Sometimes we think our own news media invented the snide remark or biased reporting. However, if you read early issues of Caddo's papers you find out in a hurry that the editors weren't afraid to make their personal views pretty clear! In fact the article that appears after this picnic is even more interesting. I'll try to post it tomorrow.
The Caddo Herald
September 10, 1915
The socialists of Caddo and vicinity will hold a picnic in the grove south of Caddo today and tomorrow. They announce a number of distinguished speakers, including some local celebrities. Among them will be Eugene V. Debs, their candidate for president, who will speak at 2:30 Friday afternoon.
Their speakers in their usual custom will tell them how abused they are, how the capitalists get all they earn- and more- yet they will fail to tell the real truths of industry. That honor and industry together will produce for the individual that mead of prosperity which he merits.
Also the dupes will be called upon to pay the expenses of the speakers, which will hasten to a great degree the sum total of their aggregate wealth; and when winter’s chilling blasts come the charitably inclined people of the churches whom these same speakers abuse and vilify will be called upon to furnish food and raiment that the children of the improvident may not starve or freeze.
These same capitalists furnish the free schools, the free text books and the free mother’s pensions which enable many children to get the rudiments of an education in spite of the worthlessness of their parents.