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The Olack Sheep.
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(Continuation of Chapter XL.)
As for the letters they couM hardly
be called love letters. They had more
the character of essays on scientific
social, economic, and industrial ques
tions. They were entirely devoid of
any personal history or of any person
al aspirations whatsoever. This puz
zled the man of business greatly. He
was wont to tell Olive that the boy's
letters were as good as a magazine
article, but that he wished they
would contain more f his personal
history. "What I would like to
know," he would say, "Is how he
makes his living. How he is employ
ed. He must have a source of income
for even the most saintly among us
need money. It is a "necessary evil",
but we must have it. I wish you would
find out just what his income is, and
where from. Tt would help us to get
a better insight into his real character
than anything else."
Instinctively Gus Anderson associat
ed character and income, yet he dis
cussed it all so reasonably, so impart
ially tliat he won his daughter's en
tire confidence. She agreed that she
would write and ask the boy the de
sired questions. This she did just
before leaving her native village for
the sunny clime of the city at the
foot of the rockies.
Her uncle, a prosperous farmer and
bee keeper, lived a little to the east
of the town of Boulder, and it was
here, that shortly after her arrival
she made the aeqainance of a coup
le of young men, students at the Co
lorado University School of Mines,
wbo were spending their vacation on
her uncle's ranch. These young meu
were not radicals in the sense that
.Tack nnd Collins were radicals. They
did however, have advanced ideas
concerning labor organizations, and
kindred subjects. It was now tbit
Olive became busy arguing politics
and economies, from her entirely un
trained view point and naturally oc
cassioially getting the worst of it.
but her defeats were only temporary.
Every evening before she retired she
would write to Jack and tell him of
all her problems, and the way the
college men stated theirs. And at the
other end of the line, Jack was ans
wering her many questions with the
more than willing co-operation of Ed.
Collins. In fact Collins wrote quite
as much of the letters as did the boy.
In fact he was the more seriously
in love with her for he was several
years Jack's Senior, and while out
wordly rough and unsympathetic
he was, inwardly of on affectionate
nature. He admired beauty in woman
kind, but more than that, did he re
vere intellect, and it was becoming
ever more evident from Olive's letters,
that she possesed intellect in no small
degree. Then, Collins admired that
peculiar type of intellect that dwells
on the problems of social life, and
that was pre-eminently hers. So it
was, that the big man was often
more anxious to hear from the girl
,Tek H lost no op
portunity to enclose a little note in
the boy's letters when ever he was
invited to do so. In these he expressed
his personal view of some particularly
knotty social problems.
These notes were always well word
ed, and to point; they could not help
but impress the girl, and cause her
to form the habit of writing separate
notes to him, which finally developed
into separate letters.
CHAP. XLI.
Her first Socialist Meeting.
In less then a week after her ar
rival at her uncle's ranch, Olive was
casting about for a local socialist,
from whom she might learn just how
the cult operated, and what they
hoped to accomplish for the present
generation. With all the impetuosity
of youth, she sought for any way to
make an end of this world's ingrained
injustice, by the sheer force of her
own idealism. Like every new convert
to the faith of the Co operative Com
monwealth, she was convenced that
she hnd made n great discovery, nnd
that all that was, now needed, wai
but to go out and tell it to the
toiling masses. These she reasoned
would not hestitate to receive the
word, and go to work at the recon
struction of society.
Her failure to impress the preacher,
and the editor, and her father for
ity and devotion had much in it, that
was akin to the religious in the most
exalted meaning of the variously in
terpreted word. He was one of these
men who are so filled with a sense
of the absolute importance of their
ideas that they talk them in season
and out of season, to any one who is
willing to listen and to many who
are not willing to listen, until they
are looked upon at best as a harm
less nuisance, and at the worse, as a
manace to the peace of mind of the
community. Such a man was Collin
wood. It was said of him that if he
had a client befor a jury, he would
first try to make socialists out of the
twelf goodnien and true, before he
would argue the case for his client,
iu consequence of which he had to
raise bees in order to keep his home
tires burning. Consequently he had
but few friends and many enemies
and near enemies. His friends he
loved and his enemies he propagan
dised, which they considered as being
worse, then if he hated them.
