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UNDER THE RED FLAG OF REVOLT IN MEXICO
An Editorial by Mary Boyle O'Reilly, Written in Mexico
and Telling the First Full Truth of the Situation.
Giant corporations, greedy and unscrupulous, are attempting
to force American intervention in Mexico by a campaign that not
only includes slander and treachery, but also the most desperate
methods to keep the true situation the true feelings of these aroused
humans from the American people.
Intervention in Mexico means war! An army of occupation
means annexation! ,
In the devastated districts of Mexico, where labor is at a stand
still, in the great camps of refugees where non-combatants share
the fate of armed men, every word from Washington sows dragon
teeth of distrust
They hate us. Why? Because everything American our
people, our representatives, our institutions are to them the force
behind the heel of tyranny which has stolen their birthright, which
has stolen their lands and their land's treasures, which has made
their public men thieves and which now seeks to keep them in the .
condition they are in today a nation of poverty-stricken peons little
better than slaves.
This Mexican revolution is a logical result of national condi
tions the peons' demand for the political recognition which En
glishmen won by Magna Charta !
Mexico is an agricultural country three thousand miles long.
Its weightiest problems are agrarian. Francisco Madero, the dead
president, when revolting against the thirty years' czardom of Diaz,
promised a fair distribution of lands which had been looted from
public ownership. On that issue he achieved easy success and was
later elected to the presidency of the republic.
"If you keep this oath," runs the inaugural pledge, "the nation
will reward you ; if you do not the country will call you to an ac
counting." But the Madero family, worth $150,000,000, intrigued to nullify
their kinsman's promise to the nation, schemed to acquire new mil
lions through questionable war claims and corrupt commercial
concessions. As a result the greater part of Madero's victorious
soldiers turned to the standard of the rebel chief Orozco took up
arms in a great peasants' war.
Denied the ballot, they determined to vote with bullets.
In a country where every movement is personified in its leader,
the rebels of the north were not "Orozcoistos," but "Red Flagges,,
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