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Indianapolis Bulletin (Newspaper) - March 27, 1920, Indianapolis, Indiana A a we hold these truths to be self evident that amp a men Are created equal that they Are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights that among these Are life Liberty and the Pursuit of Happl Nesa that to secure these rights governments Are instituted among men. Deriving their just Powers from the consent of a he governed that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these end. It is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it. And to Institute new government laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its Powers in1 such form As to them shall seem most Likely to effect their safety and of Independence adopted july 4, -1776. Vol. 12, no. 13 to fian Apo Lii ind., saturday March 27, 1920 a the majority of the workers is whether rendering service by hand or brain. A a a Are insecure in their employment and Ever live in fear of Wantt a a the theory of a democratic government la the greatest Good to the greatest number the working class far outnumbers the capitalist class. A a a by uniting solidly in s political party of its own it can capture the government and All its Powers and use them a to substitute for capitalism a new order of co operation wherein the workers shall own and control the economic forces of life. A a a the necessities of life will then be produced not for the profits of the few. But for the Comfort and happiness of All who platform adopted july 24. 1917. Single copy 2c�?in bundles $1.00 per Hundred. Socialist party candidate for president socialist in u. S. Jail to head party ticket in 1920 Campaign signs authorization at Atlanta for use of name in Michigan primary expects 3,000,000 votes next fall will prove real menace to capitalists. By Davjd Karsner. Atlanta March 13.�?Eugene Victor Debs in an interview with me late Friday afternoon at the Federal prison Here signified that he would accept the nomination for president of the United states from the socialist party. This statement of Debs was attended by an act of infinitely More significance than merely his spoken word. He signed his name in my presence to a document which certified that his name had been correctly placed on a proof ballot which will be voted on at the presidential primary election in the state of Michigan on april 5. Thus is set at rest so far As the socialist and Radical movements Are concerned All doubt As to the attitude of Debs toward the Universal demand of radicals in the United states that he stand before the country As their candidate for president. The statements which Debs made on Friday Are the first positive expressions of his position regarding his candidacy and each word he spoke was uttered with the greatest care and in measured tone. Be could not help feeling a a fic responsibility in the a i her. ,. Nee of Debs As he spoke on by Egisti of ballot c9tter> for the Eye months been turned toward Atlanta. For Many months millions have been wondering what would be the answer of this Man to the millions of workers in America who have demanded through their spokesmen and their press that he be their Standard bearer in the coming presi a # dental Campaign. To this demand Debs has answered in the four successive presidential years from 1900 to 1912 Debs was the socialist candidate for president. In All of those years he actively participated in the campaigns hearing the tumultuous applause of the multitudes whom he addressed. In the Campaign of 1920 Debs May not hear any of that. Unless there is a general amnesty releasing All political and Industrial prisoners before the election next november Debs will not be Able to take any Active part in the Campaign. Be that As it May what would happen As a result of 3,000,000 votes cast for Eugene v. Debs for president is not difficult to conjecture. The doors of the the manner in which the incident developed is about As follows on wednesday at Terre haute ind., the Home town of Debs Theodore Debs gave Iffe a document to take to his brother in prison. That document was sent by registered mail to Eugene v. Debs from the county clerk of Calhoun county Michigan notifying him that his name had been certified As the candidate of the socialist party for president. It also contained a proof copy of the ballot with a return receipt which the can hid afe must sign by Way or Sig decision to Lead party again meets with widespread approval liberals and labor bodies unite with socialists in assertion that vote will Surprise old parties May Force end of persecutions for political activity. From new York Call. The news of the decision of Eugene v. Debs to make the race for president of the United states on the socialist ticket from his cell at the Atlanta Penitentiary was greeted with country wide approval yesterday. Prominent liberals labor leaders and socialists United in a claiming this decision As one of the outstanding Points of interest in the coming presidential Campaign. The election of a Host of socialist