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starting war on the United States.
If congress were in session there is
reason to doubt whether that body
would vote to declare war. Public
opinion has been growing in favor of
casting aside the comparatively in
consequental theoretical rights which
exist under the precedents of inter
national law the right of an Amer
ican citizen, for instance, to travel
on a neutral ship in a war zone and
the right of commerce in non-contraband
to continue. While admitting
that these are all rights there is a
growing feeling that they are not
rights so precious that they ought to
be defended at the cost of plunging
this republic into a world war. The
man in the street is saying: "Let
Americans stay at home or travel at
their own risk. We can't afford to
pay for their lives with thousands of
innocent lives and millions of treas
ure. The European world has gone
mad. There is no longer any such
thing as international law. A tech
nical legal right is nothing compared
with the blessing of peace, and this
country ought to cling to this bless
ing until the enemy makes us fight a
defensive fight. Then we will all fight
and do it with pleasure."
This is undoubtedly a growing sen
timent today. The nation is probably
not for war for mixing in the Euro
pean war and if war comes it must
be as a result of provocation more
conclusive than what has taken
WASHINGTON WILL AVOID A
BREAK IF POSSIBLE
Washington, Aug. 24. "Does it
look like war?" is the burning ques
tion in Washington today.
There are those who delve in diplo
matic lore and international law who
say that Wilson cannot help severing
diplomatic relations with Germany.
There are some who even go so far
as to say that the administration has
come to the conclusion that Germany
cannot explain the sinking of the 1
Arabic by a torpedo off the coast of"1
Ireland in which the lives of at least
two Americans were lost.
On the other hand are those who
seem as deeply learned in foreign re
lations that say the president can
preserve the dignity of the nation
and still remain at peace.
This seems certain: The Washing
ton administration will avoid a break )(
Detween tne united states ana uer
many if it can possibly do so without
sacrificing American rights or dignity.
That the president has decided
what course to pursue if convinced
Germany meant to be "deliberately
unfriendly" to the United States un
doubtedly is true.
Despite Att'y Gen. Gregory's decla
ration that the government does not
deal with hypothetical cases doc"
not make up its mind in advance un
til all evidence has been weighed .
persons close to the white house said
it was natural the president has had
all along a clear idea of what he
would do if the Germans disregarded
his last note concerning marine war
fare. There could be no question, they
explained, that he proposed to sever
German-American diplomatic rela
tions if Germany refused in the con
duct Of its undersea campaign to take
such precautions as his communica
tion specified, relative to Americans'
safety on the ocean.
The point was made that the ad
ministration would be very glad of a
satisfactory explanation from Berlin
of the Arabic incident
BITS OF NEWS
John Trisicanti thought someone
was trying to break into his candy
shop, 810 Townsend. Emptied re- "
volvef in air. "Burglar" was Chas.
Larenz, asleep in hallway.
Mrs. Julia Dunbany, 2038 W. 14th,
had purse grabbed; $27.
Mrs. Emilia Rieck, 1340 Michigan
av., proprietor of Crescent Country
club, Glen Elyn, denies there 'have
been any "carryings-on" there,.
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