The Rebel (Hallettsville, Tex.), Vol. , No. 133, Ed. 1 Saturday, January 31, 1914 Page: 1 of 4
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11ALLKTTSVILLK, TEXAS, SATURDAY, JANUARY 31, 1914.
Hie Rebel went to Houston last week to purchase office sup- muscular fingers were itching to grab ft rope.
,1ns audi expose ft fraud, We did our work to a queen's taste and If I tarry too long in this too true tale, it is because I want to
thereby hangs a tftl , that will run something like this: v paint a rough picture of the gruesome facts in this domestic tragedy,
f About 100 yards from the S. A. & A. P. railway depot in Hal- I boil the story now by merely saying that on Thursday, January 22,
ttsville stand* a typical wooden section house in which there lay a 19 days nfter the arrival of the doctor, Vainer the section man, drew
■eticn foreman named Varoer, who had been stricken with cancer hi* last agonized breath while his magnificent wife fell in a faint
across the body of the husband and father of her child, for whose life
three years togo. He made a gallant fight for life, submitted to the
kni'e time and again and the exquisite torture that accompanies the
application of plasters made of vitriolic acid. The gods of fortune
dfall him a bad hand in the game of life and were it not for the devo-
i ion of a loving wife who fought for a man as only a woman can do,
it were better ft thousand times over that he never looked on the light
she hid s«ruggled in vain.
• • •
Tnat evening the editor of The Bebel left for Houston.
county attorney dropped the cases. The bar association stopped ita
work an< thee* attorneys then sued the Galveston News in Jefferson
corntv. They sued the Post in Galveston county and they sued the
Chi oniric in*Liberty county. The Chronicle case came to trial first
and the owners were mulcted in .the sum of $15,000 last week. The
Ga!,J>. I. News and Post williikelybe stuck for smimlar amounts.
.'.gain, the Houston Post published a letter from a corres-
pondent n which he stated that there was no Bense in making a fight
ie h gregated district of Houston, because th<re were a number of
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At 8^0 in the morning of January 'A ho walked into the
office of Mr. George Keppler, the hard-working city editor of the
i if) , r _ ,tT? .. . r
rooming bouses around the railroad depots that were immoral. The-
res'iIt h:>« been that the lawyers went to the rooming house keepers
nnd worked up suits against the Post that amounU in the aggregate
The result is that the millionaire proprietors of the
Three weeks ago, or to be exact, January 3d, 1914, a hand- while I am the editor of a great religious weekly, it was w^li feelings
mnnciv dressed stranger, fat with an unctuous fatness and wearing a of jov thnt I sat back in my chair and listened to the gorgeous stream
lien-Jlight diamond in his tie dropped off the train from Houston and of prolanity that came from this hardened newspaper man ns he
took a conveyance to the section house. There he met the wife on the denounced the doctor that robbed the loue woman of the section house.
' little wooden gallery and with words of hope and cheer he told her "l ead me to Marcellus Foster, the owner .of the Chronicle," said I,
that he could save the life of the man she had battled for so long and ' bcause if it were not for fake ■ ads that his paper and
s..''bard. Invited into the house he sat at the bedside of Varner and the Post printed, this robbery would not haw taken place." Three
minutes later I was facing the owner of the Chronicle and one minute
later an arder was issued from the boss man t| at never another line of
this advertising should appear in his-paper. We break no rule of
confidence when we quote Mr. Foste^saying these remarkable words:
Houston Chronicle. He told him the story much as written above and flf|, Y)„j Xews aud the Post are scared within an toch of their lives.
They nre afraid to say anything that might in anyway reflect upon
s0 hard. Invited into the house he
while he ww the death hue on his face and Bmelled the cadaverous
odors of the sick room, he positively declared that he would have the
siek man np in two weeks, would then take him to Houston, operate
on him and c*turn him well and sound, because he had the open ses-
*ame to help through his "radium treatment." Just as the she-bear
will figbt for her cubs, just as the wolf mother will struggle while life
remains for her progeny, so had this loving wife fought and with re-
t.urnfng hove she hung on every optimistic phrase that fell from the
Then c* me the question of the money. For $400 the jot would
l e done and *be gentleman wanted $250 down. Now it so happened
that Mju. Varner was an extremely frugal woman. For years she had
saved every scant penny of the meagre wages that a section foreman
receives. The amount of her little pile on January 3, was $28<M9.
