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The Northwest Worker Entered as second-class matter March 9, 1911. at the postoffice at Everett, Washington, under the act of March 3, 1879. IND. PHONE BLUE 478 Published every Thursday at 1612 California St., Everett, Wash., By H. W. WATTS, Editor and Manager Yearly subscription, $1; six months, ROe; three months, 25c; single copies, f out*. <*tih<. :.* s. * ____. _ >.-. ta>i n»- DIFFERENCE OF OPINION In the newspapers that are boost ing the war there is a very frequent reiteration of the assertion that it is an honor to be drafted. Just why is this so often re peated? One would be led by this | repetition to believe that there must I be some doubt about it. "He doth j protest too much." Among the young men between ' 21 and 31 there seems to be a dif ferent view of the subject. They do not ask each other, "Have you had the honor to be drafted?" On the contrary, the question they ask is, "Did you escape?" Or, "Were you caught?" These and questions of similar tenor are the ones you can hear if you mingle with the young men. PEOPLE'S COUNCIL NOTES A business meeting of the Everett | and Snohomish County Council will be held in The Forum, 1612 Califor nia St., Everett, Friday evening, Aug. 10. All members are requested to attend. An enthusiastic conference has just ended in San Francisco. The seventh conference for "Democracy and terms of peace" will be held in Salt Lake City. The Workmen and Soldiers' Coun cil of England, formed in Leeds June 3 has a membership of 2,300,000 and demands immediate terms of peace based on no annexations, no indem nities, free development for all na tionalities. The first constituent assembly of the People's Council will meet in Minneapolis, Sept. 1, 1917. Over $3,000 .was collected at a meeting of the Workmen's Council j in Madison Square Gardens, New j York, August 1. The organizing committee of the People's Council asked Secretary Lansing's leave to cable a message . of greeting to the majority bloc of the German Reichstag which carried the peace resolutions on July 15th. The Secretary of State has not an swered the request. Senators La Follette of Wisconsin and Gronna of North Dakota have aligned themselves with the People's Council. LOVED FOR ITS ENEMIES I You remember what one of his ardent admirers said about Grover Cleveland—"We love him for the enemies he has made!" This is true also of the People's Council. Of course, we love it for other reasons as well. But its virtues and its high patriotism are well at tested by the fact that all of the spurious patriots are jumping on it with both feet. It has incurred the venomous hatred and opposition of all venal un-American parasites who want to have millions of our young men killed in order to make the world '.safe for Wall Street and its satel lites. The fact that the Council has drawn the fire of these enemies of the commonweal is ample proof that it is needed. These men care riot one jot for the welfare of the people. They would sacrifice the lives and happiness of all the com mon people for their own selfish benefit. The common people can, however, cause the government to bow to their wishes, provided they are suf ficiently active and sufficiently well organized to make their influence felt. This the People's Council can do. Therefore, on with the work of the People's Council. We love it for the enemies it has made. —Milwaukee Leader. Form a Council in your locality. Do it now. Use Clausen* FAVORITE COFFEE 35c lb., 3 lbs for $1.00. : None belter —M. H. Clausen, 2813 Rockefeller, Phone, Black 581. CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTORS "Consecutions objector" is an un fortunate phrase used to designate those persons whose ideals forbid their participation In military service. I say unfortunate for the reasons that it lays emphasis upon the less Important and therefore wrong as pect of the controversy now before us. It is true of course that the "conscientious objector" is opposed to war under all circumstances, and ob jects to personal participation in the operation of war. But this is only one very limited, although at present momentous, ap plication of a fundamental spiritual principle—that of the integrity of the individual conscience, and of free dom in the maintenance of that in tegrity. Through a score of cen turies, numberless brave men and women have asserted this principle in the face of the tyranny of church and state. Their action wrought martyrdom and immortal renown for themselves, and liberty for all other men. Their sacrifice is the proud est chapter in the history of democ racy. The "Conscientious objector" is today perpetuating this tradition. He is vindicating the age-old prin ciple of freedom of conscience in op position to a modern evil, just as his predecessors vindicated it in op position to ancient evils. He is writing anew the story of human liberty. In regarding war as an evil in which conscience forbids participa tion, the "conscientious objector" pre sents a case which can be clearly de fined. He finds himself unable to accept characterization of war as necessary, defensive, beneficent; for he sees that statesman have never lacked disguises In which to mask the horrible reality. The German war is commended to the German people by their government as a war of defense. The "conscientious objector" finds the plea that war may be fought for some great end of humanity and civilization unconvincing; for he sees that history is one long tale of so called indispensable ends, offered in justification of abhorrent means. In fanticide was justified by no less a man than Plato, as a means to the end of racial progress. "The "conscientious objector" finds WELLS SANGUINE OF ACQUITTAL ON SEDITION CHARGE Tuesday Federal Judge Neterer overruled the demurrer motion made by Attorney George Vandeveer for Hulet M. Wells, Sam Sadler and Aaron Fislerman, defendants in the "sedi tion" cases arising from their indict ment by the grand jury under charges of opposing the enactment and effect of the draft law. The motion for de murrer was made on the grounds that insufficient evidence had been pre sented to the grand jury and that the alleged "seditious" acts directed against the enforcement of the draft law had been charged as committed before the passage of the law. Judge Neterer overruled the demurrer on the grounds that the so-called "seditious" acts were directed against the policy of the government in seeking to es tablish its military and