The New York Communist ll Moderate Socialist Legislator IN the Spring of 1918 a member of the Socialist Party was drafted and taken to Camp Dix, New Jersey, when. he refused military service, claiming to he a Conscientious Objector. Instead of being classed with other Conscientious objectors, this Comrade was seized. alter taps, when the rest of the camp was asleep and thrown into the Guard House, where the oflicera in charge threatened to beat him up. When he protested, he was told that he was entitled to no consideration from the authorities. because he was a Socialist; the officer in charge informed him that if Socialists were given consideration, they would do in this country who: they had done in Rania.
Having refused to salute an officer, this Comrade was then starved and again threatened. He replied that he had not signed any enlistment papers, and was therefore still. civilian. He then appealed to the Socialist Congressman, Meyer London. The following letters, signed by Congressman London secretary. are illuminating. It will be noticed that the writer ignored the Comrade contention that he was still a civilian, and addressed him as Private. thus helping to fix his military status: Mam Loxnoa, 12th Dist. New York House of Representatives Wuhington, May 6, 1918.
Pvt. 153rd Depot Brigade, Guard House, No. 2, Camp Dix.
Dear Comrade: Under separate cover am mailing you a copy of the Ofiicial Bulletin containing the President Proclamation with regards to the rights and duties of conscientious objectors. You will realize, if you have not done so already, that there are rulu and regulations governing the conduct of men in the military service, and also, that there are punishments provided for any violation of those rules and regulations.
Fraternally yours, Mann Lawns. Secretary.
June 1918.
Pvt. 12th Battalion. Guard House, Camp Dix.
Dear Comrade: regret very much that did not make myself auficiently understood in my reply to your communication.
Your case will not be taken up here. Your immediate superiors have entire jurisdiction in a case such as yours. have mailed you an additional copy of the President Proclamation concerning conscientious objectors, and also, supplementary instruction issued in the same connection.
Fraternally yours, Mm LEWIS, Secretary.
At the same time the Comrade wrote to Raga Baldwin, of the National Civil Liberties Bureau Mt a Socialist organization. And almost immedi Itely he received the following answers, which furnish a glaring contrast to those quoted above: National Civil Liberties Bureau, 10 Fifth Ava o. New York May 1918.
Mr. Camp Dix, Dear Mr. Your loner of April Sikh, addressed to the Call hubeenreferredtome, andlhsvesskedtohsve inquiry made as to your sentence to determine whether it is in accordance with the orders of the Secretary of War. knew sometime ago of your having been placed in the Guard House, but have such confidence in Captain Termini good sense and judgment that didn feel like calling it to the Department attention. would write him now about it except that believe army regulations require any complaints of this sort from citiaem to be made directly to the Secretary of War.
Sincerely yours, Roo Bawwnt.
June8, 1918.
Mr. CampDix, Deaer. z. Thanks very much indeed for your: of June 6th. am glad to know that you have been releued from the Guard House, and now have the freedom of the camp with the other objectors. may be down attheumpwithinthenenwefimudaygnd will certainly look you up.
With hen wiahu.
Sincerely yours.
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Thiaisonlyoneofthecountainthelongindhn men! of the Congrusioual representative of the most advanced and resolute section of the. ka class ponies. Nevathelesa, the Right Wing in Local New York nominated. him at lite Inn election.
Left Wing Notes THE left Wing organization has decided to support the following nominees and asks all revolutionary Socialists to do likewise: cr the National Executive Committee, Di:trict: Hounrich, Edward Lindgren, Brooklyn, Loni: Fraina, Boston. Mass.
For International Delegates: Ferguson, Chicago, 111. John Read, Louis Fraina, Bot: tan. 055. Ruthenberg, Cleveland.
Additional Imcals and Branches that have joined the Left Wing: Kansas City, Missouri Local Tonawanda, New York Lithuanian Branch, No. 19, Kings Branch Ridgewood, No. 2, New Jersey German Federation of Kings and Queens Counties Spanish Branch, New York 17th Branch. New York 18th Branch, New York o The following left Wing mass meetings and open air demonstrations on May 1st: Queons County at Queens County Labor Lyceum, o clock.
