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THE INFINITELY INTERESTING COMMON PEOPLE
Skygac gets tangled up In some heart-throb stuff. Writes an nn orthodox letter and gives some unorthodox advice. Skvgac sat in his study. Said study being Um other half of a two-room twu-by-twicc flat. Tht janitor had had a chill and in consequence the Hooverizcd radiator was emitting a gentle warmth, far in excess of its usual activities. The flat wns actually comfortable, not as to si 7e but as to warmth. Junior Tattoo purred faithfully at his stand upon the imitation quarter-sawed-oak dresser and registered four minutes to seven on" the evening of a blustery February day. The latest issue of a literary trade journal had just arrived and Skygac expected to spend the evening enjoying its contents. In the department headed, 'The Kxperienee Exchange" Henry Flury, a teacher of Eng lish Literature, had written an analysis of the situation in re gard to the magazine world. Here is what Skygac read- "Ted Olsen may not have in tended to stir up a hornet's nest in "A word to the average reader", but before he has seen the thing thru he mav find such to be the case, lie may consider me as a hornet and listen to my "buzz'- for a while. The magazines occupy a stra tegic position in the realm of moulding public opinion, that no other agency does. The news l.aper once held the respect of the people, but it is rapidly losing caste- among the intel ligent people, partly on account of its catering to sensational ism by billboard headlines and partly because many feel that it is an advertising agency rather thtll a disseminator of truth. ' ' Why are the magazines burd ened with such drivel?" asks Olsen. "There are two ex tremes", he says, "the morbidly psychological and tin frothy and superficial. Between them there is an immense range of oppor tunity. Common people are in finitely interesting it' you only knor. it." Quite so, quite so, Ted. This "immense range of opportunity' is however ( I fear) going to be virgin territory foi many a day fOr the following reason: In the majority of cases the magazines are owned and operated for nu ! by the 'big interests' or those that have the same psychology, and any storv that deviate! from economic orthodoxy is a "black beast'' and sent home to its author where it very prop erly belongs. Certainly it should not be allowed to disgrace t)iO respectable pages of a good vertising medium and detract, from the financial value of th.' same. "What the magazines are suf fering from is a case of literary inbreeding due to this policy of ecouomic exclusion. Owners rather than editors -Vould re ceive the onus of our jour nalistic spleen. Because they have experienced this power, this "bread and butter" power for so long now they have produced in literature the same result that prevails in the profesion ct teaching, namely they have forc ed the best out of the ranks until only the worst is left. In order to be specific let me tell VOU how that much adver tised and verbose "Saturday Evening Post" strikes me. !n the first place it advertises eonspiciouslv its large circula tion, thereby it is a uood adver tising medium, (and its rates fixed accordingly). The print is so fine that I seldom am able to read more than one artii le when T have the time to waste on it. T find that T have a n -gnlar game of tag with myself dodging the ads sandwiched in between the "stories," (ot is it tie "stories" in between the ndsT) and trvir.g to follow tiic thing whcie it is "continued ' '. The Tost, in line with all the Curtis publications. CAREFUL LY AVOIDS ANY SRRTOIH COXSIOEKATTOX OF ECONO MIC ISSl'KS in its stories an I accepts only those that treat of their, in a flippant manner. Sup p( rficinlity, the mediocre, charac terizes it. What tie magazines necil in a re-conversion to the new prin ciples of Democracy that arc sweeping the whole civilized vnrld: then we shall hnVO Some short stories that reflect this life of "the infinitely interest in;; common people The common people are inten sely interested at present ill their own economic salvation. That ;s the thing that has the "hef-rt-throb' in it, and thai is the thing that is conspiciously absent in the magazine stories of to day " 'Mmt wr.s what Henry FUny wrote It was not the "buzzing" ef a hornet but a sound analysis of one evil of today. Tn the HUH1 department of the same journal Skygac discovered a vein of tlifl "heart-throb" material berlu before mentioned, .'