Refined Cruelty ANNA MERCY 50"The Jungle" VERITAS 53The Game is Up SADAKICHI HARTMANN 5710c. A COPY $1 A YEARMOTHER EARTHMonthly Magazine Devoted to Social Science and Literature Published Every 15th of the MonthEMMA GOLDMAN, Publisher, P. O. Box 217, Madison Square Station, New York, N. Y.Entered as second-class matter April 9, 1906, at the post office at New York, N. Y., under the Act of Congressof March 3, 1879.Vol. I JUNE, 1906 No. 4MRS. GRUNDY.By VIROQUA DANIELS.
Her will is law. She holds despotic sway. Her wont has been to show the narrow way Wherein must tread theworld, the bright, the brave, From infancy to dotard's gloomy grave."Obey! Obey!" with sternness she commands The high, the low, in great or little lands. She folds us all withinher ample gown. A forward act is met with angry frown.The lisping babes are taught her local speech; Her gait to walk; her blessings to beseech. They laugh or cry,as Mistress says they may,-- In everything the little tots obey.The youth know naught save Mrs. Grundy's whims. They play her games. They sing her holy hymns. Theyquestion not; accept both truth and fiction, (The
is right, within her jurisdiction!). Maid, matron, man unto her meekly bow. She with contempt or ridicule may cow. They dare not speak, or dress, or love, or hate, At variance with the program on her slate. Her subtle smile, e'en men to thinkers grown, Are loath to lose; before its charm they're prone. With great ado, they publicly conform-- Vain, cowards, vain; revolt
raise a storm!The "indiscreet," when hidden from her sight, Attempt to live as they consider "right." Lo! Walls have ears!The loyal everywhere The searchlight turn, and loudly shout, "Beware!" In tyranny the Mistress is supreme. "Obedience," that is her endless theme. Al countries o'er, in city, town and glen, Her aid is sought by bosses over men.Of Greed, her brain is cunningly devised. From Ignorance, her bulky body's sized. When at her ease, she actsas judge and jury. But she's the Mob when 'roused to fighting fury. Dame Grundy is, by far, the fiercest foe To ev'ry kind of progress, that we know. So Freedom is, to her, a poison thing. Who heralds it, he must her death knell ring.
Earth, Vol. 1 No. 4, June 1906, by Various3