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BY LIVY S. RICHARD
I don't know how you .felt about It,
but wben I read the news"of the re
cent back-flring by those outlawed
strikers In Colorado, the men to
crush whom young John D. says he is
willing, if necessary, to sink all his
millions, it occurred to me that here
was one of the most intensely re
ligious experiences of our time.
Religious for men to shoot at other
men; religious for persons beyond the
pale of the law to resist to the death
the uniformed agents "Of the law?
Yes, as I see it, profoundly relig
ious, though at the same time exceed
WAR COLLEGE HEAD PLANS THE
General Hunter Liggett, president
of the Army War College, the depart
ment which works out all war plans
and acts as an informatiton bureau
for the commanders of the army.
He knows the topography of Mex
ico, the position of the trodps, the
number of men in the field and the
amount of ammunition and food
which will help them in the campaign
against Mexico City.
These men are on strike that their
women and childrenv may have more
of life's advantages and comforts. -
They afe-battling "bravely and with
excessive sacrifice for the right to
life, liberty and the pursuit of happi
nessthat right to uphold which
governments alone have the right to '
exist among men.
And the government of Colorado,
traitor to its purpose, sold or gave its
strength to the oppressor and at the
tent colony at Ludlow, deliberately
committed a wholesale murder of the
No criminal, fleeing the land, ever
did an act more criminal than was
done by this armed power operating
in the name of the low.
To turn loose upon women and
children a hail of hell from shotted
guns was an act as fiendish' as ever
crazed savages were guilty of.
You and I, in our peaceful homes,
cannot conceive what it must have
"But, though deserted by govern
ment, though faced and banned by all
the conventions of money-mad so- 3
clety, the husbands and brothers- of t j
these murdered mothers, the fathers 1
of these slaughtered little ones, did ,j
They took their lives in their hands j
and fought back. They dared to the H
uttermost In defense of that to which W ,
all men are entitled. -
I call this a religious experience. It '
was unconscious religion in noble,
But how sad that in a civilized land, ,
In the shadow of Christian" churches,
such a tragedy should be necessary. ,
How sad that it does not inspire us 'Y
to make our governments serve and '
aid the weak instead of the arrogant
When shall we learn to vote as we
pray? To vote as well as to say:
"Thy win be done on earth as it 73 '