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For the fiev. Dr. Parkhurst- says:
"We believe that if the -I. W. W-'s
would cpme into our churches 'we
could benefit them in their inner life.
But we do not, as-organized churches,
exist for the purpose- of benefitting
them in their outward economic con
dition." Perhaps, after reading this, you
will say that the I. W. W.'s or any
other "radical" gathering of men
made their mistake in entering a
church for the purpose of gaining
shelter from the storm that raged
outside and not for the purpose of
obtaining "spiritual" food.
But if we grant that, who is there
who will give them the material ne
cessities? Will our capitalists throw
open their empty buildings? Oh, my
no. Will our city council throw open
the city hall? Oh, my, no.
Will we give these radicals a
chance to work and earn a decent liv
ing wage that will turn them back
from radicalism, which means hatred
of all forms of government? Oh, my
no. We will utilize them whenever
we need cheap labor, and we will pay
them with a night's lodging in a mu
nicipal lodging house and a meal of
stew and black coffee.
And if they rebel against our "char
ity" we will join in the pious denun
ciation of the Rev. Dr. Parkhurst,
who says: "And if during all these
times of industrial depression we do
all that we can in the way of tempo
rary relief (spiritual food and mu
nicipal shelter), and then are met
with execration andjthreats and mu
tinous parades, the thing that re
mains to be done is punishment,
quick and hard and unintermittent,
and by none more than by the Chris
tian element of the city will the po
lice be sustained in their prosecution
of that policy."
That sentence alone of the Rev. Dr.
Parkhurst's is as strong a cry of,
"Hang the witch" as ever arose fronl
the fear-stricken throats of our fore
bears.. "Radicalism" is "witchcraft." It
destroys our snug satisfaction with
ourselves; it tears aside our pretense
that life is a nice, delightful sailing f "
over smooth waters, and shows us ,
that it is a turbulent stream full of, ,
wreckage; it. refuses to permit us to
fold our hands over well-filled stom-jj
achs and say "all is well with the,
world," and it thrusts gaunt, starved
faces in at our window panes; it,
brings a chill of the cold of" the shelt
erless man right to our fireside where
we are dozing in comfortable
warmth; it tears down with thin
bloodless fingers our bulwark of na
tional prosperity and shows us that
the prosperity is but a thin outer
crust and beneath it is layer upon,"
layer of the direst poverty.
And we refuse to have these things' t
thrust upon us, for that is "witch-
craft" and so we delicately clap our
gloved hands together when the law
takes from us the necessity of per
sonal lynchings and throws these
"radicals" in jail. And we utter a low
"Amen" to the remarks of the Rev.
Dr. Parkhurst that "they tramped up
on our institutions."
A BOASTFUL BEAU
"You dance divinely, Mr. Stepper.
Were you ever in Argentine?"
"Was I? Sure."- - .
"What were you. doing there?" ,,
"Teaching them the tango."