The Mountain Park Herald (Mountain Park, Okla.), Vol. 6, No. 39, Ed. 1 Friday, October 1, 1909 Page: 3 of 8

The Mountain Park Herald
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VERNON L. RHODVBACK, Editor and Publisher.
Eotand as second-class matter Majr 29.1909. at the pest oOee
it Mountain Park. Oklahoma, under the act of congress of lfaieh
M 1879.
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One of the hardest things in
in the world to do is to look at
a proposition unbiased. It is so
hard to free ourselves from in-
fluences that have moulded our
opinions. We think we're
right—others wrong because
we've been taught that way. If
we could only adopt the motto,
“Learn to learn no matter from
what source it comes or where
it takes you.M
Mother Jones, the grand old
lady who has made so many
stirring speeches in defense of
union labor and well known in
the mining camps throughout
the cuuntry recently said after
witnessing the riot at McKees
Kocksduring the recent strike:
“I hope the time will come
when the lead that is now be-
ing used for making bullets,
will be used for making type
to educate the masses.”
A Texas paper says:
“ A vast multitude assembbd
to hear Hamlin lecture to tl v
men only. A large number of
men promised to quit whiskey
and many gave up their tobac-
co. A committee gathered up
the tobacco and in the pres-
ence of the crowd burned it as
an offering to the devil. It is
said the crowd was orderly
until an old east Texas farmer
threw a home-spun twist of
the long green “green on the
pyre;" then there was a wild
stampede and mad rush for
fresh air. The now claim that
East Texas owes the devil an
apology.
• '
The other day a fashionable
woman speaking against wo-
man suffrage exclaimed," What
do women know about poli-
tics? Could we depend upon
them to elect the right man?”
We wonder if the kind lady
ever though of the uslessness
of women making a study of
politics as long as she is de-
prived the use of the ballot.
Does she suppose that in case
woman did ilie voting and the
man did not that the women
would still remain ignorant of
political aflairs? W hat was the
use of man's political opinions
back in feudalism—none what-
ever, or at least they never
had any. A few lords pulled
tke political wires and man as
far as politics was concerned
was as mmh of a nonentity
then as woman is now'.
Besides does man always
vote to his best material inter-
est!? Havn't we seen union
labor wooed by the same gang
that afterwards orderded the
state malitia anb mounted po-
lice to shoot the strikers down
if opportunity presented. Isn't
man a blind devotee to party?
No doubt man is broader in
his views than the average wo-
man but this is not due to his
superiority, but because he is
not bound to the narrow con-
fines of the woman. Man is al-
ways busy telling woman where
she belongs, as it he knew!
There seeme to be no surer
way of getting in the glint of
popularity than to rush out
with some remedy to prevent
the spread of socialism. This
offers a lucrative position to
the person that can divert the
public mind from its socialistic
tendency and proves a bonanza
to the successful. In the cur-
rent issue of the Survey Mag-
azine, Francis B. Levesey, in
a long article winds up by giv-
ing the following remedy: “My
remedy against the further
spread of socialism is the des-
truction of the public schools
and the abolition of public ed-
ucation. Education is the chan-
nel through which socialism
comes.”
What do you think of that
as a remedy? It may be nec-
essary to do this to stop the
spread of socialism but who
wants to take that measure ?
No intelligent person surely,
as this country owes its ad-
vancement and enlightenment
to our public education.
Dont be “ist” or an
as it spell “limited.”
Just
Arrived
Our Fall shipment
COAL!
Now Is the time to put In your winter supply.
Also a complete line of Lumber, Brick, end ell
building Materials on hand.
Best Grades at Lowest Prices. Call and see
LONG-BELL LUMBER CO.
fc. D.Orecey, Local Manager.
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What is
Democracy
By L. K. Rhodyback
Democracy. What is the
meaning of this word? Why
ask such a simple question, and
in a community of democrats,
yes a nation of democrats. We
ask it to cause these so-called
democrats to think and to think
with the spirit of the age. We
say wc arc democrats, tha{ is
we guess we are, but are we?
Democracy means a social
form of government, wherein
all the people rule, first believ-
ing in the rights of the com-
mon people to institute and
perpetuate control of public
affairs in and for the interests
of the common masses. This
is the construction, although
not the exact language of our
forefathers, and in my opinion
as soon as a man tries to pre-
vert or change this definition
he ceases to be a democrat in
the right sense of the word.
Now if we are democrats in
this sense then let us see if we
are still living in a democratic
country and exercising pure
democratic principles in our
governmental control. First
are the great wealth absorbing
things called “trusts,” “com-
bines," “corporation,” etc. the
offspring of democracy or plut-
ocracy? Is not every bone,
fibre, seniew; even the marrow
of the “trust.” plutocratic.
Then it is not democratic in
birth. This plutocratic spawn
has been planted and nourish-
ed in this country by some a-
gency that was at one time
foreign or else the democratic
sprout has grown a plutocrat!*,
tree.
I his spawn can be found in
any country and its growth has
been opposed by the besl
thinking people of all enlight-
ened lands. Hut that damnable
lust for gain at the expense of
the ignorant lowly class, by
the cunning treachery of a few
smart, has found able support
in all ranks of the human tarn
ily so that true democracy it
hard to find now but its pre-
tense is here; is everywhere
and from the White House to
the hovel can be found advo-
cates of democracy but very
few who are actual devotees to
its rule.
Let the little farmer demo-
crat think. Let the little cross
roads politician, the little aspir-
ing lawyer, the little judge,con-
gressman, senator, and lastly
little president think, for true
democracy means a thinking
commonwealth. Let them all
think and realize that the grand
democratic nation it passing in
to vicious clutches of plutoc-
racy; let the little minster think
and realize that his innocent
lambs are being ruthless!"
shorn of their wool, the wo J
that their master provided to
shield them in the wintery tem-
pest. Then let them all act, all
werk to recover their lost birth-
right, and vet a little while “to
late, ” * ‘to late” will be the cry
for true democracy will have
passed by. It may be your ton,
your daughter, who will be
caught in the mecilets talons ol
plutocracy’s reign. Fathers are
you breeding slaves? Think
and yet hope dieth not.

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Rhodyback, Vernon L. The Mountain Park Herald (Mountain Park, Okla.), Vol. 6, No. 39, Ed. 1 Friday, October 1, 1909, newspaper, October 1, 1909; Mountain Park, Oklahoma. (gateway.okhistory.org/ark:/67531/metadc853508/m1/3/ocr/: accessed November 12, 2018), The Gateway to Oklahoma History, gateway.okhistory.org; crediting Oklahoma Historical Society.

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