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zen, Ford believes that Wilson not
only has kept but will continue to
keep this country out of war; that,
despite all the preparedness meas
ures passed by the Wilson adminis
tration, Wilson, as presidenC can and
will do more to make recourse to
these weapons of defense unneces
sary than any other candidate for
In an hour's talk today, which
ranged from a discussion of the 8
hour law to Mexico, the tariff and
free trade, Ford told for the first time
the reasons that have moved him, a
life-long Republican, to support Wil
son in the present campaign.
"To begin with," declared Ford, "I
am supporting Wilson because Wall
street is suppprting the other man
or rather, because Wall street is
"I'm for Wilson because he is on
to the interests the 'unseen hands'
that seek to control government
and is holding them off. That he is
on to them and is holding them off
is proven by his refusal to rush into
war with Mexico, sacrificing the lives
of thousands of young Americans to
save the dollars that Wall street has
invested in Mexico on a gamble.
"Pof this one reason alone the na
tion is under an obligation to return
Wilson to the white house.
"But for purely business reasons,
which may appeal more directly to
many men, the welfare of the coun
try demands Wilson's re-election.
The Republicans are raising a great
roar "about the 8-hour lav and how
it will hamper business.
"I say and I speak from experi
ence, not from guesswork that the
8-hour law will help business. v
"The employers of the country
should be as enthusiastically behind
Wilson in his advocacy of the 8-hour
day as the workers, and they would
e if they knew their business.
"For employers who are hostile to
the 8-hour day do not know their
"Eight hours is long enough for,
anybody to work. A man can't work
more than eight hours and do good -work.
We've proved it often. ,
"We have had the 8-hour day
in force in the Ford factory for three'
years and we have' made more money
each succeeding year under it. It
has proved its own merit
"Republicans are arguing that the
present prosperity is unhealthy, that
it is wholly due to the war and that
when the war ends all our prosperity
will cease unless we have a Repub
lican in the white house.
."I deny first that war is respon
sible for the present prosperity ia
this country. The Ford company has
not taken a dollar of war contracts
has refused them time after time
an yet our business has grown con
stantly and we are now 200,000 cars