That Olive Anderson should admire
such an individual was a forgone con
clnssion. And that Collinwood would
tell her all. and more then he knew
about socialism was equally certain.
For Collingwood was nothine if not
well read in the literature of the class
struggle and its allied subjects. He
also possessed of an extraordinary
imagination, which he needlessly em
ployed in his recital of the crimes of
the rich.
For weeks, "The Appeal To Reas
on", had carried the announcement
that on a certain day, Eugene V.
Debs was to speak in Denver, in be
half of the imprisoned labor leaders
at Boise. And Olive Anderson had
eagerly awaited that day. But when
she told her aunt and "uncle of her
intentions to go to Denver and hear
the speaker, they very naturally
raised a storm of protest. They went
so far as to wire to Olives "mother
for instructions in the matter, the
result of which might will be imag
ined. But their efforts were in vain.
Olive had decided to go. And the
went. After which her uncle decided
to mention the matter no farther,
hoping that one political speech would
be enough to satisfy her curiosity.
. It was on her trip from Boulder to
Denver, that she met Peter Collin
wood. He wa: at the station giving
out "Appeal to Reason ". and an
nouncements of the Debs meeting, to
passengers boarding the Denver train.
He was very thorough in his work,
for altho Olive was to all appearances
just a slip of a girl in the midst of
the giddy age, he did not neglect her
but. handed her the paper and hand
bill, with a verbal request that she
so and hear the speaker while in
Denver.
Olive was delighted to meet this
apostle of discontent. She told him,
: . 1 ti .1 .
iiiin u was 10 near ueus. mat she
was going to Denver. To which Col
linwood replied: "two of us, by
hookey, two of us!"
The train started on its way, Col
linwood and Olive occupying the same
seat, her cousin, jive year her senior,
sat on the opposite side of the train
a veritable picture of disapproval. She
cordially hated the lawyer for no
other reason than that her father
hated him. And her father hated bini
for the reason that he considered the
lawyer a fool but every time he tried
to prove him so, Collinwood would
have the best of the argument. Now
Olive was conversing with this man
and using a language which her
cousin did not even comprehend. For
they spoke of Social evolution, of
workingclass supremacy, of industrial
solidarity, of capitalistic decadence,
with an ease that entirely baffled the
middle-class minded girl who was to
guard Olive from harm.
The trip to Denver was a feast to
Olive Anderson. For the lawyer
told her much of the life history of
America's greatest workingclass ora
tor and also much of the inside of the
present labor troubles, which worn
now culminating in the possible death
of three of the leading man in the
Western Federation The two hours
during which the train made its way
from Boulder to Denver passed by
almost un noticed, and now they were
in Denver.
That evening she found herself
among the mass crowd that gathered
nt the auditorium to hear the great
apostle of freedom, but more to voice
their protest through him, against the
illegal I'Urbiirities of the mine owners
of Colorado. It was a wonderful gath
ering. The very air seemed to be
charged with an electric force. Olive
felt as if she were swept along by
the love he felt for all mankind.
There was mystic music in his voice;
it ranged from plaintive calling to
thundering command. It called to the
deepest springs of human emotion,
breathing now low and tenderness, and
again storming the ramparts of crime
and averice with a deluge of scorn
and hate. For hate is but the antith
eses of love. Debs loved his people
with a divine passion, and hence he
assailed their oppressors with a hatred
born of love.
