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CIVIL WAR IN BRAZIL! SHALL WE INTERFERE? IF NOT, WHY NOT? BY HERBERT QUICK I want to state a "case today to every reader of this newspaper. Also I want to ask a question or two. Brazil is greater in area than the United States. It has many millions of people, a good navy, and ranks as a great nation. Germany has immense Brazilian interests. So has Great Britain. Americans, have considerable interests there, and there are many Japanese immigrants in the republic. There is a rebellion in Brazil. Three of the great Brazilian cities have been declared in a state of siege. The situation may quite possibly 6ecome as bad as that in Mexico. Now for my queries. If Brazil is unable to maintain order in all her vast territories, is it our duty, under the Monroe Doctrine, to "go in and straighten things out"? If not, why not, since Brazil comes under the Monroe Doctrine's sway just as much as does Mexico? If Germany or Great Britain or Japan should intervene in Brazil- to pro tect German, British or Japanese interests, should we be bound to fight such nation to prevent it, even though Brazil protested against our inter ference? If not, why not, since the case would be precisely simifar to the case of Mexico? If these queries are answered in the negative, what is left of the Monroe Doctrine? And isn't it about time to recognize the fact that, in its original form, the Monroe Doctrine has become what Hiram Bingham of Yale terms it, "an obsolete shibboleth"? P. S. Suppose "disorder" and the like keeps increasing in Mexico, Brazil, Hayti, Cuba, Columbia, Peru and Central America, all at vthe same time as they are now doing. Shall we "go in and restore order" in all of them? Shall we fight all these American nations, and every European na tion which "intervenes"? If so, in the name of God, why? RECOGNIZING THE YELL Will you listen to the yell of the express companies and their subsi dized papers over the proposition to further empower the postmaster gen eral to cheapen parcel post to the people? Isn't it an artistic yell? "It's competition by price cutting!" "It is disreputable, immoral, vicious, dishonest!" "It isn't fair and square fighting!" "No lawful busi ness can stand if the tremendous resources of the nation are marshaled against it!" And so forth. . . Verily, the yelling indicates that we've "got" the express hog. The squealing of the old 500-per cent porker sure makes beautiful music to a public that has been robbed and treated, with contempt at every express parcel counter in the country. "No rogue e'er felt the halter draw, With good opinion of the law." And the stronger the opinion, the stronger the certainty that we've haltered a big rogue.