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The Oklahoma Leader
No. 34—Vol. 6.
OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA, FEBRUARY 28, 1920.
THE OKLAHOMA LEADER
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GOVERNMENT BY BLOOD CLOT?
Because of the Lansing affair, some of our contemporaries
arc throwing out a hint that possibly the nation's chief executive
is not exactly :n his right mind, and that •something ought to be
done about it.
We do not profess to know anything about that—and those
who do know won't tell. Certainly, if there is any truth in it, it
ought to be made public, and action should be taken accordingly
—though, just what good it would do the country to jump from
Woodrow Wilson to Thomas R. Marshall, Is pretty hard to figure
However, a man does not have to be crazy in order to do
There were those who suspected that Theodore Roosevelt
was not in his right mind—because of his words and actions.
But that hypothesis was hardly necessary to explain him. Men
—especially conceited and egotistical men—may do very queer
and unexplainable things without being candidates for the
The truth is that the Lansing incident does not indicate lack
of balance on the part of the president any more than scores of
his acts when he was apparently in good health.
He has always lacked mental balance—not in the sense of
being insane, but in the sense of being short of the quality of
A president possessed of good judgment could, for example,
have handled the foreign affairs of the country in such a way
that there would have been but little danger of the nation having
to go to war. As for the peace treaty, the way in which he
bungled that affair is a cause of world-wide disappointment for
the hundreds of millions who once had confidence in him.
In lesser matters the same quality has been made manifest
with fatal regularity.
Reconstruction was shoved aside to take care of itself. The
railroad problem is to be disposed of in the very worst way
imaginable short of blowing up the property. The workers have
been punched in the face. Men of conscience are allowed to
languish in prison. High sounding words have been used to the
limit, and actions have been just the opposite.
Yet, through it all, he has represented the class that his
party and the Republican party stand for—the capitalist class.
It may be that he has had this blood clot for years and that
we, the American people, have been suffering from government
by blood clot. We have been suffering from something terrible,
that's certain. The capitalist system is sick with blood clot.
The voters need to look after their own mental status—and
put a man in the White House who has the right ideals and the
right principles and program.
UNCLE SAM—HERE'S HOPING
" B_00K_ RE
The Brass Check, by Upton Sin
clair. Published by the author,
Pasadena, Calif. Paper, 50 cents;
cloth, $1. (Three copies, paper,
$1.20; 10 copies, $3.50; by freight,
collect, 25 copies, 30 cents each).
The Brass Check is the symbol
of prostitution. It is the price of
a fallen woman. And it is the sym-
bol that Upton Sinclair selects to
represent the American press.
When you have finished reading
the 448 pages of this astonishing
book, you wish that some stronger
word could have been found to
symbolize American capitalist
journalism. For Sinclair has "the
goods on" the press. He has gath-
ered material for 20 years, and
here he presents it, and shows the
American people what a foul, cor-
rupt and poisonous thing their
press is, the source from which
they draw their information and
Sinclair is known as the author
of The Jungle, in which he "aimed
at the people's heart, and hit them
in the stomach." When he wrote
The Jungle he gathered material
on the meat industry of the coun-
try that could have caused a verit-
able revolution At the very least,
it should have resulted in the im-
mediate socialization of the pack-
ing industry, and the expropriation
of the exploiters and poisoners
who had had private control of the
people's meat supply.
It was the biggest "story" in de-
cades. Sinclair had "the goods."
A press that served the public
would never have let the story die
until the whole matter of the pois-
oning of the people was settled,
and settled right. But the capital-
ist press, vacillating between its
horror at the grewsome revelations
of Sinclair and its devotion to the
interests that insert numerous fuh
page advertisements, practically
killed" the story. The story ol
the "killing" of the story, the "in-
vestigation" of the truth of Sin-
clair's charges by the official press
agent of the packers, the "four-
j flushing" of President Roosevelt
nn the issue of pure food, the un-
Is the world coming to an end? There is one subject 0n hel.'evab,e corruptness of the capi-
which Elihu Root agrees with us! !talist P"ss Ln ,he whole matter, is
" WHERE WILL IT END?
The man on the street, the reader of the press, the observer
of events, knits his brows nowadays, as he looks upon the seeth-
ing unrest, and wants to know where it is all going to end.
