p TbeNevYorkConmtmntw The Pink Terror AST week we told about the unleashing of the Pink Terror against the Left Wing hy the State Committee at Albany. This week we have to record the actual massacre in full swing.
One dark and gloomy night the Cossacks, BashiBazooks and Opritchniki of the Right Wing swoops!
down on the 17th Branch, slaughtered the rank and file, and carried ad the Branch into captivity.
The l7th Branch is or was the largut Branch of local New York. It contains or eontained about four hundred members in good mending. lt elected Claessena to the Assembly twice, and Calman to the Board of Aldermen once.
About two months ago the poisonous propa ganda of the Left Wing began to work among thac innocent and unsuspecting Comrades The dastardly and criminal idea occurred to them that there was something the matter with the Socialist Party and especially with the Bight Wingers who control the machine of Local New York.
Finally this feeling crystallized in an attempt to recall the delegates of the 17th Branch to the Central Committee. On this the Right Wingers persuaded the Branch to postpone action until a special meeting. They then combed the town for Right Wing members, rounded them up, and herded them to the meeting. Many of these Comrades had not attended a Branch meeting within the memory of man, and there were some present who had forgotten where the hall was. The Right Wing rejected the recall of delegates by a majority a) flairteen votes.
At the following meeting of the Branch, April mm, 1919, another resolution was introduced by the left Wingers to recall all Branch oficials, to have extended discttssion on the question of Left and Right Wing principlm, and then to elect new olhccrs, the old ones to function until the new elections. This resolution was carried 27 to Now began an exhibition of Right Wingistn tutmmpled in the history of Local New York.
The Right Wing delegates turned up at the Ca:tral Committee, and whenever they could assist the political bosses on any question, they voted as regular delegate: ram the 171h At the same time, acting us no longer oflicials of the 17th a group of these same individuals appeared before the Executive Committee of Local New York, and asked that the Branch be reorgainized. Comrade Codkind, a member of the Executive Committee, at tempted to protest. He was beaten up and expelled from the meeting; after which, with cheers and hand shaking, the Executive Committee ordered that the 17th Branch be reorganized.
On April 17th the member. came to their regular Branch meeting and discovered that a bright new padlock had been placed on the door of the halL They broke the door open. however, and held the meeting, which declared that the Branch did not magnize the right of the Executive Committee ENTERTAINMENT AND PACKAGE PARTY Given at the 5th HEADQUARTERS 1034 Southern Blvd, Bronx SATURDAY. APRIL 23th. at P.
Admission 15c. maPutelPortnitof uDebe WillBeRafladOfi. TheRapeolthe In. either to dissolve or to reorganize the Branch without the comma! of the majority of its members.
The Right Wingers hit their mustachu in rage and chagrin. Foiled again. In a secret chamber of the Rand School, titted out with grindatona for sharpening mickeraneee, the conspiragathered one by one. The punvord was Scheideo menu. The next morning, April 18th. the members of the 17th Branch received a letter, which read as follows: Socialist Party, New York County April 18. 1919.
Dear Comrade: The Executive Committee of local New York It its last meeting decided to re oruniu the Hit: Auembl) District Branch.
The committee was forced to take tht step on account of the actions of a gmup at member: in that branch who at every mming created a light, and by their coniauoua squabbling have reduced the branch. one of the largest.
to insignificant Many of the member! disgusted with the actions and actinueu of lheac aquabblers stayed away from the meetings, and lb: organization tell in the hands of a few. At the last meeting on April lt tth, they recalled all the nicer: of the branch. leaving the branch without any functionariu to look after the aflaira of the branch. letler aimed by a large number of memberl of the branch was received, wherein three month. complain. wu. tire actions and treatment accorded to the members by a small group.
The Executive Committee was forced by the comic little comrades have taken to reorganize the branch, and has appointed a commute: to do so. A: a member of Ihe l7 ll you are requested to some to a meeting to be held Friday, April 18th at P. at the lulietle Hall, 103 Em 117th Street. Bring your party care. The committee will be at ihiu meeting to re organiu the branch and put it on a solid and working basis. e hope that every good Socialist and comrade who has the interest of the party at heart will be at this meeting and assist the committee to get a good working branch in the 17th Aucmbly District.
