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Biennial Vote of Socialist Party, 1900-1912.

(From Appeal Almanac, 1916, p. 196.)

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The Vermont vote of 547, in 1908, was for the state ticket. No electoral ticket was in the field. The vote in New Mexico and Arizona, in 1910, has never been compiled by the state authorities.

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In nine out of ten Congressional districts.

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4 Vote for Chief Justice-No. Democratic candidate.

In this table the vote for both the head of the ticket and the highest vote are given. In sixteen cases the former is for United States Senator, in certain cases for Governor or other State officials; in other cases for Representatives in Congress.

Rank of States, by Per Cent. of Socialist Votes, 1912.
(From Appeal Almanac, 1915, p. 199.)

The figures in the first column give the percentage of the socialist vote to the total vote; in the last column the percentage of Socialist gain relative to the strength of the other parties in 1912 as compared with 1908.

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In 1910 the Socialist Party elected to Congress Victor L. Berger, of Wisconsin. Berger failed of re-election, owing to a fusion of the old parties, but in 1914 Meyer London, of New York, was elected.



The following are extracts from a booklet compiled by Carl D. Thompson, "Some Anti-Socialist Voices of the Press on Victor L. Berger":

During the first two sessions of the Sixty-second congress Mr. Berger introduced 24 measures.

Eleven bills expressed the party platform, five expressed the interests of the toilers, four dealt with problems peculiar to the District of Columbia, one demanded the recall of the troops from the Mexican border, one called for the impeachment of a corrupt federal judge, one requested an investigation of the federal mints, and one represented a local need of Berger's constituents.

Bills introduced by Berger.

(Special session, April 4 to August 22, 1911.).

April 5-Joint resolution demanding withdrawal of troops from the Mexican border.

April 19-Joint resolution for a constitutional amendment giving Congress the right to call a constitutional convention.

April 25-Concurrent resolution demanding an investigation of the kidnapping of John J. McNamara.

April 27-Joint resolution for a constitutional amendment abolishing the senate and the veto powers of the president, and the invalidating powers of the courts.

May 17-Bill for the erection of a post-office in Waukesha, Wis., "with such structural conveniences as will contribute to the safety and comfort of the men and women to be employed there."

May 22 Bill to regulate woman and child labor, in the District of Columbia.

May 30-Bill to revise the interstate extradition law.

June 8-Bill to transfer the speaker's automobile to the District of Columbia committee.

July 28-Bill to prohibit employment of children by the federal government.

July 31-Bill to provide old age pensions.

July 31-Joint resolution for appointment of a commission to report on old age pensions.

(Regular session, Dec. 4, 1911, to August 1912.)

Dec. 4- Bill to repeal the anti-trust act and to provide for the social ownership and operation of certain industries.

Dec. 20-Joint resolution for the termination of the treaty of 18871893 between the United States and Russia.

Jan. 9, 1912 Bill to create a public store in Washington for civil service employees.

Jan. 16-Joint resolution for a constitutional amendment extending the suffrage to women.

Jan. 16 House resolution directing the commissioner of labor to prepare a report on old age pensions.

Jan. 31-Bill for government ownership and operation of railroads, telegraphs, telephones and express properties.

Feb. 1-House resolution to investigate the strike on the Harriman railroad lines.

Feb. 5-Bill for local self-government in the District of Columbia. Feb. 7-House resolution to investigate the Lawrence strike.

Feb. 23-House resolution to investigate the treasury department's attitude toward the government mints.

April 24-Bill for government ownership of wireless.

June 7-Resolution impeaching Judge Cornelius H. Hanford.

July 10-Bill to provide for the employment of all willing workers and for other purposes. One of the most important bills ever introduced.

Berger's work before committees.

The Socialist Congressman never lost an opportunity to advance the cause of labor before the committees of congress. Following are the dates and occasions of these committee appearances:

May 11-In favor of the Lloyd bill to give government employees the right to organize and to petition congress.

May 29-In favor of investigating the kidnapping of the McNamara brothers, and conducting the examination of witnesses, securing a report condemning the act.

Jan. 17, 1912-Again favoring the passage of the Lloyd bill.

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