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PRESIDENT SAYS OUR PROMISE
TO TRY TO PREVENT FUTURE
WARS SHOULD BE KEPT.
ONLY HOPE IS IN WORLD LEAGUE
Says Germany Would Not Have Dared
to Strike If Nations Had Been
Banded Against Aggression.
(By Mt Clemens News Bureau.)
St. Louis-Displaying a high con
.fldence that his fellow citizens in the
g*eat majority agree with him in his
desire tu end war forever, and that
the peace treaty with its League of
Nations inclusion is ratified by the
senate, President Wilson is making a
successful way across the country on
the long journey he has undertaken
for the purpose of laying before the
plain people a report of his work in
Paris and explaining to them just
what the League means.
Thus far in his travels he has every
where met with warm greetings, both
in the great halls where he has
spoken formally and in the little cross
road hamlets where his train has
.halted at times and he has exchanged
words with the villagers who pressed
forward to greet him. He feels, and
does not hesitate to say so when
chatting with his traveling compan
ions, that the American people want
no more of war and want to become
part of the League so that there may
be no more war. He struck his key
note when he said in his first address,
in Columbus, Ohio:
"This treaty was not Intended mere
ly to end this singie war. It is meant
^s a notice to every government who
In the future will attempt this thing
(what Germany attempted) that man
kind will unite to inflict the same pun
ishment. There is no national
triumph to be recorded in this treaty.
There is no glory sought for any par
ticular nation. The thought of the
statesmen collectd arotutd that table
was of their people, of the sufferings
they had gone through, of the losses
?they had incurred, of that great tnrob
bing heart which was so depressed,
so forlorn, so sad in every memory it
had of the five tragical years that
have gone by. Let us never forget
.those years, my fellow countrymen;
let us never forget the purpose, high
and disinterested, with which America
lent its strength, not for its own glory
but for the defense of mankind.
"As I said, this treaty was not
meant merely to end this war. It (s
intended to prevent any similar war.
J wonder if Borne of the opponents of
the League of Nations have forgotten
the promises we made our people be
Jore we went to that peace table? We
'Jhad taken by process of law the
flower of our youth from every coun
tryside, from every household, and we
told those mothers and fathers and
sisters and wives and sweethearts
that we were taking those men to
fight a war which would end business
of that sort, and ii we do not end it,
If we do not do the best that human
concert of action can do to end it, we
are of all men the most unfaithful
the most unfaithful to the loving
hearts who suffered in this war, the
most unfaithful to those households
bowed in grief and yet lifted with the
feeling that the lad laid down his life
for a great thing, and, among other
things, in order that, other lads might
never have to do the same thing.
"That is what the League of Na
tions is for-to end this war justly
and then not merely to serve notice
on governments which could contem
plate that they will do so at their peril,
but also concerning the combination
of power which will prove to them
that they will do it at their peril. It is
idle to say the worlds will combine
against you; but it is persuasive to
say the world is combined against
you; The League of Nations
is the only thing that can prevent the
recurrence of this dreadful catastrophe
and redeem our promises."
A League of Nations would have
.prevented the late conflict, the presi
dent asserted, explainTng:
"I did not meet a single public man
?who did not admit these things; that
Germany would not have gone into
this war if she thought Great Britain
was going into it, and she most cer
tainly would uever have gone into it
had she dreamed America was going
into iL And they all admit that a
notice beforehand that the greatest
powers of the world would combine to
prevent this sort of thing would pre
vent it absolutely."
Applause and cheers greeted
.each declaration of . the presi
dent that wars might be avoid
ed in the future by operations
ol the L-igue. He pointed out other
Important features of the Peace
treaty, how it wa6 the redemption of
weak nations, giving them freedom
which otherwise they never could
have won; how it says "These people
have a right to live their own Uves
under governments which they them
selves choose", and how "that ia the
American Principle and I was glad to
fight for it", and that was the very
heart of the Treaty, he said.
He drew attention to the section of
the Treaty which is a "Magna Charta
of Labor," which shall dispose of the
hours, conditions and remunerations
"It forecasts the day", ho said
"which ought to have come long ago,
iwhen statesmen will realize that no
nation is fortunate which is not hap
:py, whose people are not contented,
contented in their lives and fortunate
In the circumstances of their lives".
In conclusion the president said he
felt certain the Treaty will be accept
ed, and was only impatient of the de
lay. He added: "Do you realize, my
; fellow citizens, that the whole world
?is waiting on America? The only
.country in the world that ls trusted
Itoday ?? the United States and the
world is awaiting to see if ita trust is
i Justified." r
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