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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, July 25, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 7

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"willing allies, the state, pulpit and
press, which fact has brought the
foremost thinkers of the day to the
conclusion that to expect any hope
from any one of these willing oppres
sors is a dangerous Utopia. Indeed,
the pages of history are replete with
verifications of the willingness on the
part of each of these forces to per
petuate the system of exploitation.
The workers must shape their own
destiny and not wait for some indus
trial relations commission to start an I tion made clear for man, woman and
investigation (?) in their behalf (and
incidentally to ascertain as to
whether or not the poor employer haa
been mistreated, too), and, above all,
act in unison at all times, bearing the
revolutionary watch-word in mind:
"An Injury to One Is an Injury to
Let us face the inevitable conclu
sion that, whether it be by ballot, bul
let or the general strike, the triple
alliance of capitalist, church and
state must be swept from the path of
progress and the road to amancipa-
child. Louis S.
Sawyer Av.
Vineburg, 1411 S.
had been ordered not to discuss the
testimony. The court told us that it
could sentence us to two months' im
prisonment for the said contempt.
However, we were informed that this
one offense would be passed, but we
were warned not to repeat it.
Thereupon we determined that if
we were gagged in Vera Cruz we
would ungag the testimony in the
United States. We made up our minds
that we would carry the matter to
the tribunal of public opinion at home
by having that naval court's record
unveiled after it reached Washington.
To that end Correspondent Shepherd
demanded of the court that all ques
tions and answers go into the record.
Then the court blew up!
Commander Day angrily interrupt
ed with the remark: "I'm tired of
hearing this person (Shepherd) dic
tate to this court."
Thus stirred up, the president of
the court, Capt. Grant, said: "I'm
running this court. You can't dictate
to me. I'll put what I like into the
record and keep out what I please."
Then the three judges fell to quar
reling among themselves as to pro
cedure, wliat they should do next. It
was clearly a case of being up in the
air over Shepherd's demand. Finally
Capt. Grant ordered the court cleared
and the incident closed for -the day.
Vera Cruz, Mexico. I have
beheld the United States navy trying
to bulldoze, intimidate and throttle
American journalism, which is so
much bigger than the navy that there
is no comparison.
This is the concluding chapter of
my story of what happened after I
had printed the boast of Ensign Rich-''
ardson, who told me before a dozen
witnesses that he and his squad had
shot down unarmed prisoners at the
battle of Vera Cruz. I wrote the story
because I believed him as an officer
and a gentleman.
Very well. On Monday, July 13,
Correspondent Shepherd and I were
again summoned before the naval
court of inquiry, Capt. Grant, presi
dent, aboard the battleship Texas.
Capt. Weeks, the American censor at
Vera Cruz, was also summoned.
Weeks was called upon to read
copies of the news stories on the first
day's session of the court which Cor
respondent Shepherd sent to the Unit
ed Press and I sent to the Newspaper
Enterprise Association by cable.
Weeks said that Gen. Punston had
ordered him, the censor, to let our
dispatches pass.
The court then told us that we were
in contempt of the navy court for
sending these djsnatches, because we
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