She listened with a deep religious
devotion, to his every word. He con
vinced her that socialism was defi
nitlv the hope of the ages, and the
final goal of all our striving. Toe
age old class war was but the path of
man's redemption from bondage. The
squares of squalor and miles of mi
sery with which the fair face of ci
vilization was defaced was but the
debris on the tide of battle. The
battle could not end but in victory
for the ever increasing masses of ex
propriated toilers. His scientific ex
planations were lost to her in the
sweeping splendor of his emotional
appeal-drunk with the power of Ma
1
The Ex-service Mens International
By A. E.
General Secretary,
Slander,
K'utional Union of
imagery, she would have done any
thing, 'suffered anything, even to a
martyre death, if he had but given the
command. Such is often the power
of the orator when the physical cir
cumstances that give rise to his ap
peal directly affect the interest of
great bodies of people.. Lacking this
element the voice of the speaker, no
matter how clearly used, is little more
brass and a tinkling
vmble. "If thev kill these men, they
will do it over my bleeding corpse,
Debs thundered his tall figure vibrant
with emotion. It was a defiance to
the verv strongholds of the estab
lished order. There was no one in the
audience, but who knew that this was
for his convictions and in that hall
no idle threat. Debs would have died
for his convictions nnd in that hall
were hundreds of men and women
who at that moment would have
considered it glory to follow him.
True these words were wild. In calm
judgement they would not have been
spoken. They were not applauded when
they were spoken. The import was to
serious. Yet who can say, that these
words did not at least have as much
affect on the final issue of the trial
than Darrow's flaming oration
tn tlio inrv. But all this is beside the
issue. Debs was willing to give his
life as a sacrifice to his cause, ana in
this he at least inspired one, to pour
out upon the altar of industrial li
berty the last full measure of devo-
t inn
Debs spoke at great length, but
Olive was not conscious of time. Sh.i
wished that he would go on forever.
Tn fact, she was hardly aware that he
had begun to speak, when he closed.
That nlffht she and her cousin went
to a hotel. She jubilant and her cousin
disgusted. She wanted to discuss im
speaker's soul wispering message witli
ma one. and naturally her compan
ion was the victim. But when sue
asked her cousin, what she thought of
the speech Olive was painfully sur
prised when she informed her that
she had paid no auei iiou iu w
low. After which she Tead Olive a
lecture on heT unladylike conduct,
which she averred was the result, of
being raised in a small town. Ana
moose is about half the size of Boul
der. She gave her to understand that
she was not interested in politics or
in labor problems. She considered
these subjects unladylike and vulgar.
Women ought not to take part in
man's affairs. Tt was natural for man
to govern. You see, the Bible does
nnt tell of any ladv Gods!
It soon become evident to Olive's
mind that it was useless to reason
with the unreasonable. Discontinuing
the conversation, she went to bed, where
in imagination she talked the whole
matter over with .Jack, fine was sure
that he would have understood all
thnt Debs had said, and that he would
have sympathized with the great ob
ject to be attained. She remembered
that ho had told her, that only thru
sacrifice could the race be redeemed
from bondage.
The next morning she and her
cousin quarelled with the result that
this guardian angel flew back to
Boulder, while Olive sought out the
socialist headquarters, where to her
British Ex-8fervice Men.
A conference hall just been held at
Geneva which mafe prove to have
started one of thelmost significant
and one of the mostlimportant move
ments of our age. It Wra conference
of ex-service me, of ex-service men
from Britain, Garinapy, France, Italy,
and several other .Countries; a con
ference of those Ml tWgh the years
of war had been fjgl'-ing each other
at the belief of th ir masters and
who resolved the ( s.ich a state of
things should ot
Henri Barbussc
Fire ' ' presided.
gave the key to tl
"Once more we c
he said, "we who
another in bell."
on to declare thafl
the ex-soldiers of
their first essenti
their brotherhoodJ
of slaughter, the
emerged, looked
eyes, and recoi
brothers.
