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OUR REPRESENTATIVE'S INTERVIEW WITH MRS. DEBS
By Idah McGlone Gibson.
The home- of Eugene Debs is
in Terre Haute, Ind.
I came to a most homelike
house in this little town, which
seemed in some way to have es
caped much of the disorder of lit
tering leaves. The lawn had evi
dently been raked and the porch
Mrs. Eugene V. Debs..
swept recently. The whole as
pect of the house and yard gave
you to understand that.order was
not only- heaven's first law, but
the first law of the Debs house
hold as well.
Mrs. Debs smiled when I said
this to .her and- remarked th.3t
"two persons cannot make much
disorder in a comfortable-sized
house." There is a place for
everything in the Debs household
and you may be sure that every
thing is in its place. Perhaps this
is a part of Mrs. Debs' German
heritage. In the cellar is the win
ter's supply of wood, piled in tiers
of almost impossible evenness.
"Every clipping, every scrap of
manuscript is filed and tabulated,
and I think Mrs. Debs could get
any one of them for you at a mo
ment's notice," said Stephen Rey
nolds, biographer of Debs.
The hall and living rooms of
the Debs home are carpeted with
Soft green. Everywhere are
books and here and there are au
tographed pictures of many
prominent men. The furniture
suggests comfort. Over the desk
which Mrs. Debs uses there is a
splendid picture of Mr. Debs;
This has been her comfort
through many, long hdurs' when
she has been alone in the house
while her husliand traveled over
the world in furtherance of the
cause to which he has dedicated
People say that Kate Debs be-,
lieves in socialism just'as her hus
band does, that she believes in
her husband and because he is a
socialist she believes in it, too.
Don't for one moment Jhink Mrs.
Debs is easily swayed because
she does this. It is because she
thinks of all men her husband- is
the strongest and the most wor
thy to be followed. She is a silent
woman, but her beautiful face