from being
forced to pay famine prices for their
sugar at a time when sugar was plen
tiful in Australia.
As is the case of the wheat and
wool industries, it is reasonably cer
tain to say that never will the sugar
industry be allowed to go back into
the old channels of private enterprise.
(love; nment price-fixing ha come to
..lay in Australia!
I, Mr . Josephine Christopher, be
ing first duly . worn, on oath depose
and say: That I have been for seven.'
years a great sufferer from .spinaJL
trouble and rheumatism, and paraly-j
sis; that 1 have been treated by Dr.
and Dr. of Seattle for ,
three months and also by Dr. - —■ — ;
of Tacoma, who told me that I never |
would be well again a i there was no
cure for for spinal disease such as
1 had; that my husband has spent
*■ '■**■*■ ' of dollars having me treat
ed by noted specialists in New York ;
and Chicago, and by Dr of
Battle Creek, Mich., a noted nerve
doctor, and I can truly say that none
did me any good until I commenced
treatment with Dr. 1). Feldman, of
3321 Colby Aye., Everett, who has
in less than two months completely
cured me of spinal trouble and lheu-;
matismj and nervousness, and now
I can sleep all night, a thing 1 could
not do for years before, and my ,
hands and spine which were para
lyzed have regained their full feel- I
ing; and now, after never expecting i
to get well, and often in my suffer-!
ing wishing for death, I am happy
;" say that lam once more well, anil
wear that the above is my true
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