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Published in The Appeal to Reason [Girard, KS], whole no. 398 (July 18, 1903), pp. 2-5. - page 11 / 14

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

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dependent thinkers who will advocate what they be-

Pennsylvania’s Outlook.

lieve to be to their best interest for 365 days in each

year — and on the 365th, VOTE fo

r it.

Fraternally,

W.H. Sweatt, Territorial Secretary.

In no state of the union is there a more fertile field of Socialism than in the Keystone state. Here the trusts, corporations, and corrupt capitalist politicians hold sway. The Socialist Party is the only organized political force arrayed against these powers of greed, corruption, and oppression. Previous to the anthra-

How We Move in Oregon.

We have just closed a campaign for the special election of a Congressman in the First District, with Comrade Wilkins, Comrade B.F. Wilson, and our nominee, J.W. Ingle, in the field. I will state that we are thoroughly alive. Comrade Wilkins organized 13 locals and says that if could be kept in the state he could organize a local in every locality where there are three subscribers to the Appeal.There were several other locals organized by correspondence. While our vote was not what we would have liked it to have been, we held our own far better than the other two parties.

Some ten years ago I was handed a copy of Look- ing Backward, together with a copy of The Coming Nation, then published at Greensburg, Ind., and ed- ited by the present editor of the Appeal. I became a Socialist at once and began to talk it out loud. I was laughed at and my cousin told me that I would be in the asylum in a year if I did not change my ways; but I am not, and the beauty of the whole thing is I see many of those who laughed at me working for Social- ism as hard as I am now.

Ten years ago I could hardly find a person in the whole township that new a thing of Socialism or ever saw a Socialist paper. Now there is hardly a township from the top of Mt. Hood to the ocean on one side and the boundary line on the other to which the Ap- peal or some other good Socialist paper does not go. They are everywhere. A year ago we cast 5,000 Social- ist votes and next year we will cast 10,000.

We will have a convention in the near future, at which we will effect a more perfect organization, and get ready for the skirmish of 1904.

cite coal strike it was almost impossible to convert the workers to join our party. The arrogance of the coal trust, Baer’s declaration that he and his class were di- vinely appointed to take care of the working people, opened the eyes of the wealth producers and they showed their recognition of the class struggle by in- creasing our votes from 4,861 to 21,910 in the No- vember election of 1903.

The trick of the last legislature in passing the miners’ bills at the end of the session, thus allowing the Governor to veto them has confirmed the predic- tion of the Socialists that the tools of the corporations and business interests would not grant the mine work- ers any relief. The repudiation of the award of the coal strike commission by the coal trust has also convinced the mine workers that they will not be given justice by any representatives of the class whose god is profit. The indications are that our vote will be increased in the coal region if we can afford to keep our agitators in the field.

A strike of 100,000 textile workers is now on in Philadelphia. They asked for a reduction of the hours of work from 60 to 55. The manufacturers have com- bined to starve them until they give up the strike. Our speakers are calling attention to what tariff laws have done to enrich the manufacturers and the prospects are good that those thousands of workingmen who voted the old parties’ tickets will vote for Socialism this fall.

All we need is money to carry on our propa- ganda work to put Pennsylvania’s vote at the head of all other states.

Franklin H. Slick, State Secretary.

W.S. Richards

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