Oklahoma Leader (Oklahoma City, Okla.), Vol. 2, No. 163, Ed. 1 Tuesday, February 21, 1922 Page: 6 of 6

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CI Editorial
Oklahoma Leader
Published every d y except Sunday by Tbe Oklahoma Trader Co.
Oscar Amerlnger
Dan Hogan
John Hagel
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17 West Third Street, Oklahoma City. Okla.
P. O. Box 777. Telephone Maple <600
Entered a. sscond class ra 1t matter Jun.. 1,19«. «t thePostofflc.
Oklahoma City. Oklahoma, under the Act of Man
afti The railroad labor hoard, the employers, and the admin-
istration at Washington seem determined to force the coal
Aniners and the railway workers into a strike.
w1t The eight-hour dav on the railroads is abolished right at (
Ihe very time when a shortening of the workdays is absolutely ,
•"Vcessary in order to give employment to more men and to
Relieve the condition of unemployment. A hard won measure
H ,f justice therefore goes to the dogs.
Zm The coal miners are in despair. They do not have enough
reHvork to eke out even a miserable existence. In thiss ituation
JJIJhe employers arc attempting to beat down their wages and
ondestroy their union.
"ur The employers themselves on the other hand, ar allowed
Charge outrageous prices for coal. They are not only al-
lowed to hold up the miners, but they are allowed to hold up
'"he public also.
>m Under these circumstances it is hard to see how a strik
i u)n the part of the blind railroad men and the blind coal
niners can be avoided.
J we say "blind," because they have shown by their actions
Sit. the ballot box that they are blind. They have steadily voted
">Ho keep their economic enemies in power. 1 he executives, the
,hehourts and the department of "justice" are against them when-
ever a strike comes—because the offices are in the hands ot
to 'heir enemies—and the offices are in the hands ot their enemies
"because they voted for their enemies.
trei Because thev have the powers of government against
their chances of winning a strike are slim. They are
•tr*i the right—but they have approached the problem from the
,.m>ng angle.
1> t Furthermore, the administration cannot permit a con -
" Mete tie-up of the railroads and the coal mines. The admin-
titration will jump with alacrity to the rescue of the employ-
s';, because it is a capitalist administration.
Ihe If the strike were for the public ownership of the rail-
Vtaoads and the mines, it would be a strike for the benefit of
V't least nine-tenths of the people—as well as a strike for
nothe benefit of the railway and coal workers.
1 01 Work and vote for public ownership of the railroads and
ser .
sucHincs. . ,, .a
laul If you strike, strike for the public ownership of the rail-
tia'tpads and mines.
bav Then you will have the sympathy of the people with you
"'-whereas if you strike over a mere matter of your own pay,
Zou will have the public against you, and, even if you won,
bmou would settle nothing, but merely postpone the settlement.
es"/ublic ownership would solve your problem.
■■j A visiting lady says that if we Americans realize our
n>«uty toward immigrants and teach them what the govern-
i;0pyright lif.' >> - An > ompan>.
lon« before 1 had finished. Ah the
last words came from my lips she
drew a sibilant breath.
"Was ever anything more directly
an Intervention of Providence?" she
asked. "The next thing is to get
Katherine here as quickly as pos-
sible. When Is that letter dated?"
- I turned'quickly to the heading:
"Three days ago."
Lillian mused an instant.
-Will That Do?w
id Jack was going 'within
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Adele Garrison's New Phase of /-
Revelations of a Wife
mi. kr tmtan fcnta, Im.
Why Lillian Telwsplied Katherine sick for you sometimes Love to
llicketf. u'l the dear ones.. Affectionately
Lillian extended her hand foi anNVOT BICKETT"
I UUlan w'as alum's hot. uprtcht
side again.
"Please read it to me." she said.
"I have a beastly headache."
She gesteured to a low chair, and
sank back Into her own as she spoke.
