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Vol. XIV BENTON, MO., FEBRUARY 6, 1910, SOME MORE "LAW. IN THE SOUTHEAST. CY KICKER 1 1 1 -: . - - 'm No. 2. I Labor Again Hard Hit by a Federal Supreme Court "Decision." Just what Labor expects to gain by supporting the old par ties is a mystery. We are told that thin is a government by the people. Never was there a more deceptive He. We are governed by federal judges and the people hnve no voice In choosing these. Thry ure appointed from among Corporation lawyers. To intimi date the workers the employers have established the black-list. To rctuHiate l,nbor established the boycott. In principal thry nr KMOtly the same. Yet the court holds that the blank-list if legal and the boycott Illegal. HOW does Labor expect to heat a game like that? The employers of the nation aie organized into the Merchants and Manufacturers Association, the rottenness and corruption of hieh was exposed by Col. Mul noll during the congressional in vestigations. The revelations hocked the nation, yet what did it nil amount to? Suppose similar conditions had been shown to ex ist in Labor organizations, would they not have been outlaw ed as a criminal conspiracy n gainst the government? These employers have v hat is known as the black-list. Work ingmcn who become active during strikes or labor troubles are put nn the black-list and cannot get work in their particular occupa tion anywhere in the land unless the.v can successfully disguise themselves and change their name. And even then they are usually discovered and fired. This, the courts say, is legal. The strongest weapon of Labor is tbe boycott. This means that the workers agree not to use the products of a concern unfair to them, and urge their friend-! not to. But the courts say that this is unlawful. For many, many years the working class Voters have been supporting "friends of Labor" on the old party tickets in the hope Of lettering their condition. All old party candidates are friends of Labor Just before elections, In many states Labor has goae p'ea dngly, on Its knees, Into law making bodies asking for some measure of relief. After many rears of hard work and agitation Labor sometimes gets a shadow of what it wants. If it is more than a shadow, the courts knock it out as unconstitutional. Accor ding to our courts. Labor has no rights that Capital mult respect. Hist as the black slave had no rights Ml master was bound to i espect. Of course there were dissenting opinions three of them. It is always so. All such 'ticklish" -points are decided by a divided court usually by a majority of one. but always in favor of the "captains of Industry." There must always be some high in au thority who appear to be "friends of Labor." Otherwise the people would lose hope and kick a hole in the rotten system. So long as there is somebody high in au thority who pretends to be on the side of the masses, the people will endure a great deal. Politically. Kansas is a progres sive state. That state enacted a law to protect labor In its right to organize, and to prevent em ployers from using their econom'c power to smash unions. And I want you to rend what the feder al court did to that and similar iaws all over the nation, and then tell me how the masses enn hope lor anything until they take pos session of the political power by choosing men of their own CLASS to administer the affairs of gov ment. Read th's: Washington, Jan. 25. The con stitutional right of employers to require employees to renounce their union afffilliations as a .condition of employment was -sustained today by the supreme court in a decis!on far-reachln? to organized labor, In which the Kansas so-called coercion statute was dsclared unconstitutional. Associate Justice Day, joining in a d'ssentlnir op'nton with Justices Hughes and Holmes, declared I he believed similar laws in 13 Other states and in Porto Rico fell by the decision. j ruder the Kansas statute it was unlawful for any 'ndiv'diW or corporation to coerce or in fluence any person to enter any agreement not to join or remain A wember of the labor organiza tion as a condition of obtaining or continuing employment. The case today arose from the convlction of T. P. Coppage, ft d v'slon superintendent of the Fris co Railway system, for threaten ing A. R. Hedge, a Bwitchman, -with dismissal If he did not with draw from the Switchman's Un ion of North America. eee.se Washington, Jan. 26. The Job of- every union man In the United States has been legally placed in Jeopardy by yesterday's four to three decision or the United States supreme court, finding un constitutional, Kansas' so-called coercion statute. Similar laws In 18 states wore nullified by the decision. There you have it. Seven old fossils, once