During the war he thought he was living in great days, world
changing days, the days that were to put idealism into practice.
He has discovered that nothing that was promised has come.
He has also discovered that much that was not promised has
Among the things not promised, but very much delivered, is
this all-pervading social unrest. It not only was not promised,
but it is quite the opposite of the peace and happiness that was
So he is bewildered. He knows the people did not get what
they wanted. He knows they got what they didn't want. He
knows they are very much upset about it. He knows that they
have cast themselves loose from their moorings, so to speak, and
have set out for somewhere.
But where? That's the question that bothers him.
Honestly, most of them probably do not know themselves.
They have cut loose and are on their way, but they do not know
where they are going.
Yet there is no indefiniteness as to their goal—not to a per-
son who has been using his brains on these problems for a few
years. There is no more indefiniteness concerning it than there
is regarding the goal of the chrysalis when it is about to be
metamorphosed into a butterfly.
But the development is not a mere matter of instinct, as in
the case of the chrysalis. There are those who have studied the
laws of social evolution for years, who know what the next stage
of society must be, according to those laws, and who are there-
fore, prepared to lead the people aright.
We cannot say how much travail and turmoil must be gone
through before the goal is reached. We hope for the minimum.
Men and women have decided in their minds, and perhaps
more determinedly in their hearts, that they are going to have the
social square deal. There is no way to get it short of the aboli-
tion of the profit system whereby a few live off the many and
the substitution of the co-operative system for it.
That is the goal for which the race is headed. It is the great
hope about to be realized. Timid ones should brush away their
frowns and rejoice.
ELIHU AGREES WITH US
He says the president of the United States has powers
broader and more autocratic than are possessed by any sovereign
in the civilized world.
However, there's a difference.
Mr. Root says this because he wants the Republican party
to have a political advantage over the Democratic party in the
presidential election by taking up this issue.
But we say it because we want political democracy for the
American people. We want them to get out from under a dan-
gerous dictatorship which has already led to much trouble and
may lead to more at any time
told in The Brass Check in a man-
ner permanently to undermine the
confidence of the American people
in their press- if this story could
be "put over" to the people.
There are other stories; the Col-
orado strike story, in which Sin-
clair played a large part; the cor-
ruptness of the union card gover-
nor, Elias Ammons, and the treat-
j ment of a particular piece of mine-
; owner corruptness by the press
We take democracy seriously We do not merely give it Hp ^rnumerous m^or inadents ali
ice. We believe in it. We want both political and industrial j shoving the tendency of the C8pi_
to carry on ceaseless propaganda
for capitalism day and night. I
The book is a fascinating one.
Some readers might feel that there
is too much Sinclair in it; but Sin-
clair will probably retort that he!
writes from personal experience,!
and that he tried again and again |
to sink his own personarrty, and to
get the workers' side, the Social-
ist side of numerous questions be-
fore the public. And he found
again and again that to Sinclair,
propagandist of Socialism, the
press was a granite wall, while to
Sinclair, capitalist press made ec-
centric, acres of space were open
to describe his haircuts, his di-j
vorce, his playing tennis on Sun-|
It is a pity that Sinclair insists
upon dragging his divorce scandal,
and its treatment by the capital-
ist press into the book. The author
has enough "on' the press to per-
mit him to leave it in, and it
cheapens the book to have it
spread before our eyes. It is to
be hoped that in future editions
that portion will be left out. There I
is material extant more than amply
to fill up such a gap.
The book is a damning and thun-i
derous indictment of the American
press. It indicts an institution that
takes fine and clean and enthusi-
astic young men. and poisons theii
outlook and their whole souls. It
indicts an institution that pretends
to give "news." and that does give
baseball scores correctly, but that
in all matters of any interest and
importance whatever, is ceaseless-
ly propagandizing and on the
One feels helpless at the conclu-
sion of the book. A trained So-
cialist is used to the lies of the'
capitalist press—but what can be
Two things. First, a wide circu-
lation of this book, to undermine
the faith of the people in the cor-
rupt capitalist press. And second,
to build up a strong, virile and
powerful Socialist press. If Sin-
h ir, by this book, adds to the
strength of the Socialist press, his
great labor in writing it will not
have been in vain.
