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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, February 03, 1917, LAST EDITION, Image 4

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WILSON'S ALL-AMERICAN POLICY
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BY N. D. COCHRAN
The time for partisan quarreling
over our policy as to the European
war has gone by. President Wilson
has gone the limit to keep us out of
the war. His patience has been sore
ly tried and is about exhausted. He
went as far as he could go in the in
terest of peace. Evidently he realizes
that diplomatic notes are read by
rulers who are war mad and are see
ing red. Self-interest is the supreme
passion controlhng the conduct of
the dictators on both sides of the
fratricidal war. It was inevitable
that in time we would be dragged
into the maelstrom. We are so far
in now that there is only one direc
tion in which we can go and that is
clear in. This may hasten the end.
If we went in there was only one side
we could be on, and that was the side
of democracy.
Anyhow, now that we're in, the
PHILADELPHIA NAVY YARD
PLACED ON WAR BASIS
Philadelphia, Feb. 3. The League
Island navy yard here was put on a
war basis today.
After a day of feverish activity on
board the ships yesterday, the gates
of the yard were closed to all visitors,
shore leaves were countermanded
and triple guards placed at every en
trance. WAR BRIEFS
Washington. Spain will take care
of America's interest in Germany.
German government will give period
of grace of from 15 to 30 days in
which Americans may leave that
country.
London. News of Americans
break with Germany electrified Lon
don. American colony jubiliant.
nation should be united in support of
the president Congress should
cease to be partisan and become pa
triotic. Wilson has moved cautious
ly, pleasing neither the extreme jin
goism of Roosevelt nor the extreme
pacifism of Bryan and that policy
has more nearly represented the will
of the great mass of the people than
either of the extreme policies' would
have done.
A firm policy now means the least
harm to this country and the least
harm to what there is left pf civili
zation. The Wilson policy now after a
careful preparatory policy in Mex
ico and as to our relations with
South America means a united
hemisphere, an all-American policy
from the top of Canada to the bot
tom of South America.
Let us hope it means an early
peade.
Springfield, Mass. Three plants
of the Westinghous company en
gaged in manufacturing rifles for
American government closed, and
put under special guard.
Washington. Senator Thomas of
Colorado introduced a resolution au
thorizing the issue of $500,000,000 in
bonds to enable the government to
put tie country in a state of military
and naval preparedness.
San Francisco. The United States
torpedo boat destroyers Paul Jones
and Whipple put to sea from San
Francisco at 8 this morning. It is
supposed they were patrolling out
side the Golden Gate.
Indianapolis, Ind. Resolutions de
claring "we are with President Wil
son in whatever action he takes" in
connection with the German crisis
were adopted by the house of repre
sentatives of the Indiana legislature
today.

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