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land. Some say it is the best and all
agree that surely it is one of the best
Anyway, it was so good in 1914
that, small as it was, Germany didn't
w,ant any truck with it and left it
severely alone when her time came
to choose a highwSy-by which to at
tack France.
Some years ago the United States
sent one of the ablest officers of its
military department to investigate
the armies of Europe. He made a
study of the Swiss army, and when
he came to write his report about it,
not even the frozen restraints of offi
cial language could keep him from
showing his enthusiasm.
In twenty-four hours Switzerland
can put into the field 350,000 trained
troops, which is one soldier to every
ten inhabitants.
Each of these soldiers would be a
sharp shooter with a rifle record,
each would be thoroughly drilled and
equipped, and each would come uni
formed and weaponed, so that noth
ing would be left to be supplied but
transportation and food.
Each would know exartly where to
go and what to do.
Moreover, these trained troops
would be commanded by trained ana
highly specialized officers, and the
cost of keeping them in the field
would be less for each man, than the
cost in any other army among civil
ized nations.
In Switzerland not a moment is lost
in raising or recruiting or equipping
an army. The nation is always under
arms. Military service is universal.
I know the moment I say that nine
in ten of Americans will feel prejudice
rising upon them like goose flesh or
quills upon the fretful porcupine or
something of the kind.
We in this country have a deep
seated aversion to universal military
service.
It our ears it sounds of imperialism,
autocracy, "militarism," oppression,
German drill sergeants, garrison
scandals, destruction of democracy, I
I three years in a kaserna, and all that
sort of thing.
It doesn't sound so to the Swiss.
They like it
They have managed so well that
they have universal and complete
military training without any of these
evils, and instead of destroying or
weakening democracy they find that
their military system strengthens it
They have a great and efficient )
army, but they have no officer caste
nor military class', no war worship
and no drum beating obsessions.
They love peace not less than any
other nation on earth, and they get it
At the same time their military sys
tem develops their young men phy
sically, so that the Swiss are the most
athletic people in the world, the best
set up, the hardiest, as assuredly they
are among the most democratic and
sanest.
With their military training, men
tal training has gone hand in hand,
so that it is the proud boast of Swit
zerland that except for those afflicted
from their birth she has no illiterates.
lit is a very wonderful system. I
am going to try to describe it in suc
ceeding articles. The subject ought
on many accounts to be worth while
to you.
For one reason, a bill is now pend
ing in congress to adopt thissystem
in the United States and you' ought
to. know how it works.
(Russell's next article on "The
Swiss System" will appear soon in
this paper.)
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ANNOUNCEMENTS
Painters of Local Union No. 194
asked to be present" at special meet
ing, Wed. eve., Jan. 26, Division st
and Ashland av. Amendment to elec- ft
tion laws of P. D. C. to be considered.
Eighteenth annual "dance of Chi.
Mailers' union No. 2 at W. Chicago
club, 119 S. Throop .st, Jan. 26, 8
p. m:
Very important meeting Vernon
Council ,No. 5, N. A. U., Tues. p. m,
Jan. 25.

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