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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
prise Association.) . '
ese question this nation is now fac-
"Do you think war inevitable
'between the United States and
Japan unless California repeals
her alien land Jaw?
"Do you think California
ought to repeal this law and al
low Japanese immigrants to buy
and hold' American land?
Must we inevitably go to war with
This question, always more qr less
in the fore of American pplitical con
sciousness, has been brought more
forcibly than ever before the people
of the United States, pouring the past
week as direct result of Baron Ma
kino's declarations declarations
.that, it is openly agreed, have set the
White ilouse 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 ip 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 yelldw. races try for 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 abqut 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 wo'uld be a good
idea if all ownership, of land in. tbe
United States were,limited,to citizens.
Much of the. trouble Tjetween nations
in the world today arises, from ab
sentee awnersbip. qf .land,
Benj. Ide Wheeler
Berkeley, CaJ., Jan, 29. .
BY JOHN LUTHER LONG;
Author of '-'Madame Butterfly,". "The
Darjing- ot the Gpd3j" and General
Authority on Japan.
There will be no war , with Japan.
No matter what California does, or
Hobson says. The Japanese are too
level-beaded for that. I qWt think
California, ought to repeal her alien
land law We in the. East do not -understand,
how important it is to her
to control oriental immigration, but
she ought tp modify it. This, would
be. ari extremely graceful tribute to a
friendly nation and would, not only be
appreciated .and reciprocated by
Japan, but 1 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, pot repeal the alien land law.
Tie separation, and", segregation of
races is" the "only basis for amity .be-