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WAR NOTES By Carl Sandburg
If the universal military service
law goes into effect and it reaches
married men of 22 and 23 years of
age then we may have the jspecta
cle here in Ckicago of young Mar
shall Field III. and young Henry Field
wearing- uniforms and fighting for
the defense of a realm wherein they
are financial princes.
While the Field boya are in town
this week maybe they will tell us why
it is more honorable to ride polo po
nies down in North Carolina than to
ride First Illinois cavalry horses.
In the grocery stores where men
and women buy things to eat is
where war is most freely cursed
these days. Grocdrstell me more
people are buying in small quantities
lately. Customers lay down more
money and carry away smaller pack
ages than they used to. The world
wide pinch of this thing works to end
the war.
I have been in labor union offices,
in the haunts of peace societies, So
cialists, anarchists and the I. W. W.
lately. And for the first time since
August, 1814, there may be found in
all these places men and women who
are not afraid of what the war will
bring to this' country. Some of the
softest-hearted pacifists that ever
loved Jesus are now saying that out
of the chaos, wreck and death into
which this natidn is entering may
come big, unpredictable events of
equal value with the Russian revolu
tion. The Socialists and particularly
the German Socialists are the one
element sticking out most strongly
tor peace. They are the best friends
the kaiser has now at voicing the
Prussian hate of Woodrow Wilson.
There, is an American Socialist ele
ment, however, that sees the war as
a tremendous gamble, out of which
may come hte things for industrial
democracy.
The L W. W. is not bothering about
the war. At is not saying yes or no
about it. The L W. W. is organizing.
The most complete news and the
best editorials on the Russian situa
tion of the past month have appeared
in the Christian Science. Monitor. In
battling the Prussian autocracy the
Christian Scientists seem to be do
ing their share.
Out at the Workere' Institute on
Ashland av. are Russian Jews who
say all the fearful cost of the war to
date has been worth blood and the
money spent for what it has brought
Russia. Where they used to be ter
rible haters of war they now feel it is
a colossal hazard that v may bring
anything. Some predict that secre
cy of public records and whimsical
despotic mandates on the part of
Jake Loeb running the school board
will one way or another come to an
end it we go into' war. They also feel
that if the Russian people were able
to overthrow the Romanoff autocra
cy, the working class of Illinois will
find a way to end in government by
injunctions with jury trial abolished
by circuit courts judges like Jesse
Baldwin and Jesse Holdom. They
quote Dr. Felix Adler:
"TheTevolution is not confined to
Russia, but is the beginning of a
great convulsion that will shake the
whole world. It will be felt in the
democratic countries themselves. It
will destroy the house of lords in
England. It will mean home rule for
Ireland. It will change the condi
tion of India. We snail see the es
tablishment of real social justice."
When I was a high private in the
rear rank taf the 6th Illinois volun
teers in 1898 I was a comrade of Aid.
Rodriguez of the 15th ward. We were
the boys who planted the American
flag on the island of Polio Rico. The
alderman willies me to state at this
time:

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