The governmei
war the goven
Europe, respondinl
the financial inf
each other acrossa
tionB. The civilij
some of the mcai
they had for cacl
continued. But tl
tually engaged, hi
of them in every.
each other the hi
Doe j this seei
seem inconsistent'
while the governi
the civilian peopl
never again".
thor of "Under
opening address
'whole proceedings.
,rtt one another,"
ive confronted one
nt then he went
that conference
returned "to
ief, belief in
After five years
viving combatants
ch other in ihe
each other as
which made the
bureaucracies of
the pressure of
still glare at
intiers of the na-
peoples still bear
lid futile hate that
Iher while the war
who are ae-
ireds of thousands
hid, stretch out to
of fellowship.
Jtranget Does it
ISnrelv not . For
ats and most of
thought of each
other as enemies, whe fighting men,
even while fighting! knew no enduring
hate. They were all alike in the grip
of the war-machine, and each one
knew that the "fellow opposite" was
as helpless as himself. At home the
British peoples cursed the Germans,
and the German people cursed the
people of this land But in the fighting
line British and German troops alike
only cursed the war.
Now the war is over and the ex
soldiers of the world are determined
that, if it be within the power of
mortal men to do, they will make it
impossible for war to come again.
They dread the thought of their
children having to pans through the
hell that they themselves have been
dragged through jlujUf thfcvjast f8
years.
During the war they cursed the
war. But now they realize that that
is not enough. They understand that
it is too late to damn the swirling,
seething torrent when it is rushing
headlong to the falls. They recognize
that if they would stop war, they
must stop it at its source.
The Ex-Service Men's International
was not intended to consist only of
labor and socialist organizations. Yet
every national body of ex-service men
which sent delegates to Geneva, sent
them with the same thoughts to ex
press. Capitalism, they all agreed, is
the ultimate cause of all modern war.
The roots of war, they said, are to
be found in the capitalist system, and
the only way to end war is to tear
it up by its roots, to abolish capital
ism the wide world over.
The first act of the congress was
therefore to pledge the ex-service men
who were represented there British,
German, French, Austrian. Russian,
Italian, Belgian, Rumanian, Swiss
to pledge them all to work together
to abolish the capitalist and compe
titive system, and to strive to estab
lish a world-wide cooperative form of
society.
But then arose some difference of
opinion. The Italians and some of the
French delegates expressed the view
that the matter should be left there.
"Let us concentrate upon this one
thing," they said; "let us consider
only how we ex-Service men may help
to destroy the capitalist system."
The British and some German de
legates were of a different mind. Al
though they held that the only way
to abolish war was to abolish capi
talism, and although they were al
ready pledged to do their utmost to
accomplish this, yet they urged that
it was possible, even while capitalism
continued, to render the making of
wars more difficult, to diminish the
chances of war They declared that
they must do something immediately;
that they could not afford to wait
until capitalism was abolished in every
country in the world, without taking
some precautionary measures in the
meantime.
Eventually the conference accepted
"this view, though the Italians insisted
that, for them at any rate, it would
mean waste of time and effort. "The
Revolution", they said, "is so near
at hand in Italy that we can con
sider nothing else."
The British delegates submitted that
the ex-service men should help to
abolish secret diplomacy (and espe
cially the power of the foreign of
fices to commit the peoples to po
tential war behind their backs and
without their knowledge); work for
the abolition of armaments every
where; to spread anti-war propaganda
amongst the civilian people, and
especially amongst the children; and
endeavor to bring about the general
use of au international language,
Esperanto.
The conference passed unanimously
a resolution of the British delegates
condemning the League of Nations as
"a league of capitalist governments
of the conquerors."
Skygac's Column
American Legion to be the sole judge
of what is and what is not "sound
principles".
Lincoln did not use such qualifying
phraBes. He said "t. nation can not
exist half -slave and half free".
RUMINATIONS OF A REBEL
By Tom Clifford.
