The New York Congas is! Thursday evening, just as dusk was dmcending on the East Side and lights began to appear in the store windows, a number of Right Wing members of the 8th grasping white papers firmly in their right hands. were seen alinlting in the shadows of the houses toward East 4th Street. When a fellow member of the Branch approached they were observed to huddle closer to the wall and hurry past with averted faces. They were on their way to the reorganization meeting in Casino Hall. 85 East 4th Street, at the common of the Executive Committee, and the last lingering shreds of conscience still troubled them. But black night, under whose poll men do deeds that blanch their faces in the clear light of dawn, dropped down, and smothering the faint cries of conscience, the Ring Wingers hurried on.
Early the same morning a carefully picked amp of Right Winger: had received the following er. Dear Comradc. meeting of the members of the fltb Assembly District. Socialist Party. will be held Thursday.
MathhatBSOP. sttbeCasinoHsll, 85Ea. t4th Street his meeting is called by the Eat cutive Eommittee of local New York for the purpose of reorguiiziug a branch of the Socialist Party in the Bit: Assembly District. For the past months, it was impossible for the members of the branch to conduct meetings. and to transact the legitimate business of the Party because of a group of sell styled Left Wingers, who place allegiance to factionalism above that of the Party and who have organized a Party within the Party. meeting behind closed doors and deciding beforehand what is to be done at the meetings of the branch; send delegates to a Central Committee of a ac tion where these delegates receive instructions what they are to do and how they are to act at the meetings of the Central Committee, with every member bound to vote in the branch as the leaders dictate; snd every delegate in the Central Committee must act as the steering committee directs The Party organization must be free from any dictatorahi no matter in what form it manifests itself. This meeting on Thursdsy, May 81b, is to place an on ganization in the district free from dictators and from outaide influence. There is no intention of curbing tbe idesa of the comndes. Discussion of Party matters are always desirable, but there is no room or another organization within the oreaniution, and only such comrades who are not members of the left Wing Section or who have ceased to be afliated and left the let Wing will be sdmitted to memp. Bring your Party card with you, as no one will be ad»
mitted without a card. Only members of the 8th will be admitted. All comrades having the welfare of the Party at heart.
and who are not members of the eft Wing should atteng. and help build up a loyal party branch in the 8th Yours for a United and Solidiflci Organization.
Exuvrtva Comm res.
Local New York, Socialist Party.
Simultaneously the organizer of the Branch. Comrade Dauber, received the following ukase: Mr. Sam Dauloer.
Organizer. 81h Assembly District, local New York. Socialist Party. Dear Comradez This is to inform you that the Executive Bminittee decided. that in view of the fact that your branch is affiliated and an inteysl part of the so ealled Left Wing Section. an organization within the party organization, organised for the purpose to destroy the party organilation, and contrary to the decisions of Loal New York. your branch is therefore suspended from the organiyuain. and is no longer an integral part of Local New meeting of the members of the 8th will be aalled by the sub committee of the Executive Committee as soon as practicable for the purpose of reorganizing the For the Executive Committee of local New York. luuus Guam. Executive See y.
Several Left Wingers, being informed of the For the Freedom of Debs and all other Political Prisoners The CDIl GIZIICE o the Russian Revolutionary SociaL is: organisations of New York and vicinity, together arid the at Russian Branch calls you to a A S E T N To E 51. FRIDAY, MAY 16th 1919 A! BROWNSVILLE LABOR LYCEUM 219 227 Sackman Street, Brooklyn, Speakers In mush: wCKER BERT WOLFE HOURWICH, Russian, GELIBTER, Yidish COME AT8 SHARP Ahiaaiol Frau I WATON he Pinkaer Bloody Thursday in the 8th plot, went down to Casino Hall to investigate the matter. Once inside the building they were subjected to a close scrutiny by the retainers of the Executive Committee, led by Grossman, and those known to be Left Wingera were refused admittance to the meeting. Those who survived this first examination were ushered into the hall where they were immediately seized by the second line of do fense, led by Abe Beckerman, alias Abie the Agent, of the 6th and subjected one by one, to a protracted investigation as to their political, religious and artistic beliefs. Are you a member of the Left Wing? one comrade was asked. Do you believe in an organization within an or.
ganiaation. Do you submit to this reorganization?
When he refused to answer these quastions he was informed that he couldn be a member of the Party unless he answered. Herepliedthathehadbeen a member of the Socialist Party for four years, that no charges had ever been brought against him, and that he had no reason to believe that he was under compulsion to answer any questions discussion then took place between the members of the investi»
gating committee. some wanting to expel him from the meeting and others arguing that he be allowed to remain. Finally they decided to allow him to stay.
