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UNCLE SAM AND THE WAR FOR DEMOCRACY
BY N. D. COCHRAN.
Wall street didn't drive Wilson into war. Neither did the munitior
makers. The German kaiser did it President Wilson tried to keep us out
of war. He is a lover of peace. He exercised rare patience, and arrived
where we are today only as he was driven, step by step, by the war lord of
Germany. He could have done nothing less than he has done; and now
that we are in we will have to go clear in.
What President Wilson hints at in his message will finally appear clear
to those of our citizens who are bound to their fatherland by ties of blood.
That is, there is no hatred in our hearts for the German people. Our fight
is not against them, but rather against the autocracy that rules them and
has plunged them as well as the rest of the world into this awful war. If
our entry into the war alongside of the nations that are righting for democ
racy hastens the end of the war, it will be better for all peoples concerned,
including the German people though it ought to and probably will mean
the end of the Hohenzollem dynasty. We hope it may mean the turning
over of the German government to the German people.
When it conies to fixing the terms of peace, no hardships by way of
penalties will be imposed upon the German people if we can then deal with
Germany as a republic. Rather would the Germans-be welcomed around
the democratic board as friends and brothers.
There should be no misunderstanding concerning those American citi
zens whom it has been the custom to refer to as German-Americans. They
felt deeply and sympathetically, and did what they could to stave off wad
between this country and Germany, but now that the die is cast they will
drop the hyphen and the German prefix and be ail-American and just as
patriotic as any of'the rest of us. Theirs is the most difficult and trying
test of all, and we must be sympathetic to be fair,. But there is no dis
counting their real Americanism, any more than in any of the former trials
of this country from the Revolutionary war right down to date.
Anyhow, whatever differences of opinion any of us may have had be
fore the die was cast, there is room for but one opinion now. Whatever we
do we must do with all our might and present an united front to all enemies
Let us be thankful that in this great crisis we have for a leader such a
MAN as Woodrow Wilson, for we may- be sure that under his leadership
there will be no war for selfish purpose, but rather a war for the well-being
of humanity after the terrible price has been paid war for the protection
of the weak from the strong everywhere on earth war for human liberty
and for justice and right war that will not only help to make democratic
the few remaining autocracies abroad, but also to make America demo
cratic in fact as well as in theory war that will result in universal peace
and an end of the arbitrament by the sword of the world's differences of)
St Paul. Popular subscriptions
qf sums from 50 cents upward being
taken to build submarine chaser to
be named "St. Paul" and presented
to the government.
St Paul. Dwellers along banks of
Mississippi preparing to move, as the
stream has risen rapidly to within a
foot of flooded stage. Already water
in many houses.