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Altered u eecond clue matter Jen. a, 1*11. at tha pact effloe at Cllataa. til., under the art of March 1. 117*. V«L 1 CLINTON, ILLINOIS, JUNE 17, UU N*. 25 The General Strike The lalxir press lias liecn a free agent in the discussion of the general strike Much has Ih-cii said for the purpose of discouraging any agitation that has for its object the general reliellii >n of all the workers in an industry. The many articles contributed to the lalx.r press by such proininent writers as Holiert Hunter are still fresh in the memory of those workers who indulge in the habit of looking over the columns of the lalmr press. We were informed bv these professors of journalism of the fallacy and the failures of the*general 'trike where it had Urn tried in Kurojie and the < )ld ( oun trv nianv years ago when times were different than they are today—I tack in the day' lie fore the development of ca/'italism and liel'ore commercialism had matured into the wonderful institution that it is todav Did it ever occur to you that everything in science was at one tune a latlure Medical science vv a» a humbug; til' dern machines vv ere but the v i'i"ti« of it reamers \stroiioinei'. geologists and philosopher', t vvh«nt vve must attribute the discov ers • i all natural laws, were considered mentally defective. Im aii'c they failed and laded again in th«nr |iersi'tent efforts to replace the ■ . 7 with - met lung n Ju*t a'the general 'tnke fadv'1 vears ago. so did every tiling cUe. In an sc ot it' infancy and il' primitive stage of development I he o hues of t. day are but the out growth of the failures of yesterday. Idle individual strike of todav was a failure m the days of yore. However, this is one imp rtaut pant tip'll which the writers on llu? general strike have failed to inform ti' when thev have made efforts to piison our minds against the general strike \t that tune the individual 'trike wn* jii't as much a failure as the gen eral strike The individual strike, however, was develojied and has fulfilled it' purple; it ha* had its dav and has outlived it' usefulness. It is time now that the workers in their struggle for existence inaugurate something new, something such .i' the general strike, which, although it failed at one tune, can today lie made effec tive. I he great majority of the American workingmen fully realize the inability of one class of workers in an industry to legislate for their own individual condi tions. They have so frequently failed in their attempts to do this that they are dis playing a willingness to enter into a larger held of action. The general strike vote of the shop men on the western railroads liears out this statement, as nearly “5 |icr cent of the men voted in favor of a general strike. The great opposition to the movement was in the leadership of the unions involved, and not in the rank and file. The spirit of solidarity antong' the workers is gaining ground, and the work ers themselves are ready for action! It will lie tip to the sustainers of the old school to tual^u^ui^ and if they can't make good with their Sunday school organizations w^^flldemand a general strike, and if they come around crying failure when they have failed themselves, we will simply tell them to go straight to hell, regardless of what brand of leadership they are lalielled with or with vvliat ism or ology they are Itaptized. The rank and file will themselves tight their Uittles for industrial freedom, and will use such weapons as the general strike. Conning Events The time limit set by the government fur the Union Pacific and Southern l*a ntic dissolution expires July I. iy13. For many months among the stockholders , of these coqmrations litigation lias been carried on for the purpose of reaching an amicable adjustment of the distribution of the stick, hut up to the present time-no settlement has been arrived at. 1 During all this time that the stockholders have teen fighting among them selves for the s|»oils of the system, the shop wen's strike has been in progress, and because of this strike the rolling stick as well as the railroads in general have deteriorated to a great extent. In the near future wlieu it^will be up to the gov ernment to divide the stick of the com|Kiiiies, they will awaken to the fact that the value of stick in either the Union Pacific or Southern Pacific railroads is of such an insignificant nature as not to be w orth the efforts made to get'posession of it. Before the strike of the shop men Union Pacific and Southern Pacific stick was rated as among the best investments on