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-'This is no time to play politics."
Garfield declared today in telling why
he will leave the party of his father
to support Wilson for re-election.
"This is a time only for .the most
thoughtful, conscientious, sober ac
tion on the part of every voter. The
best interests of the nation and the
world, not of the party, must guide
us. During the next four years, as
perhaps never before, we will need
in the white house a man of vision
and of experience. President Wilson'
has both. ,
"Without stopping to enumerate
the long list, the legislation that has
been placed on the books in the last
four years is proof that he has
"And his labors in those four years
have fitted him with experience, as
no other man is fitted, to meet the
demands of international readjust
ment that the next four years are
sure to bring.
"In our foreign affairs, under the
most trying-conditions, he has been
admirably neutral. He has won with
diplomacy when others would have
rushed to war.
"I know President Wilson. I know
his fine characteristics as-a man. All
these things combined give me ab
solutely no ground to stand on ex
cept to support him for re-election."
y Garfield, in supporting Wilson,
does not feel that he is violating the
ideals instilled in him by his great
Republican father. He is not forget
ful of his father's teachings. He
could not be if he would.
For James A. Garfield was educat
ed at Williams college, the very
school, tucked away here in the deep
Berkshire hills, of which his son now
is president. And the traditions of
the elder Garfield, a poor boy who
worked his way through college to
graduate at the head of his class, are
so interwoven in the life of the old
school, and the reminders of him are
bo many and; so potent, as to be a
part of the very atmosphere itself in
which his' son lives and works. :
"I don't care how much some peo
ple may tryVto decry the fact," says
Garfield, "the big result of Wilson's
administration is that' he has kept us
out of war AND WITH HONOR!
"We are not afraid of war. That
has been amply demonstrated. But
President Wilson sees," and the peo
ple of the United States believe, that
we can serve the world and ourselves
better in this crisis by keeping out of
war and holding ourselves ready to
help in the enormous task of rehabil
itation aifd reconstruction that must
"Our greatest work is to bring the
people of the warring nations to
gether in the interest of humanity. '
"And President Wilson is the man
best qualified to lead in that tremen
"The re-election of President Wil
son by a strong majority, too, will do
as much as any one thing toward '
bringing peace in Europe. '
"For it will serve notice on the
warring nations that this country
endorses the neutrality of its presi
dent and will stand behind him in
the continuation of that policy. It
will remove hopes that now exist
abroad that, under a new adminis
tration, with the policies of President
Wilson discredited, the United States
might be brought into the conflict as
an active belligerent.
"There is also a domestic situa
tion of equal importance that der
mands Wilson's re-election. -
"We have reached a dividing point
in domestic affairs with regard to the
relations of capital and labor. Wil
son sees this, and by his acts has evi
denced his understanding both of the
problem and its solution.
"There is another erason.a sen
timental or, better, a psychbkjgical
reason, why the American people
will not discredit President Wilson
and his work by denying him reelection.
"The American people like fair
play. They know that Wilson has
Served them faithfully, that -his at