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doesn't come to folks' naturally, but
has to be acquired.
But what the dickens would be
come of us if Huerta made a mistak'e
and fired off twenty-three guns in
stead of twenty-one?
And what if the gun busted?
Anyhow and nevertheless, Hurrah
for Our Side, Doggone it!
When you are ready, Huerta, you
It would have been still simpler if
some U. S. naval officer had put that
Mex official, who pinched the ma
rines, over his knee and spanked him
where it would do be the most good.
But if the ethics of war and diplom
acy demand some fireworks along
with the salute, why not touch off a
bunch of firecrackers or hand Huerta
a loaded cigar?
I guess international diplomacy
DO WE, AS A PEOPLE, STILL BELIEVE IN AND
If you should ask anyone if we, as
a people, still believe in and punish
witchcraft if you should ask, for in
stance, the Rev. Dr. C. H. Parkhurst,
who has just written an article for
the Hearst papers in which he de
clares that the Christ would not have
approved of the I. W. W.'s entering
the New York church and thereby
"breaking the law,"' he would smile
and talk to you about our advanced
And perhaps the Rev. Dr. Park
hurst might believe what he was say
ing, simply because he has not
thought deeply enough to realize that
it isn't true, but that would not alter
the factjthat "witchcraft" is still be
lieved in and still punished.
For "witchcraft' when you separ
ate it from the -mass of lies about
which it was hedged by our ignorant,
superstitious forebears who in fear
frenzies were guilty of atrocious
crimes in their effort to stamp it out,
was nothing but the ability of the few
to see farther than the mass and the
fearlessness of the few to tell what
And witchcraft of that sort exists
today an3 it is punished today just
as barbariously as it was in the time
we would fain forget. .
Today we do not call these people
who see farther than the mass
"witches," we call them "radicals."
And we" do not pillory them or hang
them, bat .our representatives of the
law beat them over the heads with
clubs and our judges give them terms
And for what? -For the same sort
of witchcraft, for telling the truth.
We have no objection to men suf
fering; we do not mind their going
hungry; we are willing that their
families should starve, and we are
sufficiently charitable to throw them
a crust when their misery intrudes
itself upon us. ' ts
But they must be silent about it.'
We do not want them to cry aloud
that there is such misery. For that
is "radicalism." And if we permit
them to cry aloud they grow more
brazen and they suggest that the con
dition should be remedied.
And if we do not flut them out of
the way for this form of "witchcraft"
they grow more brazen and they en
deavor to alleviate their misery by
taking something that belongs to us.
And that is "witchcraft" of the
most deadly order.
The Rev, Dr. Parkhurst has no ob
churches, not even to their entering
churches, noe even to their entering
his church. But they must come in
with ther hats off, they must bend
their knees as the well-fed congre
gation bends; they must satisfy their
hunger with spiritual food, and if
they mumble: "Give us this day our
daily bread," they must do it with a
knowledge that the prayer means
"spiritual" bread and not that bread
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