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THE PUBLIC FORUM 1 of clock-watchers, back-door ora
PREPAREDNESS. It is timely -to
sound a warning to the mass of un
thinking who are being 'coerced,
wiDed or - cajoled to take part in a
parade which is facing arranged for
them by their masters Here" they
can .show their servility and their ap
parent allegiance to a scheme intend
ed, to prepare their minds to .patriot
ically support a course of action the
results of which will be as tragic as
the Western Electric picnic.
Thjs idea of preparedness, hatched
in the DuPoni incubator and brooded
by munition manufacturers and mili
tarists, will, if successful, Prussian
ize America and tend to induce the
'nations jiow at war tQ again enter the
, mad race for armament after the
war is over.
. I am hoping that these nations -will
not seek revenge fqr the way they
were held Hip. in their extreme need
by,a. class of Americans greedy for
prqfits, but If they seek revenge I
should not consider it my duty to
shoulder a gun for the protection of
these Shylock's" loot if have not
profited' with -them, but have had to
,give my pound of fleshy to satisfy
America can afford to lead the way
in a preparedness movement- for
peape, which, however, cannot be
done by arming, thereby causing
other nations to suspect our motives
and arm likewise. T. F. L.
EVERYBODY SHOULD PARADE.
In opposition to the knockers, let
me boost the Saturday parade., . Ev
erybody should parade, and each unit
should proclaim its reason for sp dcr
mg. l naven't the nerve to parade,
; f but neither have the bridegrooms of
k . uic yvcu-uxiupa, bu, line uicui, x will
nowi for tnose who .do.
If- I had the time and money I
should, organize a corps' as follows:
A float representing a large he-cow
, donated by Bull McCarthy, out at
Jhe yards,," Behind this a division
torsi fence keepers, chair warmers,'
etc., with a banner proclaiming them
to be Social Ornaments. Next,- 600'
automobiles full of loan sharks andr
their skip-hunters: 40 cripplercars-
full of ex-Sons of Father" Matthew
doing, the snake scratch; 19,000 war
contractors riding in wheelbarrows,"
they being too fat to walk. '-"
Thls is only a part of what I. would
have for the "Prosperous America'
division, I could not -accept aHHhe
millions that would apply for places'
in the "One Pair of Sbx" or the "Bum1'
Teeth" regiments. There is ffmiband
reason to all, things.
So the best I can '4o Is to pull for
the parade and dedicate a sweet lit-,
tie marching ,hymn for the folks .to"
sing as they march:
We are Preparation soldiers,
But we've got our fingers crossed;'
We were raised on bunk and blarney
And without it we'd feel lost
We'll "enjoy our day of frolic j V ;
And let Sweeney pay the cost, t" -r
So push the Bull akrag. ' .. .
Now we vindicate- our mutthebd; ' X;
When the strawboss marches we
Wink, the other eye and knock wood,
t And. push the Bull along; -' r '
(Air: Battle Hymn of the Republic.)''
John F. Kendrick.
THE' PRETTY NURSE. Ydu ask
three. questions in The Day Book
that a Christian will answer. If a
man loves, a woman, though she may
have erred, he will abridge all"',
thought of any knowledge he has of
her fall or misery. This was the trait 1
of; Jesus toward the woman at the 7
well and Mary under accusation. To 1
forget is not as easy as to forgive,-
but remembrance has no vitrol in it-r
to the man of - conscientiousness. '
Then too there is the likelihood at
the pretty little nurse beine caioled
into the submission to that which, to
her nature, is repulsive.
.9 err is feuajan, tQ forgive di