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The emancipation of the working
class must he the class-conscious work
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of the working class. —KARL MARX,
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To Ron For The School
For several years the representatives
of a certain element in the Town of
Fairbanks have tried to get control of
the school but have been systematically
and persistently deleated at each elec
tion. That there is to be another desper
ate attempt on the part of this same el
ement is apparent. Already', it is said,
Me Gowan is grooming his candidate,
and the recent attack on Moody in the
notorious News-Miner, which, according
to its last published statement, McGow
an is interested in, indicates from which
direction the enemy can be expected to
As Jury Commissioner
To Assist Cierk of The
Court McBride.
Martin Harrais, a well knowu mem
ber of the Democrat party, has been ap
pointed by Judge Bunnell to act as jury
commissioner to assist Clerk of Court
McBride m drawing grand and petite
jurors to serve during the coming term
of court. : -o'
Regarding the appointment1 of-a ’jury
commissioner, the law says: “The
Judge ol the District court shall appoint
a jury commissioner to asssst the clerk
of the court.He shall be a well
know memeer of the principal political
party in the district and of the opposite
politics to the clerk of the court.
If It Undertakes To Re
form Fairbanks.
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It is generally conceded that it the
Civic club expects to reform Fairbanks
it has a harb job ahead of it. We would
snggest that it commence on the news
papers. If it can reform them it’s some
civic club.
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Lawyer—So you want to make a ca^e
of it? * ’ .
farmer—Yes, by jing! I offered to
settle by fair means, an’ he wouldn’t.
So I decided I’d hire a lawyer an’ have
him took into court.
Come North and grow up with the boom
hike any staunch old timer
If yon are certain there is room
For you and Guggenheimer.
Subscribe for this paper and we will
tell you all we kpotv,
Ithe position of the leading
Some Of Them Did Rot
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i The Russian
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Some time ago Emile Vandervelcle'
sent a letter to the comrades in Russia.
! He had learned that therwere opposing
the war. He wanted to persuade, them
to give up d’heir opposition. He told
•th^tn that the cause of the allies is the
cause^of e^ilizatibn.sthat the great failing
is to beat the KSiser pnd German nnlit
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Mr. Emile Vandervelde got out of
Russia au answer that must have made
him sit up. Russian civilization may not
tse ug ,£b ;the mark of westren Europe.
'Bui Russian Socialists are above par. It
is more thaV,ever clear that the great
eastern autocracy'ilvifr bfc taken car* of
by its own rebels. ^ .
Here is part of the answer that came
out of Russia:
“We Russian Social Democrats do not
overlook the anti-democratic character
of the Prussian government, hut we
cannot forget that other enemy of the
workingclass and of all Democracy, the
Russian absolutism. This absolutism
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reinaift§,;pnchanged as to its internal
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1 policies. In Russia we have the same
old despotism and exploitation. Even
now, in the midst of the war, when we
might have expected it to be more
j Cautious and magnanimous, cur absolut
ist government has remained true to its
nature; it persecutes our various subject
peoples and the entire workingclass
now asjt always has. All Socialist pap
ers are suppressed; all workingclass or
ganizations have been broken up; ar
rests and banishments without idvest
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igation or judicial procedure are still
taking place. And if the war should re
sult in a complete victory for Russia,
w-ithout a democratization of political
power, this government would continue
to pursue its anti-proletarian policies
inside as well as outside of its own
boundaries. Under these circumsiances
Russia might become the world leader
in the Work of reaction.
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“On tins account the Russian Social
Democracy cannot under any circum
stances consider the conclusion cf even
a temporary truce with the Russian gov
ernment. Among us there cm be no
question of a betrayal of our |iitb. On j
the contrary, we regard it as cur duty
to carry on against the Russian .govern
ment an unrelenting warfare on the
basis of the demands made by the Rus
sian proletariat during the revolution
ary movement of 1905 and renewed since
the revival of the movement during the
past two years.
“Our task during this war is to utilize
the present crisis to develop the organ
izations of the working class and the
democracy and to enlighten the whole
people to the end that our demands of
1905 may be the more easily secured.
