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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, December 07, 1915, LAST EDITION, Image 4

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'army by a force of 400,000 disciplined
citizens, raised in increments of 133,
000 a year throughout a period of
three years. This it is proposed to do
by a process of enlistment under
which the serviceable men of the
country would be askedto bind them
selves to serve with the colors for
purposes of training for short periods
throughout three years, and to come
to the colors at call at any time
throughout an additional "furlough"
period of three years. This force of
400,000 men would be provided with
personal accoutrements as fast as en
listed and their equipment for the
field made ready to be supplied at any
time. They would be assembled for
training at stated intervals at con
venient places in association with
suitable units of the regular army.
Their period of annual training would
not necessarily exceed two months in
the year.
"It would depend upon the patriotic
feeling of the younger men of the
country whether they responded to
such a call to service or not. It would
depend upon the patriotic spirit of the
employers of the country whether
they made it possible for the younger
men in their employ to respond under
favorable conditions or not.
"I am sorry to say that the gravest
threats against our national peace
and safety have been uttered within
our own borders. There are citizens
of the United States, I blush to" ad
mit, born under other flags but wel
comed under our generous naturali
zation laws to the full freedom and
opportunity of America, who have
poured the poison of disloyalty into
the very arteries of our national life;
who have sought to bring the author
ity and good name of our govern
ment into contempt, to destroy our
industries wherever they thought it
effective for their vindictive purposes
to strike at them, and to debase our
politics to the uses of foreign intrigue.
Their number is not as great as
compared with the whole number of
those6turdy hosts by which our na-
tion has been enriched in recent gen
erations out of virile foreign stock;
but it is great enough to have brought
deep disgrace upon us and to have
made it necessary that we should
promptly make use of processes of
law by which we may be purged of
their corrupt distempers.
"Such creatures of passion, disloy
alty and anarchy must be crushed
out They are not many, but they
are infinitely malignant, and the hand
of our power should close over them
at once. They have formed plots to
destroy property, they have entered
into conspiracies against the neu
trality of the government, they have
sought to pry into every confidential
transaction of the government in
order to serve interests alien to our
own. It is possible to deal with these
things very effectually. I need not
suggest the terms in which they may
be dealt with.
"There are some men among us,
and many resident abroad who,
though born and bred in the United
States and calling themselves Ameri
cans, have so forgotten themselves
and their honor as citizens as to put
their passionate sympathy with one
or the other side in the great Euro
pean conflict above their regard for
the peace and dignity of the United
States. They also preach and prac
tice, disloyalty. No laws, I suppose,
can reach corruptions in the mind
and heart; but I should not speak of
others without also speaking of these
and expressing the even deeper hu
miliation and scorn which every self
possessed and thoughtfully patriotic
American must feel when he thinks
of them and of the discredit they are
daily bringing upon us."
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BITS OF NEWS
Alibi of Capt. J. J. Halpin, on trial
for police graft, attacked by hand
writing experts, who seek to prove
police station records had been doc
tored. Fire did $4,000 damage to Noble
Crandall's home, Ravinia Park.

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