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I was slightly amused to read in last week’s issue (then current) of the “Labor Re view” that the raid on strike headquarters was actually an “inspection” tour and no raid at all. Can it be possible the “Review” staff can’t tell the difference between a raid and an “inspection?” But don’t you fellows ever believe that wasn’t a genuine raid. It was the real stuff. It actually deserved front page mention and in big, fat type. It was buried until I had to read the sheet through four times be fore I found it. Sure it was a raid, boys! Don’t let any one kid you into thinking it wasn’t. Of course, if you had doubts about the matter, you could have had them removed by merely trying to hat the tin bonnet off a militia boy with one of your “peaceful picket” batons. That’s one certain way of telling the difference between an “inspection” and a raid. But as a matter of fact you won’t overlook the “inspec tion” of the Citizens Alliance headquarters, will you? You Understand, that that whs the same sort of an “inspection” the “strike” headquarters was given, don’t you? So don’t smear too many big “O’s” and “Ah’s” on the main page. Then there’s the trifle of ex chief Jawn Hart’s temporary demotion. Gfot all fussed-up over Jawn’s woe, eh? But you didn’t shed many tears or emit any loud wfeils when he was ousted as chief. Did you or did I overlook the episode ? He didn’t refuse to don the uniform again because he was painfully loyal to labor. He ducked the issue because he “forgot” he wasn’t chief! He even forgot that he was no longer head of the traffic de partment where men cracked their heels and hopped through hdops at his command. Certainly he was suspended— hut not because he shed a tear or cared a whoop about labor. He defied his superior officer, re fused to obey orders. Even in a labor organization, that’s serious business. In Russia, the communist Utopia, a subordi nate does that just once. His widow marries the next door neighbor, and the “state” farms his kids out as garbage collectors—that is, they are al lowed by the communist state to eat such garbage as the dogs can’t chew. Dogs first, then brats—in good old soviet Rus sia. “Patriot” Bill Brown, loud speaker for 574, intimates that a boycott of all firms not sub scribing to the 574 doctrine will be the next step. Fair enough, Willyum. But if the back fire bumps you in the nose, don’t yelp. fi The difference between Rip Van Winkle and gome folks is th&t lif woke up. THE FUTILITY OF THE STRIKE By F. H. STEVENS To the Editor of The Journal: Legislation and court deci sions have sanctioned the right of employes to strike, and em ployes may, by threatening to strike, have in their hands an effective weapon, by which they may coerce the employers into settlement of labor disputes. Another weapon w T hich the law gives to the striker is that of picketing. “Picketing” means the right to place patrols about the place of business of the employer for the purpose of inducing other employes to join the strike, and as a sort of boy cott against the employer be cause of his alleged unfairness to the employes. These two weapons have be come powerful agencies in the hands of labor to induce and coerce employers, and through the lawful use of them, labor unions have been able to accom plish much of benefit to the working class. The general pub lic, grown familiar with these practices, recognizes both of these rights, and in so far as the strikers conduct themselves lawfully, we are willing to give approval. In case of oppression or un fairness, public opinion is usual ly in favor of the underdog—so long, always, as he wages his fight in a lawful and fair way. As is usually the case, the public knows really very little about the actual matters in is sue. That is, we know very little about the reasons for, or merits of the strike. We are all so immersed in our own troubles and affairs that we pay little at tention to these labor quarrels, until or unless they touch us in dividually. We do not know what the profit and loss sheet of the employer shows, or whether his business will sustain the payment of higher wages, or shorter hours. Probably the in dividual striker knows little about these things. As already stated, public opinion is usually with the op pressed and down-troddden, so long as the fight is lawful. It will not, however, tolerate vio lence and lawlessness: it shifts quickly against the violator of the law. Notwithstanding that the law sanctions the strike and picketing', it never has, and never will sanction 'violence. Every act of the strikers which goes beyond peaceful striking and picketing is unlawful. Threats, intimidation, rioting, the use of clubs and weapons to prevent the employer or his loy al employes from carrying on his business, are unlawful. Pa trolling and blockading the streets are illegal. Opposing the lawfully constituted pence offi cers, by force and violence, is a breach of the law. Pickets mav in a peaceful manner use all of their persua sive power, without threats or intimidation, to induce citizens THE SATURDAY PRESS to espouse their cause; but any act beyond that is unlawful. Unfortunately, whenever dis orders of this kind arise, med dling and vicious agitators crowd themselves into the places of disorder, and perhaps it is true that they, and not the strikers, are responsible for much of the violence that en sues; but it is also true that when the whirlwind of a strike is started, the responsibility for whatever violence occurs rests upon those who put the thing in motion, and for that reason every striker who goes on pick et duty takes upon himself the chance of being involved in a serious criminal liability, through the unwise conduct of his fellows, for it is the law that any person who incites, or aid 3 or abets another in the commis sion of a crime, is equally guilty with him who strikes the fatal blow. When lawful picketing fails, no safe course is open to the striker other than to refrain from, and advise all others to refrain from violence. Violent and unlawful conduct of strikers works a serious in jury to their own cause, for, as already been shown, it turns the tide of public opinion strongly against them, no matter what merits the original cause might have had, and without the sup port of public opinion the strike