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Dance Around the May Pole or Riot

May 1, 2012

MAY DAY

In many capitals of Europe the first of May is being observed as a day of demonstrations by workers and radical political organizations. The police are on edge. There is fear of trouble. If the day passes without rioting and bloodshed those charged with the preservation of order will heave a sigh of relief. It is always thus on May Day in Europe.

Image from the University of Missouri

The American way of observing the date is preferable. We have a few communists and socialists who would like to introduce the European plan of celebrating May Day, but they make little headway. Public opinion in the United States is solidly against them.

If May the first has any special significance to us, it is as “Moving Day.” Some will remember it pleasantly as the day on which in old England it was customary to choose a queen of the May and erect on the village green a May pole, around which the peasants danced. The charming custom has been revived in some of our colleges for girls.

If the impulse to celebrate is strong, and none of the aforementioned practices or associations of the day makes an appeal, it can be commemorated as the anniversary of the battle of Manila Bay. Twenty-six years ago today George Dewey won his glorious victory.

The News (Frederick, Maryland) May 1, 1924

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