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People by thousands ask the Treasury constantly how they can help the Government in this war. Through the purchase of Liberty Bonds every one can help. No more patriotic duty can be performed by those who cannot actually fight upon the field of battle than to furnish the Government with the necessary money to enable it to give our brave soldiers and sailors all that they require to make them strong for the fight and capable of winning swift victory over our enemies. "We fight, first of all, for America's vital right to the unmolested and unobstructed use of the high seas, so that the surplus products of our farms, our mines and our factories may be carried into the har bors of every friendly nation in the world. Our welfare and pros perity as a people depend upon our right of peaceful intercourse with all the nations of the earth. To abandon these rights by withdraw ing our ships and commerce from the seas upon the order of a mili tary despot in Europe would destroy prosperity and bring disaster and humiliation upon the American people. "We fight to protect our citizens against assassination and murder upon the high seas while in the peaceful exercise of those rights de manded by international law and every instinct and dictate of hu manity. We fight to preserve our democratic institutions and sovereignty as a nation against the menace of a powerful and ruthless military autocracy headed by the German Kaiser, whose ambiton is to domi nate the world. We fight also for the noble ideal of universal democracy and liberty, the right of the smallest and weakest nations equally with the most powerful to live and to govern themslves according to the will of their own people. We fight for peace, for that just and lasting peace which agonized and tortured humanity craves and which not the sword nor the bayonet of a military despot but the supremacy of vindicated right alone can restore to a distracted world. To secure these ends I appeal to every man and woman who resides upon the soil of free America and enjoys the blessings of her priceless institutions to join the League of Patriots by purchasing a Liberty Bond. 18.