Cheerfully and with tears of gladness in her eyes the secHonman:s
wife turned over to the debonair doctor $250.00. There were I ?3.)
loft The doctor promised to send a nurse down who would or ly gosi
$25 a w>k. §h<?-Came, stayed three dl^ took $23.75, went b§A to
Houston nnd the'home was stripped of its last cent The cupboard was
hare, not a i tick of wood in the bouse and but for a kindly neighbor
who ran a gin, the dying man would have frozen to death on the Satnr
day after the handsome Houston doctor visited tbe section house
Three trips did the doctor make altogether. The fir*' trip ho
got the money and did nothing for the sick man, then he went to Ragle
Lake, some thirty miles away, enjoyed himself shooting ducks and re-
turned to give the first radium treatment. This "radium" was sime
grains of wilicilic acid which were placed on the cancer and top
dressed with a yellow talcum powder. He also shot some dope into
his arm 1hat*rendered the arm useless. One other visit was mnde a few-
days later and the doctor returned to Houston never to bo seen again
in his quaint old southern town.
Varner lying on his bed of pain grew steadily worse after this
treatment. In despair the wife called the doctor up over long distance
telephone and was courteously informed that unless he received $125
ar once, be would not come back. This money Mrs, Varner could not
&he had some money by this time, because a big hearted man
< nt around the public square and secured $66.50 to keep the little
houshold going. The Woodmen of the World also helped. His local
odge in Gonzales hearing of his distress ralllied at once and come to
his assistance and the local lodge also contributed to keep the pot
boiling. Still the woman did not have the $125. So the doctor stayed
away. And indeed he was wise in his generation, because in our com-
munity, vwhile we have gotten over the ljnching habit) a number of
"While I cancel this man's advertising, I must say that I have
some svmpathy for these advertising doctors, because they are houhd-
ed by the ethical members of the medical profusion who do not adver-
tise directly but do seek to secure all the frw advertising possible, as
for instance, when they perform operations SyTof the ordinary or dis-
cover a s"rum or remedy they rush to our office to boost themselves
and they won't pay for a three-line card."
Comment on the above is superfluous. It Uit reveals the view-
point of ihe average editor of a capitalist daily paper.
We then walked across the street to th< editorial rooms of the
Houston Post. A moment later I was in the d« n of the poet laureate
of childhood—Judd Mortimer Lewis, we aaid "Down in our town
of Ilallettsville there is a tot with tousled hair, four years old and her
ey s are damp and dark from crying because 1«t pape is being buried
this morning." Then 1 told him the story .just as I told it in the
CbrOniele a few minutes before. The big hfarted poet was touched
to the depths of his soul. Unlike George Keppler he apologized for
his profanity and then arm in arm we walked to the offices of the
busines h.anager of the Post, Mr. A .A. Clarkson and in a moment the
advertising was canceled I felt that the world was one tiny bit better
ber:a ihe of that fact. Five minutes later I was standing face to face
with Mr. Warner, the managing editor of the Post. I had succeeded
in the fi<st part of my wiRhes by choking a rascal out of the advertis-
ing .oIl,. ns and now I sought to cross the lines of the News and edi-
vo.'nrans. Here I am up against « snag and this is the reason
The Houston Post has a $600,000.00 bank roll. In the city of
Houston lives a large number of penniless lawyers who are struggling
despeiately for meal tickets in the jungle that all large cities have
becmir. These lawyers are ever alert to institute suits for libel, os-
pec'nllv now that the harsh and unjust interpretation of the libel law
as Mir'e by State Supreme Court Judges Ramsey and Dibrell is now
bei"f use! in the courts of Texas to still further shackle the press.
They scheme from day to day to get a portion of that immense bank
roll t'n* t the owners of the Post have secured in various methods.
To illustrate: Two lawyers made a practice of fleecing the un-
fortunate prisoners in the jails of Harris county, by false misrepre-
sent otions, so Mr. Warner alleges. The bar aaaociation t^k steps to
disbar them. The county attorney instituted proceedings against
them. The Chronicle, Newa and Post published the story. Then the
any ia«ol. ' •.
