Hard to Help

Item Info

Item No: pixc00619
Title: Hard to Help
Additional Title: Hard to Help
Publication Date: 7/27/1921
Media Type: Cartoons (Commentary)
Source: Print and Picture Collection

"The blend of sympathy, firmness and fair play which characterizes Herbert Hoover's reply to Maxim Gorky's appeal for famine relief in Russia reduces the intricacy of a tragic problem to its elements....Mr. Hoover, speaking not as a Government official but as director of the American Relief Association, stipulates, it is true, terms to be accepted before ministration begins.

"It is for the Soviet rulers to choose whether they will deal honestly and fairly with Mr. Hoover or whether their obstinacy will shut the doors of mercy....Heretofore, under the Communist regime, most of the ills of Russia have been due to disorganization.

"In the face of a repetition of such tragedies rejection of the wholly equitable terms proposed by Mr. Hoover may mean the extermination of millions of innocent and hapless human beings."

  • "Dying Russia." Evening Public Ledger (Philadelphia, PA). 1921, July 26: 8.


Sykes, Charles Henry. "Hard to Help." Evening Public Ledger (Philadelphia, PA). 27 July 1921: 8.

Creator Name: Sykes, Charles Henry, 1882-1942 - Artist