I looked keenly at her. notlclnn the
lines etched deeply at the side of her
mouth sure sign of nervous strain
with Lillian—and then I realized that
the question of providing proper es-
pionage for the wounded man in the
hospital was worrying her more than
, she had betrayed to me. I day. at
! -Of course I answered settled , , Too ,OBg. Katherine
comfortably Into the low chait and , mugt kn(nv lha( „ (. wan, and
began to read. • . prpnarinK to come on. so she can
• Dearest Madge/; the etter began^ j *< P ^ he ^ Thf„-H
, "I can imagine you turning lo the , wa„ Mad„e You've sot to
signature of this, and murmuring. j decline." Isn't that what
•Katherine Sonnot Blckett «here , K ..,a,ldnll„hers called It? Then
!caanllot\l!rmre you fwThave been|Ja.k. dca;-, will have his scruples
i ll^eT",' f.w°r=deV,r„oI" :"Thae was *e faintest tinge>ln her
1 have not the time to write yon the lone ol something hlch 1 111,(1
Ions letter which is your due. and marked in the days before Jack and
i which 1 long to pen. But 1 must Katherine «ere mariled-an almost
> ollr nPWH contemptuous disapproval of my
i ' . . " , lon_ it brother-cousin, which she generally
; has ST^cU^over hi. health,
1 h^V.tefue|lylreUvercd'yet.tb0u"perhaps did betray itself. I always ignored it
i a in too femininely fearful, as!be t0 COBtrMt anything
I derful' cbaneeTn "sou'ttl America, but | Jrom T. a to^
! it is on a job where he cannot pos- lightly. But joull have to „ive me
slblv take me. Of course, his idea is the details.
for'me to stay safely here in our "Easy.' she declared succinctly,
home until he comes back, months. ; the light of creation In her eyes,
perhaps a year from now. But you "Just hand me that portfolio beside
know that is something I could not you, will you, please.
possibly do. 1 should go stark mad 1 gave her the worn leather case
with inaction. ' which holds Lillian's most important
Lillian Has In Idea. papers, and she drew from it a
"So. when Jack has gone. I am package of telegraph blanks, impro-
going to take up my old profession vised a desk from a thick magazine,
again In a neighboring 'city.* near and set to work upon the message
•■nough for me to see to our little , 9iie wished to send.
home. But 1 am saying nothing to As I watched her I whimsically re-
hiin about it. for perhaps you remem- fleeted upon the elaborate wrlting-
ber his attitude toward wives work- case which an admiring friend had
ing for an income. So please do not once presented to her. and which she
mention my decision when you write, [had conscientiously tried to use for
Two Birthday*.
Ask 100 Americans to name a few
birthdays of men worth while
; tience, long mental endurance. He
could wait, and If every drop of
j blood drawn by the lash from the
bodies of slaves must be paid with
blood drawn by the bayonet, he
: could still say: "The judgments of
the Lord are true and righteous al- .
; together."
Avoiding tolllslo
You may read a man's whole char-
powers simply because those pow-
ers had not sense enough to refrain
from cutting each other's throats
first and bankrupting themselves in
war expense, afterward.
Born in a miserable hut, with a
dirt floor and no windows, on Feb-
| ruary 12, 18U9. murdered by a fa
'Why Do We Say"
natlc 56 years later, April 15, 1865,
Lincoln stands out above all others
. Q 3 ,5 « «s THE type of what an American
. | acter in few words. Seward said to u hQ There are other Nancv
will answer February 12 and teb. | Lincoln, in jest: "Mr. President, I | :.hio to nro.iuce
They know no other birthdays
of famous Americans except July 4
when the Declaration of Independ-
ence was born (by the way when the
senate ratifies the agreement to let
Japan and England manage the af-
fairs of this country. It will cancel
that declaration.)
Why is It that among 100.000,000
Americans only two national blrth-
spe<utv toward immigrants and teacn mem wnai tne guvcm- apart in character. Washington wa-s emancipation locicuuu
t°* a< tinrlc fnr tHpv will become loval citizens—and it is au aristocrat, standing at receptions wooden penhandle. such
y6t lent stands tor, tney Will occonie luytti hands behind Ills back no (Children bought for a p
numa i uuui- —
days are remembered? The two men I setts, an old abolitionist, got the pen
Washington and Llncolu. are far I with which Lincoln signed the
apart in character. Washington was Emancipation Proclamation. The
. .. I J... 1 II- . ag school
- Mr. President I Uanks in America, able to produce
hear you turned out tor a colored ; other Uncolns aml they will appeal-
woman on a muddy crossing the ( when the Ume ,g rlpe. Not a great
other day." i soldier llke Washington, not brilliant
"I don't remember." answered Lin- j in statesmanship, like Hamilton, or
coin, "but I think it very likely, for in political management like Jeffer-
I have always made it a rule that if SOIli Lincoln is the American most
people won't turn out for me, I will worthy of the people's affection and
for them. If I didn't, there would admiration.
be a collision." Lincoln's Liberty.
George Livermore. of Massachu-
myiur own fault if they become radicals.
They cannot become genuinely loyal citizens without be-
for nming radicals.
*hk° It is an excellent thing to meet the immigrants, guide
fenmem to homes and friends, afford them opportunities to leurn
English language, and provide them with jobs if possible.
P°"^' When it comes to leaching them what the government
®rl"ands for, they should be taught the truth.
