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SATURDAY, NOV. 20th, 1920.
tion of the Left organization would ensue. The
workers would become disheartened and a tendency
toward setting up other new Left unions outside
the old ones would develop a condition directly in
opposition to our aims. These executive ,positions
will be forced upon revolutionary leaders by their
following. If the leaders refuse the offices it will
amount to a betrayal of the workers. They mnst
An argument often made against revolutionists
accepting such offices is that they become conser
vative and in the end are as bad as the old line
job hunters. But there have been few REVOLU
TIONISTS placed in such positions. And they are
not to be confused with mere radicals of various
colors who have gained such positions. Revolution
ists have found methods whereby to control every
act of their representatives. And as far as that
goes it is very necessary that revolutionists should
be constantly put to the test so that the chaff
may be separated from the grain.
John Reed9 Martyr to Liberty
By W. F. Haycook.
The following editorial appeared in the Co
lumbus Citizen, one of the Scripps-McRae league
"A dispatch from Moscow by way of Lon
don announces the death of John Reed in that
city. He died of typhus fever.
Graduated from Harvard, launched on a
splendid career, married to a beautiful and con
genial wife from his native state of Oregon, liv
ing in a charming little country home on the
Hudson, with friends, and every reason for fol
lowing the easy road, Reed left the United
States and literally gave himself to the cause
of freedom, as he conceived it, and as he thought
it embodied in the new Russian movement.
He became an exile on the other side of the
earth in a foreign country a country ravaged
by war and reduced to wretchedness and famine.
A few months ago the dispatches brought
the news that John Reed was in prison in Fin
land. He had attempted to carry dispatches and
jewels between Lenin and Lenin's American re
presentative and was arrested while working as
a stoker and thrown into a Finnish prison. He
remained there for many months. When finally
released, 1 instead of returning to the easy and
comfortable life of his native land, he returned
For many months Louise Bryant, his wife,
tried in vain to induce our State Department to
give her passports which would enable her to
join her husband. Finally she decided to go with
or without them and is now in Russia.
It is not necessary to endorse the economic
heresies of the Russian revolutionary experiment
to ray a merited tribute to one of our citizens.
John Reed believed in liberty enough to give his
life for liberty".
" And every reason for following the easy
road," ye gods, is there a real red-blooded man
or, woman on the face of the earth who can be
contented and follow the easy road in the face
of the fact that 'there is something wrong some
where'. The world is on fire, unrest prevails
everywhere, and it behooves each and every real
man and woman on earth to make it their busi
ness to interest themselves in the causes of the
unrest which is manifesting itself in every coun
try on the face of the globe.
John Reed knew there was something wrong,
and after studying the question from all sides he
came to the same conclusion that thousands of
others, have and that is: that to those who pro
duce the world's goods should belong the world's
goods. That no man should live by the sweat of
another man's brow.
He cast his lot with the working class of
the world, and set about with others to so re
construct society that it would be impossible
for one man to live by the labor of another. In
his efforts to follow out his conclusions, he, with
others, was arrested and charged with the
"crime" of participating in the organization of
a political party in the United States. Because
of this charge he became an exile in Russia. The
editor has certainly paid John Reed a merited
tribute, and one that will go down in history;
"JOHN REED BELIEVED IN LIBERTY
ENOUGH TO GIVE HIS LIVE FOR LIBERTY'