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The semi- MONTHLY MAGAZINE SECTION
A Magazine for Reading table
CONTRIBUING EDITORS' PAGE
The Rev. Henry R. Rose
Free Speech and the
Golden Rule
Rev. Henry R. Rose
Church of the Redeemer
Newark, New Jersey
BETWEEN license and liberty of
speech as practised in the recent
Presidential campaign there is a
difference which, in this Christmas sea
son, it may be in keeping , to review and
to emphasize while sundry campaign
echoes are still in the air. Especially
echoes of the bullet stopped by the for
mer president of the United States.
It is a matter for serious reflection
that three out of nine of our Presi
dents have been assassinated, and that
a fourth has been put in jeopardy of
his life. Nor is" this all; for strong
men, useful men and needed men in
other walks of public life have within
recent years either been killed by hired
assassins or terribly wounded by irre
sponsible fanatics, while going faith
fully about their duties. What are we
coming to? I do not mean that we are
to worry so much about the men who
do the shooting — most of them weak
minded and abnormal creatures —as
we are to worry about the conditions
that lead and contribute to such abnor
mal manifestations. When Lincoln was
shot, Phillips Brooks said: "I lay this
accident not so much to the hand of
the murderer as to the condition of so
ciety which made the deed possible."
The Journalism of Distortion
"DLAME must be centered on the
■k* abusive speakers and abusive news
papers that have in themselves a pas
sion for distortion, for this attempt on
the life of Theodore Roosevelt. They
and their type had already been re
sponsible for the shooting of Lincoln;
they had already been responsible for
the shooting of McKinley, and they
are responsible for the bullet fired in
Milwaukee. Lincoln was abused out
rageously in his own day by certain
reckless sections of the press. McKin
ley was maliciously attacked by the
same type of twentieth century high
wayman. And the so-called Bull Moose
leader has been assailed and maligned
as much as, if not more than, any man
in the history of American politics.
This is no brief against honest criti
cism of party principles publicly ex
pressed — but it is submitted as an in
dictment of those organs of public
opinion that hysterically indulge in bit
terness and unfairness.
Egging on the Assassin
HP HERE can be no doubt that news
*• papers, having no sense of their
great responsibilities, worked upon the
weak and suggestible mind of the
would-be assassin at Milwaukee and
\ /
COVER DESIGN —"WHO'S AFRAID!" . . . M. M. GRIMBALL
I'age
FREE SPEECH AND THE GOLDEN RULE— Editorial HENRY R. ROSE 2
THE WHEEL MRS. JACK LONDON 3
Illustrations bp FVrcy E. Cowen
A STUDY IN CHARCOAL . . Drawn bp CHARLES DANA GIBSON 4
PAPA POCHARD'S TREE .... ELLIS PARKER BUTLER 5
Illustrations bp Adrien Machefert
THE LORD OF ALL EDWIN MARKHAM 7
THE COWBOY WHO WENT SHOPPING THOMAS GRANT SPRINGER 8
Illustrations hp R. G. Vosburtfh
NEW WRINKLES 14
LOOKING FORWARD TO THE NEXT NUMBER 15
, .-* _ *. ' \1 i_- . ■ ' - '*!- r -.', ; ' /■ ■ .*..*' " - ' ■ ■■■■■' .-'.*»-
A cracker-jack of a Xmas present
Remember when you were a
kid? The presents that were
all shiny and bright, and that
"worked!" Weren't they the
ones you were proudest of ?
Something for your room— something
you could use all year— something like big
people had in their room's. The sensible
presents appealed to you best when you
were a kid. Think back a bit and see.
Then think of Big Ben for those boys
and girls.
Toys, of course, should never be dis
placed. It wouldn't be Christmas with
out them. But mix in useful things
things that develop pride and that make
little people feel responsible. Give
them presents to live up to and to live up
with. Don't make the mistake of think
ing they don't feel the compliment.