. R. E after writing of some attempts in the field of amateur litrarv efforts and expressing th. hope that as she is still in her twenties her ambition may yej be realized, penned the following iketeh of human misery, "And now since; you cuur.oi realize the degredation and hu miliation which it costs me to admit my difficulties, 1 air; going to "fess up" as some poor miserable creature may be enduring the same inferno and this may be the means of spur ring her to rise above the mire. I am a normal graduate, the daughter of a well-to-do physician-father and a graduate in music also. At twenty years of age, I ii.arried a wealthy but practically illiterate farmer, thirteen years my senior. Having had his fling he has sought to crush my am bition, youth and ideals. Ho does not approve of ma gazines, books, witingi picture shows, card-playing or fancy work. May God forgive him for it, but he has beaten, kicked and insulted me and allows me ab solutely no recreation of his free will. lie forces me to go to bed at seven P. M. at the only hour that I really feel inspired to write. The only pleasures that I have are stolen. I have a good home to which T could return, but there are three little children to whom I feel that I owe the possession of a home, and it is for their sake that I remain in bondage. The only time I have for writ ing is when my tyrant is away But Cod helping me, I intend to succeed In spite of all this, tMt 1 may leave a legacv of worthy accomplishment to my little girls. Can any of von, dear readers reveal greater determination than this9" There is "heart-throb" ma terial in abundance! There is tragedv in a chill wife "hooked up" with a "ty rant" thirteen vears her senior. There is pathos in the pitiful childlike faith of her "Cod help tan lier" made doubly tragic by the knowledge that she had u: opportunity to learn differently in the days when she- was bo coining a normal graduate. There is humor in hei dopendance upon "7 P. M. inspiration" for her fund of Information by which she hopes to leave a "legacy of worthy eeeompHehmeiit" in the literary world. There is comodv in this story of the lady nit runner who believed in "free will" but who could not practice it because "her tyrant wouldn't let her!" The spineless wife of Rn "il literate" husband, glorying in her martyrdom, suffering from overindulgence in self-pity, en during the kicks and beatings of "her tyrant" for the poor privilege of "the possession" of such a home! Pathos, tragedv. pitv or con demnation, here is material for a story of many angles. Skygac decided she wns not so much in need of sympathy as advice and wrote her a letter as follows: To J. R. E. A Blinded Soul :n Pain. Dear, Martyr-Criminal, After reading your "confession" in the Journal of 210, I could not resist the temptation to write to you and give you some bad'y needed advi.e! You say, "you are going to 'fess up' as some poor miserable creature may lie enduring the same inferno nnd this may bo the means of spurring her to rise above the inire." PHYSICIAN, HEAL THY bFLF. So? You are, "remaining in bondage for your children's sake?" First, I presume, you remained in bondage "for the sake of appearances." Later you remained in bond age, "for the sake of the child." Still later it was no longer child but children. Did it ever occur to you that your actions were criminal? Not criminal pprhaps in the sense -ttite-uiauc ion, uui. crfminfi. in the sence of the higher mo rality which has to do with the right of a child to be well bom .' A child's mother owes it a home, not merely a ..possession'' or a place to stav You have never giver, your children a home. You could not. with a "tyrant" instead of a mate for a husband. A child's mother owes it a parentage it can respect. Can the fruit of your labors respect an "illiterate tyrant" who does not approve of nny of the re finements of civilization? Can they even approve of you, once they find out that you are so spineless that you will continue to live with a man who has "beaten, kicked and insulted nu"? Surely, your "ambitions anil ideals" can not be very lofty, or you would break the intoler able bonds and give your chil drcn an inheritance of u homo free from the conditions you describe! Eagles should mate wi'h eagles and crows with crows. When mated otherwise the offspring (it any) are hybrids. You cau not undo the past but you CAN plan more wisely for the future. The careful mother, the one who ' ' reveals the greater determi nation" feeds thnt she owes her children the right to be we'll born. Can a child be well-born that is sired by a seven o'clock wife-beater? While you cannot undo the past, you CAN givo your children a mamma who can smile, an