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a job he had to do, a warning of trouble ahead
and a promise of sympathy and support.
"Maybe it's none ol nrj business, Paul," be
said, "bul the fronl office is in a tizzy. Some
advertiser called up this morning and raised
hell about you."
■'What have I done now?" Paul asked.
McCarten tossed a clipping from thai day's
\t-u York Times across the desk. Ii was a
story aboul the Rosselli case and two names
had been underlined in blue pencil Castelar*s
and Vnnanelle Sherman's. The Times -ton
went into considerable detail on whal Paul
had told Simon Lazarus. There were several
unattributed and interpretive quotes making
wi\ pointed reference to what certain people
in the city governmenl thought of busybodj
newspapermen who smeared innocenl people.
There was an Associated Press inserl from
Washington quoting a Supreme Court Justice
who deplored the murder of Rosselli because
it would feed hysterical fears and strengthen
tlit- hand ol witch-hunting legislators.
Paul read the storj carefully and thru laid
the clipping down on McCarten's desk. "I- the
Old Man mad al me?" he asked.
"No," -aiii McCarten, "he's not mad, he's
just puzzled. The advertiser told him that if
Slant staffers had no better way to occupy
their time than h> destroying the reputation
nf a woman as fine as Annabelle Sherman,
tvell, he'd take his advertising elsewhere. The
(thi Man wants to know what it'- all about. T
tohl him you were on your own time, hut he's
"There's no point in asking who the advertiser is."
'*There*s mt point," McCarten answered,
"mostly because I don'l know myself."
It was tin.- oh! squeeze pla} tin* respectable
and powerful doing the work ••[ the disreputable .ind dangerous. Someone was li.uht-
ing fires under him. trying tu pull him off
the Rosselli case. Obvious.) ho had touched a
nerve, 'lln- advertiser would toll the storj at
dinner tonighl and In- would be complimented
for hi- liberal principles. \nd someone in a
corner would smirk.
lhat scene represents perfectl) whal
necessitated the movemenl to \l>l> PATRIOTISM TO \I)S.
The line between fact and fiction can
get pretty obscure in any case. There is
a lot of stuff in history books which is
not true, and a lot of stuff in novels
u hich i- true.
Nit- plot uf Dtty nf Reckoning i>. in
classical terms, one <d revenge. Paul
Castelar hark- the Communist murderer
Juan Ealavera and at tin- end find- him.
The denouement is death.
No, nol quite.
I hal i.-. the death i- nol quilt- the denouement, ll is less a question of who
dies than of whal die-. \nd lives. For
the end i- the beginning. The wa) ami
the truth and tin- life begin al the end.
Day oj Reckoning i- an amalgam of
adventure and mysticism, ll deals with
currenl events and the life eternal. Tin-
raw anti-communism is cut with enough
Ii// water lo go down, bul in essence the
book says: You are responsible to God.
The parly, the syndicate, the law, the
servants <>} God other than you the)
don i get you off the hook, furl when it
comes down to it you dont obey them.
\ ni/ love them. Love does not compete.
(Lhe (het-lts-M Afcora*
\l I lleeli I \K7e.W '.
Tilled In Mrs. Ilea inn Boeselager
(.I'm: score and twenty Mens eiL-ei our lathers brought forth upon this
nation a new tax, conceived in desperation and dedicated 1" the proposition
tlteit nil tite-n are fair game. \i.\s ur are engaged in ee greal mass ..I
calculations, testing whether this taxpayer or any taxpayer so confused
and so impoverished can long endure.
We are met on Form 1040, We have come In dedicate a large portion
..I mir income to ei final resting place with those- nun who here spend
their lives that lltrv men spend our money, ll is altogether anguish and
torture that ue- should do this. But in ;i larger sense we cannol evade,
in' cannot cheat, we cannol underestimate the tax. The collectors, clever
and sly, who computed here have gone far beyond our | r power to
•nlel anil subtract.
Our creditors will little note, nor long remember, what we pa) ln-rt-.
hut the Bureau of Internal Revenue can never forget whal we report here.
It is not for us the taxpayers, to question the tax, which the
governmenl Ikis thus leu see nobl) spent. It is rather for ns to be here
dedicated to the greal teisk remaining before us ilmt from these vanishing
dollars wc take increased devotion to the few remaining; ilnil we here
highly resolve that next year will nol find us in a higher income bracket;
that this taxpayer, underpaid, slietll figure oul more deductions; and theii
this tax of the people, b) the Congress, fen the government, sh.ill not
cause sorvenc) to perish.
You lore litem ami \i>n hue God, ) tut
Int e them heeilli.se you hue God,
But obedience is jealous. ) mt have
got tu make up your mind. And you do
not obey the party, nor the syndicate,
nor the lair, nor tin- servants of God.
) mt obey Hint.
I here i- ileeiih b) decision and death
l>\ default. The latter may nol be the
THROUGH THE LOOKING-GLASS
\\ hv does anyone become ;i Communist? \\ h\ does ,limine' go lei ei fortune
teller? Communism promises to need
the future. History to the unheated mind
mi-,ins tin- |.eist: in the Communisl it
inrenis the future.
It i-. "I course, all righl to have em
eye to the future. Hope is ;i \irlue-.
prophecy ei gift. The sources of rational
prediction are revelation umi reasoning.
Normally our understanding nf lln- former and our mastery of the latter are
admittedly imperfect. Our confidence in
our predictions is accordingly limited.
Thr Communists acknowledge neither
divine revelation nor deductive reasoning. They <iri|>l<>\ whal they <all the
dialectic in order to make assertions
aboul thr future. In practice the dialectic i- i means of appropriating i vot ib-
ulary of reason to em intention of appetite. \s ei|e|>e'lite- yields lo satiety, the
dialectic ma) fall silent. Bul il is never
self-critical. Communism is ;i kitu! of
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amnesia resulting from a refusal to
Thus ei Hay of Reckoning is foreign
in Communisl thought, though a Da) oi
\ ictory is assumed in its mythology.
Reckoning implies justice and justice
implies a judge.
IVo|>li' become Communists to escape
judgment. They even, apparently, confess tee crimes and gel themselves ex-
ecuted to escape judgment. In contrast,
the) turn from communism and face
judgment in order to find the Judge(
who is also the Senior. The eleiv of reckoning is the eleiv of recognition.
Ralph de Toledano has here written
an important lee.eek. One is tempted t"
sa) that il ought to be longer. But then,
among other things, Hay oj Reckoning
is a poem. Ami (he critics have emu'''1'
that a poem musl nol be too long.
The Twenty-Year Revolution
By Chesly Manly, Henry Reqnery Company, y
West JJackson Boulevard Chicago t Illinois. I"
272 pp., $4.00.
The basic change in the \tnii iran -v"
titn implied hv the title, Thc Twenty'
) oat Revolution, is an accomplish?"
fail and th.' change i~ -till going ""■
Our may approve or disapprove of »''•''
has lake-n place ami i- taking place-
This book presents een,' side of the' i—"'
a heart) disapproval. The Chicago
Tribune's I \ correspondent has esiiii''11
a gloves-off polemic on thr events. I11'1'
tonalities, and general trend eel' lhe- I*9
t\see decades. This i- B0 book for il"1"'
who find strong debate distasteful "'"'
like to be told thai some mistakes li-|V'
been made, bul thai the) are being '"''
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