corporation "attor neys," set aside the laws made by the representatives of 13 states And Porto Rico by a vote of four to 3. Yet during every campaign we are told that the people rule! What a joke. Commenting on this declsslon the Milwaukee Leader says: "Servants obey your masters! Such has been the last word or authority since the first slave was shackled. It was the lant word of the medieval church when the fuedal lord held his serf in bondage. It was written into the decis ions or the United States supreme court when It held that an Afri can slave had no rights which hi master was bound to respect, Yet yyjth all of its power and force and authority, the institu tion of slavery, whatever form It has taken in the successive stages of civilization, has been unable to halt human freedom and stay the emancipation of the weak and lowly. On the eve or the anniversary of Lincoln's birthday the supreme court at Washington has sought once more to rivet the chains on the limbs of labor, which were loosened under the strain of its struggles for Justice. The supreme court, headed by Chief Justice White, has voided the blacklist law of Kansas and with it every law in the Untied States .that forbids employers to discharge or refuse to employ a person be-ause of membership in a labor union. The court only a few days ago in the Dnubury hatters' case con demned the boycott and justified the selsure nnd confiscation of the life savings or the Danbury hatters. History is repeating itself. The supreme court is performing the same function that it performed when it was the servile und con temptible creature of the south ern slave owners. Chattel slavery has been de stroyed. It took rivers of blood and billions of treasure to destroy it. The supreme court of the Un ited States, more than any other factor in the equation, made an appeal to arms unavoidable. It would permit of no compromise. It insisted that the slave holder should have bis pound of flesh even to the very last drop of the slave's blood. Tho laws of con gress, and of the state, the wisest and best efforts of Amerloan sta tesmanship, to avoid an armed Conflict, were ruthlessly swept aside by the justices of the su preme court. ILLITERACY DECREASING Illiteracy in the United States is doomed. Statistics complied by the United Stated bureau of edu cation for use at the Panama- Pacific exposition, shows that of children from 10 to 14 years or age there were in 1910 only 22 out of every 1,000 who could neither read nor write. In t!K)0 there were of the same class 42 per 1,000. If reduction iu .eracy is still proceeding at even the same rate, the illiterate children in this country between the age or 10 and 14 inclusive, now number not more than 15 out or every 1,000. From the standpoint or propor tional reduction or illiteracy Ok lahoma leads all the states or the union, in 1000 this state had 124 Illiterate children of tbe ages mentioned. In 1010 it had but 17; Dela ware had 20 in 1000, and but 4 in 1010; New Hampshire reduced from 4 to 1; New Jersey from 7 to 2; Missouri from 25 to 11; Montana from 3 to 1 ; Oregon from 8 to 1 ; Vermont from 6 to 2; New Mexico from 182 to 60, and Idaho from 5 to 2. Tbe following states report only one child in 1,000 between the ages of 10 nnd 14 as illiter ate ;Conneticut, District or Colum bia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana. New Hampshire, North DtVota, Oregon, Utah and Wash ington. Some ol the states have reduced their illiteracy by one-half, or a lit tl more. These s ates are Ala bama, California, Colorado Con necticut, District of Columbia, Kansas, Maryland, Mississippi, North Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, and West Virgin. Only one state, Nevada, has lost grcund sineo 1000. Tts illiteracy was then 4; in 1010 It was 5. Two states, South Dakota and Nebraska, each having the low rate or 2 rc:- 1,000, report no re duction in illiteracy between 1000 and 1010. The states having the largest proportion of illiterate children per 1,000 are Louisiana, with 115 (from 174 In 1900); South Caroli na, 83 from 150; Alabama, 77 from 157; New Mexico, 69 from 182; North Carolina, 68 from 167; Kentucky, 59 from 79; Geor gia, 57 from 106, and Virginia. 