“After the close of the .war there will
come a time when it will be necessary
to develop the forctes cf democracy with
great rapidity. If' then, the reactionary
power of Russia stands victorious in our
path, With increased power and reput
ation, it will constitute the greatest im-;
agmable obstacle to democratic develop
ment. We regard it as our duty, there
fore, to oppose the Russian government
n the interest of Russian freedom. In
(Continued on Page 2) . .
It is reported that a few days ago Senator Gausiad, cn visiting the
Fairbanks Telephone Co. Office, in discussing the franchise business
with Manager Merritt in answer to a question received thfc folio wing
reply: “I don't know if yrq have a franchise or not."
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Sometime ago word was received that
R. S. McDonald of flying machine fame
wras put into the council for the purpose
of helping the franchise along.
Alimony N
SaV>crib2 for tk2 Alaska Sqq ialist
Council Votes Public Money to a Sect
arian Institution—St. Mathew's Lib
rary, Issues Franchise and Other
Things Which They Have No
Right to do.
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But They Leave Undone That Which It Is Their Duty To
Do—Namely Provide Funds for the School.
At a recent meeting of the city coun
cil Dr. Myers stated that “Mrs. Zim
merman has done more work lor the
school of Fairbanks than anybody- else”
yet notwithstanding all that Mrs. Zim
meman has done and is trying to do for
the school, along with J. IJ. Moody and
W. H. Adams, certain menders ot the
council have evidently made up their
minds to embarrass the board m every
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way possible. Repeated requests to the
council to, furnish funds, as provided by
law, for the purpose ot paying the sal
aries of the school employes, have met
with but scant consideration at the hands
ol the council, which seems to be dom
inated by some subtle, invisible hostile
influence, and Mrs Zimmerman and
Mr. Moody have borrowed money from
private parties to pay the school teacheis
Those who are ready to offer apolog
ies for the apparent hostile attitude of
the present council would probably say
that there are no funds in the city treas
ury at the present time and dismiss the
subject. Yet the council has been dis
bursing funds regularly and as far as wtj
have been able to ascertain, some of the
other city employes have been drawing
their monthly allowance on time.
When the devil observed that the
Allies and the Germans all went to heav
en together hand in band, he rushed to
St. Peter and inquired angrily:
“What do I get ont of this war ?’’
“The rulers,’’.replied St. Peter.--H«
Never Before Since the Davs of Cleveland Have
Such Conditions Prevailed—The Moch-talked
of Era of Prosperity is Apparent Only in the
Columns of Democratic Newspapers.'
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The Conditions. Which Prevail On The Coast Are. Typical of Conditions
Throughout The Entire Country.
Some of the . local philanthrop
ists are workirig*their. selves. into hys
ters over the predicament of the' Bel
gians. It seems, however, that it is riot
necessarj- to go to Belgium to look for
starving people. A writer in one of the
late magazines says of conditions on
Puget Sound:
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A month earlier than usual the Seattle
Chiel of Police reported that the num
ber applying nightly for the cement
hospitalit3’ of the eit3’ jail had reached
all he could accommodate. Pelt3T theiv- i
ing was on the increase, burglaries had
begun on a winter scale ahead of time,
citizens were being held up, the city
jail and both the city and,-county stock
ades were full, and still the3r came on
every boat and train, and now in mid
winter they are still coming. ‘'Why
don’t tlie3’ sta3’ in the country?” is an
innocent question; but in truth it is
harder to waiter there. There are no
ten-cent lodgings and no cheap restcu
raunts in countty towns, and these men
will not be wanted on the farm until
the harvest.
The Executive Secretary of the Chari
ities Organization, Miss Virginia Me
Mechen, is a somewhat disillusioned
type of uplifter and an Expert in Social
Service. She marvelled that her com
mittee of employers and business men
could not reckon upon any phase of un
employment save that of the itinerant
worker and could not get attention to
the condition of resident unemployment
save that of the itinerant worker and
could not get attention to tne condition
of resident unemployed' heads of famil
ies. The writer was able to shew her
thit the “home-guard.” nos less in
clined to make a public problem of him
self, constituted no threat against prep,
ertv, would' hold on as long as possible
to a respectable status apd the geed o
pinion.of his peighbors, but that she
would not need to , wait iong, for even
he would lose his moorings. ”
“Presently a committee of family men
presented themselves before the C*ty
(Continued on Page 4)
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