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THE PUBLIC FORUM
THE NATIONS AT WAR
By Elfleda Benjamin
"Too proud to fight," yet not too
To own a fault are" we
'Twas Death the fair ship took aboard
When it crossed the stormy sea.
Death for the kaiser, for gain, to his
From America the free.
No warning? Yes, ere the fair ship
Yet it fell on unheeding ears.
The arms on board for the Germans'
Were the cause of America's tears.
Torpedo without, explosion within
Were they not enough for fears?
Did Britain deem Americans
A shield from the kaiser's ire?
Our nation would do as the kaiser did,
Under stress of danger dire.
It was death to the Germans, or sink
With deadly, hellish fire.
Are we neutral when we sate the
Of those who deal in woe?
Food and all that civilians need
Let us ship to friend and foe.
If Britain hinders, let Britain starve.
She will not say us "No."
Not ours the battle across the sea
Starvation or submarine
We cannot help save it touches us.
Our rights none shall demean.
The hungry and naked friend and
On America may lean.
Our commerce barring contra
band Unhindered e'er should be
When stars and stripes are at the
Let every nation see
That only they who harm their kind
Need from a danger flee.
Could we but help to close the breach
That widens day by day,
We'd ask no more in humanity's
We who are only clay.
Short of sight and weak of iaith,
Yet who would the spirit obey.
What nation is right? All wrong
But women and children must live.
Clear the seas for America's harm
Say to Briton and Teuton, "For
give," America, far across the sea.
A hand to each will give.
CHILD BIRTH CONTROL We
are long since rid of Salem witch
craft and the persecutions as shown
in "The Scarlet Letter." In the
progress of evolution we are going
forward. Today we still retain a lot
of superstitious, bigoted notions
about birth control, abortions and
feeding of nature's sexual organs,
which the superstition of the various
clergy love to call immorality. Abor
tion they call murder.
They cannot see a generation
ahead of them. They cannot see
America overpopulated and butch
ering each other in the slaughter
houses of wars. They say, "Never
mind, the Lord will provide." The
Lord has provided already by his
laws in nature.
Woman of the species, alone, is
given a sign with which to control
the birth rate as she sees fit. If
abortion is made a legitimate study
of the medical profession and prac
ticed correctly by skilled physicians,
there is no more danger of loss of f$
life than in eating a sandwich. But
if women are forced to. use crochet
needles, hair pins, etc., she will do it,
in spite of all the laws between Rus
sia and Klondyke. After this, she
hastily throws herself in the hands
of doctors, who are many times un
able to save her.
If society will not allow women. tQ