FAMINE LOOMS! SHRIEKS FOR BREAD COMING
SOON FROM WOMEN AND CHILDREN OF EUROPE
Washington, Aug. & Europe faces
a more terrible thing than even a
great general-war a far more ghast
ly thing than torn bodies on a score
of battlefields. That thing is
History has never known such a
conflict aB the European war, so his
tory can throw little light on the ef
fect a bitter and protracted fight will
have upon the food supply of the
The siege of Paris in the Franco
Prussian conflict, when thousands
died of starvation, would be infini
tesmal in qomparlson.
Famine treads close upon the heels
of war in Europe because Europe,
with its vast population and its com
paratively small area, ia pressed even
in times of peace to supply its mil
lions with food enough to sustain
It is commonly known that the
British Isles could subsist without
importations only twenty-one days;
thai, is, if Great Britain- were called
upon to feed the people of England,
Scotland, Wales and Ireland without
outside assistance, its supply of food
would be exhausted within three
Conditions in continental Europe,
particularly in small, inlying states,
are worse. Without importation and
without food from their own fields the
approach of famine would be a mat
ter of only a few days.
The alarm of the European govern
ments is exemplified by the summary
action of Switzerland in forbidding all
exportation and in rushing into the
world's markets to buy stores of grain
and provisions as insurance against
starvation for its people.
Germany was quick to follow Swit
zerland's example. Shipment of any
food stuffs by rail or boat out of the
country has been forbidden by im
perial edict Russia and France come
next, with similar orders, and now all
the European nations are adopting
Upon the great centers of popula
tion, Paris, Berlin, London, St Peters
burg, Moscow, Vienna, Nish and oth
er cities will war's boon companion
lay his hand most heavily. The rural
districts will supply themselves first
from their granaries and their gar
dens then if there is any surplus
the city will be fed.
But with railroads commandeered
and operated exclusively "for war pur
poses it would be next to impossible
to get food into the cities even if
there were food in the country to ship.
The cities would become reeking
hovels of starvation.
Imagine even 100,000 hunger-crazed
people pacing the streets of this
city, shrieking for bread!
Economists shrink from the task of
attempting to forecast the possible
effects of a general European war, for
they seet with .clearer vision than the
hand-to-mouth population of Europe,
the shadow of impending famine for
the old world.
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Anyhow, those foreigners won't
have to go to the expense of the reg-.
ular maneuvers for their armies.
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