The Caddo Herald
June 23, 1916
Socialist Editor Given Whipping
Wewoka, Okla. June 20- “I hope every one of you who goes to Mexico will be planted there.”
For the foregoing remark, made by Roff Ransom, editor of the local socialist newspaper, during a farewell meeting given Monday night by Wewoka citizens to members of Company C. Oklahoma National Guard, Ransom today was taken from his printing establishment by a party of men and boys, escorted to the outskirts of the town, thoroughly thrashed, and ordered to leave, never to return.
When last seen Ransom was headed in the direction of Holdenville, where, it is understood, he will be met by another party of citizens who will be prepared to administer similar harsh treatment.
No sooner had Ransom made his remarks during the meeting than he was attacked and knocked down by S. W. Cope, assistant sergeant-at-arms of the Oklahoma legislature. He was severely permitted to leave for his home; he was taken from his office while engaged in issuing what is said to have been an unusually violent attack upon the administration and its Mexican policy and led to the outskirts. Part of his printing establishment then was destroyed.
A man has reached the state of total depravity when he reaches the point that he disregards and disrespects the flag of the country in which he is permitted to live; when he defies the laws of the country; when he opposes Christianity and the sanctity of the home. Treason is a crime that is punishable by death in every civilized country of the globe. Rebellion against constituted authority of state and nation is treason. Socialism as expounded by the average socialist agitator is treasonable and should not be longer tolerated in this liberty loving, God fearing nation. The dirty whelp of a socialist mentioned in the above article should not be allowed to stop in any community, but should be booted from place to place until he is finally made to leave the country. Mexico is an example of a country under socialism; let him and the rest of the bellyaching “kumrids” go there. They are becoming so obnoxious to decent people in this country that unless they do go somewhere or change their methods they have no right to expect anything other than such violent demonstrations of the disapproval of decent people.