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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, February 01, 1917, LAST EDITION, Image 22',
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THE PUBLIC FORUM J
"STOP THE WAR." The conse
quences of the war in Europe are so
terrible and extensive that all those
should be treated with contempt who
fail to do their share in clearing up
the cause and finding the real "cure"
It won't do to lower one's self to
the bottom of a deep and narrow
well to look up from that standpoint
to see but a small part of heaven, as
so many do. We must rise way up
"in a balloon" and look down upon
a wide area and see "humanity" as
a whole in all its smallness and in
significant aspect in order to judge
correctly. "Taking sides" is un
worthy of clear-sighted Americans.
What newspapers print -now may
be held up against them and us in the
future, therefore only the truth
should be presented as a whole.
Thoroughbreds judge the whole, by
"the whole truth," not by part of the
truth. The truth (clear ideas) filters
slowly through the senses. Get clear
ideas from those who did filter mud
If all the evidence is in and con
sidered it will be seen that "human
nature is human nature" in all "bel
ligerents" all those who make fools
of themselves, who "draw the line"
in any other way but by methods
similar to those used by our ideal
high-class judges and juries, who
consider motives as well as facts.
"Circumstances alter cases." To
judge a case without considering the
circumstances and conditions sur
rounding the case puts the "judge"
into the class he belongs to.
As few, very few, are fit for judges,
so are there still fewer able to judge
cause and effect of the war. The only
thing to be considered by every
thinker is to stop the war first, as
the crime to be committeed is
stopped before the guilt is deter
mined. It is absurd for those to pro
nounce a verdict who do not know
motives and circumstances.
The war in .Europe is a crime to be
stopped at once. "Clear ideas" have
the power to stop that terrible
slaughter and waste of the things we
Instead of muddling up issues, in
stead of promulgating tangled-up
notions, by wrangling about which
side is most to blame, stop the leak
of the world's resources. Get clear
ideas and spread them and the cat
nage will stop.
As long as we "draw the lines"
along the borders of "nationality"
we show ourselves to be extremely
superficial. What would become of
the United States if each "nation
ality" would claim special privi
leges? Any principle is equally applicable
anywhere in the world. Applications
of principles may vary as "circum
stances alter cases," but principles
remain the same. Let us get "clear
ideas" about "principles" and all will
be well, and the principal thing to do
now is to "stop the war." L. A.
Schmidt, 1632 Wells St
ON BIRTH CONTROL. Scientific
men for centuries have been looking
for the spot on this globe where an
imals such as monkeys turned into
man and woman!
But in every-day life all over this
world we meet men and women who
make monkeys out of themselves.
Skin deep seem professors, teach
ers and writers who try to tell us all
about our species, and now comes
the horse breeder to tell us what can
be done with a race of people that
has been debauched for ages.
Mr. Editor, as we pass down one
of our main streets, where the movies
take the nickels, we see on billboards,
"Birth Control, for men and women
only," divorce and other things to
satisfy the morbid mind.
It does not take another Daniel to
tell us what will happen to a brute
creation of murder, graft, robbery
A great many men who attend
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