that it was not necessary to prove that an actual act had been committed against the draft law specifically. Wells said, when interviewed, that he was not discouraged by the action of the judge in overruling the de murrer, as it was not of much signifi cance, being expected anyhow. "I have absolutely no doubt of the outcome," said Wells. "N jury can be found who will convict on the evidence and facts as they can be presented either by the prosecution or the defense." BRITISH FOOD MINISTRY WILL SEIZE 1917 CROPS LONDON— ministry of food will take over control of the entire 1917 crop of potatoes, wheat, bar ley, oats and rye, according to an nouncement. The orders will forbid individual dealings and will cancel all existing contracts for this crop. PEACE GROUPS GROWING Pierre Renaudel, the leader of the majority faction of the French Socialist party, has now also come out for a peace without annexation and without indemnities. This is exactly the kind of peace demanded by the Russian Socialists, the Ger man Socialists, the Austrian So cialists and the Independent Labor party of England—the real So cialist party of Great Britain. THE NORTHWEST WORKER himself unmoved by th<» assertion that- there tire things worse than war; for he has never seen these things specified. Any abomination from cannibalism to the Inquisition can he similarly defended. The "conscientious objector" finds himself untroubled by the charge that he thinks life is too precious to bo laid down for great causes; his willingness to lay down his own life for the cause of conscience is his all sufficient answer to such a slander. War to the "conscientious objector" is simply the agreement between men that, under certain conditions and for certain purposes, moral law can be suspended. Murder, theft, falsehood, deceit, violence —these can be made right, honorable, and of good report. This the "conscientious objector" finds himself forced to deny. To his mind, moral law can no more bo suspended than the law of gravition. He believes the will of God is not in man's power to break or amend. Men can say, if he so will, "Evil be thou my good." Hut evil still remains evil! It is this which the "conscientious objector" today asserts, and by this assertion he finds himself forced to stand at any cost. What the state will do to him or with him, does not greatly concern him. For not him self, but the state is no trial. The old battle for liberty is again joined. If the state harries the "conscientious objector," punishes him, kills him, in stead of enlisting him in those, forms of national service which he can gladly render—then is the modern state become as the medieval church, an instrument of persecution. Then in the name of patriotism will the old crimes done in the name of re ligion be done again. The trenches of France and Russia may or may not be the battlegrounds of liberty; history will decide that question gen erations hence. Rut that the ex emption tribunals before which the plea of the "conscientious objector" will be heard and answered is such a battleground, is already plain. The question, "Is the world safe for de mocracy?" must be answered at home before it can be answered abroad. —John Haynes Holmes. RECORD PROFITS BY STEEL TRUST The United States Steel Corpora tion, in its report for the three months ended June 30, showed net earnings of $90,579,204, after writ ing off the huge amount of $53,918, --872 as estimated excess profits, ac cording to the statement of earnings issued by the company. DATE OF EVERETT PICNIC CHANGED ' The picnic announced in last week's issue as being held August 26, has been changed to Sunday, August 19 at the Smelter Picnic grounds. Take note o fthis date and be sure to at tend. Leather Goods, Trunks and Repair ing at Everett Trunk Factory, 2815 Rockefeller. GOOD THINGS CONING Sunday—Monday MIRIAM COOPER In George Walsh's Great Production THE INNOCENT SINNER Tuesday—Wednesday MARY ANDERSON In the Western Drama BY RIGHT OF POSSESSION M "IP ¥■■% Mi-"'* & \W*_**'l [-' ■ V ft :■■.■*,■< ' ' .. ■■' *, '"' STAR Always A Good Show Clothes Racks JntmJ 8 Fingered Clothes Rack 23c Mop with Mop Stick $1.98 CURRAN HARDWARE CO. N. W. Corner of Broadway and Hewitt > ■__-_________^__P__M^^W__^__H____»_____MWW«»MlMM_________________________ | __ B^^__| Eat at EVERETT'S POPULAR CAFE "THE MAIZE" "The Best of Quality At the Lowest Price Possible" EVER TRY OUR "Maize Special Combination Lunch" consisting of your choice of two different meat orders and a plenti ful assortment of fresh vegetables? Try it. Don't pay for it, if not fully satsified. It is the talk of the town. We serve it every day, 11 a. m. till 2 p. m. except Sundays and Holidays. We run this place upon a Strictly Union Basis and materialized the motto: Eight Hours Work, Eight Hours Sleep, Eight Hours Recreation GO TO THE Continuous r^TkTk f\ |~k Prices , ii?- m - ijjjc\±jrii s c; ts-and to 11 p. m. lyfCl w\__- m 10 cts. Good Shows all the Time BROADWAY Saturday and Sunday HIGH CLASS VAUDEVILLE THE BERNARDO PLAYERS Dramatic Comedy and Musical Acts WITH GOOD MOTION PICTURES "EVERYONE" FLEES FROM NEW YORK HEAT EXCEPT FIVE MILLION TOILERS "Every one has left town," runs the society columns of the New York jingo press. A walk along the cool stretches of Riverside drive confirms the statement. Palatial mansions are deserted save for a lonely light in the lower regions that tells of the man left on guard. Along the smooth paved driveway whirs an occasional limousine bound for the open coun try. The cool breeze from the river rustles the trees ,the measured tread GRAB -IT -ALL Mr. Grab-it-all, the grocer, wants you to lug your groceries home so that he can make a few more dollars out of your trade. If you carry your groceries from the CO-OP., you are the one i who benefits because all profits are divided every three months among the purchasers. Everett Co-operative Store 2933 Broadway Both Phones 342 Thursday, August 9, 1917. of the policeman on the beat wakes the echoes, the moon shines placidly on the marble falcades, and the faint lap of the river completes the beau ty of a summer night. But 5,000,000 nobodies are still in town. The narrow, hot streets of New York's East Side are full of them. Gasping with the sultry heat they lie upon the stoops and side walks. Mouths open, heaving bodies giving the only sign of life, the workers of the city lie in every avail able inch of space, attempting to restore the tissue worn out during the day that "every one" may leave town."