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SOCIALISM VS. PROGRESS
(Charles Edward Russell in the New York Times)
What do you think the war may do for the permanent advancement
of socialism In the United States?
That, kind sir, depends upon what you mean by socialism. If you
mean just the garden variety of anarchism that lately, under the as-
sumed name of socialism, has been ramming around some parts of this
country making a noise like a copperhead, the war will do nothing what-
ever to advance that. There isn't any advances In it. You can't ad-
vance a madman's dream nor a movement whose conception of progress
Is to run diligently about a circle.
But what, then, shall we mean by socialism? What do I mean by it?
I mean democracyadvanced democracy. I mean additions to the
degree of democracy we have arrived at now. I mean marching forwarc
Instead of sitting down forever in the road that other generations have
broken for us. I mean democracy in politics and government, and dem-
ocracy in Industry.
So then, coming back to your original question, if this is the kind
of socialism you mean, the real thing and no anarchism, the war will do
everything for its permanent advancement. The war will make it the
definite policy of civilization, and has already gone far to achieve that
And this kind is the only kind that will ever make a hit in the United
States, and even this will probably never go far with the tag on it. The
word "socialism" has been so thoroughly discredited by the recent achieve
ments in disloyalty of some of its professed advocates that for many years
it will be enough to hodoo anything it may be glued to. But the idea, and
not the label, the better condition, the substance of the thing we hope
for, that can never be defeated nor delayed. Democracynothing can
stop it now it is already upon us. The whole wide world is undergoing
tremendous changes, the most momentous we have ever heard or dreamed
of, and all of them make for democracypolitical and industrial.
Editor's noteMr Russell was the Socialist candidate for governor
of New York in 1912. WHAT HAPPENED COUNTY DIVISION
There seems to be considerable doubt as to the fate of the county
division bill in the last hours of the recent legislative session, some be-
lieving it was killed.
The bill providing for the division of Beltrami county finally became
a law in the closing hours of the Minnesota legislature, but in order to
meet the demands of Governor Burnquist, the valuation was raised from
$2,000,000 to $3,000,000 The governor would not sign it with any
smaller figure, and Senator Nord and others who were working for it
decided it was better to have it passed at three millions than to have it
The present valuation of the territory proposed in the new county
is $2,200,000. and it is quite possible that the $3,000,000 mark will be
reached by November, 1018, the original date proposition to take a vote
BISMARCK'S OPINION OF KAISER
St Louis Post-Dispatch- BismarcTi said of the kaiser in 1891: "I
pity the young man he is like the foxhound that barks at everything,
that smells at everything, that touches everything and that ends by caus-
ing complete disorder in the room in which he is, no matter how large,
it may be
Seems as if the Iron Chancellor knew what he was talking about
The Spooner News throws a fit over the county division bill, claim-
ing that Bemidji used its influence against it with the idea of voting the
entire county dry. Where that idea was obtained is a mystery. In fact
the southern end of the county isn't averse to dividing the county but
when it comes to a show down the south end is going to know what's what.
That once-a-month "market day," originated and to be conducted
by E Willits, is a good idea It should attract a large number of farm-
ers to Bemidji and if they come it will be of much benefit to the merchants
and in fact everybody in general.
When you discover vou are in need of some household necessitj.
while cleaning house this spring, patronize the merchants of your home
city and not a mail order concern. You'll save money and fie better
If your boy balks at using a hoe, escort him to the woodshed and
do unto him as you were done by in your own youthful days. It may
pain him, but it will train himand he'll hustle.
From the looks of things in this section there is a largely increased
acreage being prepared this spring. A drive in any direction from Be-
midji substantiates this
A lady living in north Bemidji confidentially told a neighbor she
wasn't going to plant any potatoes in her garden because potatoes had
In these days of scarcity of foodstuffs there is no room for the pro-
fessional beggar or the hobo Give him a hoeor the boot.
Join the new I W. W Best organization in the country. Any one
can jointhe I Will Workers
We noticed in a St. Paul paper where a headline said "Calves Are
Higher." Mebbe so.
Bridge seems to be getting quite popular again in Bemidji.
E. H. DENU
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SEE "THE LIBERTINE"
You should see "The Libertine"
at the Rex Sunday and Monday be
cause it gives a truthful but un
usual picture of things that occur
near us but out of sight and that
are exposed in a startling manner
in "The Libertine," in which the
wholesome and affectionate life of
the home is contrasted fairly with
the glittering, but often debasing
life of the furious spenders. All
the advantage is shown to be with
Because of its unusual photo
graphic effects, such as the "dis
solving views" of persons whom the
heroine seems to see in a flash of
inspiration Another effect shows a
web that grows before the eyes and
tangles the girl. The interiors of
Fifth avenue shops, Broadway cab
arets and interiors of an ornate and
luxurious home were taken from the
real things themselves.
"May Blossom," starring Pearl
White, in five wonderful reels of
Pathe color, is the attraction at the
Elko theater Sunday, matinee and
There is no combination of more
interest to film fans than Pearl
White and the nature color process
perfected by Pathe.
Pearl White is immensely popular
in every civilized country of the
globe. The millions who have fol
lowed her adventures in "The Ex
ploit of Elaine," "The Perils of
Pauline," "The Iron Claw," "Pearl
of the Army," etc., surely flock to
see her in "May Blossom," the sec
ond Gold Rooster play.
Many of the scenes were filmed at
Carrollton, the home of the famous
Virginia Carrolls and colored by the
hands of expert artists wounded
while fighting for France.