W. M. F.
The Socialists have always
maintained that the more oppres-
sive economic conditions reflect
themselves by lower morals. As a
proof we cite the fact that at the
local government clinic not less
than 7,182 cases of venerial dis-
eases were treated or at least es-
tablished by examination of the
blood. The Scott county super-
visors had therefor to be request-
ed to provide an isolation hospi-
tal for the most dangerous cases—
talist press to lie, to distort, and Davenport Tribune.
THE FEDERATED PRESS.
He wrote to me: "I
Am an EX-SOLDIER,
And I see by the papers
Of one of the border states
I wonder where he gets
That US stuff?
I never heard of HIM
In the Spanish war
When I was there!
I never met HIM
In the Philippines
When I was there!
When I went with Pershing
Into the Mexican deserts
UK wasn't along!
When I was HOPPING
Over the top in Fran '•
I didn't see HIM!
How many miles
Did he HIKE
Through heat and cold .'
How many nights
Did he sleep
In the RAIN?
How much HARD-TACK
Has he ever eaten?
And how many times
Did he turn in
On an EMPTY stomach'.
Now. I voluunteored
In ALU those wars.
And T don't want to see
N'one of us men
Who hav to do the tighing
Are so keen about this hrre
The thing I hate
Than hiking in the heat
Or sleeping in the rain
Is coming home
And seeing these BIRDS
Who wert living in luxui <
And piling up the coin,
Get up on a platform
Before all the people
To brag about, how
We licked 'em!"
| Do You Know Him? |
We are requested to give pub-
licity to the following letter:
Lander, Wyo., Jan. 14, 1920.
National Office, Socialist Party,
1 had a brother that was a So-
cialist, but I haven't seen or heard
of him for years. His name is Wil-
liam Saunders. He is medium, fair
and has blue eyes. He was last
seen in Calgary, Alberta.
If you can help me to find him 1
will be so glad. I am his eldest
sister, Lizzie. He was born Jan.
He wore a button inscribed, "S.
P. of C."
MRS. LIZZIE RUSH.
Main St., Lander, Wyo.
Wash in a Name
^"See that boy over there? He's
"Oh, why's that?"
"Because he shrinks from wash-
A BRITISH VIEW OF WILSON
John Maynard Keynes is editor of The Economic Journal,
published in England. During the war he was entrusted with the
British financial relations with the allied powers. He came in
closfe contact with affairs at Paris, and he has written a book on
"The Economic Consequences of the Peace."
Mr. Keynes does not mince words. He says that Woodrow
Wilson was incompetent—that he was no match for Llo$<ti
He states that it was commonly believed that the president
had thought out, with the aid of a large body of advisers, a com-
prehensive scheme, not only for the league of nations, but for
the embodiment of the fourteen points in an actual treaty of
"But, in fact, the president had thought out nothing; when
it came to practice his ideas were nebulous and incomplete. He
had no plan, no scheme, no constructive ideas whatever for cloth-
ing with the flesh of life the commandments which he had thun-
dered from the white house. He could have preached a sermon
on any of them or have addressed a stately prayer to the Al-
mighty for their fulfillment, but he could not frame their con-
crete application to the actual state of Europe."
Then he tells how the big three put their plans over on the
president, by skill and suavity. We all know the result—a peace
treaty in which the fourteen points, little as they contained otf
value, are not discernible with a microscope.
To tell the truth, the fault lies not so much with Wilson as
with those who believed in him. It required a large and cavernous
degree of ignorance of the economic development of society for
anyone to believe that Wilson's fourteen points would settle any-
thing, even if adopted. Mnch more fundamental treatment was
necessary for the disease that afflicted, and still afflicts, the
Those who leaned upon the president, and trusted in his
nostrums, were foredoomed to disappointment. A peace made
upon the basis of the continuation of the competitive capitalist
system could not be otherwise than full of injustices and the
germs of future wars. Cursing Woodrow will not get these men
anywhere. They need to begin to think for themselves.
HEALTH AND DECENCY
BY SCOTT NEARING.
..... FEDERATED PRESS.
