Mr. Jack London lectured on "Revolution" in the Union last night before an exceptionally large audience.
His speech was an arraignment of the capitalist class for its mismanagement of society. The cave man, he said, had the crudest implements and lived under constant danger from enemies yet could get enough food to maintain himself without working all the time. The modern man, however, removed from hostile environment in a state of society which by the aid of machinery enormously multiplies production, cannot, even by working incessantly, get enough to eat, and must live in a state of wretchedness which no cave man ever knew. Ten million people in the United States are unable to obtain enough food to support mere working efficiency. They are, in other words, starving. Wretchedness itself is impersonated by the children in the southern textile mills, who, at the age of five, work 12 hours a day to earn ten cents.
Why is it that with plenty for all such conditions exist? It is because the capitalist class, standing in the avenues to work refuses to let, the workingman pass, and wastes that which would fed and shelter the poor. This criminal mismanagement is bringing on the uprising of the working class, the Revolution,