Wβ have secured first class Advertisers to talk to you, are you a good listener?
Let one thing that meets the eye of
your little boy and girl on Christmas
Morning be that triple nickel-plated,
jolly, handsome, pleasant looking, ser
viceable and inspiring clock— BlG BEN.
See if you don't'hear them say: "Why!
Isn't that a crackerjack! Is that for me
to use myself ?"
Big Ben is a crackerjuck-of-a-Christnias-prcs
ent to give to any friend. He's two presents in one,
a dandy alarm to wake up with, a dandy clock to
tell time all day by. He stands 7 inches tall. He's
got an inner vest of steel that insures him for life—
big, bold, black hands you can see at a glance in the
dim morning light without ever having to get out of
bed—large comfy keys that almost wind themselves
and a deep, jolly ring that calls just when you want,
and either way you want, five straight minutes or
every other half minute for ten minutes unless you
flag him off.
Big Ben is sold by 18,000 watchmakers. His
price is $2.50 anywhere in the States, $3.00 anywhere
in Canada. If you can't find him at your jeweler's
a money order mailed to Westclox, Lα Salle, Illinois,
will send him wherever you say, attractively boxed
and express charges paid.
egged him on to hii dastardly deed.
There can be no doubt tliat a continu
ance of such ebameful practises may at
any time inspire other assaults that
may have a more calamitous ending.
The victim in this instance, standing
with I lie bullet in his body, put the
blame where it assuredly belonged when
he said: " Now, 1 wish to say seriously
to the speakers and newspapers, irre
spective <>! parties, that they can not,
month in and month out, year in and
year out, make the kind of slanderous,
bitter and malevolent assaults they
have made, and not expect that brutal
and violent characters, especially when
the brutality is accompanied by a not
too sound mind — they can not expect
that such natures will be unaffected by
it " _______^
Billingsgate Should be Criminal
A STO t he remedy: should there not
•**• In , a law, with severest penalties)
against saying in public print anything
that one gentleman would not say to
or of another gentleman to his lace?
Disguise it as one may, an anonymous
editorial is a personal thing, written by
a man who knows what he is writing,
and he should be held as accountable
for it as though he stood in tiie market
place and shouted the words from His
own lips to the four quarters of the
city. Surely loose billingsgate and
slander emitted on platforms and in
print should be stopped, ('ertainly it
can be stopped) and it will be stopped
it' the people, laying aside all partisan
ship and remembering the (Jolden Kule,
will demand that an end be put to it
by the courts — and that measures to
thai effect Ik , taken without shilly-shal
ly 7 ing. ■ M^_ , M
Asylums for the Abnormal
"TPIIE other menace to be dealt with
•*• at once is made up of those ab
normal human beings drifting: up and
down the cities of the land. They are
poor, irresponsible fellows, for the
most part, and are more to be pitied
than punished; and yet, they embody
an evil that urges attention. They are
so suggestible as to become assassins
on the slightest provocation and op
portunity. Kxamine and put them
away where no harm will be done them
and where they can do no harm. A
great man — regardless of politics or
factional considerations — is too costly
a product and too much of an asset to
have his life jeopardized in any way
that can be readily avoided.
Individual Accountability
'p'KEIO Bpeeeh is one of the three cher
*■ ished rights of American citizen
ship. There is all the more reason that
it be used scrupulously, especially in
pasting things on that tend to hurt the
good name of a neighbor or to inflame
the weak and ignorant. Only an j4t~
herently vicious spirit feels any obliga
tion to believe or chronicle loose talk
and current rumor. Not a day passes
but affords an opportunity to throw
into the mental waste basket many a
tiling , that should never have been writ
ten or said, and we are responsible be
fore the Bar of the Public Good that
we use this waste basket instantly and
advisedly. Say nothing- when you can
not say β-ood. Say something , good if
you possibly can. Let courtesy and
honor be the watchwords of the pen as
well as tongue.

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