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is something discussed
from the head of the government to
port said, that 164,590 firms had not
turned over to the government the
entire amount of the so-called luxury
taxes on sales and admissions. In
some cases firms failed to make any
returns of the collections. Internal
revenue collectors in all cases forced
the delinquents to make good the en
tire amount, as well as pay a heavy
penalty, Mr. Williams said. The bu
reau estimated that for the present
year more than 7,000,000 firms and
individuals will pay federal taxes. It
is utilizing every avenue of informa
tion to check up on “tax slackers”.
the heels of the garbage crew with little
or no apparent progress in any direction.
The government recently entered upon
a crusade of deportation of alien socialist
“reds,” but it appears to have pindled out
with the shipping of the first boat load.
I. W. W.’s are hauled to jail here and
there on charges more or less serious and
with the usual varying attendant results,
but there is a total lack of definite plan
or policy or co-ordinate action.
In other words, the Bolsheviki situa
tion seems to be all stirred up, but there
it stands. No cake is being baked.
This is one of the elements from which
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Bolshevism is something of Russia— the substance of I. W. W.-ism is made.
The tax-slacker is as far from being an
a something which is the product of cen
turies of the autocratic, tyrannical, and admirable citizen as the service-slacker.
It is this same class of business men,
inhumanly oppressive rule of the czars
and grand dukes and the indescribable who fail to make returns on the profits of
system of cruelty of that vast empire. their war-time activities that is belittling
It is something we cannot grasp or under the A. E. F. and is active in opposition to
stand without complete knowledge of granting the just claims of those who
Russian history and personal contact with went to the front. They are fine workers
the proletariat. It -is nothing of America, for the I. W. W. camp.
* * *
but there appears to exist an affinity be
Contributing causes of I- W. W.-ism are
tween the Soviet and the I. W. W. of this
country which bodes no good to democ to be found in the innumerable things that
lower respect for the law:
Court delays, groundless appeals and
The soviet is the reaction of the des
potism that has ruled the Russias. It is unjust decisions;
Unwillingness to abide by the decision
an attempt at rule by the opposite extreme
of thought and station in society. There of the majority;
Unprincipled methods in business ;
is nothing American about it and it is
Dishonorable methods in politics ;
something to be excluded from thought
The system of education which fitted
t rd discussion as applying to this country,
boys and girls for being nothing but
in the discussion of our problems-
The I. W. W. we have with us. Whether “ladies” and “gentlemen” in imitation of
it is an importation or a native plant we the feudal period instead of equipping
will not discuss at this time since it will them for a useful life-work;
Irresponsibility of influential organiza-
not change the situation. The fact re
mains that the spirit has grown so strong tions ;
That section of the foreign language
as to be regarded by many to be a menace.
To remedy evil or disease of the body press and that element of citizenship
politic it is as necessary to locate the cause which regard everything American with
as it is to cure the physical ills. Remove contempt and disdain, and in no wise to be
compared with the institutions of their
the cause and the disease disappears.
What is the cause of I. W. W.-ism?
Thé easy divorce;
Turn to the daily papers. The following
The movement toward the glorified
appears in current reports from Wash
Despite the government’s wartime
appeal for tax payments as a patriotic
S. BENSON FOR RESTRICTING
duty, more than 300,000 firms and
individuals failed to make honest
returns under the revenue laws in the
Writing from Paso Robles, Cali
last two years, the bureau of internal
fornia, Mr. S. Benson, of Portland,
revenue announced tonight. In a six
voices endorsement of the Americani
months’ drive, which ended February
zation stand of Mr. Langoe, as
1, $19,051,000 in delinquent income
and luxury taxes were collected, Com
missioner Williams reported.
Mr. H. J. Langoe, Editor Pacific
The amazingly large number of
Scandinavian, Portland, Oregon.
persons who did not respond to the
My Dear Mr. Langoe: Permit me
government’s appeal has caused treas
to congratulate you on your stand on
ury officials to consider the delin
the foreign language question. I
quent tax payments problem a grave
would go still further—I would pro
one, A new roundup of alleged delin
hibit by law the printing and circula
quents has been instituted to cover
tion of foreign language papers in the
the tax period on which returns were
United States; also the teaching of
made March 15.
any foreign language to anyone that
Of the total delinquents, 331,386
has not gone through our grammar
had not paid any income taxes and an
school or acquired a fair knowledge
additional 44,260 did not pay the full
of the language of our country.
amount of taxes due. From these two
Very truly yours,
sources approximately $11,000,000
Discovery was made also, the re-
tenement, the apartment house, with its
one room and a bath and paper-bag house
keeping. These and many others. The
causes of I. W. W.-ism are all about us!
Stop and think and you can see them!
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What is the remedy ?
It is as plain as the disease.
Play your part as a citizen squarely!
There is good medicine for many things
in those seven words. Keep the prescrip
tion right with you.
Live up to the Fourth-of-July talk!
This country was started out on the
principle of a square deal, and while there
has been more or less of palming and
second card dealing, the principle stands.
The I. W. W. should be given to under
stand very clearly, definitely and concise
ly that this is a republic;
That it was founded as a republic.
That it has been conducted as a republic
from July 4, 1776 to the present moment.
That it is the intention of the people of
these United States ot continue as a
republic, as Mr- William J. Bryan would
say, “without the aid or consent of any
nation on earth.”
That it is the aim and object of the
people to make this republic the greatest
and best the world has known and they
positively must not be interfered with.
That the plans and specifications were
adopted in the Declaration of Indepen
dence and constitution adopted by the
continental congress and those plans and
specifications will be adhered as closely as
the best mechanics on the job can drop a
plumb or lay a square.
That there is no mistake about this.
That this is the solemn and determined
purpose of the people—not the floss or
the dross, not the froth or the foam, not
the lees or the dregs, but the real people
regardless of occupation, size of pocket
book or color of hair or hide.
That every body is invited and welcomed
to turn in and help on the job—to do the
best they know how, good intentions
covering a multitude of the sins of citizen
ship, but there must be no standing
around and knocking or crabbing the job;
* * *
That preaching sovietism in this repub
lic is just as treasonable as preaching
monarchy. We have nothing against
sovietism. It may be better than our
brand of democracy, but we don’t know
it, and we propose to let Russia do the
If you don’t like this republic and love
sovietism, the thing to do is to rush to
Russia as soon as possible. It is a big
country with plenty of fresh air. There
appears to be oodles of room on the politi
cal ground floor and unquestionably you
will be able to get sovietism to the full
extent of your hearts desire—and possibly
Mr. citizen, you who are beginning to
see “red,” smoke on this awhile:
You are either an American, or you are
not. If you are an American show it, sing
it; live it, act it, talk it, teach it.
If you are not, sing low, for Uncle Sam
This may be taken as something of an
outline of the subject with which The
Northman will subsequently deal in detail.
It has niany interesting curves, angles
and ramifications. The sermons will not
be in the language of the classics, but they
will be crisp—and possibly sensible.