If anyone thinks that Dustin Far
num does not have the "makings"
of a genuine policeman among the
other "makeups" in his repertoire,'
he will be both amused and con
vinced at "Dusty's" remarkable por
trayal of the Irish "policeman" in
"A Son of Erin," the Pallas-Para
mount photoplay at the Grand thea
You should see the desperate com
bat a young American has with a
horde of Algerians in "The Road to
Love," the Morosco-Paramount
photoplay, featuring Lenore Ulrich,
which is the attraction at the Grand
theater tomorrow and be thorough
The strong, vigorous action of this
Morosco picture carries a fascinat
ing love story through many thrill
ing scenes of adventure and rom
BIG PUBLIC AUCTION SALE
PROMISES SOME SURPRISES
"I'm going to sell anything from
a bull pup to a stack of hay," said
Mr Willits, when asked what was
doing and how things were coming
with regard to the big public auc
tion to be held at the foot of Third
St, Saturday, May 19. Reports indi
cate that most everything will be
offered for sale at this time
When asked to name some of the
things he had listed, he said, "Sh-h,
not a word. It's a secret. I wouldn't
disclose a single thing, because some
surprises may be sprung, but there
may be automobiles, horses, wagons,
potatoes, wood, etc Better come
and see That the best way
Already word has been sent out
to farmers and the coming week the
sale will be widel vadvertised, so
that a big crowd will be on hand
City folks, too, will do well to at
tend this sale, as it will give all an
opportunity to buy what they desire
at their own price
DOCTORS TAKE EXAMINATION
FOR MEDICAL RESERVE CORPS
Drs Marcum and Sanborn left to
day for Brainerd to take the exam
ination for the medical reserve corps.
Dr Garlock will go to Minneapolis
tomorrow to take the examination
THE BEMIDJI DAILY PIONEER
A new shipment of merchandise
put new life into this sale.
"THE LIBERTINE" A
FOR EVERY FAMILY
Com Tonight Com Any Time
By REV. THOMAS B. GREGORY
"The Libertine," the great photoplay now on at the Park theatre,
is not an ordinary moving picture. On the other hand, it is a most
extraordinary one, not alone in its scenic excellence, bnt in the object
it has before it, which is none other than the teaching of what is, perhaps,
the most important lesson, or combination of lessons, that the young
women of the Great City need to learn.
"The Libertine" is doingand doing grandlythe work each mother
should do for her own daughter, and each father for his own son.
It is teaching the girls that the world is full of scoundrels, of the
male persuasion, who make it a business, by the help of. honeyed words
and all sorts of hypocritical pretentions, to decoy inexperienced young
girls from home and mother, from purity and happiness, down the per-
fumed, be-flowered pathways that end in hell.
TRUTH A BLESSING
It doesn't hurt anybody to be brought face to face with the .truth,
especially when all that life is worth living for is at stake and I would
enjoy nothing more than the thought that every young girl in the Great
er City is to see "The Libertine."
It would open their eyes. It would make them sit np and thinkj
in a word, it would forewarn and forearm them for the time when they
may run across just such soulless scamps as this same Jim Mills.
There is altogether too much mock modesty in the world. Life itself
is GRIMLY REAL, and its laws keep on with the remorselessness of
Juggernaut. There is a law as rigid as that by which the planets swing,
and here it is: "Be not deceived, God is not mocked, for whatsoever a man
soweth, that shall he also reap."
There it is, and there it will stand, eternal, unyielding, and, put-
ting all so-called "delicacy" and "modesty" aside, parents should flatly
inform their children just what they may expect if they break this law.
It does no sort of good for the mother, after her daughetr has been
ruined, to pray to God or to curse. Let her, while her daughter is with
her and while she is still sweet and innocent, tell her all about the world
into which she is soon to enter, its temptations, its pitfalls and snares,
and how she must conduct herself if she would escape the traps that will
be set for her.
DUTY OF MOTHER
To do this is, perhaps, the most pressing and important duty that falls
to the mother, and if she fails to measure up to her solemn responsibility
she is false to the holiest side of her motherhood.
Get busy, mothers, and as a kind of preparatory exercise, go and see
"The Libertine." If that doesn't wake you up, nothing will.
It is, indeed, an eye-opener. You can't get away from it. It grips
you and holds you until you are mad through and through, not only with
Jim Mills, but with the lazy, careless, thoughtless mothers who fail to
safeguard their daughters' happiness by allowing them to go out into the
world ignorant of the its dangers and unprepared against its wiles.
Messrs. Steger and Golden deserve the sincere thanks of all lovers of
girlish innocence and .purity for having conceived and placed npon the
screen their wonderful and much-needed play.
HAS ARTISTIC EXCELLENCE
Quite aside from the high purpose served by "The Libertine," it is
well worth seeing as an illustration of the perfection of the motion pic-
Simply as a production it is great, immense. The genius of Mr. Ma
son as Jim Mills and the exquisite acting of Miss Hanlon as Elsie Corwin
create the nucleus of an almost perfect entertainment.
Success to the great production, and of the good that it aims to do
may there be no end.New York American.
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there are many backbones that need
adjustment. That friend of yours
who is so irritable and hard to get
along with is doubtless suffering
from nervous impingement.
How about your spinal column?'
Are you sure that
wouldn't make you feel better? The
scientific spinal adjustments we offer
aid Nature in restoring normal con
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First National Bank Bldg., Bemidji
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