After some thirty or forty ple had gathered in the hall, Potter, a member the let took the choir and announcing that the meeting was open, called upon Beckerman to state its purpose.
Beckerman announced that the Executive Committee wanted the um and addresses of those who stood for the reorganization scheme. He further explained that these names would be invastigated and another meeting called for those who were found to be satisfactory or in other words, sufficiently devoid of intelligence to obey without queer tion all the commands of the Party bureaucracy.
He continued to the efiect that as he was not sure that all those present were Right Wingers, no busi ness could be transacted. At this point somebody called attention to the fact that the chairman had not been elected. Immediately Anita Block augmented Abic remarks by saying that those who gave their names in would be investigated, and if found to be would be invited to another meeting.
Comrade Schneider, who is not a member of the left Wing, made an objection to this procedure, and moved that the minding start reorganization rigit away and for that purpose that a chairman be immediately elected and the meeting proceed to business. Beckerman told the chairman that this motion was out of order and the semi comrade from the let ruled accordingly. Schneider apFor the Freedom of Debs and all other Political Pristine a The Conference oflhc Russian revolutionary Socialist organisations of New York and vicinity calls you to a MASS MEETING WEDNESDAY, MAY let, 19l9 At MANHATTAN LYCEUM 66 Fast 4th Street SPEAKERS John Reed Hourwieh Endanonn P. Gelibter COME AT P. ADMISSION FREE HALL TO RENTI 43 WEST 29th STREET, NEW YORK LIGHT, CLEAN, AIRY HALL SBTING OVER 100 PEOPLE CAN BE RENTED NR SEVERAL DAYS AND EVENING: DURING THE WEEK. t: MODERATECHARGESTO LABORUNIONS. :i z: Apply to JAMES DUNIAVEY, Caretaker. OT pealed from the decision of the chair but Bach! a man again instructed that no appeals were in ads and the chair so ruled. Schneider protested this decision and several comrades demanded that the retest be recorded, but Beckerman, with that cold ogic that so often has saved the Board of Aldumen from deviating from the paths of duty, pointed out that as there were no records nothing could be recorded.
It was then decided by the Executive Commit tee mercenaries that only questions were in ordu.
Asked whether any member of the Socialist Party, not a member of the left Wing, would be permitted to joint the new Branch no matlm what his or ha beliefs, Realm man answered in the afirmfliva.
Whereupon he was asked how his answer with Anita Block statement, but this he refused to answer on the ground that he did not want to anter into a personal discussion.
He then declared the meeting adjourned. It authoritatively stated that the net results of the meeting were about twelve names and addresses.
Waldman claims 71, but his knowledge of the facts doubtless equals his knowledge of Socialism.
While this seriocomic meeting was going on, the majority of the members of the Branch were atteoding the regular Branch meeting in the headuaners, which was still intact owing to the fact at a guard had been formed to protect the furniture from Assemblyman and Aldermen with a parcbaut for pilfering. Under a special order of busi2. Gerber letter to the organizer was taken up motion was made to disregard the action of the Executive Committee and prooeed to carry on the ordinary business of the Branch as heretofore.
and to make an immediate appeal to the State Com mittee to rescind the action of the Executive Cour mittee. After some discussion, during which the members who had been attending the reorganiaetion fiasco came in, the motion was carried unani mously. Two re rters from The Socialist, the organ of the Pink error, Berenbeag and Tuvim, were present during the meeting, and were observed taking copious notes which will doubtless appear in the next issue, if the publication is able to survive the ublication of Waldman speech.
us ended Bloody Thursday. The lot for the political butchery of the 8th fialtd out, and according to the latest advices the Executive Cone mittee was gathered in Gerbu ofioe ing bitterly over the twelve pitiful names repro sented what was to have been a new and obedient Branch. Our statistician computm that taking into account the osit paid on the furniture van, which was hel in readiness, the price of Casino Hall, and the hire of mercenaries, besides the tip todiecoponthebeaneachnamecostthewmrodeo of Local New York over 810, to say not. of the cost of the cellar where the plot was hatch ASSEMBLY DISTRICT Comrades: The Joint District CommitteeoftbeflthAssen shly DistriethssealledfwaSpecidMufinxofafllthLD.
branches on Thursshy, May 22nd, P.
at Branch Headquarters, 122 Second Ave.
Import ant matters will be disaaaad.
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