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GRAB AND PILLAGE
RULE OF CAPITAL
Joseph Bristol* States Moneyed In
terests Lobby to Put War
Taxes on People
A blistering article by. Joseph L.
Bristow, former United States son
ator, addressed to Congressman Guy
T- Helvering, and making specific
charges of graft i,* the war depart
ment and lobbying by capitalist inter
ests to escape war taxation. is re
ceiving the attention of the whole
The article read:
It is a common rumor in Wash
ington that congressmen and other I
influential men have obtained com
missions in the army for relatives;
raid commissions have been dated be- I
fore the parties were sent to the
training camps or had taken any
At hearings of the house and sen
ate committees charges have been
made that contractors are being paid,
a per cent of the cost for construc
tion of trmy cantonments.
It is openly alleged that such
methods and blundering* have result
ed in an increase in the estimated
cost of these cantonments from $75,
--000,000 to $150,000,000.
The lobby of the munitions mak
ers was strong enough with the sen
ate committee on finance to have the
tax on munitions removed.
The lobbyists that now swarm the
corridors of the capitol have induced
the senate committee on finance to
remove from the revenue bill the in
creased surtax on excessive incomes
of more than $40,00 _ yar.
Corporations Dodge Tax
Under pressure from innumerable
lobbyists this revenue bill is being
so shaped that great corporations
with watered stock will practically
Thousands of men have flocked to
Washington and are using every de
vice known to the ingenuity of man
to obtain and are obtaining soft
berths for themselves, their relatives
and political friends.
"You may think it patriotic to
draw the youth of this land to die
in the trenches of Europe and to per
mit the bloated munitions maker to
escape proper taxation an.d keep his
blood-stained gold, but we do not.
And regardless of the brazen ef
frontery with which you seek to in
timidate men from the expression of
facts, we propose to continue to por
tray th ,■ conditions as they ara. Not
as a traitor to his country, but as
a patriot who has contempt for ■-,
congressional trimmer and hatred for
a public thief."
WAR TO PROTECT
MORGAN AND ALLIES
The American farmers are re
quested to produce abondantly so
il at this and other nations may live,
and which they all will do, provided
the elements permit it, but friends,
the government has taken no action
except talk to stop food gambling
and speculating. The politicians that
occupy the positions of congressmen
and senators are shouting robber
and thief at the food gamblers, coal
barons, meat trusts and the like,
but beyond just shouting nothing
has been done. Those people that
have been placed on councils for
the proper distribution of food prod
ucts are about as well fitted for the
task as the average congressman for
the position he holds.
Until we can be shown that we
are entering into this war for the
principle.-; of democracy and the prin
ciple of upholding real liberty or for
defense of our country, we must loo':
upon it as a war to protect the
gambling investments of Morgan and
**** allies in belligerent countries—
The news from ,S\v~ '"n **nnr<*._r,q
somewhat disquieting. The Swedish
Democrats are growing in
creasingly restive. They talk of
revolution an I the "Red Republic"
SPOKESMAN FOR THE ONLY USEFUL CLASS IN SOCIETY—THE WORKING CLASS
EVERETT, WASHINGTON, THURSDAY, JUNE 14, 1917.
CHILDREN GO HUNGRY
AS vegetables; KEPT
FOR HIGH PRICES, ROT i
NEW YORK. While thousands of
school children here were going (<>,
school with pangs of hunger in their
stomachs, Sin*. pounds of spring
vegetables rotted at the wharves
along the Hudson river.
This vast quantity of cauliflower, '■
cabbage, spinach, onions, squash, lei
Luce and radishes, fresh from south- ,
crn farms, was condemned by the
health authorities because it was al
lowed to spoil by commission men
who were desirious of keeping up
"Not only were the people of New
York city the victims of such a
market system," said Commissioner |
of Foods and Markets John .1. nil- ■
lon, "but farmers of the south who
sent the vegetables here lost many
thousands of dollars in freight
charges and lost labor and money
spent to produce the vegetables."
