The Caddo Herald
September 30, 1915
(front page) Socialist Picnic
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 lessen 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 mothers’ pensions which enable many children to get the rudiments of an education in spite of the worthiness of their parents.
(Inside issue) Didn’t Use Carnival Grounds
This week the management of the Caddo Corn Carnival refused to grant the privilege of those grounds to the socialists for their picnic and red flag waving.
The Carnival is an institution for the upbuilding of the community, while socialism seeks to destroy that which years of effort and toil have been required to build, therefore the Carnival reused the use of the grounds.
The socialists never tire of abusing those of whom they must ask favors, and cannot expect much reciprocation. Their orators will be full of abuse of all men who have by industry, economy, and judgment acquired a competence; they will be loudly applauded by their Kumrids who work little and save less.
No political power is going to enable us to live without working, neither is any political system going to enable the improvident and lazy to acquire a competence. The laws of nature which no legislation can change are inexorable, and must be obeyed, our soap box orators to the contrary notwithstanding.
The Carnival grounds have been purchased and improved by citizens of Caddo and surrounding country who are interested in building up the community, by men who want to see farmers, laborers, and merchants prosper, and they do not want the grounds abused by those who would destroy every vestige of prosperity by converting the community into socialists.