The Press: Prophecy

Charles Wheeler Ervin, 73-year-old public relations adviser to the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America, looks back with nostalgia on the years when he was editor of the Socialist New York Call, from 1916 until 1922. He likes to thumb through old files of the Call, reread Eugene Debs's daily letters from prison, smile at advertisements announcing John and Lionel Barrymore in The Jest, cluck his tongue appreciatively at some of the best news reporting of another troubled era.

Last week he came upon something beyond clucking or smiling over—a disturbingly prophetic cartoon. Published...

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