57 from 97; Tennessee, 54 from 119 ; Florida, 60 from 78; Arkansas, 47 from 118. It is evident that the public schools will la a short time prac tically eliminate Illiteracy among children. PATCHED HIS SKULL. Chicago, Jan. 28. Geo. Weyer of St. Louis was tod i.v given a i ew s'ull when local surgeons grafted n piece of shin bone several inch es square In place In his hend. The operation was the first of Its kind in Chicago, according to Dr. II. S Haselden. AFTER THE WORLD WAR. Capitalist. "We've got a National debt of twenty billion to settle.' Worker. "I guess you'll have to pay tbe debt; I did the fighting." Capitalist. "But I can't. It's all I can do to keep my business going " Worker. "Just step aside. I'll run the business, and to hell with the debt. From Tbe Masses, New York. oi'R law MAKERS. I reckon it wouldn't do ' uny good to cuss, but how is a fellow going to read about the doings of the Missouri legislature und keep from it'.' More than one thousand fool bills have alread.v been Introduced and it is estima ted that the number will reach two thousand before the session ends. Every yap that goes up there thinks he has to introduce a hatch of bills so that his home organ can tell about what a gooii statesman lie in. The average nan who is sent to a law making body knows ab solutely nothing about the science of government. He wnnts to fix everything by putting on a patch here and there. And the result is that a few lawyer politicians run the whole works. Unless improvements can be made in the selection of represen tatives, it would be better for the people to abolish the legisla ture ror it does nothing but en act Tool laws detrimental to the people, and spend the peoples money. And about the worst grabbers we have nre to be found among public officials. They are always wanting mere and more. State officials now get from $3,000 to Sj.OOO per year. In addition to this they are allowed deputies and clerk hire paid for by the state, so that they can take it easy, and the hardest work they do is their effort to hold onto their jobs. Yet these are not satisfied, they want more. With soup houses and bread-lines in the cit ies, and with government statis tics showing that the average workingmnn, including the man. on the farm, earns less than $."00 per year, these patriotic office holders have had a bill introduc ed to have their pay doubled from governor down I The governor, for instance.who is a lawyer-politician of very or dinary type, has a mansion to live in, together with heat, light water, bath, automobile private secretary, stenographer, servants flunkeys, and so on, all paid for by the people. In addition, tie now nets live thousand dollars a year, and the new law would elve him ten thousand. The secre tary of state, auditor nnd so on now receive three thousand ,bui the proposed law doubles their pay. Perhaps they need the in crease to enlarge their political press bureau which furnishes the dope for ye cross-roads editor. But don't blame them. A ma jority of you rubes voted for It. DON'T WORRY. Dope is going to be hard to get after March 1st. Congress has passed a law making it a $2,000 rine ror a druggist to sell or give away any opi m or cocoa leaves except by prescription rrom a physician registered with tne col lector or internal revenue ot this district. Under this law dope wil be harder to get than a drink or liquor In a local option commu nity. Dexter Messenger. Oh, don't worry. The political press bureaus are still In opera tion. It's product dopes more people and does more harm thac all the other dope sold by drug gists and saloon keepers. DENIED NEW TRIAL. New York, Jan. 28. Father Hans Schmidt, Catholic priest, convicted of the murder of Anna Aumueller, today was denied a new trial by Supreme Court Jus tice Vernon Da via Counsel for Schmidt at once filed notice that the case would be taken to tbe court of appeals. HEN LAYS 8,000 E3GS. Caldwell. N. J., Jan. 29. Three thousand eggs in 14 years from the iime hen, is tbe record made by 'Old Reliable," owned here by Miss Elsie Dobbins. JUST THE USUAL LIE. Did ou sec all that s'ush about Mother .Jones and Rockefeller in the daily papers last week? Oh, it was hot stuff. You see. the.v have got Rocke feller before the industrial Rela tions commission, nnd Mother Jones was there too. Last year, Just after the Ludlow massacre Mother .lones went to New York to have a talk with Rockefeller, but Rocke refused to see her. Hut last week Rocke was all smiles. He sought Mother .Tones shook hands, talked "pretty and I invited her to his office to have a talk. She went. The next day every pi ite news paper in the nation contained a string of lies about now. after the interview, Mother Jones hail told the reporters how badly 8hr had been mistnken in Rockefeller; that she misunderstood him; th it she had called him a robber ami so on, but she would never do it again. But it was all a lie just as is about all the stuff you read in these papers concerning indus trial matters. Mother Jones did talk to Rockefeller for two hours and he gave her a lot of mush about going out to Colorado next summer and see for himself and have a talk with the men. Of this Mother Jones said : "Mr. Rockefeller has made bli promises now we are going to give him a chance to show he means them. "I want him to go to Colorado right now while the ashes of Ludlow are still hot." she contin ued. "There Is no use going out next summer or fall. 