honest-to-gooelness smile that bubbles up from the fount of a life rightely lived, not the hypocritical smile that is FORC ED for the sake of appearance" You are, if you only knew ir, a most fortunate woman in one respect; you have a good home to which you are welcome to re turn. Hasten Thee! Echini at once, and stand not upon the order of your going! Oivo your children a chance to grow up in an atmosphere of lovo and confidence and mutual understanding. fiive them an opportunity to share in the rc sponsihilities and the refiac nients of civilization. Natere, if you will but heark en, fairly shrieks at you, "Adapt yourself." Oct out of your impossible en vironment at once, frr the sake of yourself, your children who are, and the possibilities of tho future. If life has nothing better to offer than birth, reproduction, misery and death, then it wore better that death come early a3 it does to the swine. Stop rut running. Quit living in the tomorrow of hope and begin cashing-in on the realities of today. Live each day as though yen know it to be your last. Live so that YOU can approve of yourself and laughter will rise to your lijis. the tang and joy of life will sparkle in your eyes anil ex istence will cease to be the "in ferno" you describe, and will 1 ome an anthem filled joy. Then VOU will find love. Not an imitation love, which is in reality Inst bent upon having its fling, but a love based upon the per feci companionship ot equality. Manx believe, but few have the courage to act. Be a self starter for your self, and spur yourself to "rise above the n:ire". Physician, heal thyself, Yours for your own happiness, Skygac. Junior Tattoo registered the midnight hour. Skygac wondered how many people would agree with the advice he had written lie knew that J. R. E. was not herself to blame. He knew that she was the product and the victim of her environment. He knew that while she was strug gling tc get that Normal educat ion the educational system it self was controlled in the in terest of the dominant class and that she had been robbed in her infancy of the opportunity to know even the fundamental great truths of the evolution of life. J. R. E. is a type, far too common in America. How many thousand or million of her there may be, we as -i nation are too prudish to find out. Besides, it is net to the economic advantage of the dominant class for woman to ho economically freed from bondage. And because it is to the economic interests of the do minant class, wf still have the unfair and intolerable condition of women held in economic boud ;igc, unovently matched in love less tho legal marriftges, en uring :;1 the pangs of a lov eless life, of opportunity denied, of hopes shattered and ambitions crushed. Because of the ignor ance and religious superstitious fostered by the dominant class women are forced to bear :i fruitage of children who are the unwelcome and nndesired off spring of Inst: children who arc damped before birth to a joyless life as devoid of initiative as the ordinary woman in the or dinary pastor's "fleck". And all because the present order of things makes man a slave to the industrial conditions and woman, who is economically di pendant upon the man, a sla- e of a slave. A slave doubly born, a slave of I radii ion and custom and a slave of man. Happiness within the marriage relation IS possible, but before that possibility may became a reality, there MUST be equality, Rqnality in education, in men tality, in age, and above all, in economic opportunity. Thinking of tlieso heart throbs of the infinitely interesting common people, Skygac place 1 the dust ap on his mill, took down the Murphy in-ador from its nnaired two by six prison, wound Junior Tntto. opened tnc one window in the flat and iv tired for the night, leaving the Hoovorized radip.tcr as cold as the love of a woman who finds horself in economic bondage to a tyrant who is legally her hus band and economically Iter over lord and master. Marguerite Prevey Kidnapped -o- Continuec; from page 1. -The economic conditions in every country determine the form of organ ization and method of propaganda to be adopted. In order efficiently to organize our movement here, we must clearly understand th" political and economic structure of the United States. "AlthroRb the United States is cal led political democracy there is no op portunity whatever for the working el-ss through the regiilnr political machinery to effectively OPPOM the will of the capitalist class. "However, we do not ignore the value of voting, or of electing can didates to public office so long es these