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selves for the common defense of
American ideals and for the guar
dianship of peace.
BY HENRIETTA RODMAN.
In Special Mother's Day Interview
with The Day Book.
- (Henrietta RodmaiT'is a member,
of the executive board of the-woman's
peace party. Her famous fight
two years ago for the rights of moth
erhood against the New Yerrk school
board's attempts to bar teacher
mothers from the public schools en
titles her especially, among anti-preparedness
workers, to speak for and
to American mothers.)
Should a mother raise her boy to
be a soldier?
I believe a mother should raise her
boy to be a CITIZEN. If the citizen
iiiuoi, in me io.su extremity prepare
himself for fighting, that is another
But if our boys are brought upf with
preparation for war always, in mind,
if they are'trained to believe infight
ing as the best method of settling
disputes, then when an international
dispute arises v they are going to
plunge into war as the easiest way
For fighting IS the easiest way,
Whatever may be the endless hor
rors and hardships entailed by fight
ing, it always seems at first the sim
plest things to resort to. And if the
youth of the nation is 'drilled to be
lieve in and prepare for fighting, the
inclination to resort to it will only be
Now, .as we women and mothers
'have found our Work in the home
Jightened, and have been drawn late- j
ly into activities outside the home,
should we not carry on the same kind
of work there, the .work for Which
we have been born and trained, the
work of conservation, of order, of
We should make the great home
of mankind the world a peaceful
and beautiful place. We are no more
willing that it should be torn by
brawls and suffering than that our
homes should be so torn.
But" how can we prevent? We see
that we can't stop war by wishing it
would end. Most of us have little
idea that we can do anything to stop
;the present war. But we believe that
perhaps by our influence we can pre
vent the neutral nations from fling
ing themselves into it, as maddened
horses dash into the fire they are try
ing to escape!
We do not believe disputes should
be -settled by violence.
We see no reason why there should
not be an international police to e
force'xthe findings of a world court.
This is no remote impractical dream.
The separate nations should give
up their armies and navies as did the
American states when they merged