BY (REV.) JOSEPH C. BOOTH.
The freedom of the press is man's demand,
In this progressive, democratic age;
The people's mouthpiece is the printed page;
The forum of a great unfettered land!
With freedom righteous principles expand,
As eagle's wings, that fetters disengage:
A nation rises to her heritage,
As men each other better understand.
Yield not the press to any foreign power;
To gag-law, boycott, favored set or clan;
Our Constitution let no hand deflower,
Through selfish motives—un-American!
May freedom of the press, forever, be
The glory of our grand democracy!
Waterford, N. Y.
Troy Times. December 11, 1919: 13 col 1.