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IF MOTHERS SHOULD STRIKE
From a western reader comes the most radical suggestion for peace
'Let the mothers of the world go on a strike," she proposes. "Let them
refuse to bring children into existence until the whole world disarms."
A strike of mothers! Can you imagine it?
Yet why should a woman bring a child into the world to be shot for
another mans' glory or to feed with its wasted life another man's hate?
Soon or late, in one way or another, the women of civilization must
make this strike; for it's evident that until they do war will remain among
the scourges of the race.
Man has idealized the patient woman who sits within four walls and
croons to baby in the cradle whilst he, the lord of creation, plots and fights.
But in the battles man has neglected to keep the home a sanctuary.
Into the hellish maw of war he feeds his offspring. From its smoking ruins
he dooms the weeping mother to wander, forsaken, shelterless.
It is woman who must stop all this man, unaided, is still too much
The hand that fondles baby must become the hand that rules the world.
It is only in fiction that it does so now.
ALL AMERICANSARENOT LIKE THIS
Sandwiched among the small-typed "want ads" of the London Times'
"agony column" among offers of women to do men's work for half or
quarter of men's pay, that the men, thus freed, may go to war appeared
in a recent issue this contrasting appeal:
"The time is ripe to lay the foundation of a great fortune. American,
seeking the opportune .moment, wishes to meet gentleman having $5,000,
courage and ambition." ,
Every country has 'em these birds of prey looking for spoil in the
wake of human slaughter. They travel with the buzzards and the vultures.
But we wish that London's great daily hadasked us for six shillings
instead of taking 'em for that kind of an add.
PREDICTS GERMAN FAMINE
Paris. Scarcity of food is already
beginning to make itself acutely felt
in the larger German cities.
A large proportion of the German
population is purely industrial. Her
soil is too poor to support 65,000,000
inhabitants, and she now produces a
bare sufficiency of food.
The soil of Germany produces only
157,810,000 bushels of wheat of the
242,220,000 bushels which are con
sumed every year.
Thanks to the Franco-British
blockade, to Russian hostility, and to
Italian neutrality, Germany finds her
self isolated from the world. Where
is she going to obtain the millions of
bushels of grain, the 70.000.000 tons
of fresh and salted meats, and the
200,000 head of cattle she imports
yearly, not to speak of the other in
numerable indispensable food products?
The frog can always find a pool;
The duck is happy, as a rule.
But boys alas, the fact seems grim!
Lots of 'em have no place to swim.
Satan What do you think of the"
New Arrival (moving-picture direc
tor) My boy, you've got a feature
film here! Puck.
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