are of assistance to the workers in their economic struggle. Political campaigns, and the election of public officials, provide opportunities for showing up capitalist democracy, edn citing the workers to n realization of their class position, and of demonstrat ng the necssity of their class position, and of demonstrating the necessity for thfl overthrow of the capitalist system. But it must be clearly emphasized that the chance of winning even advanced reforms of the present capitalist systcn at the polls is extremely remote; and tvrn if it were possible, these reform would not weaken the capitalist i-ystem. ' ' Attorney Sliarts proved to nny one one whose ears were attuned to a sense of logic that the charges were groundless, One of n lnrge number of Coinnnir, ists and Communist Labnritcs who were recently indicted by a ('hicngo (Irand Jury for organizing the Com munist Labor Party there in Aujje't last, Mrs. Prevev was nr, sted nenrl three weeks ago nt her home near Akron. Her extradition from Ohio was sought and Governor Cox had approved the extradition papers nnd allowed lor arrent in his office by an agent of Illinois when her attorney Jos. W, Sliarts of Davton denmndeil that the formalities of the alw and legal pre- eeilnre be complied with by Ohio authorities before she could be taken. She was placed in the county jail nt Columbus ami bail denied. At the henr ing on extradition Judge Kincead ruled that before he could properly grant the extradition of the prisomr, the state of Illinois would have to prove to his satisfaction that the Communist Labor Party wns formed for the pur pose of overthrowing the government of the United States "by violence nnd unlawful means" in violation of the criminal syndicalism law of Illinois. Cites Cleveland case. Testifying on the witness stfl'hd, Secretary Allison related the case of tl i arrest of five officials of the Party at Cleveland in October Inst, The testimony showed thnt ct nn or ganization meeting himself with four others had been arrested and charged with the same offense Under the Ohio criminal syndicalism law. At the hear ing before Judge Mnylnn the Party Pint form wns submitted as evidence ;( the lnwless character of the Commun ist Lnbor Ps.ty. but Judge Moyl.in refused to bind the accused over lo the Ornnd Juiv and dismissed the ense. The trnnseript of the evidence in this ense which contained n speech of Mrs. Prevev ' which was delivered nt the meeting, wns not nt hnnd, it having been delayed in reciting Columbus, but it wns shown thnt the cases pnrnlled. Attorney Sliarts moved for n ills missnl of tho ense. It wns denied. Judge Kineend, in his decision, stated ihat tin deebirnl ion of the Party's Plat form declnring Itself to bo in harmony with the principles of the TkM International constituted n prop er bnsis for the nrrest of the prisoner Wt being sntisfied in other pnrticulnrs ns te the extradition processes ho would grant the extradition of the prisoner tn Illinois. An appeal was taken by Mrs. Prevev 's nttornevs nnd a Msy of execution of S hours was grnnteil in order to perfect thr np peal to the Court of Appeals. Tie entry to that effect went on that nfternoon and the following morning a further stny of execution was grant ed by the Court of Appeals at Dayton until the case could be heard before it and a summons wns issued. Habeas corpus may release Mrs. Prevey. Lenrning of the kidnapping of their client by the violators of the law, the sacredncss of which they prate sn much about, Mrs. Prevey 's nttornevs at once wired Win. A. Cunnen of Chi cago to start habeas corpus proceedings in the Chicago Federal Court for the return of the prisoner to Ohio. A certified transcript of the proceedings of the hearing nt Columbus hns been forwnrded to nttomev Cunnca. It is expected that before this issne reaches our renders Mrs. Prevey will have been returned to Ohio nnd placed at lenst for the present, out of reach of these wolves of capitalism, who-" disregard for their own Inws would disgrace even the society of savages Hut capitalism knows but one law - thnt of brute force. And if its hcn men have gone insnne with power, !t behooves tho workers to bring about a state of society wherin such beasts will be kept in subjection. COMRADES ATTENTION I Old Pontage Stamps or original envelopes or entire stamp collections bought at highest prices, if you hnve nnything to offer, call at the office of the Toiler or phone Harvard 363 OBN088ENI Ich knufe nnd r.ablc die hocrhstcn Prelse fucr altn Brl f mnrken und Brief marken Sammbingen. Im Falle Sie et wns su offerioren haben, komntcn