must fail. There can be no dispute of the following principles: That men ought to and must have the right to work and be paid reason able wages for reasonable hours, and without violence to bargain collectively, if they do desire; and that those who do not desire to bargain collectively should have the right to work un molested ; That employers are en titled to fair treatment and to maintain their busi nesses, and select employes of their choice; and That neither of the con tending parties has the right, by acts of intimida tion or violence, to deprive the public of its right to the service which we depend upon for the necessaries of life. Whoever denies these funda mental principles is wrong. There are a few incidental, dis putable details which enter into the question of management and employment, but these details are susceptible of being re solved. if reason can prevail; but nothing can be settled in hot blood and by violence and guerrilla warfare upon the peace officers or the innocent public. The public rights are para mount to all other questions in these struggles. Millions of dol lars have already been wasted in the present Minneapolis strike, and its predecessor, brought, on by the same group. A great part of that loss has been sustained by the strikers, themselves, in wages, nf which they and their families are in dire need. Business has been stagnated. Five hundred thousand inno cent men, women and children have been victimized, and many of them are in distress. Prob ably there are five or more un employed men to every striker in this city, who would gladly take the jobs that the strikers left to go on strike, but who are unable to do so because of the threats, intimidation and vio lence. Peace officers have been kill ed and maimed in attempting to sustain the law. Strikers, while obstructing the officers, have been shot. Now, is it not about time that we all begin to ask ourselves, strikers as well as the general public: Where does all this lead? Winter, probably the worst in our history, from the standpoint of poverty and dis tress, will shortly be upon us. Already public relief funds are running short. We are nearly exhausted. Are we going to go on with this inhuman, senseless condi tion until we are ruined? Or shall we insist that those who want to work shall have that right, and that those who fo ment and are responsible for this strike shall yield their less er claims to the lawful rights of the great majority? If we are to so insist, it must be by organ ization and united effort by the victimized public. Certain it seems to be that, if law and order are sustained, the strike is hopeless from the standpoint of the striker, for it is already proven that without violence, and rioting, and intim idation, the trucks can and will run. With violence, the striker can not hope to win, for public opinion will not tolerate such lawlessness, nor will public opinion long tolerate failure to enforce the law. Whatever their inclination may be, no public officer is bigger than the law, and in the final test the law will prevail. In saying this there is no intention to cast in sinuations against anyone, for the proposition is so elementary as to need no argument to sup port it. For these reasons, the strike is futile. Let us organize for peace. Minneapolis. —Journal, August 3. A few “peaceful pickets” were arrested the other day for “taking” a case of eggs from a truck they had illegally and un lawfully stopped on a public highway. Will some barrister please tell the public the diff erence between holding up a vehicle and by force, removing any part of its contents and highway robbery? Is a crime not a crime when committed un der orders of a “strike commit tee?” Just a joke, eh? Well, joking days will end eventually. Speaking of “massacres” how about the day C. Arthur Lyman was clubbed to death by a “striker?” August 11, 1934 It’s Cheaper To Ship When the public welfare com mittee of the city council held its meeting last week to give the communists and their ilk an op portunity to air their views of mayor and chief of police, the usual “Jack” atom of the Kar son klan was much in evidence. Speaking for the communists, he “demanded” the removal of both officials. Somewhere to ward the middle of his har rangue, Alderman Henry Banks asked Karson whether or not he was a member of any labor union. Karson replied that he “was” a member of a steel workers’ union. Asked by Banks if he was in good stand ing or had a membership card, Karson snarled, ‘ ‘ I have one but I wouldn’t show it to you.” “Do you know any member of the drievers’ union who is a member of the communist party?” asked Banks. “If I did, I wouldn’t tell you,” came another snarl. Just who is this Karson that he presumes to show his com munist fangs when asked a courteous question? Just how many of his kind and breed are we harboring in this city? And why? Is he an American citi zen? He can’t talk the language well enough to indicate whether he is or not and his actions dis play an insolence and contempt for the United States govern ment that would not be toler ated in any other country under the sun. Let some of our officials take a look-see into the Karson citi zenship—into the citizenship of every communist in the city and if that look-see discloses that one or all of them are not citizens of these United States, let the federal government da port them. If these communists are so desperately in love with Soviet Russia, let them go there. If they won’t go of their own voli tion, let them go under guard. It would 1 be cheaper to ship them via air mail at govern ment expense than allow them to further continue their efforts to destroy our government. What say you, neighbor? And you, Mr. Slow-to-act ? I get a kick out of all this “labor” bellowing against the cops. Let one of these blather skites run up against a stick-up gent, lose, two dimes and he’d wake the inmates of St. Peter’s sorrow foundry with yells for the cops to “come quick.” If you fellows can’t be decent at least try and be consistent. This, so we are told, is “Twin City Market Week.” Out of town merchants are said to be getting their milinery in St. Paul and their military in Min neapolis. Any strike settlement that doesn’t meet with the complete approval of the communists is a flop, with said flop durable for about sixty days.