Democracy as she is mocked was
well exemlified at the Repubocrat con
vention. Yox Populi, THE people,
were allowed to play at selecting the
popular choice, then Big Biz steps in
and tells them who is who and what
is what, and the dark horse cometb
out. Now comes the popular farce of
manufacturing popularity for the nom
inees of big business. The man on
the porch sounds all fine and dandy,
but there must be fine lines running
from that front porch to wall street,
or the man on the porch would not
have a chance to pose as the people's
choice.
Paul La Fargue the witty French
man, described a similar situation in
the following words: "Now comes
the politicians with tears in their
eyes and gold in their voices, and the
longeared populace shout in frenzied
ehtrarns, 'Hooray, Hooray', than will
start the great farce, the theft of a
nation's goods."
Why did the A. F. of L. hold its
convention in Canada T The best guess
is that it was held in Canada so the
delegates could have the privelege of
freedom of speech so they might ex
press their honest opinions without
interference from the U. S. department
of (ln)justice.
IIS
The A. F. of L. wants government
ownership of railroads "democratical
ly managed" but don't want soviet
ism. Reminds me of the man who
was hungry but did not want to cat.
If some one should suddenly ask the
A. F. of L what-the-ell it DID want,
wouldn 't thev hear a lot of stuttering
and stammering?
Trotsky has again been murdered
for the eigth or eighteenth time. That
fellow has more lives than is accredi
ted to a torn cat.
The bolsheviks have but a shadow
of an army says the W. G. N. Beati)
all tho how strong some shadows are!
Bolshevism has failed, says the cur
rent magazines. Why didn't they print
all tho sentence t Bolshevism has failed
to frighten the common people!
People are like dough; if they have
the yeast in them they will rise. But
even dough has to have a favorable
environment or it will not let the
yeast work.
Now cometh Hearst with a renewal
of the yellow peril, telling us that the
white race is doomed that the yellow
race will win in the struggle for
supremacy. If it does it will be be
cause Capitalism has sapped the vital
ity from the great majority of the
white race.
The ercat menace is in the in
dustrial relationship, not in racial de
velopment. The moulder of public opinion
wields a greater influence than the
maker of much money, yet allow much
money to control the forces which
mould public opinion that is a part
of our 100Americanism.
Palmer has hushed the voice of the'
leaders, now he must listen to the
voice of the pack!
The K. C. paper printed a picture
of Stedman kissing Debs at the At
lanta Pen. A correspondent writes
that the picture reminded him of an
other famous kiss in the Garden of
Gesthemane where one Judas kissed
(and betrayed) his Friend.
s
The pulpit pounders make much of a
"strong moral and religious sense."
For mine, I'll take just common or
dinary common sense.
There is not the slightest danger$ganization of patriotic societies receive
that the railway corporations will re
ject the wage award of the Railroad
Labor Board, for the moderate id
crease granted the workers is prac
tically of no concern to the employers,
since the earnings are guaranteed by
1 the covernment. :ind the increased
delight she met Peter Collinwood and . f or.el.ation .; iml be
11 - 1 T 1111 M maaH int. a.
"I :X n , Tr who to the public, of which the rail
about twenty minutes of his busy
time in conversation with her, after
which she was introduced to the sec
retary of local Denver who enrolled
her in the Socialist Party, and gave
her the little red card, she treasured
to her dying day.
that matter, she nscribed to the fa-t 1 tujs, .r mystic power. Then
that they were not strictly workers. ( was a stillness in the grent hall that
as Jack had defined workers. It wis
to their interest to oppose anything
that worked against their customary
source of income, ner failure to im
press the few working people she
had talked to, she attributed to the
fact that she bad not read enough
copies of "The Appeal To Reason."
But now all would be different. She
had read not only papers but books
as well, and what she had not under
stood, Jack and Collins had made
clear. All that was needed now was
to got busy in an organized way. and
the citadels of evil would fall, and
the temples of Justice arise, at the
onward march of the victorious Pro
k-tnriat
She asked one of the students who
was vacationing with her uncle, if he
happened to know an honest to God
socialist in that neighborhood, nnd he
informed her, that there was one in
town, who was "plum dippy" on the
subject.