'The new scheme for meeting his men in Colorado is n sham and fraud. The workers have no organization. They are power less to enforce any Just demands. "But you can't fool my boys. They know this kind of a scheme is hypocritical and dishonest pre tense. I don't believe that Mr. Rockefeller understands this. 'The company was against them, the company's courts was against them ; when they tried to help themselves they were black listed and beaten or shot down and nobody back here in the east cared. It was worse than what I read about in Russia. "That is what I want stopped what I want Mr. Rockefeller tc go out there and see. Nothing Is settled. The strike is over and unionism was ground under the heel of tyranny." That sounds different. SOMETHING NEW. New York, Jan. 27. The feat or telephonic comm nicat'on be tween New York and San Fran cisco, demonstrated Monday un doubtedly will be fol owed before the end of this year by a simMa achievement with the wireless telephone, according to Perter Cooper Hewitt, inventor, who says It soon will be poss'ble to talk across the Atlantic by wire less telephone. Hewitt gave the first demonstration of his invent ion. BUSINESS BO0MIN3 Washington, Jan. 29. Diplo mats of the nations at wir are receiving a new Idea of what American "business" enterprise is: Since hostilities began represent atives of the European nations have been overwhelmed with vir tual bribes for their Influence In securing contracts. One deal, Involving 8,000 horses for use of the Italian army. Is said to have netted the promoters more than 9B2.0O on each anlm il "Banking is the backbone of fi- nants," reads a bank adver tlse ment In a Carutherevtlle paper. Judging from tbe numerous frac tures this "back-bone" has re ceived of late, It needs fixing especially at carutbersvllle. INVESTIGATION vs. ACTION. From the IVIIwaukeo Leader. Ties nation is surfeited with in vestlgators. There is sea reel j a phass of human activity upon which there are not commission nnd committees now investigat ing, and shelves full of volumes reporting on previous investiga tions. The last person to I'ltlclse the necessity of accurate knowledge preceding action is the socialist. Put when the facts ire on hand action should follow. But no ac tion ever follows these instiga tions. It has been more thnn 40 years s'nee the railroads u - f rst ful ly investi rate. It in almost 80 years since the Interstate c n- merce commission began regular supervision of the roads, Yet it. no five years of nil that time have there been mi re ni d blgge scandals of the kind that the In vestigatlon and regain on wa j supposed to chec ih in i!u; ing tl. five years just passed. I it has been alnu si as man) years since congress nnd legisla tures set about Investigating tin relation of capital and labor. Tin only result 1ms been ci ntlnui islj Increasing Investigations, until today the largest u' these la n is In progress. All these have brought out very much material confirming the So cialist position. For this, much thanks. But this can scarcely be claimed as their object. That ob ject was said to be to ;'oint out the laws required to give relief. Hut the relief never comes. Aside from the advantages forc ed by laboe thru its unions and wrested from the legislators by vigorous protest and Independ ent action, it would be hard to point to any gains obtained dur ing the time of these endless in vestigations. The revolt of Labor, the un'ons and the Socialist movement must furnish the force to cotnp 1 ac tion. The reformer will never get further than Investigation. WOMEN RE VL CUTE. Washington. Jan. 28 Although the women's suffrage amendment hns been defeated In the house there is still considerable discus sion here at the Ingenious ways the women have of getting ac tion. Although their objects are often defeated their zeal always wins. The newest proposition has hist been submitted by M;-s. Clara Be wick Colby. She says the women still have another chance and that is this: "et some woman to go to tin polls and try to vote. If the offi cials refuse 6he wculd sue and bring a test case before the su preme court. Then the highest court would nave to ceeiae w hether a woman Is a citizen. If the decision was favorable, the suffrngeists declare they would have a right to vote. JUST COMMON SENSE. Chicago, Jan. 30 co ;rt with out lawyers will be established in this coty, according to Chief Justice Harry Olson, of the muni cipal court, who says the new venture "will simplify Justice and reduce the cost or 'going to law." "The object of tbe new court will bo to make litigation less ex pensive," Judge