,1 learned that, daily news stories of vital interest to the com- •
tun inly nio waste basketed because of the fear of the libel law, as now ^
intirpi^ted. God knows matters were bad enuogh in the past. We ^
always knew that every daily newspaper has ita bunch of "sacred
cows" which means interests, either individual or corporate that must
not be offended because of their large advertising appropriations.
For instance the Chronicle refused to take tjle j^reat*explosion story
las! year because it would offend the Southrn Pacififc railroad and
thus were the Chronicle and all the other daily newspapers in Texas
compelled to kill the biggest story of the year, that of^i.ow 26 jneii were
blown to eternity in San Antonio, in the G. H. & Si A. Railway shops.
Yes, we knew they were muzzled, but now they are not only muzzled,
but 'hey are paralysed, ossified, helpless and hopeless. So far as giving
the news of the day is concerned. Th0 Texas daily newspapers are rtow
"ditorialtv Intellectual eunuchs and in all the broad domain of the
l,o> e Star State there is not one of them that dare deny this imputa-
tion What a situation my people, what a condition! , • ••
\nd this all brings ns back to the man with the cancer and the
advertising doctor." The Post has not run a line about him sifice the .
:<dv< rti—Mient has been cancelled, neither has the Chronicle. But this
is not all, in front of the editor of the Chronicle and Post I placed a
copy of last-week's issue of Tbe Rebel and called their attention^to-
my first column front page story headed "Railway Officials ami
Hwrrdlers." I pointed out where section hands around Hoti*t*m were
robl. si. I showed thos, editors that there was no such insurance com-
pany ii ,pexas as the "The Texas for Texans Insurance Cbmpany." ,
I r ad them the letter from Mr. W. W, Collier, Commissioner of Jn-
sur and Hanking, who stigmatized these swindled, and advised
prosecution . Sorrowfully these editors hung their heads and said
Tn this connection it is worthy of note that Mr. Warner said "I
wish there were a dozen papers like Thr Rebel in Texas." When he
vai I this he spoke as a newspaper man who realized the necessity
for an untrammelled press. He hates the politics The Rebel advocate*,
but be respects its unmuzzled attitude on all questions of public in-
Now as to the cancer doctor who has helped us to point the
mural to adorn the tale of the muzzled. You want to know his nanve?
Here i is: Dr. Harlan Trask, Offioes in the Binz Building, Houston,
Texas. His race is about run and before many moons have passed he
will moan in anguish when he thinks of the day that he robbed the
sec♦ 5on woman in the town where the Rebel dwells.
The mora] of all this is conveyed in the words of the Great
Irish Orator Sheridan,.-whom we quoted last week as saying in the
Br<l' h House of Commons:
"Jive them a corrupt House of Lords, (five them a venal House
of Commons, give them a tyrannical prince, give them a truckling
court, and let me have an unfettered press, and I will defy them to
enc"oach a hair's breadth on the liberty of England."
HI OH TAXES IN TEXAS. THOSE ELECTION JUDGES.
The small home owner occupy- '
iiig hi. homeflte&j' ind small bu i- f ndf «'«""> '««' <h« «>">-
ui man who rente properly from nu^onew oourt of the various
l be landlord, i« very much work- conotie. of the suite mil appoint
ed up over the enormous increase election judges for the year 1914,
in taxes that the is eompelled to at the f.ret regular s«s,omnPeb-
l,av via the landlord. ruary 1914. Now let the Social-
The landlord with hypocritical ts of every county get togetli-
oretense is shedding crocodile er, get up a list of Socialist or near
thfS.ni.fr in which Socialist judge, one for each box
an incompetent and extravagant PreBent this list to the com
pro legislature and anti governor ™«r8 court with the reques
have soaked them, but as a matter that these nam<is be included
av« soa*ea , tenants among the election officer ap
1 ^ 1 JuteToS I"**-. < ^e election law says
?h.rs landlord has shifted the that wherever pr^i«M« fte elec-
IM onto the aboa. Jet..Jit those Oon judges shall be one from eaeh
that have to pay tbe rent. The political p>rt>. • %
small business men in ttie public Inldst on this now aA® you will
square have had their rents added noj feei nke kicking yourselves
to from $5 to $10 per month, while 1he election returns show
the homesteader will have to P*y ..that the vote at your box or your
.. « a 1 L anJ VuxOT if « , i.J x T.i
one to so act or let any good So-
cialist ta!<e it on himself to act.
