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Published in The Appeal to Reason [Girard, KS], whole no. 398 (July 18, 1903), pp. 2-5. - page 10 / 14





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Reports of State Secretaries, Socialist Party of America [1903]

Literature is being furnished the speakers for dis- tribution at all meetings and thousands upon thou- sands of pieces will be sent out from state and local distributing points.

Our ticket will go upon the ballot this year by convention nomination and no petitioning is neces- sary. The ticket will appear in the third column from the left and will be under the emblem of the “Arm and Torch.”

We will have a full state ticket, consisting of eight nominees, the first of which is governor. Comrade Isaac Cowen of Cleveland, the nominee for Governor, is one of the best and widest-known Socialists in the state and is an able representative of the party.

Much work remains to be done in this campaign, as we are just starting to mobilize the forces for this fight. “To arms!” is the cry everywhere now. Comrades are rallying in fine shape and the forces are being put to work as rapidly as possible. The state office is being besieged with letters from the comrades in unorga- nized places for literature and other pertinent infor- mation. All comrades should get to work and should learn how to best work for Socialism.

Comrades! Get busy. Go to work now. If you know how, get at it. Otherwise write the State Secre- tary and get something to do. Make Socialists of your friends and neighbors. Distribute literature and arrange for meetings for the Socialist speakers who are touring the state. Do something for the cause. The campaign is on and there is work for all willing hands to do. We want Socialism now, not a thousand years later. Let’s go after it. Hurrah for Socialism and the Socialist Party.

There are no elected Socialists in Ohio yet.

say has been sweeping over the country during recent years. But while broad prairies have been transformed into highly cultivated farms, cities built, and miles of railroad constructed, other potent forces have been insidiously working away until we find, in some coun- ties, about 60% of the homesteads mortgaged. All this has occurred in a brief space of about ten years and with the homesteads GIVEN to the occupants and with good crops for the last seven years, during which time nearly all the mortgages have been made and during the period of boasted “prosperity.” If these mortgages were a necessity in so-called “prosperous” times, what plausible reason is there for presuming that they can be liquidated under similar conditions? It is easy to conjecture what the result will be with a series of poor crops, as the one-fifth of the value of his prod- ucts which the farmer is permitted to retain as his share of the proceeds would not be more than sufficient to defray current expenses.

An organization known as “The Farmers’ Co- operative Union of America,” which announces its purpose to be the control of the prices of the products of the farm, is now growing rapidly in Oklahoma. To the Socialist, it is a hopeful sign to perceive this ten- dency of the farmers to awaken to consciousness of their class interests. The rapid growth of such an orga- nization is strong evidence of a general discontent with present conditions on the farm. A large percent of the farmers of Oklahoma will tell you that farming does not “pay” as compared with other lines of business, and that about the only thing of which he is certain is a job for fourteen hours a day at low wages. They real- ize SOMETHING is wrong and are evidently grop- ing for the remedy.

W.G. Critchlow, State Secretary.

I feel confident that the majority of the 2,000 Socialist voters in this territory realize that it is the

The Oklahoma Work.

It is an undisputed fact that Oklahoma has de- veloped more rapidly than any preceding territory of the United States. This condition is undeniably due to a combination of causes, notwithstanding the fact that the politicians of the dominant political party claim it is due to the wave of “prosperity” which they

mission of the Socialist Party to educate these produc- ers to a correct understanding of their condition, and to point out t them that the remedy does not lie in trying to create a dominant class of private landhold- ers, but in establishing a system of society in which all useful workers will be equal owners of all the means of production and will receive the full product of their labor instead of only about enough to sustain their families, as at present. With an organizer continually in the field, the party workers ought to see this senti- ment crystallized into an army of progressive and in-

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