Olson explained. "No lawyers will be needed to obtain Justice. Tbe complainant will present his own case and tbe defendant will voice his own de fense. Technicalities will be eli minated from decisions and much Injustice may be averted. Under the present system both parties are obliged to obtain lawyers." The court will first consider cases in which amounts less than $50 are Involved. Later Its scope will be. broadened when other branches are established. Stick to the unmuzzled Kicker. What the People are Doing in Other Counties that are Near. For some years, down in Dunk lin county, ugly rumors have been afloat that conditions in the count.v collectors office were bad It seems that the amounts due the County were ascertained, ond that the retiring oount.v court ordered collection. Fiat the hew court holds that ii former county courts settled with the collector and permitted him to retain mon ey not his. that said order can- l DOt be enforced ill the courts r.l 'this state and the order of thr . former court was nullified be cause to attempt to enforce t would "entail u !! expense up I on the taxpayers." Wonderful,! Isn't it. how considerate rountj I courts sometimes are of the t. ! I payers. However, it would be in iterosting to have that courl l I explain whether the law or the 'courts are out of joint. !! moiiA j I wrongfully obtained by nn nifi Iclal is not recoverable nompth nil needs fixing. A si' it i- now pond I ing in the Dunklin count) circuit! court to recover an alleged shi t age of $14.01)0 from 0. C Blacke-i more, n rormer county treasure I The suit has been pending so long that several of the bondsmen have died. Dunklin is the county where the people "vote the ticket straight and read the platform afterwards." For a long time the Kicker has been figlitinir the printing graft, and the thing has got so pli that some other papers are notic ing it. The Cape Tribune says: "The legislative investigation Committee Intends to look over the books of ail the educational Institutions, One object should be to ascertain whether there has been any grafting between news - papers and certain officials of the institutions, stood that it has some of been under- the schools have permitted certain newspa- pers to do great amount of print - ling Without first submitting bills. This is one variety or graft. When contracts for work at anj ; state institutions are let without i first aising for bid, the taxpay ers are unjustly taxed. There, I can be ni distinction between j robbing a state and robbing an individual. man employed b.v I , i nc stale should te just as carorui Wltn the state s runds as he ,s Wltfa his OWn.' U II t , Haytl critic. Tin re i likely to be much oi the is vc:,v mprov ed i land laj out tUIS veal, owing to the tenant being unable to sup ply the necessities of bis family. I and the embarrassing condition of the local merchants, who an j unable to sell on time payments Even should the landlord i nine ti tbe assistance of tbe tenant b "standing good" for the account this w ill not meet the end sought credit, ror tne w no . sale met - vuoih . in i kuiuh iu iei i nc ir tail merchant have an extended or great credit. A report fiom Kennett says that Lloyd Burris, in the Jail for boot-legging, admitted to fellow prisoners that he shot George Mc u well at Gideon a few months ago, M iDowell was a merchant and waB assassinated one night When Burris learned that Vic Dowell's sou was being held for the crime, he told that he did it. He says that he and another yoi ing man had planned to hold up McDowell; that the other fel low weakened at the critical tim? and that he shot in self de - feilse. Haytl Critic Win Cam, bell a farmer ot this vicinity, says he piuuuetu ..ihiw pin, ins .i onoe n IVXa, and he h e- to SUOW to. his labor, n pair of overalls he purchased last yea- and a calio dress he bought du g 1014 tor lis wife. Heals.;, iced 2S,t00 pounds of cotton J v c i r. piii", lias nothing to sho I it. h landlord and the grc getting it all. Mr. nnd Mra . .' L .: of Campbell had a . '.d enn that was dtn.', d b mentally weak. !: . bl from straying v f i locked up in a roc a cf tl Last week, in ic no . , tl' boy sot the room on fl was not uoti rd in.il e f'r had pa ined su h b n ' ' was impossible iu get tu; out. He ici .sac 1 In i ifl fi . In Howell county a lars ' ru ed owi entered a house . : at tacked a child in Ite era He, i law- j ing and striking the buby in the lace wun its nea. rue motners hands were fearfully clawed in lescuing the child. Mrs. Rachel Plagge died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Wm Rasche, last week, nenr Gordon viile, aged 92. She came to Cape county from Germany 71 years ago. lira. Emma Lutz Barrel) of Cus ter county, Olcia., has given birth to her 