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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, June 09, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 12

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"LAND, FOR THE PEOPL
BY HERBERT QULCK
"It is my judgment that if, in our
course toward Mexico during the last
year, we had not exerted such direct
influence as wehave to aid one of
the contending parties we should not
now be so near general intervention
and war." William H. Taft, New
York, May 17.
Former President Taft thinks that
Wilson has aided the Carranzistas,
but it would be hard for him to prove
this. After they had begun to sweep
the Huertaists southward, he re
moved the embargo ori arms and
placed the two factions on equal
terms, but since then he has placed
a practical embargo on arms going
to Huerta and restored the embargo
on such supplies going to the Car
ranza armies.
To the judicial mind, it looks as if
Wilson had played no favorites. Even
with Tampico open to the importa
tion of arms, the constitutionalists
will be no better off than is Huerta,
with ports open on both the gulf and
the Pacific.
But for me I should be glad to
believe that the constitutionalists had
won with the good wishes of our gov-
LA
CUPTOM 9 &
U" PEONS' BATTLE CRY
eminent. I was rather proud when I
read that the constitutionalists
marched into a conquered town
shouting "Viva Carranza! Viva Wil
son!" For 100 years have the .working
people of Mexico been struggling to
throw off the chains of feudalistic
control of land. Their leaders have
been cursed by tories always and ev
erywhere and called bandits, robbers,
brigands and barbarians, but en
rolled on the scrool of fame are such
names as Hidalgo, Morelos, Guer
rero, Alvarez, Farias, Juarez, Tejada
fit companions for those in every
age and land who have given their
lives for the people.
These men forlOO years have been
fighting for the rights of the peons
the real people of Mexico. The cry
always has been: "LAND FOR THE
PEOPLE!" The tory mind in every
land has been against them, just as it
is -against Carranza, Villa, Obregon,
Zapata and their fellow revolution
ists. In the Congress of the United
States the tory minds sneer at Wil
son because he refused to strike at
Carranza when he struck at Huerta.
The Lippitts, Mondells, Penroses,
Manns, and their like, raged when
the army was moved, although they
had been raging because'it was not
moved. They raged because it was
tnoved against the oppressors of the
people of Mexico instead of those
who seem most likely to be their de
livererers. The mind of William Howard Taft
is a tory mind. He ranges himself
with this classas is natural and
proper.
Those who really desire to know
the Mexican revolution, its genesis
and its background, why we once
fought Mexico, and to which faction
a real democrat today should give his
good wishes and sympathy should
read "The Mexican People," by a
Mexican" patriot, De Lara.
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