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The Ohio Socialist Published Monthly by the SOCIALIST PARTY OF OHIO, at 1291 Cook Ave., Lakewood (Cleveland P. O.), Ohio. Entered :|t Second-class Matter Feb. 21. 1M17. at the P°S1 Office at Cleveland. Ohio, under Act of March 3. 1S79. \o. 5. MAY, 1!>17. 108<d| STATU OIUUNIZER CHAS. ISAKERTO BEGIN WORK Comrade Chas. Baker, of Hamilton, who was elected state organizer al the last meeting of the state Executive Committee, will enter the employ < f tin- Socialisl Party of < Ihio about the time thai this paper reaches Its subscribers. He Will Spell.1 abOUl B Week in the state office, assisting In the preparation of routings and In the purchase i r our first organizer's automobile, and in c >nferring with the state secretary as to organization methods and plans. As soon as his first month's routing Lb agreed upi a, it will be made public and locals Included In same will be r - • •nested to give Comrade Baker support and co-operation, such as Is due a comrade who Is fearless enougti t i held while the ration is in a "state of war." Locals will n«>t he asked to -u;iran- Comrade linker either his expenses or wages. Locals will be asked to guarantee our first state organizer all the assistance within their power, bo that real, fundamental organizati n work may be i hed. ,\nd DON'T do this, locals: Don't writ • i he sti te office that you CAN- ' USE Comrade Baker after the st te office Inf rms you he Is c n To assure the success of this ori zation work, and In order that we may spend the mpney contributed to our Sl.OOO organization fund most economically, every city, village and rural community along a certain Hi ■ travel will have to be visited cons tiveiy; every Ideal along the route will have to agree to co-operate with the state office, and changing of dates will hardly be possible. Watch for the RED auto. Watch f t State Organizer Baker. He'll run Into your town s ime fine day with his pie ves rolle I up, read your tocal a boost. Help hfm and the will be the more effective. The Can and Can't Of It A BOUGUET—COMRADES. "I ; l Doi ; so well of The <>hi . Socia I'st and the able mam er In which it Is put up, that we wart to gel it Into the hands of a ll pros] symps thizers an I t hen poll w The>u ui) v:th apoli :i t i n car Is."—R. C. Bicker, l >cal organizer. you Say you can't and you can't, that's all. Vnii Bay you cant and the result is you '"•" !<«• BO start, do not accomplish nothing. The "can't world" i 3 a dismal worl I to live In. In it DOt a thing is ever done, it's a mighty quiet a 11.1 dead place. But if ymi say you CAN, then no matter how little you do, you do something by thf very fact that you make an attempt to do Bomethlng. This attempt to do Bomething spurs you on to repeated attempts. Soon you begin to live in the "can worl I." a world in which nobody makes excuses and everybody makes g >od. There are goodly numbers of "can't do it" and "inn do it" Socialists in this state. The only ones we know, however, arc the "can do it" tribe. Von see, we never hear of or from the "can't do it" comrades. They never have anything to report. .lust to enthuse and encourage us all, and to give credit where credit Is due, permit us to call your at tention I i a few of the "can d i it" tribe. Till. L. Bovey of Uhricnsville, grand chief. This comrade is In the sixties, if we irrectly. That Is, sixty years young, and working for Socialism i i making him youn'i day. lie took an organization fund list In each hand, so tO speak, I rounds, and ret una- 1 with a tot 1 < f $17..ait in contributions. Groat work! Comrade Mrs. Bodecker of Cleveland belongs to the Sivth Ward Branch. She has plenty of children, the usual amount of nousew< rk the wife of the average wage worker Is burdened with, and yet foun i t'me ta collect $13.50 upon her organization fund list. Comrade Adolf Harle is a new member of the Second Ward Branch, Cleveland. He didn't sav he couldn't, hut went ahead and did. Oontr'bu- tiors upon his list amounted t i J5.15. The South Slavic Branch of Akron, without the wink of an eye, out Of its treasury for the or- tion fund. mrade Mrs. Maria Park also found time outside of her home duties and the care "f ber children to secure a total of $8.25 for us. H. M. Kohr, of Dennison, sent in an equal amount, namely, $8.25. A. L. Hitchcock, another Cleveland comrade, went forth into the wilder- i ess of the "well-to-do" and secured $8.00 from eight people. And the Scandinavian Branch of foungstown, with only nine