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WILL WE FIGHT WITH JAPAN? NATION-WIDE
SYMPOSIUM BY FAMOUS PEOPLE
(This article and all its parts copyrighted, 1914, by the Newspaper Enter
ese question this nation is now rac-
"Do you think war inevitable
between the United States and
Japan unless California repeals
her alien land law? ,
"Do you think California
ought to repeal this law and al
low Japanese immigrants to buy
and hold American land?!1
Must we Inevitably go to war with
This question, always more or less
in the fore of American political con
sciousness, has been brought more
forcibly than ever before the people
of the United States during the past
week as direct result of Baron Ma
kino's declarations declarations
that, it is openly agreed, have set the
White House to thinking.
To try to find out how representa
tive Americans really regard "the
Japanese situation," The Day Book
telegraphed the above questions to a
score of famous persons of the Unit
ed States who are considered expert
on this matter. That nearly everyone
does have convictions along this line
is evidenced by the fact that in nearly
every case was a reply received.
The telegrams seem to indicate
that "forward-looking" minds in gen
eral believe war will be fought some
day that the great crisis in human
history, will arrive when the white
and yellow races try fpr supremacy
on our Pacific coast.
Some suggest diplomatic ways to
ward off this crisis while others be
lieve California absolutely right in en
forcing. her alien land law. Still oth
ers ' 'humanists" contend that
racial movements should be allowed;
that by "flux" alone will humanity
reach its highest form of evolution.
Following are the telegrams receiv
ed by this paper on the great Japan-
BY BENJ. IDE WHEELER.
President University of California
and Perhaps Greatest Japanese
Expert in America.
I do not think our alien land law
will bring about war with Japan. The
law Is a good one except that it ought
not to. be directed against the Japan
ese alone. I think it would be a good
idea If all ownership of liand. in the
United States were limited to citizens.
Much of the trouble between nations
in the world today arises from ab
sentee ownership of land.
Benj. Ide Wheeler.
Berkeley, CaL, Jan. 29.
BY JOHN. LUTHER LONG.
Author of "Madame Butterfly," "The
Darling of the Gods," and General
Authority .on- Ja'panv
There will be no. war with Japan.
No matter what California does or
Hobson says. The Japanese axetoo
lavel-headed for that. I don't think
California ought to repeal her slien
land law. We in the East do not un
derstand how important it is to her
to control oriental immigration, but
she ought to modify it, This would
be an extremely graceful tribute to a
friendly nation and would not only be
appreciated and reciprocated by
Japan, but I believe, by reason of its
evidence of international comity and
consideration, would settle the mat
ter finally. John Luther Long.
Philadelphia, Pa,, Jan. 29.
CAPT. R: B. HOBSON SAYS:
Famous Military Expert and Oriental
I regard the Japanese matter as ex
tremely serious. California, however,
should not repeal the alien land law.
The separation and segregation of
races is the only basis for amity be-