Present the request in person, if
at all possible, otherwise send by
mail. Select good men for judges.
The next issue of The Rebel will
contain twelve questions that the
editor of The Rebel submitted to
the greatest land tax authorities in
the South, at Houston, last week.
The questions and answers will be
published next week. Five copies of
this important issue, 5 cents, 50
copies for 50 cents, 100 for $1.
i SOULS AND SOLES.
What's the matter with a rubber
For the soulless corporation.
I Could it anvell any worse than none
. at all
tn the final conflagration,
v Will Herferd.
the high tax and grin and b«ai? it.
If our people have the wisdom
to elect a Socialist governor and le-
gislatSfe next November all the
taxes will go upon the land that
One day eack week he preaches
On Christ and brotherhood,
The other six he's anxious
To have it understood
If he said anything, you know,
You do not think he should,
Any statement that impeaches
| ^our one single solitary vote
, may decide whether we shall have,
a Socialist governor or not. This)
may look like a pipe dream, but
we say to you in all seriousneas, K
is well tp be prepared for anything
in Texas. So be sure to pay vour
poll tax NOW* ....
county has been counted out Let, The .lS stem ^ good,
the county secretary or the coun-| - st not think he meant it,
ty chairman make this nequest inj .^ ^ mWndewtoo*.
writing, signing himself chairman Herford.
or secretary of the county execu- *a>aS ^
is held for exploitation or specula-^mittee of the Socialist par-
tion. The home owner will , Keep a copy and then you can
then go practically free of taxation tab on the fellows. If there
and monopoly in one of the great, ^ Q0 Mnnty chairman or aecr*tarv
sources of life will receive a death (an(- local designate some
. ,..s:' 'yKr v~
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Full instruction# as to how poun-
tv, precinct and district organiza-
tions can conform, with the elec-
tion laws will be issued shortly.
! If the Centers Union had 100,-
, 000 mernben m Texas all the donk
, politicians^would'1 become muscle-
| bound digging storm cellars. Get
: husv on the Renter's Union.
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remember that the time
in your subscription
rate will expire on
,1914. A word to the
Will somebody kindly answer Ricardo Flores Magon, the land
this question :Why is that the rain- revolutionist of Mexico, who baa
ere, whether bituminous or quartz for 25 years battled against tbe
can strike longer and harder than plutocracy of that country was re-
the men engaged in any other oc- leased from the federal prison at
cupation in the United States! Is McNeil's Island, Washington, af-
it because of their environment, is ter completing an eighteen months
it because, the nature of their oc- sentence for violating the neutrali-
sation is such that a high degree ty law*. Magon belongs to one of
of courage is required? Or what the oldwt families in Mexico. His
is it or something else ? The R«nt- brother, Jesus Magon, is one of the
ers of the South should be deeply chief advisors of Dictator Husrta.
interested in this question. Don't Needless to say the brpthus are
all answer at once, but please let bitter enemies. Ricardo Magqa W
The Rebel know. lieves that all tjie J rouble ill Maxi
co will be settled, when all the land
. * is turned ov.er to all the ptoople
' Tha instant you Kid' this para- A°<1 "bo know, he may he right,
graph drop The Bebel -and kxflT „r ■ -w* . .
in all dirertions for tbe necory ,. Wc *V-
coin to pay for yonr poll tax Re "°n
member that n„ mattT how break us thatl9X4 will be tbe great
Socialist yon may b. it ym have Mt y r tbe Socmly movemert has
not paid your poll tax yon wfll not ■ >xas and Okla
l)e able to vote the Socialist state
ticket next November This is an
iniquitious law that conld only be
forged in the mind of a decadent
donk, but while it is on tb« statute
books, we must pay to vote. so don't,
forget to pay, pay, pay, by Janu-
ttl'V Ol' .
If y6u don't believe us
watch The Rebel grow the next
The Socialist party in Texas has
never compromised with error to
make friends and has tvever re-
1 *"-■ • ' a ilow for
the fear of making an enemy.
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Hickey, T. A. The Rebel (Hallettsville, Tex.), Vol. , No. 133, Ed. 1 Saturday, January 31, 1914, newspaper, January 31, 1914; (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth395048/m1/1/: accessed April 24, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UT San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.