In the relations of a weak Government
and a rebellious people
there comes a time when every act of the authorities
exasperates the masses,
and every refusal to act excites their contempt.
Hellrasiers Journal, Tuesday November 20, 1917
New York, New York – The Masses & Staff Indicted by Federal Grand Jury
Max Eastman, John Reed, and Art Young, and others connected with The Masses now stand charged with conspiracy in violation of the Espionage Act.
From the Binghamton Press and Leader of November 19, 1917:
MAX EASTMAN OF MASSES INDICTED
New York, Nov. 19.-Max Eastman, publisher of The Masses, a magazine recently denied second class mail privileges was indicted here today with six others connected with the publication of a charge of conspiracy in violation of the espionage act by the Federal Grand Jury. Bench warrants were immediately issued for their arrest.
Those named with Eastman were Floyd Dell, managing editor; C. Merrill Rogers, Jr., business manager; Henry R. Glenter-Kamp [Glintenkamp], cartoonist; Arthur Young, artist; John Reed, writer, and Josephine Bell, writer.
In addition two other indictments for attempting to use the mails for non-mailable matter were returned against The Masses Publishing Company as a corporation and C. Merrill Rogers, Jr., as an individual.
Binghamton Press and Leader
(Binghamton, New York)
-Nov 19, 1917
United States of America v. The Masses Publishing Company, Max Eastman, Floyd Dell, C. Merril Rogers Jr., Henry J. Glinterkamp, Arthur Young, John Reed, and Josephine Bell
For more reporting on the indictments:
Editor & Publisher of November 24, 1917
Publishers’ Weekly of November 24, 1917
The New York Times
(New York, New York)
-Nov 20, 1917
INDICTS THE MASSES AND 7 OF ITS STAFF;
Federal Grand Jury Charges Writers and Artists
of Socialist Magazine with Conspiracy.
MANAGER ALSO ACCUSED
Articles and Pictures, the Jury Says, Were
Calculated to Interfere with the Draft.
Six men and one woman, comprising part of the business and editorial staff of The Masses, the Socialist magazine, together with The Masses Publishing Company, were indicted yesterday by the Federal Grand Jury for violation of the Espionage act….
The Times article goes on to describe the charges:
Max Eastman for “A Question”, Aug 1917:
Floyd Dell for “Conscientious Objectors,” Aug 1917:
John Reed for “Knit a Straitjacket for Your Soldier Boy,” Aug 1917:
Josephine Bell for “A Tribute,” Aug 1917:
Henry J. Glintenkamp for “Measured for Death,” Oct 1917:
Art Young for “Having Their Fling,” Sept 1917:
For more on those charged:
Henry J. Glintenkamp