The man in question was PttM
1 idlingwooil, who oscilntcd bi ck and
fortli hetween the practice of Law,
and bis hives of bees, in the struggle
for existence, but who was hIwmv
f irmly anchored in his political faith.
It is almost sacrilege to call this
man's faith in the ultimate triumph
Of the lowly, political, for his aincer
eoi'ld only be likened to the stillness
that sometimes precedes a storm.
Thrre were the usual tiresome
preliminaries which one has to en
dure at all socialist meetings. They
are the usual cause of a small attendance,
nt many meetings, but when Debs is
to speak, anvthing can be endured,
for he is in this respect an all com , tnus jogo more outgoing than in
nensanng power, .-nui mis wh.i wine
first meeting and all of this prelimi
nary work which usually is the fin
More Going than Coming
Figures just compiled by the Im
migration officials at Ellis Island
show that 334,254 aliens hnve left this
country through the Port of Now
York in the year ending June 3011.
The number of incoming aliens in the
same period was 314,468. There were
Dr. Freye at a Methodist camp
meeting classed the Republican party
platform with the ten commandmonts
and the American constitution. Here
is the way he was quoted in the P.
P.; "There are only three great doc
uments in the world today, and they
are the decalogue, the constitution of
the U. S. and the platform of the
Republican party."
But then I told you at the start
that he was a minister! '
The same brilliant mind informs an
p.nxiously awaiting world that, "if
Cox is elected in November, Hinky
Dink will run the country."
,
A stevedore told me the other day
that "the company was damn careful
of the trucks and if the company was
as careful to see that men did not get
broke as they were about the trucks
it would be a greaaat world."
Henriettta informed me the other
day that the landlord observed that
nenry was working overtime and
straightaway raised the rent, and one
of Henrietta's sisters told me their
rent was raised immediately after her
Henry had bought himself a new suit.
My what is the world coming tot
From the amount of propaganda put
out by the master-class against bol
shevism one would almost infer that
the world was coming to its senses.
'"
Bela Kuhn of the former worker's
republic of Hungary is reported to
have escaped to Russia. This is doing
well as the Vy P. had him dead and
buried a year ago. Now he is much
alive, and to quote the P. P. "un
punished for bis crimes and atro
cities". Capitalism commits no crimes!
Politicians tell us l,hat the workers
are poor because they don't use their
heads. When they do use their heads
the workers arc jailed on a conspiracy
charge. - --- . - T"
Free open air movies for a whole
week in our town. Who paid the bill!
Why the fellows that expected to
BENEFIT from the performance of
course. The master-class fathered the
scheme and paid the bills. The work
ing class learned (or had a chance to
learn) that Abraham Lincoln was a
great man who started in life "poor
but honest" and was against tho
workingclass and FOR property. Poor
honest old Abe! What crimes and
atrocities are committed in his name.
Well its all off. From the advor-
"LIK A MIGHTY ARMY' '
We glean the following from "Cur-
i. a.. : j ) t T..1 . . . . : -1. : li
rem wiiiiiiuu lur wuiy, iiiiiimiiu m i ,. . ,
rood enough to pass along. Tt at least I I8 8 K? fe l1! Affltf
uncial part of the enterprise, inter
sled her, only as part of the battle
tactics of a grent cause. That a noted
speaker should lie preceded by a book
auction was to her an unheard of
proceeding, but she could understand
Hint the purpose was to get the lite
rature before the public, which of
course wns a wise and necessary part
of the great struggle.
At last the speaker enmc upon the
stage, nnd then pandimonium broke
louse. Such I'hceri Dfl and applauding
Olive never heard. Involuntarily she
took part, clapping her hands and
stanmpiiiK lur feet, and even giving
vocal vent U her emotions, to the
positive disgust of her cousin, wh
wai pB.ving attention to nothing but
Olive, while Olive was paying atten
tlon to everything but her cousin.