the commercial markets. These roads ranked foremost among American railroads, and their stick was at a premium in the foreign markets. It was a dividend paver for the investor and always‘a sure thing for the speculator. , But the management of the Southern Pacific and Union Pacific has commit ted a business crime—the organization that Imilt the roads tip to a healthy state of affairs has lirett thrown into an economic reliellion. By causing friction and tur moil among the shop men the management has brought about the present condition of the roads. It has disorganized all that is essential and all that is conducive to the liest interests of any railroad, and so today there are a few more wrecked rail roads added to the credit of such business unarchy as has made itself conspicuous in the management of the Southern Pacific, l nion Pacific, Illinois Central and otlu-r llarriman lines. The stockholders of the Ulinins Central are at* nit to enter into another cmi sultation among themselves, in which they will again express their regrets because of the inalWIity of their stick to pay them any revenue. The meeting is slated for the ^6th of June, 1913. The proceedings of this meeting will lie watched with much interest, as many changes in the management of the Illinois Central are looked for. That the pre sent management has made an utter failure of their un businesslike regime is no longer a matter of conjecture. I mu is an established fact Nothing demonstrates this more conclusively than the fact that Illinois Central st«*k has dropjied to t to. the lowest point in the history of the rood since it liecame a trans-continental trni’k Hue. The same business anarchy has prevailed on the Illinois Central as on the Southern Pacific and Union Pacific. Thus the low -lock quotations are accounted for, as well as the inalwlitv to jay dividends to tin* stockholders. In the not far distant future remarkable changes will develop in the managements and methods of doing Imsiness on the struck roads. The strile will l»e settled to the satisfaction of the strikers, and the roads will lie reha!>ilitated to such an extent that they will again become modem ageticies of transportation. These are all inevitable de\ol ojmtents in the evolution of earning ,-rents. COME INTO MY WORKSHOP. • liy J. \V Jour*. «*f Tracy, Cal ) Will you come into ni) workshop* Saul old krutt*chmtt, do tr>. I*»r ti* the prettie*t little workshop That ever you did spy. In tin* pretty little workshop \\ e make some fine re pair* 11 - .< cinch we re in.iking nuniey. I or it collie * in unaware* I r*ed to ha\« mechanic -, wli • I p*-ii I could rely. They w*uld fix tip the machinery I n the- twinkling "t an e>. I hit now th«\ r* gone and hit tm, I am sorrv for t.. *a>. .hot he catoe I would n* t talk t" them \hout tin eight hour day I have otlnr* nhn will take their place* Vtiel do the work all right tar a* -.ratchnig «»tT tin ejirt [At I m paving them right go«.d wage*. \* "*ll a* In»ard each day lint, n tho -trike la-t* much linger I mu-t teed the ni - at* and hay I m m.t el*.mg very well right n*»w I am rakmg in my -hare < M trouble and > f *.»rr<»w. \tiel it’* showing upem tm hair I cant Ih gin to tell you 11«• w 1 -lay awake each night A wondering and a* worrying If I in going to t.»*c tin* fight N*»w. I do remember I have heard some people -ay It * a long lane with no turning, Ariel every elog will have hi* day I fear my day i* drawing near. I or if I see thing* right. The striker* they are mighty *urr \nd bound t** win the fight So I must take hack the statement That I made some lines above About making *o much money— Oh, the money that 1 love l» melting through my finger* And vanishing away. To keep thing* half way moving. And I'm losing fen Hind each day PEREMAKQUETTE (Grand Rapid* Division ) On Saturday. May 17th. at f 30 p. m, the boiler maker* and helper* walked out on ac count of being turned down on the wage ques tion On Thursday, May 22nd. the company put scab* in the place* of the men on strike and the machinist*, blacksmiths and their re spective helpers went out. refusing to work with these members of the animal kingdom. These creatures were housed in box car*, Me h as arc provided for Italian section hand* They were provided with food, clothe* and tools by the company, for they did not even know what tools were used by the mechanics whom they were displacing. In one instance a scab was asked by the foreman regarding the work he wa» qualified lor. T he scab said, “I am a painter.” The foreman told him that the painters were not • *ut Not in the least disconcerted, the Scaly *sid. “I guess 1*11 be a boiler maker then.” Krom the appearance of thr work turned out lie must have become a “woodenear." Mr McManamy. safety appliance inspector, wa* on thr job at thr outbreak of the strike and turned down about twenty-seven engine*, about four of which have since been put in service. When the men left the shops engine* TO* and 101 were very nearly nonplet'd and up t»* the present time these are the only en gines that have been turned out. 1 hr first slnpi .ent of scab* numbered about tits l.a*t night they were feeding only ISO Even scab* refuse to work under the condi tions provided for them They quit in bunches of a* many a* eighty \ barber sh«>p was fitted up in one of the box car* by a versatile member of the scabs, but was shut down h> the state for sanitary rt-«*on* and Uranvr the tonsorial artist, had no license A hath car wa* started, hut Mr lli«ke> stopped it in the course of construction Kvi dentl) lie expect* ail early settlement or eHe believes that the more dirt and filth these vermin accumulate the better associates they become. Iiiginr i'JV threw both driver* on her way from Saginaw on June 6. and now they will have to figure out *e*nic other poor “mill” to double at both end* of the road 1 he Resort Special was one hour and forty minutes late on her first trip at Traverse City and engine r.r» was ordered changed, but the only engine on the job wa* No 153 and she wouldn't hold water long enough to grt her hot i »ne of the scab* tried to *olve the problem of bow to run a *wit»h engine without brasses but u wasn't very conducive to good hearing* and they had to put .the engine back in the round house \\ c have to thank the people of Traverse < it) tor their attitude toward the scabs sent there to relieve our men One of«the citizens received them and turned them around for the (people- of tin place to see Nearly the entire town had turned out to see the*c specimens ■ i the genu* snake The scab* were advised (to have town, which they did, leaving on the 1 nr*t freight Since then scab* have been sent to Traverse City under guard of a deputy but no atcom modal ion* could be secured for them | .itiel the company i* taking care of them. I here were fifteen scab* in on No. 1 and *ix left on No »• Monday. Twenty quit tile same night Someone relieved the company of four avr hammers. An engine stood at Benton Harbor trying to get water into the boiler, but finally it was given up for a bad job and the engine was put back in the round house Our genial friend. Mr. Alfred. *ay* we can come back when a vacancy occur* and still Mr (iroening is calling up old men to try and in duce them to come back to work. These va cancies must occur rather frequently. May they increase more! Trains are being made up here and taken to Symore to relieve the congested condition of the yards and when power is available these trains are to be moved. Still Mr. Mulhern says thisga are O. K. Mr. Merchant, tbit may account for that delayed freight. At Traverse City an attempt was made to wash out an engine by sticking a bote down the smoke stack. Detroit reports that seven engines up and a government inspector has tied np two^^ more An attempt was made to get some work done at the Wabash but it fell through. It >« reported that every once in a while a scab gets “sick" and fails to show up when he goes out without protection. Out of .12 scabs in the other morning but six could be found at noon of the same day. A deficit of $140,000 is reported for the month of May Wonder what it will be for June ? Forty scabs quit Friday. Twenty-seven were boiler makers and 13 were classed as machinists on the gang passes. The boiler maker foreman in the round house quit, taking with him the best boiler maker in the bunch. The general foreman’s salary has been re duced by $23 because of his incompetency The pit foreman quit after a fight with a strikebreaker # Five marshals were discharged for sleeping while on duty. There seems to be a scarcity of deputies. No scabs are reported in Muskegon as yet. but there are eight in Traverse City A rousing mass meeting was held Sunday in the Tampan hall and it wa» well attended by the transportation men who vouched their »up|>ort to the shop men. A conference of committeemen is to be held of all the crafts on the I*. M. R R . including the transporta tion men on Monday morning. Mr. CfT\>ening ir, making a personal effort to get some of the old men to come back to work but as yet his endeavors have met with little success. Not om has left the ranks. IMrase don't make it necessary to say anyone ha* done so. Stick and booat.