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SHOULD A MOTHER RAISE HER BOY TO BE A
SOLDIER? MOTHER'S DAY DEBATE
BY MRS. LINDON W. BATES.
In Special Mother's Day Interview
with Th'e Day' Book.
(Mrs. Bates is chairman of the
woman's section of"the movement
for national preparedness, and has
been touring the nation as lecturer
and organizer for that cause. Her
own son, Lindon W. Bates, Jr., was
lost with the Lusitania.)
Should a mother raise her boy to
be a soldier?
She should raise him Ho be a sol
dier every minute of the day! If she
does not, she is not fit to be a moth
er! Every boy should be fighting all
the time, fighting for justice, right,
ionor. If he IS thus brought up, the
soldier question takes care of itself. I
He IS a soldier!
I have no sympathy for maudlin i
mothers who raise the sentimental !
cry that they didn't raise their sons
to be soldiers. These women have
no right to defense from other worn-
en's sons. f J i
It is to defend their mothers, their
children, and their homes, that men
die in battle. The young men, the
strong men, the finest of 'the race,
are thus sacrificed first.
If women and children are to be
safe at this cost, the women must be
worth the cost! They must do every
thing in their power to assure the
least possible sacrifice of men. And
that means preparedness. It means
that they must be willing to give
their sons to the cause of national
The masses of American mothers
are coming to realize this.
Organizations representing eight
million women are identified with
our preparedness movement. The
National Congress of Mothers is on
our list. They refused to become
identified with us until we proved to
them that our cause was not mali
taristic It is not militaristic.
We would rather that the smaller
children should never hear of war,
ou know there (is such a thing as a
gun. But down there at the bottom
we do believe the first principal of
preparedness should be carried out.
Our children must have strong,
The kind of soldiers American
mothers should raise is not the Eu-"
ropean kind, the product of three V
years' compulsory service. He would
be the product, rather, of three sum-
mers at a preparedness camp such' )
This would mean the strengthen- i
ing of pur democracy and unity.
Rich and poor would be forced to
serve alike. All would give them-!'