SYDNEY, N. S. W.—By the time
this news is being read by readers
in the United States, the supply of
; single men in New Zealand will have
come to an end, and the military
will be drawing on the married men
i for re-enforcements for the army at
the front. Already the arrangements
, have been made for the drawing of
married men. and they will be taken
in the following order.
1. All men between 20 and 46
| without children. f. '-' ,„■„.".
2. All men between 20 and 34
with not more than two children.
3. All men between 35 and 46
with not. more than two children.
4. All men between 20 and 34 with,
I not more than four children.
5. All men between 35 and 46
with not more than four children.
6. All men between 20 and 46
with more than four children.
What they intend to do when these
men are out of the way remains to
ibe seen. It is thought that they will
then begin to comb the country for
l men already in what is known as
1 essential trades, or begin to take
men who are over the age of 46—
though it can not be assumed that
men of this age can be of much use
to the military forces.
Plan Industrial Draft
But the worst feature is the im
pending industrial conscription that
is almost sure t"o come within a very
.short time. There is no doubt that
the recent strike in that count]
against conscription has hasten*
this feature of military domination.
Recently the miners of New Zea
land had a combined strike all
I through country against conscription.
It failed, mainly because several of
the mine unions were induced to
go back to work and extreme law
were put into action by the govern
ment. Under the law anybody wish
ing to institute .' strike is liable to
a penalty of $2,500, while any in
dividual miner going out on strike
will be sent to the firing line by
the first transport. At the present
time the miners are exempt as long
as they continue at their work in
the mines, but once they leave this
they become eligible to go to the
LIBERTY LOAN BONDS
Have you bought a Liberty Loan
i bond" ",'"
They enable you to avoid pay
; ment of V*y.o- on your wealth.
ft' you don't buy a bond you will
have to pay the interest on the
bonds that- the other fellows buy.
If you have not got any bonds you
will he in bondage to the fellow that
has, hence bonds means bondage
and bondage is slavery.
Get the idea? Liberty slavery!
Now all together! Long live
I Subscribe for The Worker today.
I refuse to kill, your father. I
refuse to slay your mother's son.
I refuse to plunge a bayonet into
the breast of your sister's broth
er. I refuse to slaughter your
sweetheart's lover. I refuse to
murder your wife's husband '
refuse to butcher your little child's
father. 1 refuse to wet the
earth with blood and blind kind
eyes with tears. 1 refuse to as
sassinate you and then hide mv
stained fist in the folds of ANY
I refuse to be flattered into
hell's nightmare by a class of
well-fed snobs, crooks and wards
who despise our class socially, rob
our class economically and betray
our class politically.- from Kirk
patrick's War, What For?
BUREAU FOR CONSCIENTI-
Ol S OBJECTORS
"It is in no sense a conscription
of the unwilling."—-President Wood
row Wilson in the draft proclamation.
What will the administration do !
about the "conscientious objector?"
Are President Wilson's words sin- !
cere? Does the administration <
mean what it says? Or is this
merely a pious expression, sus- |
ceptible of being explained away I
when it comes to the pinch?
These are the questions which are j
being asked everywhere in Washing
ton and to the solution of which the
American Union Against Militarism
is devoting its energies.
■ To this ..end ..the— organization . is. i .
working along two lines. ■ It has
J been laboring with the administra
\ tion of the War Department to es- j
■ tablish in the regulations, which are j
;-shortly to be sent out to exemp- ;
| tion boards, definite provisions pro
, tecting the "conscientious objectors." j
I Under the rulings made by Provost
[ Marshal H. E. Crowder, it doesn't
j matter whether the conscientious ob
jectors so recorded themselves on
registration day or not. If their
names are' drawn in the draft, they
will be summoned before the regis
tration boards to show cause, if any,
'"hy they should not serve. At that
time and place they can state their
conscientious objection to hearing
arms and the board will be bound to
pass upon it.