25th child. SUtecu or the children are living, she Is 45 years old and her li isband 40. s Don't forget to renew your Kick er for 1915. You can't afford to be without it. It tells you what other papers must suppress. Stick to the mini ...... .J iwi-;-. .. Passing thru Matthews, in New Madrid county, a man and woman left a bnb.v for boy to hold un til the.v returns a few minutes, they said. The pair was tramp ing and did not return until an officer located them and put eni in jail. Now what good did that do? No doubt the parents did what they thought was best for the child. It looks Ugly, hut if they were poor and traniping.und could not care for the child, hove is putting them in Jail going to help matters? Cave minds want to correct all evils by inflicting more evil punishment. As it happened, the parents did the right tiling, a good woman took thi child and it now has n good h And for locking tbe unfor- te parents up the guardians of law nnd order wet fees.' So it was a luoky strike all around rttoddnrd and Dunklin counties adi ntcd tow tisiii) organisation last fi II .-ii"! candidates are now announcing for the various town ship offices When the farmers of Scott county get wise enough to I Its conveniences, the.v will adopt i township organisation here. It ) helps all tax-payers except tho fellows around a county seat. , And it hurts only some of those holding office, l'eonie nnv their own township collector, and are assessed by then' own township assessor whom they select. I in order to produce more revu nue the city council of Charleston : priced .hi ordinance providing for an occupation tax But the law yers, doctors, and ministers esoap ed, mi other occupations are taxed even the shoe-maker. 1 The hue ment is i i with a $h invest- taTc! as same as the bank with a capital of 840,000. a one-horse drayman is taxed the same insurance a the man v ho runs an agency. The black- smith and si the same la din r gallery pay Cashier Tindell. of the de Pemiscot count bank, was tewed to six years in the niter a plea of guilty. We MH't M'll- pen maj expect i. in to be pardoned before me Term oi rue present iro.crnoi i expires, and the Kicker shall h.- . e ; no ki.-k if he is. rather agree With OOV. ColO lilies' who ill! hut emptied the penitentiary of his state during his term. It does no good to Imprison petty offenders, while the real enemies of society ' never go to prison, but run the government. i Bloomfleld Vindicator. Tuesday m rnlng the sumtuous farm house on Span Ranch, near Dudley, was converted into a smo ilderlng heap I of ruins. On account ot the un I timely hour the house was well 1 ablate before the occupants knew oi it. aii Had narrow with their lives as the Bscn. pes were all asleep cn the a - 'on I floor. The 1 1 1 use and its contents were to tal, y destroyed with the except i 1 n or the piano a sewing machine ' and a few chairs. Jackson Cashbook.- v bad run lawny occurred at the edge or QordonvlUe last Sunday night, in which 'lus Martin, a young man 1 'n.r near Putchtown, was dan gerously hurt. In being thrown ' it. he bit his tongue almost in two, It is supposed the horse he was driving became frightened and lconi ran, but Mr. Martin was un ilo is when nicked un and hsa I n ,t hp An nlile nn fni tn ..villain I In no progressive country are mines and lactones permitted to j use the rivers sis si vers. In M.id- is, n nnuntv 1,.ff I iuuui, jrii lllulllIINlin lOSl 1 . ..I.... 1 . . nw . n'wi ii. .ins nan aays ne is su"e death was caused from drink Ing river water poisoned by re fuse from the lead mines. ' For years the farmers of St. Francois county nave complained at the Iting of the streaius by the , mine companies. Yes st: the cross-roade ehaa... are getting theU" il. Miller, a gener il meVi , ..t or Senal h, D n'tl'n e unty has thrown up tbe spongue and made an sslgnm ur In 1 an'truptcy, Che Dunklin Democrat siys that Dunklin oounv Demo rats ' vote, the ti. ':et mid reid tho platform afterwards." Very ; robably Mil ler is enc of them, Portageviiis fctlssourlan, Paul Hubbard received a -phone mes sage rrom Lindu T esdav telling him to tell J. H. Hawkins, who was on hs way here, that bis house burned w rh everything In It. Mr. Hawkins w is met after bis arrival here and told of his misfortune. Dexter Statesman. "Ain't If strange? The nigger was given the ballot by national action and yet some of the Jackasses! misrepresenting their constituen cies in congress, 8.iy that the sev eral states ought to say whether their woman shell ote or not 9 Mrs. Martha Abomatbjr of Longtown, Perry o nty, was burned to death last week. It hs the old, old s o . dotbea caught fire. Hhe v a pooullT woman, about 86 years old and V-" icuven n. u.M.ian ma three i rcn. E tick to tbe i nmuszled Kt"frer.