congressmen the rolling up of a vote for Debs that will startle the Powers responsible for his imprisonment and the opening of the doors of the Penitentiary to Debs were a few of the predictions made in the course of the comment voiced in connection with the announcement. A the socialist party would de a a a r unifying that his name had been properly placed on the ballot. I had asked Warden Fred g. Zerbst if i would be allowed to deliver the document to Debs and explained its contents. He had no objections. When Debs came into the Warden s private since. Where the interview took % place 1 handed it to him. Debs opened the envelope slowly. He did not seem to evince Surprise at its contents. Doubtless he had heard that the socialist party in National convention at Chicago last september had approved of him As candidate for president without taking official action and also that the socialists of Oklahoma in convention a few weeks ago nominated him for president with Kate Richards of Hare for vice president. Debs examined the documents carefully. He looked at Castleton and myself and inquired if we thought he should sign the return receipt. We assured Debs that the socialists and libertarians throughout the country were eagerly awaiting his decision and told him that not. Another name had been men prisoners. Would open and Debs toned for first place on the go and All other political and Indus Cia is ticket trial prisoners would step out a do not know whether j into Freedom because the pow should do this or not a a he said Ere that be would realize that have always exceedingly the workers and libertarians of reluctant to a t honors this country had spoken through from the party. I have Felt that their ballots for a return to the the Best j Cou a serve was constitutional guarantees of in the ranks it i hit shoulder free speech free press and free to shoulder the my comrades assemblage As an immediate and i would not for anything in proposition and for a Complete the Wor d have a single Comrade social change in the future. Think for one moment that a when i went to Atlanta Pris seek to be candidate for presi in Friday with Samuel m. Cas Dent. Teton Atlanta attorney who a i have been actuated solely has Given his services freely to by one motive in the past and the radicals confined in the fed that was to serve the socialist Eugene v. Debs in action. A there Are times when even the strongest among us feel weak in the presence of the overwhelming Odds that confront us and threaten our cause with disaster when % r All our plans Are seemingly shattered and All our years of struggle vain and fruitless. It is then that the heart grows faint and the spirit sinks within us if left to our own naked selves and to paltry resources but if in the starless night of trial we can realize our kinship to the god of love and truth and righteousness and feel his omnipotent Power pulse z in our veins the vitalizing current of life and hop renewed from the i Nishite Reservoir speedily re a our strength revives a of our Hope Renews our Faith courage and turns ignominious defeat into glorious stroy its moral integrity if it failed to nominate Debs at this time a wired Morris Hillquit from Saranac Lake n. Y. A Debs would not be True to himself and his inspiring record if he refused to make the fight at this the creation of a unique situation in american politics in the spectacle of the president of the United states keeping in jail a rival political candidate for the presidency is seen by 5t-to Branstetter National Secre of the socialist party. To Tetter on behalf of the National organization of the socialist party says a congratulations to Karsner tial Campaign thanks to the stupidity brutality and tyranny of the autocracy at Washington. A a Debs vote will be far in excess of what we could have hoped for under a Normal development of our strength and influence. The size of our vote will be a Surprise to the reactionary politicians in both the democratic and Republican parties. Its magnitude will demonstrate beyond a doubt the socialist party has arrived and is in fact a menace and a Promise a menace to the profiteering a it joining capitalist class Iera Ana a Promise or it Vijo a Lotical and Industrial Liberty to the american Gilbert e. Roe noted Liberal former Law partner of senator education and entertainment and to the Call. Comrade Debs Robert Lafollette and More Engdahl delivers Strong lecture to Large audience Branstetter to speak next sunday Saenger bund society rendered musical program and dance local movement forging ahead. Marion county socialists demonstrated beyond All doubt the sincerity of their purpose when they crowded socialist Hall to its limit sunday afternoon for the education and entertainment that was to be derived from a first class socialist lecture when outside were All the allurements of a Spring Day with its Bright Sunshine and Balmy breezes. J. Louis Engdahl editor of the a in working for socialism in acceptance of the nomination tendered him by the socialist party is what we expected. The National