members, boosted our $1,000 organization fund by $28.00, thanks to Comrades Brick- s.n. Johnson and Carlson, who circulated the lists. And there are numerous others in the "can do it" tribe, but space forbids mentioning them all. There's J. M. Remy, of Greenfield; John Ychre, of Adena; Laura Crowley, of Fostoria; B. J. Iluher, Of Van Buren Township; ver bo many others. And why ao we insist upon calling your attention t > these comrades and their good works'.' Because we want you to go i likewise. We repeat—there's money waiting r r us on all Bides, to assist our party in its peace propaganda! Take an Organization fund li-t and collect some Of it. Join the "can do it" tribe. THE COURAGE OF HENNACY. A comrade left Columbus about two weeks ago with a suit case and traveling bag full of leaflets which read: "Young men, are vou going to refuse to register for military service i foreign country while the rich men, who have brought on this war, stay at home and gel richer hy gambling in food stuffs? We would rather die. or be imprisored, for the sake of jus- than kill our fellow-men in this unjust war." By the time this comrade reached the state office he had already visited ten towns, left leaflets In each town with comrade?, for distribution, and encouraged hundreds of young men in their refusal to register for military service. At the state office a routing of ah< ut forty more towns was agreed upon, and the comrade Is already well on his way assisting locals and Socialists in their campaign against conscript! >n. 8u in I - he <• turage of Amnion A. Efennacy, secretary of the local at Co- lumhus. let his courage he an Inspiration to all e nra lea to continue their efforts t . abolish capitalism-, so th- t this world may at last enjoy peace forever. "A Streak of Revolutionary Red." A streak of revolutionary re! splashed across the city • f Cleveland on May 1st. It was Local Cleveland's May lay parade, the best and biggest ever held, and th it in war time, too, when it takes rep] .-.Mirage to carry a red flag or a sign proclaiming opposition to war. Thousands of Socialists were in the line of march. Women and Socialist Sundae School children formed a large part of the parade. Hurdreds of signs and red flags were carried and each eomrade wore a red carnation. Walter Bronstrup was parade marshal. On Sunday. May 6th, T.oea] Cleveland, in conjunction with the S. L. P., and the I. W. I. U., held a mass demonstration f>r p ace an' agMnsI conscription upon the Public Square. Fifty thousand pieces of literature were distributed on the morring of that day announcing the ting. Between three and four thousand people attended, and despite the rain and cold, stood for more than two hours listening to the speakers. On May 13th a miss corv ntion of members wa~; held bv this local. At this c mvenution the fallowing resolution wps passe "RESOLVED. BY THE SOCIALIST PARTY IN JOINT MEETING ASSEMB' ED. THAT WE DENOUNCE THE LAW PROPOSING 'INVOLUN TARY SERVITUDE,' IN VIOLATION OF THE 13TH AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES. IN THE FORM OF CONSCRIPTION TO MURDER OUR FELLOW BEINGS IN OTHER LANDS, AND RECOMMEND TO AND URGE ALL MEMBERS OF THE PARTY AND THE WORKERS GENERALLY THAT THEY REFUSE TO REGISTER FOR CONSCRIPTION, AND PLEDGE TO THEM OUR FINANCIAL AND MORAL SUPPORT IN THEIR REFUSAL TO BECOME THE VICTIMS OF THE RULING CLASS." The meeting also voted to hold another mass demonstration f >r peace and against conscription upon the Public Square, Sunday, May 20th. Fifty thousand pieces of literature were to be distributed on the morning of this date, announcing the protest meeting and giving the local's position upon conscription and against registration. That Local Cleveland is well favored with a "streak of revolutionary red" seems very apparent. "We have read Socialist papers from all parts of the country carefully, and we do not know of another local in the party any place, that has been so active and courageous in its anti-war and anti-conscription agitation and propaganda. Local Columbus is planning a distribution of leaflets upon the question of registration and conscription, as well • s a mass demon strati n. The*"e is a str ng movement on foot in that city against registration.
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The Ohio Socialist
Published Monthly by the SOCIALIST PARTY OF OHIO, at 1291 Cook Ave., Lakewood (Cleveland P. O.), Ohio.
Entered :|t Second-class Matter Feb. 21. 1M17. at the P°S1 Office at Cleveland. Ohio, under Act of March 3. 1S79.