The Outlook Volume 56 (May-Aug. 1897)

The Outlook Volume 56 (May-Aug. 1897)

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1897 edition. Excerpt: ...Mr. Debs is sanguine that the commonwealth idea will rapidly spread. A committee of three members of the organization will soon visit Washington State, Utah, and Texas in the hope of finding a suitable location for the colony. It is understood that the Governor of Washington has invited the Commonwealth to make its home in that State. As soon as the means are in hand--and Mr. Debs feels confident of having plenty of money before fall--a small colony of picked men will be sent out to begin the farming operations for the colony. A few carpenters will accompany them to build temporary shelters. With the growth of the colony and the erection of comfortable homes, other artisans will be sent out: shoemakers to provide the colony shoes, tailors to dress the workers, and merchants to keep the colony stores. Whether or not the first colony will march to its new home after the manner of Coxey's army Mr. Debs has not yet decided, but he rather inclines to this mode of emigration. "It will weed out all the lazy and worthless ones," he says. At present the Commonwealth is busy perfecting its organization. Central headquarters will be located in Chicago; and local branches, limited to a membership of 500 men each, will be established throughout the country. These branches will be united in State unions, each of which will be entitled to send delegates to the National body. A board of directors will have power to enact all laws governing the Commonwealth, and to provide for their enforcement. As yet the support of the Commonwealth is mostly on paper. Mr. Debs is receiving daily four or five hundred letters expressing sympathy in the work, and offering either to join the colony or to help it financially. Some of these letters contain...
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  • Paperback | 788 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 40mm | 1,379g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236934199
  • 9781236934192