" w If they are taught that the government was meant by
onra.<i founders to stand for freedom, but that selfish men have
Indot control of it and are misusing it for their own venal pur-
poses, this would bo the truth—and would make radicals out
ESJr the newcomers.
What is loyalty?
w"il Loyalty to America docs not consist in accepting the evils
ih. g they are, and making believe that they are good. Loyalty
J,Inquires a citizen to try to make America stand for freedom,
poiitnd that means that a really loyal citizen must necessarily
what the moldy conservatives call a radical.
..ith his hands behind his back no , children bought for a penny, was
shaking hands with common people j marked at the end by Lincoln's teeth,
for him. He rode In state with four j He thought hard before he signed
fancy horses, was one of the richest that proclamation. In his mind, the
men in America, believed in the Presidency was not HIS—he was
rights of all men, but by no means
In their equality. He was a tighter
by profession, and a magnificent
only a trustee.
"If slavery is not wrong, nothing
is wrong. I cannot remember when
I did not think so, and yet I have
Lincoln was the simplest of human never understood that the Presiden
l<abor, Plumb Tlan Weekly.
The United States Geological Survey in Bulletin No. 238,
nder date of February 4, 1922, gives the following report on
/time lost" in the coal mining industry:
"In the twenty-year period, 1900-1910, the operators re-
nted a total loss of 124,747,199 man-days through strikes,
it the loss attributable to other causes was 1,053,576,000 man-
tys, or eight and one-half times as great as the strike loss,
o put it in another way: In the two decades American coal
iners lost one and one-sixth billion working days, of which
).5 per cent was ascrible to strikes and 89.5 to other causes,
lief of which are no market, car shortage, and mine disability."
Inefficient railroad operation, from which arises car short-
re, mistakes and inefficiencies of management, which are the
tuse of mine disability, other mistakes and bad judgment of
anagement, represented by an expansion of mine facilities far ^
>yond the needs of the public are reflected in that cause of ,
lemployment called "no market." '
These causes of unemployment have inflicted upon the l
markers ten times the loss that they have suffered from strikes. ?
-tie public has been compelled to bear all these losses in the
.•ices it has paid; one-tenth of the burden coming l'rora miners' '
l'ikes to enforce an inherent right to a fair livelihood and
<*ne-tenths from inefficient management of that private owner- '
•*iip which controls our mines, our railroads, and our great i
°"dustries. 1
beings. Any good man
equal. He thought nothing of
wealth. His feelings were those of
other country Americans, brought up
with the village store as their idea
of Cosmopolitan life, the county court
house aud the legislature their con-
ception of Grandeurs' greatest height.
Best of' \mcricans.
America honors these two men, ut-
terly different, because they were
THOROUGH. Washington w as a
thorough fighting aristocrat, fighting
for the right of this part of Eng
land to separate from the rest. Lin-
coln was a thorough democrat, fight-
ing to prevent one part of this coun-
try separating from the rest. They
fought opposite fights, Washington
on the battlefield wearing the mili-
tary glory, Lincoln in council car-
rying all the worry and hate, no
glory, content, r.s he said, to hold the
stirrup for any man that would
mount and fight effilcenUy.
Both won. that is the main thing:
both were loyal, single-minded, sin-
cere and courageous, to a degree un
cy conferred upon nie an unrestrict
ed right to act officially upon this
Judgment and feeling.''
Slavery and Cotton.
Lincoln was thoughtful, patient,
slow and cautious where the people's
affairs were concerned. Hut "he was
not TIMID. He did not lack confi-
dence in his own country or its
power, even when divided against
This was a small country, torn by
Civil war, when Seward warned Lin-
coln that to free the slaves would
"break up the production of cotton
for sixty years." and that "foreign
Xtions would intervene to prevent
9 abolition of slavery for the sake j
of cotton."
He meant that England, already !
openly hostile, would attack the |
The modern class (of slave owners
and slave drivers are invited to con-
sider liberty as Lincoln defined it in
Baltimore, in 1864. We all declare
for Liberty; but in us/ng the same]
word, we do not all mean the same
With some the word Liberty may ;
mean for each man to do as he
pleases with himself and the product,
of his labor, while with others the
same word may mean for some men 1
to do as they please w ith other men
and the product of other men's la-
bor. Here are two not only differ-
ent but incompatible things, called
by the same name. Liberty.
Here are two descriptions of Lin-
coln. one by himself, one by Lowell.
In a brief autobiography, written in
1859, Lincoln says:
"If any personal description of mo
is thought desirable, it may be said
I am. in height, six feet four inches,
nearly ; lean in flesh, weighing on an
average one hundred and eighty
pounds: dark complexion with coarse
black hair and gray eyes. No other
marks or brands recollected."