Health and decency cost money
in these United States—just how
much is indicated in a recent re-
port of the United States depart-
ment of labor. This report "pre-
sents the results of a study made
to determine the cost of maintain-
ing a family of a government em-
ploye in Washington at a level of
health and decency." "Health and
decency" are thus defined:
1. A sufficiency of nourishing
food for the maintenance of
health, particularly the children's
2. Housing in low rent neigh-
borhoods and within the smallest
possible number of rooms consist-
ent with decency, but with suffi-
cient light, heat and toilet facili-
ties for the maintenance of health
3. The upkeep of household
equipment, such as kitchen uten-
sils, bedding, and linen necessary
for health, but with no provision
for the purchase of additional fur-
4. Clothing sufficient for
warmth, of a sufficiently good
quality to be economical, but with
no further regard for appearance
and style than is necessary to per-
mit the family members to appeai
in public and within their rather
narrow social circle without slov-
enliness or loss of self-respect.
5. A surplus over the above ex-
penditures which would permit of
only a minimum outlay for such
necessary demands as (a) street
car fares to and from work and
necessary rides to stores and mar-
kets; (b) the keeping up of a mod-
est amount of insurance; (c) medi-
cal and dental care; (d) contribu-
tions to churches and labor or
benefit orgapizations; (e) simple
amusements, such as the moving
pictures once in a while, occasional
street car rides for pleasure, some
Christmas gifts for the children,
etc.; (f) daily newspaper.
This modest "health and de-
cency" standard, for a family con-
sisting of a man, wite and three
children—a boy of II, a girl of 5
and a boy of 2 years of age—cost,
in the city of Washington, during
October, 1919, $2,288.25.
Two thousand, two hundred
eightyeight dollars and twentyfive
cents! Any man, with a young
family of three, whose income was
less than that amount during Oc-
tober, 1919, could not live in Wash-
ington on a standard of health and
decency. Two thousand, two hun-
dred eightyeight dollars a year is
between $7 and $8 per working
day. If these working days are of
eight hours, that means about $1
Manufacturers journals please
! A yiSJl J°--EJS
Editor, The Leader: I should . ever do anything wrong. He came
like to pass on to your readers an UP to me and took my hands in
xtract from a letter received re-1^°t'1 his and said: So this is
cently from a young woman, not! th^ ' . ,y from Milwaukee,
a Socialist, formerly living in Mil-j and, 'hen he chatted with me for 10
waukee, who is now residing in At- °r ' mlnutes. He said he always
lanta, Ga.: "We went to see the'[lad1a cl10se ^e'lng for Milwaukee,
tate penitentiary the other day |
he loved it and felt like it was al-
and I know you will he interested' mo.st his He talked so easily
and so interestingly. When he
n hearing about Eugene Debs. As
we entered the gates, we were all
counted, to be sure that no more
would come out then went in. Then
we passed inside the beautiful new
main building and watched 17,000
left he said: 'You have done me a
great honor, and some day I hope
Mrs. Debs and I shall have the
pleasure of entertaining you in our
home.' With that Ve left this big
prisoners march into the big audi-; Pnson ,thathoused this big man.
torium. Murderers, hank robbers,' *^n not especially interested,
counterfeiters and wicked looking1 Bu' le,rt wlt.h th® highest respect
men, and lock-stepping with this | ®nd ad™<">tion for this sweet old
motley crowd was poor old Debs. .an' * ° sa9rl"cecl all for prin-
We followed them in and heard the | c,'? e' e e jtor wrong,
big convict orchestra, and they cer ' LEADER READER
tainly played all the latest jazz j
music. After the concert they'T"
showed a Douglas Fairbanks j
movie, and two comedies. When the •>
show was over, we went through \ There are none of the workers
the kitchen, hospitals, etc. Debs that are under the delusion that
has his own room in the hospital the unrest in this country is due to
and is granted many privileges j "foreign agitators." The fact of
They say he is having a rest cure, the matter is it reqires all of their
but the guard winked and said he self-possession at times to keep
was allowed to walk around freely, them from jumping over the traces
We went to see him and he had a themselves when they read the rot
nice clean white room with lots or that is published in the daily pres«
books and magazines. He is a big and see the way that the law is ad-
tall man. had on prison clothes and ministered for the benefit of the
huge old shoes, but the sweetest. | few against the interest of the
kindest face you ever saw, and masse- who toil.—Butcher Work-
hardly looked as though lit could.men Advocate (Omah*).
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