executive committee of the socialist party at its last Chicago socialist Over whose head a Twenty year prison sentence is hanging on the charge of violating the espionage act was the speaker of the afternoon. A i am glad a the speaker said a to be in Indiana once More after an absence of eight years for there is a pleasure to be derived from addressing an Indiana audience that is not enjoyed in delivering addresses in other states. This is True because Indiana is the Home of the nations most distinguished citizen Eugene v. Debs. R Indiana one derives an inspiration that is Peculiar to this state alone and this year since Comrade Debs is to once More Lead the socialist hosts in a great political Campaign Indiana will be the most discussed state in the Union. Its name will be mentioned More often and its reputation extended farther than any other state because it is the Home of our presidential it was because of these facts that the speaker emphasized the absolute necessity of Indiana continued on Page 4, col. 4. Recently of counsel for the five socialist members suspended from the new York state Assembly saw in the Debs nomination the Opportunity of counting those in the United states meeting made arrangements Foi who Are opposed to the punish the National convention and the ment of political crimes. Campaign following it with full a a rousing vote for Debs a he Confidence that Eugene v. Debs said a would show the percent would be our candidate. A amp a the electorate of this a this is Only another Evi entry Quot of apathy with Dence that Comrade Debs is win practice of pose Kuhn _ _. Lotical opinions. Every vote for ing to serve the socialist party debt Wouch a vote of Tegt _ j 4>u 14 4-Vi a Tettat a. Against such Era prison i had not the slightest idea the visit would prove to be of transcendental importance. Movement in the Best Way that it thought i could serve it. I do continued on Page 3, col. 1. Duty of the hour. Theodore Debs. In the present Day of rapid change from the old order to the new the need of an educated and organized working class is thrust upon us As never before in the history of the movement. The fact that capitalism is tottering to its grave but makes our condition the More distressing if we Are too impotent to take advantage of the Golden Opportunity to install the new order of society. The time is Rotten Ripe and we must be prepared. Preparation Means education organization political and Industrial Solidarity. In this mighty conflict this Gigantic struggle to emancipate the working class the strength and Energy of every Comrade with red blood in his or her veins is urgently needed if the work of education and organization without which failure is eminent is to be successfully prosecuted. The working class can expect nothing from the capitalist press but misrepresentation or Brazen falsehood in its struggle for its rights. It is for this reason that we must depend wholly upon ourselves and build up and support whole continued on Page 3, col. 4. And through it the entire working class under any and All circumstances whenever his comrades Call upon him. A a Debs nomination will create a unique situation in american politics and history of rep ii can governments for the edification of the world. America will present the spectacle of the chief magistrate and the dominant political party keep my a rival candidate for the a presidency in jail during the Progress of the Campaign. A during the Progress of the Campaign or. Wilson has abundant precedent for this course in the history of Mexico and various West Indian and Central american governments. A the question is whether his statesmanship can Rise above the level established by Porfirio Diaz the mexican Butcher and Vilbrum Guillaum the tyrant of Haiti regardless of the policy adopted by the administration. The candidacy of Debs in jail or out will draw to its support and unify All the Radical Liberal and progressive forces in America. For the first time the so to i liberals and others opposed the socialist Faith will Welcome the Opportunity offered by Debs acceptance of the nomination to show their opposition to his imprisonment according to Oswald Garrison Villard. Editor of the nation. A the was the strongest candidate that the socialists could have nominated a Villard told a reporter of the Call last night. A Many will vote for him gladly who Are not of the socialist Faith in order to testify to their appreciation of the Man and to their indignation at the miscarriage of Justice which has put one of the finest americans behind the Ernest Bohm Secretary of the Central Federated Union of this City and one of the leaders in the american labor party declared last night that a Large vote for Debs would show the Powers at Washington How widespread is the demand for his release. A i believe that the socialist Calist candidate and the social party did the right thing in is party will be a very real and nominating Debs under the or important Factor in a presiden continued on Page 3, col 3. I

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