When Lincoln was killed, ^well
wrote this:
"He knew to bide his time
And can his fame abide.
! Still patient in his simple faith
Till the wise years decide.
This expression, used most fre-
quently today when one makes new
debts to pay old ones, or in similar
occasions, dates back to the middle
of the 16th century-
It was in 1540 that the Abbey
Church of St. Peter at Westminster
i mow Westminster Abbey) was by
' letters patent raised to the dignity
of a cathedral. This meant that the
rentals of certain lands were signed
to its support and in a short whije
the treasury of the Abbey grew to
| considerable proportions.
I Ten years later, however, it was
decreed that its revenue could be
used for purposes outside of its in
dividual needs and a considerable
• sum was diverted to the repairs of
! St. Paul's Cathedral.
There was considerable opposition
to this financial transaction, both
among the clergy and among the lay-
men and a wag of those days is said
to have b'een responsible for the
phrase. "Why rob St. Peter to pay
St. Paul?"
Some claim that there are other
versions of this saying, one leading
hack to Biblical times. But tho one
I quoted above seems the most plaus-
although unless you reply to this the
day you receive it. your letter will
not reach me until after Jack has
gone, for he leaves within the week.
I "1 suppose I am a very bad wife to
! deceive Jack thus, but I have care-
fully submitted to his strictures upon
I earning money, while he was with
me. though sometimes it has been
bard to refrain from rebelling under
, the circumstances. But 1 simply can
I not obey this last demand. Ai\d there
' is such need for nurses, I am sure I
shall do splendidly. I have managed
not to get rusty by helping the local
aid societies whenever there has been
illness among the poor people of the
"I will send you my new address
when I know it. How I wish I were
nearer you! I get positively home
eek. Then she had read the riot
act. and had gone back to her maga-
"There!" she said at last, handing
me the result of her concentration.
"Will that do?"
"Madge in serious nervous condi-
tion,' I read. "Needs loving yet
professional care. In view of your
husband's absence, could you come
to her for awhile? Imperative we
know your decision immediately. If
you decide affirmative, please plan
start day of husband's departure If
possible." Madge most anxious to see
you. (Signed!
T smiled at her with rueful amuse-
ment. "I think that ought to turn
the trick," I said. -
More Truth Than Poetry
By James J. Montague
(Copyright. 1821. Th« Bell Syndicate, Inc.)
openly hostile, would attacK me • „.inc anH
North to protect her cotton mill in- i C"*4 ™Ptains with their suns and
terests. But Lincoln ran the United . drums \
Stales, for THE UNITED STATES.! Disturb our judRment for the
and after he had chewed his wooden hour,
cere and courageous. iu « urB.™ ■ pen handle and THOUGHT, he , But at last silence comes,
known to Ihe common herd. There ] signed the Emancipation Prochmi; These are all gone, and,
is a common herd, and very com- tlon, and England did not declare i ins 111<e a 'owtM'
mon although no one needs include 1 war upon us. Our children shall behold his fame,
himself In it ! I.Ineoli. Pre-eminent. 1 The kindly, earnest, grave, fore-
Washington represents the cour- That is a Lincoln incident that seeing man.
aae of the battlefield; the rare American statesmen, if there are any. Sagacious, patient, dreading praise.
flchtinK courage that stands up should think of now. as they pre-j not fame.
under repeated defeat and treachery.' pare to put this nation under the New birth of our new soil, the
l.incoln's was Ihe courage of pa- tutelage and guidance of foreign I first American.
Student Essayists:
The Poor Fish
For the best essay on
"What Should America Do With
Il*r Surplus Prod nets"
the Poor Fish suggests:
Follow the example of the banks
Appropriate it to our own use.
(With apologies.)
Woodman, spare that tree!
Touch not a single bough,
In youth it was small use to me;
But things are different now.
Although its fruit was sweet,
It had but small appeal,
More ardently 1 longed to eat
The fruit I had to steal.
But now this single tree ,
You fain would have attacked,
Is all the chance that's left to me
To beat the Volstead act.
The apples that 1 spumed.
Before the land went dry,
To sparkling cider may be turned
When ripened by and by.
Great jugs, with cider filled,
I'll bear upon my back,
To town, where they will be distilled _
To luscious apple jack.
And though, bleak, chill and raw
Shall blow the wintry blast,
I shall not know the Volstead law
Was ever even passed!
So Woodman, spare that tree,
Or there will be a row,
Those apples mean my hooch to me;
I'll fight to save 'em now!
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