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same sort of warfare that has been
For, back of it all, the temper and
characteristics of the Mexican people
must he considered. Americans Will
not be hailed as.deliverers by any por
tion of the people: All factions have
been inflamed at different times and
by different leaders against the "grin
goes." Besides there is the recollec
tion of the Mexican war of conquest
in which the United States took a
huge slice of Mexican territory.
Everything possible has been done
in Mexico, especially by the Huerta
faction, to arouse the people against
the northerners. Not one-half of the
population can read or write, but a
clever cartoon and poster campaign
has been made ever since the disord
ers startled. The peon, who cannot
read, readily can understand a pic
ture, and all Mexican publications
have inaugurated a remarkably ef
fective campaign of cartoons show?'
ing Uncle Sam as a grasping Yan
kee, who is seeking to enslave the
Mexican people by annexation.
No retaliation, because of this cam
paign, has led many of the people to
believe that the United States is
afraid and insults have followed. It
therefore gets down either to a "point
of honor" or a paint of "protecting
American interests." A strong man
can afford to ignore an insult from a
weak and arunken one. As for
"American interests" a very pertinent
question might be asked of each man
expected to do the fighting
"How valuable are YOUR interests
WAR AND MORALS
"Every war, even the briefest, will,
in one year, demoralize men incom
parably more than thousands of
thefts, arsons and murders com
mitted in the course of centuries by
individual men under the influence
of passion." Tolstoi.
WAR AND ILLNESS
"Our army in Cuba included the
great majority of the regulars and
was, therefore, the flower of the
American force. Every officer, other
than myself, except one, was down
with sickness at one time or another.
Very few of the men retained their
strength, and energy. There were
less than fifty per cent who were fit
for any kind of work." Theo. Roose
velt. THE PATRIOT
By Berton Braley.
The need of intervention is as plain
as plain can be,
A simple proposition which most any
one can see; '
We must protect investments of our
sacrec1 Yankee pelf
(I own a snu.ll concession down in
We need a martial spirit, no matter
what's it for.
And for our country's highest good
we ought to go to war!
We ought to go to war again and
rally round the flag;
We ought to call for volunteers and
arm 'em with the Krag,
And send 'em down to Mexico to
right that country's wrongs
While singing Hail Columbia and
other stirring songs.
The people are too curious regarding
We ought to drown their questions
out with loud and martial airs!
There's too much agitation in the
East and in the West,
We're troubled by the spirit of a dan
We ought to go to war again so peo
ple would forget
This everlasting discontent that
makes them chafe and fret.
So let's stir up the patriots and make
(I'm sorry that I cannot go but
business keeps me here!)
Optimist You shouldn't be dis
satisfied; look at all you have! Pessi
mistYes, but look at all I haven't!"