Slander of the Man Who Toils.
in Washington a few days ago in the interest of liquor
creditable to the demonstrators. [Samuel] Gompers' statement, made with an
American flag in his hand, that the laborer must have beer and wine or we
will have discord, is an insult to and a slander against the man of
America who toils. It's a shame that every damnable, nefarious scheme
proposed to Congress must be made in the name of patriotism accompanied by
the flaunting of the American flag.
It's a profanation,
and should not be tolerated. If Wilson did not favor the liquor business
and sympathize with the efforts of the brewers, some sparrow-headed
Congressional flunkey would propose a law making the unfurling of the
American flag on such an occasion as that a high crime and
Congress dare not do the President's
bidding this time on the liquor traffic. It will put the little echoes in
an uncomfortable situation, but self-interest will cause them to do the
decent thing. Some of them have no convictions or moral sense; it's just a
lively interest in the job. That's all.