. The New York Columnist The Pink Terror AVING tipped the policeman who safeguarded the looting of the 17th headquarters, and dusted 05 the moving van with which the crime was accomplished, the Right Winger: met once more in the crypt of the Rand School. No longer were they obstructed by Democracy the Central Committee had been indefinitely adjourned Nothing remained which could hamper the free use of brass knuckles upon the persons of the rank and file. Committee was appointed to suggest ways and means for Preserving the Unity of Local New York.
It was finally decided that the only way to praorve the Party intact was to expel most of the members.
The Comrade chairman of the Committee on Porch Climbing reported that he considered it no longer nectssory for his Committee to operate, since the Minutes of the Left Wing meetings were now openly published in the New York Communist.
Committee on reading The Communist was then appointed.
Casting about for the next Branch to destroy, the 18th 20th was selected. This Branch lies next to the 17th whose demise we recorded last week. it has always been a particularly harmonious Branch. all meetings being conducted in the best of good feeling. However. the bacillus of the Left Wing had been infecting more and more of the Comrades. until there was a clearly a Left Wing majority in the Branch.
At the regular business meeting of the Branch on April llth it was decided to hold new elections for delegatas to the Central Committee. to take place at the next business meeting. on Friday.
April 25th The next meeting was perfectly orderly. Both sides had mobilized all their supporters, and the hall was crowded. The Eight Wingera, headed by Jacob Hillquit who. although he lives in the Bronx, is treasurer of the Branch, which is in Harlan declined nominations for the Central Committee.
The Branch is entitled to six delegates. Eight candidates were nominated; and the six left Wingers were elected. Dr. Aronson, the highest, polled 68 votes, and the two lowest, 47 votes apiece. Com»
rode Markel. a Centrist, who said in the debate that the Left Wing should be given a chance to show what it can do. was neverthelus defeated.
The unanimous action of the Right Wingers showed that there was some sort of scheme on foot.
so after the meeting the Propaganda Committee pro: ceded to copy the records of the Branch, for fear that Alderman Colman and his moving van might swoop down and carry them nfi.
Alas! Their forebodings were only too well founded. The next morning somebody broke open the door, jimmied the Financial Secretary desk.
and took away the records, which were afterward returned to the Branch by a small boy. That evening when the Yipsels came to headquarters for their regular meeting. they discovered the door fastened with a triple bar Siegel lock coating nine dollars the nine dollars evidently being receipts from the sale of duos stamps; and window fastenera on every window. These had been placed there by the Executive Committee.
The Yipsels broke into the hall mid began their meeting. Immediately a delegatioil of Right Wingas appeared, headed by Ex Amemblyman Karlin.
and composed of Shilb. Extract, Shpritler and a friend who was not a Party memba. Shilb offered to fight one of the Yipaela, while Karlin threatened to have the Yipsels arrested for breaking and entering. After the YipIels meeting was over.
the Right Wingers again locked the hall. this time usinganordinsrylock. haitcnofaxpmditures 11. The Pillage of the l8 20th for padlocka must now be fairly large, on the books of Local New York. On Sunday, April 27th. the left Wing members of the Branch held a meeting in headquarters, and One Reason for an Organization Within an Organization The following letter was sent by Julius Gaber.
Executive Secretary oi Local New Yuk. to a few carefully picked Right Wingsrs. The italics are ours. Some of the results oi the Conference are now evident.
New York. April 19, 1919.
Dear Comrade: am calling a conference of arty memv bers to meet at the allies of Local New York on Monday evening, April let. We will meet at P. People House, East 15th Street.
The situation in the party is rather critical at this time. and it is almost too late now to stem tlu ide.
We ought to be clear among ourselves what we will, or can do. The so called left Wing is determined to either capture or split the arty. What the capture of the party by the ft Wing moans ought to be evident to any one who has watched their performance.
On the other hand. is it worth while for the sincere Socialist to keep the fight up? While we are fighting among ourselves there is no work for the party. Our energize. our time.
and the money is wasted in the fight among ourselves. split in the party will at this time do irreparable injury to our party and to the Cause, while the control the Party by then irresponsible people will make the Party an outlaw organization, and break up the organuals on.
Tuesday evening, the Central Committee meets. At this meeting the die will be cast as or as Local New York is concerned. We ought to decide be are hand. We ght to know what we are to do.