oder schrcibon Hie rur Redaction dieeior JJcitung, oder mfen Sic Harvard 3(1.19 figur". In either case he and lis fn i- ilv face starvation. No matter which master he chooses, of each dollar that he produces, a part Trill go to the bond nnd stockholders o' the corporation for which he works. Ho will labor, and they without play ing any part in the production of the things that are needful for tho mnin tenai.ee of life, will be able to en joy themselves out of the wealth whieh Mike Donovnn produces. Lincoln used a phrase which fits the case exactly. Mecanse ot Ins owner ship ot the means of livelihood, the cnpitniis'. is able to say to the worker, "You work and toil nnd earn bread (ltd I'll eat it." Lincoln used that phrnso in a debate over the issue of Chattel slavery, but it rings as true todftj as it did in 18!8. Define slavery as the ownership of the body and slavery disnppeared in HB5. Define it as n system which com pels one man to support another out of the product of this labor, and slav ery is more prevalent in 1020 thnn it wns in I860. Slavery today is n mutter of -owner ship by Hie few. and that slavery can never be abolished until those who work own the jobs on which they nre employed, Thnt is the new basis for 'liberty and on that basis alone cnu liberty be set up. BE DEFINING LIBERTY (Continued from 1st page.) John Donovan now hns the choice of staving on with the steel enrporniion at 50 reft, nn hour or going with the Illinois Centrsl rnilrond at the same You Will Help Sure, von '1 help the Cartoon r.e count to brighten up a bit If we'd quit publishing cartoons, vou'd be, one of the first to register disap pointment wouldn't you? Well, wo Yd hate to disappoint nny of our readers, especially by leaving out the cart; oons. But vou know they are expensive, and paper is higher and printing is higher too that it has ever been. Iiight now. you nre paving nioro for your capitalist dope sheets than yo'i ever did nnd of course yon have to have them we wonder if you will b. as gem rons with your own paper The Toiler? Take e hint, send In a bit to make the cartoon fund look better. Here's bow it stands to date Previously acknowledged $11.00 M. McMillan 2."c J. II. Rims 1.00 Win. Lemay 25 Hen Peterson l.dO S. R. Bedford 1.08 X. Y. Z. 50 Total lUJO Kxeerses 135.18 The Black Sheep Continuer' from pn?o 2. (Continued from 1st page.) -- jiikI mil of thai enforced labor comes the hue profits which fall iBto their coffare, Tho workers f Kansas nro up affainsl tin' mire old miestion of Life against Go vernment. So far in tho history of tho work!, Tiifo baa hIwmyh won out apainst GkJVtffnmont There is more reason today thrtn ovor hoforc to holiovo tlint in tho cmriinir conflict hotwoon tho Kansas work M and this infamous capitalist class moulded law, the lives and freedom of tht workors will wm, lint do you say, workers of Kansas? press themselves as those who nre willing nnd anxious to take the re- ponsibility of freedim and those who desire the freedom from responsibility. The 'let Oeorge do it' attitude will give rise to a new despotism. For so ciety will always need laws and eighty percent of the people would rnther go to a picnic than to the legislature. Then there are other problems; for Instance the problem of over popula tion, the problem of the feeble minded, the problem of heriditary disease, All these mint bo regulated for the welfare of the race and they who do the re gulating will be the masters. 1 tell you bovs what the trouble is ns I see it. Nature turned the lizard into a bird by natural selection, nnd yon try bi turn an individual' calh minded slave mass into a social organism by talking to them." "Oh, well "Collins sniel, as lie straightened out the quilts upon the bed nnd proceeded to lace his shoes, the kid is young yet, when that brain of his becomes class conscious, by being rubbed against the struggle, then he will get over the merely the oretic part of his objections and put himself into the hnrness to orgnnie those who nre orgnninble. Just wait till his whiskers tickle his chin and he hns seen his own soul reflected in a woman's eyes, for whose fnvor he would glndly shed his blood, then he'll cm it thinking of beavers nnd li.nrds nnd ge! busy nn the system." "I thot you didn't like poetry," re nin rked the bov. "Taint poetry, 'tis facts," replied Collins. At this po'iit the jnilor entered with their breakfast. It was about ten o'clock. He said thnt thn kid had better get his clothes on nn the judge would want to see him by and by, so saying he left them to wonder whnt the new developments might be.