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OUR GRANDCHILDREN WILL STILL BE PAYING
IF WE WAR ON MEXICO
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Flag-Draped Coffins of Bodies of Vera Cruz Victims Being Carried From!
U. S. S. Montana.
BY HERBERT QUICK
Charles A. Smith, a seaman, fell in
the service of his country at Vera
Cruz in the first day's action there in
In less than a week his mother filed
an application for a pension.
She is deserving of the pension,
and will no doubt receive it. Nobody
would deny it to her. It is a part of
our humanitarian policy to put the
government in the place of the bread
winner when he falls in the service
of the nation. We have not the con
science to do less.
But it makes our war horribly ex
pensive. The fact is war is not business for
a conscientious people.
If we are finally drawn into a gen
eral war with Mexico, the first cost
will be staggering; but the first cost
will be only the smallest sort of a be
ginning. We are now paying for the
tenth time or more the cost of the
civil war, fought fifty years ago. The
pension list, instead of decreasing,
has steadily grown. So tender are
our legislators on this subject that
the bars have been let down so often
and so low that the pension outgp
has been at times a scandal and a
If we occupy Mexico, our grand
children will be toiling to pay the ex
pense in the year 1975. The wages
of laborers will be lower on account
of it. The cost, of living will be higher.
The poverty of the poor will be
greater. The hovel of the struggler
with penury will be lower and colder
and darker. The chance of the weak '
to survive will be smaller. The strug-
gle for existence will be more tense.
The pensions paid to the survivors
of the Second War with Mexico and ;
to their relatives and dependents will i
have to be paid by some one and5
that some one is the man who works
in increased cost of living, in de
creased freedom of activities.
The mother of Charles A. Smith ,
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