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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 24, 1917, LAST EDITION, Image 2',
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nest industrial forces of the country
into the trenches when they were
badly needed at home; and it left at
home those whose places were at the
"If we had had conscription at the
beginning it would have obviated our
later difficulties as to munitions, co
ordination of our national forces and
many other vital things."
Then Lieut Gen. Bridges sounded
the keynote of the British commis
sion's message to the American peo
ple. Said he:
"If you're going to war you must
go the whole hog.
"You must go' to it intelligently,
"Men, women and children must
all fight, at home and at the front.v
It Is no longer a war merely of ex
peditions. It's a war of nations."
The general then spoke of Eng
land's, attitude toward conscription:
"The people of England are won
to universal service. They are strong
for conscription. I may say they are
fanatics on the subject
"They opposed it only because they
didn't know what it was. They now
realize that it is simply the making
of war on business principles.
"Even as we, your people, with
their great freedom and lack .af mili
tary knowledge, have much to learn.
Perhaps we can help you as the
French helped us, to avoid some of
the larger pitfalls into whioh we fell
at the beginning of the war."
Gen. Bridges emphasized that this
spirit of helpfulness predominated
the purpose of the British commis
sion. "There is no intention or desire to
interfere in your show," he said.
Bridges then turned to the details
of military training.
"I hope," said he, "America will
not be guilty of our blunder in send
ing officers to the front with guns on
"You hear a great deal about the
tremendous importance of artillery.
It is important to prepare the way I
but artillery cannot dig the enemy
out of their positions. Only the bay
onet can do that Bayonets win bat
tles." Today the full commission went
into executive session to map out a
plan of procedure for the conferences
with U. S. gov't officials tomorrow.
Official announcement that the
French commission has"safely land
ed" assures full co-operation be
tween the three countries very soon.
FRENCH ARRIVE BRITISH 0. K.
U. S. WAR PLANS.
Washington, April 24. French
'commission, coming here for con
ferences with American and English
government officials, has arrived
safely. Place of arrival is withheld.
The party is not yet in Vyashing
'ton and all information as to their
movements or time of arrival is kept
secret by censorship.
Washington, April 24. British
Foreign Sec'y Arthur J. Balfour and
Pres. Wilson, heads of Anglo-American
war conferences, planned, to
spend today tabulating results of
their first parley. Denying them
selves to all callers, they spent sev
eral hours getting down to working
basis for world conference.
Money and food were outstanding
points for immediate consideration.
These have in part been disposed
of. British commission backed up
American government's campaign
Jor food production in every word its
members uttered during tjrst day or
Details of America's first war loan
to England which will be some part
of the $3,000,000,000 loan, bonds for
which are about to be offered to the
public, today were to be up for final
decision between Sec'y McAdoo and
Lord Gunliffe, governor of the Bank
Shipping, logically the next point
to be considered after money and
food, was to be stressed in informal
conference between all the commis
sioners today. ,