Yours fur the Cause. Lima tines Eunuu. BLcusrsm, Atninnza Comma, Cassius Gloss an, Huts an VoLx.
The letter signed by a large number of members, referred to, was in fact signed by the thirtytwa Right ingers in the Branch all the Right ingen who were members. Now the Branch contains 400 members in good standing, and the quorum is any sir.
The Juliette Hall, where the reorganization was eflected, is outside the 17th On the appointed night about one hundred and fifty members of the Branch gathered, and were marched up one by one before he self appointed committee, to register. First they were asked to turn in their red cards. The: questions were put to them, such as the following. Do you believe in an organization within an organization. Are you a member of the Left Wing?
Of the one hundred and fifty present only thirty arm eomidered pure enough to register in the neat Branch, together some Right Winger: who were not present, but who were registered by their friends on the committee. After the meeting the Left Wingers in a body not one having registered adjourned to their own headquarters, took a pledge not to recognize the right of any minority to impose their will on the majority, and declared themselves to be the only legal 17th Branch.
The next morning all who registered received the lollowing lens: Socialist Party, New York (busty April 18, 1919.
Dear Comrade: There will be a meeting of the member! of the 17th who accept the party platform as a basis at the managtion, and who are not members of any urgeni tion within the party organization, and are opposed to any ant ornaintion, for the purpose of reorganizing the bunch. and to put a working Parry branch in the district tree from so tionaliam and eliquee.
This meeting will be held on Sunday, April It 230 it the Jullettat 103 117th Street.
AllmmndeewhoarewiththeSocialiatP rtyandhave the bum at th party u been should and Atthiameetinge emenddele atuw llbeelMM a permanent organization in the district established. If you have the welfare of the Pan; at heart, come to this aieeting. Yours for a united and solidified Socialist Party.
RIOIEAIIIZATIOII Cousin re: or rat: Eucuvlvs Conan rm. Local. Nrw You.
Amos. by 0. On Sunday evening, the mth, the fortunate few.
clutching their admission later firmly in thu hands, went to the Julian. Some of the Left Winger: wait also. There an astonishing sight met their eyes. At the door were two policemen.
and in the back ground, with several profeuional thugs, hovered the Committee, pointing out the Left Wingas to the cops, and ordering them excluded.
Cried Blumstein, to the police, lhey re a bunch of anarchists! They don believe in the Constitution! They ought to be deported!
Even some of the faithful, who held letters of admission in their hands, were mistaken by the cops and gunmen, and told to Beat it! or they get clubbed.
On April 21st, ninety nix members of the 17th addresed a signed letter to the Central Commitee of Local New York, which read as follows: We, the undersignedmanbers of the 17th Socialist Party, do hereby protest against the attempt of the Executive Committee of Local New York to dissolve our Branch against the will of the majority of the members.
The sequel of the afl air is to be found in the story of what happened at the meeting of the Camel Committee on Tuesday evening, which was adjourned, with the assistance of a police captain.
All this indicates the desperation of the Right Wingers, knee deep in the rising tide of the rank and file, which will eventually clean our Party of thugs and strong arm politicians, and midi within the ranks of the movanent, the dictator hip of the proldariat.
Now comes the horrid finale, what the mailed. fiat of the Right Wing lppeers in all its ruthle nme.
0n Wednaday, April Zird, without authorisetion by the Executive Committee or any body clue.
Alderman Calman and Assemblyman Clea sate, in a moving van, swooped down on the 17th headquarters and began to move the furniture.
Comrade Max Cohen, who bappmed to be pusing, protested. Whereupon Colman stepped to the telephone and called up polio: headquanm a. m Alderman Calm, he said, Send a policeman up here to preserve ordu!
lnalewminutasacopcameup. andlmderhia supervision the inofl enaive desks and chain of the 17th were loaded on the van and moved.
Where? Alderman Calm aaid, to a storage warehouse. But observers report that the van wuaeenheadinginthedireetionofdieaeoondhand furniture quarter in the Alduman Ward.
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