After an ovation that lasted several
minutes silence was again restored
and Debs began his speech. As- he
stood there, tall, slender, sllghtlv
bont as If with the sorrow of a world
coming aliens during the year.
Reports reaching here from the So
viet Ukraluia tell of the opening of a
Soviet Congress at which the dole
gates reaffirmed their loyalty to the
Soviet ideal and took pains to cm
phasir.p the fact that Soviet Ukraini.i
was aiding Soviet Russia in fighting
back the Invading Poles. C. Rakovsky,
chnirman of the Council of People's
Commissioners of the Ukraine, in re
porting on the activities of what body,
said that 14,000,000 hectares (about
M,000,000 acres) of farming land had
been taken away from the agrarians
and turned over to tho piasants for
use. Hi also reported that the miners
of the Donct Basin had produced a
remarkably large amount of coal de-
way workers constitute a part. This
is frankly allowed by both the Labor
Board and the capitalist press. The
cost will be covered by increased
freight rates and the "bnck" will be
passed down the line to the consum
ers, which means another increase in
the cost of living. Could anything be
more vicious or idiotic than such a
program t It mnst be patent ,to the
most superficial thinker that no ma
terial relief to the working class as a
wholo is involved in this award, f(
wbntever benefits accrue to the rail
way workers must be paid for by the
remainder of the working class. The
Labor Board could hnve manifested
still greater generosity without inter
fering in the cost with the interests
of the transportation 'mangnates, but
that would have entailed an augmen
tation of the burden to be borne by
the public, which might precipitate a
revolt. Robbing Petor to pay Paul
and keeping tho workers ignorant of I take the bit in their teeth. Confronted
the chicanery is now. the only recourse by grim necessity no other course will
left to the bourgeoisie to postpono tho I be tenable.
but passing notice from the masses,
who are now only concerned about
their material prospects. There is a
prevalent expectancy of the break
down of industry in the near future,
and a feeling of uncertainty is grip
ping the masses and compelling serious
thought. They can give no reason
other than that they "feel it com
ing". Tho capitalist press is scrup
ulously refraining from giving pub
licity to events transpiring in indust
ry which arc portcntious of an ap
proaching industrial depression that
will divorce millions of workers from
their jobs nnd in turn rock capital
ism to its very foundations. Already
multitudes of workers have been given
"vacations" through partial shut
downs in industry, information of
which can only be gleaned from the
sufferinc workers themselves. This
widespread pessimism is purely psy
chological at present owing to the ab
sence of positive knowledge, but when
the facts become public property the
workers will be compelled to reeognuo
their desperate condition nnd take
drastic action. Whether such action
will be governed by intelligence or
merely resolve into a riot of despera
tion remains to be seen. At any rate
thev will have to face the music and
shows one sky pilot who got his eyes
open about war. Who knows he may
next get his eyes open to the church?
Current Opinon's comment is as
follows. "It will be a lone time be
fore the poison of monarch ism
militarism has been squczed out of tho
hymnbook. The world has thought so
long' in the brutal terms of tho past
that it will be hard to get over it.
The Reverend J. H. Hopkinson of
England recently said; "We have
learned that war is not a matter of
fluttering banners nnd clashing swords
and beating drums, but merely a
sickening and dirty butchery of lads
m water logged or flyinfested trench
es. "We shall be less ready than we
were to compare the movement of the
church to that of a victorius army,
nynms that we could sing unthinking
ly before the war have become a lying
blnsphemy. Who could now sing, "Like
a Mighty Armv Moves the Church of
Go.lt" '
Of
Bolsheviki Russin is a nation of
fanatical drenmers and wild-eyed
theorists, but they hnve compulsory
labor and compulsory education and
with those two compulsions in force
it will not be long until the whole
world will have to hustle to catch
up to backward Russia.
