Los Angeles: Golden Press, 1918. An issue of Luke North’s single tax journal, which began in 1908 as an organ of philosophical anarchism. This issue features many tributes to Everyman associate editor and treasurer of The Great Adventure in California, Herman Kuehn, who died on March 5, 1918. Included are a portrait of Kuehn by Barnet Braverman, a short letter from Eugene Debs, and testimonials by Luke North and other single taxers who worked with Kuehn in the Great Adventure. Other content includes two unsigned articles likely written by North: “Can Land Monopoly Win the War?” and “Democracy or Degeneracy; “The Gerrit Johnson Letters” written by single taxer Gerrit Johnson, with a response from George Bernard Shaw; a full page illustration by Barnet Braverman depicting Uncle Sam and a ‘land monopolist’; three pages of extracts of letters from fellow single taxers; a full list of contributors to The Great Adventure in California during 1917; a poem by Covington Hall; and other shorter items.
Luke North was born James Hartness Griffes in Schenectady in 1863. He was a journalist in Chicago and Arizona before moving to California around 1892. He worked with Clarence Darrow to defend the McNamara brothers after they dynamited the Los Angeles Times Building. He became a single taxer late in life and led The Great Adventure in California, which was the single tax movement in California. His poem “Songs of the Great Adventure” became the movement’s anthem. He died of tuberculosis in March 1919.
Stapled, ornately illustrated wrappers printed in black & red, , 19 p. Faint stamp of Univ. of Illinois library to the front wrapper, no other library markings. Wrappers slightly rubbed. Any issue uncommon in the trade. The best biographical account of North, and our source for some of the info above, remains an editorial on pages 37-38 in the March-April, 1919 issue of the Single Tax Review under the heading ‘Luke North’. Item #9809