Astoria Local, 458 Broadway Astoria, o clock.
5th Russian and Ukrainian Branch, Rutgers Square. o clock.
Jewish 2nd Forward Hall, o clock.
4th King! at headquarters, o clock.
Branch 2, 6th Kings (Jewish Branch. open air, o clock.
l4th Kings, at Bridge Plaza, Grand St.
Ext. o clock.
so. 1011. Street and 2nd Avenue, and Houston Street and 2nd Avenue, o clock.
17th open air, o clock. G There will be a general rally of the left Wingera of the 23rd on May 1st, at 12 o clock before the Brownsville lAhor Lyceum in order to form a unit of the Left Wing for the parade that will take place during the afternoon.
All Left Wingers are urged to gather and present a strong front. C On Sunday, April 20th, the Eastern District Convention of the Hungarian Federation of the Social.
iat Party, adopted the Left Wing Manifesto and Program. This is the third District Convention of the Hungarian Fedention to join the left Wing.
There rumain only one Dishict, the smallest, which is in the weat. and which, up to this time, has not had an opportunity to vote on the question. The Manifesto and Program will he, aubmittad to the rank and file of the Hungarian Federation throughout the United States in the form of a referendum.
Mlh UTES OF REGULAR CITY COMMITTEE MEETING OF THE LEFT WING SECTION, HEIJJ APRIL 27, 1919.
Chairman, Grruow Minutes of the last meeting rad and adopted.
Minutes of the membership medias. ad and «dentists submitted. and the lollowing delegates outed.
Millie? Group. Nth Br King. la WI.
on. 19 joins 1dr will. auspi Yard.
Zilsnku. also coauthore 10.
Miliaority Group W. Dr. 2, rd King! Co. David 51h linuian Ukrainian BL, Schwartv and Matal ai German Br Ridge mod, Gottehalk and Reichart.
Motion carried to have roll all by giving sergeant atmns lists of dr cgateo Ibo muat aign on amval a: poetic; and ii an) fail to attend. hranchu be notifi Keoiler suedi iempunrflytmzndAD. peodia ular election.
Herman coated temporaril for Br. 16th King.
Motion carried to take u lnttruflianl at amber ht; meeting after Executive Secraarys report.
Executive Committee: report (minutes. No Left Winger shall debate on mmwith leaflets submitted by Russian hem to Special Committee of Motion carried to elem committee of Eve In ply with recommendation of Executive Committee minister Ham mer, ileukin. lArkin, Coaor and Schachter eluded.
Motion. arried that the secretary ahouId not rneu ve applications for membenhip with Committee from the 17d: asking 150 chain fc which they will ay later. Enid.
Motion carri not to hold any special media but I: supply speak :1 to median arranged by the hraaehd.
allowing nominated for City Committee Investone. 12m D. Hourwich, Kit ia BL; Cohen, 8LhA Brodarty. 8thA. A. Horowita8thA. IBrahdy, ll(IhA. MaeAlping 5 It 10th Kualn, A. Hilllick. 2nd Jewish Br. Michaela, German; Lancaitile, 7th :Giapehick. Ukrainian Br.
AI oDllawiug nominated for Gry Committee from Brooklyn.
Lindgren, Weinelone. Mn. Jacobo, Mrs. Ililnar. De Iih.
Executive Secretary Request: that all volume: speak or Kay nahitb a headquarters.
Motion carried that all belt Win; brand nail all nicer a. Adjourned for wail. Hosowm. Receding Seas HELP THE 17th Refurniah Its Handgun. One day aftuthefmnimhellin theelectricwireatwaaatolenhytheloadm, thememhenofthehrlnehwwoodad inholdingamoefingintheirhaadquartthey nnitedinthethrqu, thtnow wanted neither furniture we loaders.
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