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THE LAND CAN HEAL THE WOUNDS
Here's something good from the pen of Wm. E. Smythe in the Western
All that Europe has lost, and is to lose, of wealth and beauty and power,
originally came from the land.
Every life that has gone out, or that shall go out the life of king, gen
eral and common soldier was nourished by the soil. And after the war,
no matter how long it shall last nor how complete the devastation that shall
be wrought, there will remain the goodly earth!
There lies the balm that in time shall heal the wounds of the world.
City and countryside, ships, commerce, the shattered fabric of industry and
society these can only be rebuilt out of the enduring resources of nature
by the labor and genius, of man.
They may kill their enmies by tens of thousands, sweep away in an
hour the accumulated treasures of centuries, but, thank God! they cannot'
kill, they cannot destroy, "the land the Lord, thy God, hath given thee."
Behold the smiling hills and valleys of our own nation, lying sweet and
wholesome under the haze of the September afternoon, and believe that
God does not live, and that our civilization shall not perish from the earth.
For these hills and valleys, happily far removed from the rivers of blood
that are flowing from the wounds of Europe, are so many tokens to assure
us that out of the wreck of poor Belgium a new and grander Belgium shall
arise! That another France, another Germany, another Russia and Aus
tria, and England, shall be builded in the patience of eternal time.
Only the land can heal the wounds of the world. Look at our smiling
hills and valleys and know that one day the hills and valleys of Europe
shall smile again aye laugh outright with boundless harvests to feed the
hungry, clothe the naked, shelter the homeless, and create anew thoBe ma-'
terial and . spiritual values that make the strength and the grandeur of
And let us pray that where so much that Is precious is shot and burned
and trampled underfoot these things, infinitely more precious to humanity,
and to the endless future, may be gained:
Enduring peace amongall the children of men.
Democratic institutions for Europe where no autocrat shall again have
power to plunge innocent millions into woe. '
And most' precious of all, a just and human policy of world-wide scope
bearing us far forward toward that time when, in a Land of Plenty, there
shall be neither a homeless man nor a hungry child.
If this is dreaming, the writer dares to dream.
LETTERS TO EDITOR
CONCERNING THE WAR
Editor Day Book: Ibsen's Peer
Gynt while in Chariestown made a
business' of manufacturing and ex
porting idols to China. To neutral
ize this and ease his conscience he
also fitted out missionaries and ship
ped to the same place. Our attitude
toward the European war is on an
equal with that of Peer. We furnish
what they need to carry on the war,
send surgeons, nurses and surgical
supplies, then pray the Lord to stop ,
it and offer our aid as mediators
Hypocrisy. How many million
pounds of meat have been shipped,
right here from Chicago, how many
million bushels of wheat, how much;
of other supplies, how much of arms (
and ammunition, liow much money?.
How long would the war last without ,
Right now we are shipping horses