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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, September 17, 1912, Image 5

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San Francisco, Sept. 17. Clarence S. Darrow has become the
champion of the masses moxe than ever since he was cleared of the
charge of bribing McNamara jurors.
. He has been going up and down the Pacific coast like a stormy
petrel, addressing great meetings, urging the working men and
working women to organize into a closenbrotherhood.
He has not minced words. He has said what he has to say, and
he has said it plainly that all might understand. And the great
audiences which have heard him have cheered him to the echo.
Darrow is preaching war the war of the masses against the
classes preaching the general strike. And at the same time he is
preaching charity and brotherhood.
"I see no remedy for conditions' he says, "save such a broth
erhood of the workers as shall be able to say to the few men who
control every resource and all means of production:
" 'Unless you deal "justly with us we shall stop the wheels of
industry, stop the profits for which you are so greedly.'
"I see no other remedy. No change can come through the bal
lot. It can come alone by the united action of the working men
and wjomen of America, and they will have to fight like soldiers for
their rights. ,
"This is supposed to be a democratic country. I doubt if there
is another government on the face of the earth as hopeless as oiirs.
"Our government wasn't planned. There ars no set of men
wicked enough nor wise enough to plan such a hodge-podge as our.
"We have a. constitution that is -'the pride of the foolishly,
patriotic. Why, that constitution is as if a boy of 20 had written
a set of rules to guide his life and said:
" 'If I live to be fifty and get some sense I can't change these
"One hundred and fiftyv years ago before the railroad, before
the telephone, before "the flying machine a few men got together
and framed a set of laws, and now' they tellus we must be ruled by
these laws forever. ' ?
"Yourcan't amend the constitution. You might as well try to
go to heaven in a hand-basket as try and amend the constitution.
"No one knows what the constitution is anyhow. Even the
judges that spout it don't. The constitution Itself covers five pages
and 1;here are thousands of volumes of "judicial interpretations"
of i half of them contradicting the other half.
".There is no hope in congress. There is no hope in the su-

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