The reason the Left Wing has grown and is making converts is because they have an organization that does nothing else. They have their organs that give their side. They act as a group while we have neither organisation. nor press (The Call should not be used for factional purposes) and our comrades act as individuals. Result is chaos on our side, organization, discipline and Iuccw on their side. As the official of Local New York, have tried to do the party work regardless of faction. have tried as muph as possible to keep factionalism out of the party. But the time has come when have a duty to the party. and my duty compels me to call this conference to lay the situation before the party members. have for myself decided as to my course and my action. but feel have no right to do anything without the knowledge and consent of my comrades. My comrades, who with me have helped to build, maintain and hold to gether our party. and for this reason am calling this conference, and hope you will come. Come about P. as the Executive Committee meets that evening and we will meet soon thereafter. know this may inconvenience you. know you are out ni hts and perhaps will have to be out again Tuesday at the Central Committee but believe me this matter is of importance enough so that you can miss Ill hour sleep and put up with a little inconventenea.
Sincerely, Juuus Gnarls decided to allow the Executive Committee to remove the furniture or take any other illegal action they pleased. but not to submit to the reorganisation or diasohm an of the Branch without a voto oi the majority of the members. The names and addresau of those against the action of the Executin Committee were taken down.
In the middle of this. Extract, Shilb and Shpritln entered. Shpritser, said. Fake my name. want to join the left Wing. He was referred to 43 Was 29th Street. where we eagerly await him.
Shilb then remarked that at Monday evening meeting of the Executive Committee. the business of reorganizing the mom would be taken up; and that on Tuesday evening. April 291k, a meeting to reorganize the Branch would be held a! Harlem Terrace Hall, on 1040i Street. between 2nd and 3rd Avenues.
Afterward, however. Shilh denied that he had said this. but announced that he was going to profer charges against the Propaganda Committee for breaking open the Financial Secretary. dak.
By the time this paper is of! the press, we expect to hear that the 18th 20th has been thoroughly reorganized, and that the great majority of the rank and file has joined the Party Bread Line.
What further atrocities have the SembComr da in store for us? By what machinations do they intend further to laoerate the poor, bleeding Left Wing? Time, and the next issue of The Cornmunist, alone will tell.
Socialist Politicians Please Answer THE columns of this paper are open to Right Wingers to reply to this editorial in the New York Times which is, so far as our knowledge goes, the only intelligent editorial which ever appeared in the New York Times: The Socialist Conu al Paris on Tue day voted. by a majority of 894. that it was willing to join the Second Internationale provided that those who were Socialists only in name were excluded. But the Congress drew a line against the Third tntgnstionale. that is Inn s, and a motion to adhere to it commanded only 270 wt; The denunciation of the Bolsheviki is good reading. and far be it from us to say anything in their deienae. The dinnership oi the proletariat is hatatul. But why should the Socialists denounce it when practiced by the Third Inter»
nationale. forgetting that it was the fundamental and crisis aal pmounoemnt oi the First Internationale? 1n tlw words of the Communist Manifesto. never repudiated by lily Socialist nuthortty. The first step in the revolution hy the working class is to raiac the prolaariat to the ition of the ruling class wrest all capital mm the hour iaie hymesnaofdmpotieinroadaonthe taof ro.
11. m. of is. mum at swam by is. ram and Second lateraatioaales alike was adhesion to the pa»
gram of conquest of the public powers by the proletariat organised as a dam parry. Admittedly. there are some peccadilloaa chargeable to the Bolaheviki, but who can say that Ihey have not conformed to the first quiaite oi orthodox oocialiam?
Who retbeFiratcSooondlnteraationalinsthatthey should point the how of learn at their brethren Billy of escoaa of Ill? Exes a profits, tax discrimination against the too rich. restriction of railways and banks disuse an not the ioochnonss of socialism. whether they be good u but In short, sociali a is not social reform. and there is equal need of diasvowal of all the Internationals. as well urthhhthbo ewhomnicklmiovpropriay. hs denouncen of the Third Internationale as a caricature oi socialism are thwelvea guilty of the same fault. unless they distvnw the dictatorship of the pmlaariahlhe con(tired of the State. and the confiscation of capital. These lenetsareunvoidedhoeauaethoaewhovnctioethlnan guiltyofother errurs. inthewadoof1m, htho intaviowcahlodlothefimesfinwhichhemad heaiontothcplatlumdthalnmnatioasleasmad above. Therelstoomaehsafliurndarfalaeeblors.
Either a Socialist believes in the class struggle.
the expropriation oi the erpmpriators. and lines up with the Bolshevik and Communinvmvuient of Europe; or he joins the Second Int nation (now defunct) and definitely allies himself with John 5W9. Scheidanam, William English WallinglkuorpnandSa ualcomp a