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THE TOILER
SATURDAY, OCT. 16th, 1920.
"Bob" Minor's Speaking Tour
Wore you nuked to name, off hanil,
the greatest event of the 20th century,
you'd probably reply, "World War!"
Yet the World War, in itself was
nothing unusual, except in scope. Ii
point of livec lost and property de
stroyed and the invention of new
methods of annihilation it does stand
out. The fact is, however, that the
AVar, not yet really over, is largely
forgotten.
But the Aftermath the toppling of
the Mighty; elevation of the Lowly y
kaisr and king join the army of un
employed; the czar goes to his reward.
Dictatorship of the Bourgeoisie goes
down before Dictatorship of the Pro
letariat. And today the international
plunderbund of financiers and industrial
ists, ever so much like n bunch of
hysterical cock roaches, scurry to cover
when the wjiite light of revolution is
turned upon - them.
He Saw Two Revolutions.
Revolution! That is the great event.
Successful in Russia. Defeated (tempo
rarily) in Germany. Out of the mass
of contradictory reports appearing
from day to day in the press of the
hnd what is the real truth of the revo
lution t Would you knowf Then come
and hear. Bob Miner.
Minor was there. He lived in Mos
cow eight and a half months, includ
ing the period of most desperate
famine and lowest ebb of the Labor
Republic. He knows the Russian revolu
tion, lie was in Berlin and witnessed
the Spartai-us revolution and its tragic
end in the extermination of the revo
lutionary working class. He knows the
German revolution.
The Story of "Bob'' Minor
Minor's story is genuine, as he him
self is genuine. Ho was born in San
Antonio, Texas, in 1884. When four
teen yaaie old, after four years school,
lie got a job as painter's apprentice.
Let's1 follow him: Office boy at 15;
farm laborer at 16; railroad construc
tion laborer at 1"; carpenter, membei
of Carpenters and Joiners Union, at
18. And then "the road."
Bven as a kid Minor was in the
habit of amusing himself and his Um
dates drawing caricatures. As he grew
older he turned his talent to account.
He got a joh as cartoonist on a small
daily in his home town, and at the
He of 21 took his village fame to
Mt. Louis and went to work as illustra
tor, on the St. Louis Post Dispatch. II It
caricaturing soon advanced him to the
pot it ion of chief cartoonist on (hut
newspaper, a pontion lie Held tor seven
II
years. Tt was during this period of his
career that he joined the Socialist
Party, but in a splitting of factions
Minor ceased to be a member.
Ori New York World Staff.
Then to France, where ho set up i"
a iminting studio in Paris for the;
better part of a year. Returning to
America he became a cartoonist on the
staff of the New York World. How
ever, his political education among the
workers of Franco led to friction with
the World editors. But as the Big
War began they patchod up their dif
ferences and Minor was set to work
drawing antiwar cartoons for the
evening edition. But when fores
operated to pull the United States into
the wtr and the big newspapers be
gan to drop their attitude of neutrality,
Minor and his editors again clashed.
Jn the summer of 1015 he suddenly
left the Now York World aud went to
work for the Socialist New York 011
without salary.
Again we find him in Europe, this
time as correspondent-artist for a
oewipaper syndicate. Upon his return
he made a lecture tour of the Unit ti
State, bitterly denouncing wnr, aualy
iug its causes, and predicting that a
great revolution was certain to come
at its end.
Whou the Moxicuu war scare camo
in 1916, Minor was sent as correspond
ent. But while in the western states
the Moonpy frame-up caused him to
enter into a long and bitter struggle to
expose that plot. He was chosen pub
licity director and treasurer of the
International Workers Defense League.,
As soon as the cases reached a dead
lock wherein the corrupt authorities
could not proceed with the eTOCution
of Mooney and his associates, he left
his position and went to Russia.
In Russia and Germany
ire was in Russia the greater part
of 1918 in close touch with the revolu
tionary leaders. But immediately" upon
the signing of the armistice be crossed
the border into Germany. He saw the
magnificent, but forlorn,' attempt of
the revolutionary workers Of Germany
to establish a real workers republic;
saw Weir; betrayal by the reactionary
social democracy in collaboration with
junker and militarist; saw the revolu
tion fail in a sea of workers' blood.
Soon after this he was arrested by
tho French authorities for making a
speech at the Pnria Labor Bourse
advocating a general strike to prevent
shipment of munitions to the counter
revolutionary forceB in Russia. He was
turned over to tho American authorit
ies at Coblenee, Germany. British, Ger
man, French and Amorican authorities
collaborated in making out -a case
against him which "was said to in
volve the death sentence. The trial was
to be secret, but newspaper friends
made the arrest public after which tli3
labor press of Paris and London mudo
a protest 80 vigorous that Minor was
released.
Dates In Ohio
And now he is going from place
to place lecturing on the subject of the
Russian and German revolutions, lie
will speal; at the following points n
Ohio: Youngstown, Oct 17th, ovening:
Betlaire, Oct. 18th, evening; Byesville
or Cambridge, 29th, evening; Cincin
nati. 21st. evening; Dayton, 22nd, even
ing; Canton, -.'4th, evening; Clcvelund,
20th and 27th evening; Tiffin, 28t)i
evening; Toledo 30tl, evening.
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