Thursday, September 5, 1912

by Elizabeth

An enthusiastic crowd of about two hundred people—including a few women—turned out to hear Rev. Otho Bartholow of New York speak on the progressive movement.

Said he, “I never knew what would make a man a socialist until the Chicago convention. I was so mad I could fight or shoot. When I saw the great army of socialists marching in New York, with hate expressed on their faces, I said, ‘I can feel for you fellows.’ Eighty-five per cent of the people do not own anything. What are you going to do about it? Do you want Eugene V. Debs’ crowd, a gang of socialistic atheists, to settle it? God forbid. Something must be done quickly, or the red flag will wave from the Atlantic to the Pacific and from Canada to the Gulf.”

Papa says he does not think a new political party can win the election, even with Roosevelt as the candidate.