DEMOCRATISING RUSSIA (?)
"President Wilson forgot about the
Russians and the Poles who are liv
ing in America and who know Rus
sia and her needs. There won't be
any of them on the Commission. But
there are railroad magnates, money
kings, excellent business representa
tives, not of the laboring America,
but of the plundering America.
"This Commission is being sent
with the almost exclusive purpose
of investigating the natural resources
of Russia —her minerals, her oil- ,
fields, her forest, water-power, etc
"The American Commission is the
first step on the road to the eco- ;
nomic enslavement of Russia. The
Commission will clear a path to Rus
sia and will lay the foundation fori
the invasion of American capital and |
business upon the regenerated coun- \
try."— Russky Golos, New York.
Comrade Bobier, of Everett, do
nates one dollar to the Worker.
Comrade Lillian Breed, of Edmonds,
donates one dollar to help along the
v. ( ] 1..
ROCKFORD, 111.—Transfer of part
of the 138 men arresti i.
nesday night is under way. The first
batch fought the officers, hue u t , C;
lined with Clubs
Manifesto of the Socialist Party
■ — By Socialist Party of Canada lOc1
The Genesis and Evolution of
Slavery —By E. T. Kings-1ey.... 10c
The Pest and Other Plays By
Emanuel Julius 10c
Socialist Songs with Music lOy
Industrial Relations Report 10' v
THOUSANDS OF DOPE
FIENDS ARE BEING
MADE BY WAR
Mr. Chas. B. Towns, of New York,
who is an expert on the phenomena
and alleviation of the drug habits
says that in Europe it had been
found that morphine was the only
thing that would relieve a sufferer
from the effects of gas. Me says
that the men who are "gased" are
taken to the army hospital and im
mediately placed under the influ
ence of morphin.
"As soon as the patients were able
to help themselves and to use a
hypodermic a mixture of this mor
phia solution was put on a table
within their reach, and they were
allowed to use it as they felt in
bo far as his observations went,
each of the gas victims who entered,,
the hospital for treatment left it a
confirmed drug-user ....
It is the firm conviction of this
man that all those who have been
through the war from the first and
have oeen 'gassed' are takers of the
DAY AND RAISE
Anarchy is not taking its course
', in Russia, as was reported by the
A general strike, tying up prac
tically every industry in Russia, is
I now in progress. The said killing
! that is going on there has not hap
| pened. Demonstrations have been
held, but •no serious trouble'^ has
i taken place. The strikers are said
to be very peaceable and no dis
i order is in sight. Strikebreakers,
] who are in very limited numbers,
; have been handled roughly at times.
j but no bloodshed has been caused.
The labor movement of Russia has
struck and everything is at a stand
still. A 6-hour day and a rise in
wages is the demand.
This is the substance of a cable
that was received by the Jewish
Daily Forward from their Petrograd
correspondent." The cable reads.:
"Organized strikes throughout the
entire country is now in progress.
The strike fever is gaining strength
from clay to day, and the workers
are confident of victory. The chief
demands of labor is that a 6-hour
day be established in all of Rus
sia for all industries, and that a
reasonable raise in wages is granted.
"The workingmen are demanding
One, two and 300 per cent increase?
and are driving capital so frantic
that in some instances capital has
said: 'Take over the factories your
Sixty per cent of the storekeepers
in Petrograd have granted the de
mands of their striking clerks for a
100 per cent increase in wages, re
troative from the start of the war.
In many cases some of the el»rk«
affected will receive from 10,000 to
15,n00rubles (from $5,000 to $7,00U)
in back pay.
he threatened strike in 140 fac
tories in Petrograd engaged in men
tal manufactures and other war work,
which was fixed for W"dnes<'n-\
last, has been averted- The strik
es' claims were granted, including
the six-hour day.