Press reports that U. S. is now to
allow trade with Russin. We won't
inevitable breakdowr of the capitalist
system. It is tho on y method of pro
cedure left them, aid its continuance
is limited to tho t me it takes the
masses to get nn iniolligent grasp v
the situation. Then there will be
something doing. j
In the face of acjita economic cod
ditions, constantly growing worse, the
hysteria of tho war iperiod is rapidly
disappearing in spite of the efforts of
the bourgeoisie to kop" it alive. When
confronted by the basic problem of
living emotional ' I patriot ism" is
bent as tr with lae sorrow or a worm. - - ,
She felt thaa mankind only echoedl,Pl,,' the l'cu1tiei due to the war. forced into the background. The or
that unless the Christian Soviet better
known as the Tnterchurch World move
ment was supported, the world would
go to the demonition bow-wows and
"the bolsheviks would get us" sure,
and now tho papers report the flat
and complete failure of that T. W. M.
drive.
Skygac was an interested onlooker
at the third party convention. It wns
the largest aggregation of nuts he
ever saw all under one cover. Ono
could not help but notice how closely
the convention resembled an S. P.
convention of ten years ago.
Did you know that we produced one
new millionaire for every, three
American boys killed in France during
the war period
Did you know that See More (see
more what?) Stedman had been com
missioned by the S. P. to render his
services as a practicing attorney in
the capitalist courts to get possession
of the Detroit House of the Masses
awny from the educational club which
owns it and turn it over to tho re
actionary S. P.t
Did you know that the dictatorship
of the capitalist will continue until
it is sot aside by a stronger dictator
ship the dictatorship of tho prolot
A lot of intellectuals of the Politico-
recognize them politically but we will ' anarchist-socialist variety are just
recognize them industrially. Now who wukhik up m me incr inai ineir pnr
said political action wns superior to
industrial action?
Franklin D'Olier, National Corn
mnniler of the American legion in
bis Fourth of July messnge, as pub
lished on the cover of the Legion
Weakly says, " that the flag shall
. 1 11 1 ni in In f" Iv fivnr n nntmn Hint !u
lation? Manifestly one of watching and i,iroti, fr0P to n men of sound prin'
wniting while the revolutionary forces . eiples". Yon sec, why it is not "in
gather with a view to directing them ' d I" "free to all men" but free to
all men OK SOI'Mi PRI NCI PL MS.
And what will be the duty of com
munist forces in that hour of tribu-
with the National Commander and the
gather with a view tn directing
into peaceful chnnnels, if possible.
Those who hnve hitherto paid no hoed
to our economic predictions will then
turn to us for inspiration because thev ism goes on the rocks. We will have
will have no other port in the storm. 1 to take control of the wreck, and out
Wo should hasten to marshal our forces of the chaos that for a tlmo will
lortradicalism fitteth nowhere in the
scheme of things which the logic of
economic evolution is bringing in,
Emma Goldman did not like tho dic
tatorship of the bourgeoisie here and
over in Russia she is reported to like
the dictatorship of the proletairo cvon
less. If she goes to heaven she faces
the prospect of the dictatorship of tho
benvonly king and if she goes to boll
there is the autocrat of tho horns and
ipparhcnd tnil. Boohoo. Ain't it a
eold and cruel world f
Emma isn't alone in her dilemna.
for the great work that is before us.
We are tho only section of society
that can offer a rational and scientif
ic method of procedure when capital
ensue build up an industrial republic,
'ihe task will be a stupendous one,
for wc will have to handle millions of
workers and reshape their currents of
thought and conceptions of life. We
must be equal to tho task, howovor
arduous, for tho preservation of so
ciety will depend upon the wisdom
we manifest during the period of so
cial transition. Will wc be equal to
the occssion. 1 think we will.

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