The New York Communist The Pink Terror lll. Frightfulness in the 2nd and 6th Branches HERE was terror in the ranks of the Right Wing Buorfaneas. At the regular meeting of the 2nd on the evening of Friday. April 25th, in spite of the presence of that Grand Old Man of Socialism, Meyer London. Left Wing majority developed.
Mitchell Loch, Nagin. Alexander Kaban, Judge Panken, Kraemer. and the forward bunch.
were in almost constant communication with Mr.
Gerber over a private wire. Ind several times during the evening it was seriously debated as to whether or not the police ought to be called in. Comrade Kessler. delegate to the Cmtral Committee. rose to report concerning the last meaing of that body, when the unsuccessful attempt was made to reorganize the 17th The SemiComrades abovevmentioned did not want to hur the ghastly details. Comrade loch insisted that it was customary first to read the typewritten report of the meeting sent out by Gerber. before the delegatas reported and Comrade Knhan backed him up. However. fortunately the Chairman was Left Winger. Comrade Marks, so the report proceeded. When it came to the part about the looting of the 17th A, the Right Winger: tried their best to stop Comrade Kessler by raising points of order. Unable to accomplish this, Loeh screamed that Keesler was reporting lies but he had no withdrew the charge. Not satisfied with that, he stated on the floor that Comrade Max Cohen and Brahdy had summoned the police to the Central Committecha statement which once again Loeb was forced to withdraw.
After considerable ruction, during which our ex Congressman is said to have scratched and bit the Chairman because his honor was not invited to speak on Rutgers Square, the discussion of the report of the Central Committee was ponponed un til the next meeting.
As said It the beginning. there was tenor in the ranks of the Right Wing Buccaneers. Here was another Branch gone left Wing another Branch which mun be reorganized and the high cost of furniture moving still on the increase.
SUNDAY. MAY it. ins ATTHE LABOR TEMPLE 143 EAST 84th STREET, New York City P A E S. EADMONN MaeALI INE BENJAMIN GITIDW Jami PALMER Editor the Main Sodala u oafly Uns Ills.
While all this was going on in the 2nd the Right Wing was holding a parliamentary massacre in the headquarters of the 6th It IN Amt» The meeting opened with the election of a dummy chairman, semi Comrade Alexander. who during the meeting went through the motions of a regular chairman while in reality Beckerman dictated the procedure.
After kkerman had let the stage to suit his fell designs by altering the regular order of business.
he rose to report as a delegate to the Central Committee. Old timers of the Right Wing gaped in open moutlml admiration as he jumped from mis statement to misstatement. omitting in his verbal leaps everything that would reveal the real character of the Machine purpose at the Central Committee. He dealt at length with the reorganization of the 17th representing that the branch had dissolved itself. concealing the fact that dissolution of a Branch can only occur with the consent of the Executive Committee of the local and neglecting to mention the left Wing motion for a committee of seven (three from the Right, three from the left and an impartial chairman agreed upon by the other six) to investigate the matter of the 17th After he had warmed up to his subjflrt be proceeded to alum the left Wing in a manner that made his audience sigh with regret that the atmosphere in the Aldermanic chamber is not so conducive to eloquence Is that of Avenue In a tremendous peroration. that so entranced the chairman that he recognized a left Winger immediately afterward in a moment of forgetfulness, and had to be rescued by a well placed point of order from the Right. Beekerman pleaded that action be taken upon his report.
It is said that the timid auggmtion from a Left Winger that the recall of Beckerman from the Cattral Committee would be appropriate action was met with howls of denunciation, and action was forgotten. Several other delegates rose to re part but their work was clumsy compared with Bockerman and they were hastily ailmd 1m they give the game away.
Comrade Frost, who was given the floor because he is not afliliated with the Left Wing. made a mo tion that the Branch do not concur with the Stan Committee resolution to expel Left Wing locals and branches. The motion was seconded and a pause ensued during which the chairman glanced fearfully at the Right who could ill conceal their annoyance at his blunder in allowing anyone not known to be safe to gt: the floor. Node, winks and whispered commune soon showed the chairman the way out of the dfieulty. and grasping the gavel firmly in his hand he announced in a voice tense withemotion that the motion was out of order. on the ground that the report of tbs (ital Committee was before the house.
Almost immediately afterward a Right Winger got the floor and. after consulting his urine: instructiona. moved that the Branch concur in the State Committee. resolution. and that all when of the branch afiliated with the left Wing be IIIpended until. such time as they renounce their allegiance thereto. Although the report of the Car tral Committee was still before the house, anti Ithough the motion was contrary to the Ivy laws of thalocsl andtotheStatnand NationalCounitu tionnthechairmsudidnotdeclhnthemmionoat ofonder. hut, witheyesflashingwiththaligmnf firm resolve to do his duty. proceeded to recognise Righter Wings titer Right Winger until fortunately some one called the previous quaint and thus avated the necessity of having the Ridit Wing members speak twice cad: to the aame motion.
The motion was then put to the house and with the able assistance of the Right Wing tellers who eyesight is reported to be variable solution they see double and other times they can hardly see at all, was carried 60 to The attire 14ft Wing membership of the 6th was thus completely wiped out of existence and the branch made safe for demoa scy.
Now comes the real tragedy of the affair from a Right Wing standpoint. In the mommt of victory they have to acknowledge defeat, not only in the branch but throughout the entire Local. In orda to carry out their own motion they are forced to resort to that Right Wing horror of horrors organization within an organisation.
Scarcely had the meeting adjourned when diapatch riders wue seen spwding up Avenue in the direction of the nearest job printer, and in as time than it take to tell the printing presses were humming at high speed turning out pledge cards, whereon the Right Wingers will inscribe their devoted adherence to the principles of Scheidemann Socialism, receiving in return the right to vote on all matters coming before the branch.
Thus organization within organisation is vindicated for all time and those who have hitherto lain awake nights thinking out speeches against this vicious method are now among its warmest adherents. It is rumored that the Branch has atgaged Julius Gerber, st marmous expatse, to locture on how to perfect this duplication of organisation, and that he will show drafts of secret laters to faithful members. original minutes of a9 cret meetings, and will wind up with some useful suggations as to peas words and subterranean PHI set Bonfires, it is said, will he lighted along Avenue next Friday night to celebrate this complete victory for the force of Lawanorder and democracy over the black menace of Bolshevian which foratimereared itsuglyheadintheOthA.
Lea Wing Membership Meeting ON SUNDAY, MAY 25, 1, at Manhattan Lyceum as am mm. NEW. IK cm To Elect and Instruct Delegates to National Left Wing Conferenée