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HOW STRONG HAS THE WAR FEVER
TAKEN HOLD OF CHICAGO?
How hot is -war fever in Chicago?
With trainloads of state militia rush
ing to Springfield yesterday and to
day, and every girl in Chicago with
a soldier sweetheart kissing him
good-by, what's the outlook? Well,
here are some things that are cinch:
1. War between Mexico and the
United States has NOT been declar
ed. ' The excitement is mostly in the
2. President Wilson is on record
over and over again as against any
war of conquest in Mexico. A war
to grab all Mexico and put it under
the American flag, subjugated like
the Philippines, would take years and
require an army of at least 500,000
American boys. A war against ag
ression and insult, that is, a war to
make the crooks, tricksters and in
triguers of Mexico behave decent on
the U. S. border, won't take any long
period of time. With 100,000 Amer
ican militiamen along the Rio Grande
river the chances are against war.
3. United Press reporters at Wash
ington have not been able to locate
at the White House, state or war de
partment the "ultimatum" of last
week in which Carranza 'tells U. S.
soldiers to get offl Mexican soil or
hell start war. In fact, the- U. P. re
porters say this Carranza ultimatum
was for "home consumption" and
was never sent to the U. S.
4. Organized workingmen of Mex
ico and the U. S. are drawing closer.
Letters are passing between the
American Federation of Labor at
Washington and the Mexican Feder
ation of Labor in Mexico City. Plans
are on for a joint convention of the
two bodies at El Paso, Tex.
Col. Henry Barret Chamberlin, in
spector general Illinois state guards,
throws a big flashlight on what's
wrong. He writes in Manufacturers
News explaining why Illinois at pres
ent has a national guard strength of
only 6,865 men.
"One wonders why Chicago guard
regiments are always short of men,"
says Col. Chamberlin, whose job is
press agent for garment manufactur
ers and other employers, when he Is
not soldiering. "Even in the past 12
months guard organizations have
hardly been up to a minimum peace
"Opposition of organized labor is
easy to understand. The guard, un
fortunately, has had to be called out
on occasion when the industrial sit
uation had gotten out of hand.
Hence union members seldom enlist.
"EmploVers should realize that aa
men of property and employers, they
have every reason to support the
guard. No one can say 'on what
day there may be in our state an out
break of violence due to industrial,
racial, political, religious or other
prejudices. Aside from the guard, we
have no police force to deal with
these disturbances. The U. S. army
is not immediately available for
such police work."
Chamberlin says the big prepared
ness parade aroused the public, but
was a failure in not getting a big
rush of enlistments in the state
guard. He tells employers how to
coax their workmen into the militia
and ends up:
"Not only must you satisfy every
one that you have no objections to
guard service, but you must make it
patent that, other things being equal,
you will give preference in promo
tion to men who are personally shar-