I am inclosing $1.25 for two subs
Our picnic was not very largely
attended today on account of the
cold weather. On Sunday, July Ist
I we hold another picnic at Comrade
| John Schloesen's Grove, and in Au
| gust at Comrade Coopers. Three
new members today and a collectioi
|of $2.85 for the Mooneys. All the
i young men here registered and al'
; under protest. In my opinion if
| the sentiment in the rest of the
j United States is as here, it wil'
only take a few acts of oppression
by the militarists to start, the rev*
Union. Only the hone that in thro
months the war will be over re
iserves in- people now.
GOVERNMENT BY ■
THE PEOPLE (?)
Supreme Court Decides That '**_.
Workers Do Not Know What
President Wilson and a buncft -af.
plutocratic parasites have been tell
ing us during the past few months*
that we are fighting a war for rfe
mocracy, yet every move that tJka
government has made has beer? fa
contradiction to democracy. There is
absolutely no democracy in a mili
tarism in spite of the fact Stat.
Glenn Hoover and other woui*
prominent Socialists (?) say then is.
There is no democracy in a law msi
• ing body that enacts laws to fbwss
little children from school to miek.
There is no democracy in a counted?
which allow;; human beings to swesiA
and bleed and starve in order to
provide a bunch of parasites wit a.
fat living- There is no democracy/
in a country that has a white slave
traffic that feeds upon the i>........
of girls who are unable to e&srart
enough to provide a decent livIiho«B
and there is certainly no democracy
in a country that has; a. Supreme
Court that dictates to the policial
of the country, yet which/ 't nt*A
elected by the people.
When the American colonies- BrtShs
away from the oppression off tins
British government and drew up the
Articles of Confederation, it providati
among other things, that congress*
should consist of but one house, that,
there should be no senate, that em
bers of congress should be subjuJG
to recall, and*, should be- . electees.,' '~•_,?I
direct vote of the people and "
the articles of confederation sftwatel"
be amended by congress and ratii!?«s3
by the state legislatures. In oChot
words we were laying the —rwat&w
tions for a real democracy but W---&
has happened since that time h\tsst
the government become more dkircm
cratic or more autocratic?
First, how did the consul.
come to be changed? It was chaoge«B
by a secret session of plutocrat in
1787.' And this secret sessiora tS.
parasites changed the constitu
and provided for a senate, that w<ss2s3
keep a check on congress. That was**
autocratic move No. 1. it. _-_,»
vided for the right of the pcesid
to veto any law. That wat aur.'«>~
:ratic move No. 2. And than for.'
fear that some democratic measure.
should by chance slip past these two
checks, they provided .or a Supreme
Court that has the power to call any1
measure UNCONSTITUTIONAL, rad
this served as a final and compfeie
check o.i the power cf the pec-pie..
And America is heialded as the mtst-t
democratic country in the world- Tht?
president and Supreme Court have,
far more power ban any king and
■lis privy council.
The Sup 'erne Court is such an in
telligent body of men that it hats
decided that the voters of the States
of Washington did net know whaft:
j they wanted when they rati d m l'-Xll*
to prohibit the collecting ol; frws?s
for securing employment for work
i ers. So you see that five met hi
the United State; Supreme Courfc
i are powerful enough to say that e:m
--: ployment sharks and foreman eari
j conspire together to fleece workers
who are in search of a job. Tht-_»
: four members of the Supreme Cstt-t*
! who voted to uphold the actio) tU.
I the voters of Washington were: ■Pin-
| tices McKenna, Holmes, Clark, aaidl
It used to be called the "jyre.l
gang." Now it is termed "aeUutrvt
draft.'.' It. does beat all how fchiitjg!
change for the better. It d<;iis. i)»
These are the most disgrace fit 1
.lavs in human history.
War is the logical outcome of t&s
Keep capita gcn>«
nd you will keep the cause tif
Piutes dread the. end of t.—z vjkt
. .id the corning of peace.